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Saturday, September 24, 2005Loathsome Celebrity of the Week!
Well, it's time again to bash some hapless celebrity, and this week, I'm setting my sights high! This woman is one of the richest in the world, and also one of the most annoying. This week's celebrity is none other than the Queen of Talk Shows, Oprah Winfrey!
Why do I hate this woman? For one, she just might be the Anti-Christ. I think once a person passes a certain threshhold of popularity, they cross over into the realm of ender-hates-youism. She buys friends and viewers by giving lavish gifts to her studio audience. She seems to think that everything she likes should be liked by everyone. She thinks her words are law and doctrine. And, worst of all to me, she embraces some small form of religion, but usually behaves in a manner that denies that very religion. Like many black people, she seems obligated to show some veiled interest in God and Jesus, but she never really supports them until it's convenient. She often readily agrees with guests who make ungodly statements, and make statements of that nature herself. But, if a guest mentions God, she jumps on the bandwagon immediately. In other words, Oprah uses religious ambiguity to her benefit.
She introduced the world to the abomination that is Dr. Phil McGraw. For that, I loathe her. But he is another LCotW topic altogether. Both her and Dr. Phil could be found in New Orleans right after Katrina's wrath, and both made shows from their visit. Oprah even went so far as to use the opportunity to have an emotional reunion between missing family members. You may see it differently, but that totally came off as an abuse of the situation to me. To visit and help is one thing, but to make a show of it is another beast altogether.
I would write more, but I'm fairly certain that you, the reader, probably already hate Oprah anyway, so I'll rest my case here.
Hey all! Nothing really interesting to report, but I have some updates from recent events.
I received a phone call from the adjustor at the collision center that is handling our car. The running total on the damage so far is $12,000+......here is a partial list of the damaged areas.
Front right fender
Front right headlight
New upper and lower rails on the right side
New struts on right front
New suspension on front right
New windshield wiper fluid reservoir
This is just a partial list.....more than half our car must be replaced or repaired. This is very discouraging, because it is a brand new car, and we've been told by everyone that once a car goes through something like this, it's never the same. I have faith in the abilities of this particular body shop, but part of us wishes that they would just total the car out. Some of the parts that are damages are structural parts, such as the upper and lower rails. The adjustor said that the truck that struck us must have been moving at a high rate of speed to cause that much damage. I'm hoping that the investigators will agree, and find some fault with her. (Looking at the extent of the damage really makes me thankful that we were not injured more seriously.)
In other news, Rita has made landfall near the Texas/Lousiana state line. I hear that the area of Cameron Parish, LA., is utterly destroyed. What an insane year this has been for the Gulf Coast. If you take a moment to step back and view current events, one could really begin to think that these are the last days. Wars, rumours of wars, natural disasters, and the level if immorality in this world are all things that the Bible mentions as signs of the last days. Make sure you know the King, friends.
The wife and I had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Avenger last night. A restaraunt entitled "Cock of the Walk" was the rendezvous point. After a small wait, we sat down to an absolutely delicious meal. The best chicken fingers in town are found here, as well as outstanding corn bread and hush puppies. We also helped ourselves to a side dish of good conversation! :) I really enjoyed myself, and look forward to doing it again.
I've had several guitar lessons by now, and am improving slowly but surely. I can play several chords, and can read music to a small extent. My only problem is finding the time to practice. Also, my guitar came strung with heavy strings, which make it really hard for me to push down on the fret, and also to play for more than 20 minutes without getting sore fingers. I think I will replace them with light strings, so that I am able to practice and play longer. Already, I feel songs and melodies arising in my head and hands......I can't wait to see them come to fruition.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005Love.
Well folks, today we are going to make a departure from our usual subject matter, and talk about something that we all deal with, and long for. That is, love. However, I don't want to talk about storybook romance love, or movie love, but rather, real life love. I want to talk about true love, Biblical love.
Take a moment to read this passage from 1 Corinthians 13.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; 10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Clearly, God places a great emphasis on love. In that last verse, verse 13, another translation states this: "And these three things remain; faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love."
This love that is spoken of must be something great, if it is spoken of so reverently and fervently. The love spoken of and defined here is the greatest love, God's love. And if you read the description carefully, you can glimpse the very nature of God, because the Word of God says very simply that "God is love".
Now, let's shift our focus of this love from God to our world, to our lives. Lately, I have found myself in rather close contact with several instances of adultery, of husbands and wives cheating on their spouses. This direct violation of God's love has saddened me deeply, and I wanted to vent a bit here. Bear with me. ;)
When you wed a person, you give your word that you will love them and only them. YOUR WORD. The Bible says that we should "Let your yes be your yes, and your no be your no". IN other words, keep your word. What worth has a man if his word carries no weight?
I believe that love is a choice. Yes, it can be that warm feeling you experience when you look at an attractive person, that elusive emotion that has inspired books, movies, conquests, and suicides. But, moreover, I believe that true love is a choice, a purposeful action and decision. I chose to love my wife out of all the women in this world. I chose to give my life to her, and to share a life with her forever. The feelings of infatuation and physical attraction wax and wane like the cycles of the moon, but my love for her is everlasting. Why? Because I made a decision, and gave my word. And because she deserves it.
Many people mistake a feeling they have for their spouse to be the love they have for them. And when the feeling runs out, they think that they are not in love anymore. Simply put, that is ludicrous. Feelings for people will always change, no matter the circumstance. But your word and your bond hold you true to your marriage. THAT is the measure of your love. To quote the earlier verses, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends". Was God speaking here of that bubbly emotion inside, or of the bond of true love? Call me crazy, but I'd say that God is a subject matter expert on....pretty much everything. :)
I am not saying that there are no acceptable reasons for divorce. There are. Infidelity is one. Another could be an unequal yoking to the point of one spouse refusing to remain married to the other. However, we approach divorce in this nation with the same casual attitude as if we were trading in a old car for a new one. Enough of that, though. I am not here to condemn.
My friends, I urge you to examine yourself and the love in your marriage. See if it measures up to God's definition. If it does not, then that is a good place to begin improvements! An investment in your marriage is always a great idea. And remember, this love extends beyond your relationship with your spouse. It includes your friends, enemies, family, and co-workers (ouch!). In the beginning of that scripture we read, Paul said that he could do many mighty things, but without love (God's love), he was nothing. Let's take a lesson from the man that wrote 1/3 of the New Testament!
This week, we are going to turn our attention to PC maintenance, and go over a few of the basics. Microsoft built several self-maintenance tools into Windows, and with a few clicks, you can help keep your rig running smoothly.
First off is a small tool that helps remove unwanted and unused clutter on your hard drive. It's called Disk Cleanup. Not very creative, are they? To access this program in Windows XP, click Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools. The program should be in this folder. When you open the program, it will ask you which hard drive you want to clean up. If you only have one hard drive, this is a no-brainer. If you have more than one, it's STILL a no-brainer. :)
After the scan is complete, a window will pop up, displaying all the unused info you can purge from your HD. Unless you know you have some use for any of the displayed items, I recommend deleting them all.
Our second tip of the week involves using your Disk Defragment tool. This program can be found in the same folder as the Disk Cleanup tool. Allow me to explain the purpose of this tool. When you delete items from your HD, it leaves gaps in the information. When you add new info, like a program or music or movies or whatever, Windows places those files in the gaps, to save space. However, this seperates relevant info from itself, and "fragments" the HD. Disk Defragmenter fixes this by scanning the HD, and placing all related files together in one place. This can save time when accessing programs and files, as well as prevent wear and tear on your HD. On my 30 GB HD, it took several hours to complete, so begin the tool before you go to work, or before you go to bed one night.
Hey all, I'm back and feeling good! Our bangs and bruises are healing well, and the car is in the shop. They have not completed a full estimate yet, but the ballpark figure they gave us was roughly $10,000 worth of damage. Our car, an '04 Honda Accord Coupe EX-V6, has retained it's value well, sitting at $24,000+. So, we expect it to be out of commission for at least 3 weeks, if not more.
It appears that there is no engine damage. However, the front bumper, hood, and front right quarter panel are all demolished. The windshield is cracked, and the suspension on the FR tire is shot. Seeing your tire sitting at a 45 degree angle is unsettling......and of course, the airbags will need replacement. Those alone are a big chunk of change.
All told, this has been a learning experience, and a wake-up call to drive more safely. I shudder to think of what could have happened had we not been wearing our seatbelts.
I sure am glad we have full coverage. =D
Saturday, September 17, 2005Rough day for Mr. and Mrs. Ender.....
Hey all, some bad news. Yesterday we wrecked our car. :( The worst part is, it was my fault. I won't get into the details, but I pulled out in front of a car as I tried to cross the highway to get to a gas station. I never even saw the vehicle coming, as the view was blocked by the cars that were parting to let me through.
Damage control: A busted front bumper and right front quarter panel. Busted headlight and wiper fluid tank. Possible damaged engine and right front tire/rim. Scrapes, cuts, bruises, and sore backs. Swollen arm. Oh, and a torn sandal. :P
The woman I hit complains of a hurt ankle, but x-rays reveal nothing broken. Probably just sprained. She seemed prone to drama anyway. Her truck ended up in a ditch, with some fair damage. I didn't get a good look at the damage, but I did notice her grill lying in the road. That can't be good.
I contacted the ins. company this morning, and made the claim. The car will be towed to a reputable body shop on Monday, and repairs will begin ASAP. Luckily, we have another car, and a schedule that makes it possible for both of us to get to work/school without much of a problem.
Something like that really makes you think. Had I been a second later, that truck would have slammed into the passenger door, and my wife could've been badly injured. That scared me greatly, which is an alien emotion for me. I find that nothing much scares me, but the possibility of pain or death to my wife is one true exception. *shudder* Let's move on, I don't fancy dwelling on that point.
Anyway, our deductible is $500, so after paying that from our emergency fund, we will be set. However, it may take a while for our car to be repaired, due to a high volume of vehicle damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. That wench........
I'll keep you updated on this one. Needless to say, yesterday was one heck of an enderrific day.
Enderrific (adj, adv, v): a term used to describe anything extreme in nature, whether it be good or bad.
Ex: I broke my ankle; it was completely enderrific. (bad)
Ex: I won a million dollars! What an enderrific stroke of luck! (good)
Ex: I won a million pesos! Fiesta-time! Esta es enderrific! (sorta good, but bc the exchange rate of the peso sucks, it's kinda bad at the same time.)
Also used as an adverb, as follows:
Ex: That guy pissed me off, so I got enderrific on him.
Go ahead, say it, I'm an idiot. ;)
Greetings, faithful viewers! Ender is back today with a belated Loathsome Celebrity of the Week, and today, we are going to buck the trend by delving into the realm of politics. Now, I usually avoid political topics with reckless abandon, but I've had just about all I can stomach of this fellow, so I decided to change it up a bit. This week's Loathsome Celebrity is Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.
Let me start by saying that I fully understand the tragedy that New Orleans is going through, and I understand that this man is under a lot of stress. However, I do not think that these circumstances, or any circumstances really, can justisfy his words and actions. Shall we begin?
First off, the man acts as if no one is doing anything for him, which simply is not true. Secondly, he acts as if he did everything he was supposed to, and nothing is his fault. Pardon me sir, but I believe that you are the mayor of that city; shouldn't you be doing more than crying for help? Granted, you need help badly, and cannot handle this catastrophe single-handedly. But, for the love of God, be a man and a leader, and stand up and do something! Stop making federal scapegoats, and start making progress!
Here is a quote from the fearless leader himself: "You know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're dying by the hundreds," he said. "Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country."
Pardon his language, my friends. I mean, hey, it's not like he is a public figure and leader or anything. Oh...wait.....he is. And he should be made of tougher stuff than that. I feel that there is no excuse for a man in a position such as his to ever speak that way, especially not to the press. "Shall we ridicule him further, Ender?" Why, certainly.
"Don't tell me 40,00 people are coming here. They're not here." That's why you were told they are coming here. Dimwit.
I believe this man is unfit for office. I believe that a leader should lead, not cower and call for help instead of helping yourself. Don't get me wrong; I believe a man should be able to ask for help when it is needed. And it not the asking that I fault him for. It's the asking without doing for himself. The man should have made sure that there were plans in place to handle such an event. My God, they've always known that if a storm like this came to that area, that this would happen. Why were there not some emergency plans in place at the local level? Must everything be handled federally? And let us not forget the men in office in New Orleans and in Lousiana whose job it is to handle such a disaster. Where were they? Probably standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Ray, pointing their stubby fingers at the President and FEMA.
This is a link to a blog that appears to be dedicated, at least at the moment, to news concerning Katrina and New Orleans: http://junkyardblog.net/archives/week_2005_08_28.html
I don't agree with everything the guy says, but I particularly liked one post. I will quote it here: An angry Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans' emergency operations, watched the slow exodus from the Superdome on Thursday morning and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency response was inadequate. The chaos at the nearby New Orleans Convention Center was considerably worse than the Superdome, with an angry mob growing increasingly violent and few options for refugees to leave the scene.
"This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control," Ebbert said. "We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans."
Ebbert's job is to coordinate New Orleans' response to emergencies.
New Orleans owns those buses. Here's their significance:
Houston is 350 miles from New Orleans. At 50 miles per hour, 13,530 people could have reached Houston in seven hours. Turn the buses around. 14 hours later another 13,530 people are in Houston, far away from Katrina's wrath. In a little more than a day's time, you've gotten the poorest people who wanted to leave but couldn't leave on their own out of the city. And you don't have to drive them as far as Houston. It's the closest huge city, but there are lots of smaller towns you could ferry people to more quickly. The shorter the drive, the more trips you can make. Pretty soon 26,000 saved becomes everyone saved. If anyone left behind in the storm survives and then loots, at least they're not endangering thousands of innocent people. Those innocent people aren't there to be endangered. They're somewhere else.
You see, buses have these interesting features on them, Mr. Ebbert, called wheels. They allow buses to move about the streets of a city under the control of a human. Because of their wheels, buses can go to where the people are and offer them a ride. You could tell people to congregate at street corners for easier pickup. Moreover, since the buses are on the road picking up people and moving them out of the city, they're not in the path of the flood when the levee breaks. So you can keep using them to get the few stragglers who managed to survive the storm and the floods. And you can use them to haul in supplies. Troops. Whatever you need.
But since no one mobilized these buses before the storm--ahem, Mr. Ebbert--since no one mobilized them before the storm, the poor in New Orleans had no way of getting out. And now the buses are waterlogged and useless. All 205 of them. They will go on the expense side of the ledger instead of the asset side. That's your fault, Mr. Ebbert. The blame rests with you, sir. You knew the city owned those buses, you knew where to get them, where to fuel them and you probably had a list of the drivers who operate them. Yet there they sit, half submerged.
One emergency manager with half a clue and a couple hundred drivers could have more or less saved New Orleans from turning into Mad Max territory. Terry Ebbert can blame everyone else all he wants, but this crisis is almost entirely his fault.
Now that National Guard and probably true federal troops will be put into New Orleans to quell the violence, and since the city is crawling with journalists and videographers, we're liable to get something on our TVs that will look like a cross between Waco circa 1993 and Tiananmen Square circa 1989. But with the added twist of a racial component. Great.
Here's a link to a wider view, cropped so that the Superdome is in the lower left and the bus lot is in the upper right. They're not that far apart--a mile or two maybe. That view is cropped down from a much larger image, which is here. Fwiw.
I will say this--if the city's emergency planners couldn't figure out that the bus lot, the freeway and the dome make a pretty tight emergency staging and evacuation system all by themselves, those planners are beyond incompetent. Ebbert and his staff should be held accountable for this to the nth degree.
DRUDGE ASKS: Why didn't you deploy the buses during the mandatory evacuation, Mayor?
I know I am a freak by not blaming Pres. Bush, but I just cannot find fault with him in this situation. In Sep. 5th's edition of Fox News' Special Edition, Brit Hume and Brian Wilson (reporters) were quoted as saying this:
And here is a quote by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco:
BLANCO: I want to reiterate what the mayor has said. This is a very dangerous time. Just before we walked into this room, President Bush called and told me to share with all of you that he is very concerned about the citizens. He is concerned about the impact that this hurricane would have on our people. And he asked me to please ensure that there would be a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.
Man, what a terrible guy he is. I guess Kanye West was right: he really doesn't care about black people. Pffft.....how absurd. I hate how the media portrays our President. But I digress....
I know this is one heck of a political rant, but I believe I provided some compelling information for my point of view. It's so easy to blame anyone but yourself for the situation you're in. But, most of the time, the truth is that your current state can only be blamed on the one who caused it: you.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005Tech Day! Schwing!
Hey all, Ender here with your Tech tip of the week.
If you are one of the unlucky few who still use dial-up internet connections, then this tip is NOT for you. Broadband only, mis amigos!
Enter "TCP Optimizer", a very helpful program found at Speedguide.net. This program allows you to tweak your network settings, and makes it possible to improve your downloading speeds by a noticeable margin. I'd give you instructions on how to use the program, but the website already provides a FAQ. Here's a small tip though: I set mine to 6000, and have seen downloading speeds increase greatly! I was getting 700kb/sec the other day.....
Here's the link, my socially-challenged followers! http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php
Let me know how it works out for you!
*Note: This program and link were both passed on to me by my buddy, Avenger. You can view his blog here - http://earthsmightiestblog.blogspot.com/ *
Sunday, September 11, 2005Last reference to Hurrican Katrina, I swear!
I just thought that my faithful viewers (if any exist) might be interested in this. When you have about 20 minutes free, check out this link.
It's a 197-long photo slideshow of five days of Katrina. Great photography, and even better narration. Apparently, the images and news reported by the major networks about the damage and conditions in New Orleans were blown way out of proportion. This man successfully debunks some of the rumors and horrors that were spread about this storm.
Now, don't get me wrong, the situation there is AWFUL. However, it seems that a negative, high-ratings-inducing spin may have been put on the whole thing. Emphasis on the "may have been". Check it out and decide for yourself.
I know this is usually a cheesy email forward, but my buddy Avenger put it on his blog, and I saw potential, so I thought I'd give it a shot as well! And away we goooooooooo..........
1. My uncle once: cautioned me against dating a girl that he knew to be trouble with a capital T. I ignored him.....and as it turns out, he was right all along. Here's to Rachel: the second biggest mistake of my life! Hehe.....
2. Never in my life: have I eaten my own feces. Can you blame me?
3. When I was five: I was writing mathematical theorems, and playing with G.I. Joes......or just playing with G.I. Joes.
4. High School was: a lot of fun. I really began to realize my potential and abilities there.
5. I will never forget: when I sang the national anthem at work for an awards ceremony. It was tough; acapella, and in front of all my coworkers and news cameras. But, I think I did ok with it....
6. I once met: "The Big Show". Trust me, you aren't missing anything. Total jerk.
7. There's this girl I know who: puts the color inside of my world. - John Mayer
8. Once, at a bar: I didn't exist. Yep, never been to one, and I'm not even the tiniest bit regretful.
9. By noon, I'm usually: counting the minutes until 12:15. That's when we get relieved at work. :)
10. Last night: I stayed up late playing Counterstrike and practicing guitar. Good times!
11. If I only had: a Dell computer!! C'mon October!!!
12. Next time I go to church: will be Wednesday, and I hope to enjoy it.
13. Terry Shiavo: was exploited.
14. What worries me most: one day I'll fart at work, and it'll turn out to be a shart.
15. When I turn my head left, I see: a window, and a small man with his face pressed against the glass, wathcing my every move.....wait, sorry, that's some movie I saw. Just the window.
16. When I turn my head right, I see: my living room, complete with a couch, a loveseat, a recliner, a painting, and my wall o' weapons. Axe, sword, and 3 daggers. B-E-A-utiful!
17. You know I'm lying when: pretty much never. Nothing to lie about.
18. What I miss most about the eighties: Diapers? hehe, I was born in '81.
19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I'd be: someone who carries a sword. Sorry, not much of a Bill Shakey fan here.....
20. By this time next year: I will be proficient at playing the guitar.
21. A better name for me would be: go-to-for-tech-questions-guy.
22. I have a hard time understanding: Scientology. I mean, are you kidding me?
23. If I ever go back to school, I'll: try much harder, and not throw away a scholarship.
24. You know I like you if: I am talking to you, and looking at you. I like most people.
25. If I ever won an award, the first person I'd thank would be: my wife.
26. Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferraro: First guy was an idiot, and a tool of the devil. Second guy was a genius. The other two are nobodies to me.
27. Take my advice, never: mistake your closet for a toilet. 'Nuff said.
28. My ideal breakfast is: cereal. I love cereal. I could live off a cereal/pizza combination for years.
29. A song I love, but do not own is: Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest: You be prepared to step back in time.
31. Tulips, character flaws, microchips & track stars: are 4 things that are totally unrelated, and henceforth should be quaratined from each other.
32. Why won't people: learn to frickin' drive!!
33. If you spend the night at my house: bring a bed. We have a 1 bedroom apartment. :)
34. I'd stop my wedding for: chicken fingers from Cock of the Walk. Just kidding! Nothing, that day was the true beginning of my life.
35. The world could do without: Pauly Shore. I've got $10,000 for his head on a platter; any takers?
36. I'd rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: dance naked on stage at the Academy Awards Show.
37. My favorite blonde is: Brad Pitt!! WOOHOO!! *Token gay joke quota filled.*
38. Paper clips are more useful than: thongs. Why even wear them? Just go commando!
39. If I do anything well, it's: dry, sarcastic blog posts.
40. And by the way: I'm getting a Dell!!! Score!
If you decide to take this and put it on your blog, please post a comment here and let me know. I'd like to read about you as well!!
Yep, I ordered a new computer a few days ago. It won't be here until the beginning of October, though. :(
Here is rundown of the specs:
Pentium D Processor 830 (3.0 ghz, 800FSB) Dual Core Technology
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533 mhz
19 in. Ultrasharp LCD Monitor
256mb nVidia Geforce 6800
250gb 7200 rpm HD (primary)
160gb 7200 rpm HD (secondary)
Dual Drives - 16x DVD-ROM & 16x DVD +/- RW
SB AUDIGY 2 ZS SC W/IEEE1394,7.1 sound card
DELL A425 SPEAKERS (2.1)
Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition
Not bad, eh? And, I got it 34% off. I'm very excited about this system! I will post a review after I have had a chance to put it through the paces.......
This is one last picture. A massive billboard fell in on this pool supply store. This is probably the worst damage that I've seen here in Mobile, which really makes me feel blessed. I drove by this place this morning, and they have razed it to the ground. Nothing but slab there now. It looks like they will rebuild, which is nice.
It would seem that is where I went, or that I died.....but no, I'm just lazy! Ender is back, alive and kicking, and with NO damage from Hurrican Katrina. Nothing at all, with the exception of a few scratches on the car from flying shingles. So, as promised, here are some images that we found riding around town during the second half of the storm.
The first image is of flooding in the downtown area. That building is the Exploreum, and it is right off of the water. Luckily, this is about as far as the water came up.
The second image is a house off Cottage Hill Road that a tree fell on. I rode by the same house today, and tree is gone, but repairs have not begun yet. I would imagine that the owners are staying somewhere else, as the hole in the main roof is very large.
The third picture is of more flooding in the same downtown area. In the middle of the picture, you can see the interstate sign. It should give you some sort of gauge for the height of the water.
Fourth is a Shell station that was demolished. Oddly enough, as we drove around town, we noticed that the Shell stations were the only ones that were badly damaged. Maybe it's time to hire a new construction team, eh Shell?
The final picture is a trailer for a 18-wheeler that was turned over by the wind. I guess the driver left it there, thinking it safe in a empty parking lot. Amazing how powerful that wind can get......