Saturday, September 10, 2005

Ah, a blessed pair of days off coming up. I've had one day off since the Tuesday before the storm (which was a Monday).
My place has been condemned, so I need to pack, basically, and if I have time find a place to live so I don't end up in a trailer park. My car is dying. I need to get on line at the bank for money too. Ah, a relaxing couple of days.
Although Mike did just call to say he had found steaks and cases of budweiser. Yes, please, I said.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the countless out-of-staters who have come to help in fire, polcie and rescue. Florida, Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia are here in force giving are local boys a much needed few days off to go home and repair themselves, their families and, if they are lucky, their homes.
Ich habe auch zwei Oesterreichern latzten woche kennengelernt, die gerade aus Wien zu helfen angekommen sind. Ich will ihr danken, weil die zwei haben selbstbezahlt um hier zu kommen. Ich danke euch, ADRAT. (Austrian Disaster Research and Assistance Team.
Finally, I want to thank John and Chris, two retired FDNY guys who worked 9/11 and are now here helping with the Red Cross. It made me teary to see a pair of New York's Bravest helping out. (article in tomorrow's SunHerald).


Blogger Juliette said...

There isn't much I can do for you, since I live very far away in France, but please know that people here are thinking of you and really hope things will get better soon.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Josh Norman said...

Merci que vous avez penser sur nous. Apres quelque temp, ils-y-r-a las chance pour aider nous deux. au moment, si vous donez l'argent a la Croisse Rouge de Amerique, ca va aider le gens de Mississippi. Merci Juliette et les gens de France qui pense a nous! (And please excuse my bad French)

2:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

If you want to find out more about katrina or help donate money ( to the redcross) you can go onto my site,

I hope that things in New orleans gets better.


2:59 PM  
Blogger M said...

Even if filtered through a tv screen,it´s hard to absorb all these chaotic imagery.I´ve never crossed the ocean,but New Orleans always felt close,for some strange reason..We´ve given our scarce contribute to red cross here in Portugal,but maybe with some more help things can begin to change..Know that our thoughts are with you,and your land.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Hustle said...

I feel you my nigga. My 2 coussins is down there right now fighting this ish. Up here in MA, we tryinng to help ya'll but, is not much you can do, living in the ghetto.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wish I could be there to help. So far, I've done all I can from Arkansas. I have just volunteered with the Red Cross to be part of their Disaster Response. I spent a little over 8 months in Biloxi, Keesler AFB actually, back in 1980, before the boom of casinos. I love that area. Then in mid 90's, lived in New Orleans. I know how I feel looking at the destruction of the whole area, I can't imagine how hopeless the victims of this storm feel. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this storm.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous julie said...

I was gonna say enjoy your day off, but that seems stupid. Let me say, I hope your day off is a positive break from your current situation.
And thank you for this blog. I have been a reader from day 2. This is amazing work.
You're in my prayers.

7:11 PM  
Blogger SingingOwl said...

Hi Josh,
Maybe we are distant relatives. I'm a Norman too. I found your blog looking for pics of Biloxi. I'll be heading there next Thursday with my d.h. and some other church folk from here in Wisconsin. (Nope, not Baptist, but I'm glad they are there in force. ;-) ) We'll be working with Convoy of Hope. I'm so sorry for all that has happened. And sorry about the Spam too. Uck. Well, if I could I'd bring you a hot meal when I'm there.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Good luck darlin' and thanks for the blog.

12:19 AM  
Blogger 2be_or_not_2be said...

I really would love to volunteer my time to such a good course and would appretiate it if there is anyway I could contribute by please do reply.

5:02 AM  
Blogger ks said...

Having been a part of the Tsunami relief operations in Jan this year, in the Indian islands of Andman and Nicobar, I truly can appreciate the plight that people must have faced. I wish everyone affected to be able to recover soon and get back to their lives.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Kendall said...

leave a comment so i'll know u were there

2:58 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Hey i know times are hard but you do have people that care and i will pray for you and i have dontated 50 dollars of mine to the red cross and i know its not much but if everyone pitchez in then it will becoma something great and i hope thst your day goes well and come comment on my site to know that you got this?

5:48 PM  
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