For the record, when I wrote the essay Hurricane Weather recently, I had no idea about Hurricane Jimena. I was sort of grooving on the anniversary of Katrina.
But exactly two years and two days ago I was riding out Hurricane Henriette in a concrete bungalow in Todos Santos, Baja. One of the more impressive birthday presents the Universe has given me, lol. Even though it was a less than macho Cat 1 hurricane….I can now officially say I have been in a hurricane. Cool.
For nearly two weeks after Henriette, I had no electricity. I had just pulled into town and had an appointment for the day it hit to get the power turned on on the house I was staying in. The power guys were sort of busy for a while with other folks, so I was outta luck. And with no power, I couldn’t get the satellite dish hooked up….
And all of this was occurring JUST as we were trying to launch Docudharma. Each day the power was supposed to be on and each day the launch got moved back. We could have launched on Sept 11th….but we decided to wait for a day with a slightly better omen capacity.
I still don’t understand why people call me a drama queen, doesn’t everybody live like this?
So now…Jimena is just about to hit Baja, just like two years ago, and as I said in Hurricane Weather…we are waiting.
Hurricane weather, waiting for the skies to change, for good or ill. We are waiting to see if the Dems sell out on Health Care. We are waiting for the torture investigations to begin, or drop the smoking gun. We are waiting to get out of Iraq, we are waiting to see if the new Surge “works” in Afghanistan. We are waiting to see how bad Congress sells out on Climate change.
This time, I am waiting in SoCal. With power, lights, a working refrigerator and internet this time instead of in the dark, lol. And……….No George Bush in the White House.
That truly WAS a dramatic time. Waiting to see who the candidate would be, and then waiting to see if Obama would defeat McCain and change the world. And it must be said, he has. Just by not being Bush to begin with. But as frustrated as we are about how much change is possible right now, and how little we seem to be doing to take advantage of this possibility for change….change IS happening.
A less dramatic, lol, change than we would like. Not ENOUGH change for sure, all things considered, but change nonetheless. Without Bush in office, things are more stable. That stability is allowing some actual building to be done. Even though no one seems to really be able to fully Grok the change, fully Grok what is being built.
Despite the media glorification of them the birthers and teabaggers…the Religious Wrong…are shooting their last big political wad. The republican party is NO-ing themselves out of relevance. Momentum for accountability is actually building.
The political battle has shifted from a united (cough) Dem party vs Repubs …to Centrist Moderate Dems vs …well……Change.
This is better.
It ABSOLUTELY SUCKS of course….but it is better. Except for the frustration, the frustration of waiting for our (nominally) own people to wake the fuck up and realizing that most if not all of the restrictions on change that had been in place for the last eight years are gone.
A critical mass of the GenPop is ready for change. Ready and…waiting. “Our” people have failed to see this change, have failed to recognize the opportunity, are still operating under the old paradigm of fear. Fearing the Republicans, fearing the GenPop, fearing the Left of their own Party. Our ‘leaders’ and FAR to many of our compatriots on the Center Left are living in the fearful past.
Unable to see that the “safe” political move right now IS a relatively radical change.
Unable to see that the ONLY way ‘we’ can lose is by being to cautious, by not giving the People the Change they want.
Teddy’s passing has revealed and emphasized the fact that, other than Obama, we have NO leaders. NO ONE brave enough and smart enough to stand up and fill the vacuum and lead the way out of the Bush Years and into the future. No one is willing to seize the day, seize the opportunity.
And understandably so.
It is Hurricane Weather….wildfires are out of control, anyone who sticks their head up….is going to get it blown off. Is going to get burned.
Even bloggers, good folks like Slinkerwink and NYCeve who are working their asses of to make a new future are getting attacked….by people on our side.
EVERYONE is subject to the fear and anger that is indeed burning like a wildfire across the political landscape. The atmosphere is so unresolved, so thick with fear and anger on both sides that anyone who makes a declarative statement is the new target and WILL be attacked.
Even the frikking President is afraid to fully stand up and fight for what he seems to believe in.
Everyone is waiting.
Nobody knows what we are waiting for.
As much as we like to think we are in charge…we aren’t. Events are. Something is coming, we hope, lol. Because something needs to break this Hurricane Weather.
And if the past is any indication, (which it isn’t, lol) it will be something dramatic.
Until then, we keep working, keep waiting, and look for the change within ourselves.
And wait for the day when we have some exciting way to end an essay!