". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Tempest - Again!

Last year it was the Halloween blizzard.  After which it never snowed again.

This year it's Sandy, the Frankenstorm, rolling over us for Halloween.

Himself's really pushing us to do the JetBlue tomorrow. Because if he's going to make the talks in New Orleans he has to go tomorrow, then, because Monday will be blocked by the storm.  And he's not about to leave me here while he goes off.

This would rip at the minimum $2000 out of our budget, and I'm all about the budget.

These talks don't pay. We'd have a wonderful time in NO and avoid some discomfort here -- but it's not going to be $2000 worth of discomfort. Nor are our lives in danger, which would make it all different. 

What I think we're going to get here is a nasty and cruel combo of wind, rain and snow. But as usual, at this time, I think Manhattan -- unlike Long Island and New Jersey -- will mostly be fine. We may lose power for a while if the storm surge (and it is a Full Moon) floods the subways and other underground tunnels. It's unlikely we will lose the use of our gas stove and oven.

So, I'm being a meanie, and saying NO to NO.

Boston, where we were to go today, got postponed; Haiti got postponed;  now New Orleans is out too. 

Instead of Boston, New Orleans and Haiti it's going to wind, rain, snow, tornadoes perhaps, and hurricane.

Our lives are very unlikely to be endangered.  And as it's is neither hot nor cold, if we lose power it won't be like a buggy, drowned 100 degree August mess.

There is no fooling oneself, however. It's going to one hell of one awful, expen$ive mess. And there will be people who will die, and homes will be destroyed.  It's not a joke.

Not good so close to the election either. This is the region that votes solidly blue ....

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