First, a quick reminder that I am accepting donations for our Occupy Sandy drive through tomorrow night. Thank you SO MUCH to those who have already donated, both through Paypal and through the Amazon wish list. If you don’t get a personal thank you from me (because I don’t have all of your email addresses), please know that I see your donation in my Paypal account and it is appreciated. As of noon today, we were up to almost $800 and DW readers had purchased over $750 of supplies through Amazon. I will use the cash donations, as well as my Amazon commissions (from the wish list sales), to buy supplies Sunday morning and deliver them immediately to the main Occupy Sandy hub. I’ll update with a final tally, as well as photos of what we bought. Again, thank you, and if you want to make a donation, please Paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org — every little bit helps!
Just so you understand a little more what an epic humanitarian crisis we’re dealing with and how much the volunteers at Occupy Sandy are doing, here’s a message from their Facebook page:
Kids out in Rockaway Park have been living without heat, hot water, electricity and train service for 9 days. They are out of touch with their friends and family in other areas. They are out of contact with television & internet. They are getting warm burning charcoal on the streets. Because, well, why not? We spoke with a man on the street in front of YANA Community Center that told us that they were expecting the electricity to be restored by 2 am in two large buildings. He said that they pulled 3 bodies out of a building up the block and he suspected there would be more discovered when they turn the power back on in the other buildings. We’ve been systematically going, block by block, with teams of volunteers, canvassing the buildings, finding elderly people, getting them medications they need, giving them hot meals, candles, flashlights, batteries, whatever they need. This was not supposed to be our job. We dont #GotThis, actually. Many of the key organizers are getting worn out, no one is getting paid. We are all working frantically in this disaster response because it needs to be done. Because if it doesn’t get done, who will save these people? Like the man I spoke to tonite said, “it’s a labor of love”
An observation from another occupy sandy organizer when asked what they felt about FEMA’s shutting down for the day yesterday during a snowstorm:
“We are not getting paid to do their jobs while they are getting paid to not do their jobs.”
OK, moving on and changing the topic from a living nightmare to sleep-time dreams, there was a comment yesterday from EttaKit (great name, btw) about how I was in her dream and we were zombie killers together (awesome). It got me wondering how many other people have had DW-related dreams. I’ve seen a few discussions about them in the forums, but I bet a lot more of you have DW dreams you’ve never mentioned. And now’s your big chance! Whom do you dream about? What was going on? Anyone else dream about DW-superhero zombie killers? Spill it!