Monday, May 3, 2010

My Heart is Breaking....

Happy Monday y'all. I hate to go all downer on you, but this business with the oil spill in the Gulf is just killing me. Not only for the millions of people, businesses, animals and habitats that will be devastated, but the gulf represents a huge chunk of my own life. I don't know how many of you know it, but I'm originally from Mobile, Alabama, and I lived in Gulf Shores, AL for quite a while off and on.

The beach has been a big part of my life ever since I was a baby and my family would vacation there every summer, staying at a beach house directly across from the gulf. When I turned 19, I moved away from my parent's house for the first time and moved to the beach, where I learned to surf as well as how to make a killer pizza by working in the kitchen at Papa Rocco's restaurant; a Gulf Shores mainstay for nearly 30 years. It was also the Spring Break destination all through high school and college. It was my last Spring break in 1997 that I fell in love with the woman who would become my wife on the back steps of the Tiki bar and grill as the waves lapped the shore. We both lived at the beach that summer, me working at Papa's and she working at Zeke's Marina in Orange Beach. I look back at that summer as probably the best three months of my life. I've been fortunate enough to be able to go back most every summer since I've been living in Maine, most recently last September for my sister's wedding, where the pictures shown above were taken.

My sister lives and works there now, and I spoke with her just last night, and everyone is terrified of what is to come. She works at a beachside resort, and they are already having to let people go. She heard that the oyster beds there may not come back for twenty years after all is said and done. The ripple effects of this will spread across the country for years to come, and my feeling of absolute outrage and contempt for the blatently irresponsible actions of British Petroleum are beyond words. I cannot even bear to watch in unfold on the news. No amount of money will bring back what will be lost from this disaster. I'm sorry to dump all of this on you guys, but I just had to get it out.

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