It's inevitable. Inescapable. You write a diary or a comment, noting a worthwhile effort or the need for one, and somebody pops up within minutes, crying "You do it! Why are you sitting around staring at a screen stuffing Cheetos in your face? Get off your duff! Make it happen! You do it!"
Noble sentiments, that certainly apply in a lot of situations. In the face of the oil hell, eh, not so much. Not many of us have the leisure to head down to the gulf, or the proper gear and training if we did. Some of us, in fact, are burned out old farts who can barely get around the block.
But perhaps there is a way for bloggers to use our natural strengths to help out in this crisis.
A comment thread between out grrl and real world chick got me thinking:
They're hyper absorbent, impregnated with chemicals that bind grease.
They're already orange.
Why not use Cheetos as boom?
Think of it--miles and miles of Cheetos-stuffed panty hose, from the Atchafalaya to Appalacahcola, laid out and tended properly like we've learned in f'ing booming school. Heck, we can probably use the bags for the skirt.
Finally, the blogosphere can unite and use its powers to help.
I'll have to get Fishgrease to check this out, but I think it might just work.
What's that? You say you really want to help? Well, okay, then. First thing you do, if you haven't already, is rec today's liveblog mothership diary. Then, visit Pam LaPier's real How You Can Help diary, the best (so far) compendium of links to organizations working to ease the impact of the hell. You'd be surprised what you can do, even from afar.