Since the Storm  

SassyFrisky 66F
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9/6/2005 10:56 am

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Since the Storm


Well you may have heard that there was a storm in the sunny Southland. The storm is long gone but now the trail remains to clean up or obliterate. Some places that will be a job that might take months or even years.
Here where I am just north and west of MSY airport we have some problems my biggest is the shock of such radical upheaval. Our world has changed just how much and in what ways remains to be seen. I've been hiding away at home not going out using the excuse of Marshall law and curfews. When will we be able to go into the city see the changes for ourselves? When will the insurance agent send someone to look at my roof (holey now) my ceiling (gone and tarped over) my trees by the curb? When will we start getting mail again, I even miss the bills I must be sick right?
I know I'm glad I left the area for a few hours I hadn't evacuated since about 1985 or so but this one with the threat of lake flooding got me to go. I packed everything I thought I'd need for my life to go on squeezed the dog into the back seat and drove north. I was unable to find a motel and not wanting to go to a public shelter (like the superdome for instance) I started back south Monday and came back into the area with a convoy of search and rescue people. They were driving with caution lights on I was rushing to see if I still had a home.
There were lots of state troopers not giving out tickets but checking to make sure we lived here after about 5 check points I came to the I -10 exit and saw no water no flooding what a relief because that area has often been flooded in the past if it was dry we'd had no major water. Compounded by the drive to my house on streets mostly passable just trees and poles down. My home still stood and no matter the damage I'd have a place to sleep. As I explored with flashlight I found even a bed still there piled with items I'd abandoned thinking I'd never see them again. Never had crap looked so precious! That night I was so happy to be home to have a home I was grateful to all the gods.
During the days that followed having no power or phone were the biggest impact camping out in 95 degree weather or more not as much fun as you'd imagine, not being in touch with loved ones scary. Now as you can see I have contact with the outside world, did you miss me world?
Minor repairs made putting away stuff I'd packed took one day to pack will take a month to put everything back where it belongs.
I've really been like a big turtle hiding out in my shell grateful to be alive to have my loved ones to additionally have a mostly intact home and anxious to resume my life. Now I'm realizing that my life has changed just how much in what ways I'll be finding out. I do resolve to continue to seek pleasure and enjoy as much positive energy as possible. In New Orleans we have the jazz funeral the sad sad music plays on the march to the cemetery with the slow trudging march but when the acknowledgement of death has been completed the joyful triumphant return to life. I think that the city the area the country will respond it this fashion to mourn the loss but rejoice in the life we have left to live!

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