Staying connected.

I’m glued to the media. Mainly online, but CNN will do when I’m sick of the computer at night.
I feel so helpless, I’ve sent my dollars in to charities but am holding onto as much as possible for friends who might need it.
I apologize for derailing the normally cheerful focus of Blastmilk. But Blastmilk is my life, and New Orleans is a very deep part of that.
So. Here are some links… found my buddy Chuck at the GumboPages is keeping a very informative blog going. Glad to know he’s safe and mad as hell. Many blessings to him and his family!
Also, Todd posted this this morning… a very detailed satellite of the flood areas before and after, in which he was able to spot his house in the Bywater (just right of the French Quarter along the Miss.) and not only was it dry-ish but the roof was still on! No word on the kitties, but a dry house is a good sign. Hopefully one of those disaster kitty rescue organizations can help… I’m giving them some dollars too.
Evacuation is going to be a trial. The gubmint has commandeered all buses and is vaccing them out near the convention center, but it is really ugly down there. I’m so worried for my friends still there. Is this what they are having to deal with?

Outside the Convention Center, the sidewalks were packed with people without food, water or medical care, and with no sign of law enforcement. Thousands of storm refugees had been assembling outside for days, waiting for buses that did not come.
At least seven bodies were scattered outside, and hungry people broke through the steel doors to a food service entrance and began pushing out pallets of water and juice and whatever else they could find.
An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.
“I don’t treat my dog like that,” 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. “I buried my dog.” He added: “You can do everything for other countries but you can’t do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can’t get them down here.”

From WWLTV. And here’s their really great moment by moment update.
P.S. And yes, I’m finally buying one of those wind up radios I’ve wanted for emergencies for ABOUT TEN YEARS. Such a dummy.
P.P.S. I still love dollies. They give me much comfort.

Talked to Liz

Just talked to Liz, who is holed up in the French Quarter. She sounded weary when she answered the phone. She is fine, the other 5 or 6 camping out in the apartment next door are fine. She said they are living Mad Max, Lord of the Flies & Dawn of the Dead all at once. It is crazy down there. The Quarter is still bone dry, she says. The very bastion of vice was spared, the Soiled Gold City on the Hill. There’s a reason the Quarter has lasted so long. Vive le Vieux Carré!
She expects to be evacuated today. She’s been told they will be bused out to Fort Polk, LA and from there she has plans to stay with friends and family. Timing is good because the tap water finally stopped working. Though she says they have enough supplies to hole up for months.
She hasn’t heard from Michele & Rory since they walked back Uptown on Monday. But Uptown is rumored to be (relatively) dry.
She said the thugs emptied a gun shop. Oh joy!
She sounds exhausted, exhasperated and resigned. And that she needs to pack thirty years into a suit case.

My heart is breaking

From bad to worse… the remaining residents have been ordered to evacuate indefinately.
ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 12-15 FEET OF WATER ARE EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK.
From this site again.
The only reason I left New Orleans seven years ago was for the lucrative job market back home in the Bay Area. Egads, I love that city. The worries for my friends start all over again.
Still no word on Todd’s house full o’ kitties. But the Marigny wasn’t flooded so we can only hope that the Bywater does as well.
Please donate what you can. Blood & money are desperately needed.

Intolerance

…This, to me, is the America worth fighting for. These are the laws I support. Don’t believe in abortion? Don’t understand gay people? Sexuality make you rashy? Think Harry Potter teaches kids evil and witchcraft? Don’t marry a sexy gay witch abortionist.

Amen.

Wee update!

I haven’t been posting much. Apologies! Work has been super busy, and I’m on a tight budget so there’s not a lot of shopping going on.
HOWEVER! I just got the ok from Mr. Kallisti to splurge on THIS:

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“HOMEPRO” GROMMET/EYELET SETTING TOOL.
A heavy duty free standing tool for setting eyelts and grommets. Has a 6″ long reach and full adjustment for perfect compression control. Includes setting set for 7/32″ (00) eyelet. Accessory die sets available for 3/32″ and 1/8″.eyelets (AT32)

OMG. I’m so excited! Tiny corset factory. No more hammering and bringing the house down, or squeezing with my tiny hand. Ow.
Also got a pair of S17 eye candies yesterday for Ondine. Made the surprising discovery that they’re not actually glass! They’re some kind of plastic. Poor Grace didn’t even know… she’s trying to figure out where the miscommunication was. They are still very lovely. And sparkly. And silvery. And they photograph reasonably well, not at all like mac creative or glastic acrylics (bleh).


Um, what else? Oh! This is the funniest thing ever. I love Mark Morford, our local firebrand columnist. He’s awesome. TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!

You got fries with that shake?

Not only are “freedom fries” still on the menu on Capitol Hill, but those responsible for the best funny of 2003 are actually having second thoughts.

In a fit of patriotic pique, Reps. Walter Jones and Bob Ney led an effort in March 2003 to rename Capitol french fries “freedom fries” to mark their displeasure with French opposition to the war in Iraq. But in an interview with North Carolina’s News & Observer last month, Jones said: “I wish it had never happened.”
The North Carolina Republican has come full circle on the war. When he and Ney were pulling their freedom fries stunt, Jones was a vocal supporter of the war who claimed to be “discouraged more than I can say” by “France’s self-serving politics of passive aggression in this effort.” Today, Jones sounds — well, he sounds a little French, doesn’t he? He says that the United States went to war “with no justification,” and he wonders if the president lied to the American people. “If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong,” Jones told the News & Observer. “Congress must be told the truth.”

It is more than refreshing when folks can admit that something went horribly wrong, even if they originally thought it was a damn fine idea.
Sorry this is my first entry since Friday. Even Mr. Kallisti is missing my posts! I’ve been very busy and alternately very tired.
In the meantime, check out this post from my brother! More soon from the archives…