Matt over at Fix the Pumps has some very interesting news about our pumps, floodgates, etc., and security. Check it out.
September 29, 2006
September 27, 2006
Id like to start out with, “Just lookin’ for a few good girls”, but actually it’s the boyz and girls.
The SCC and the Southern Belle Society raised some funds for the Transitioned or Transitioning folks that were living here prior to the Deluge. I have been asked to locate as many of you I can and report back to Atlanta so they can divvy up the raised monies.
Just contact me at: Morwen_Madrigal@bellsouth.net and I can get the ball rolling. Any help you folks can provide as far as finding others is greatly appreciated.
September 26, 2006
September 25, 2006
Tonight marks the first homegame of the season for the Saints. It is also the first time since the Deluge that the Dome has been used for anything other than a shelter for those so severly effected by the man-made diaster. It is a time of celebration and resolve: New Orleans, like the Superdome will rise from the Flood better than before.
This is not to say that you must be a football fanatic (I’m not) to join in, but it means that one can understand the symbolic meaning of this event for those of us back home working towards rebuilding, and maybe some hope for those still in exile that do wish to return home. Rebuilding this city is up to us and not the Saints. (Da Po’Boy has good words on this as does Wet Bank Guide.)
There isn’t much more that I can write about this topic. These are OUR Saints, and this is OUR city… may both flourish and prosper. Amen
September 23, 2006
The bankruptcy path is many lies long, Oh the doo dah day.”
It’s 6 A.M. and this owl must return to it’s lair before the dawning of the day. (Morning sun hits my skin and it talks a gallon of moisterizer to recover myself.)
I saw this pop up on NOLA, and I saw that Entergy, or the Entemy has over billed it’s customers for $88M that they can’t charge for. There’s also the $77M that the company received post-Flood that was claimed improperly or not at all. More from this segment:
“ The storm, however, gave the company some benefits that arenâ€™t accounted for in the rate filing, according to Legend.
In its rate filings, Entergy New Orleans does not account for a $71 million federal tax refund that the company received as a result of the Gulf Opportunity Zone Legislation. The company also doesnâ€™t properly give credit for deferred income taxes that it didnâ€™t have to pay because of storm damage to its system.
Other disputed charges include more than $3.5 million for the companyâ€™s incentive plan and $2.6 million in stock options. The report also says that the rate filing includes an expense related to personal financial consulting services provided to Entergy New Orleans president Dan Packer.
â€œRatepayers should not be responsible for compensating corporate executives at such a precarious time and should be borne by ENOâ€™s (and Entergyâ€™s) shareholders,â€ the Legend report states.
Legend also says that Entergy New Orleans is charging customers for its bankruptcy costs, costs that shouldnâ€™t be passed on until the bankruptcy is resolved.
The advisers also question whether Entergy New Orleans has property credited the sale of New Orleansâ€™ share of Grand Gulf nuclear power to customers. “
Someone pick this up please, or I’ll be ranting all tomorrow night. You’ve been warned. *giggles* (Oh Goodness! She’s manic now.)
September 21, 2006
September 20, 2006
I’ve mentioned the program used by HouseRaising to help manage building or rebuiilding of homes. The entire concept seems good to me.
At 6 P.M. on the 21st, HouseRaising has put together an event for folks to meet, talk, and learn a little something about what they can do to help New Orleanians. Place: The Royal Senestra, 300 Bourbon St. parking is available for those coming to the event.
On Sunday friends came over to clean out our house and start the gutting process. It was so wonderful to have the gang there helping us and try to keep me sane. I guess I got a little sicker than expected to, but I seem to be perking up now. My depression has still notÂ liftedÂ since Sunday evening though.
Late last night I woke up crying and shaking. I’m still shaking today. Part of me wants to scream and shout about the Deluge and how many lives were damaged. So many of us got screwed big timeÂ when the levees broke. So many are still not home.Â Hell! We aren’t even home per se.
The weather is gorgeous today, and I cannot bring myself to just outside for a while. I would so much rather spend a day like today in our old courtyard and watch the kittens running around like maniacs. Maybe a nice cup of tea and a scone could top it off. Just be at peace for a time. Life has been non stop for almost 13 months, and I expect that it will continue that way for the next few months. I can’t wait to get back into our home so I can rest.
September 16, 2006
September 15, 2006
Leopard Defford was playing out in the courtyard. Nice, something different with Life in it.
Congrats on the Faeries that made this happen.