Made a long trip today through several Texas cities, winding up (before heading west and home) in San Antonio and a visit to the great new SPCA animal shelter to see what's needed. They, along with the Houston SPCA, rushed to Louisiana just before the storm surge and pulled out all shelter animals in the affected areas. The San Antonio dogs and cats are making out like bandits in the new shelter which is full to bursting but unusually cool and comfy and smells of... soap. Dog and cat "galleries" smell of nice fresh soap possibly of the eco-friendly variety. The dogs are housed in two's and three's in large, cool, clean pens. The cats have small, snug motel rooms with glass so you can see them -- or rather you can see them if they're not communing with the friends to whom they have access. The shelter's parking lot was jammed. The lobby was full of people filling out adoption forms. Every volunteer seems to be on hand. Not a sign of anguish or trouble anywhere.
I'm not a big fan of the American Red Cross. That's why, when there's a disaster of the scale we're seeing in New Orleans, I look for other familiar organizations which have gotten involved. This time Craig's List has compiled a good list.. It's here.
Between the time I left early this morning and the time I got back late this afternoon, the *!@*%$*! gas prices had risen from 2.49 to 2.89. Car radio tells me CEO's are now being paid 430 times as much as their average employees. Let's say you make $3,000/month. Every month you get your check (before deductions) you know your CEO is taking home (let's see, check my math, please) $1,290,000 (before deductions but also not accounting for bonuses and stock options). Revolution anyone?