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Sep. 1st, 2005

My life is so full of havoc. Katrina is hitting me harder than I ever thought it would. I'm going to go with the Red Cross the weekend of the sixteenth to Mobile, AL to help with relief efforts. If I had any money to donate, I would. I don't have much TIME, but what time I do have I'm going to donate as well, if theres something I can do here in Tallahassee.

It really hurts how little some people care, although I see my abundance of care as an annoyance occasionally. I think it's awfully unfair to think what happened with Katrina with the phrase "shit happens." Yes, there IS something you can do about it. Even if it's a simple cash donation to the red cross.

I spent the better part of tonight crying.

My clothes are still in my parents dryer. The washer and dryer here don't work, and I haven't had time until tonight (and not really time now, either) to do my laundry. It desperately needed to be done. I have to wear jeans (nice jeans, but jeans nonetheless) to work tomorrow because all my khakis/black pants/skirts are dirty.

My literacy fair is falling behind, I don't have what I need. I have a ton to do. And I'm scared silly by it all.

Gas is being rationed wherever you go. Its up to about $3.00/gallon in Tallahassee, and you can't buy more than $20, about seven gallons. People are being urged not to travel. Obviously a sixteen hour car trip wouldn't be the best of ideas. There's maybe a ten percent chance that we are going. I won't have my hopes up.



I was just cheered up immensely, though, by a message from Indira on my facebook wall:

SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO MELISSA ABRAMS WHO HAS BEEN UNIMAGINABLY GENEROUS AND SUPPORTIVE TO ME THIS PAST YEAR, WHOSE SIMPLE FAITH IN HUMANITY IS AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND WHOM I AM BOTH GRATEFUL AND HONORED TO CALL A FRIEND.

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lizblizz
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
I've been getting annoyed with people not caring as well...

Shelcie is from Louisiana, and she's barely even cared, and Terry is from Mobile, and I was the one that told her Mobile was flooded. She had no clue.

*sigh* My roommates are so detached.
teenonfire4lord
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a matter of people not caring. A person would have to be almost evil to not care about the devastation in New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama.

Part of it can be the way people deal with things. You spent the better part of tonight crying, but I have not shed one tear over Katrina. I did not cry once over the tsunami. Or 9/11. I sort of absorb shock and deal with things like that analytically. Doesn't mean I don't care. In fact (and NOT trying to toot my own horn here), I spearheaded a donation campaign for the tsunami in Chi Alpha because I felt like we had to do something. I am considering doing the same with this storm.

Also, some people feel like anything that they would do would not be enough. It's not true, but when thousands could be dead and there are tens of BILLIONS of dollars of damage, it just doesn't seem like there is much one person can do.

I know you weren't accusing me or anyone else of not caring specifically. I just don't want you to confuse apathy with one of these issues.

Sean

PS - The anonymous comment is me, you can disallow that or whatever you do. Didn't realize I wasn't logged in.
newfoundatari
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
i figured if anyone knew you would...
how do i go about getting involved with FEMA?
i've been tossing the idea around in my head about working for them for like 2 years now. anyway, i wasnt sure if working with ameri-corps you had contacts or anything. let me know id love u tons.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I don't actually know anything about it. I would check out their website at http://www.fema.gov/ . Americorps isn't really related at all.
newfoundatari
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
i already did check the website, the employment link wasn't working for a while but it is now. I emailed some people, i'll see if i can get a reply out of them.

thanks though.
coldtoast
Sep. 8th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
A friend works for FEMA. She HATES it. She was a Peace Corps volunteer for a long time, so it's not that she's not tough enough to take the work. It's all red tape and it's so disheartening to her to know that they have the ability to help but ca't due to paperwork and politics.
superdeez
Dec. 5th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Gotta love govenor Duh. Rations gas where he lives but nowhere else in the state. Gas touched $3 here in Otown briefly but it hovered pretty steady at $2.80, and there wasn't any rationing.
thisgirliknow
Dec. 6th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
whoa. reading back much?
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