September 3rd, 2005


Possibly wonderful news

We've been communicating with other families of residents of GaGa's apartment complex. Early this morning, we received this from one. We do not know if this whole thing is real or not, but we'll take whatever hope we can. GaGa may be in San Antonio. If any of you is in San Antonio and can help us get her home and out of the "processing" station, I would be eternally grateful. We do *not* know if this is real or not yet, nor if she is with them or not. But if they really went from apt to apt, then she would be. I am very cautiously hopeful.

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More as I learn it. Those vibes and prayers are helping, folks. Thank you is inadequate.

It's real

San Antonio contact sought actively, strictly as an emergency point of contact.

GaGa is at Kelly AFB and has food, water, a clean place to be, and restroom facilities. We have family going to get her from Houston, but if there is a local contact in San Antonio who is willing to be an emergency contact for her, I would be extremely grateful.

One down, one to go. This is, in my view, good news for Uncle Al as well. The FEMA folks who were involved in GaGa's rescue know about him and where he is. He *will* get out.

Not much news yet, in wait mode

Haven't made much progress on the house or on Uncle Al -- I managed to narrow down the possible places he was in communication with ("a ritzy nursing home practially next door") to only one or two, and have found out where the most likely ones have landed. Spoke to one of their leaders on the phone in their Houston hotel makeshift facility, and she said they had a couple of non-residents with them, but that the name didn't strike her. The woman was *weary* sounding, but I have a sliver of hope. I gave her all the descriptive info I could and she was going to see if she could track down the non residents and see if any of them was Al Shea. Since he could have been picked up by anyone (FEMA and coast guard were both notified of his presence and need for help), it's possible he wasn't with them, and is elsewhere but out of Nola. It's also possible that he got hurt or ill and there's nothing I can do that will change that. So, waiting. His apt phone still rings, though. I'm taking that as a sign that he's out of there, not the negative.

Finally got to me

Oh dear lord. CNN and Clay Aiken.


No comments this time -- kids are downstairs and I need to have a really, really big cry. No husband yet, so you guys hold me virtually, okay? I'll feel you there.