September 26th, 2005

new orleans, fleur

Mean Girls

I just have one word for the tag team of lady storms, Katrina and Rita. Bitches!

Just when things were starting to move along at home with cleaning up post-Katrina, Rita rolls through. We lost power Friday evening and it was too hot and miserable to do much around the house over the weekend so our progress stalled. The mold and mildew smells came back with the heat. Luckily, my parents' house had power so we slept over there and helped them do some things around their house which was also flooded during Katrina.

According to Juannie who's at home today while I am working at my temp office, we now have power again as of a little while ago. So the air conditioner will keep the mold and mildew at bay once again while we continue with the clean up.

So far, we have thrown out: two sofas, two end tables, rugs, carpet, one refrigerator, shoes, clothes, cooking utensils, books (sniff!), dog toys, candles, frames and more.

We had some more wind damage on Friday and Saturday so we lost more roof tiles and some very big branches are hanging precariously from the pine trees in the backyard. We have to keep out the pups from back there until we can get a tree service to take care of that.

I do feel lucky, though. I have a house to clean up. So many people in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes do not have a place that they can return to. And with the new flooding from Rita, the damage is now even worse than before. I feel sad for them and guilty for my good fortune.


Are people completely stupid and insensitive? I just got this as part of an e-mail from my cousin's wife - she sent to her entire address book apparently. Did she not think I would be hurt and offended by this? I am beside myself.

"Things I have learned from the news media during the last eight days:

The hurricane only hit black family's property.

New Orleans was devastated and no other city was affected by the hurricane.

Mississippi is reported to have a tree blown down.

New Orleans has no white people.

The hurricane blew a limb off a tree in the yard of an Alabama resident.

When you are hungry after a hurricane steal a big screen TV.

The hurricane did 23 billion dollars in improvements to New Orleans. Now the whole city is on welfare.

Looters and gangs have left and are now in your city. The New Orleans mayor told them to stay there.

White folks don't make good news stories.

Don't give thanks to the thousands that came to help rescue you. Instead, bitch because the government hasn't given you a debit card yet.

Only black family members got separated in the hurricane rescue efforts.

Ignore warnings to evacuate and the federal government will come get you and give you money for being stupid.

Regardless of the thousands of buses (city and school buses) available, which were left in parking lots to be flooded by the storm, there was not a thing the New Orleans mayor could do to evacuate anyone from the city.

President Bush is the only one to blame for the storm and for the delay in getting help to New Orleans."