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Old 08-31-05, 01:12 PM   #1
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If anyone sees a dark grey Bianchi floating around New Orleans, please msg me.

It's surreal to see the images on TV of what was, 4 days ago, my neighborhood now under 8 feet of water. Made it out alive with my kitties, so that's all that's important. The only things I regret not being able to take are my CDs, my computer and my bike.

Hopefully it's still there and not too damaged when we can finally return in 2-6 months.

Any other fixies make it out to higher ground? Perhaps to Montgomery, AL? I haven't found any used bike shops here, but really want to get something.

Doing well though, can't complain too much when theres people in MUCH, MUCH worse situations.

Just wanted to check in.
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Old 08-31-05, 01:15 PM   #2
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Man I was gonna move down to New Orleans at the end of october, guess I should hold off those plans for a while.

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Old 08-31-05, 01:24 PM   #3
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that really sucks. we should set up some kind of bike-part-donation-charity for the good folks of nola who are lacking rides.
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Old 08-31-05, 01:24 PM   #4
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Glad you made it out, Nolageek! I'd been wondering...
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Old 08-31-05, 01:28 PM   #5
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Yeah. Check out the pics at the local TV station's website: wwltv.com

Last I heard, after the levee broke in two spots, the city is level with the Lake. (THe city now has between 9-12 FEET of water in it in some areas. St. Charles Avenue (a main thouroghfair) has 9 feet of water. My friend's house is submerged (11 feet of water) in Mid-City. (So named because.. it's in the middle of the city.)

My basement apartment's street has between 3 and 8 feet of water on it, depending on what report I read. My celiings are 6'3" high.

No electricity for 6 months for some areas. I honestly don't know if the city can recover. This is the big one we've all been told stories about. The New Orleans killer I heard about in grammer school. Back when Betsy hit they all said "if it had hit New Orleans... blah blah blah" This is what would have happened... and Katrina was a Category 4. Not a Cat 5 like Betsy. I can't imagine it being any worse.

There were bodies floating around the streets in my friend's neighborhood. This is supposed to happen in FL, not here. (kidding of course)

I want my bike!
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Old 08-31-05, 01:35 PM   #6
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Also check out our paper's website. WHich, by the way, isn't printing for the first time in like, 150 years. nola.com. Tuesday's paper. (first one not in print form, ever.) Check out the image gallery.
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Old 08-31-05, 01:37 PM   #7
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That sucks. I hope you at least grabbed the hard drive from your computer.

Glad you made it out though.
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Old 08-31-05, 01:41 PM   #8
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Nope. No harddrive. All my porn is feared lost.

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2:01 P.M. - Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard says there is no plumbing and the sanitary situation is getting nasty. He told WAFB-TV that he is carrying around a bag for his own human waste.
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3:07 P.M. - Governor Blanco: We are looking for ways to get people out of the Superdome and out of New Orleans said Governor Blanco as she tried to keep from crying.
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Nola, glad you made it out. My uncle lives on the East Side and took off during the weekend, making it to Houston Sunday morning to stay with my other uncle. His home is definitely submerged and he's worried he won't find any of his belongings.

I was in NO last year before the Sugar Bowl (LSU vs OU) and have great memories hanging with family and seeing the city, partying with LSU fans. But, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who stayed behind.
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the good news is..your bike is prob. submerged in an apartment no one would dive to rumage through.. and as long as it stays wet...its not going to rust... sorry.. thats the best good news i could come up with... glad you and your cats are o.k.
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If anyone sees a dark grey Bianchi floating around New Orleans, please msg me.

It's surreal to see the images on TV of what was, 4 days ago, my neighborhood now under 8 feet of water. Made it out alive with my kitties, so that's all that's important. The only things I regret not being able to take are my CDs, my computer and my bike.

Hopefully it's still there and not too damaged when we can finally return in 2-6 months.

Any other fixies make it out to higher ground? Perhaps to Montgomery, AL? I haven't found any used bike shops here, but really want to get something.

Doing well though, can't complain too much when theres people in MUCH, MUCH worse situations.

Just wanted to check in.

sooooo you didnt get the shirt i sent out on monday? i was kinda wondering if you were ok do want me to post pics of your bike?
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Old 08-31-05, 02:21 PM   #12
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hey i wondered about you nolageek, glad you're ok.

my family's hiding out in houston. i'll be flying back to see how jefferson parish is next week. everyone i know is homeless and jobless at the mo. hey! par-tay in chicago!

this one seriously blows. i lost my little fisher wahoo down there too
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Old 08-31-05, 02:32 PM   #13
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******** katrina. it even f*cked me in the ass here in the midwest -- my sugino zen chainring from businesscycles has been delayed by fedex because of the storm apocalypse. damn you, katrina, damn you.
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Old 08-31-05, 02:33 PM   #14
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you're still breathing. That's what's important. The rest is just stuff.
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Old 08-31-05, 02:38 PM   #15
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******** katrina. it even f*cked me in the ass here in the midwest -- my sugino zen chainring from businesscycles has been delayed by fedex because of the storm apocalypse. damn you, katrina, damn you.
yea... you should probably add a sarcastic smiley to this post. I listened to a man describe watching his wife being carried off by the storm surge. She hasn't been found yet.

Glad to hear you're well, nolageek.
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i was being a bit facetious to say the least. definitely not going to add any sort of emoticon, though.

i definitely didn't realize the extent of the destruction until earlier today. thumbs down for sure.
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Good job on getting the cats out. Be strong.
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thanks for checking in, nola. i was wondering about you too. it looked like it wasn't going to be as bad as feared, because the surge was not as high. but when the levee breaks...that is just fūckloads of trouble. i only hope there is something we all can do to help.
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Any of you guys who wanna help in the relief effort, this is a great donation page/round up of relief organizations:

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Now would be the perfect time to raid your landlord's basment for all those bikes.
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oh man when i had to evac my house all i took were my clothes and my bike. i thought i would be able to come back. i think my uptown place is under about 7 feet of water now. tulane is under that much water too. who knows what ill do for my seinor year of college. im glad i have my family and my health.
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that really sucks. we should set up some kind of bike-part-donation-charity for the good folks of nola who are lacking rides.

this would be a good idea, chimblysweep, if there was a place to ride them right now, we need boats in nola.
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Glad you and your cats got out okay. My father lived in old metairie for 10 years, and I loved visiting him there. I wonder if his old house is submerged. It's heartbreaking to see what's happened to the city.
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I told my wife that if we had to evac, I would go by bike. She thought I was nuts, but I told her all those poor bastards are moving at 5 mph. I can do better than that. Besides, the only worldly possessions I would really miss would be my hard drives. Tangible goods can be replaced, data not so much. Of course I'm not sure how far Krista would make it.

She thought I was nuts. Then she was talking to her mother and mentioned my plan, to which my mom-in-law replied, "Oh definitely, and he could just put the dog in the trailer."

This is a disaster on par with the big ones... the 1906 earthquake, the Chicago fire, the Boston fire. Suck.
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I'm being sent down to the command post in Alexandria tomorrow to work on the emergency response. I'll map out locations of any lost bikes and look at the trajectory for where they could be found in my, um, spare time.

Peace out to anyone who lost their homes or loved ones.
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