So, post-hurricane my life continues to be fairly normal. We didn’t lose power, or John’s car, or anything. School was cancelled all last week and I did not take advantage of the extra study time. I have to start making up for that today.
Others, though. It’s terrible. I was so impressed by how fast they got the subway up and running again, even if it’s not all of it. My facebook is full of people posting donation and volunteering links. So many areas were just destroyed, including my boyfriend’s parents house. Their neighborhood still doesn’t have power (day 6 now), their basement was completely flooded, to the ceiling, mold is starting to set in, they have no phone service, landline or cell. They’re one of the few in the neighborhood who have a generator. Gas lines are still working, so everyone has a stove still, so that’s good. But no heat.
And gangs of looters are going around robbing people. There are a few ‘worst things’ about this. 1- people doing the looting are pretending to be from the power company, knocking on people’s doors and asking if they’re okay. 2- while the looters have guns, if you shoot someone while they are robbing you, you are still at fault (I’m iffy on this one, but in total support of protecting oneself. I just don’t like guns in general) 3- the National Guard was nearby on the main drag, directing traffic. You’d think they’d be protecting the neighborhood too, no? No. Not at all. And then they just left. So. There goes that. And their neighborhood is not the only one.
So, shit got fucked up. Is the end result of that. It’s slowly getting better, but for a lot of people it never will. A ton of houses were destroyed and people have nowhere to go. To my mind, this is worse than 9/11, though I know that’s a dicey thing to say. But 9/11, while it killed a lot of people, was very contained. The dust and smoke cleared, and just that small area was affected. This has only killed a handful of people, but destroyed far more, and will take far longer to rebuild.
And school is back up monday, so I assume I still have a test in chemistry then, and a bio test on tuesday, and a term paper due thursday. So life rolls on.