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New Orleans, Hurricanes and Poets - Update - Karen, see #435

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twist
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200 posted 08-30-2005 06:08 PM       Edit/Delete Message     View IP for twist

darn it!

posting at the same time!

thanks so much, Sharon!!!

lotsa love!

~twist
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201 posted 08-30-2005 06:37 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

good to hear all are well...

rent a house,  don't look back... it's only August -- September is coming ya'll.

((Dixie))
((Serenity/Twist et al))

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202 posted 08-30-2005 06:53 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Twist, Karen,

Reb has a great idea there!  What if we look for a big enough house to rent for all of ya?
http://www.rent.com/account/  (apartments,condos) http://www.rentclicks.com/default.asp?ws=418 (houses)

You would think in Houston with that heat they would be cheap to rent?  Less than having hotel rooms, but wonder if they have air-conditioning.  I love house-hunting, so if I may be of service, I actually was in Houston once, and just so happen to know where the shopping malls are  

It's all coming together and Bri is so right, things could have been way more serious than this, and the main thing is you all have each other.  I guarantee you the cats are okay, trust me - those animals will do anything waiting to be fed!  

Let me know if there anything I can help with, glad to oblige, especially house hunting.
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Sharon...you sure are the right person to have at ones side!  All who have been helping here are...it is amazing!!  I'm so thankful that everyone is ok!  Sharon, cancel the hotel before you go looking for a house, ok?
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204 posted 08-30-2005 07:04 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Martie, you are so cute!  

The hotel is cancelled already (cancellation number is the same as booking number she said,) and already I am looking at houses with pools, and air-conditioning.  Lord knows in Houston, you need both! A good shopping mall close helps too as no one seems to walk there and I didn't drive!  I can recall when I was there they didn't even have sidewalks on the streets where I was staying, imagine!  The person I was visiting couldn't believe I walked!

The Houston Chronicle has a good online rental tool as well. http://www.chron.com/class/homes/har/lease.html
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205 posted 08-30-2005 07:28 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Ok this is very cool:

I spoke with Judith - Communications Rep for Red Cross  WNY Chapter - she is contacting the IT Dept and the Media regarding exactly what has been going on here at PIP and how families are being led to one another and how people are helping each other here.  

They said the Red Cross has nothing like this.  

Tomorrow, I am going to be contacted by the Communications and Media Dept to see exactly what can be done through the Red Cross for communication like this during disasters.

Right now, the only communication they can give is through military, unfortunately, but she will see what happens tomorrow.  

As far as the boards go, they were so impressed and ecstatic because most of the Red Cross cannot even get through to anyone because of phone lines, etc.   She said most of the Red cross vehicles can hardly get through anyplace, it is so so sad.  

She went into detail, which I will not.  

She was amazed that all of us were able to get people together through the internet and the Director of Red Cross IT is contacting me tomorrow, as well as the Media for Red Cross.  

People?  YOU are all amazing and this here?  Is amazing and Ron?  You should be VERY proud of what you have here - it just may get more attention than you thought.

Karen and Twist?  I tried to get some other means of communication for all of you to SPEAK to another but as of tonight, only military can do that.  Unless someone there is IN or was IN the military.

Vicky has something AMAZING to post soon.

We have done wonderful things here.  Everyone should be very proud of themselves.

And 2 extremely brave women.  And a lot of loving hearts.



[This message has been edited by littlewing (08-31-2005 05:17 PM).]

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206 posted 08-30-2005 07:42 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

Serenity we live in Galveston, TX, if you get close to us and need a place to lay your head & families, our door is open for you all. Just let me know and I'll email you my cell #.
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207 posted 08-30-2005 07:48 PM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

awesome sue...vicky ,sharon...

its true
these things have great communicative power..and many people are in web communities and families
I saw something on the news about
these auction-type selling boards
that are now being used as communication between missing folks...
looking for people instead of a sofa!

incredible
more is needed now..and in the future..
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208 posted 08-30-2005 07:54 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

They say people can be measured by the way they handle tragedy...I would say we have some giants here. My admiration is limitless..


...and Serenity? You hold the place of honor in the hall of people I admire most (ok, you share a room with Twist and Sharon) There's room!!!
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209 posted 08-30-2005 08:03 PM       View Profile for wranx   Email wranx   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wranx

Well, I've just been reading and trying to stay the hell outta y'alls way.

But I gotta say...

Damn! but you all are GOOD!
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210 posted 08-30-2005 08:08 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
Ok this is very cool:

I spoke with Judith Rucki - Communications Rep for Red Cross  WNY Chapter - she is contacting the IT Dept and the Media regarding exactly what has been going on here at PIP and how families are being led to one another and how people are helping each other here.  

They said the Red Cross has nothing like this.  

Tomorrow, I am going to be contacted by the Communications and Media Dept to see exactly what can be done through the Red Cross for communication like this during disasters.

Right now, the only communication they can give is through military, unfortunately, but she will see what happens tomorrow.  

As far as the boards go, they were so impressed and ecstatic because most of the Red Cross cannot even get through to anyone because of phone lines, etc.   She said most of the Red cross vehicles can hardly get through anyplace, it is so so sad.  

She went into detail, which I will not.  

She was amazed that all of us were able to get people together through the internet and the Director of Red Cross IT is contacting me tomorrow, as well as the Media for Red Cross.  

I've been trying to contain emotion, but I lost it with this message, knowing that those we "know" are safe...

a yea, and a wow...you are all so amazing...

vlraynes
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211 posted 08-30-2005 08:16 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes

Well, Sue?...

I don't know how 'amazing' it is...

but I'm just heartbroken for all those affected by Katrina... not only those we know and love, but so many others as well...

and well?... I just HAD to try and do something... ANYTHING... to help...

It's not much... but if it can help even one family find each other... and stay in touch?... or help one person learn more about his or her home?... or if it gives one person the idea to help with donations or by volunteering?.. then it will be more than worth it...

This is still in the beginning stages...

There is more to come...but here's what there is so far...
http://raynedaycreations.com/katrina/phpBB/index.php

Please, if you know of ANYONE who might find it useful, please do not hesitate to pass the link along...

My love and hugs to all...
vlraynes
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212 posted 08-30-2005 08:18 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes

Oops...

Sorry, Sue...

Forgot to say THANK YOU for all your help in finding information for the above boards and for the additional resource that is yet to come.

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213 posted 08-30-2005 08:19 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

The man says,

"A home without a wall,
Our haven without ends,
A circle we all call
Our Family of Friends!"

He is sure good to his word!  I would like to acknowledge Sue for giving Ron's site the credit it deserves, and for her effort in bringing it to the attention of the Red Cross.  This is a place of refuge in both good and bad times, poetic or silent times, and definitely a place to come to when you need a hand up, a friend, or just read for company.

We have ALL done our part by supporting those less fortunate right now by just sticking together as one supportive "family" and holding hands all together and giving them our love.

Okay - I hush now, and stand by for any further instructions.

Oh!  Just saw Vicky's work, great job Vicky, just great!
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214 posted 08-30-2005 08:27 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Vicky...I tried to open that link and got this message:

Can't Find the Web Site
500 Unknown Host
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215 posted 08-30-2005 08:29 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Hooray Pipsters!

Many thanks Ron
vlraynes
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216 posted 08-30-2005 08:32 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


Hm... I wonder why, Martie..

Is anyone else having that problem?
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217 posted 08-30-2005 08:39 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

picking my jaw up off the floor after watching aerial footage of Gulfport/Biloxi...there has never been anything like this in our lifetimes..... I understand Hattiesburg took a substantial hit too... worried about Laurel because it was in the direct path as well...

and for all the souls left in NO.. the hell has just begun -- anything we can do via Red Cross or otherwise is surely incumbent on the rest of us...it's going to take a lot of hands to clean up
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good links here
http://weather.austinsblog.com/

for missing persons, louisiana, alabama, and mississippi disaster management...
twist
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219 posted 08-30-2005 08:43 PM       Edit/Delete Message     View IP for twist

I echo that, rebel..

and vic?

awesome work, indeed!

however?
in my current state of mind?
I neglected to tell the 'moderators' that I'm 'of age'..

heh heh

fix me, please?


*smile*
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220 posted 08-30-2005 08:44 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

feeling the same reaction as Reb's
in tears, knowing what some people lost

anyone wanting to come to Oregon for a while? just let me know....
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This IS a great place.  All of you. LOOK.

Just amazing.

Vicky has done something beautiful.
and Ron?  I hope the site gets what it deserves.  Something magical happened here and continues . . .

Reb those are great links, checking them out now, they will help a lot of people.
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222 posted 08-30-2005 09:01 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


LOL...

I do understand, Twist...

and?... I went in to try and 'fix' you... but haven't found where I can change THAT part of your profile...

So... you may have to register again to fix it... not sure...

I'll keep looking... but feel free to register again, if you want to...

and?...

Great big giant hugs...

love you...
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If Karen and Twist are looking for a house in Houston....there are plenty.  Rents are not cheap though.  We rented a three bedroom in SugarLand for $900 in 1994....sure it'd be $1200 now.  When we moved into this one it was $1200 a month.  Might be able to find something a little further out...in the $1000 range; I'd try the Spring/Cyprus area where you get more for your money AND IT'S ON HIGHER GROUND!  

Sharon, you would not believe Houston now....lol.  I came here in the early '80 and it was big then.  Now, it sprawls for miles and miles and miles.  There used to be a long way between the suburbs....there is no empty space now.  Apartments might be a good way to go in that it is possible to rent long term "corporate" type hotel suites which offer the pool idea, as well.  It really is not a place you would swim all year though.  It does actually freeze here, and last year we actually saw two days with snow flakes!  Winters are definitely not like up north, tho' lol!!  There's always Galveston where swimming is free, too, and they don't close that "pool" on Labor Day.  Most pools (in the homeowners areas....which is how Houston communities are arranged) open on Memorial Day and shut down on Labor Day.  There are not as many homes here with pools as I had thought when I first came...not to say, you can't find one....just not that easy because of the community associations' offering them.  Anyhow, just a little info to chew on. Yep, Spring / Cyrus area is good.  If you need to be on the bus lines, that is too far, though.  Katy is also a good area and I think Metro still goes out that way.  

Hang in there ya'all!   ......jo
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WOW, I wasn't in here for a while, due to a operation in my lower jaw, but I'm amazed...well actually not because I know the strong spirit of the PIP family.

I'M SO GLAD ALL ARE SAFE AND SOUND!!!

for Sharon, Vicky and all others who are showing what friendship really is all about.

I'm listening to the live videos on and off and though I'm living far away, please know that my thoughts are with you all.

I've seen the site Vicky and Hell Yea girl, feeling proud here to belong to this family of friends.
And Little Wing my hands for you too. The Red Cross may learn something about communication, I'm sure.

I love you all and I'm so proud of you all.

Titia

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