Monday, October 3, 2005.
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Well, my insurance adjuster was supposed to be here today at 9:30 or 10:00. He showed up at 9. Wow! That's the first time anybody has been early in this whole mess. He was really great and documented everything very well. Unfortunately, I have to get a structural engineer to look at the separating roof beams. Bummer. At least he documented it.
Entergy did call me back about my mutilated tree, and they said they'd stop by to take the limbs out of my hedge and look at it with me. Nobody ever came by.
My mother-in-law cooked one of my favorite meals tonight. Chicken and rice. Yummy. Beats eating at Waffle House, for sure.
My brother-in-law Jeff came over for dinner too. His house in Orleans is totaled, but he did manage to find all three of his outdoor cats still alive. Amazing.
It's kind of strange, but I don't think about Katrina very much at all. I just sort of take things at face value and take things day to day. Since the beginning, I knew that we were doing pretty well compared to lots of folks. Once I saw the house, I knew that we were doing a lot better than some other folks. I mean, there are still 100,000 people living in shelters. What must it be like to live in a shelter for five weeks? At some point I imagine the horrors, but I also realize that living that close to strangers makes them friends of yours pretty quickly. Everyone was sad to go to those shelters, but I bet a number of people will be sad to leave. There is a lot of sadness to go around, I guess. I'm just not feeling any of it personally. I'm too tired to be very sad. I fell asleep at my workstation today at work...
Now that I'm dealing with a lot of different people and hearing all the different stories, I'm starting to realize that the honest truth is that I had a minor inconvenience. I was going to redo my house anyway, and I needed to do the roof eventually. Now I'm going to do that stuff a lot sooner, and the insurance company is going to give me some of the money to do it - which was all going to come out of my pocket somehow.
I got to make some friends in Texas, and spend some time visiting with folks that I like. I got to do some driving. I got to use the word 'got' a lot just because it drives Rhonda crazy. I had some fun. I'm going to have some more fun. Unfortunately, I'm not going to get much sleep or much rest in the short term. Things are going to get worse around these parts before it gets better. There are going to be a lot of small businesses that go under. There isn't any help for the little guys, and a lot of them aren't going to be able to do it on their own.
So, no, I don't think that much about Katrina. I think more about what I have to do before the next storm comes...
Pictures of the day:
The obligatory looter sign.
The Coast Guard Light at Lake Ponchatrain in West End.
Looking across the 17th street canal at the house in the center of the breach. That's Angela's grandma's house. She lost everything, only taking two changes of clothes with her when she evacuated.
What's that scripture about graves being opened?