Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Land Mass between New Orleans and Mobile



Bless their hearts....bless our hearts--Louisiana--Mississippi.

Here we are on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina once again experiencing Hurricane Isaac. No, Isaac is no Katrina not by any stretch of the imagination. But Katrina at least had the courtesy to come in, do her dastardly deeds and leave. Not so with Isaac. He thinks he'll just hang around a while. He was never welcomed here but,even if he was, he has long out worn it.

We live a good 200 miles away from the eye of Isaac and its been raining and blowing since last night. Seemingly, there is no end in sight.

Being the news junkie that I am, I can't help but be amused by the weather forecasters on the various news channels. Sometimes I just find myself yelling at the TV...JUST GET OUT OF THE RAIN FOR PETE'S SAKE! Don't they know we'll take them at their word if they tell us it is raining and blowing??? Apparently not!

I've also been quite amused this time with the "land mass between New Orleans and Mobile" controversy. It is "alleged" that someone on the Weather Channel referred to Mississippi as the "land mass" between New Orleans and Mobile in reports of Hurricane Isaac. I don't know if this really was said but no matter, it has cause an Internet outrage among Mississippians(please see "the land mass between New Orleans and Mobile's Facebook page).

What outsiders don't realize is that after Katrina many if not most Mississippians got their feelings hurt because the media's focus was primarily on that of New Orleans. It was as if the media was not aware that the Mississippi Gulf Coast had just experienced something equal to that of nuclear weapons being dropped on them! Even today any mention of Katrina always brings to mind what happened in New Orleans and not Mississippi. We Mississippians will remind you that what happened in New Orleans was a water event (the levies failed). What happened to the Mississippi Gulf Coast was a Hurricane Katrina event.

Ergo, Mississippian rage at meteorologists "land mass" comments.

I should not find it funny, but in a strange way I do. Don't get me wrong, hurricanes are never funny, but meteorologists, news people standing in the rain, and Mississippians at war over land mass comments, is pretty funny stuff--in the grand scheme of things.

I am a daughter of the South. Born in Louisiana, live and love in Mississippi, with deep paternal roots in the red clay hills of Alabama. At this very moment I have hanging in my closet a purple and gold LSU tee-shirt. I also have a maroon and white Mississippi State one as well.

Still working on that red and white Alabama one though...LOL!This could be the year I connect "the masses" and buy one.

9 comments:

Buttercup said...

Keep safe! Prayers for all in the "land mass."

forsythia said...

By all means, buy that Alabama red and white tee shirt! Seriously, though, it was so upsetting to see Isaac following Katrina's path of destruction. As I understand it, the folks in Louisiana and Mississippi are still recovering from Katrina, seven years later. Doesn't seem fair. At least maybe some of the drought-afflicted areas are getting some relief. Yes, I know that rainwater from downpours often just runs right off, but maybe the underground water tables will rise a bit. Thoughts and prayers with y'all.

Travis Cody said...

You and the rest of the folks on that land mass called Mississippi hang in there and don't let the national media get you down.

Besides, you'll always reside in the state everyone loves to spell!

They call me Deb said...

Living up here in the north, it's easy to disassociate ourselves with the flooding and devastation hurricanes bring to you in the south.
And because we rely on the 'news' to give us an accurate (whatever) report, many of us in other portions of the country didn't realize the devastation that hurricanes cause in areas other than N.O. and Louisiana. So glad for friends who live on that 'land mass' who gave us true reports. Now that we know the 'truth', we've been praying for you all.

Deb

Trish said...

Well, Can I just say that you Mississippians are some strong, independent people! Never, did I see you blaming the government for what happened...you pulled yourselves up and went on. Land Mass...sheesh! Pray that all is well Debra!

Sonja said...

Oh I hope you are drying out over there.I heard the expression 'land mass' too... what a bunch of clowns! NOT the funny kind...

Anyway, I've been thinking of all of you over there. It does seem as though God is unleashing a lot of fury in terms of weather. I wonder what it all means...

Blessings friend.

goodnightgram said...

Go for the red and white! Just don't wear it outside when the weather forecasters are standing in the rain! They do that here too, in a snowstorm. Sheesh! I actually hadn't heard any "land mass" comments. I can understand the irritation, though.

Mimi said...

HI DEBRA!!
I hope by now, you have dried out....I know that MS was hit hard by Katrina....I saw this myself when we drove through the gulf on our way to Orlando....Biloxi looked quite different then what we saw 5 years before....
hope you are all ok and not to wet...
hugs,
jamie

Grayquill said...

Yeah....I would be ticked too.
I hope you came through it all safely.