Actually, I've been back since yesterday but I haven't had neither the time nor the inclination to write. For that, I apologize. It's just so easy for me to get out of the habit of doing things and it's been almost a week since I last wrote.
Anyway, enough with the excuses. My trip was wonderful. For the first time in years both of my brothers were around for my birthday, my mother threw me a lovely dinner Saturday night with some of my closest DR friends and then on Sunday I spent the day at Aura (the beach). I came back well fed, with slightly shorter hair, and with this ridiculous tan! While at the beach, I forgot to turn around so the front of my body is nice and red where as the back is not :) Also, my bday gift to myself was a new pair of Chanel sunglasses and well, while at the beach I forgot to take those off...hahaha
Being away gave me some time to stop thinking about all the things that are going on here. It has occurred to me that were there to be a terrorist attack right now anywhere in American soil, and that might just be the end of America as we know it.
I find it hard to believe that we were so unprepared for hurricane Katrina that it has turned into this mess. I am also shocked at the Federal response to the disaster. They are all pointing fingers to each other and blaming the bureaucracy and apparently they forget that Bush didn't decide to come back from vacation until Wednesday, meanwhile the city flooded on Monday. They also seem to forget that to go start a war in Iraq didn't take this long, and that to appoint the other idiot what's his name as US ambassador to the U.N. didn't take this long either and it was done without the bureaucracy.
I don't know if I'll go so far as to agree with Kanye West by saying that George Bush doesn't like black people, but I will say that he sure as hell doesn't like the poor folks. Reading the news yesterday and reading the remark his mother (former First Lady Barbara Bush) made about how evacuating the city improved the situation of some of the evacuees because they were so underprivileged I was shocked that anyone in their right mind would say that. But that's evidence of the kind of household he grew up in and the kind of values he has.
I know that had Katerina happened in NYC, which gives the federal government billions of dollars a year in taxes, this would be an entirely different ball game. Bloomberg wouldn't have to swear on National TV or put out desperate SOSs because things happen here and people take notice.
Also, look at all the international aid being offered that's being turned away as if we don't need it. Cuba offered 1,500 doctors (some of the best in the world might I add) and medicines to be sent over here. I don't' think Bush ever even responded. As if all the sick people are being taken care of. As if we couldn't use the medicines. All because Fidel Castro is a communist and there is an embargo. It irks me! This could have been the beginning of something good but the Bush pride stands in the way. I wonder if it's also standing in the way of accepting Chavez's offer to send cheap gas/oil...
I think that more and more this country is acquiring some really bad karma...