June 21, 2008

Disaster Master

Great read today in the Timesonline. How would you survive a disaster? A new book coming out in July from Amanda Ripley asks just that, with the heartening news that in many instances, if not most, there are a multitude of things people could do if disaster strikes. She's talking plane crashes, fires, tsunamis - the whole bit.

I've always considered myself the kind of person who could lift a bus off my kid. I don't know why I believe this, but I do. I believe, like Ripley, that the human body and brain are capable of performing feats beyond anything we could ever understand, unless and until we are put to the test. It's like a guy who has never been in a fight sizing up another guy and saying 'I could take him'. Sure. I'm like that. My brain believes my body to be capable of anything. I learned the hard way that it ain't always so.

When I was doing that boxing stuff, I was the only one throwing punches. I was invincible. I was a tank. I was a superhero. If Adam had landed a single, soft blow, I would have been on my ass. Speaking of boxing, Webgod Jeff just sent me one of those corny inspirational posters (you know the ones, they post them around offices in an effort to make you work harder - for less money - by telling you that you possess all these qualities of determination, ambition, and leadership). Jeff dummied up one of me boxing, and underneath he ran the cutline "Determination: With shorts like those, you're going to have to learn how to fight". I currently hate WGJ, and no, I won't post it so don't ask.

This book looks into the disasterous governmental responses to disasters (Katrina, anyone?), and the fact that individuals can, and should, tick up their personal responsiblility to stay alive. She goes through so many basic things you can do to up your chances in the case of extreme conditions or events, and how to start breaking down our ridiculous head-up-your-arse belief that nothing bad can happen, and if it does we're doomed anyway.

Personal responsibility. Doesn't that have a nice ring to it?

Update from WGJ: You won't post it, but I will!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shorts Lorraine...I had forgotten about those. Just an added feature I guess?

Jeff. Thanks for the reminder.


June 21, 2008 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That does it! We're definitely going shopping.

June 21, 2008 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh WGJ! Long time, no hear. So glad you came out with this lovely pic of my little sis. I so hate those posters, but this is classic.


June 22, 2008 12:50 PM  

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