Friday, November 2, 2012

Hey, Bloomberg

Yeah, I'm talking to you.  Calling you out.

You made a bad call today, my friend.

You really want to start a marathon less than two miles from where the bodies of two little boys were just recovered?

You really think a race is more important than locating missing people?


You see this and want to press on as scheduled?

You really want to divert first responders for a sporting event?

You really want to open up the city to thousands of extra tourists when the people who live there are having a hard time getting around?

You really want to use precious generators to run electricity to tents?

You really think that people won't understand if draining the subway system is more important than sticking to a calendar?

You really think that people who are waiting in line for hours on end for gasoline give a shit about a bunch of tourists crowding the streets?

You really believe that this is sending the right message to the world?  What about the message it sends to all those people who are in the dark because the power is still off?

You do realize that over 80 people are confirmed dead just in your town, right?  That the coastline of the Jersey shore has been altered?  That there are trees in the living rooms of houses and boats washed up on front yards?

I ask because I've been that angry women on Staten Island.

I've been the person without power, without water, without gas.  Who didn't see a single emergency vehicle for days.  Who wanted to scream at the FEMA people when they finally showed up.  Who ran generators borrowed from neighbors to power medical equipment.  Who was too busy clearing out debris from a house to care about sporting events.

You see, Mr. Bloomberg, I lived about 5 miles from the epicenter of the Northridge quake, at least as the crow flies.  My neighborhood cracked in half.  Literally.  A line opened up all the way down the canyon and under my house.  Roads were impassable, houses condemned.

You think any of us living in LA back then would have been excited if a Marathon went on as scheduled?

I'm going to say no.

Not just no, but hell no.

We were a little more focused on finding food we could eat and boiling water on our backyard grills.  We were digging our houses out, tending to injuries, trying to put our lives back together.

I get the argument about returning to normal.  Normal isn't happening when bodies are still piling up and the subways are flooded and the power is still off to portions of the city.  There's nothing wrong with waiting, postponing the race, saving lives first, making the people a priority.

I'm disappointed in you and your precious race, Mr. Bloomberg.

I had hoped for better.

Bad call.

3 comments:

  1. yep, every word= spot on.

    Death toll's at 100, and more than 600 are missing or unaccounted for and he wants 30 to 40K thousands people running by the devastation so NYC can make some money? Unless every damn dime goes to the relief AND he can guarentee it, then thinking about the marathon is still wrong.

    good post

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  2. That is just...crazy.

    I'm going nuts right now, trying to remember who I talked to who actually knows someone who went out for that thing. And I was thinking, are you out of your mind? People are trying to LEAVE New York and just survive. And you're going to go add to the problem?

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  3. Mayor Big Gulp botched this one big time. I'm glad the voices of New Yorkers (and the country) were finally heard. Thoughts & prayers to all those still suffering.

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