Trying to focus on work is useless. How can I when Hurricane Katrina is pounding the Mississippi coast where my brother, sister-in-law and darling nephew reside? My brother has suddenly become one of those fools you see on TV who stay behind to "protect the house." Good lord, who in their right mind thinks they can match the overwhelming force of an enraged Mother Nature? Water may look innocent enough in a glass but it comes at in you in 20-foot waves and 150 mph winds, it will be merciless.
Cell phones are useless in this situation and it's all I can do to wring my hands and watch CNN. I'm not good at this sort of thing and will surely have an ulcer by day's end.