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September 30, 2005

foam coverings

This is from the roof of my office on Loyola Ave downtown.
I ran into the maintenance guy for my building when I was up
there, on the long climb up the stairs. He asked me if I'd
gotten a souvenir from the Superdome yet. "Souvenir?" "Yeah,
you know all that foam that's sitting around all over downtown."
They just re-roofed the thing a couple of years ago, too.
Check out all the glass missing on Dominion Tower - the pink
building is where WWL/United Radio were broadcasting from on
generator power.

candice at 13:31 | link to post

September 29, 2005

older updates

I resurrected my old livejournal for the purpose of a post
storm diary when I got back online a week or so after the
storm, if anyone missed that.

Basic timeline here on the north side of disaster land.
Storm: August 29th.
Phone service restored: August 31, 10pm. Sortof.
Phone service stable enough for slow dialup: September 3rd.
Cellphone service: September 4th.
Regularly available gasoline: September 6th.
Functioning DSL: September 8th.
Power restored: September 14th.

I'm still stunned from seeing the city. Mind you, I
mostly just went through midcity, downtown, and the
quarter, but most of it was just so desolate and empty.
Quiet, no people, no traffic lights, boats scattered about,
water lines up 8 or 10 feet high in some places. I don't
think I have the stomach to see lakeview or the east yet.
It's the most depressing sight I have ever seen, and I
know I haven't seen the worst of it. The search and
rescue spraypaint on every house, the waterline halfway
up the front door on houses off the ground, the gutters
of downtown filled with broken glass, and the general lack
of humanity in the place. Everyone you saw waved to say
hello, like you needed to see another human to convince
yourself that you were still alive.

I have pictures to write short bits of story about, I've
taken somewhere around 170 pictures throughout this ordeal,
of my house, my parents', my uncle's out in Eden Isles, and
yesterday I was just leaning my camera out and shooting all
over, because I had to do something, it was so much to take.

Anyone have a place I can rent with the dog? I found my
landlady and gave her my keys, so I'm officially an internally
displaced person. I'm going to need to get out of disaster
land for a little while at some point, because other than day
trips to Baton Rouge, I've been here the whole time.

candice at 23:13 | link to post

meet the light fixture!

That is what greeted me when I walked in the door to the lab
yesterday. The plywood on the window was not there at the time
which is probably good, because it was pretty dry up there. The
carpet smelled like flood, but it wasnt rank like a lot of places.

Skirt runs, even if she's blurry. The vt220 amazed me as well.

Hello underneath of roof!

candice at 13:01 | link to post

September 28, 2005

sparcs rule.

So today, I talk my way into the city, go climb the nine
flights of stairs up into my office, change a couple of
plugs, and find skirt actually booting, and the network
works. There's no ceiling in my office anymore, it was
missing a window for a while, and skirt and my firewall
are just fine. Hurricane-proof sparcys!

Pictures from downtown later, I got up onto the roof and
took a bunch from 10 stories up just for the hell of it.

I went to Molly's and had a beer at 4 in the afternoon.
Best tasting beer I've had in ages.

candice at 19:29 | link to post

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