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Sep. 2nd, 2005

I haven't been writing about the current tragedy in New Orleans, and probably won't after this; I've never been there (although I did spend a weekend in Biloxi when I was in college, 20 years ago), and I haven't been following the news apart from checking it online a few times during the day. So many of you are providing informational links, for which I am grateful. (I think the main thing that has struck me was that I kind of figured that there was more of a plan in existence for what people would do in this sort of situation--and apparently, there wasn't.)

I also feel kind of strange about being, although in the same country, in an entirely different world from down there. (We are about 1300 miles north of the Gulf Coast.) I was lying in bed last night, listening to the wind and thinking how the windows might be rattling but our roof wasn't going anywhere. Where we are, we have relatively little risk of big weather. No hurricanes (too far north), no earthquakes (not near a fault line), no volcanoes, and while we apparently can have tornadoes they are quite rare--I've lived here for most of my life and have never seen one. What we get is snow and cold. Which can be dangerous but on the whole is manageable if you tend to get a lot of snow anyway and live in a mostly-rural area where there's space to dump the snow, and does not tend to cause the sort of wide-scale destruction and loss of life you get from the big weather.

So down in New Orleans people are fighting for their lives under unimaginable conditions.

And here, my daughters came downstairs his morning and got their breakfasts, and have spent the morning making little movies on their EyeToy. And I'm checking my email, drinking a glass of water, listening for the mail to arrive, thinking about what I might want for lunch later. A normal day. Just that I'm feeling unusually grateful for it, right now.

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khlara
Sep. 2nd, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
One of the topics coming up in a forum was that blizzards in the midwest (where tornado's don't happen) are big, dangerous nature scale things. Basically, blizzards are like tornados, hurricanes, etc.
Personally, I'm fine living in Earthquake country. ^_^
hearthstone
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, they can be, but I've never seen a blizzard to take a house down (exception being folks who put a flat roof on their house and it caved in from accumulation, but most houses this far north have peaks of a decent angle). Main dangers of a blizzard are being snowed in with insufficient food or heat (if the power goes out), or being out in it (one year my sister-in-law was visiting and on her way back to the house one night she got her car stuck in a 4 foot deep snowbank--she was nearly out of gas, and therefore heat, by the time one of our neighbors happened to come by and rescue her). Or if you're in a city where they can't clear the streets (or find a place to dump the snow) that can be bad.
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