As many of you are well aware, the Caribbean islands and most of the United States eastern coast have been going through a tough time. Over 6 million people spread of 15 states are without power at the moment. I’m a native New Yorker, I live in the borough of Queens. I am fortunate that the only things I got struck with were boredom and a cable outage. My friends and family are all safe, my home is normal, my neighborhood is normal. Unfortunately about 15 minutes away from me, Howard Beach is completely blacked out. There is looting and home burglary happening deep into Ozone Park. Beyond that, one of Queens’ most historic, almost landmark like neighborhoods; The Rockaways; have been nearly destroyed. It’s a beach town, mixed with very poor to very rich families. As of right now, these people have no homes, no food, no clean clothes, no where to go.
Someone I call a true friend who you may know as Bloodstain Lane works for the city of New York. He has not stopped working since the hurricane hit and he’s cleaning up our city. Today, reading his tweets about the Rockaways, really hit home. It’s a very sad time for New York City. I want to use to this outlet to take the opportunity to thank him, and thank those who are out there doing the best they can to help turn this situation around. We see the lack of decency in humanity every day, through various acts of selfishness and almost pure hatred. Yet, this IS what makes us human. The ability to adapt the way we do. To see men and women giving their time, risking their lives, to help restore a little normalcy in the lives of those less fortunate than us is a beautiful thing. If you live in New York City and are reading this, I encourage you to think about voluenteering to help restore our great city. Monetary donations are helpful too. Anything you can.
You can submit your information and the city will call you if and when they need you. If you have power in your home and are reading this, understand that your fellow New Yorkers have not had power in their homes for four days now, and they may experience that for up to two weeks. So please, consider it. Use twitter, facebook, tumblr to encourage others to help out. I feel strange writing about Mixed Martial Arts today. I’m no big time writer, I do this because I enjoy it. I’m thankful for the opportunity to do it, to show my appreciation for the sport and give my opinion. So I apologize for my lack of a “Friday MMA post”, but there are others still reporting and doing a great job. I commend them and thank them as well for helping contribute to that normalcy that the more fortunate still have. In any case, I’d like to leave you with a little fun video to maybe keep brighten up your day. Watch as Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen show the true colors of their innocent rivalry. Great stuff.- Ilyas