Hurricane Preparation..

By: Patrap , 10:28 PM GMT on December 07, 2008

Hurricane Preparation

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With hurricane season upon us again, it's time to dust off that family disaster plan, or in many cases, create one. Keeping your family safe during a hurricane starts with proper planning. One in six Americans live along the eastern seaboard or the Gulf of Mexico, making hurricane preparation a must for many service members and their families.








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History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS



Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

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What are the Hurricane Hazards?
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What does it mean to you?
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What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety


* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.


* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.

Immunizations

Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.

Mosquitoes

Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a �Major Disaster� for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster �second hand� through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.

SIGNS OF HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.

EASING HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans





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57. Patrap
6:17 AM GMT on December 14, 2008
Happy Birthday Jr.and congratulations on Performing with Big Sam and the Funky NationLink at Rock and Bowl Tonight.
May your 16th B-day be your best yet!..



Love,..Sam,...Mom and Dad.
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56. moonlightcowboy
8:50 PM GMT on December 13, 2008
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I hope your Christmas is full of joy and all things beautiful!

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52. Patrap
6:05 PM GMT on December 12, 2008
Our street round 11am yesterday..

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51. Patrap
6:03 PM GMT on December 12, 2008
Uptown Palms..

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50. Patrap
5:55 PM GMT on December 12, 2008
Magazine St.yesterday

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49. Patrap
5:54 PM GMT on December 12, 2008
note the sunburn on dat guy MNTornado
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48. MNTornado
7:39 AM GMT on December 12, 2008
And to think that I thought Minnesotans were the crazy bunch. Ya sure, Ya betcha. LOL
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47. Patrap
7:00 AM GMT on December 12, 2008
Cancun one day,nawlins the next..

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46. Patrap
1:02 AM GMT on December 12, 2008
Ummmmm..December snowflakes,..

..Yummy


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45. Patrap
12:55 AM GMT on December 12, 2008
Twas quite the scene here today.
Earliest Snowfall on record for NOLA.

Pics beaucoup here.Link
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44. Patrap
10:49 PM GMT on December 11, 2008


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43. Patrap
7:40 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
Neighbor leaving for Loyola Exams this Morning at the worst or BEST of it here.

He's from Boston and was like..cool!

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42. Patrap
5:04 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
The Snow Ends here..What a morning..

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41. Patrap
4:59 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
Lil while ago..Near Jefferson and Magazine





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40. Patrap
3:18 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
Morning Gams,Saddlegait..

Itsa snowing like Ive never seen here b-4!!!!

Wowsa!!!!!!!!!!

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38. seflagamma
3:10 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
Pat,

New Orleans is getting heavy snow according to the news!!! That is great. I'll bet everyone is going nuts! What a lovely early Christmas present~!!!
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37. Patrap
2:54 PM GMT on December 11, 2008
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36. Patrap
10:02 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
O where will the Upper Level Low track?
;;; and where will the snow/sleet go?


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35. EmmyRose
8:04 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
...A BLAST OF WINTER COMES TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

A COLD AFTERNOON IS ON TAP WITH LITTLE CHANGE IN TEMPERATURES
EXPECTED. AT 11 AM TEMPERATURES WERE RUNNING 34 TO 39 DEGREES
ACROSS THE REGION. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH...STRONGER NEAR
THE COAST WILL MAKE TEMPERATURES FEEL LIKE 25 TO 37 MOST OF THE
AFTERNOON. THE WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS SHOULD BEGIN TO RELAX
LATE THIS AFTERNOON DIMINISHING TO AROUND 10 MPH INLAND.

AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION
LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING BRINGING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY
LIGHT RAIN CHANGING OVER TO LIGHT SNOW AND OR A MIX OF LIGHT SNOW
AND RAIN. THE SNOW SHOULD BE PRIMARILY CONFINED TO AREAS MAINLY
NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM FREEPORT TO PASADENA TO LIBERTY AND MAINLY
FROM AROUND 6 TO 9 PM. TEMPERATURES NEAR THE SURFACE SHOULD REMAIN
ABOVE FREEZING THROUGH MID EVENING. THE SNOW SHOULD BE LIGHT AND
VERY LITTLE IS EXPECTED TO ACCUMULATE ON ANY SURFACE OTHER THAN IN
FIELDS... YARDS...AND ON THE TOPS OF CARS. NO SNOW IS EXPECTED TO
COLLECT ON ROADS. ANY LEFT OVER WATER ON ROADS COULD POSSIBLY
BEGIN TO FREEZE AFTER 11 PM FOR ELEVATED ROADS AS TEMPERATURES
DROP TO NEAR FREEZING
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34. Patrap
5:08 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
Extended Clip - The Day the Earth Stood Still

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33. Patrap
5:05 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
In the film, a renowned scientist (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now she must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving - but it may be too late.


The Landlords seek the rent.

The Day the earth Stood Still

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32. Patrap
3:56 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
More Madness here,,


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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
355 am CST Wednesday Dec 10 2008


Discussion...
cold front extends from approximately Hancock County in coastal
Mississippi to south of Lake Pontchartrain southwest into the
coastal waters off of Terrebonne Parish early this morning. Most of
the convection was occurring in the coastal waters and across
lower Plaquemines Parish ahead of the front. A small chance for
severe weather...primarily brief tornadoes...will continue early
this morning across coastal Mississippi...lower Plaquemines Parish
..and the adjacent coastal waters.


Cold front will slowly push east of the remainder of the coast
this morning and through the coastal waters through this
afternoon. Models are in fairly good agreement now on closing off
the southern end of the upper trough over Texas and moving the
upper low across southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi
tonight and early Thursday with a surface low developing southeast
of Louisiana along the front later today and tonight and tracking
it northeast on Thursday. The European model (ecmwf) remains slightly faster in
moving the upper low and its surface reflection to the northeast
and clears out the moisture a little faster Thursday.


Thickness still appear near the threshold for a mix of light snow and sleet
with the rain late tonight and tomorrow across sections of the
forecast area.
Even low level thicknesses now appear marginal for
a mix. Plan to continue to mention mixed precipitation across
southwest Mississippi and those areas of southeast Louisiana to
the north and northwest of lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas where
low level thickness values will be the lowest. Since ground and
boundary layer temperatures will remain well above freezing...any
frozen precipitation that does fall should not stick to the
ground. Moisture will clear out late Thursday and Thursday night
bringing an end to all precipitation.


Beyond Thursday...mainly dry weather will prevail into the
weekend. Return flow will commence once again over the weekend
bringing moderating temperatures and a small chance for showers by
Sunday as moisture returns northward.
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31. Patrap
3:55 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
OMG...LOL...

A PUNK killing Snowman.
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30. GulfScotsman
3:54 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
"... snow ahead.... make my day...."


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29. Patrap
3:51 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
My God,..Pardna..!

Snow In South Texas..!!

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28. GulfScotsman
3:47 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
there ya go pardner...

enjoy!
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27. Patrap
3:45 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
Hate going to Chicago in December...

But hey,Thursday Night Football is a National Show.

So I hope we can do better than the NFC Championship up there in 07.

I'll be sitting here eating something with eyes and made with a Roux Im sure, though. And Drinking ..LOL
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26. GulfScotsman
3:42 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
ya.. Illinois politics.. ouch!

Gaux Saints!
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25. Patrap
3:41 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
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24. Patrap
3:39 PM GMT on December 10, 2008


Saints play Chicago tomorrow night up there.


Never thought Illinois could make Louisiana politics look good.
But hey, we just ousted Jefferson and gave America its first Vietnamese Congressman.
America Zigs,..New Orleans Zags..

Same ol tune..
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23. GulfScotsman
3:35 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
i am soooo getting old

:)
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22. Patrap
3:34 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
..errr,,how bout..some

ONE STEP BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(extended)


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21. GulfScotsman
3:34 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
holiday ditto's Mr. Pat...

adding to the madness


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20. Patrap
3:33 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
Not really..some scattered,,the big un's we musta slept thru..

No NOAA alerts..but dat cold is coming...fast.

Happy Holidays GSM,....cheer's!

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19. Patrap
3:31 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
"Madness"

Our House

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18. GulfScotsman
3:25 PM GMT on December 10, 2008
heya Pat.... you get soaked yesterday?
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17. Patrap
3:23 PM GMT on December 10, 2008

“Like I've Never Been Gone”

I'll see you baby, when the ice has broken
When the rain stops falling down
I'll be waiting for you, baby when your time has come
And your face no longer frowns
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I saw the sunlight in your eyes

I wake to find you smiling with the dawn
Just reminders of the time
I feel your breath, I look around but you're gone
I see the place where you were lying
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I see the sunlight in your eyes

It's been so long, it's been so long, so long, since you've been gone
I look away, I can see that you're gone
I guess I'm standing here alone

Across the sea, I see bluebirds on high
In the wildest places too
Above the ground the wind is calling out to me
Oh, lead me back to you
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I can still see the sunlight in your eyes, in your eyes

It's been so long [etc - repeated]

Well I'll see you baby, when the ice has broken
When the rain stops falling down
I'll be waiting for you, baby when your time has come
And your face no longer frowns
And I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I saw the sunlight in your eyes, in your eyes

I can see, I can see, I can see that it's true
Just like, just like I've never been gone --

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16. MNTornado
5:38 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
Hope, Peace, Love, Joy
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15. Patrap
1:05 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
Sounds like Butch or I for sure too.

Hows retirement keeping ol sandcrab?

I gotta drop him a note and see.
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14. Patrap
1:04 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
LOL..you gots that one tkeith.

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13. tkeith
1:02 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
"Only the bonehead gets 21 and he aint here" thats got be you Pat...LOL!
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12. Patrap
1:01 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
Baby,..NO Salsa on the Leather!......


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11. Patrap
12:49 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
I was fortunate enough to be quoted in a Entry Dan Wrote while he was here in 2007.

See if you can find my quote in this article from the New Yorker,A New Orleans Journal.

"A Boatload of Money" Link
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10. Patrap
12:46 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
Dan was the writer who wrote the "New Orleans Journal", Post Katrina in a weekly Journal on the Front Page of the New Yorker Magazine,and the on-line site as well.


New Orleans Journal Link
by Jill Robinson
Mon, June 25, 2007, 3:00 am PDT


"It's no exaggeration to say that, without New Orleans, the United States would be lost." -- Dan Baum

Drawn to New Orleans to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Dan Baum returned to live in the city for 4 months in 2007. While working on a book, he kept this online journal about his experiences and the people he met. The river city is well known for riverboats, marching bands, Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras Indians, and problems with crime, but it's also home to volunteer spirit, Chaz Fest, stinging caterpillars, and Mickie Bee's Lounge. Locals say that once you have the Crescent City in your blood, you can't live anywhere else. Now that Dan knows what it means to miss New Orleans, will he be able to stay away? Only time will tell.
Visit New Orleans Journal

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9. Patrap
12:41 AM GMT on December 10, 2008


Above:Dan Baum with his Family

Coming in February 2009:

Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

The book, intertwining the life stories of nine extraordinary New Orleanians before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, will be published by Spiegel & Grau.
Link
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8. Patrap
12:28 AM GMT on December 10, 2008
The 12 "Yats" of Christmas

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7. Patrap
11:00 PM GMT on December 09, 2008
Linus explains what Christmas is all about.

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