Housekeeping You’re In Our Thoughts, Sheryl
posted by September 1 at 17:18 PMon
Sheryl writes in this comments thread…
Listen. I’m in Baton Rouge with no power (the power is out to the entire parish). I’m on dialup with a laptop battery that is less than 50%.
Louisiana is in really, really bad shape, throughout the entire southern part of the state. The damage is really severe. I understand that there is other news out there, but why isn’t anyone talking about this? This recovery process is going to be at least as long as the one from Katrina was going to be. The government has done a better job, as have the citizens, but the damage is… well… catastrophic.
There is a time for snarkiness, and I’m all for that, but this isn’t it.
We’re sorry you’re getting hammered again like this, Sheryl, and it seems so cosmically unfuckingfair after what you all went through just three years ago. But I hope you don’t think we’re being snarky here about the hurricane. We’re not. (Bush, yes; Rs, yes; Gustav, no.) But the reason there’s no one Slogging about Gustav or much else besides the RNC is because… well… it’s pretty much just me and Brendan on duty today and we’re both at the RNC.
As hard as it may be to believe… we’re not actually getting much news inside the Xcel Center (which is in St. Paul and not, as I’ve been sloppily blogging all day, Minneapolis), where I’m currently glowering at Brit Hume, or outside at the protests, where Brendan recently got his ass pepper sprayed. We’re both offline most of the time here and even with the media all around us… we’re not actually consuming much media. We’re kind of cut off from the news.
And the rest of the Stranger staff is off today… so there’s no one to pick up the slack, Gustav-wise. But readers can follow the storm here, and make a donation here. And Republican delegates are welcome to stop by the YouTube booth at the Xcel Center to, er, show their support.