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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

September 29, 2005

Thursday, September 29th

The only place I can check my official email here in Millington is at a workstation set up in a conference room in our building. It faces a window, so as I was checking my email I was watching as different groups passed by on the golf course to which we are adjacent. It gave me pause for thought, watching people go about their daily routine, enjoying the weather, engaged in recreational activities while so many TENS of THOUSANDS of people are stranded, away from home, away from family, or have no homes, or have lost loved ones during this tragedy. It began to seem almost surreal, as if I were living in two separate and distinct worlds, each disconnected from the other, yet ultimately connected by the physical presence of those affected by Katrina in the world of those who are not.

The Navy’s Blue Angels are here in Millington for the Mid-South Air Show to be held this weekend. They have been flying around all day rehearsing. It looks to be an awesome show! On the way home this afternoon people were parked along side roads, in parking lots, in fields to watch the planes as they flew and climbed and circled and fell and twisted and turned in a beautiful, albeit noisy, aerial ballet.

You may notice that I’ve deleted some comments. The ones I delete are those that contain unsolicited links or promotions to items/services/websites that are trying to sell something. That’s not what LOT(L) is about.

Louisiana license plates are everywhere! Memphis must be a popular place for evacuating. At least three Navy commands have moved here from New Orleans. If they don’t return it will mean a significant financial loss for the city.

We have electricity in our home!! Yeah!! Today!! Great, now we can start paying for the electricity that we aren’t home to use. At least we’ll have air conditioning and washer and dryer when we go home to check on things in a week or so. Maybe cable, too.

We’ve watched a couple episodes of the new sci-fi programs on TV, Threshold, Invasion, Surface. They’re all pretty interesting, with some good story lines if you’re a sci-fi fan. Also, a new show called “Criminal Minds” with Mandy Patinkin is also pretty good. I’m actually getting to watch some of these, since I’m not in school in the evenings up here like I was in NOLA.

Our friends arrived this evening. We had a wonderful dinner at the original Corky's restaurant, followed by ice cream for dessert Cold Stone Creamery, a neat little place that makes ice cream fresh every day, and puts in it whatever you want for toppings or actually rolls it into the ice cream, like strawberries, or blueberries, or M&Ms. Finally we capped the night with coffee from Starbucks back in the hotel and lots of chit chat. It was a wonderful pick-me-up to have such close friends show up here in Memphis. Breakfast tomorrow will be nice, but it will be sad to say goodbye once again.

Please pray for all those missing children, that they will be reunited with their families quickly.

God bless us all, and good night.

Dean

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