Posted by: rusch | October 6, 2005

Bad Weather

Ever since Hurricane Katrina people have been a bit on edge since it ripped through the Gulf Coast a month ago causing millions of dollars of damage and leaving so many without homes, jobs, and even in some cases taking their lives. In the future, those that live in areas that frequently experience these violent storms will hopefully heed the warnings given by state and local government officials when it comes to evacuating; and hopefully Federal, state, and local officials will do more to help those affected by natural disasters.

With that aside I will now go on to criticize those that live in the metro Atlanta area.

For the first thirteen years of my life, I resided in Portland Oregon. This city is well known for being clean and beautiful and over all a good place to live. Portland, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is known for rain, a lot of rain. Literally this city has more cloudy days then not during the course of a year.

Portland also can be harsh during the wintertime with multiple inches of snow in a twenty-four hour period. I remember one winter we had a foot of snowfall over a few days. The interesting thing is that no one freaked out about it. People went to work, the roads were plowed, and in a few days the children went back to school. Life went on.

In ’93 we moved to Atlanta where I have lived on and off for the past 12 years. The longest period being from ’93-’97, since ‘97 I have never been home for more then six months at one time.

During those four years form 1993 to 1997 I worked at a number of part-time jobs. One was at a grocery store. I worked there for a couple of years and noticed some things that were very interesting. If there was even the remotest possibility that snow would fall, the store turned into a madhouse.

People would buy gallons of milk, loaves of bread, and all sorts of odd things such as beer and cigarettes. The point being, people freaked out.

I have watched the Mad Max films and have come to a conclusion. Those people who survived that fictional apocalypse because they did not freak out. They remained calm and figured things out, and most of all did not panic. They formed roaving gangs seeking to steal gasoline in order to power their vehicles.

I guess another thing that helped the people in Oregon was the fact that they smoke a lot of weed in the Northwest. There was an earthquake that did not faze anyone.

Oh well, I guess until I can move elsewhere, I will have to deal with people who freak out when a snow flake hits the ground in the ATL.


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