I need a “mental health” day

I’ve just decided that I will commemorate August 29 by doing the same thing I did last year, namely not going to work. I’m with Richard and Craig in that today pretty much seems like just another day. The earth has gone around the sun exactly once since Katrina, so what? What does that even signify? TV and the print media have made it impossible not to give thought to the events of one year ago, and given that they think it’s so special, certainly it is acceptable to call in sick to work today. So I am. Actually I am just not going in, because one year after Katrina I still don’t really have a boss to call. That is not meant as a complaint.

Today I will do one of the things that I’ve found therapy in during the last year. No, not getting drunk. I’m going to work on my house. A recent benchmark for me has been the completion of the floors in my dining room, which is significant because it means over half of the square footage of my house is now usable. I’ve still got some trim to put in that room and then I’ve got to start cleaning the rubbish out of the other parts of the house so I can work on those floors. So that’s where I’m at one year from whatsherface– back in my house, but still not comfortably. And while the summer heat brought work on my house to a crawl, I expect to get things moving along quite rapidly once the cold fronts start passing through. I expect and hope that the same will be true for the rest of the city.

9 Comments so far

  1. Gerry (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    “I’ve still got some trim to put in that room…”

    Share the wealth, brah.

  2. Chris M. (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

    Well, I’m going out to get drunk after work. I have had enough of this shit.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    a b c d e f g h i

    j k l m n o p q r

    s t u v w x y z

    137312 2+9 2+0+0+6
    AUGUST 29 2006

    1+3+7+3+1+2 11 8

    4+10+3 19

    17+19 36 3 + 6 = 9 cheque


    8+10 18 1 + 8 = 9

    Nine’s a highly spiritial numbre’ today will be a good day!


    2 + 1 + 2 + 9 + 9 + 5 + 1 =

    3 + 2 + 9 + 9 + 1 +

    5 + 2 + 9 + 9 + 1 +

    7 + 9 + 9 + 1 =

    16 + 9 + 1 +

    25 + 1 = 26

    2 + 6 = 8


  4. termite (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    someone needs a cocktail..ooohhhhh Laurie……come join us at the Maple Leaf tonite, i’ll buy you a drink or two…. :D

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    I can’t drink, thanks though-it was beautiful today.

    Numerology kicks ass!



  6. Randy (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Well, the only way that anything is going to get done is as you have said it here Chris.

    You have to start cleaning, taking down, then survey what is left, and build from there.

    It isn’t going to get done by some mysterious unseen workers. It takes effort. Whining and crying that, “They aint doin nuthin to help us” doesn’t amount to anything more than not taking responsibility for the clean up of one’s own area. In other words, you want to live there, but, you aren’t going to lift a finger to help. So, to those I say, “Whine on,” but, please do not say that nothing is being done. There are those that are industrious and trying to restore their lives.

    How do you clean up New Orleans and the many other communities devastated by Katrina and Rita? The answer is one little peice at a time, one stick, one branch, one log, eventually the tree is gone. Move on to one peice of trash, one shoe, one bottle, one more peice of unrecognizable debris, the garbage bag is filled, get another bag, start again. Finally the yard is clean and grass can now grow again.

    That is how these devastated areas are going to return. Peice by simple Peice.

  7. Eileen in NJ (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    My heart goes out to all….
    Take 1 day at a time….

  8. J.D. (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    Randy- Wow, what a post…you hit the nail on the head. And as the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

    In the past couple of days, I’ve seen more of your mayor than I could stomach. This is the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time. I read the posts here, I saw firsthand a very amount of the damage, and on 60 Minutes, Naygan has the balls to talk about Donald Trump building a tower there. Am I wrong to be totally pissed off? Am I wrong to be more concerned for y’all who are having to take matters into your own hands rather than million-dollar condos being built?

    I’m coming back in April. I hope things will be better. After talking to a couple of bartenders, a shuttle driver, and some folks at a little bar, there is a glimmer of hope for NO…the opinion was that things aren’t great, but they were there for the long haul, and no way were they going to bail.

    Hang in there, there are those of us out here that aren’t going to forget or give up on y’all…

  9. diana (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    i am sittin up here in baltimore..missin nola..i have been up here for the last 10 years so i did not go thru the storm..but my heart broke anyway..my family is still there..a brother ..and my mom..mom left for 7 months but has returned…she just missed it tooooo much…i sm here to stay, but i still want to know people will rebuild….my heartfelt wishes to nola…

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