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August 31st, 2005


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11:54 am - more louisiana stuff
We haven't heard from my stepbrother Jeffrey and his family yet. They live in Lafayette, which is a good two-plus hours west of New Orleans and on slightly higher ground (hell, anything above sea level is on "slightly higher ground" than New Orleans) so I'm reasonably sure they haven't been devastated, displaced, or washed out.

Mom's acting as Central Ops down in Florida, and her last email said that she hadn't been able to reach Jeff by cell yet. When we talked on Sunday, Mom mentioned that Jeff was getting ready to hunker down for Yet Another Bad Storm, but he wasn't very worried about its effects inland. So I'm pretty sure not being able to contact him is just a case of cell towers and circuit load and whatnot.

But when you're 1000 miles away and the only points of contact you have are email and a cellphone, well, one tends to worry, doesn't one.

PS: I'd post this on Eschwa but I really don't have the time to deal with armchair FEMA pundits and the incredibly stupid semantic arguments over whether or not "tragedy of epic proportions" is appropriate. Seriously, screw'm.

(EDIT: I have been checking the local Lafayette newspapers online, and it's clear they're not in a panicky state of disaster. Their main local article describes how the hospitals are preparing to take in more New Orleans refugees, so if they're in Triage Mode rather than Panic Mode, conditions are more than likely okay. Not perfect, of course, but okay.)

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From:betweenstations
Date:August 31st, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
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It is often best to ignore the Eschwans.
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From:bostonista
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Eschwans? Who dat?

I hear Shreveport is okay. Is that near Lafayette? My sense of southern geography is sketchy at best.
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From:iheartoothecae
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Shreveport's way up in the northwest, almost in Texas. They fine.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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My feelings towards certain parts of the EschwaBBS can be summed up by this fine graphical image:

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From:wellstar
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I talked with a colleague in Lafayette this morning and he said that he's got some clean-up to do, but they were away from the intense destruction.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
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That's very reassuring to hear. Thanks for the news!
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From:wellstar
Date:August 31st, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Glad to be of service. To give you an even less paraphrased quotation, "we're fine, about 100 miles from the destruction in New Orleans."
From:dcart
Date:August 31st, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I can add another data point to that. One of my friends at work is from Louisiana. His family is a couple hours north and slightly west of NO. They hardly got hit at all. A little wind and rain, some downed tree branches, but nothing major at all. It really probably is the communications infrastructure between here and there getting in the way.

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