I'm now in Austin staying with Sarah M. & Rick at Damon and Sarah's place. They are very kind for putting up with us refugees for a few days. Last night Rose and Heather came over and we all drank Tecate and started discussing ways that we can help in the rebuild. So far I'm thinking I will volunteer in any capacity I can when I get back and start to plan a public advocacy initiative.
This morning we went to Las Manitas for a Mexican breakfast and my favorite author/futurist Bruce Sterling walked in just as we were being served. Shanna suggested that I go and talk to him about the disaster, which seemed like a great idea. I introduced myself to him and Jasmina Tesanovic a lovely Serbian journalist who is here covering the refugee situation. He was kind enough to talk to me over breakfast about what we should do as citizens to ensure that the redesign/reconstruction is properly handled. He gave me some great ideas and it was nice to hear him riff on the political/ecological situation.
We're gonna make it through this people, we just need to make sure we make it through with the proper changes at the end of all this.