Bowling, Sonic, Katrina

After much anticipation, I finally went bowling with Mark (*), Pugsley, Janet and two other members of their crew (I can’t, for the life of me, remember their names). It was a good time, even though I played terribly during our second game. I’m used to playing candle pin, so I need to work on the technique of using the larger balls. I still hold the notion, however, that sports are more fun when you lack any sort of skill. It was nice to hang with Mark again; he’s a mighty keen fellow. Photos are in my album.

For those many of you who were so interested in the kitten that invaded my apartment and scratched me, I do believe it has returned to its family. There’s been no sign of the little mix of claws and fur wandering the halls. As nice as it would be to have a pet cat, I think I’ll wait on that, despite the dozen comments insisting I should take it into my home.

I’m not a frequent listener of podcasts, but I’ve been enjoying Dailysonic, a “free MP3 magazine for the hip and eclectic.” I’ve enjoyed the varied content each show offers, especially the recent pieces on morning glories and the musician Coppe. I’ll likely subscribe to the show and listen each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thanks to Mark for letting me know about this.

I’ve commented little about hurricane Katrina and the horrible aftermath, and perhaps that’s a mistake. I’m disgusted by the incompetence and apathy seen in the powerful responding to it, heartened by those working selflessly to help and, above all, deeply moved by the suffering of those thousands it has harmed. One source of information and commentary I’ve been following is the blog of Matthew Good, a man I respect deeply for his dedication to social justice. He’s been covering the developments extensively and I’d encourage you to visit his site. His response to those chiding him for not focusing on the positive aspects of the disaster is especially important, I think.

Hurricane Katrina has claimed an unknown number of lives. So too has government inefficiency. But why must we look for examples of heroism to help combat the realities that this tragedy has made plain? Those that acted to save lives this week did so because they possess a decency that, by all accounts, seems to be absent from many in positions of authority. Therefore, using such stories of heroism to deflect criticism from those whose incompetence cost lives is beyond revolting.
If positivism is what you’re after, besides donating money to help the victims of this disaster, start asking yourself some tough questions about government, about how we view the loss of life in other parts of the world, about the realities of poverty and inequality in our society, and how we have grown distant from each other despite the fact that there are more of us now than ever before.
Perhaps, when all is said and done, tears should encompass more of our days. Maybe then more might be done about the state of this world rather than very little, with a smile.

I certainly hope we can begin to take this approach in greater numbers, to work for real change that can prepare us to combat and prevent disasters of any kind, especially those caused by abuses of power.

8 comments on “Bowling, Sonic, Katrina

  1. I had read what Kanye said, but had not seen the video. I'm glad someone had the guts to address the racism involved in the response to this disaster. Thanks for sharing the video.

  2. I had read what Kanye said, but had not seen the video. I'm glad someone had the guts to address the racism involved in the response to this disaster. Thanks for sharing the video.

  3. ok “frozen truth dude”, plz dont make the aftermath of katrina about racism, b/c thats simply unfair and true. you seem to point your ideas/views in the direction most appealing to your readers rather than the absolute truth. grow up and speak with your heart.

  4. I'm certainly not tailoring what I write for any audience. I'm writing with the genuine insight and personal conclusions I've made. I don't believe there can be any question I'm speaking with my heart and with conviction I'm being true.

  5. ok “frozen truth dude”, plz dont make the aftermath of katrina about racism, b/c thats simply unfair and true. you seem to point your ideas/views in the direction most appealing to your readers rather than the absolute truth. grow up and speak with your heart.

  6. I'm certainly not tailoring what I write for any audience. I'm writing with the genuine insight and personal conclusions I've made. I don't believe there can be any question I'm speaking with my heart and with conviction I'm being true.

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