Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Monday, September 27, 2004

More Hurricane Blogging

I spent the bulk of Sunday in Pensacola, FL, volunteering for hurricane clean-up with a group from church. Mostly we tacked tarps or plastic to roofs to keep them from leaking, but we also carted branches to curbs, raked up debris, and at the last house we did I got to use the chain-saw (yeah, baby) to chop up a tree which had crashed through a fence. So today I am totally exhausted, but it was worth it. I could not believe my eyes, even as a looked at the extent of the destruction. The first house we did, we couldn’t even see from the road because the street was lined with massive stacks of lumber. I didn’t realize until the guy showed us a "before" picture just how beautiful his house had been. But he was lucky - he had a few small holes in his roof, was missing all of his trees, and his swimming pool looked like it was filled with root beer, but that was basically the extent of it.

At the end of the day, we returned to the first house we visited because the lady had made a huge pot of homemade chicken gumbo, and it would have been a shame to let her efforts go to waste.