Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Hot Times and the Events Occurring During Them

Can it get any hotter? I don’t know if I want the answer to that. 101 plus humidity, yeah.

Preparing for a writing spree this Friday by reading all sorts of articles by DoD officers bragging about the evolution to a net-centric warfare environment. It’s very bravado-esque, but not very substantive. Hmmm.

Trying to close some business in August is interesting, but getting the irons in the fire is even more interesting. Phone calls and persistence. Going back to Dale Carnegie again, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Provided an old boss in California a sizable international PR lead. Found out she had a new born baby, now that’s pretty cool. She didn’t think kids were in the cards for her. Just goes to show you, never say never.

This is why helping my neighbors out is so important. FEMA decided to pass on providing local flood victims disaster relief. Talk about needing media training, catch this quote in the Washington Post’s article:

"Fairfax should use its resources to help its own people," said Dan Martinez, who was brought in by FEMA from Texas to oversee Virginia's application for aid, which could have included cash grants, low-interest loans, unemployment assistance and temporary housing. "It's an affluent community that's able to address the specific needs of its residents.”

Yeah, tell that to my neighbors, the ones who were in my house on Tuesday night. The ones who are about to become homeless because their businesses are destroyed, and so are their homes. Some still don’t have electricity. You would think FEMA would have learned its lessons after New Orleans.

2 Comments:

Blogger McGuire Associates said...

I can't believe those FEMA guys. Unbelieveable. Wishing your neighbors the best of luck, and good for you on providing help to them. Donating services is one of the most admirable things a business can do.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh. Just because your neighbors might not be affluent, doesn't mean Fairfax County isn't. It seems Northern Virginia likes all the government handouts it can get. Without making the substantial investments into its people and its infrastructure that it should. I think what FEMA said quite perfectly is that there is plenty of money in Fairfax, should Fairfax step up to the plate and do its job and help its own citizens instead of turning to the feds for help. The poverty rate of Fairfax doesn't even approach a New Orleans. Perhaps he was blunt, in that inestimable Texas style, but blunt is what FEMA needs right now.

5:59 PM  

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