Friday, July 08, 2005

Dennis the Menace

As Hurricane Dennis plows through Cuba and into the Gulf, I first ask everyone to pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor to protect everyone from all loss of life and property from this storm and during the rest of hurricane season.

As people around the area (SE Louisiana) have been discussing evacuation today (which is probably unnecessary since it looks now like Dennis won't head this way), I realized that a movie chronicling the evacuation of a city preceding a natural disaster would make a great study in human relationships. Being stuck in a car for 12 or 14 hours on what should be a 4 to 6 hour trip makes for high drama - and comedy. I've been through an evacuation once (with Hurricane Georges back in 1998) and heard stories of an the even bigger one from the family last year with Hurricane Ivan, and I've realized that they're quite spectacular events. While they certainly are frightening in a way, they also have a certain kind of rush that goes with things apocolyptic. That may sound harsh or cold considering the great damage these storms do and the human lives they take, but nonetheless they are very interesting.