Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The "second-worst-case scenario"

In times of disaster, people think of the small things.

My friend Todd writes from Tulsa: "I called my house [in New Orleans], and amazingly the phone still works. That has to be a good sign."

Another friend emailed me from her refuge in Alabama. Among other things, she is "weirdly grieving out of all proportion for the books I left behind."

A third friend, whom I haven't heard from in a while, works at the Times-Picayune, which I have been reading. I too think of small things, like whether he was on one of the delivery trucks that evacuated T-P staffers after the roads became impassable for cars.

(Terry Teachout has been linking to Katrina-related blog reports.)

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