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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

As promised, here is my version of our NOLA Meet ( Jan 1 -7 2007).

CAUTION 56K'ers!

Disclaimer: Possible graphic material is shown. Profanity is used. Parental Discretion is advised. There is no nudity or anything sexual. All street names, house numbers and telephone numbers have been blurred to protect the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Any photos and videos posted by me, (Leo)[LFutia], cannot be used without my permission. Any photos or video posted by any of the other members on this trip belong to them and cannot be used without their permission. Please do not post anything childish or stupid about any of the serious photos. (It just makes you look bad). You have been warned.


While we (Leo [LFutia], Eric [Ejmmsu], Patrick [Texan] and Justin [Cadet57] as well as Jeannine [Non.A.netter]) have had a great time in New Orleans, I have decided to share some pictures with you. the serious photos will come first then the comical ones.

Most of the pictures are from the Lower 9th Ward where there was total destruction. At the house we were at, water sat at about 14 feet (5 meters) for 3 weeks. Utilities have only returned to the area in November of 2006.

We were greeted on January 2nd by a very nice female homeowner and her 3 grandchildren. The grandchildren were not supposed to be there but since it was a public holiday they ended up coming along. We were in the Lower 9th Ward on January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th. On January 5th, we were in Gentilly, an upper middle class section of New Orleans near Lakefront Airport.

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The family room.

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The master bedroom.

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The kitchen (pre furniture).

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The laundry room.

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The living room.

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The hallway from the back to the front.

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The other side of the living room.

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The bathroom.

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Our mess on day 2.

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Justin walking by our 'other mess'.

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Justin shoveling out insulation and other debris out an open part of the house.

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More insulation and debris coming out of the house.

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During our water break, I had a chance to take some photos looking down a street.

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The kitchen (post furniture).

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The dining room.

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Crossing The Industrial Canal Bridge.

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Other houses down the block.

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The other side of the street.

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A door. Rescuers went to this house on September 19th (9.19) by Florida 1 (FL1) but they did not enter (NE).

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The group on Day 2 in order from L to R: Leo, Jannine, Patrick, Eric and Justin.

Videos:



Justin gutting the upstairs bathroom.



Justin gutting some walls upstairs.


Now its time for the comical pictures. When we weren't working we decided to have some fun.

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On Justin's last night, we decided to stroll down Magazine St, Patrick told me that there was an Indian restaurant down the street and so I went to go check it out and well we ended up eating there. Everyone enjoyed their food. The restaurant is called Nirvana and its on Magazine St.

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Justin sleeping.

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Eric and Patrick singing.

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Patrick singing into a mop handle. (Sorry its blurry!)

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Twinkies for Piercey.

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The Superdome.

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Justin holding up an Asbestos flag.

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A french billboard!

Videos:


Patrick being well behaved.



Justin having Indian food. (Sorry its dark!)



Justin explaining 'Fridge Puke'. (While this might be serious, its kind of comical.)



Eric and Patrick singing and dancing.



Casually walking back to our place from having Indian food.

The day that Justin left, Tom (Tom in NO) was able to give us a ramp tour of The New Orleans Airport. Unfortunately, only 2 photos actually came out somewhat better than the rest of them. I apologise for the blurriness.

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JetBlue A320

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Continental 735.

This is all of the pictures that I have other than my trip report pictures.

Feel free to ask any questions. All comments greatly appreciated.

Leo

[Edited 2007-01-10 23:41:40]


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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

The post takes forever to load...

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Great pictures and report, Leo!

Referencing some of the pictures, and following comments directed at the a.net community as a whole:

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
The family room.

Seeing stuffed animals around these houses brings home the fact that this disaster affected all ages.....so many lives have changed forever, and so many people uprooted.

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
Justin shoveling out insulation and other debris out an open part of the house.

That is labor-intensive work in an unairconditioned environment breathing moldy and dirty air. Not for the faint of heart.

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
Crossing The Industrial Canal Bridge.

The area to the right of the levee wall was completely destroyed by the water surge from the break in that canal wall. The area looks a lot better now, simply because a great number of the houses have been completely removed. All that's left are foundations.

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
A french billboard!

We've got similar signage displays in the terminal here at MSY.

Thanks again for all the great work you guys did down here!

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

Thanks for the pictures and thanks to all of you for the work you did.

User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 1):
The post takes forever to load...

If you were there, you would want to share every photo you took. It is absolutely amazing the amount of devastation that is everywhere. The stories are haunting and have been keeping me awake some nights.

Also, there is a front page article on ESPN that talks about a trip one of their reporters took with Deuce McAllister through part of New Orleans.

I'll try to figure out how to get some of these pictures off my phone and onto the computer and post them.

Thank you very much for the pictures, Leo! And damn you for taking a video of me dancing  Silly

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineNicksair From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 484 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Wow.... really.. thats all i can say.. about the damage and everything i've seen in those pics. I gotta say you guys did a hard job that some people in this country really wouldn't do under those circumstances. And the other pics.. all i can do is laugh at Pat and Eric dancing!  Smile Awesome job you guys, and sorry i couldn't come.  Sad
Nick



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User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Wow. I'm so impressed with the work you guys did. I have so much respect for you all going to Nola and helping out the way you did. I'm really sorry I couldn't join you, some other conflicts came up for me. I was thinking about you guys the whole time you were down there. Wish I could have joined, and if there's any future MSY meets, I'll be damn sure to do everything I can to get there.

Thanks for the pictures and videos. It's really sad to see the devastation through your photographs Leo. I'm sure it was overwhelming to witness first hand. I'm also glad you guys enjoyed yourselves and had some fun while being in New Orleans

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 2):
Seeing stuffed animals around these houses brings home the fact that this disaster affected all ages.....so many lives have changed forever, and so many people uprooted.

Very true, really sad.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 2):

That is labor-intensive work in an unairconditioned environment breathing moldy and dirty air. Not for the faint of heart.

Justin means business, haha. But that's a good point, not ideal conditions and you guys still did an amazing job.

Thanks for this thread, I think it's really cool how the A.net community can come together for such a noble cause.

Great work guys.

Dave



Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Great job Leo, Justin, everybody. It is truly amazing and fantastic how you can help those people like that. *applaudes*

Really, really great job

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
The kitchen (pre furniture).

Just the sight alone makes me think of the fridge puke...

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
The living room.

Hey, I fell thru that wall!

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
On Justin's last night, we decided to stroll down Magazine St,

Why are all the pictues of me slightly retarded looking?

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
Justin sleeping.

Hmm...

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 2):
Seeing stuffed animals around these houses brings home the fact that this disaster affected all ages.....so many lives have changed forever, and so many people uprooted.

One of the many reasons why I dont like discussing this with people as most dont understand that. Also one of the many reminders that I will have forever.

Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 6):
Justin means business

Dam right! but that cast iron tub was a bitch...

I too have some pics, I'll post em shorly.



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
Twinkies for Piercey.

 biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin !

yummy :P

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
The Superdome.

It has Sugar Bowl signs  mad 

Either way, nice pics.



Well I believe it all is coming to an end. Oh well, I guess we are gonna pretend.
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

Ok here are my pics... First are the work related ones, then more fun ones:

Hot Dogs from August of 2005, hungry?
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Next Door.. A child used to play here...
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And here
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Someone has cold feet
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Possible HR inside
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Speaks for itself
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Pat talkin with a local


Group talking with another local
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All that survived from the ceiling


First floor debris, day 3
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Eric and Jeannine
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View upstairs


A bicycle never to see its owner again


Light at the end of the tunnel


Ok, and now for some fun

Idk.. I was bored and Leo had the camera
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The Indian prince!


Leo was on top  Wink
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Gee and we thought it was a toaster


This one speaks for itself


Church


I now have decided all my homes will have a balcony
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The episcopal church



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Thread starter):
Patrick singing into a mop handle. (Sorry its blurry!)

In my defense, it was a shower pole. I'd never stoop to singing into a mop handle  Silly

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
Pat talkin with a local

That was the absolute toughest part of the entire week for me. He lived four houses down and across the street from the home we were gutting. He knew the story of everyone on the block and almost everyone in the neighborhood. I'm not going to tell y'all the stories he told me because they are just beyond words. Suffice it to say, he knew which of his neighbors had lived, which of his neighbors had died, and how most of his neighbors died. On the positive side, he seemed very relieved to talk about it and let it all go from his mind, and that is one of the things that we signed up to do.

Unfortunately, I'm smart enough to do really well in law school but too stupid to figure out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer. Eventually someone will show me how and I'll put a couple up here  Silly

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
This one speaks for itself

 rotfl 

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
Leo was on top Wink

umm.... ooh la la?  Wink





Honestly guys, i feel awful that i couldnt make it  Sad it was a last minute decision for my boss and i couldnt get anyone to fill in. i had a 303$ airfare ready to book too  Sad It looks like you guys had tons of fun (and a tour of the MSY ramp? How much better would it get?). Oh well, ill end up meeting you guys someday  Smile



Shannon.


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
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Quoting Texan (Reply 11):
Unfortunately, I'm smart enough to do really well in law school but too stupid to figure out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer. Eventually someone will show me how and I'll put a couple up here Silly

I thought I explained to you on how to do it.



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 13):

I kinda told him how as well when i came over in september, looks like he has forgotten 2 times now


Amazing pictures


User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 11):
That was the absolute toughest part of the entire week for me.

I was down there last July, I actually thought the conversations with locals were the most enjoyable part - it gave us a more identifiable purpose to why we were there. The first house we were on, the resident came by everyday to talk with us, sometimes her daughter came, and we got to know the family and it made us all feel good to get to know them and to have some positive influence on their lives. In the last two houses we were assigned, the residents had already left the city. While those houses were no less important to fix, it was more difficult to pour your whole heart into not knowing who lived there.

In addition, while working our first house, we ended up meeting the neighbors who lived across the street, and found out they were a newlywed couple that had just recently moved into the house. They had not had anyone come over to assist on their property yet (since they were not elderly or handicapped, they were low priority on the list of the needy). We decided on our own to take a few hours one day and go over and clean up alot of the trash in their yard to at least give them a start. That was a huge positive that came from talking to the residents.

Good on all of you for going, I know how tough that mission was and I look forward to the next opportunity I get to going back down there.


User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2031 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 4):
If you were there, you would want to share every photo you took. It is absolutely amazing the amount of devastation that is everywhere

Not to diminish Katria's effects and aftermath, but we had Andrew blow thru in '92, and I was here for that.

So I know what ot is like.

[Edited 2007-01-11 12:13:46]

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
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Amazing pics and great job guys!


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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 15):
I was down there last July, I actually thought the conversations with locals were the most enjoyable part - it gave us a more identifiable purpose to why we were there.

Oh, don't get me wrong, it was a pleasure to meet the homeowners and other New Orleanians. It was just really really tough to handle sometimes.

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 13):
I thought I explained to you on how to do it.



Quoting Trekster (Reply 14):
I kinda told him how as well when i came over in september, looks like he has forgotten 2 times now

I tried to follow the instructions but got lost halfway through  Silly Technology and I don't get along well!

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
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Quoting Texan (Reply 18):
I tried to follow the instructions but got lost halfway through Silly Technology and I don't get along well!

So you did read the instruction manual?

Leo



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Lfutia:
Amazing pictures!
Much respect to you in going down there to help with the clean up effort.  yes 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 11):
Unfortunately, I'm smart enough to do really well in law school but too stupid to figure out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer. Eventually someone will show me how and I'll put a couple up here

 rotfl   rotfl 

The fact he can USE his cell phone is quite amazing...  Silly


Seriously, I am very glad to see and hear you all had a time of your life going there. I am very sorry for having backed out due to family issues that had come up that I felt I needed to be here for. Plus I got struck with a type of flu that hit me for a week and a half, I would not have survived in New Orleans if I had gone down there sick.

Excellent pictures, and having heard a bit of tid bits from Patrick and Justin I can ONLY get a LITTLE bit of sense of what it was like but of course cannot get the true aspect until I myself have visited that area.

As some know I did go to MSY awhile back and only briefly saw some of the damage but was nothing compared to what I see on your pictures.

Great job guys.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1812 times:
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Thanks for all the great positive comments.

I forgot to put a video in... here's the last one. Here is the 'cart lift'

This video was taken by me, uploaded by Justin.



Leo



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