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like whatever, rita

sent: 9/25/2005

so, rita was like gettin all mad jeluss cuz that crazy b katrina was gettin all this attenshun

ritas all “that ho kat aint nuthin. I coulda did that. bla bla bla”. all her frends in tha gulf were gettin tired of hearin it tho, so thay told rita to $#!& or get off tha pot. so rita started actin like tha queen b and evrybuddy started gettin all scared but she kinda punkd out b4 hittin land

evrybuddy was alredy waitin for her to do sumthin big tho, so she tryed to mess with Tx. stoopid. then she kicked La in parts ware we wuz alredy hurtin from kat. chickenhed. much luv to beaumont, galveston, lake charles, sulphur and poor new orleans

kenners fine. we just got sum rain and wind. nuthin scary.

woohoo, only 2 more months of huricane seazon.



The writing style of this email was inspired by a note that Michelle's mom confiscated in her middle school English class during our evacuation in Texas.


At one time Rita was even stronger than Katrina had been, with higher wind speeds and lower pressure. We were becoming far too familiar with the term “hunker down” and the local parting words “Be safe.” About 2.5 million evacuated the Texas gulf coast, but Rita turned out to be far less devastating than feared. Landfall occurred the morning of Saturday September 24. Coastal cities in Texas and western Louisiana suffered the most, and the two re-broken levees in New Orleans flooded the Ninth Ward and Gentilly areas again. It’s currently estimated that Rita caused $6 billion in damages, compared to an unprecedented $200 billion estimated for Katrina. Some typical headlines today were “Much damage, but Gulf Coast ‘dodges bullet’” and “Hurricane Rita appears to have taken few lives.”

My TGNO friend Michelle (whose parents kindly hosted us for our post-Katrina evacuation) stayed with me in Kenner since another New Orleans mandatory evacuation prevented her from getting to her apartment. By the time we woke up Saturday morning, the eye of the storm was already north of us. With the exception of a one-minute power outage, my apartment didn’t even lose electricity, cable, internet, or phone. Hopefully this city and the rest of Greater New Orleans can continue to rebuild without any more distractions from Stan, Tammy, Vince, or Wilma (the last four in the list of this year’s named storms).