No news is good news

I’m hearing from more and more people, so I’m feeling much better. Although, it’s so fucking bizarre to be so spread out like this. It’s starting to hit me more and more… That I wont be able to see my friends and family for a long while. I think that’s my biggest loss in this situation.

I wish I could have packed them.

I’m so glad you are all safe.

Brian and I were just talking today about what we’re going to do after all this. The biggest obstacle of moving is.. well, moving. Opportunity sometimes knocks when you have nothing left to lose.

The bicycle forum I’ve been on is trying to raise parts to build a bicycle to send me! How incredibly cool is that? I’m speechless. I don’t feel worthy, but I miss my bike so much. I want to take them up on it, but I feel almost greedy. There’s so many more people that are in worse shape, but at the same time… ya know? I dunno. I’ll see how it goes. I’m going to a flea market here in town to see if they have something. I don’t want to take the bike if I can find one here… but from what I’ve seen, I don’t think cycling is all that popular here. :(

I’ve promised them that I would pay the shipping costs when I can get to my checks, that will be waiting for me, possibly in Monroe, LA.

7 hour drive each way? Uhg.

Family and Friend’s Whereabouts

Please feel free to use the comments function to update your information here. Don’t put address or phone numbers here. Send them to me and I’ll keep track of them the best I can. Email me for more info.

T = I have a land line for them.

Julie is in Baton Rouge with a bunch of friends at a hotel. (7 humans, 2 cats and a dog in one hotel room!) She’s flying out to Virginia to stay with some friends. T

Jason, his dad, his grandfather, his two dogs and two cats stayed for the storm… they’re on their way out the city, but I’m not sure where to.
update 9/3 Jason are “in Memphis going from hotel room to hotel room. We’ll have a permanent suite on Monday. Permanent. God, that sounds depressing. :P How about temporarily permanent? “

My brother Michael, as of Monday night, was in a hotel in N.O. near the airport that the airline is paying for, but they have no water or power.
update 9/1 Michael is going to Charlotte N.C. for work.

My sister and her husband are going to stay with his family in New Jersey with their dog.
update 9/1 Kay, Johnny and pooch are in New Jersey. T

J A S O N is in a “smoke filled double-wide outside Alexandria”

Stacey and John(?) are staying with parental units in Birmingham, AL. Maybe we can hook up? I love Marshall and Carlos, but it’d be nice to see someone else! :)

Gilya is in Houston, but is moving somewhere else soon. T (hotel number)

I don’t know where David (Brown) is, but I got a text message back from him, so I know he’s alright.
update 9/1 Dennis Lauscha has confirmed via txt message to Marshall that David is OK

Brian (Asbury) went to Indiana to see his parents, doesn’t know when (or even if) he’s coming back. T

Kiki and Mags are ok, but I don’t remember where they are. (sorry!)
update 9/1 Kiki is in Marksville, with her sister. Mags is in Louisville, KY with her gf.

Mark (Grapes) and his kitty are in Baton Rouge with friends.

Gina is in Port Sulfur with Family. T

Debbie and Lloyd are in Baton Rouge with thier cats.

I got texted from Dan, it seemed like he was in the Hotel. I hope he managed to get out.
update 9/1 Dan msged me that he is going to Birmingham or Houston for work.
update 9/3 Dan is going to Birmingham.
Kasey is In Nacotoches with friends (?)

Christopher (Kent) is in Texas with friends.

Mary, Earl and Marc were staying with kay and Johnny in Mississippi but are going somewhere else.
update 9/1 Mary et all were supposedly going to a Redcross Shelter

Jeffery was in Baton Rouge on Sunday and Illinois last night. Guess he’s making his way to Chicago? T
update 9/1 Jeff is still in rural Illinois. “Will stay [there] for home base”

update 9/ 1 Myke Yest is in Florida with his mom.

update 9/1 I heard from Rachelle. She didn’t say where she was.

update 9/1 Patrick Thompson sent me this: “Pallie and I are in Spring Branch, Texas with some friends. We’ve got my mother-in-law, her dog and two cats, and our two cats.” T

update 9/1 Michael Hernandez is in Lafayette. T

I’m not sure what happened to my grandmother… her nursing home was “dry” as of Monday night, but without water I assume they had to evacuate. My mom hasn’t been able to get in touch with them since then.

update 9/1 Brandon is in Jackson, LA.

For whom it may concern

I was working on a medical program at work today, and while proofreading spotted the following passage:

INTRACTABLE PRIAPISM ASSOCIATED WITH HERBAL STIMULANTS. Tuckler VE, Barton C, Litner J, Matinez J, Section of Emergency Medicine, Medical Center of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Background: A wide variety of herbal supplements are available to the public over-the-counter without any restrictions and are often advertised as a safe ?natural? alternative to prescription medications.

Case Report: A 43 y/o white male without any past medical history presented to the ED complaining of approximately 60 hours of sustained erection. He had used an over the counter sexual enhancement drug with the trade name ?All Night Long? which contain 16 ingredients including niacin and horny goat weed standardized extract. He took no prescription medications but was taking niacin and ginseng supplements. After taking the supplements, he achieved an erection, but the erection failed to subside and became associated with significant pain. [.. painful sounding medical procedures on his wang removed …]

Conclusion: Herbal supplements are provided over the counter without restriction and are thought by many people to be without risk. However they can be associated with significant negative effects and morbidity.

James C. Arey – Running for Mayor of New Orleans in 2006

James C. AreyJames Arey, morning host on 89.9 WWNO has decided to run for Mayor in 2006. His campaign will be based on Support for the Arts. I wish I had more to say about him, really, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard him on the air. We usually catch Morning Edition as we’re getting dressed for work, and by the time Arey comes on I’m in the office without a radio. I would like to see him in office though, since he’s a five-time Jeopardy champion – how cool is that? That’s so much cooler than having Jerry Springer as your Senator.

I can’t wait to see James in a debate and be all “I’ll take Education Reformation for 600, Alex.”

Plus, his slogan is Arey. 2006. Fabulous. so you know he’s a queen with a sense of humor. :)

I joke, but I really like the idea of an intelligent man in office who cares about the arts, New Orleans and it’s musical and cultural heritage instead of yet another politician interested in just another notch in his belt on his way to higher office. He’s also kinda cute in that shirt and tie.

You can get a bumper sticker by sending a donation to:

Arey. 2006. Fabulous.
4429 Iberville
New Orleans, LA 70119

Mine’s on it’s way.

James, need a website?

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Sex Ban

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy.

Of the 13 states with sodomy laws, four ? Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri ? prohibit oral and anal sex between same-sex couples. The other nine ban consensual sodomy for everyone: Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

Thursday’s ruling apparently invalidates those laws as well.

We’re legal!

Now we just need the Powers That Be to acknowledge it. Massive rallying and celebrations going on at a queer bar near you.
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