New Orleans Day 0  

rm_Quartz16k 35M
8 posts
9/2/2005 11:25 pm

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New Orleans Day 0


Well it's about 12:50 am central. I'm struggling to stay awake through a huge amount of packing. I'll be on a C-130 on my way to the New Orleans Naval Air Station in a few hours, and am really excited to be able to go. No one knows what to expect or what we'll even be doing when we get there. It's strange jumping into the unknown like this. I mean, we usually know more in wartime what we'll be doing. Right now it's still a big mystery, even to the higher ups.

The first work I've done in preparation for this was getting a couple of shots in San Antonio this morning. Shortly after getting that done I saw a huge shipment of water being loaded onto a truck. One liter aquafina bottles were stacked in boxes 10 high. I found myself wondering who they were for. I mean, if they're for the refugees, all of that water won't last 10 seconds. If it's for us, it might hold us through a couple of weeks. Why does this matter? Well, how often do you look at a bottle of Aquafina and wonder who it's for? I encourage everyone to drink a huge glass of water a few times a day, if not for your health, for the fact that you can! I'm pretty sure your average New Orleans citizen would be pretty mad if you were still taking the tap in your kitchen for granted.

Probably the most stirring part of the day was when my First Sergeant asked me if I knew where my last weapons qualification card was and if I had qualified in the last two years. I answered yes to both, which probably means I will be issued a rifle when I get there. I'm an aircraft mechanic. I've never been deployed anywhere there wasn't a jet for me to work on. Now I'm jumping into the unknown with a rifle and no wrenches. Either way I'm still very excited to be helping. I can't wait to get out there and see what kind of a difference I can make. Wish me luck!

cadmagnet 59F

9/2/2005 11:46 pm

good luck! be safe.


rm_devtlc 74
1 post
9/3/2005 12:11 am

God Speed ,keep up all the good works,you and all are in my thoughts and prayers for a sucessful stay! We need more like you!


open4fun2005 59M/52F

9/3/2005 12:17 am

Good luck and be safe there in New Orleans! I thank you for the help that you are about to give to the refugees there. You are so right...we take for granted the water, the food, and the beds we lie in. May God watch over you and watch over all the people effected by Katrina.


excited045 58M
92 posts
9/3/2005 1:41 am

being a retired from the Navy Im well aware what your going into. You will find unrest and alot of pissed off people. Ihave been in youe shoes many times and remember, keep your cool and watch your back! One more thing dont drink water in ffront of the poor soles.


NOBADYET69 54M/58F
1 post
9/3/2005 4:57 am

WELL,GOOD LUCK FRIEND!I KNOW YOU MIGHT NOT GET THIS TIL U GET BACK,ITS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!MY BROTHER-IN-LAW LEAVES SOME TIME THIS MORRING.HE`S GOIN TO BE GIVEN SHOTS TO HOW EVER NEEDS IT.HE`S IN THE NAVY(MAN WHAT EVER HAPPENS DOWN THERE,REMEBER THIER ALL ON OUR SIDE. YOU`LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN WHEN YOU GET DOWN THERE!BE SAFE!


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