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Oil In The Gulf

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

As many of you know, we live on the Gulf Coast. It has been somewhat trying these last few months in that I work for Baldwin County and know first hand what a catastrophe this is and what IS and ISN'T getting done the way it should be. Don't get me wrong, people are stepping up to the plate (finally) and things are beginning to get done. But, in those first weeks and month...everyone was waiting on the other person to do something. Kinda like when you're sitting on the couch, eating cookies and potato chips while watching the Biggest Loser. You're thinking to yourself, "Man, I really need to be getting off this couch and start exercising". But....you don't. You don't know where to start. I think that was kind of like BP and the Federal Government. BP says, "We're gonna be responsible!" OK...be responsible! Get the ball rolling. Wait for it....wait for it.....nothing. "I'm gonna get off this couch and start exercising!!" Wait for it...wait for it....nothing. Then the big dogs (Federal Government) weigh in on it. "Well, I see nothing is getting done so we're gonna start getting things done!" Wait for it...wait for it...eh...I see something...nope...nada. "Yes, I really am gonna get off this couch and exercise! See!? There! Whew! I walked around the couch. Man, I'm tired!" Plop. Can you see the frustration? Yep. Talk about the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida get fightin' mad! Most of the folks 'round these parts finally just said, "Well, if you won't do it....we will!" And, they did! For example, Weeks Bay Volunteer Fire Department (yes, I said VOLUNTEER) got their own boom and put out to keep the oil from coming in to their bay...plus, they put barges in front of the boom so the waves wouldn't destroy the boom! That is taking matters into your own hands...but it worked. When President Obama came to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach earlier this month...I'm sure he got an ear full from the mayors of those respective cities. I know that ever since then...things have been put in to high gear. Finally! "I'm tired of sitting on this couch and watching the world go by...I'm getting motivated and exercising!" (Theme music from Rocky playing in the background) "I'm doing it! I'm really doing it! Woo Hoo!" And, just like with the oil spill...it's gonna take a long time...a REALLY long time to get things back to the way they should be...and things may not be like they once were...but the change will happen. We just have to stay the course and make sure we are doing everything we can to make it right. These are some pictures that Dave took last week when ALOT of oil was coming in. There were many, many vessels in the water with oil absorbent boom trying to catch the oil before it made it's way to the beach.



Little boats....



and big boats...



even helicopters out "spotting" for oil!

Unfortunately....



the beaches are practically empty. This is something one wouldn't normally see on a Saturday in June...empty beaches. This has really hit our area hard. So, please keep us in your prayers. Pray that things will get better and everyone will "stay the course" and look ahead for when we really do begin to see a change!
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  • KAYAKBABE
    Do you think maybe that we are all at fault? I think we are. We let them drill in the oceans for pete's sake. We as a people have become very apathetic and most of us don't vote or bother to keep track of what's happening in federal and state legislatures. I'm not a environmentalist bleeding heart at all. I like my gas, I like my SUV. I'll keep driving them. But I've been to europe. 7 bucks for a gallon of gas is no big deal there. People get used to it. People combine or carpool more, live closer to work, walk more, they deal with it. We can handle not having such cheap fuel. Let's stop the silly stupid drilling in places that can have horrible economic impact when accidents happen. Accidents will happen. it's a given. So. let's ensure they happen in places that can be more contained. And let's be sure we have the tools available and the laws in place that will let us accept help when they do occur. That whole silly business about not being able to accept the dutch offer of help because our own unions wouldn't get their fair share was just down right ridiculously stupid and selfish.

    Really this is all a very stupid mess that should not have happened in the first place with a little foresight, better planning. Even though it did happen, containment could have occured at the time if only there were less selfishness on the part of the unions which prevented our country from accepting help it needed. I for one am ashamed that our president didn't exercise his ability to accept that help. I am sure it would have fallen under the same laws which allow him to enact a military action without an act of war of congress in order to protect the united states. He did and does have that ability. He needs to not be so paralyzed by the thought of losing union votes that he would allow a multibillion dollar economic loss by our country due to this huge scale disaster.

    stupid, selfish.... preventable on so many levels.

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    Instead of just being sorry folks, get out there and vote. Get aware, read the bills in congress both fed and state. I've started to. There is some pretty stupid stuff going on especially in those 'riders' attached to bills. That's where the stupid stuff really happens. I'm just plain mad and instead of being sorry. I'm gonna do something.. vote, read, and tell my congressman what I think. If enough of us actually get off our couch potatoe modes and exercise our freedom of speech, we really can do some change.

    Get to it sparkers... you are here on spark to create change in your own life. extend that a little can make some noise about things to your government. Cheer them when they do good. they need to hear postive feedback too, after all they are poeple. but let em have it when they do bad. and spank them by voting them out of office if they are bad too often. We don't need idiots who foul up things being our representatives. what does that say about us, we elect them to do for us. duh!
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    Comment edited on: 8/8/2010 3:37:49 PM
  • CHICADEE26
    Ahh, our beautiful beaches!! Glad to hear things are starting to happen to help. This is our home away from home and the oil will not stop us from coming - but the pictures and news are so disheartening! I go from crying to being so mad I could knock someones head off!
    3769 days ago
  • LLTS01
    I have been following the news and it's really sad what we have done to out environment. And I hope you are using the opportunity to max out he use of those quiet beaches.
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    3773 days ago
  • KEEPSAKES66
    Wow- I have been watching this long distance and thinking what a huge impact this is having on the environment. It has the potential to touch all of us personally as the oceans are all connected. It can affect the food we eat, the water we swim in and so many beautiful creatures are at risk....
    It's really sad.
    On another note you nailed it with the application- put down those chips get off the couch and keep up the sparking :-)
    3775 days ago
  • MARIE625
    Great blog! Sad, but thought provoking. Normally, I don't care too much about the environment. Yeah, I know, that's HORRIBLE to admit. But hey - sometimes my comfort and convenience comes before the environment. But that oil spill... it just makes me sick to think about. And now, after reading your blog, I'm afraid that every time I don't 'get off the couch', I'll think about the oil spill. Talk about a motivator!

    You and your neighbors are definitely in my prayers.
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  • KEAKMAN
    I hate to watch the news these days - it makes me weep. Seeing the destruction of your beautiful part of the world and not seeing the government or BP step in is heartwrenching. A big old thumbs up to the local folks who wisely took matters into their own hands. And my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Now get off the couch and chuck those chips into the trash and wog it girlfriend!
    3775 days ago
  • AINTSKEERD
    All of the region and its people are in our thoughts and prayers. I only hope that this catastrophe will initiate the true change that needs to happen in our environmental policies. emoticon
    3775 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4228914
    The local economies of those areas affected by the oil are going to suffer...wonder if there is any recourse against BP for that? No matter what is done, you can be sure of one thing...all of us are going to pay for it to get cleaned up. Be sure that BP will be passing the buck, because it stops nowhere anymore.
    3775 days ago
  • CAROLINECHICAGO
    You are all in our thoughts. It's horrible what has happened down there. This is a catastrophe that is going to affect us for years to come. Hang in there--and know that you have friends in Chicago!
    3775 days ago
  • LAURELSPARK
    You are in my prayers.

    Thanks for reminding me how trivial my problems are next to other people's problems. It kind of puts things in perspective. I need to quit my whining.

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    3775 days ago
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