A big thank you to everyone who has been thinking of us down here in and near the swamps. Sixteen years to the day after Katrina, we had Ida.
It’s been a crazy ride, as you can imagine. In our immediate vicinity, we were most blessed indeed.
NOLA is without power, all eight major transmission lines to supply power are down, a transmission tower that spans the Mississippi River and withstood Katrina is now felled.
They are working on finding ways to provide back-up power for water and sewer service. My parents have the generator for electricity, but they cannot flush toilets and they are under a boil water order.
The city is using its own back-up generators to run the drainage system and try to help clear the floodwaters out.
Some areas are so flooded that entire neighborhoods are gone, every house with 9-10 feet of water in it.
In our area, about half of us have no power. We are blessed with a generator, many people have them now. When you step outside, you hear the roar from all the generators mixed with the cicadas.
Our specific neighborhood lost only a couple of old trees, and none of them fell in or on houses. Mostly we lost a few limbs or branches of trees, but where we are, we had more damage after the storm back in April.
Speaking of that storm, our vicinity flooded badly that time. Two weeks ago, all of the storm drains in our area were cleaned out, including ours that was the most stopped up drain in the neighborhood. That i can tell, no one here flooded this time.
Cell service is spotty. In the immediate aftermath, sometimes you could get a text out, sometimes not. It’s getting better bit by bit. Our wifi worked great until noon yesterday, and has been out since. The cellular data came back up finally so i was able to get back online.
Enough updates, let’s have some fun.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Be Kind to Humankind Week: Touch a Heart Tuesday
Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)
Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat
Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)
Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star
Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)
International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance
Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this
Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)
Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
National Trail Mix Day
St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)
Jeff Hardy, 1977
Chris Tucker, 1972
Debbie Gibson, 1970
Glenn Tilbrook, 1957
Edwin Corley Moses, 1955
Richard Gere, 1949
Itzhak Perlman, 1945
Van Morrison, 1945
Jack Thompson, 1940
Marva Collins, 1936
Frank Robinson, 1935
James Coburn, 1928
Buddy Hackett, 1924
G.D. Spradlin, 1920
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
William Saroyan, 1908
William Shawn, 1907
Arthur Godfrey, 1903
Maria Montessori, 1870
"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941
"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928
Today in History:
Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142
Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803
A nuts and bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842
The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895
Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897
Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902
Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946
Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006
In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010
A 19-year-old Indonesian man is rescued after 49 days at sea on his floating fishing trap, 2018