Sunday, January 13, 2008

In order of importance: strawberries, fish, utilities, homeless

I was just reading an article in Tampa Bay Online about how the region was faring during its recent overnight freeze.

  • Strawberries and other produce: first twenty paragraphs. Produce is fairing well except for the strawberries.
  • Tropical fish: next five paragraphs. 95% are expected to survive
  • Utility demand: next three paragraphs. No problems expected.
  • Homeless: final three paragraphs. Blankets, mattresses, coffee and hot chocolate were passed out to the 230 residents at a local tent city.

I was doing research on tent cities when I found this article. A few weeks ago I set out to write a three part article on tent cities (now probably to be four parts)-- what they're like, why they're growing, and how they are a part of an international movement. I thought I'd have the second part last weekend but didn't, and spent much of this weekend doing more research. But soon.

Looks like residents of this city won't be going much of anywhere tomorrow: six to twelve inches of snow starting after midnight, heaviest during morning traffic hours. Well, I have plenty of work I can do from home if we really are temporarily snowed in.

During last week's thaw, I found myself forgetting that winter is not a third over yet-- seemed like spring was just around the corner.

Winter is the longest season for homeless people.


John C said...

I know what you mean. I picked up on that same article in my news reader.

It made me chuckle then I realized why I just scan through what it gets quickly, to find the meat I'm looking for.

Good entry, Michaelann.

Michaelann Bewsee said...

Yeah-- I realize that the well-being of produce and fish also means jobs for the community...but still ironic the way the story was written.