Thursday, September 01, 2005

The pictures and video coming out of Louisiana and Mississippi are just mind-boggling. I was watching Sportscenter on Tuesday and Aaron Brooks of the New Orleans Saints compared the devastation to that of 9/11 in terms of the effects on the psyche of those involved. At the time I thought he was exaggerating, but it's clear now that he wasn't at all. Just to give an idea of the destruction for those who have never been to the affected areas, here is a picture from my visit to Mississippi last May for my step-siblings graduation:

Now watch the SkyCopter on the Coast, 3rd tour available from http://www.wlbt.com/. The church that you can see in the initial shot is the same church that Jie and I are standing in front of in the picture. The entire town of Bay St. Louis, which was as entertaining and pretty as any New England fishing village, is basically destroyed.

Thankfully, my step-siblings and their relatives are safe, but there are many still in need so please donate to charities in order to help the victims of Katrina. As always, The Red Cross is a good default organization for your donations.

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