things we lost in the flood

So, Nashville is under water. For those of you not from around here, Nashville had a “1000 year flood event” caused by around 16″ of rain in a 48 hour period. I assume this is one of those “oh fuck” situations they use in the Army Corps. of Engineers basic training (do they have that?) to scare the newbies. (YOU CALL THAT A TRUSS, SOLDIER?! THAT TRUSS AIN’T FIT TO SUPPORT YOUR MOMMA’S BE-HIND!! DO IT AGAIN!!) I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and help, much less take any proper pictures, because I’ve been dreadfully ill and cooped up at home, shivering and sweating while my friends and colleagues bravely sandbagged and soldiered on (easily one of the most frustrating and helpless weekends of my life, but anyways). I had to get out today and see some of it for myself. The above picture is where I used to live, Market Street Apartments. While I was out, I ran into a friend that still lives there on the first floor — leaning against a wall on 3rd just crying her eyes out. Shit’s real. It’s not getting a lot of national attention, but it’s real.

How can you help? Well, just go here. Also, keep your eye on this. And if you’re in the Nashville area and I catch you watering your lawn, I’m gonna forcefeed you pictures of the Ghost Ballet until your eyeballs explode.