My Katrina Sabbatical
My Kat sabbat has taught me a few things:
- I do not love teaching, it is something I do. Well.
- I love writing, it is something I do not do. Much. For myriad reasons.
- The insomnia and its echoes have erased a part of my personality I am working to rediscover. Or discover.
Turf wars over trailers, improperly built levees, great pictures after the levees broke by Ted Jackson of the Times-Picayune, contractor prices (for what the feds pay to put a blue tarp on your damaged roof, a local roofer could REPLACE your fucking roof) and mold and housing discrimination in Houston topped off by the Houston mayor (Mayor White, no less) wanting extra money because 8 of over 100 violent crimes since Katrina involved Louisiana evacuees....The local news has become unbearable to me. Sometimes I feel like I can't breathe.
Then I take my own advice--just drink a little more than pre-Kat.