September 2, 2005
We spent the day out, not doing much. We went for lunch, and then went to the Sugar Land Police Department. I am going back into Jefferson Parish on Monday to secure my house, and pick up some stuff. We won't be allowed to return for a month after that. My local PD - Harahan - hasn't had any relief for days, and I want to bring them some stuff. I don't have the funds to buy anything - I'm currently slightly broke, homeless, and unemployed. I went to Sugar Land (Texas) PD today and talked to Captain Robins, asking him to ask his officers for old clothing or anything they could give me to give the Harahan officers some relief. I used Coach Lindsey's name, gave him my ASLET credentials, and talked nice-nice. I'm not looking for anything out of his stores, or from his agency. I just wanted him to ask his fellow officers for things they might already have at home. He gave me the usual "we're already doing everything we can" speech. He was very nice, but not being an actual cop myself, I didn't get very far.
We went to Wal-Mart and picked up a few things that we needed. Andrea wanted to buy a pack of Cokes, and I dissuaded her from it. "A dollar is a dollar." It really made me feel lousy.
We came home and then went out for dinner (on Granny) and then came home. Jack and Virginia flew in from their vacation and I brought them up to speed. We're a lot happier now that they're in safe.
Jack talked to Eddie (his son) and we're going to meet him with some relief when we go into Denham Springs. Where he was in Franklinton they took a lot of damage. He had actually evacuated TO Franklinton before the storm. After the storm, he helped his buddy pull the neighbor's body out of the wreckage of his home. Rough time for them.
I spoke with John (NC) this morning. He has spoken to Eddie, and we know he is safe.
It's obvious that the Associated Press is playing this for all it's worth...
(AP) "An explosion in New Orleans jolted residents awake early this morning, illuminating the pre-dawn sky with red and orange flames over the city where corpses rotted along flooded sidewalks and bands of armed thugs thwarted fitful rescue efforts. The cause of the blasts or the extent of any possible damage is not known."