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  •  Put Up A Tip Jar (4.00)
    A little mojo is the least we can do in recognition of your harrowing account.

    Also, could you explain whether you received evacuation orders and, if so, why you decided to tough it out?  Was it simply a belief that you had come through earlier hurricanes OK?  I have a client with a number of employees on the Gulf Coast and all of them evacuated.  Of course, every single one of them is hurting in some way now.  About half have lost everything.

    •  We Simply Did not Believe... (4.00)
      the people recommending evacuation.  We hear the same thing every storm that passes this area.  And, I spent Hurricane Ivine in a Red Cross shelter.  I could not bring myself to belive that staying in a home in Gautier could possibly be worse than staying in a Red Cross Shelter, again.
      •  What will you do next time? (3.91)
        I can't imagine how difficult it would be to walk away from one's home.  The unknown would seem to be as debilitating as staying and facing the reality.  But all of us have learned a lesson from this one.  

        You're so honest with yourself - it brings a lump to my throat. I'm so sorry for your loss.  Please try to keep in touch.

      •  I Wish You The Best (4.00)
        Having gotten involved a little with some of the evacuees from the Gulf Coast and having a client with employees from Louisiana and Mississippi who are going through some very tough times, I wish you the best.

        By the way, my client is being terrific with its employees; they are paying everyone, providing liberal leave, and trying to fashion alternative working arrangements since their offices in the Gulf Coast are not inhabitable.
        They went through a lot just to locate everyone.
        Now, they are working on getting them relocated.

      •  Many didn't believe (4.00)
        I'm hearing that from lots of people at the RC shelter and service center. I'm from the LA coastal area, and while we always left and went to Grandma's when a hurricane came, we never really believed we HAD to. The "forced evacuation" made me wonder a bit, but I wasn't convinced until I heard about 20 ft waves on Canal Street. And sharks swimming down I35.

        So sorry for your loss, all the losses. Every storm, I'd always think, "It could be our house this time." This time, it was everybody's houses.

      •  RedTravelMaster! (4.00)
        Good to hear you're OK! My buddy's from Gautier, living with me now in Mobile. When he first stepped into his parents' house after the storm, the smell made him vomit--even before he checked the fridge.

        You just got three feet? Good for you.

        p.s. Is it just me, or did an awful lot of people ride it out in their trucks? I kept hearing it over and over on the radio during the week after the storm. And what about that crazy bastard who rode it out in his trailer by the beach? He sank ten-foot pilings and reinforced it with steel. The radio lady asks, "Mac, could you have ever imagined a storm like this?" Mac says, "Well, yeah, I could imagine it, I just never thought I'd actually see it."

        What's the difference between Vietnam and Iraq? Bush knew how to get out of Vietnam.

        by strandedlad on Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 05:31:55 PM PDT

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