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Jackson Bound?

We still have our reservations in Fairhope but now we are considering going to Jackson, Mississippi. A dear friend that we met while living there has again extended an invitation for us to stay with him. He has a house and a dog so it will be a much better situation for Bess and Rocky than a hotel.

Juannie is still at work helping to get the store prepared for the storm. Once he gets home we will clean out the back yard and bring in all the plants and lawn equipment. Then we have to pack up what we will bring with us to be ready to leave - probably tomorrow morning since dear Katrina is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon/evening.

I am amazingly calm. I guess I've realized that there's nothing we can really do to prevent it and worrying ain't gonna change the outcome of all this. I may have a cider in a little while as I continue to wash every possible piece of laundry, gather together dog accoutrement and start deciding what comes with us and what stays here. I am planning to bring lots of clothes, especially work garb. Luckily, my job will probably kick into high gear because my group will be responsible for repairing all the damage to buildings owned by our client and there are lots of them in Louisiana and Mississippi in the potential path of the storm.

We also need to think about what we might need to clean up the house in the event of flooding or roof damage. I think we will pack up Juannie's SUV with cleaning and repair supplies. We will park it on higher ground at the mall near our house so that it doesn't get filled with water if the street does flood.

Do Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest really make up for all this Sturm und Drang? Right now, no.

**edit** Okay, my sister-in-law just called crying because her cat with diabetes has disappeared. They haven't seen him since last night. If he doesn't get shots at least once every 24 hours, he could die. I started crying right along with her. I hate this crap. I really do.

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beccak1961
Aug. 27th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
I won't rant and rave, but NOLA is less attractive to me all the time.

We are headed to TN sometime early AM. We are taking Lucy with us.
Good luck ...my thoughts are with us all:)
silverdee
Aug. 27th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
Juannie always waves off my suggestions that we even consider moving again. As much as I hated Jackson, at least I didn't have to deal with this once or twice a year. Don't get me wrong, I love my hometown but now that I am a homeowner, this has gotten old really fast.
phoenix_anew
Aug. 27th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
I keep having thoughts of having a drink myself :)

I hope they find their cat. That's really scary.
silverdee
Aug. 27th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
I already had a cider. It was nice, crisp and cool. I needed it after bringing all the little potted plants in. I was hot and sweatay!

I hope they find Niles, too. He is such a sweet boy.
weather_fan
Aug. 27th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Godspeed and good luck. When NHC started shifting the track westward I hoped New Orleans would escape a direct hit from a cat four. That is a meteorologist's worst case scenario. I'm sure you already know so I won't stress it, but get out early. Evacuating the greater New Orleans area via the few northward highways has always been an emergency manager's nightmare. Just be careful and act early. I keep hearing on NPR about people deciding to stick around and ride out Katrina. Statistically, those people are the ones who panic and evacuate at the eleventh hour (close to "11:55," if you will). That's when major trouble can erupt.
silverdee
Aug. 27th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, all those early departers are now sitting in gridlock. At least the ones going West toward Baton Rouge and Texas. We did the same thing last time. We heard that the people who left very early the day after evacuations were announced made much better time. So that's our plan.
weelisa
Aug. 27th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! Poor Nigel! Poor Ms. Dee!
silverdee
Aug. 27th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
I still haven't heard if they found him yet. They say animals can sense weather disturbances. He may have gotten freaked out and bolted.
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