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Old 08-29-2005, 06:22 PM   #21
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I have been suprised how oblivious my co-workers have been about this storm. I used to live on the gulf coast and know how scary and dangerous this is. I hope uncle mick got out in time. My family evacuated early enough. These storms are nothing to mess with!
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Re: Run, unclemick!
Old 08-29-2005, 07:01 PM   #22
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I am glad to hear that Unclemick is smart enough to leave before the hurricane. I hope the rest of his family and friends were as wise. As soon as I heard about the hurricane, I told my DH that I sure hope that Unclemick is OK and his response was who is Unclemick? After being married for almost 33 yrs, I am sure he is not looking forward to any new relatives!!! Good luck with everything Unclemick. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know that you are safe whenever you get the chance.

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Old 08-29-2005, 09:21 PM   #23
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I was born and raised in New Orleans. Familiar with the hurricanes. My in-laws called Saturday to inform they were leaving New Orleans. Just talked to my SIL, who's in Shreveport; got the last room. She had spent the day looking for motel rooms and gasoline. Supposed to be coming here, but since she's got her grandkid and daughter, mebbe not. They probably should, since it appears that the water and elec will be contaminated and/or missing for weeks(s).

Here's betting that UncleMick is in north Louisiana or Texas. Just guessing. If he isn't, he better know how to swim. You can have a hurricane party, but not in a cat-5 storm.

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Does anyone know where on Lake Pontchartrain his house is (hopefully still there)?
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Slidell is the nearest dry ground - technically we're in the city and parish of New Orleans - the area has several names - Fort Pike/Rigolets/Lake Catherine/Salt Bayou/Pirates Harbor - the parish line is maybe a mile out in the water from our back deck.

I've never had any problems in New Orleans in 25 years but I agree it can be a rough town.
Anyone know anything about this area?

Edit: According to this report, the Slidell area looks like it was hit pretty bad:
http://tinyurl.com/b3jm3
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Google Earth places his fish camp somewhere just east of where the Interstate crosses the eastern part of the lake.
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Sounds like its about in this location.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:06 AM   #28
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From The Times-Picayune:

Across Lake Pontchartrain and closer to the site of Katrina’s landfall, thousands of homes in Slidell flooded. From the Interstate 10 overpass at Slidell’s Old Spanish Trail, the only visible structure from the dense commercial intersection was a boat bobbing on the waves.

“This is Lake Pontchartrain,” said St. Tammany deputy sheriff Kenny Kreeger.
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I suspect the fish camp is gone. Since uncle wisely did not have much of his sash invested in it, I think he'll be alright. I am curious to hear if he will be rebuilding or if he has had enough. I know it is awfully hard to leave a spot you like that you have lived at for years.
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I feel awful about unclemick's home. I bet he does not have anything
to go back to ...... but he is a survivor and will be OK. Best wishes,
uncle ..... God be with you.

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Charlie, as always, just radiates class. WHat charlie said I expect goes for all of us.

I know that uncle's loss is just the tip of the iceberg. How many hundreds of thousands of people have had their homes destroyed? I can't imagine that this mess will be cleaned up for months/years.
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I know he mentioned several times that the fish camp was uninsurable. However, he did say that it was on stilts due to recurrent flooding. So if it withstood the wind, it may be in okay shape. Let's hope.
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I think Uncle also has a soft spot in his heart for Colorado and of course, his native Washington. I don't remember than he has a laptop, so maybe we will just have to wait a while to hear from him. Last hurricane threat they all took off; he probalby did the same this time too.

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I think he got a laptop for Christmas, when he ditched web tv.

Hopefully "the women" made him take it, along with the dog and cat.
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Laptop? We're lucky he ever got off the WebTV! I seem to recall last hurricane he checked in from a relative's computer, but I expect he's busy trying to assess damage (remotely) and figuring out where he might move next.

From his description I don't expect the place survived a head-on hit from a cat 4 hurricane, but I expect he has the wherewithall to find another place. I expect his biggest problem will be fighting the women over the cost of the new digs.

I'm sure we'll hear from him when he needs a break from the women.

(Cross-posted with Martha...didn't know he bought a laptop...he had been asking about cheap old PCs.)
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(Cross-posted with Martha...didn't know he bought a laptop...he had been asking about cheap old PCs.)
BMJ, this post from 8/14 indicates he has a laptop. But with "unclemickspeak," you never know...

http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...65363#msg65363

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Old 08-30-2005, 06:02 PM   #37
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Watching the news tonight, it does not look good. My heart goes out to so many of those people. My spouse, daughter and myself went to southern WV a couple of years back and helped with flood clean-up with our church. I can see my spouse and I being Red Cross volunteers when we are retired, as long as our health stays good. So many places in the hurricane's path need volunteers badly. I will be glad when we hear from Unclemick.


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Watching the news tonight, it does not look good. My heart goes out to so many of those people.... I will be glad when we hear from Unclemick.
Yep, just thinking the same thing.

Makes the snipping and sniping going on here look pretty pathetic by comparison.

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I'm sure the list of concerns on Unclemicks mind is mighty long, but maybe he'll find a library along the way and internet home.
I'd feel really bad if he was holed up somewhere in Texas 50 miles from the McMansion and I didn't know it.

I hope this doesn't screw him out of his shot to be Federal Reserve Chairman
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Wow, I just got my first solid reports of the aftermath today. It sounds like the news could get worse, too.

This link will probably stay well-updated for new information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina

Whether or not the house is still there on its stilts (I doubt it) it sounds like the area may be unlivable for a few weeks at least.
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