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As I pack my things up, I am in and out listening to the national guard frequency again. There is an unbelieveable difference today from yesterday. There are colonels and generals and lots of activity. Still a *lot* of snafus going on, and issues upon issues of lack of coordination among governmental agencies.

GaGa's apartment supposedly has a "red dot" now -- there are many families of residents in her building starting to find one another and multiple plans, but the truth is we don't even know how many of them are alive, whether they are still there, and if they get (have been?) rescued, where they will end up. I am a basket case, frankly, because I've got nothing at all on Uncle Al. He's a 74-yr-old television curmudgeon on Nola's pbs station for years, and has written columns for Gambit, the Times Pic, and basically a fixture of the town, but I've no idea whether he is even alive still.

*do* I live in the United States? It does not feel like it. I remember what it was like trying to find Jeri Ann and Jason (who worked in the towers and both miraculously survived) -- it took a week, or possibly more, to find them, but I never, ever, ever felt this isolated while trying to find them. The entire country rose up, the media cooperated, and Rudy Guiliani was in charge. Where is that esprit du corps now? Why has it gone?

I'm rambling, and I'm sorry. I'll start cut-tagging these if you guys are getting sick of hearing about all of this mess. Emotional rollercoasters and tragedies 'r' us this summer, it seems.

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minim_calibre
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think you need to cut tag anything. I've been quietly reading along, wishing I had something I could say and never quite finding the words, wishing I could do more to help than just throwing money at the various organizations.

ljs
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
[hugs hugs] I don't know what to say, but I'm here if you need me, Chris. [lights another candle]
paratti
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Not getting sick of it at all.
Here to listen.
I wish I could do more.
((((Hugs))))
gwynnega
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
No need to cut-tag, Chris. Wish I could help... ::hugs::
jerrymcl89
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Certainly no need to cut-tag. Particularly since all the other posts are about it, too. Best wishes to everyone down there.
psubrat
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ramble all you need to, dear. It's why we're here. ::hugs you tight::
caliente_uk
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
No need to cut-tag. We're here to listen. *hugs you tight*
chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
soundingsea
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
cindergal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
::hugs::

chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
::hugs::

Any good news for the husband, Cindy?
cindergal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Possibly - will know more next week, hopefully. Thank you for asking. :-)
wisemack
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
(((big hugs))) and a dish of beignets, sweetie.

chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
***bigger hugs***

Cinnamon rolls for you, I think. The big Cinnabon homemade type, with pecan caramel topping.

I have to ask this because my brain will not hold information very well right now -- tell me that you've heard from your daughter and that she is okay. I *so* need to hear that. And if you *haven't*, is there anything we can do to help? Phone calls, putting her name up on lists, poking and prodding at the lowerlevel flunkies at FEMA?
wisemack
Sep. 3rd, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Cinnabons! OMG! YES!!!

My fat cells all just stood up and screamed, "Yes Please! Now!" Of course, they can all just sit down and STFU, because they've done without carbs and sugar and stuff for over a year now and I'm not about to backslide. But I digress.

Unfortunately, I haven't heard a word from Georganne yet. *sigh* I've already left information in a bunch of places, but am paying most attention to the local Coast lists.

The Sun-Herald newspaper site in particular has a lovely "my momma'n'em" ambience which feels very personal; as in, "weren't we in the marching band together at Bay high, and dudn't my momma'n'em live right down the street from that cousin you're looking for?"

*chuckle*

Phone calls don't work yet - not with more than 500 cell towers down, but I'm persistent as hell.

The one thing I am steeling myself to try is to call Michael - Georgie's dad, my assaholic ex, aka the rottenest SOB in the known universe - who lives - or lived - near the beach in Long Beach, and might (oh, yes, PLEEEEEZE!) have gotten his house and his sorry ass blown away but also might have heard something. Of course, he's probably out in the field somewhere, since he runs the State Farm claims office and is doubtless up to his ass in alligators (metaphorically speaking) and will continue thusly for many months to come.

*pinches self for being vindictive bitch about ex - but not too hard, because the SOB surely deserves some bad karmic payback*

Just keep up the good thoughts, hon - and I'll send some back to you. (((hugs)))

PS: Just remembered - your uncle Al? Is he the guy who used to hold forth on New Orleans history, and Mardi Gras and stuff on local tv stations? Has he written a book or two? My poor brain is all senior-ish and mushy at the mo, but the name sounds SO familiar!



chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's him. He must be okay, just must. And I *do* believe karma will take care of the Nasty One.

*hugs tight*

Did you open a case with the Coast Guard on her?

http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do

These fellows are doing everything they can to help and provide info.

Praying and thinking of you guys and hoping. Say the word if there is more.
herself_nyc
Sep. 3rd, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I hope your people make it through this. I cannot IMAGINE what anguish you're in. I'm so sorry.
chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
(hugs to Herself).

I think it was when I got to your comment that the tears just about broke through. Thank you so much for being out there. It makes a real difference to know that there really *is* a community out there that cares.
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chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: We are not tired of your rambling, Chris
Amen, sister.
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Amen, sister. <lj-user="stakebait"> posted some phenomenal thoughts on the subject of disaster planning yesterday. Check it out.

*hugs you hugely*
spiralleds
Sep. 3rd, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
As time allows, please let us know about your families. My hugs and prayers are with you and your family.
chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you spiralleds. It means more than I can say to know you guys are out there, hoping with me.
the_royal_anna
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
I don't have the right words, but please know how much you and your family are in my heart and prayers. I hope you will hear some good news, and soon. And thank you for taking the time to keep us updated. It means a lot.
chrisjournal
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Anna, I would fall apart if I didn't have "here" to come to. I do not want the boys to realize how desperate it is right now, and Mike's in Atlanta, so I am pretty much alone here trying to cope. Coming to LJ, even for limited periods of time, and unloading is a huge release for me.

*hugs you*
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