Thursday, September 08, 2005

My apartment will be condemned.
At least that's the vague quip I got from my landlady this morning. She dropped the whole issue of paying rent on a building that may be a health hazard. Thank goodness.
I pressed her and asked exactly how long I have to get out, and she refused to tell me. She said she is offering up space in these small apartments about 10 miles from work. Considering I lived a 1/2 mile from work and gas is scarce and expensive, I'm not thrilled with it. And, there isn't exactly an abundance of apartment space available now considering about 1/3 of it in the area was destroyed.
She said I should just come on down to the office today around two. I reminded her that I am a reporter working 10-12 hour days and she just said, "Oh, right. Well you take care hon." Click.
Bad time to have a shifty landlady who doesn't choose to make herself available.
I may end up squatting on my place. The only real issues with that are when electricity and running water will come back. It'll take a long time, for sure. All the electical outlets downstairs are coroded and The only thing I really want back is safe running water. I can live without A/C and TV but not without a sink to brush my teeth in.
Work is getting a little less hectic. The out-of-town reporters are starting to trickle out. I'm no longer climbing over rubble and talking to grieving families.
Knight-Ridder continues to do an amazing job of keeping us fed, watered and our cars gassed.
Ironically I am working on a long term story about exhaustion now. I'm kind of an expert, you might say. Everyone in local gov't is getting burnt out and crabby. That's saying nothing about fire fighters and cops.
Alright, that's the update, diary style. Gotta go find some tired people.
Keller is out finding what's left of the shrimping industry. Plenty of bottom feeding fun to come.


Blogger Cathy said...

Even though the big media outlets are going away, there are plenty of people "out here" still following what is going on and please please let us know if there is anything we can do. Good luck with the apartment; doesn't sounds like much fun.

7:49 AM  
Blogger PirHK said...

Good luck bro! All of our prayers for everyone going through such an un-imaginable tragedy.

8:14 AM  
Blogger .:Erica:. said...

You all amaze me with your strength. All of our prayers are with you!

-A fellow Knight-Ridder employee from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Echo Mouse said...

Hell, won't Keller let you move in with him until you can find a place????

9:47 AM  
Blogger WaterCruiser said...

A retired Sergeant from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department moved to Pass Christian in 2000 or 2001. His name is Gary Zavadil, we haven't heard from him and were wondering if his house was far enough inland to be spared at least the deadly flooding.,+PASS+CHRISTIAN,+MS+39571

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting this out there. I am new to this site and am not sure how to go about having people come to mine but if you feel like it or have time please come to visit.
I wish you lots of positive and healing energy to you and your loved ones.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous SSprite said...

I wish I could HUG the two of you right now!!! California is just too far away. Keep up the great work on the blog. I keep sending people here to read and look at your pictures. I hope its helping?

I am dismayed by your landlady's attitude, but it may well be she's in shock too. I would stay put untill you know you have water back at your apartment. Power can be lived without if nessiary.

And my community here on the Monterey Peninsula is also a fishing/tourist based economy.

Maybe you won't have the shrimp/oyster fishermen back in business right away, but I pray that in a few weeks they will be getting your waterways reopened.

IF you have a direct link or phone number for donations for YOUR parish or local churches, please post them OK? I would like to help.

Thanks - Good luck and MANY Prayers... and MORE Help will come Your way SOON!!!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to check with the Ocean Springs police department. Most of them are staying at the civic center because they still don't have power. So they are working 18 hour shifts and sleeping maybe 6 hours a night.
My brother just happens to be one of them.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Girl Interrupted said...

God Bless!

8:41 PM  
Blogger cathy walker said...

Very sorry to hear about this-your major calamity, may god be with you through it all .I know what chaos and disaster is all about....but when you lose your home, I'm sure that's a whole other story. KEEP STRONG + GOD BLESS

3:56 AM  
Blogger Josh Norman said...

Dear Watercruiser, That seems to be one of the few neighborhoods in PAss Christian that wasn't leveled. It may have been flooded though. Again, if you're looking for him, contact the Red Cross. Also, cell service is starting to come back. Good luck.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Pennyi said...

I just found your blog and am seriously interested in whats going on. I have a very close friend and her family in mississippi and their state does not need any more economic problems. Keep us informed please.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

Hi Josh,

My name is Maria Alvarez and I'm writing from NYC -- a mutual NYU collleague hooked me up with your father. I'm a journalism Dart fellow -- specializing on helping reporters in the trenches of diaster. I have a 9/11 survivor and reporter. If you would like to let off some steam write back and we can get a bigger audience to educate the rest of us on knowing what is really going on. Maria

1:23 PM  
Blogger stephanie'sfunpage said...

hi. i'm new to reading and writing comments. but, i would like to say to you is be strong and indue time things will be okay. i will personaly keep you in my prayers.

5:53 PM  
Blogger NOLAmobilePHONES said...

A national Personal Bottled Water drive needs to be spearheaded. Gallon water, large containers seed an underground trade market. This is a restaurant town.

Only Personal Bottled Water is effective. A special bottling, perhaps a 'redtop' edition should be made. A bottler could spearhead this and collect logo from participating companines.

Someone fill virtual trucks with donations, then get the trucks donated.

Pat Jack

Mobile phones users in Katrina affected Area Codes,
(especially prepay users) are demographically and geographically,
out of minutes, have no airtime, on second batteries.
The lucky have some capability to re-charge.

Big Mobile Phone providers plan a release of phone cards at the Astrodome.
It's a media circus.

Big Mobile Phone providers are proposing a limited number of methods
to deal with a National Catastrophe impacting oil and food exports and imports.
The oil reserves themselves are in and amongst this destruction in the salt domes.

Old School, the phone companies could easily pump free minutes into all phones
with the same programs they send you all that spam with.

An immidiate and global distribution of FREE MINUTES and FREE AIRTIME
to all phones in the Katrina devestated Area codes and Katrina evacuation routes
must be implemented now. Out of minutes = no communication = disorganization

Physical distribution of cards will create a fast and dangerous trade market.
The people who distribute these cards could seed more volitility into this situation.
The people distributing these cards in the long-term are in a dangerous physical situation.

The people of this nation affected by National Security and National Disaster issues
as a result of Hurricaine Katrina must have MANY to MANY communication NOW.

Vendor locations for pre-pay are shut down,
phone cards along evacuation routes are sold-out or in limited supply.
These refugees don't have, or cannot get to, prepay cash.

Our phone service is so capitalized and compartmentalized,
it seems very inneffective at this time compared to a wide open
100% free phone system. And I'm not advocating a 100%
free phone market of any sort, I just want you to think
about the difference it would make and how close
we can get to that, in the shortest amount of time.
For the purposes of Katrina RESCUE and RELIEF.

Pre-pay Mobile Phone user Market closely mimic those
Americans victimized by Natural Disasters.
They are prey to SCAMS and FRAUD.

Young people with prepay 'Virgin Mobile' phones as well as
the markets of Tracone, prepay markets, are not being afforded
the opportunity to use their EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION DEVICES,
especially in the long-term. These markets must be sustained
with the Automatic scripting of free minutes pumped into the phones,
globally with no regard for economic strata, race, etc..

Again, the pre-pay Market is made up of the poor, elderly, infirm,
handicapped, low and fixed income, children, etc ...

The phones are lifelines to order in the short and longterm.

The FCC must require all phone companies to fill all phones in the
area codes affected by Katrina, especially flooded New Orleans,
with free minutes. This must be done globally without
regard for race or economic class. The AUTOMATED scripting
on Mobile phone service providers administrative computers to
push free minutes and free airtime globally to all Mobile Phones in Katrina
affected areas is the American thing to do. Push the free minutes
to prepay and to CORPORATE customers as well. Give them to everyone,
now. Let this place communicate and continue RESCUE, continue RELIEF,
and continue to REBUILD in the longterm. is continuing to produce an organized, informed and effective
response to Hurricaine Katrina Relief issues.

Other Mobile Phone Providers are thinking and acting, check their homepages.

HERE ARE THE EMAILS for the FCC bigwigs,
email them to get free minutes for Katrina devestated area codes -

Copy and paste those emails into the -TO- box of your email.

I don't want to attack the phone companies.
I just want all of us to send some suggestions as to how they can help.
Ask the Mobile Phone companies for what we need, free airtime,
unemcumbered with their marketing schemes.

Email the customer service departments of all the Mobile Phone
companies you can think of. Gather their customer service EMAILS,
their Media reps emails. Forward all of this.

Check knowledgeable communities on the internet that address
the needs of Katrina Victims and Refugees. Ask the phone companies
for what we need, free airtime, unemcumbered with their marketing schemes.

Ask the Mobile Phone companies to establish an account to

Thus, any injured or incapacitated person with a phone, and any phone
they might FIND that is working will get them through. Many to many

Auto location of the looters who hunker down can be facilitated,
they can be saved also, rather than slaughtered.

Additional resuce is enabled which is critical as resuce options
continue to approache the point of no return for some stranded infirm, etc..

People will come through the network.
That's what this is about right, people!

Where there are discarded phones, their are babies, children,
women and men. The phones need to have minutes.

Guard dogs can hear phones dialing, ringing, etc..

Guard electronics can sniff and locate the phones, as well as the
ability of a Guard dog to smell a warm cell phone, the warm battery
and it's characteristic smell.

These phones are lifelines and key to restoring order.

A lot of young and elderly will die of dehydration in the next days.
Refugees need to FIND THE RESOURCES, they need minutes.
Many of them are lost, out of state, with no transportation.
The Katrina refugees need free minutes and free airtime.
Those needing rescue need those minutes.

The automated and global scripting of a push of free minutes to all cell phones
will most importantly transcend the racial and class structures.

This is DISASTER RELIEF and should never
approach the line over which NATURAL DISASTER PROFITEERING
is approached, lonterm or shorterm, by any company.

Jockying for market position at the demise of the American People,
will be observed if it is present.

Schemes to give out free phones to lock in desparate customers in the
months ahead are PUTRID. Schemes to get customer database information
for Phone Marketing departments is off limits here.

Keep it on the up and up, script the automated push of the free minutes
to all Mobile Phones in the Katrina devestated area codes and evacuation routes,
gloabally. Now.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the news I've seen, this is by far the most touching, emotional yet! Kudos & thanks you!!!

If you want to move to Cali, we'd be honoured to have you & yours!

9:35 PM  
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