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    Arrow Just when the snow settles, God shakes our Globe again......or

    ........What happens when you freeze-dry a scrambled mind?

    At this point, itís hard to even think of where to begin. The following is the eclectic, often graphic, thoughts of just one person affected by Hurricane Katrina. Just imagine Ozzy Osbourne on crack. Itís hard at this point to finish one thought before another one come smashing into my feeble mind.

    Earlier this week, I was asked by a friend who lives out of state ďWhat is a Parish?Ē. I was born in New Orleans, which Iíll get into later, but Iíve never really given it a lot of thought. Iíll tell you what a Parish is to me though. Probably almost three hundred years ago now, French settlers where basically run out of area of Acadia, Canada. Iím guessing they traveled South until they hit the Gulf of Mexico, following along the ever twisting Mississippi River. They stopped here and took root. A group that now are called Cajun-French, many of which still only speak a unique language called Cajun-French. A group of people that made the city of New Orleans. They are deeply religious and hard workers. They do know how to party too, this year marks a 150 years of Mardi Gras, as many of you know a free party like no other. Now getting back to the Cajuns, Religion, Parishes and how it all ties in.

    We have the oldest Cathedral in the United States, the St.Louis Cathedral. Right in the heart of the French Quarter stands a huge church that is photographed by every tourist that comes through this city. Iím not religious in any way, but itís my understanding that each church serves a Parish and has a Parish Priest. I guess you would have to know a Cajun, but their minds arenít easily changed and they donít just pack up and leave easily either. So while the rest of the U.S.A. is on the county system, we have Parishes. With the exception of New Orleans, we donít have Mayors. We have Parish Presidents. They are elected into office and fall right below our Governor in the food chain of politics. The church and some people have a huge influence over what, how and when people do things.

    When I say ďsome peopleĒ I mean people like ďMama DĒ that I seen on the news, on one of our two working channels. Itís really a trip when you see it on TV, I canít imagine what is going through the guyís head, but he must be really freaked out over Mama D. Why do I think this? Because he wonít make her leave her front porch, like they could make so many others leave. The man Iím talking about is a war torn, well-built man, of the Red Berets, the 82nd Airborne. When we did get help, we got some bad ass guys in here.

    Letís talk Mama D and the man some. Mama D, sheís from another world. She looks like a voodoo priestess sitting on her porch, in defiance of one of the mightiest Armies of the world. Surprisingly well spoken, and stuck in her ways for certain. So what is the man trying to do? Heís actually negotiating a deal with Mama D. You see, she has influence, and loads of it. She knows where the people are hiding, how to make them come out, and how to make them leave. Iím talking about 1000ís of people too. At the end of it all, the man drives away in his amphibious vehicle bewildered. Mama D still wonít leave, but they struck a deal, sheís going to convince the elderly and handicap to leave. The man and his fellow soldiers are interviewed by the newscaster, they all mention that they have fought or have seen battle in Afghanistan and or Iraq. They are all stunned by the devastation caused by Katrina. They have been all over the world, seen some gruesome ****, and yet they are all still surprised by the death and destruction in New Orleans and the metro area.

    There is a lot of death here, you can tell by the flies. There must be tons of rotting meat from peopleís freezers, then there are bodies just floating around. Yes, our official death toll is low, but they have yet to begin collecting the bodies. Almost two weeks later, they are still in the ďrescue modeĒ. Dead bodies are just pushed aside, to rescue or try to rescue the living. Out of all the petty things, these damn flies are driving me crazy.


    I must admit, I slept through most of the storm. Every now and then, as a tree blew over and shook the house, I would wake up. I could still hear the wind, rain and my house moving. My house was speaking to me, almost in a Lord of the Rings way, it reminded me of the Fangor Forrest, I believe it was. It would shift one way with the wind, and let out a long groan, then with the change of the wind direction, it would groan outloud and settle down a bit. Every now and then, you would hear loud pops, which I think were Pecans hitting the side of the house about 130MPH. I think thatís why I slept. It was like a B horror movie. No electricity, all the windows boarded up, the rain going sideways, and no escape now, not even if I wanted to go.

    After the Katrina bomb, people start emerging from their homes and what ever shelter they could find. In all ironies, itís a perfect day. Blue sky, not a cloud to be seen, and really not too hotÖÖyet. They only problem is, every thing is wasted and I mean ****ing EVERYTHING. At this point, we donít know how widespread it is. We have no TV, Radio, electricity, landlines and we are losing cell phones fast. Remember the Flintstones? Well, they were more modern then us at this point.

    First you check out your own house, and other then the front door being a real bitch to close now, we did alright. I live just a few hundred feet from my parents, if you could get up the driveway. Now we have so many trees in our yard, we canít leave unless we drive between the barn and shed, go through the neighbors yard, up his driveway to the highway, and back down to my parents. My parents lost the front porch and most of the shingles on the roof. All I really know now is what I can see, my family is OK but we arenít sure yet how my wifeís family did. We finally get in touch with them, they lost a lot of stuff, with about two feet of water in their house during the storm. My Dadís business is gone, the shell of a building is there from what I hear. At this point in is life, heíll probably never open it up again.

    Now that I think about it some, you know you live in a weird city when you need life vests and a chainsaw to save your life. Stop what you are doing for a second and look up. Just think, a lot of people drowned in their attics. With the water rising slowly and no place to go. Sounds like another B grade horror movie to me. Hereís where the problem comes in, It Isnít. It happened. Itís still happening, and Iím trying to figure out how to live in it with my young son and wife. Again in my life. if it wasnít for my Dad, I would be homeless. My wife and I have no idea when we can work again. Jefferson Parish is basically closed for the next three weeks. Dusk to dawn curfew, and if you get pulled over, they come at you with the guns drawn. I know this for a fact, because it happened to me on the way from the hospital.

    ďThe HospitalĒ crapÖ.I donít even know where to start about these clowns. Iíve been three times in two weeks, ending in emergency surgery. I guess I shouldnít say ďendingí because itís really not over yet, Iím just home. The first time was for my leg and back hurting. I know thatís a really candy ass reason to go to the emergency room in a crisis situation, but read on. Turns out my leg was infected pretty bad, and I thought my back was from cutting up a tree (which if we hadnít done, no electrical juice for the homestead here). A huge dose of antibiotics through IV, some to take home and some pain meds and I was on my way. OK fine. NOT. I was back in a couple of days pissing an moaning about my back, it was hurting in a big way. I know what pain is too. For those of you who donít know, Iíve have five major bone surgeries, 18 pieces of metal put into me and ten taken out, Iíve also had a bone graft to fuse two vertebrae in my neck. Well I finally got their attention, so they did a cat scan and found a 5mm Kidney stone. So more pain meds and a ďthis too shall pass my sonĒ speech and I was on my way. Also they basically told me not to come back. I donít have insurance and the good olí boys at FEMA hadnít authorized them to work on me anymore. Our free hospital is in New Orleans, which is flooded and will never open again. FineÖ. I didnít like your hospital anyway! Well I donít care how bad passing a Kidney stone should feel, it doesnít have to feel like you are dieing. I could hardly breathe and I felt like somebody was stabbing me in the back. So I convinced the wife to bring me to another hospital that just opened back up. They did another cat scan found another record breaking stone holding up the works. This one was 4mm by 10mm, yes I said 10mm. This hospital wasnít letting me leave.

    I stayed the night and in the morning they went in like Roto-Roter and yanked the thing out. Folks it only gets worse from here. The doc went in through the hole at the head of my prick. Your nuts hurt yet? No? Well keep reading. Turns out that stone was holding back the stone the other hospital seen. So they put in some plastic tube called a stint, and I still have to pass (read-piss out) the other stone. So as I type this, Iím drinking plenty of water and pissing out what looks like V8 tomato juice. I was told the blood is normal, but it still hurts like a mofo when I piss. Just one more stone to pass I keep saying to myself.

    Helicopters sure are loud when carrying a 9000lb load. I know this because they start flying at sunup to sundown, over my house. Twin rotor Shwroskeys I think. (I canít research anything because I still donít have cable TV, internet or phone access.) From what I can see, they are busy fixing the holes in our levee system that caused so much death and destruction. They are dropping 3000lb bags of sand in the holes.
    You can tell by the sound of the motors that they are loaded down, and the blades make a tremendous popping sound as they meet each other at the middle of the helicopter. I sure hope one of those bags doesnít fall off. It would be a real bitch to survive the storm, only to be pile driven into the ground by a sand bag. Two helicopters have crashed already, luckily everybody survived, canít say the same for the lineman from Oklahoma. That poor bastard was electrocuted to death. He was only trying to help us and got roasted.

    Iím someplace where I shouldnít be. Itís an odd feeling because Iím lying in my own bed typing this. I live in the city of Waggaman, in Jefferson Parish. Thereís that ďParishĒ word again. Jefferson is the first Parish outside of New Orleans to the West. Itís also on the West bank of the Mississippi river. Itís quite a bit more rural then the East bank. Iíve only been here about two years. I grew up about five minutes from New Orleans on the East bank of the river. We didnít even have a bridge over the river until the 1930ís. The good old Huey P. Long bridge. Built for trains, adding cars was an afterthought. Narrow as hell, and sways around as trains pass over it. Thereís a lot of people here that refuse to cross it. Oh, and did I mention that when they built it they screwed up? Yep, itís crooked and by the time they noticed it, it was too late. So they said ďscrew itĒ I guess and just finished the bridge.
    Oh, and the reason I shouldnít be here, Jefferson parish is closed for thee weeks. Iím a lot better off then my friend Billy. He and his girl friend lived in St.Charles Parish in the city of Chalmette. They managed to stick out the hurricane on the roof, and through a wild string of boats, helicopters, buses, and cars they are now safe in San Antonio, Texas.

    St Charles Parish has been declared a total loss. Damn what destruction. It couldnít have been any worse if you dropped an atomic bomb on it. Over 60,000 people are now homeless. Some people canít go back for at least six months. An oil tank burst and soaked everything with this heavy crude. Yíall that stuff isnít even really oil yet, just a thick black tar. I have other friends there thatíll probably never see or hear from again.

    In a few days, Iím going to be 40. I feel like a 100, yet I think Iím retarded, Iím stuck in a loop at the age of 15. This is mentioned because I born after the last great one. That is Hurricane Betsy in September 1965. Glad Iím not a girl, because my mom was going to name me Betsy. Sorry to all you Betsyís out there, but that a cows name for Christís sake. Was crack around in 1965? I guess the high winds affected my momís head. Everybody born after me has heard horror stories about Betsy. Well sorry folks, my Katrina just stomped your Betsyís ass into the ground. The hospital I was born in, in New Orleans, is never going to open again. Charity hospital was a free hospital, and I was born there because it was one of the few places still operational after Betsy.

    Man my head is being bombed again. Itís 2:30 in the morning and now I have to bring my son to the hospital in the morning, heís sick now too. Damn, there is sickness, death, destruction and mind numbing crap going on all around me. Just promise me one thing, will ya? If I fall asleep, please donít let the clowns eat me, OK?


    I still haven't gotten to FEMA, body counts, looting for fun, or trying to find food and help.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Hi RoundEye


    Damn Man my hearts goes out to you & your Family. A terrible crisis most of us can't begin to imagine.

    The only reassurance i have here is that Your a Tough SOB and if anyone can overcome this ordeal, you can.

    I do hope your Sons okay and its nothing too serious.

    Your All in my Prayers Tobey and I'm asking the Lord that everything will work out for You over time.

    God Bless
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    Wow....I hope things can get settled down soon...best wishes for you and your son, I know being sick on top of everything else isn't what you guys need right now.

    I'm going to save what you wrote RoundEye, it's really "eye opening" I guess you could say. Even though I really can't imagine it, no matter how many pictures or news clips I see....hell I am surrounded by a home, with a car...work my jobs, goto school...life is boring and normal as ever...while you and countless others their lives have been changed forever basically. It's not fair or right...I wish there was something more I could do besides donate money and blood....

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    wow! I dont know what to say.

    I only ever met 1 person named katrina and she was a real beyatch.

    I truely wish the best for you and your family.
    with all the environmental and uknown health hazards I would definately relocate my family for at least a year. Nobody knows what kind of long term damage can happen to people who have an over exposure to a major city that has turned to soup. why be a guinea pig?


    forgive me if my advice seems underthought.

    will be thinking of you and your family

    concerned, Randy

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

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    Roundeye...you already know that if there's anything we can do for you, to let us know.

    We've talked about them stones and yes..whey they rotozip them, it hurts to even think peeing for a couple of days cuz of that damed stint. The stint? Oh man...the Doctor didn't tell you did he? They don't put you to sleep to pull it out. Don't look when they insert that tool. Just grin like hell and don't pass gas because that doctor is gonna have at least one good looking nurse there, collecting all the warm water they use for a lubricant.

    My god, I can't belive the first hospital missed that first stone. It's huge.

    My heart goes out to you, and your family and all of the people of New Orleans.

    As soon as things get back to somewhat normal around there....your going to get one dinner on me. I've promised it and I do keep my word.

    Toby, stay safe and keep your family safe.

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    Kinda reads like Alice in WOnderland.

    So RE, are you Alice?


    Or the Mad Hatter.







    Be safe big guy, and hold that family close

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    Damn RE! Just try and keep a positive mental attitude towards things and it will improve. I know it's easier saying that from my position..but try and do the best you can.

    Prayers and thoughts!

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    I just read the entire post now and wow, really sorry to hear, dont know what else to say.

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    I just read RE's post.

    I'm speechless.

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    Round Eye,

    That was magnificently written, and writing things out can be such a healing process for you too. I cannot even begin to imagine the horrors you are living in..just watching some of the documentaries puts me in a state of total disbelief...and I am no where near the area.

    The unknown an uncertainties are the ultimate of wicked foes. My heart and prayers are with you and yours. Please let us know how your son is doing...and do not forget to take care of you as well my friend...you have been to hell and back more times than most people could bear. Angel Blessings!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illini25
    Damn RE! Just try and keep a positive mental attitude towards things and it will improve. I know it's easier saying that from my position..but try and do the best you can.

    Prayers and thoughts!

    -Chris
    Yeah Roundeye Things ill get better for you , and I will also continue to pray for you and your family aswell as all the hurrican victims.

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    Dude I hope things get better for you guys quickly. I hope everything turns out well for your family and friends.


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    a little more that I wrote last night

    A correction and some random info.
    I was thinking about the mayor/parish stuff. The city of Harahan in Jefferson Parish has a mayor, they even have a small police force. So I donít really know how the parish system works after all these years. OK, so Iím a dumb ass. DOH!

    There were winds gust measured as high as 195MPH during the storm. I didnít think
    thereís any man made structure or levee that could have withstood that, but some did.

    There are also reports that the mighty Mississippi river actually flowed backwards during
    the storm surge. Yea, Katrina was trying to leave a lasting impression for certain.

    Back to the storyÖÖÖÖ.

    Riding around today trying to find an open doctorís office and one that would take my sonís insurance was a futile effort at best. Heís a bit horse when he talks, but other then that heís fine. No fever or anything. Otherwise I wouldíve been kicking ass until somebody treated him. Just goes to show thereís nothing here, not even decent medical care.

    Thereís just piles of trash, tress, and the contents of people homes everywhere. Itís mind blowing to me still. As many people all over the world know now, we are a low lying city. Drainage canals are everywhere, and you can smell them for a long ways away now, a combination of smells to please the neighborhood. Itís kind of a raw sewerage, natural gas, rotting meat sort of stench. Real pleasant to be around if you are a ďsticking your head up goatseís assĒ kind of person.

    The roads are mostly clear, but working traffic signals are far and few inbetween. Lots of car wrecks all over, and if you think you are going to find a cop to help, good luck. There better be brain matter on the windshield, maybe theyíll stop then. They are busy you know, catching the likes of looters and stuff.

    Speaking of looters, there are two kinds the way I see it. People who are just trying to survive by taking food and something to drink. Donít eat for four days and see if you donít bust out the glass at you local donut shop. Then there are the other idiots. The city is flooded, no electricity and you and your friend are walking up the street with a new VCR and an air conditioner. Good going Einstein, I hope you are standing in knee-deep water when you plug you new VCR into a faulty A/C socket.

    The looting got so bad that the president of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, came over the radio and declared that Jefferson Parish had succeeded from the Union. At that point we no longer belonged to the United States of America. Why was this done? So that we could declare martial law, set up a curfew and to instruct the cops to ďshoot to killĒ. All said and done they shot eight looters. We had no backup from the National Guard, and no idea if and when the military was going to arrive. It was bad, bands of looters that were well armed driving around in large trucks, just looking for their next hit. You should see the banks and ATM machines around here. Those guys showed no fear or mercy.

    They sad story is about the New Orleans cops (N.O.P.D) a bunch of them left, not to be seen or heard from again. People were trying to overrun the police stations and kill them! Two of the cops committed suicide, overwhelmed about the fact that their families where killed in the storm, so that could go to work and help protect their community, and a third was shot in the head by looters. I got to give to the ones who stuck it out, it took balls of steel.

    This leads into those absolutely useless, waste of skin and souls, dip****s called F.E.M.A. When they came in to ďsaveĒ New Orleans, the only place that was close and not flooded, was a small stadium in Jefferson. They thought they were in total control, but our sheriff Harry Lee showed them. As hard as things were, F.E.M.A. decided they needed all of our resources. They commandeered gas supplies, they also cut the antenna wires on the police station transmitter towers and put up their own antennas. Why? Because the police in Jefferson we smart enough to have large backup generators, F.E.M.A. seemed to have forgotten their generators at home. Man did that ever cause the **** to hit the fan when there was no comm. link for our cops, plus they told the J.P.ís (Jefferson Police) they couldnít have any fuel without written permission from Washington. F.E.M.A. changed their minds real quick about that when Harry Lee decided to pack up his S.W.A.T. team and drive over to the gas station. Keep in mind we still didnít really belong to the union at this point, and we werenít taking any crap from any Feds. I guess you would have to know about some of Harryís antics to understand him. Years ago he ordered the streets and bridges department to put up some heavy duty barricades, the problem is it was across some main streets that crossed from Jefferson Parish into New Orleans Parish. His reason, if New Orleans couldnít control their criminals he wasnít letting anybody in his parish. He refused to take them down for about a week, but he got his point across.

    I was just watching the news and good old Harry set up another barricade at the parish line. This one is stirring up a lot of ****, in a big way. In New Orleans thereís another bridge that crosses the river, built in the 1960ís, I believe. When you cross the bridge you leave New Orleans and enter Jefferson. In all the chaos that was happening Harry wasnít letting anybody in, not even if you lived in Jefferson. He had attack dogs, cops with semi-automatic weapons and shotguns. Full riot gear, S.W.A.T. team cops. Of course people didnít like this, but he was trying to maintain order in a world of total chaos and pandemonium.

    Turn around and walk your ass back. Sounds cruel but what are you supposed to do? One wise ass decided he was going to climb on the roof of a multi-million dollar mall and set it on fire. When he was caught and arrested the crowd got really nasty. Depending on whoís side of the story you listen to, ďa shotĒ or ďmany shotsĒ were fired into the air. 1000ís of people were about to attack the cops, I guess the cops were just trying to stay alive at this point. People got the hint and backed off quick. The guy burnt to the ground the only large mall we had on the westbank.

    Another odd little fact to note, out of all people, the actor Stephen Segal has been a Deputy in the Jefferson police force for about 15 years now. You can see him, in full police gear, at Harryís side during T.V. interviews. He wonít talk to reporters, I guess heís there to protect Harry.

    Also for those of you who think we shouldnít have the right to own guns, keep this in mind. Criminals will always find a way to arm themselves. We had no help from any body for days, the only way to get food and water was to find a store where the owners had the smarts to buy guns, and had the balls to stand up to looters. My family and neighbors were all well armed and we all watched each otherís backs. In fact the police caught a stolen truck with about 15 armed looters about two miles from my home. We actually seen the guys drive by and just knew there was no good coming from this.

    Just keep in mind, at that point we were living in wild west, third world conditions. No electricity, no water or food, no communications, and no idea if and when help would ever arrive. It was an every man for himself, survival of the fittest type situation.

    ÖÖÖand it still is along most of the Gulf Coast.

    I told yíall, the New Orleans metro area is a wild place to live. I wonder if we (Jefferson Parish) joined the Union yet.

    Just when the helicopters let up some, the planes start. Right about sunset they fly by at tree top level. So weeks after the storm, my house still shakes now and then. The flies and mosquitoes have gotten so bad that the military is spraying the whole city. I donít know what kind of planes they are using, but they come by low and fast, and again itís quite loud.

    Another note, I donít want yíall to think Iím complaining about this. Iím just writing about it, in some ways I guess this is my way to deal with it all. Iím lucky, my family is OK and I still have a home. Some people have lost everything that they and their families have worked generations to have. ĖPOOF- you family history is gone for generations back, now that is tragic.


    .......more to come.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Hi Tobey

    Thanks for the further info Tobey. Hopefully it will act as a catharsis for you as well. Your mind must be reeling from all that's taken place.

    Stay strong and know a lot of good Folks have you in mind and are Praying for your needs to be met.

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    Just like in Florida when hurricanes hit, all the shiesters came out, there were contractors taking the peoples FEMA money and taking off with it. I wouldn't be surprised if 50-70% of those looters were there from other states and aren't even from NO or even Louisiana. I bet every creep from thousands of miles away went there specifically to loot just like they did in Florida.


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    Damn Roundeye, there are no words.

    My wife shared in your rotorooting session. She just had her stent taken out at the end of July. I know, kind of stupid to put this here in light of things, but maybe it'll take your mind off of life for 5 seconds?

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    Update: While not denying shots were fired, the police state that they were trying to maintain order while getting busses. They found a bunch of busses from where ever they could and drove people to the evacuation center at the airport. Makes me feel better knowing people were not just abandon on the bridge.

    Also some parts of New Orleans is letting people back in, depends on what zip code you live in. Donít expect to have water, electricity, food telephones, cable T.V. or any modern convenience though. You need an I.D. proving where you live and there will be searches for drugs and weapons as you come back in. The mayor, Ray Nagin, gave a very stern warning to criminals trying to get back in also. There is a zero tolerance on crime, and many people are being shipped straight to Angola, our state penitentiary. A very high percentage of people who walk in there never make it out alive.

    He also stated that after all of this, the N.O.P.D. has a very intimate relationship with the city and they ďwill not take any crap from anyoneĒ. Heís been quite blunt and hasnít held his tongue during this. He also noted that along with a well-armed police force is the U.S. Marines, ready with fully automatic weapons and bazookas for the guys who think they are really tough. I think at this point there are about 1200 N.O.P.D and over 14,000 military personnel securing the city. Their not playing any games in N.O. kids, itís a war zone.

    Ö..and the saga continues.

    A cloud with a razor sharp silver lining. A friend of mine finally called me back today. Iíve been worried about him and his wife and must have called them a million times. For one, their house is in N.O. and secondly, heís a captain in the N.O.P.D, homicide division. Heís one of the guys that stuck it out. They lost everything they owned except for their two cars, which some how made it through all the crap while parked at the Superdome. At one point the very top of his house was two feet under water. He still canít get to his house, not even with a Zodiac boat.

    He and his wife stayed in abandon hotels, then an abandon retirement home for a while and now he just got to some place with electricity. Convincing the wife he was safe, he finally got her to go stay at a friendís home in Baton Rouge.

    After talking to him for a while, it makes me ashamed to say Iím from New Orleans. The police were targets, shot at on a regular basis. Even the rescue workers in helicopters were shot at. I get the impression that many dead bodies were found with bullet wounds. While talking to him I told him I was worried about him too, he said ďdonít worry, when you are crazy, 56 years old, and carry a M-16 with three extra 30 round clips in your pocket, you donít have too many problemsĒ. He hasnít put that gun down for almost two weeks.

    Our phone called ended with his beeper going off and his Nextel ringing, ďsorry man, I gotta go, stay safeĒ, and that was it. If yíall want to pray for somebody, pray for Juan, his family and the N.O.P.D. Military presence or not, those guys are living in Danteís Inferno.

    Why canít I get help? At this point I am screwed for any financial help from the government, local, state or federal. Granted I didnít have to leave my home nor did I lose everything I own, but my wife and I havenít worked since the storm. I donít have a clue when the place I work at is going to reopen. I donít know where the owner lives, and the manager lives across the lake. He has to cross the Causeway Bridge which is 24 miles long, and itís only open to emergency traffic right now. My wifeís work is destroyed, no telling whatís going to happen with that.

    So whatís the hold up on financial help? I tried to start my own business a couple of months ago, even though most of my income is from working four days a week on motorbikes. F.E.M.A. is going to send me a packet on how to get a loan from the small business association. How in the **** am I going to get that, we donít even have mail service. So far I havenít been approved for any financial help from F.E.M.A.

    As far as the state goes, they donít pay unemployment to people who own a business. Keep in mind I havenít shown any profits yet and a lot of my stock was lost when a tree smashed the shed to pieces.

    So if you are rich, you should have enough money to hold you over for a while, if you got evacuated or lost your home, everybody in the world will give you money (which you damn well deserve). So if you are just a middle class working stiff like me, bend over you are getting it dry and hard. Donít get me wrong, I am VERY grateful for what I have, but I got bills to pay too, and no way to get any money. Jefferson Parish is closed for three weeks, remember?

    Well I got to get some sleep now, tomorrows going to be another long day. Got to go hit up the Red Cross for some more food, try and find a new doctor for my son, and see if I can get food stamps so that I can get something to eat other then mostly M.R.E.ís.

    Yíall take care, and keep an eye out for clowns for me.


    The vultures are coming out already. You know, the other group of soulless bastards called lawyers. They filed two multibillion class action lawsuits against the major oil companies, stating that oil drilling and exploration caused damage to our wetlands resulting in the flooding to New Orleans. Give me a break, ABSOLUTLY NOTHING could have prevented what happened here. My God, that storm was massive.

    The oil companies lost almost all of their drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and now this, donít expect gas to ever come down to a reasonable price anytime soon.

    Speaking of the St.Louis Cathedral earlier, thatís what Bush decided to use as a backdrop. He was in front of Jackson Square, which is the courtyard that leads to the front of the church. Iím glad we are getting help from the feds, but I feel bad about it. Itís kind of like borrowing money from a friend, because you went on a drinking binge and canít afford to pay your bills now. I just donít know how the U.S. is going to be able to afford this and the money being spent in Iraq. I just feel like we have become a burden on the rest of the world. What else can we do though? With the damage we have, itís just too much for us to work our way out of it.

    Thank you world for saving our collective asses.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Unbelievable stuff RE. All of it. Don't know how so many survived all of it.

    Stay on top of it RE. Our thoughts are with ya.
    Croc.
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    At the moment here we are watching Opra Winfrey's visit to NO.
    Everyone should try to watch this show.
    Blowing me away.
    Croc.
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    Another birthday come and gone. Yep, Iím the big four-oh. This one was like a birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all rolled up into one. My mom was going to throw a surprise party for me, but with some of my friends scattered all over the United States, and others M.I.A., we just had dinner at my momís house. Plus I had my very own thread at SpeedGuide.

    My wife somehow found the stuff to bake a cake. In a world that milk, eggs, bread or anything that has to be refrigerated is virtually unobtainable, thatís nothing short of a miracle. We have some small stores that are open, but you better be standing in front of the right store, at the right time to get what you need. Another good thing that happened is that I can officially go home, although I never really left. The city I live in has been declared safe to re-enter, although the rest of the parish probably canít come back for one to two weeks. Itís still hard for me to imagine packing up some clothes, leaving town for a month, and just hoping my house is here when I get back. We still have a dusk to dawn curfew though, donít leave your house at night because you will get stopped and questioned. If you donít have a damn good reason for being outside, off to jail you go. There is no Land of the Free around here right now, we will be under martial law for months to come.

    Like the flies, the chainsaws are driving me crazy. Now that people are coming home, they are starting to clear their yards. It starts early in the morning and last most of the day. I guess it bothers me so much because even sitting in my own home, itís a reminder of all the destruction just outside my front door. Speaking of cutting trees up, a crew of professional tree cutters seen one of trees blocking our driveway and asked my dad if they could cut it up. He said ďOK, but Iím not going to pay you for itĒ He had planed on cutting it up later. Itís a pecan tree probably over a hundred years old and about twenty feet across. I think they were curious if they could do it. After about half a day and some badass chain saws, they gave up. They did put a good size dent in it, but the tree wore their ass out. Weíre talking about a crew of about 15 pro tree cutters too. Tree 1 - Pro Guys 0.

    Another old fixture in New Orleans is the WWL TV station. They have been broadcasting for so long that they arenít even required to use four call letters like the rest of the radio and tv stations in the U.S. do. There are a few exceptions, but depending on what side of the Mississippi river you are on, you have to use either K or W the beginning of your call letters. So we have radio stations like WRNO and KKND. Anyway back to the story, last night about one in the morning they were showing footage of the city. It was from a helicopter during the day, and it lasted for about two hours. No talking, all you could hear is the helicopter engine running. Man that did ever make things hit home as they flew over the city and the surrounding metro area. Destruction and mud everywhere, you couldnít even see the streets in many areas because of the mud or water. Every now and then I could see a landmark that I recognized but everything around it was gone, completely devastated or still flooded. The world as I knew it will never be the same again.

    Just when you thought it couldnít get any more like a horror movie. Itís not bad enough that the rescue workers have to deal with snipers, packs of wild dogs, snakes and alligators coming in from the swamp, now caskets are starting to pop up from the cemeteries. In New Orleans we have buried people above ground for centuries. Thatís what gives us those unique haunted looking cemeteries. This reason for this is because of flooding and the low-lying water table, it causes caskets to pop up from under the ground. I guess in more modern times some people have forgotten about this, plus they buried people in areas that never flooded before. Well Katrina dealt us a new hand. Almost as in the Korn song, ďDead Bodies EverywhereĒ. Now the coroner has to ID bodies that have been shot, drowned in the storm and have been dead for years. I donít know what New Orleans did wrong, but as they say in the voodoo world, ďsomebody done put a gris-gris on usĒ.

    Talked to another friend of mine today finally, he lives about an hours drive outside the city in a very rural area. In fact they only have one little store and one red light. He was telling me about a lady that got shot in the leg for a bag of ice. I just donít know what to think of people anymore, itís not just New Orleans either, you can bet you ass that the same thing would happen anywhere in this country. Just take away everything people worked their whole lives to get, donít feed them for four days, cut them of from communicating with the outside world, and see what happens. I not trying to justify what happened in any way, but desperate times call for desperate (but stupid) measures. He had a house full of people who had evacuated, and at that point nobody left the house alone or unarmed.

    Iím starting to feel like Iím living in a Mad Max/Day of the Dead movie. I REALLY wish this were all just a bad dream. No dice, itís all too real. A lot of great people from the military and police forces from all over the world, and just ordinary citizens have done some heroic things, but still to this day if you donít watch your ass youíre gonna wind up dead.

    *Just a little note, writing this in some ways helps my head get a little better, itíll never be rightÖ.it never was. (Iím sure the rest of the world is getting tired of the media blitz) If yíall are ready for me to stop all this nonsense, just shoot me a PM and Iíll keep it on my laptop.
    This will also come to you in an IMAX film one day. They were down here staging rescues for an upcoming film on Hurricanes right before the storm hit. I seen the director on TV and he said all that is scrapped now, they have more real rescues and tragedy then they ever dreamed of. I guess be careful what you ask for, you might just get it.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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