2/27/2006

 

Lessons of Katrina

I was reading over the weekend about the lingering effects Hurricane Katrina has caused in New Orleans. A lot of people were rendered homeless that dark day. Some have since found refuge with friends and family; some have begun new lives elsewhere. Some have placed their trust in FEMA (they're probably better off trying to hit the lottery.) Some, I'm sure, have probably become New World Gypsies, moving from place to place as the mood, and the lure of work, strikes them.

All have one thing in common: they used to have homes. In the space of one day, they don't any longer.

My point is that this can happen to any of us, at any time. My downfall was lack of money (and a modicum of poor planning) that led to eviction. But homelessness can come just as quickly under other circumstances. A fire. A tornado. A prolonged illness. Bankruptcy. Layoff. Job outsourcing. Incompetent political leaders. A meteor. The list goes on. It is easier than you think to have a house fulll of stuff one day and be living on the street less than a day later.

Homelessness can come like lightning (or by lightning...) Be vigilant.

Comments:
Hey my brother. I saw the article on you in the News and Record. I just wanted to applaud you for your courage. Keep blogging. Your story is one that needs to be told.
 
i saw ur story in the gso news also, more help is needed 4 homeless peeps
 
im feeling those effects right now ... im a katrina survivor
 
You are the Sisyphus of the modern world.
 
Hi there,

I saw the article about you in the News and Record. Great blog. I wish you well and hope that things start going your way very soon.

You are a great writer, btw.
 
hi, you are a man of wills!All the best
 
I saw your Google Ads on above and just wondering how can they send cash to you when you are homeless? lol BTW best wishes to you!
 
Hello Cybermacer,

Allow me to give you some words of encourgement and a bit of advice from someone who was evicted, homeless and lived in their car for three months.

1) You will get through this ebb period.

I don't know when it will end for you but it will.

2) If you have any family or friends, ask for help. Don't let you're pride get in the way.

I could have reached out for help way before my father reached out for me. I denied a lot of help because of my pride.

3) The greatest lesson I learned was allowing people to give to me. Accepting help. I still struggle with it but it's much better.

I recorded my homeless experience too.

Here is an entry of my first day homeless.

2004-05-07 13:20:58 (GMT)

1st day Homeless

Last night, I left the office about 11:00pm. Went home, I
could see that my mattress and desk was out on the curb.
What a sight. So I went to Leon's afterwards to pacify
myself with a link sandwich. Then I fell asleep in the car
around Pill Hill. I only slept until 3am. I then went to
wash clothes at an all night laundry. After that I needed
shaving cream to shave myself and get ready for my listing
appointment today. By 6:30am, I was suited up. I got rested
again and it's now 8:00am. I was greeted by that bitch name
Angie waiting to get in the door. It's raining and cold
today.

BTW, I was a Realtor.
 
Your story is literally inspirational. Keep blogging. I will share your story with all those I come in contact with.

My best wishes are for you and your family.
 
Stay strong. This too shall pass.
 
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Keep blogging, it will help to keep the beast at bay.

I wish I could offer more than just my moral support. The sad fact is that there are a lot of us that are only a pay check or less away from sharing your fate.

Keep fighting the good fight. I think you are on the right path.
 
Read about you on digg.com

You've opened my eyes as to how easy it is to become homeless. You're just an average guy like anyone else.

Thanks,

Ross, Sydney Australia.
 
I saw your story on digg.com too

I'd like to say we all take everyday for granted your experiences have opened my eyes. Pls continue you good work thanks

JR
www.cairnsxpozed.com
 
Get ready for the onslaught - you're front page on del.icio.us and digg.com. Thank you for working to prove to the world that not all homeless are "homeless by choice".

My wife and I have both worked in homeless programs, and most of the people we encountered were either overcome by a run of tremendous bad luck/circumstances or had a mental problem/addiction that hampered their ability to pursue work. The "homeless by choice" are few. Keep up the excellent writing, and let all of us know if we can help somehow.
 
Your blog is informative and serves a great purpose: To educate people that homelessness is not a choice.

I send my love, thoughts, and best wishes to you and your family. I wish you a speedy trip back into a house/apartment of your own.

- Billy, Wondir Community Manager
www.wondir.com
 
Also, I've blogged and linked to you here on my blog.
 
most people dont understand how precarious they are to the brink. Me? I handle money well, but if its not coming in in adequate amounts it can put you in a bad place. Me? I had to make a decision on what was more useful, access to food, or housing with no food. I mean if you seen how I was living in 2004 and in 2005, man you d say whattahell?
 
I' am sickened by the treatment of those rendered homeless by Katrina. Some projections say that over 200,000 will remain homeless for the next 3-5 years!! What kind of crap is that? I blogged about it a few days ago, it's sick how the government wastes money on stupid things when there are so many people in need.
 
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