Friday, September 02, 2005

I spent the day on Highway 90 in Gulfport. Wandered around the port for a while. I met the Coast Guard guys who came back for the first time from where they rode out the storm in Texas. Their station in the Gulfport harbor was wrecked. It was made of cement and cinder-block and it had been torn to tatters. Most of the young guys had apartments on the beach.I also headed over to Long Beach again. The good news is that the Army has arrived there to help policing and with food and water distribution. A Mexican guy in charge of over 110 workers showed up at a Long Beach shelter at 2 a.m. last night, woke up his work crew, handed them their paychecks and then stuck them on a bus to Houston after feeding them (and the other 250 people in the shelter) and making them clean up the shelter and grounds real quick. I met a woman who had bought a house on the beach in Long Beach last week to get out of N.O. She had not sold her house yet in N.O. so she managed to lose both houses and all her possessions in the matter of a day on Monday.Bush was here. Bless his squirrely heart. Most people I talked to didn't even know.The few who did shrugged.Help is trickling in. There was, in general, a mood of optimism. The only thing people were unoptimistic about is disease.Cholera and other nasty forms of sickness are awaiting us soon if sanitation does not improve quick.(FYI, our blessed employers have provided portapotties. Hallelujah!)

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you guys are okay. I can't believe the destruction. Hope everyone stays well and finds their loved ones.

God Bless.

PS Where is our ass shot of mike?

2:32 PM  
Blogger Greig said...

Hey, I hope everthings ok, I'm from Scotland and have been watching it in tv, it's pretty horrific scenes.
I hope the government finally get off there butts and help their fellow humans soon.
Greig.

2:49 PM  
Blogger DoratheButterfly said...

Guys, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in this terrifying real-life crisis. I am going to keep a check on your blog. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves. I am grateful for the fact you are around to give us an inside perspective to your world.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you guys are ok. My sister and her family leaves there off canal st on tillman road up from the seabee base. I havent heard from her since sunday and I am kinda worried. I dont know if they got much damage up that way but just hoping that she is ok and so are everyone else

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Grieg

Brush up on your North American geography. This place is practically an island with all the bridges out. Help is getting here as fast as it can.

Unless you are here helping us yourself, cut the criticism crap. We appreciate the help we are getting.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog is very inspiring in so many ways. I'm planning on showing it to my class at school. Some of my friends live in New Orleans and surrounding areas that were affected by Katrina and all we can do is pray and send money and clothes to the people who need it. this blog will be used in the years to come to show how brave americans are and how patriotic we can be when our country, or another, has a crisis. keep posting!

5:47 PM  
Blogger KateOnTheGo said...

Dear "Anonymous"

I kindly (and respectfully) ask you to ease up on the words you are directing to those who are trying to empathise.

When you are as far away as Scotland or, like myself, in Australia, no words can truly explain how we are feeling for our fellow human beings.

Notwithstanding this, please rest assured that criticism is far from our minds and certainly not our intention - if anything, it is frustration for the very fact that we CAN'T be over there, providing help.

And please, if you are requiring assistance, post your comments with your contact details rather than remain anonymous, so that those who are overseas may be able to direct assistance to you.

Keep up the good work guys. I speak on behalf of those overseas who feel so utterly helpless right now.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

Your story is greatly appreciated Josh. Especially to thoes that have family there and live in other parts of the U.S. It gives them insight on the conditions you all are in right now. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all Americans to say to those of you that live in other countries and are donating to the disater victims, "Thank you so very much! May you be blessed for your words of sympothy and acts of compassion toward the victims of Hurrican Katrina and the flooding that followed in it's wake.Many are in suffurage and all that you do will be of help".

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