Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Look Who's Walking Now

Jennie Lane has started walking. Now Kristen and Barry will really begin having fun. Watche her go. Just wait until she finally gets the hang of it and then, LOOK OUT!! It'll be Katie bar the door.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

17th Street Canal

August 27, 2006, they are still working on the flood gates at the 17th Street canal. This is the dividing line between Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish. It is believed that the levees and flood walls will be enough to hold back the storm surge from up to a category three hurricane.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

More Ninth Ward Photos

Collapsed building or just debris?

There are a some people making coming back and living in FEMA trailers while rebuilding.

It's still mostly a ghost town. Grass and weeds are growing wild and tall. Some folks have complained that it is a home for rats and other vermin. Where's the Agent Orange when you need it?
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Some photos in the Ninth Ward

I took a few photos in the Ninth Ward. They are either on North Robertson, one of the major routes through the Ninth Ward, or the block adjacent to N. Robertson St.

The owners of this two story house are rebuilding and planning on coming back

The house on the right has totally collapsed.

Another collapsed house adjacent to standing buildings.
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More Chalmette photos

The Chase Bank is open. The building is still closed and boarded up but they are operating from a trailer in front of the bank building. See the customers in line?

Home Depot is open and now hiring. Firestone is still closed, however.

No Popeye's Fried Chicken yet.

And, no Papa John's Pizza.
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A few photos of Chalmette

St. Bernard Parish Council employess live close to work now. Their FEMA trailers are right behind the parish headquarters.

Stores not opened.

No KFC but there are plenty of FEMA trailers in the old Schwegmann's Grocery parking lot.

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Winston and Jackie Freeman's Chalmette house

Here are some photos of Winston and Jackie's house in Chalmette. It has been gutted and cleaned out and is ready for demolition. Just four more days and it will be a year since Katrina hit and caused so much destruction and the clean up is still goin on and will be for a long time to come.

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Mary Jane & Randall's Chalmette house

Here are some pictures of Mary Jane and Randall's former home in Chalmette, La. It has been gutted and somewhat cleaned out and ready to be demolished. Somebody sure needs to cut the grass, though.

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Betty's New Job

Betty started her new job with Unified Recovery Group last week. URG is the company retained by St. Bernard Parish to pick up the refuse from Hurrican Katrina. (That's right! It's been a year and they are still picking up trash and refuse.) Today makes her second full week on the job. She had to go into the Parish council last week and she was introduced to everyone as "Betty The Trash Lady." Now ain't that a title?

Betty at work at her table/desk.

Betty proudly showing off her new office digs and work station.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Berled Schwimps, Taters, Corn and Baked Beans

Barry had boiled shrimp, corn and potatoes for his birthday feast. Also had some baked beans thrown in for good measure not to mention beer, soft drinks, hamburgers, chicken and cake..

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Then and Now

The last few months I have been getting in touch with some of the men with whom I was in the U.S. Air Force 46 to 50 years ago. It has been interesting and has brought back many happy memories of the time I spent in the military. Many of the men remained in the Air Force and retired after 20 years or more of service.

The black and white picture is of and Lonnie Kyle Anthony and me. The photo was taken in the summer or fall of 1957 while we were stationed at NSA at Ft. Meade, Maryland. As I recall it, Kyle had a friend in Baltimore (I think) who was a photographer and we had the photo made while visiting with him.

The color photos below are more or less how we look in 2006. Not much has changed, has it?

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Barry Turns 37

Well, Old Barry Lane Nicholson ain't no spring chicken any more.

He turned 37 on August 11, 2006. His birthday was celebrated on Saturday, August 12, 2006. Kristen, being the pervert that she is, ordered him a special birthday cake. It's not quite X-rated.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006