Monday, August 29, 2005

Walkin' on Sunshine

Something tells me New Orleans has had enough of Katrina and the Waves right about now.

While the storm turned slightly to the east at the last moment, the worst of the hurricane is hitting the city right now. As a result, the streets are flooding, at least 800,000 people have lost power, winds are gusting at 125-140 MPH and the Superdome's roof ain't holdin' up (a massive piece reportedly flew off), rain now pouring down on the 10,000 folks inside.

And this just in, they're reporting New Orleans is experiencing "total structural failure," which means if you've got a roof on the house you just evacuated, chances are you probably don't have said roof anymore. If that's not bad enough, they're also fearing the petro-chemical plants may leak into the flooded streets, creating a sort of toxic lake around the city -- believe it or not, more toxic than usual. Make no mistake: This is a fuck.

But apparently that's not the worst part of the storm...according to this humanitarian Reuters article, "Hurricane Katrina could wreak havoc on the earnings of major oil companies due to production cuts and property damage in the Gulf of Mexico, but insurance will cover most if not all of the lost profits, according to analysts."

Thank the Good Lord for insurance, praise Jebus. All last night and this morning I was worried sick about the quarterly profits of the world's energy companies in the face of the storm. Tossing and turning, I just couldn't stop thinking about the billions of dollars the richest companies on the globe may lose, but thankfully, very thankfully, they'll be covered by insurance.

So, with a heavy heart, we here at Slack LaLane wish only the best and a speedy recovery to the Cajuns, the Biloxians, the Starbuxian Alabamans and anyone else caught in the path of this bitch of a storm. Good luck, ride it out, stay safe. And remember, there ain't no time to stash the gumbo, just get the fock outta there.

Slack Stats of the Day: Don't look now, but Ken Griffey Jr. has 33 homeruns and 90 runs batted in to go with his .302 average this season. But that's not even the weirdest stat from yesterday -- Roger Clemens' Astros got shut out yesterday for the eighth time in his 27 starts this season. I can't even compute that figure.

Slack Song of the Day: On this day let us turn to one of the original N'awlins famed bands, The Radiators. So here's a nice number called the New Dark Ages, very appropriate for the day's events from 1/28/94 at Tipitina's.

For more from the Rads, search their archive here.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger ethan said...

tony clark is giving griff a run at comeback player of the year...

as to hurricane insurance - i don't know if/how true this is, but some floridian folks i know say that after last year's 4 hurricanes the insurance companies weren't paying off, saying in would bankrupt them to pay the billions of dollars in damages. sooooo, it's a good thing homeowners are REQUIRED to get hurricane insurance down there.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

True, Tony Clark is rippin' it up this season...unreal. Who woulda thunk it?

Personally, I think everyone should have volcano insurance.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Bart Starbux said...

Spoke to the parentals this morning. All is well. They are rolling balls and listening to jam bands.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

The Starbux love their beans and incessant noodling...

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Kenny Alias said...

More sage advice from Captain Obvious:

"Bush urges citizens to wait out hurricane."

Of course to be fair, the President's remarks were prompted by administration reports that Hurricane Katrina was in fact working for Al Qaeda and fears that citizens would try to fight the terrorist weather system.


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