Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Photographed and got audio from a nurse who worked in the neo-natal unit at Columbia Hospital at Tulane and her family, who rode out Katrina at the hospital. It was an interesting experience in that their story had a happy ending. None of them planned to return to NOLA. I loved Lisa (the nurse)'s parents - 74 years old and talking about wading through snake infested water that smelled like nothing they'd ever smelled in their life like you or I would talk about having to go to the dentist - not pleasant but something you just do. And when her mom described going through decontamination at a shelter in Lafayette, and being given, um, no um, (my words here) "foundation garments," she was pretty okay with it all. I sure hope I'm that flexible at their age. Anyway, neat family, REALLY strong people.

Then it was off in search of internet access... the bane of my existence of this trip...

Things we LOVE
Being able to be online in bed in the trailer with the A/C on

Things we HATE
RV parks that claim to have WiFi, but a) charge a friggin' arm and a leg for 24 hour access; b) only offer said access at the office and c) only offer said access to PC users!

But I digress. We found a Fourbucks, paid the daily fee (again) and I tried to get the morning's blog up. Just then Andy from CBS called. He and I spend the next hour going over the photos they want to use and me trying to convince him he wants the audio of Renee Gay reading her poem, "Katrina is so mean." Ah, but figuring out how to send him the audio - that took another half an hour (use iTunes, btw), but he loved it (I knew he would).

btw, the latest on the CBS Saturday Morning Show is:

Chris should be on sometime between 8 and 8:30 am EST. It will be live. He'll probably get 2-5 minutes. If you know Chris, you'll know that his best storied take 2-5 minutes to set up, so we'll have to practice staying on point and talking in sound bytes ;-) They are planning (this could change) to film the trailer, so perhaps it wasn't so silly of me to redecorate... HA!

Oh, and all of this is Ed Greenberg's fault.

Although ridiculously late, we spent last night in the company of two fine young firefighters from the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Team, Phillip and Brad (and Phillip's wife, whose name, characteristically for me, I cannot remember) that Chris met during the first 3 weeks after Katrina in Gulfport, MS. I'd heard about these guys all year long, but the stories they told us that we couldn't tape (because they'd get fired for talking to "the press") blew me away. Phillip especially, has, as they say, "been there, done that." And as professional, dedicated, and serious as he is, he is still so deeply moved by each tragedy he responds to and passionate about what he does. It was an honor to meet these guys, seriously...

And so, after a wonderful (as promised!) home-cooked meal, great conversation and of course, me showing pictures of my kitties, we left and headed back to camp. Since I never did get done any of the editing for CBS, I knew it would have to be done in the am.

Things we LOVE
Memory foam pillows by Tempurpedic... RUN, do not walk, to get one - you will never use a traditional pillow ever again. Not applicable to stomach sleepers. Cures snoring, performs chiropractic care while you sleep!

Things we HATE
Clueless drivers who cock-block us by slowing down on the downhill when we can't pass them, causing us to lose all momentum, and forcing us to go uphill at 35mph.
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