Sunday, November 6, 2005.

Wow!  What a weekend!  Friday night we went to Wendy's for dinner.  While that might not seem so special, not too many places are open yet.  Virginia was very excited to go eat at Wendy's, and I was tickled to see that it pleased her so much.  After dinner, we went to Home Depot and picked up some supplies to work on Virginia's bedroom again this weekend.  I have a goal to finish it for her by Christmas.

On Saturday, I had planned to work on Virginia's room all day, but we had a steady parade of company.  Firstly, the roofer that Bob recommended to us actually showed up and measured my roof!  We might actually get a new roof in the next six months if all goes well.  I'm pretty hopeful about this guy.  He moved here a few years ago, but used to do high end metal roofs in Florida.  The bad news is that the roof we wanted is way too expensive, so we're going to go with plain R-panel and get a blue color.  The other bad news is that it will cost us in the neighborhood of $12,000! 

After the roofer left, Paulette came over with Gabby and Alex.  Bob and Maggie came by shortly thereafter.  In the afternoon, Shawn and Becky came by with Jackson, and that wasn't the last of it!  Bob's birthday was on Saturday, so we threw him a little 'surprise' birthday party.  I made black bean lasagna and we put on a nice spread. 

In the middle of doing all of that and cleaning up the kitchen (twice!), I still managed to get Virginia's window seat painted, both window casements installed, and the closet door painted and installed.  The main room door is still sitting outside on the horses.  I need to put one more coat on it...

This morning started lazily enough.  I didn't get out of bed until 10:00, and I was pretty slow about getting a shower and making breakfast.  Andrea wanted to take some Fall pictures of the kids, so we did.  You can see them by clicking this link.

Rather than actually accomplish anything today, we decided to accept Shawn & Becky's invitation to come over and have some burgers and let the kids play together while we had a visit.  We had a really nice time.  I didn't get the door finished, and I didn't get to pay my bills, though.  I really need a day just to catch up with myself. 


Here are some pictures of the day.

On a street named Desire


This was a crash that happened on I-12 during the evacuation for Katrina.  Ouch. 
A good reminder to drive safely.  The driver didn't make it.


Mud in the tub in Chalmette.  If you have to clean your tub with a shovel, you know you have problems.


The New Orleans Yacht Club.
Somebody ought to tell those folks that boats shouldn't be left in the street like that.
I have no idea who those cute kids are...


Seen in New Orleans.


5 Payments Left!  Hope they had insurance...


Seen on Iberville street in front of a HUGE pile of debris.


Now, the next picture has a dead person in it, so if you don't want to see that, just scroll back up to the top, OK?



Scroll down otherwise.













Last chance.











This is out front of the Convention Center. 


I had some reservations about posting this, but I think it's important.  Some folks have already started covering up what happened at the Superdome and the Convention Center.  Some government folks are starting to say that it wasn't so bad.  That folks weren't getting killed.  That folks weren't dying.  I think it's important that we remember the failures.  I think it's important to remember not just until the next election day, but for as long as we can.  The same politicians and military folks who gave us this failure are now trying to make us believe that it didn't happen.  Bullshit.





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