Last time I talked to my grandmother before Katrina arrived on land: July 4, 2005.
Last time I talked to my cousin Laura before Katrina devastated the area where she was doing her graduate studies: December 25, 2004.
Last time I talked to my cousin Jessica before Katrina went through the path that I thought she was taking to drive my cousin Laura: also December 25, 2004.
Last time I talked to my mom before Katrina just missed her on the gulf coast of Florida which was devastated last year: I don’t even remember, sometime this summer…
I talked to my gram on Friday to ask about my cousins then talked to everyone else today. My grandmother lives in the Northeast and is the matriarch so always knows the status of all family members across the globe, hence my call to her about my cousins instead of calling my aunt or uncle. I do try my hardest to find the good in the very worst of situations, and this is what I am taking away – reconnection with family.
PS – If you have money to spare, that’s what is needed now.
So, I am driving my co-workers (one male, one female) from H-E-L-L back to our office at 6ish tonight and I have the radio tuned to a top 40 station with a “hip hop” song playing. I’d call it more hip pop, but whatever. Male co-worker asks me if I like hip hop and I say I do. He tells me that he recently was at a high school event where “the kids were scratching, do you know what that is?” and I’m thinking “yah, I know what scratching used to be, but maybe it’s been reinvented into something new” and then he tells me “it’s where they play a record and – ” *hand movement back and forth to signal air scratching* I…look at him and think, “where the hell have you been for the last 20 years?” but I just smile and say, “oh, neat!”
Is scratching not commonly known? Granted, he grew up in Kansas, but…um…I think people in Kansas know what scratching is too. Right?? (And, just for the sake of anyone who doesn’t know what it is but would like to, here’s Scratching 101.)
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12:45pm EST If you live in New Orleans you should be evacuated by now. That includes you, Laura Jean. Get out.
Katrina is a category 5 hurricane and is heading straight for you, with projected 28 ft. waves. I realize that a similar scenario occurred last year and New Orleans was spared while Alabama was ravaged, but why be stupid and tempt fate?
9:45pm EST Katrina is getting much, much closer:
Moxiegrrrl linked to a page of New Orleans webcams. There are a few webcams still working (as of this moment):
I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have many good garden photos for you today, but then we went out to a restaurant that had some nice landscaping and to the perennial greenhouse to window shop. The only picture in the garden set that is from our garden is the strawberry, but we hope to own some of the other flowers in this set sometime this week.
By the way, the hibiscus pictured as well as each of the other hibiscuses in the set is the size of my hand. Really.