Thursday, September 01, 2005

I have now been told several times that this must have been "cool" or "fun."
It is not.
The anticipation was fun. The reality was terrifying. The aftermath is nothing short of a nightmare.
Let's start with my personal problems, which are nothing relative to the greater problem.
1) There is nowhere to poop. I went in a plastic bag the other day and haven't gone since.
2) My apartment stinks because my apartment complex flooded. I'm on the second floor. The carpet from my downstairs neighbor is rotting and making my place smell like rotten egg.
3) I haven't showered since Sunday. My head itches. My crotch itches. I smell.
4) I haven't eaten properly. non-pershiable goods usually translates to junk food.
5) I am mentally exhausted. you can imagine why.
6) I am almost out of beer.
Now onto the more important and bigger problems.
1) This place is destroyed.
2) People are roaming around begging for food and water in parts.
3) Whole neighborhoods and lives were "disappeared" Pinochet-style.
4) Disease is likely to be rampant soon.
5) I actually, thinking about it, don't even know how to list all that has gone wrong.

I only catch occasional glimpses out of what is coming out of New Orleans. This afternoon is the first time I've stopped and taken a breath.
All is bad.
I hope that the relative comparisons don't begin anytime soon. You know, "This place got it worse than that place."
F*** that.
Is it really possible to quantify it like that in the middle of this kind of tragedy?
Did Indonesia get it worse than Sri Lanka in the Tsunami?
France than England in WWII?
Who has the moral authority to make those kinds of proclamations?
And I'm done ranting.

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh:

Email me your address [or a place where you can potentially receive mail] and I'll send beer to you ASAP. No one should have to endure this horrific tragedy w/o alcohol.

But seriously, THANK YOU for everything you are doing to let people know what's happening where you are. You are filling a void w/your words and photos. Stay safe.

God Bless,

Steph

sgeniec@yahoo.com

2:52 PM  
Blogger allison said...

How can we get supplies to you?? I want to help!!!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very, well said!

And thank-you so much for your thoughts and pictures.

I pray you get what you need to continue with life; both for the short and long term.

EricR

3:01 PM  
Blogger KateOnTheGo said...

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Josh;
Just to let you know, we are glued to the television here and thinking about you. There are going to be people coming from Canada and we are giving money. I feel so badly for the people who live(d) in the impacted areas. I went through Hurricane Juan in 2003, which was a cat 2 hurricane and it was a direct hit on my home; we had no power for 2 weeks but that sounds like it was absolutely nothing compared to what you are going through. Please let us know what we can do, and thank you for your blog. It helps to fill in the information and is being broadcast on CNN.
Cathy

4:25 PM  
Blogger hornswaggler said...

Hang in there Josh and Mike. I'm going to link to your blog at Salon. One quesion: With those photos of houses blown away, where did you stay and ride out the storm?
Aaron K. from J-school.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh,

So sorry to hear about what's going on in and around New Orleans. Your pictures are amazing..it's hard to believe what's happened.

I'm a producer working with the Australian radio station, triple j, which is the national youth network here. I was hoping we might be able to give you a call if that's at all possible. Could you let me know if you would be interested in talking to us by dropping me a line at dwyer.cath@abc.net.au? I know it's going to get late there soon, but it would be good to hear from you tonight if at all possible.

Best wishes

Cath Dwyer

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts are with you. Thanks for reporting on the situation down there and best of luck with the future.

8:06 PM  
Blogger taarzaan said...

be safe. god bless.

9:34 PM  
Blogger ~The Goofy Ass Chick said...

I can't even fathom the things you and so many many others are going through. Know our hearts are with you. The websites and phone lines are packed to give money. Churches and organizations in and around Cincinnati Ohio are on their way down to bring supplies and donations. Some of my own family members left for Mississippi this morning with generators and supplies. People do care, spread the word!!!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Disciple1361 said...

Josh:

I wish I could tell you I feel your pain, but that wouldn't be fair. I watched the hurricane season in Central Florida tear Orlando a new one in 2004 and I can't even bring myself to watch the news right now.

It's terrible, but you obviously know how to make the best of a bad situation. Good Luck.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Bubbles said...

Josh:

God Bless You and everyone down there in that horrible mess. Please stay safe and keep us posted. You're doing a great job!

12:17 AM  
Blogger Soozy said...

Words cannot express the horror I am feeling as this event is unfolding. I pray that you will stay safe and thank you for continuing with this blog.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh
Spoke to Beth and Mike last night.
Please look after yourself.
Aunt Susan

4:43 AM  
Blogger Razzy said...

josh and mike,
as soon as it's at all possible, i'm sending you some jamesons, because it will go much further than beer, and you can also use it as a field disinfectant.

you guys are in my thoughts and prayers, and i'm so thankful you've both made it through.

i know there's probably very little i can do from here besides donate to the red cross, but if there's ANYTHING at all, holler at your girl.

god bless you both.
and caesar and chingy! send sweet doggity love from afar.
angie r.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Tara Marie said...

Lance Armstrong ~"During our lives we're faced with so many elements as well, we experience so many setbacks, and fight such a hand-to-hand battle with failure, head down in the rain, just trying to stay upright and have a little hope. The Tour isn't just a bike race, it tests you mentally, physically, and even morally."

My heart goes out to you and all those that have endured this storm and its aftermath.

We are working hard here in the NorthEast to help in every way we can.

Your blog has inspired me about the goodness and compassion of humanity when so much of what I have seen in the news focuses on the destruction.


Peace, Tara Marie

6:55 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Josh--thank you for your honest, heart-breaking posts...our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your voice and eyes are really, really needed right now. I wanted to let you know I quoted you on my space (http://spaces.msn.com/members/livingspace)--I hope that's okay. Keep the faith and we'll keep praying. Katherine

7:00 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Well now, sorry to hear about your situation, glad your alive and got your health.

But, sounds like you forgot your 6 P's, you know, Prior Planing Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Not having a huge supply of Gold Bond Medicated Powder, baby wipes and Beer is unforgiveable.

Of course, your forgiven.

Continue your Mission and good luck.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

7:08 AM  
Blogger Vajra said...

Hang in there. Try to get some rest. So many of us want to help but can only send money to charitable agencies and can't do anything directly. I feel helpless and wish I could make you a hot meal and hand you a cold beer. God bless and keep you and let his face shine upon you.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I'm not going to say it was fun, nor will I ever. I'm just glad that you're alright (even though I don't know you) and that I'm sorry. Just know Texas is behind all of y'all over there.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Rev. Gina M. Pace said...

Josh and Mike,

Thank you SO much for your ongoing battle to blog all this for everyone. It really helps to have a human perspective on everything to keep people sane. I can see that it is a serious struggle to remain sane under these conditions, but you seem to be doing admirably, considering.

We in Northeastern Pennsylvania are no stranger to floods and storms but we have *never* seen anything the likes of what you are experiencing.

I keep seeing ads everywhere for people to donate money to the Red Cross, to the Humane Society, to the Salvation Army.

I have no money. We live pretty much hand-to-mouth. However, I have a truckload of clothing, mostly women's, that I have in bags, that I *was* going to donate to Salvation Army. I mean it, a truckload.

Clothing donations to Salvation Army will be put in the stores here for sale. I want to know if there's some way to send these clothes so they can get to people who lost everything and who have to have SOMETHING to wear, SOME way of starting over.

Money buys a lot of things people need but there must be a way for me to help too.

Can you help me find a way to send this stuff to someone who can use it? Even if you just list it here on your blog, I'll be checking back frequently.

or, if anyone else knows, my email address is wicce@wicce.com

thanks!
Gina

9:07 PM  
Blogger omega said...

May chance stay on your side, and stay safe.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh~ We can't thank you enough for keeping us informed with your heartwrenching words and pictures. Our hearts, minds and prayers are with you, and will continue to be as all of you courageous survivors rebuild. As others have asked, please let us, your brothers and sisters, know how we can comfort or help.

Sherri

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, yo. I'll send you another plastic bag

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone i've talked to thinks that all of new orleans should be bulldozed over. what do you think? nothing there is salvageable. what do you think?

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