Finally leaving Gulfport (we hope and pray)...

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

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006


Backpackers Pantry "Campfood" Stroganoff with Beef
10 out of 10
It's great right out of the bag - exactly what you want when sit down to eat Beef Stroganoff out of the bag while camping. It had plenty of meat - a big concern of Chris' with regards to most of the "meat" dishes we eat. I liked the peppery seasonings - very very tasty! So far, the best of the rest, so to speak ;-)

Backpackers Pantry "Campfood" Rice Pudding with Raisins
5 out of 10
Maybe we didn't hydrate long enough, but the rice and raisins were al dente. To prepare it, you need two pouches, as the rice and raisins must hydrate before you add them to the pudding. The pudding comes in its own pouch but it is not a pouch you can use, so you're screwed if you don't have another bowl or bag in which to hydrate the pudding. The taste was fine, however, and definitely satisfied the sweet craving.

Yesterday, after shooting, we went to the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi. Their facility was literally obliterated by Katrina. Today they have a huge facility with a spay/neuter clinic called "Snippety Snip," a thrift shop and an amazing viewing area in the shelter. When you go to the shelter part, there are two entrances. One has double glass doors, a bench outside the doors, landscaping around the entrance and signage with bright, happy colors. One is a solid steel door, painted blue, no bench, no landscaping, no signage. The glass doors take you to the adoption department, the steel door takes you to the surrender/lost pets department. The psychology of the design is excellent! We went to the steel door as I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up that we were looking for a pet to adopt. the woman behind the counter was on the verge of tears explaining to this woman that her dog would be put down and they would not be able to call her about it because they were overloaded, and the woman just kept on filling out the paperwork, her dog having already been taken to the kennels. A dry-erase board above the desk cited statistics for July 2006. I hoped they were cumulative for the year, but was dead wrong, no pun intended... Their kill rate is 58%!!! Owner surrenders totaled 1300 for the month of July!! Total adoptions were 24! We were there to hopefully see the Director of the shelter about our little problem, but since I'd already spoken to someone there, I wanted to talk to her again if possible. In the 10 minutes we were there, 3 animals were dropped off... it was unbelievable.

The Director, Tara High, was someone I knew of but had never met. She was out of the office when we were sent to Administration, so I told her assistant the story about the cat killer. Just as I was finishing up, Tara walked in. I told Pamela that it was up to her, whether she wanted me to tell Tara about the situation or if she wanted to handle it. Tara said she was on a really tight schedule and had to put out a fire before their Board meeting, scheduled to begin in an hour. I said, no problem and Tara went on to her office. Pamela and I wrapped up our conversation, and I turned to leave when Tara came back into the room.

"Um, I think the reason you're here is the fire I was going to put out... are you Adrienne?"
"Yep, that's me," I replied.
"I only had time to deal with one thing before our Board meeting, and I got an email this morning about the cat killer, and decided to call you and find out what was going on and what we could do to help," Tara explained, "that's why I didn't have time to talk to you!"

Unfortunately, HSSM can't help, but at least I found out that Jason lied about he and Tara being good friends and calling her to ask for help before he "poisoned" them...

This morning, Chris is at the Toyota dealership up the road waiting for the mechanic to get around to putting the water pump in Blue. Apparently when they ordered the water pump, they thought it came with a gasket, and it does not so now they have to make a gasket for it... I smell trouble. How much trouble would it have taken for the guy to check to make sure it came with a gasket??? He knew we were waiting on this to leave town, why oh why is the world full of people who do not think????? Even tho M8B says we are leaving Gulfport today, my guess it will be much later today, which means we won't make it to Houston today, which means I gotta find an RV park between here and Houston that has (hopefully) free wi-fi so I can keep up the blog.

This portion of the blog is dedicated to those who are having bigger huger adventures than Chris and myself...

Peggy, Robert and the kids
Apparently, just before boarding a speed boat intended to whisk them away to a deserted island in Thailand, Robert's back decided to go out. Now, the thing with Robert's back is its defiant refusal to provide warning signs that mean anything. One minute all is well and that minute will last for years. Then, out of the blue, and not connected to anything strenuous or stressful, his back freezes up! His back didn't mind when he spent a year redoing his house from top to bottom, hauling out cast iron clawfooted tubs and radiators; or when he landscaped his rather large front and back yard, or even while backpacking earlier this summer throughout Canada. So, just when he's off to serious R&R, BAM!

So there's Peggy, on a Gilligan's Island of sorts, with 2 kids and a cripple, and no speaky-English locals. I will let her post her experiences on her own travelpod diary but suffice it to say, she single-handedly got a doctor from a neighboring town at 10pm to make a housecall; got Robert the medical attention he needed; and all had a good time in paradise, even the cripple! ;-)

In other news, our friend Queeby has made the local newspaper in Tulsa, OK:

Curator for Philbrook's Native American collection aims for innovation

We are SO proud of Queeby, and can't wait to go visit her in her new digs as the BDC ;-)

Back to our measly adventures, which, if we don't get out of this state, may be downgraded to weather reports!

Chris hooked up the hot water heater last night and we got to take non-cold showers. I'd say hot showers but it's too hot down here to do that, even with Bokeh's fabulous a/c system... So we have officially used all of Bokeh's features except for the toilet and we are still holding out... I gotta say, as much as I feel bad about everyone down here living in FEMA trailers, it's not bad in our trailer... but then again, we don't have formaldehyde off-gassing inside ours like many of the trailers FEMA provided...

Today's pics, btw, are remnants I didn't get around to posting. As I mentioned before, since Chris is shooting film, the dig pics are mostly being created when I say, "hey, can you shoot that cat for me?" Which, in Gulfport, is something I make sure I don't say within earshot of you-know-who. And, not all of them are shot by him, in fact, if you are looking at any of the pics and think to yourself, god, that sucks - what's with Usher? Rest assured, that's one of my pics...

This one was sent in by a Mr. Jay Clendenin of Del Ray, VA:

Mr. Clendenin, an award-winning photographer, was in New Orleans the day we arrived. Having heard of my obsession with all things stray cat related, he sent in this photo to let me know that even he was seeing cats in NOLA...

Many thanks to my cousin Caroline for her donation to our travel fund!! Caroline is a 7th grade school teacher in Dalton, GA. She has taken a shine to Chris' website and presented it to her students in class. Too bad Usher hasn't bothered to put anything up on it in about 5 months ;-) But once we get the film developed in Houston, we should be able to do that...

Things we LOVE
The AMAZING network of caring animal rescue people around the country (and world) who spend countless hours making a difference in the lives of animals whom they never even get to meet.

Things we HATE

Whoooooooops..... spoke too soon. Blue's problem is not the water pump (of course not!), but what is the problem? The answer to that question is currently the subject of a chewing-tobacco spit crusted debate over at the Toyota dealership... needless to say, they don't have any parts in stock. Not sure when they'll get 'em... Gotta take the engine apart to figure out what they need, and then find out where to get 'em if they have 'em...

But, not to worry! We'll just rent a car and head to Florida like we had previously planned... So, not off to Houston, off to Florida... Anything to get out of here...
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