How ‘Bout Some Good News For A Change?

I was reading an article in The Times, my favorite local magazine, this week. In each edition they have a section called, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” These are little snippets of good things going on and not-so-good things going on in the news.

In “The Bad” section this week was a little rant about the national news media. They were angry that ten seconds after Gustav and Ike blew over, the media proved they had the attention span of a gnat and moved on to other matters. Now, I know we have this farce of a presidential election going on right now, but could they not have provided some additional coverage? How will these hurricanes impact our oil prices? I have friends just now going back offshore. What about our lower parishes here, the ones that got pummeled by Ike’s surges? You think all is fine and dandy? You would if you didn’t live here.

And here’s my addition to this rant. For days before Gustav hit, it was nothing but gloom, doom, and major catastrophe predictions. My friends and family who have not experienced a hurricane, have only seen the news coverage were terrified for me. They thought I was insane to stay. I have to admit after hours of continuous foreboding predictions, I began to get a little concerned. Finally, Ian told me, “Turn off the damn tv!”

He was right. After I turned off the tv, and only checked in periodically, I wasn’t so nervous. And the locals here were right. There was no real need to be afraid. Some of my friends have lived through Andrew, and others. It was only the media that was making the situation seem worse than it was.

After the hurricane, I talked to my dad about this next point. Why did the media seem upset that it wasn’t worse than it was? One of the headlines even read, “Gustav was no Katrina”. It was like they built it up, then were disappointed they didn’t get more news out of it.

I don’t get it. I really don’t.

It’s all about the ratings, I guess.

For now, I’ll continue to watch my local channels, and get my news snippets from the ‘net. One can only take such gloom and doom in small doses. 🙂

Maybe I’ll add a “Good News” section to my blog.

Sounds like a good idea to me!

Here’s to a little good news every now and then!


I’m out!

After the Storm

Storm’s gone. Power’s being restored. Things are slowly getting back to normal here in South Louisiana.

I’m sure many people wonder why I don’t evacuate when it comes to hurricanes. But, if I did, I’d miss the sheer wonder of the storm itself. I love hurricanes. In my next life, I hope I’m another Jim Cantore.

Sure, it gets a little scary sometimes, who wouldn’t get a little nervous when the trees in your backyard are pretty much parallel to the ground?

After four hurricanes here, I will still take a hurricane over an Oklahoma tornado or an ice storm anyday.

The winter before I moved, Oklahoma had an ice storm. I can still remember how scary it was to be wrapped in total darkness. It was complete silence except for the popping, cracking, and crashing of trees.

Nope, give me my hurricanes.

I will stay up for days tracking a hurricane, watching it’s slow progress through the gulf, watching as it makes landfall, to me, it’s just fascinating.

Granted, where I live, usually by the time the storm makes it to us, it’s lost some of it’s power, (another reason I don’t evacuate) but it’s still a sight to see.

Another sight that amazes me is people’s resiliency (or lack thereof) during these times. Yesterday, when it was finally safe to venture out, a friend of mine and I decided to go have some lunch.

We hear that Bennigans is open. Keep in mind that yesterday many businesses were still closed. We get over there, it’s a two hour wait. They aren’t even seating anyone anymore. A 2 hour wait is not for me, so we decide to try a local tavern that serves food.

We get there, there’s a VERY limited menu. There’s chicken strips, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches fries, and my favorite the Gustav Special. The Gustav Special was pork chops, jambalaya, and green beans.

We make the best of the limited menu, eat our food and I do what I love to do. Watch people. It was amazing to see the amount of people who complained or simply walked away.

Some people did like my friend and I did, however, and made the best of it.

I always believe that you have to make the best of a bad situation. At least we were getting food and not waiting for two hours. 🙂 At least it wasn’t an Oklahoma ice storm where you can’t even get out of the house for days.

There’s always a bright spot.

For now, it’s off to do some after the storm clean-up. I’ve got limbs the size of small trees to remove from my yard. Luckily, I have a few guys friends with chainsaws to help me. And I’ve got to start keeping my eye on Ike. Will he venture up to the Gulf Coast too? We’ll just have to see.


I’m out!