suthern? I can't find adagio/Ralph either. I'm very concerned as his father and mother are both chronically ill, and I don't know that they had the resources to evacuate.
The phone lines are up in some of the Westbank area--that area where we live that seems to be graced by less destruction than most.
I'm relieved, but still searching for missing family (mother in law) and friends.
I did manage to get in touch with my friend who lives in our neighborhood and rode out the storm. She told me they are constantly boiling water when they can get it--obviously the water pressure is down so it just trickles out. Her brother is missing, and I'll put his name on the list as I'm able, his name is Stan Mendelsen Jr., (anyone who has a notion to put his name on any lists may do so with my blessing) and he was last seen in Metairie, La. A professinal musician, he was moving his equipment to a 3rd floor apartment and said he would phone his sister when he got back. Obviously he never did.
The magnitude of the situation is just sinking in for me, and for once, I don't think I have the words.
On the other hand...
The camp, by the way is truly nice, and this gentleman is incredibly generous, allowing us to live there rent free.
There's so many little things we take for granted. I pray I never forget this lesson of gratitude--not only for the daily comforts, but for the people in our lives.
And by the way? I know I want my city back. Don't count us out folks. And I have been trying for years to tell people how bad certain elements of New Orleans had become and now the entire world sees what generation after generation of abject poverty, ignorance, and poor education can spawn. Now I want to show the world the element of New Orleans culture that we are most proud of too. Strength, courage, generosity, and tenacity.
I'm going to shaddup now, because I'm a bit emotional today.
Please know I'm not forgetting about our neighbors during this time either. My prayers are with the world.
ta for now...I'll be checking in.
Love to all.
I'm off to check Dixie's thread now. Another lesson I've learned is it really ain't all about me.