Sunday, September 04, 2005

I am pooped and burnt out. I cannot do anymore for now. I was tossed a possibly amazing story and passed it on to someone else as I just cannot deal anymore.
I want to celebrate my birthday hungover. I hope I find a hot meal and cold drink sometime during the day tomorrow. I thought about going to Mobile, but gas is expensive and scarce.
I wish I could tell more about what I've done, write more stories for this blog, but after writing what I write for the paper I am usually unwilling to tell the story again. So go to our paper's website (link to the right there) and type our names in to see better what the two of us have been doing. (My byline is usually "Joshua Norman." Senor Keller's is usually "Mike Keller.")
I also hope my photos speak for my experiences of the last few days.


Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I ran across your blog while surfing one day. I've seen pictures on the news of the damage that came upon LA and MS but your photos catch a more indescribable, surreal feeling when I look a them. Thank you for sharing them with the world.

2:28 PM  
Blogger casaevita said...

Don't know what to say...
Just that, oure priars are with you!
We wish you lots of strength and we hope all will get better soon.

Don't loose faith, big hugg from Evandy&chulo,
the netherlands

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday a day early. I hope you are able to get well deserved rest.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

HAy man...Just stick in there!!!
We are always thinking of u! lol!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Rafone said...

Hello people!
I just viewing your photos here in Spain, and I'm very impressed. I wish you get better soon. Be strong, you can do it!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Patricia Barlow-Irick said...

I am very greatful that you shared the experience with us.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Esbee said...

One more pic for you.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Esbee said...

the whole link:



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caption reads " Mike Keller, a resident of Biloxi, Mississippi, stands in the rain while mooning Hurricane Katrina just after dawn August 29, 2005. Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast on Monday with 140 mile per hour winds as the powerful storm came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico and took aim at low-lying New Orleans. The coast, much of it lightly populated swamps, was being pounded with high winds and heavy rains while New Orleans, 55 miles northeast, braced for the worst of Katrina. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Reuters"

3:38 PM  
Blogger Jean Trumbo said...

Thank you for the wonderful work. Take good care of yourself. And, thank you for sharing your thoughts and images with students not in your backyard. I am trying in my own way to get their attention, but you have done so much more.

4:20 PM  
Blogger dadio said...

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4:43 PM  
Blogger Gloria Falzer said...

Dear Josh:

Happy Birthday. You are in our thoughts constantly as are all those who have lost so much.

Hope you find a cold beer and a hot meal to celebrate.

Love, John & Gloria

5:52 PM  
Blogger Scot said...

THe whole thing looks like something out of war of the worlds, it's absolutly shocking to think that can happen.

Please hang in there and tell everyones stories.

i found another way to donate to the cause for all you gamers out there, they say they arent making any profit from them.

And Happy Birthday (it's tomorrow allready in Scotland:)

6:17 PM  
Blogger famlyferst said...

I have been working with the evacuees and I am where you are..pooped and exhausted. With a night's rest, I will go back and do more tomorrow.

Hope you get a good night's rest! ~Emily in Conroe, TX, just north of Houston.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know getting them here would be a problem but I'm in Clarksdale, MS and we have an Expo center set up with beds.... Just thought I'd post that for what it's worth.

I read and I listen and I feel guilty...for being so damn lucky.

I'll continue to check your site...
Thanks for doing what you do.

And Happy Birthday.
My sister's was today.

Jane G.

6:47 PM  
Blogger huay in LA said...

Finally! Thanks esbee for Keller's moon shot...(showing also a little sun too?) Thanks for a bright spot in an otherwise awful situation.

Hang in there guys. Your posts make my stomach hurt from anxiety. We're praying and sending donations.

Bonne Fete to Josh. Wish we could successfully send beer and more peaches.

From LA.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Raz said...

Someone took!

I wanted to sponsor your blog with domain and hosting - just a small gesture from someone at the other side of the globe (I am from Singapore).

The owner of that .com domain put it up at some domain parking page. Money making. Pfft...

Anyway, would love to help. Please contact me at

7:42 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

thank you so much for sharing this with us all. i hope you have the best birthday you can; with all the help you have been to those in the path of katrina as well as those of us who can only send our prayers, you deserve a break and a drink. i know this birthday will not soon be forgotten. thank you and please stay as safe as you can.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's my party and I can cry if I want to"
Happy birthday and as a local wanna-be - thank you for providing the best source of information on the effects in Mississippi out there.

We'll be wishing you that cold beer and hot pizza that everyone over the age of 21 deserves on their birthday.

8:19 PM  
Blogger I am Nobody said...

Guys, if you get the chance to read this comment, please let us know what are the best ways for us to help. I know a guy who spontaneously drove down a truckload of generators only to be held up at a checkpoint. A good thought, but one that required a little more forethought.

Which agencies are doing the most good down there, and which ones are most in need of our support?

Get rest, get buzzed and try to sleep.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Amiya said...

Thanks for sharing your stories with everyone here.

Seeing those pictures comes as a huge shock to me. I'm in India and we've had some very tragic catastrophes here in the last few years, but that human life can be so cheap even in a country like the United States - that has shocked me the most.

I hope everyone struck by the hurricane manages to get their lives back on track soon... I wish I could do more than just writing a few words on a blog, but... well have a great birthday :)

8:51 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

This is some powerful stuff, worthy of the highest meaning of the word "journalism." Take care. Know that what you do, matters.

9:15 PM  
Blogger dadio said...

9:19 PM  
Blogger Tim England said...

I am stupified by the level of destruction which has decended upon your area.

Living in northern CA, I am now inspired to take the term "natural disaster" much more seriously.

My heart goes out to you and yours -- and most of all, the kids

- Tim (

11:44 PM  
Blogger jack & denise said...

i like ur blog a lot... :) hope in the end it turns out alright... peace...

12:59 AM  
Blogger David said...


I want to tell you that the short to the point reporting in this blog is the best I have seen, heard or read. In 1992 I was stationed at NAS Barbers Pt Hawaii. We had a Hurricane Party for Hurricane Iniki. It was a Cat 5+, 220 mph sustained...and it hit the island of Kauai...we drank alot of beer during the storm and had a great time riding it out in our barracks 90 miles away. While we were drinking Ininki did all it could to scour Kauai clean. I won't say I know how you and your collegues feel, because I don't. I will say that I have been through something similar and I know that telling people what you saw is important... Get some rest....

1:12 AM  
Blogger Kerrilynn said...

Josh... Happy Birthday, if ever you find yourself in Gainesville... find me for a birthday beer and then another case or so for being an incredible human being... and don't fret Keller I will hook you up with a some cold ones too. Take care of yourselves down there... Thanks for the time that you guys are putting into this blog it is amazing all that you have witnessed.


1:45 AM  
Blogger LG said...

Thanks for letting the world know what's going on. Wish you a happy birthday!

2:14 AM  
Blogger Hitomi said...

I can understand your exhaustion! I went to check the Sun Herald and I couldn't believe some of the stuff I read in it. Cholera? Typhoid? I thought these diseases had been eradicated long ago in Western countries! I think these information give some hints as to the wide-reaching consequences of this hurricane.
I also thank you for taking all this time to report on this blog about your experience! It's a very important complement to our usual media accounts of these terrible events! I hope you'll be able to continue at some point. I think it is also important to you and your fellow citizen to know that you are still somewhat connected to the world, despite the desolation of the situation. I hope that solidarity will prevail at all levels. Take good care!

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Carl said...

Sitting thousands of miles away in London, we initially had no idea of the scale of the impact and the utter devastation visited on you. My thoughts are with all the people affected by this catastrophy.

2:55 AM  
Blogger Happysurfer said...

What you are sharing reminds me of the havoc of the December tsunami. I'm writing from Malaysia. Keep up the good work. I'm linking to yr blog on mine to share with my friends and family. I hope it's alright with you. Take care.

3:08 AM  
Blogger Lily Avalon said...

I work for NBC up in Ohio. And I would like to comend you, as tired as you both are. This blog has shown the world a peek of not only what is going on down south, but what everyone one is going through. Keep up the good work. I have been raving about this blog at work and forwarding it too. Thank you for showing us things that national news just cant.

4:54 AM  
Blogger starthrower68 said...

God Bless you and keep you and all of the people suffering admist the devastation. Look to Him for your comfort and supply. He will provide.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the photos are so heartbreaking...

i wish i could do something...

sometimes you wish you can make a difference to the world, and when you start seeing the injustices and the sufferings in the world due to natural disasters or wars, its too overwhelming and infuriating... you just don't know where to begin and you don't know when it will end...

7:14 AM  
Blogger jo said...

Well guys, you definately deserve a medal for your superior journalism during this time of crisis. In Salt Lake City, we've got clothing drives, Red Cross jars, and the news channels on at work all day long. You're better than that though. You tell your stories from the heart, you show with pictures horrors that most of us would generally liken to a nightmare. What you've done here is more personal than any journalism I've ever seen before.

In reading through the comments, you've gotten comments from Malaysia, London, India, Scotland, The Netherlands, and two or three other countries where the situation is little known. Please keep up the spectacular work. Have a wonderful birthday and I wish to you both the best of luck.

If along with the Red Cross donation, I could send a steak dinner and a twelver for ya, I'd be all over it.

Salt Lake City, Utah

7:55 AM  
Blogger Nilus said...


8:02 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

dude, would you mind if i linked your blog? Your photos and reporting are amazing.

8:16 AM  
Blogger David said...

My heart goes out to America at this time of despare. I dont ever want to see anyone hurt and left in these kinds of situations. God bless the citizens who were involved directly by Katrina.

8:38 AM  
Blogger zsugiart said...

Man, I hope I can help. I am a buddhist I think ur christian but what the heck, I'll send u prayer form here anyway. Good luck with ur struggle down there.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Luis said...

Thank you for this. Your commentary is honest and your images graphic. They tell a powerful story. I've taken the liberty of adding a link to your blog on my blog at,

9:47 AM  
Blogger -a said...

we are all praying for you guys down there.

i hope your birthday is the best it can be.

love and peace of mind,

11:44 AM  
Blogger lau-ra said...

just wondering if your views have changed about government action surrounding katrina since you criticized naked mole rat earlier. have your first-hand accounts allowed you an accurate assessment of the situation that could argue against much of the criticism being lobbed against the feds? do you feel that a natural disaster of this magnitude made the necessary assistance impossible? or do you think that the feds could have been more prepared or could have allotted more resources to victims?

12:12 PM  
Blogger ** said...

It's so amazing everything you've posted. I've watched the news, but they always present the things as if they weren't really happening.
I can't imagine the pain and the rollercoaster of feelings that you must be going through.
I hope everything turns out ok.
If it's anygood, I'd like to publish some pictures in my blog, so friends in Chile get a real look over the conditions you are living now.
best of wishes, hope everything turns out ok.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Chandler said...

Thank you for sharing your journey on this terrifying path. Please keep on posting when you get the energy and reserves. You add a human face to so much of this tragedy. Readding about how you guys cope day to day is enlightening.
I don't want to tell ya what to do but wait till to celebrate that single malt and take drunk (which you richly deserve) until you are air conditioned (nothing worse than hangover in hot humid heat with rotting chickens around) and clean, rested and thriving.
Right now you are all surviving but one day you will be thriving.
Thank you for the magic you share.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Profesor Raúl Flores P. said...

Contra la naturaleza, nada se puede. Pero contra la sobervia de los gobernadores, toda la naturaleza encima.

1:45 PM  
Blogger hotmamastarr said...

Wanted to wish you a happy birthday! hang in there.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Richler said...

Happy birthday

I just spent the last 2 hours reading your blog, and thank you for all you done. I am in Newfoundland, Canada; three days ago the skies opened up with Katrina's echo.

I hope your President gets his act together to help those at great risk, and I hope that you and those like you do not end up going insane. I have heard that some police officers have killed themselves.; can we do anything but hope? Being 'global' sometimes means you become a eunuch in the face of unfathomable power.

Fates be with you and your companions.

Jonathan Richler,

2:42 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

You don't need words, your pictures say it all....You have taken some wonderful pictures....I'm sure it was quite a heart wrenching experience. Thank you for sharing.....

3:25 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY my birthday was Sun the 28th.....I was 65.... I won't ask you your age, it's not

3:28 PM  
Blogger Doggerelle said...

My heart is broken by the horrors of the governmental cruelty. I am helping but your site helps as an altar.

3:40 PM  
Blogger otilius said...

thanks for a different view of things...I hope you have a Happy Birthday in spite of all that you have experienced...

4:32 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

I am glad you made this blog, this is such a complex and quickly evolving story, that I find even the news cant always cover it all. Shootings, looting, neglect, flooding, repairs, long term plans, etc etc etc....

But I am glad that you add to what I know about the situtation. Please keep it going when you can.


4:32 PM  
Anonymous sandra said...

Josh & Mike,
Thank you so much for your blog and pictures. We have spent the past week anxiously looking for any info or pics about Long Beach, MS. My family and I moved to Oregon from Long Beach over 20 years ago now, but it is still near and dear in our hearts. All the news reports up here mention N.Orleans, Bay St Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi, but have totally left out Long Beach. We have been unable to contact any of our former neighbors and friends there. Your blog is the first of any info we've been able to see. Thank you again.
Josh--happy birthday, man. If you ever come to Portland, Oregon, get in touch w/me and I will definitely buy you some beers.

5:21 PM  
Blogger notused1000 said...

excellent blog


5:24 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thanks for your reports - I've been glued to the computer reading your blog. I was born in Gulfport, MS in 1949. Grandparents lived their all their lives (now deceased), and I spent many happy years on those beaches. I read the comment about Gulfport no longer existing. So sad. I was there for Camille in '69 and worked as a Civil Defense Volunteer...can't imagine what this one was like.

Happy birthday! Hope you find a cold beer to enjoy.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

OMG your blog is amazing....and great photos.

Happy birthday and celbrate like mad when you can.

Stay safe.

a blog reader in
Victoria, Australia.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Aura-Leigh said...

Happy birthday...we are thinking of you here in Atlanta, and wanting to do anything we can to help.

5:58 PM  
Blogger DrumsNWhistles said...

Happy Birthday, and get some rest.

Our prayers and resources and hands are with you in whatever way we can reach from north of LA to you...your pictures are amazing testimonies to the destruction Katrina wrought.

6:28 PM  
Blogger AmeriKaKanKare said...

Find a way to help the abandoned pets in New Orleans.

Find ideas about how to help at Katrina Shopping

6:52 PM  
Blogger RGH said...

Good luck. You are doing great work! Amazing pictures.


7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please pass this on

For those who are without jobs:

If you were currently working for Walmart before the hurricane, many (if not all) Walmarts across America are guaranteeing you jobs. I just heard about this today from my cousin who is an assistant manager. I'm not sure if it is just in our region, or if it is ALL Walmarts. I'm not sure of all the particulars either. But, please, check it out. Do note- you HAD to be currently employed in one of the affected Walmarts. They do have employment records, so don't try tricking them.

7:23 PM  
Blogger 龍昱 said...

I feel so so sad about what happened...I'm so worried for the children...

7:24 PM  
Blogger Callie Ann said...

Words cannot express what you have been through and seen. THANK YOU for your story. You are doing a wonderful thing capturing your moments on film and words. Prayers for you and yours.
Stay Strong......

7:26 PM  
Blogger Habitarq Territorio y Urbanismo said...


7:40 PM  
Blogger Cassy said...

Many thoughts and prayers are with you. I've been reading for a while now, and I know that your information and work are helping people. Here in the DFW area, we have many evacuees and I've been passing your blog along.

Know that it's helping and keep your chin up.

7:45 PM  
Blogger msbrooksie said...

I just hope everyone knows no one is really to blame but mother nature herself.


8:11 PM  
Blogger ctp said...

This is the best use of a blog out there. It's crazy scrolling up from the "before" into the aftermath but you guys relate it like true journalists.

Thanks for being there to tell.

A far-away New Yorker wishing everyone safety, a home and beer.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday.:)

9:12 PM  
Blogger The Infamous PN said...

I have to say that I feel as if I've been given a much truer insight to the horror of Hurricane Katrina, thanks entirely to your blog. You've brought humanity to the situation in a way that the national media-at-large has been struggling to. Just wanted to let you guys know that your blog is a great accomplishment of journalism, and that, I hope you don't mind, I linked to it.

Wishing you luck for finding that beer for your birthday. Hang in there, guys.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing that I've read anywhere, nothing that I've seen on TV beats your blog or photos. Your work amplifyies an aspect of humanity that is missing elsewhere.

Get rest.

Central California

9:56 PM  
Blogger lucasjackson7 said...

hey amigo,
i am currently relocated as a new orleans refugee. i hope things are well with you. i start the new job process tomorrow. be well and safe and lemme know if there's something i can do.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Josh. I'm sitting at my computer in Adelaide, Australia, and you guys are doing such a great job in what looks to be an awful time and place. I feel humbled to have read your blog. My prayers are with you and everyone else.

God Bless :)

10:59 PM  
Blogger the Finnie's said...

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share what you're doing for the community. We can only stand in awe the destruction caused by Katrina and the valiant efforts of yourselves to make the most of a dreadful situation. As cheesy as it sounds, our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Take care of yourselves.
Dean, Paula & Joel

11:47 PM  
Blogger Omom said...

Blog surfing and ran into yours. Thanks for the pictures and for taking the time to share with the outside world what it looks like to go through the hell called Katrina. Know that millions and millions of prayers are being sent your way. The world is crying right along with you. Belated Happy Birthday and God speed.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Omom said...

I hope you don't mind that I linked your site in mine.
Be safe.

1:46 AM  
Blogger F®ån said...

It's just too sad :(
God bless all the people over there...

Love from Chile

2:36 AM  
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2:41 AM  
Blogger Stu said...


A quick message from England - I sincerely hope everything you're going through will be over soon and as many people as possible will be brought to 100% safety. The world is with you all in some way or another, whether it be donations or thoughts! Hopefully people will donate as much as they can!!!


3:47 AM  
Blogger ExBF said...

Happy B'day, man! deserve it.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Stu said...

Oh yeah! Meant to say -

Happy Birthday! Have a top day. - hopefully the things I babble on about will give you a smile :P

5:19 AM  
Blogger Ddot the King said...

These pictures are unbelievable. Thanks for sharing them.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey dude,

You need to just hang in there and stya strong im down here in Texas and doing everytyhing I can to help out. We're letting people stay at our church. Everyday I've been working hard trying to give everyone everything they need. Well just stay strong and know that you are in my prayers.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Was sent your blog by a friend in Lafayette, LA. I was riveted, from beginning to end. Hope you're feeling better soon and your spirits rise.

7:54 AM  
Blogger R2K said...

Well we thank you for what you have done, and what you can in the future. You dont owe anything, just what you have to offer. Feel better!


8:41 AM  
Blogger blog4woody said...

I drink to you, Sir.

Fine photojournalism during the most adverse of circumstances.

I wonder how you kept your camera and film dry, but glad you did.

Very moving photography.

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