I jotted these down recently in the aftermath of H-Katrina, in no particular order...
- To all the cellphone company executives: Declare cellphone minute overage amnesty through at least 9/30. If you need me to explain why, go hit your thumb as hard as you can with a hammer first.
- Conserve gasoline nationwide as though you lived down here. Supplies are tight and logistics are compromised. We've lost production of approximately 15% of our national capacity by some estimates because of the shuttered refineries that can't be brought on line until their operating staff have a place to stay. We're bound to have at least 15% "fat" in our gasoline usage for people who joyride or run errands inefficiently.
- Plan Mardi Gras parades in your town. Declare Tuesday, February 28, 2006 a holiday in your town. It might sound a little silly, but nothing would show solidarity to the suffering New Orleanians more than focusing on something the other side of H-K that means a lot to them. M-G 2006 will roll in New Orleans, somehow, but it probably can't be the tourism event it's supposed to be. Maybe some Krewes will roll in other cities, maybe some Krewes will "franchise" based on relocated membership.
- On a related note - tell the folks who run the Thankgiving and New Years' parades to throw beads. You're not supposed to understand it, but everyone from the Emeril City™ will notice and appreciated it.
- Tell partisan politicians an activists to sit down and shut up. The last thing we need is fingerpointing and race-baiting. When was the last time Jesse Jackson rolled up his sleeves and helped anyone without a camera rolling? He's done NOTHING to help and a lot to hurt by fomenting divisiveness to suit his own agenda. He shoulda stayed in Venuzuela.
- Keep praying - Go to church. The lack of any statistical releases on fatalities in the NO area tells me that the numbers may be too staggering to lay out now with tensions as high as they are. I won't repeat the bodybag rumours. So many may never be found. Pray for the departed. Pray harder for their survivors.
Pass it on if the Spirit moves you.