Friday, September 09, 2005

A bittersweet moment of levity: I went to a DMORT (see my article in today's SunHerald) center for families trying to locate missing loved ones. These four guys walk in looking for a family member and at one point the subject of dentures comes up.
The following monologue, which had everyone rolling on the floor clutching themselves with laughter, from one of the four men took place:
"Man, you fink FEMA gonna hep me ged thome new teef? I thaw my dendures floading away in da thtawm. I thweah man, I can' harly ea' nuffin. Dey wath givin ou' ham thamicheth da ova day. Me an' dith ova guy wath ea-in' nem. Took him ten minute ea' hith thamich. Took me foday-fahv minute ea' mine! I thweah' man. You fink da federa' gubnent goin hep me git thome teef back? Man, I can' ea' no cawn, no threemp. Ith terribew man, terribew."


Blogger Blondie said...

The sad part about it is that this poor guy will probably never get new dentures. I live in Houston and receive both Social Security Disability and additional medical assistance through Harris County, and I can't even get a dental appointment.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Canadian in USA said...

Just a note from a friend. While we can find humor we can find hope. I am a Canadian living and working in southern Alabama. Katrina mostly missed us here. All of Canada feels for you and will do anything they can to help. For all those who did get hit, take heart. I have had many personal disasters in my life. Unlike Katrina victims, most of the disasters were self inflicted. While living through the disaster may have been terrible, I have changed and grown through each challenge. Laughter is proof there is hope of a happy life on the other side of your current situation. You may have to work harder than ever before, but it will be worth it. Some advice? Take full advantage advantage of every offer of help. You don't have to beg people will offer freely. Remeber how it feels to give? Then let people give to you! Search out and take full advantage of every government program available to you. Its just your own money being returned to you and if you don't take it some one less desreving will. Don't do anything immoral. Have common sense about the legal stuff. Taking food and water etc. from an abbandoned store in an emergency is OK, taking TVs is less than human behavior. Make sure your peers are getting help. Help at least one underadvantaged family or group take advantage of avaiable aide.
Come out the other side of Katrina a better person and better off! Your community, including the poor will be better off too. If people in general lose ground through disasters sooner or latter they will have nothing. There is no point to it unless we are better afterward. Remember to take time out to laugh.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Bebop said...

I started tuning in to you about a week ago. I was just searching along, and I stumbled upon you. So glad I did as it really puts it into different perspective. I'm in Southern Oregon. They say that pictures don't even do it justice but I absolutely can't imagine anything worse than what's been shown. Gone.

What inspired me to respond was that poor guys conversation. I was also on the floor. The human factor. Geez. Not trying to minimalize anything, not for a moment, but omg that was hilarious. I'm from VA and once heard a similar conversation about Life cereal...."since when you like Life?"...."I love Life momma"..."you ain't never had it before"..."I had too, and I love Life"........the little things in life one is privy to hear. Keep up the news, I really identify with you (but not the situation you're in.)

12:21 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

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12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You insensitive racist clod. I say no more tax cuts! Dentures for all! If your dentures are swept away in a hurricane, you are entitled to a free set from the government.


1:12 PM  
Blogger Echo Mouse said...

I ditto MJ. I feel terrible for laughing but bless his heart, that man was funny. I hope people don't forget to help him get new dentures and others like him who have dental needs.

2:15 PM  
Blogger zilla said...

Is Leno cracking Katrina jokes yet?

2:43 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

You may find this hard to believe, but:

1. I have dentures.

2. I was eating a ham sandwich as I came upon this post. So (just to see how it would go, y'know), I took out my dentures and tried to continue eating the sandwich.


Man, that is the wierdest sensation -- bare gums on ham...

Get the poor man some teeth!

4:26 PM  
Blogger g_chaymae said...

I organize a concour come to take part in it

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laughter is the best relief of stress. I wish all of the south a good, deep belly laugh.

5:38 PM  
Blogger FyrByrd said...

How did you ever write that? Did you take linguistics in college?

On the floor myself. Having lived in Gu'fpor', I can hear this conversation in my head.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

That's really tragic Are you ever going to see this toofless man again? Would you start a collection for his dentures? I'd throw in £20 if you did. It'd be a great story.

3:47 AM  
Blogger jeangustavsen said...

i appreciate the sympathy, the compassion, and i also appreciate your humor...thank you :D. (my son-law is down there now...see blogspot,
thinkspot, my dtr's)

10:35 AM  
Anonymous SSprite said...

I think the same is true nationwide like Blondiezx said. I know my daughter who is on medical aid here in California is having the same problem. Her teeth are awful. I tried to get her on my husbands insurance, but because shes over 21 we can't.

Maybe this is all a sign of the times?

However the story did make me laugh. :)

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am totally going to hell for giggling at this.


11:23 AM  
Blogger chase said...

We do have to find humor when we can, but i hope we will be able to get help, its the little things in life that will mean so much in the end. good luck

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