Well, friends, we made it through another one. Hurricane Isaac took out our power at about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The good people of Entergy got it back to us a little after 9 p.m. on Saturday. We got internet and cable back earlier today.
I’ve been trying to come up with what, exactly, I should say about the storm that you can’t find elsewhere, something specific to my perspective and my experience… and honestly, there isn’t much to say. Isaac was a category 1 hurricane. He did some damage. Luckily, he didn’t do any severe damage to me or my family, but there are other people who weren’t so lucky. Still, it could have been worse.
If there’s one thing I want to say that I haven’t heard from a lot of people, though, it’s my feelings about how the news media handled this storm. From the first stirrings of Isaac in the Atlantic to his last vestiges drifting north, the coverage I saw was irresponsible, reprehensible, and for people who pride themselves on keeping the public informed, it was absolutely unforgivable. Each network was nothing more than a flurry of panic, fearmongering, and half-assed “stories” that left me almost physically ill.
And this is my response after I’ve calmed down.
If you really want to see my fired up response, I’ve posted a video here that I filmed during the storm, culminating in a little rant on Saturday afternoon, where I got a bit angrier than I ever intended it to be. If you don’t feel like watching that, I certainly don’t blame you. Just know I’m good, my family is good, and life is coming back to normal. Thanks for all the good thoughts.