Today is my day off and like most of my days off, I go into work just to be sure there isn’t something that needs a minute or two of attention. I usually go in late and leave early and that is, or rather was my plan for today. At precisely 9:30 the power went off followed 15 minutes later by a confirmation text from Duke Energy, that, yes, they are experiencing power outages.
For confirmation, I walk outside and survey the surroundings. I live next to a busy highway and there is a traffic signal on the corner. It’s down and for the last 25 minutes, north-south traffic has continued without incident, although the people leaving Lowe’s across the street are experiencing long wait times to gain access to the world.
Duke Energy actually sent two texts, the second one tells me power should be restored in three hours. I’m not thrilled about that, but hey, people in Puerto Rico have been without power for almost three weeks. Hopefully in three hours, I can get rolling and more to the point, the hot water will still be a least luke warm then.
The people of Puerto Rico are in for a treat today. Donald Trump is coming to visit, lucky them. As I type, Air Force One is making its way southward from Washington, DC bearing the 45th President of the United States. This is the same man that just days ago was feuding with the Mayor of San Juan. Class Act, he is.
Last night I exhausted myself sitting here venting my anger about what happened in Las Vegas. When I got up this morning, I re-read what I wrote and was sort of disappointed. I wanted to write about anger, but I let it get out of hand. Upon reflection, I think I’ll just let those words stand. But I was worn out and didn’t think I could write again for a few days.
Now, three hours later I’m celebrating unity with my fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. I’m not without food or water, my home is still standing, I just don’t have electricity or internet for that matter. Well I do have a fully charged iPhone next to me, but I’m not going to check the news or Twitter until the power comes back on.
Like most of my brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, I have no idea where Donald Trump is right now and I don’t care. At The White House this morning, Donald Trump made some impromptu remarks before heading to Marine One. You know those god awful things he says every time he tries to get on a helicopter. Today was no different. He talked about the “Miracle in Las Vegas”.
He was referring to the first responders, the police, the fire and the paramedics and how efficiently and bravely they responded. Unfortunately 574 people were shot by a sniper and 59 of them are dead and President Tone Deaf used the word Miracle several times. He does this quite often when talking off the cuff. As in Puerto Rico…big ocean, lots of water, big ocean.
I was watching Morning Joe during the departure. Mike Barnicle commandeered the conversation and looked straight into the camera and said “I’m just tired of seeing this man and hearing him talk. I’ve had enough.” Now, I may have paraphrased some of that, but that is pretty close to his words, but exactly his intent. Frankly, I feel the same way and I know a lot of you do as well.
Just stop talking Mr. President. If you can’t mention the folks who were shot Monday morning while you’re on your way to visit the people you said just wanted everything done for them two days before that, then please just shut up. If you will, I’ll feel better. One of my non-political co-workers told me yesterday, “I’m fed up with this crap and want everything to calm down, NOW!”
I started this blog a few weeks ago to find out if I really wanted to be a writer or if it was just a fantasy. I have a list of topics sitting here to the left of my keyboard, but current events are making it hard for me to write what I want. I think of myself as Southern and would like to write like that. But, I am afraid my South is gone.
Not the South of the Civil War, not the racist South of the 20th century, but the South of my youth. Riding bicycles with baseball cards clipped to the spokes, Sunday dinners of fried chicken and macaroni pie, the 14 year old guy in my sixth grade class that drove his Pontiac to school. Those are the kinds things that influenced me growing up in the South.
I don’t know for sure that I’ll write about all of those or any of those. But like Mike Barnicle, I do know what I am tired of seeing and hearing. Mr. President, please listen once in a while and please stop talking so much. You’re making it harder and harder to write.
FOOTNOTE: The power just came back on and I rinsed out my coffee cup, and YES, I still have hot water! My Dad had a saying: “You can do anything for 30 minutes, including standing on your head.” To my brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico I say this: “La agonía es larga pero la muerte es segura”