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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.

April 2, 2006

Toto, I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore

Good trip back to Memphis. Taking about 5 1/2 hours, which is really good time, we arrived at 7:30PM. The weather was sunny and warm the whole way, starting at 86° and dropping to about 81° by the time we got to Memphis. As we approached Tennessee we could see ominous looking clouds from storms that were approaching the area. Watching "The Sopranos" was a little eerie as we listened to tornado sirens, our area being under a tornado warning. We've been fortunate so far, mainly thunder and lightning locally, while to the North communities experienced 1 1/2 inch hail, and there is a large tornado being tracked while I write this.

We had a nice visit, but it's getting more and more difficult to make this trip and remain upbeat. It's good to be home for the few hours we are there, but there's so much to be done and almost no time to do it on a Saturday once or twice a month.

As we follow the news out of NOLA, it's beginning to look like those of us who still own homes that are in good shape are going to pay a steep price as part of the rebuilding process. We will be the tax base to support the entire city, paying for rebuilding and city services. The New Orleans School Board has just increased their property tax cut, and the city is about to pass a 9% property tax increase, as well. It looks like water and power will soon be following suit, with rate hikes in the offing. Time to put out the old "For Sale" sign? I don't know. The city will HAVE to find another "cash cow" to tap for the long term rebuilding, or people will lose their homes because they can't afford the increased cost of ownership.

Again, Happy Birthday to Aunt Pat, who's b'day is TOMORROW!! I hope it's a great day for you!

Easter is only two weeks away. As you color Easter eggs, and buy/give/hide chocolate bunnies, peeps, etc., please try to keep in mind the real reason behind Easter... Think of the CROSS, where God's infinite love met and conquered man's sins. Christ died a painful, yet willing, death so that you and I might receive the hope of eternal life as Children of God, brothers and sisters of our Lord and Savior. May the grace of God be with you all this Easter season. May the Holy Spirit fill you with faith, hope, and above all charity, that charity that manifests itself in a demonstrable love for our neighbor.

Peace and love to you all. Happy Easter!!!

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Blogger Sara Aimee said...

I wanted to tell you that I love you, and to tell you how relieved I was to hear that you were not in the direct path of the tornadoes. I wasn't sure how close to them you were...pretty close if sirens were going off:-(

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