Well, it was shaping up to be a really good holiday weekend, and it's still good for me compared to what people are going through with Gustav, but a series of events have made me a bit anxious.
Item 1: Dad took a tumble playing basketball with my nephew two weeks ago. The initial assessment was that nothing was broken, but he found out on Friday that he did have a fracture and dislocation in his hand that was missed originally. Arggghhhh! Anyway, that meant outpatient surgery today. He's doing fine now, but the morning surgery was delayed until afternoon and the surgeon had a few more issues than she anticipated. They also ended up doing general anesthesia instead of just the nerve block because the work needed turned out to be more extensive and the surgeon was unhappy about the delay and the effectiveness of the block. It was a low-risk procedure, but between the delays and the general anesthesia it turned out to be a much longer and more worrisome day than I thought it would be. Thankfully done with that part.
Item 2: Gustav. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rob and everyone else down near the Gulf tonight. The latest news I saw said that it had shifted west a little and had not strengthened as much as some thought it would today. Still sounds like a son of a bitch for wherever it hits though. I know it has to hit somewhere, but please not New Orleans. At least not hard enough to flood it.
Item 3: Half a dozen raids in the Twin Cities Friday and Saturday ended in the arrest of six anarchists and the confiscation of all sorts of nasty little things that police say were intended to disrupt the Republican National Convention. For example, peaceful protesters have no need for caltrops among other items that were seized. I've been worried about this protester element since they announced that St. Paul would be the site for 2008. On the one hand I'm pleased that the police were pro-active and had apparently infiltrated this group. On the other, it confirms that hundreds of them have probably arrived in town. Hopefully this police work combined with a more sober approach from everyone else this week due to Gustav will keep all heads a little cooler.
I have no problem with legal protesters. The actions that these anarchists have allegedly planned though are not protests, they're a direct attack on the fundamental right of another specific group of people to assemble. They are anti-democratic and anyone who excuses or condones them ought to be ashamed of themselves.