Jinx is fine, the only casualty of Katrina is currently her local internet access servers. I've been in East Texas for the last week or so and I've seen firsthand alot of the things that I was used to only seeing on TV. I took a bus back home to Tennessee, and I was found myself among the evacuees.
It is a hard thing to see. It is a hard thing to look into the faces of these people who have lost everything but the clothing on their backs. There is a hollow look in their eyes, that 1000 yard stare that some soldiers get after seeing to much combat. I listened to an elderly black man who talked about climbing over bodies in the water to get to safety. In a situation like that they have to become bodies, if you had claw your way over wives, daughters, children, sons and mothers...could you?
The children were quiet, except those who cried. Their glances were short and furtive. They were in a strange place, surrounded by strangers. No home to go back to, no toys to entertain themselves with. They too had only the clothes on their back.
If it wasn't for the efforts of the Salvation Army, and of individuals so moved by the crisis that instead of sympathizing, they got up and did something about it, they wouldn't even have the clothes on their backs. There was a relief shelter in Arkansas, they had clothing, and hygiene products for anyone who needed it. The woman who had organized the relief action was packing it up after the night into a 53 foot semi-trailer and sending it to New Orleans, out of her own pocket expense.
I guess I am just saying that when the evacuees become real people, when you come face to face with this crisis rather than through the television set, it kindly changes your perspective.
BTW, I'm back