“It’s awfully early for the sun to be up,” I thought as I walked to the marshrootka stop in front of the culture house. It was 5:30 and the sun had finished rising a full 15 minutes ago. Even though it had only been a few months since I last made that walk through town, it seemed like a lifetime ago. I noticed a new magazine that had opened and another building, now finished, that had been under construction in the fall.
I thought about leaving my host mom again. It was easier this time. Maybe it’s because leaving home is always hardest the first time. Maybe it was because this time I know for certain when I will be back. Even though she loaded me down with 10 pounds of jam and a liter of beverage plus an assortment of booterbroad, I didn’t notice any extra burden. Things sent with love are easier to carry, I think.
I boarded the marshrootka and picked a seat. It was the same vehicle I rode into town on two days earlier. As we pulled out of town, I closed my eyes and tried to picture what it would look like when I returned with the town draped in green at last.
As a Mississippian, you have to stay vigilant. I mean, my parents camped in Waveland, you know? For people who have passed by my page regularly, you know I have a problem with people calling New Orleans flooding “hurricane damage.” That’s because anyone that knows anything about hurricanes at all knows that the west side gets a break compared to the east side.
The most recent place I’ve seen someone mention New Orleans as being a hurricane damaged area is in Marvel Comics’ Thor #3 written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. He has the Norse god of thunder walking about a destroyed New Orleans waxing philosophical about what he might have been able to do had he not been dead.
It’s all fine stuff, but what could have been a “moment” is tarnished by the hurricane damage/levee failure confusion. The worst of it is that by saying New Orleans was a hurricane victim, you are giving a pass to all those politicians in Louisiana and on up into the federal levels and the people who did subpar jobs maintaining the levees around New Orleans. That’s not fair to Mississippi who did suffer catastrophic hurricane damage. Even more so, it isn’t fair to the people of New Orleans who lost their homes,their families and/or their lives because someone pocketed money intended to shore up levees.
Thanks to mom’s great packing, I have my PSP. Thanks to Sony’s thoughtfulness, I was able to download the copy of Symphony of the Night I bought for my PS3 a while back onto the PSP via the internet. While I am still hesitant on the whole Blu-ray thing (why does Sony HAVE to have their own proprietary formats?), I like what they are doing with the PSP. They were pretty forward thinking with their designs and now, from Ukraine, I am positioned to benefit from it.
Symphony of the Night is a game I always wanted to play but never did. I imported it for the Saturn and Ebay’d it a few years ago and actually didn’t lose money. Now, though, I am really enjoying it and have time to do proper exploring of the castle. I’ll mimic what others have said and rate it a 9.