Hurricane fatigue

what of the people who don’t have what i got?
are they victims of my leisure?
to fail is to be a victim
to be a victim of my choice
maybe partying will help

After a frenzy of activity yesterday, it appears that Rita has pulled farther east, so Austin likely won’t feel much more than a breezy rainy Saturday.
Houston appears to be in for it, and New Orleans looks more and more threatened. From what I’ve read, they’re sealing off the canals from the lake to protect from storm surge, but this weakens their ability to pump out rain water, so any heavy rains from Katrina will cause renewed flooding in the usual areas (which includes some areas that were immune from the levee breach flooding).
Brother Mark’s family left their new Houston home yesterday, heading for sister-in-law’s house in Dallas. Mark’s comment was basically “What the FUCK?!”
Charles Kuffner is also bugging out to Dallas, but will hopefully be posting from there. He’s my main connection for all things Houston.
Sci Guy is still a great hurricane blog, and the Houston Chronicle will have good local coverage, since as we know, the local coverage is way preferable to the nonsense on CNN/MSNBC/Fox.
Even though this storm is hitting closer to home, and even though I lived in Houston for six years when I was a student at Rice, I don’t feel as connected to this one as I did to Katrina. I don’t feel as much like this is “my” hurricane. Not sure if it’s because family is less involved, if it’s because I lack the hometown connection, or if my synapses are just fried.
I’m going to try to enjoy ACL this weekend, although I’m not going to be able to completely escape feeling guilty about not reporting for duty at the Rita shelters. Listening to music in the park all weekend while people’s homes are being destroyed, some for the second time, and while the Katrina displaced are being shuffled out of the convention center to who knows where….what right do I have to this privilege?

5 Comments to "Hurricane fatigue"

  1. September 22, 2005 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    It’s not about the rights it’s about the duties.
    My personal philosophy about this is that you can go dance and celebrate, and thus you should. Someone has to celebrate the people who lived and the buildings that stood and the part of any disaster that could have been worse.
    The soul needs feeding – and sometimes that’s the collective soul. Enjoy.

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    September 22, 2005 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    You do what you can do for others, and you need to do a little for yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. You are a very considerate person to be thinking like that, but I agree with KE.

  3. September 22, 2005 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this will help lift your spirits. A freind who spent a good 10 years in NOLA between college and law school sent this to me:
    http://www.thefoodsection.com/foodsection/2005/09/the_rings_of_sa.html
    Nice to see something like this for a change….
    Gregg

  4. September 22, 2005 - 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Party up Ray. You deserve it. There might be more to do tomorrow and I know you will be there if you can.

  5. September 24, 2005 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m way too late on this bandwagon, but in the nonprofit sector they call it “self care”, i.e. your duty to shut the fuck up with your guilt over the victims before you start hindering/become one of them, and just party down.
    I read your entries here and I see how much you’ve done and I feel your compassion for these people and it moves me. You are an awesome guy. But taking a break now is the only way you’ll still be able to help them when they need it most, 2 months from now when the media and everybody else has forgotten them.

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