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    Displaced Members from Katrina storms

    I was talking to Maelstrom, and we were working on something here- for all those affected by Katrina and had to evacuate, we wanted to identify our members and hear your story. Did you have to evacuate? How are you doing? Do you have your bike(s)? Do you have a job? Are you and yours ok? How are you doing?

    We'd like those of you personally affected (sorry, not people who live in other states but have friends and relatives- just our members for now) just to get a head count and see you all are ok.

    If other members are hosting other members, can you let them know we'd like to hear from them personally in this thread?

    Please- for now, if you are not one of those members displaced, hold your comments to another thread. We just need a head count for now, and wading through tons of comments won't help us right now.

    Responding asap would really help us right now also. We don't care if you're a BMX'er, a roadie, a fixie, recumbent.... etc. We just want to identify everyone, and segregating out people's stories based on the bike they ride just ain't gonna work for us right now.

    Thanks everyone!

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    OK! What is the problem... do these people have transportation? NOOO. I am getting a little dissapointed with everyone ever because i can't find anyone fixing up old bikes for transportation for these people. does ANYONE know if something is happening like this... anywhere? i really would like to help out. contact me... beatsalad@gmail.com
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    PS somehow i think doing this would do more for bikes and do more for the refugees than a benifit ride...

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    On the Dahon website, there was an thread discussing the merits and the pitfalls of donating simple Boardwalks to some of the victims, but it was not a very hot topic.

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    "Please- for now, if you are not one of those members displaced, hold your comments to another thread"

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    I do not think that our members in the affective area can contact us. Most of them have no access to the internet and have more pressing things on their minds right now.

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    That's cool. This is why it's a sticky. When they can contact us, they'll see it, and they'll respond. Then we can do our part to help out those who may need help with getting bikes and stuff.

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    Thanks for the thoughts - I'm on the Mississippi Coast - had 5 bikes going into the storm and am now down to three. Two got flooded but luckily they were the first bikes I bought for my wife and I when were just getting our feet wet so they were less expensive. As far as what the area is like (excluding New Orleans) its worse than it looks on TV. I considered myself a grizzled hurricane veteran, as did everyone else in my town, and we have never seen anything like this. The first three rows of houses off the beach are either reduced to clear slabs or completely blown out on the first floor and so badly damaged they will have to be demolished. On a positive note life is slowly returning to something resembling to normal (traffic lights are coming back up and we don't have to boil the water any more ). Gas supplies have stabalized, food, water, ice and shelter are all either readily available or in process and everyone is busy getting on with rebuilding.

    Personally, Out of my house, my parents house, my in-laws house, and my family's two businesses - all but one had storm surge. I had 1' of water, my parents had 2', my in-laws fall into the gutted and have to be bulldozed catagory, one business had 4' and the other is fine. However; despite my personal damage listed above me and my family are lucky.

    We're digging out. It will take a while but the coast will recover and be better than before. From a biking perspective - there are definatly more people using bikes for transportation than I have ever seen before!! I gave my two flooded bikes and couple of cans of corrosion block to two guys who work for us and had lost their cars. They got them up and running and will probably have them forever.

    Again thanks for the thoughts and support. I'm sure there are other BF members in the area who will check in as they can. Keep your fingers crossed for Texas that Rita won't be as bad as predicted.

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    I was going to go one a ride with a guy from here by the name of Rainman, he lived close to me, but it never happened(I was injured). I haven't seen him around since then but I didn't have a computer for quite a while.
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    i am from the mississippi gulf coast, biloxi specifically. i was renting an apartment when the storm hit, and it was completely destroyed in the storm. i lost all of my personal belongings. everything. clothes, electronics, furniture, movie and book collections, my car, and bikes. right now, i'm staying in my cousin's house with 17 of my family members, 15 of which lost their homes and personal belongings to the storm. all i had after the storm were the clothes i was wearing at the time, my cell phone, and my wallett.

    however, on my fourth visit to the rubble where my apartment used to stand, my cat, quinn, crawled out from under a pile of wood and ran straight to me. i haven't the slightest idea how he did it. everything in that area (east biloxi - i.e. "the point") is completely gone, and was completely submerged during the storm. i consider myself fortunate to have rescued him, after 19 days assuming he was dead. and very fortunate to have not lost any family members, many of whom made escapes from their homes during the storm.

    i almost feel bad doing this, but i've got to ask...as a person that cycled every day, as a form of transportation, as well as exercise and leisure, i am finding it hard to be bikeless. especially considering i have no car, and am surrounded by 17 people all day, every day. it would be nice to be able to take a bike ride and get away and clear my head, and just be back on a bike....

    so, again, i hate to ask this, because there are others out there far less fortunate than me, but if there is anyone out there that has an extra bike laying around, something they've been wanting to get rid of, i would be inexplicably grateful if you would send it my way. i understand that it's alot to ask, and i don't want anyone to go out of their way. but if you've got something rideable and something you'd like to get rid of, and can afford to ship it to me without straining your finances, it would mean the world to me.

    i can be reached at goodnightglory@yahoo.com

    thank you for listening, and simply being concerned for the well-being of all of us in the coastal region.

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    It sure does suck to be bikeless. Go to the FEMA website and you will get a $2000 check in a few weeks(if you have not already done that). If you fill out the form and check back in 24 hours it will look like you will get nothing, then they send you a check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstpersonever
    i am from the mississippi gulf coast, biloxi specifically. i was renting an apartment when the storm hit, and it was completely destroyed in the storm. i lost all of my personal belongings. everything. clothes, electronics, furniture, movie and book collections, my car, and bikes. right now, i'm staying in my cousin's house with 17 of my family members, 15 of which lost their homes and personal belongings to the storm. all i had after the storm were the clothes i was wearing at the time, my cell phone, and my wallett.

    however, on my fourth visit to the rubble where my apartment used to stand, my cat, quinn, crawled out from under a pile of wood and ran straight to me. i haven't the slightest idea how he did it. everything in that area (east biloxi - i.e. "the point") is completely gone, and was completely submerged during the storm. i consider myself fortunate to have rescued him, after 19 days assuming he was dead. and very fortunate to have not lost any family members, many of whom made escapes from their homes during the storm.

    i almost feel bad doing this, but i've got to ask...as a person that cycled every day, as a form of transportation, as well as exercise and leisure, i am finding it hard to be bikeless. especially considering i have no car, and am surrounded by 17 people all day, every day. it would be nice to be able to take a bike ride and get away and clear my head, and just be back on a bike....

    so, again, i hate to ask this, because there are others out there far less fortunate than me, but if there is anyone out there that has an extra bike laying around, something they've been wanting to get rid of, i would be inexplicably grateful if you would send it my way. i understand that it's alot to ask, and i don't want anyone to go out of their way. but if you've got something rideable and something you'd like to get rid of, and can afford to ship it to me without straining your finances, it would mean the world to me.

    i can be reached at goodnightglory@yahoo.com

    thank you for listening, and simply being concerned for the well-being of all of us in the coastal region.

    alvin

    Drop me a PM with your contact info. Another member contacted me a while ago, and I think he said he had a spare bike or parts or something...

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    yeah. i got my 2000 dollar check, but that is literally all the money i have in the world. and i don't own anything anymore. nothing. i have to have clothes, and food, and find a car, and a place to live, etc. i can't afford to spend any of that on a bike. although i certainly wish i could. 2000 dollars isn't much when you've got nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstpersonever
    yeah. i got my 2000 dollar check, but that is literally all the money i have in the world. and i don't own anything anymore. nothing. i have to have clothes, and food, and find a car, and a place to live, etc. i can't afford to spend any of that on a bike. although i certainly wish i could. 2000 dollars isn't much when you've got nothing.

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    Up where I am now(Michigan) one of my many cousins has a program at MSU where they rebuild old bikes and lease them to students for a year, I'll talk to him and see if he would be willing to do anything(kind of hard to say if he would, not knowing if you are scamming or something, but I'll look into it). He has tons of old frames but most of them are junk and very few of the larger sizes. What size do you need?
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    i ride a 20" frame. i was hesitant to post anything on a board like this because there is, of course, no way to really know if i'm scamming or something, and the last thing i want is for someone to even think that i'm in any way taking advantage of the situation at large. but there is alot of that going on. for example, where i live, the major roadways that are still open to traffic are littered with tents and stands selling t-shirts that say "i survived katrina." through some research, i've learned that there is a company that goes to hurricane-affected areas every time there is one substantial enough, and sells these shirts for 15 bucks a pop, mostly to locals, many of which have lost their homes. the profits are not shared with any charities or organizations setup for relief efforts. so, essentially, they are blatantly exploiting the situation. and that kind of behavior makes me sick.

    anyhow, if anyone were to be willing to help me out, the mailing address would be in ocean springs, MS, which is in jackson county, a certified disaster area. as i said before, my home was in biloxi, MS which is far far worse.

    again, anything would be appreciated tremendously. i'm not the type of person that asks for handouts. but these are desperate times. thanks again for even beginning to consider trying to help. that, in and of itself, means alot to me.

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    I understand about not wanting to ask for handouts. I ended up in St Louis with $7 in my pocket and 3 backpacks of clothing(plus some of my oh so expensive Magic cards). Two of my sisters gave me $300 and a plane ticket to Michigan, my cousin here is going to let me live here for free as long as I want(years even). If I am carefull my 2 grand could last a couple of years(I live a low cost lifestyle, no bills), so I am in good shape now(and I am glad to be away from that sh*th*le of a city).

    If you want to send me a private message with a more specific mailing address I think I could have something down there by the end of the week for you. It won't be a super high quality bike but it will get you around till you can get something better.

    If my cousin doesn't want to donate one I will just buy it. They are only $30 I think, the people who fix them up are from a local riding club who donate their time. If he does donate it I will spring for some new pedals and toe clips(unless one of the others who were willing to donate stuff already has that item ready to ship). A 20 inch frame is good, they have lots of the smaller sizes to choose from. I need a 25 inch so they only had 3 to pick from and those were pretty beat up(they get them in bulk from the police auctions).

    Anyway, let me know and I will get on it ASAP.
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    If any BF members that need help have found there way to or near Memphis and need a helping hand, Please feel free to contact me and my family.

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    let the record show that xyz is a wonderful, generous person.

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    I left the New Orleans area and fled to Virginia Beach with $8.00 and whatever balance I had left on my visa. The banks would not give you any money and then shut down for about ten days. We thought we were going to be gone for a couple of days at a distant beach. WRONGO!. We packed my two young daughters (8 & 10) shorts, t-shirts and Bullfrog spray Intending to be back within the week. I also brought my Felt along for the ride. We even felt good that we thought we dodged to bullet of the storm. Then all hell broke loose. Even though our house is uninhabitable and the wife & my jobs are still under water, we are safe and have our lives. We did not got through the Somalia-like experience of inner city New Orleans although I know many who did. They survived only through the grace of God.
    If you ever have to evacuate for any reason, I highly recommend VA Beach. It by far was the friendliest city I have ever experienced. The people are wonderful, caring and very blessed. It was the most color-blind city I have ever seen. There is a great LBS there called Fat Frogs. Although I did not get the time to do a ride with them they were very friendly and had a cool and caring shop.
    As for my opinion of the whole Katrina thing. The governor needs to be recalled and flogged. The melodramatic self serving Senator Mary Landrieu needs to be sent to a lepar colony. The president and FEMA director acted in total disgrace to allow that to happen in a US city. After all, the Fed is responsible for the maintenance of the levees that broke. They cut funding for that maintenance and needed repair. They have perforated the coast so much drilling for oil that we have no coastal protection barrier left any more due to erosion from saltwater encroachment. At one point I was embarrassed to be an American watching all of the political finger pointing while thousands were left to die wading in their own excrement.
    If it were not for the AMERICAN RED CROSS my family and I would be living in car right now. FEMA and my fat insurance company could give a rats ass about me or my family. the ARC is a great organization whom I never fully realized what they really did until now. God blees them all. The city of Virginia Beach is in my opinion the most loving and caring city in the entire world.
    I would like to thank the state of Louisiana for giving my family $98.00 a week of unemployment compensation. I wonder if the governor can feed her family on that. We paid bazilloins into the system through what was our middle income jobs. I don't want to think that the government now has to support me & my family or did the magic storm dance to bring the destruction but it was not the winds that destroyed one of our greatest and oldest cities, it was the federal government that allowed the levees to break when they ignored their disrepair for years and years. And then turned their backs for almost a week after the storm. The Army Corp of engineers is one of the biggest waste of taxpayer money their ever was. Now it is the insurance companies that are trying to screw the most poorly educated state in the country.

    Am I bitter? You bet your ass I am. What do I want? I want the rest of the country to WAKE UP!!! this could be you tomorrow. Do not be so naive to think otherwise just because you don't live in New Orleans, Biloxi or Gulfport.

    Yep we are a bunch of uneducated- poor- funnyspeaking- crawfish eatin- Mardi Grasing wierdos who you probably really don't know why we exist at all. But just think... how much are you paying for a gallon of gas today? Where did it come from? Where was it refined? Why are we allowing our politicians to let our country be fully dependent on the unstable middle east countries and the most backwards state in the nation to control our nations economy? When you are the most oil hungry nation in the world and 50% of that nation's refining is done within a very small and focused location in that country mainly beacuse that nation is too ignorant to explore other fuel options, you are asking for a disaster. For those of you that agree but say "I don't want a refinery in my back yard" Wait until your next fill-up and gladly pay the price.

    Well I need a ride really bad. The bike has sat still for almost a month. The MS 150 was postponed. My BP is obviously up, my blood sugar levels are similar to that of Karo syrup and we are out of beer. But all in all I am very blessed. My bike and family survived and will recover through His and my efforts.

    i am glad to be back on this board and hope my next posting will be more pleasent.

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    Glad you checked in.

    I am totally sorry- it sounds terrifying what you're going through. I know my own family went through their own personal hell, and it didn't end, since they got evacuated to Houston, then had to get evacuated again last weekend! They're pretty poor too and just happy that they have each other and no one's lost or dead.

    Virginia is a wonderful place. I'm in Arlington, and I'm happy here. The people are friendly and the riding is spectacular. I guess that's something for you to focus on instead.

    Good luck to you and your family.

    Koffee

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