His response...

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TO: Harper's Weekly

FROM: D. Trotter

To Shannon O'Donnell:

I'm not exactly sure what your point is, but to clarify,
this is mine: Wilma was not underreported. If someone
didn't know about Wilma it's because they don't know
anything about anything or they didn't care. In either
case, they weren't going to be reading about it in
Harper's Weekly. Furthmore, if Harper's were to make space
for stories about Wilma by sacrificing stories about
exploding whales and idiotic Commanders in Chief, I
wouldn't be reading the Weekly.

Did he just say he would rather read about "whales expolding" than the effects of Hurricane Wilma on fellow Americans - HUMANS for God's sake! Sure the weekly is known for mixing humorous news with serious news, but what asinine person actually writes - for all to see - that he would rather see stories about exploding whales? Sure, we all may feel that way at times, but no one uses that to prove a point! I'm taking this as an "I win"

I'm not even honoring this with a response.

My response...

TO: Harper's Weekly

FROM: Shannon O'Donnell

To Dylan Trotter:

I have two quick points to make in response to your

One, please do not think me so self-centered as to only be concerned by my "empty gas tank". That is certainly not the purpose of bringing Wilma to attention, and was a mere subpoint in a list of many. My point (I'll assert it again-- maybe more clearly this time?) was/is that many people lost their livelihoods and some their lives. There are billions of dollars of damage, and the taxpayers of the United States will end up having to pay for the repairs. Those facts are not trivial. I work for a company based out of another state and not one employee (that I have since spoken to) at our headquarters realized that anything even became of "that storm". Speaking to others from out of state, I have found that that is the consistent sentiment of many.

Two, rather than direct your annoyance and sarcasm at me, I think that your feelings are better served directed towards organizations like Harper's. We're fighting the same battle here, and you're being a bit hypocritical. You bring up the terrible devastation and loss of life in Pakistan and the lack of international (not only American) attention to the subject. There is something massively wrong with that. There is something wrong with news organizations deeming one disaster more newsworthy than another because of proximity to greater devastation or the unpopularity of the victims' ethnicity. When people lose their lives it's a tragedy, whether is 47 or 100,000. But you yourself have bought into the thought that life lost in great mass is newsworthy and reporting on life lost on a smaller scale is "beating a dead horse" and "telling you something you already know". I believe that Hurricane Wilma's effects should get the attention they deserve and so should the Palestinian Earthquake. The Earthquake is a much larger crisis and therefore should receive more attention, but that certainly should not mean that Wilma should not receive any or less than what is appropriate.

I would hope that you would not be thanking Harper's but questioning where their and many other news organizations' coverage is.

his rebuttal...

TO: Harper's Weekly

FROM: Dylan Trotter

To Shannon O'Donnell:

Hurricane Wilma was an unfortunate event. However, to
suggest it was underreported is a little much. Consider

Google News Search: "hurricane wilma florida"

Hits: 58000
Deaths: 47

Google News Search: "pakistan earthquake"

Hits: 51000
Deaths: 87350

Now, could you again explain to me why you think your
empty fuel tank deserves yet more attention? What more
could possibly be said that hasn't already been said in
the 58000 other articles? Thank you Harper's for not
beating a dead horse and telling me something I don't know instead of something I do.

this is hilarious...and so useful all at the same time...

via MightyGirl.net. . .

11.28.05 DIRTY TALK

This page lists dozens of ways to bypass voice response systems, and it reminded me of a trick my friend Jeff shared with me a while ago. It doesn’t work for every system, but when it does, it’s glorious. It goes like this:
Robot: Please press one to access your account, press two to…
Me: Fuck.
Robot: …I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. Can you repeat what you just said?
Me: Fuck.
Robot: … I think you said you want to talk to an agent. Is this correct?
Me: Yes.
Agent: Hello! May I have your account number please?

Of course, I’m extra polite once the operator gets on the line, as he or she presumably knows that I got aggressive at the phone. Yet another example of how nastiness is rewarded. Unfortunately, until someone designs a system that reacts similarly when I say Please and Thank You, I’m sticking with the program.


Really! You're not tired of me YET?!

WOW people. This week - more specifically Monday or Tuesday (still under contention) marks 3 years for me and tj. He is lovely and I can't imagine life without my buddy.

This has been the best year yet, and I'm very looking foward to what's to come.

We spent the day together on Sunday - first having FABULOUS brunch at Sundy House, then spending the evening watching the sunset out in the everglades.

happy day. here's to 3 more.


They posted my "angry letter" on this week's Harper's Weekly online! excitement everyone!


Letter to the Editor...

From: Shannon O------@.com
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:17 AM
To: 'harpers-weekly@harpers.org'
Subject: missing news - wilma

I am shocked to say the least that the only information offered on the category 3 hurricane that slammed into the southeastern coast of Florida was a quick blurb 2 updates ago stating that “hurricane Wilma struck Florida and left millions without power”. As a 20 year resident of South Florida, I am not exaggerating when I say that Hurricane Wilma was the worst hurricane to hit our vast area (with extensive damage and power outages in 3 of the state’s largest counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach). There is, in fact, more damage caused by this storm than by the category 5 Hurricane Andrew 13 years ago. Over 3 million people were left out of power immediately following the storm and a week later, over 700,000 are still powerless. Residents have waited in lines as long as 5 ½ hours to get as little as 5 gallons of gas. Grocery stores were left empty for over a week. Neighborhoods were left looking as if bombs had been dropped there with all trees having been twisted in half and uprooted, aluminum screening enclosures having been ripped off of houses and wrapped around cars and thrust through roofs and windows, and major roof damage being incurred to most homes. Children in Miami-Dade and Broward County are now entering a second week out of school. Small businesses are still shut down, with financial losses still to be seen. Several major department stores will be closed for the rest of the year due to damage, costing hundreds of people their jobs just prior to the holiday season. All of this, and I am not even mentioning the massive financial losses that the tourist industry (our most profitable industry in this area) is suffering and will continue to suffer for months to come.

I get the feeling that because the aftermath and images (or lack thereof) from this storm pale in comparison to that of Katrina (a truly horrific storm) that the plight of South Florida is not being deemed newsworthy. I assure you that it has had a major effect on the residents of South Florida. More news has been generated concerning Wilma’s affect in Mexico than the affect it had on our own US residents. I hope that in the future, regardless of the proximity to other major disasters, that a reasonable amount of reporting time will be granted to those found in similar plights.

Shannon O-------


Seriously, How Can you Live w/ yourself and NOT love BANKSY??

Motown Philly back again!

So, while all of you lovely people had to deal first with Wilma, then with the miserable immediate aftermath, I was in Philly with my best friend from college, Laura.

I had planned this "quick" trip over a month ago as it was my girl's birthday. Number one, she lives in the most beautiful, most perfectly New Englandish (even though it wasn't technically New England being in New Jersey) town called Haddonfield. Think of gorgeous, fall colored Maple trees lining small streets with victorian style homes - all with plumes of smoke swirling from their chimneys.

The little downtown area is very pedestrian friendly and is complete with tons of mom and pop shop storefronts. This is a place that tried to fight Starbucks coming in, because they didn't want to start the trend of chains moving in and beating out the local community's endeavors. So, they were unsuccessful with the whole stopping Starbucks thing, which did end up being nice for me. I was able to walk down to bucks every morning and sit by their fireplace (oh god I miss fireplaces!!) and look out of the giant picture windows to see the people go by.

I took the train downtown (philly) one day and went to the museum. I LOVE this museum - acutally it's my favorite out of all that I have visited so far, and I try to get there everytime I visit philly.

They have a beautiful Byzantine Art area which is my F.A.V.!! I got some cool pics . . .

And I flipped over these gorgoeous Degas'. . .

I also thought this Picasso was pretty cool and I'm falling for Monet more and more.

For Laura's birthday, we hit a swanky sushi restaurant downtown and then hit some of the area bars. I took a few shots at some of those bars - check this one out - it looks like something straight out of the Matrix

This one is fuzzy, but I think it still kind of conveys the feeling of the night.

I had a fabulous trip and drank my share of red wine for the next two months. My power came back on yesterday, so I guess that ends my pass to continue the drinking binge. Power=no excuse for afternoon drunkeness. Unfortunate really :)

Hope you all are hanging in there. Give me a ring or drop me a line when you're all up and going.