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05 September 2005

Could things get any weirder?

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Today's Most Interesting Photo comes to you to relay my, ok, I'll say it, absolute shock of Seattle Storm being booted hardcore from defending their 2004 WNBA title...totally stomped at home at Key Arena, unbelievable. Like you have never seen a bigger smearing on the court. OK, so I wasn't there but did get a feel for the stun-age whilst listening to the online broadcast. It's a heartbreaker when even super power forward Loz from Oz (#15 above, face in jersey, Ms. Lauren Jackson) cries as the clock winds down. A total 180 degree turn from how they'd been doing. I mean, in the big picture of life it's 'just' sports entertainment, but this team is all heart and so is its small but very loyal fan base, so it's just sucky.

Ah well. On to the 2006 season. Hopefully I can hit a game or two whilst in Seattle in the summer, maybe even bringing some newbies so I can hear that cute reaction that many, in my experience, tend to have at their first womens' pro game: "Holy shit those girls are tall!

By the way, Tanisha Wright (#30), I hear you are coming back to Penn State now to finish up your degree in the off season, let me know if you want to audit my German 3 class.

On a more relevant note, players and fans have been raising tons of cash at home games in particular for Storm center and New Orleans native Janell Burse's parish. Her family has lost everything, I can't imagine what it's like to be one of the zillions this is hitting so hard. Despite all the crap people seem to be sticking together on this and I hope that vibe grows and grows and grows.

The picture though also kind of relays the general dismay of how I've been feeling about images, narratives, commentary and information on Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Basically a hands-up-in-the-air-can-I-get-a-big-old-'WTF'? But feeling blessed that a friendly reassuring hand is on my jersey, metaphorically speaking, of course, since I'm too damn short to be a pro contender on the court. I could always bite ankles, I suppose. -They say every little bit helps. I have to think that it's the act of even wanting to help in the first place that is going to help. What's going to happen to New Orleans? Your comments go here:


At 05 September, 2005 16:16, Anonymous Anonym said...

Hi Lisa...Sorry about your team. There are kids all over NYC seeling cookies and lemonade; giving the money to the Red Cross. Some buildings even have matching money programs from the parents and from the parents' companies, etc. One little girl told me she had already raised $3000 just over the weekend. Pretty good lemonade. I have faith that New Orleans will rise from the muck...I do not understand why the mayor and the governor did not commandeer every city bus and every school bus they could find on Sat and Sun and Mon last week and INSIST that people leave if they could not get out on their own, did not have a car, etc. Interesting times we live in. Love, Cindy

At 06 September, 2005 18:10, Blogger Gina Grace said...

One of the neatest things I remember about NOLA when I was there for New Years 2000 (and I use the term "neatest" because I am my father's daughter) was the feeling of controlled mayhem. Everything was crazy, out of control, yet totally okay. Yeah, there were probably fights, drunk people being stupid etc, but everyone pretty much got along. It was like all the road, but none of the rage. The NOLA Police Department is famous for their high level of patience, restraint and tollerance, yet they're now getting heavy criticism for their ineffectiveness. I wonder what kind of (further)massive disaster this would have blossomed into if it were anywhere else in the world where people are wound-up-tight (yes, that's a Steve Gold-ism) 24/7.

I think New Orleans will do just fine. But I'm sad that the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "Hurricane" in New Orleans will never again be the fuzzy memories of a sticky sweet drunkenness at Pat O'Brien's.

I do wonder about Biloxi though, that isn't a major tourist attractions or worl-famous city, yet is a major pulse point for the communities that it supports.

At 06 September, 2005 20:43, Blogger Lisaopolis said...

Yes, I am sad that I never got to see and experience NO/B.K. I think the criticisms are not of the police themselves but of the blatant lack of leadership from the forces all the way to the top.

Now Bush is saying rescue missions were 'unacceptable'. Good, we know that. Thanks for admiting. Give Homeland Security something to scramble its way out of. His degree in C.Y.A-ology should be approved soon. Lack of leaderhip, lack of leadership. I wish he'd call it for what it is. That's not 'finger pointing', that's just pointing out.

God bless everyone who is making it through and helping and doing whatever they need to do to make things better.

At 08 September, 2005 18:44, Anonymous Anonym said...

i think some of the local politicians have to take some of the blame too. its a democrat ran state .
what u think of arnold's veto? im sure that was your next topic?

At 08 September, 2005 19:56, Anonymous Jon said...

hehe--not only do you have spam, you seem to have Republicans! Same thing if you think about it though--both are annoying, virulent, and inhibit actual intelligent discourse...


At 09 September, 2005 10:00, Blogger Lisaopolis said...

No, Arni's veto is not my next topic, although I was going to blather on about him and Wienerschnitzel or something.

Oh, I'm sure it was a total Blue State Conspiracy down in Loo-zee-anne, mon ami.


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