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Ms. Katrina Fest II?

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I'm thinking about heading south again this year, and wondered if anyone would want to join me.

First - A bit of history for those who might be fairly new here on BT.

Tim Mooney organized the first "Ms. Katrina Fest" back in 2005 - Not too long after hurricane Katrina. Several folks from BT went down there and worked on a house in Laurel, Mississippi.

There's a thread about it here:

http://forums.taunton.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=tp-breaktime&msg=64062.1

Pictures start somewhere around post #245. (It's a long thread)

I ended up going down to Slidell, louisiana in 2008 with a small church group. There's a thread about that trip here:

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages?msg=98854.1

I ended up going back to the same place in February of this year. And of course there's a thread about that trip here:

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages?msg=116628.1

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This winter I'm tentatively planning to go back the week of February 21st. But that date is subject to change. It will be some time during the winter, when things are fairly slow around here. Nothing going on at the farm, etc.

I plan to work with this group:

http://www.pcoslidell.org/

They have a church with a converted gym that you can stay at. They furnish beds, bathrooms, and a kitchen where you can prepare meals. But they don't supply you with any food.

They organize the projects and get funding for materials. All the volunteers do is provide labor.

If anyone is interested in joining me you would most certainly be welcome to do so. If ya have any questions about any of this let me know and I'll try to answer them.

If I had a hidden agenda, I'd probably lose it.

(post #88916, reply #1 of 26)

If ya wanna email me, click on my profile and read the "personal quote".  A working email address is there.


 


My profile was set up using an email address which no longer works. I haven't gotten around to changing it, so I disabled emails for now so no one would be wasting their time trying to send stuff to a non-functioning email address.


 


My Dad is doing O.K. I guess.  I can tell he's having a hard time with some stuff.  It's hard to watch him going downhill.


 


Sorry to hear about your Father and Father-in-law.


(post #88916, reply #2 of 26)

Yes, it is hard to watch a father decline. My dad keeps telling me "This is a nightmare." I feel for him, but not much I can do. Now I've got a cold and am afraid to give it to him, so I haven't seen Dad in two days. My wife saw him last night though. My father sems to be responding to therapy, and he can respond to questions, mostly, but he has some problems with what is real and what is in his head. Hope you have some family there to help you--mine is pretty disintersted--interested enough to reply to my emails and critique what I have done, but one sister is flying out for the weekend and that has been it as far as visits from family other than me.


Dad gave "springing" power of attorney to my sister in NY (the one who is visiting next weekend)--that means she only has it if two doctors certify Dad to be incompetent. That makes things a bit difficult, as I am the main person involved with paying bills and so on. I do have POA for medical decisions and had the opportunity to excercise lots of that authority while he was in the hospital for ten days.


My prayers are with you and your dad. Looks like mine will miss another hunting season (he loves to go deer hunting--rifle season starts on Nov. 15th).

(post #88916, reply #3 of 26)

My Brother and Sisters are pretty non-helpful too. One busybody Sister lives in Florida, and I often get emails similar to yours, where she knows what should happen.

My other Sister lives here in town. But she wants little to do with Mom or Dad unless she needs money. She and her Husband have recieved vast amounts of help from the rest of the family, but rarely help Mom and Dad. (or anyone else)

My Brother used to go months at a time without seeing Mom and Dad. But lately he's taken a bit more of an interest, such as the combine repairs.

..

Gues we've hijacked the heck out of this thread, huh?

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family.

In another city.

(post #88916, reply #4 of 26)

Just a shamless self bump.

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. [Dave Barry]

(post #88916, reply #5 of 26)

Well, I'm going. I'm set up for the week of February 21st. One of the groups I worked with last year will be there again, and they invited me to join them.

If anyone wants to join me you're still welcome to do so.

They say television is making people dumber.

What do they mean by that?

(post #88916, reply #6 of 26)

>>I'm set up for the week of February 21st.<<


As usual I'm a week late, still a dollar short.....


My church is going to New Orleans the following week - February into March, 2010, I'll be with them.


I am getting ready to go again next week (with church), 11/16 - 11/22/09. My trip #4. Glutton for punishment.....


We have 12 people this time, I'll be the only pro, guess that makes me the leader; working with RHINO again on the Ferry Place project, 14 new houses for H4H.


RHINO has a website in conjunction with St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) - google "RHINO New Orleans" if you like.


Sorry I'll miss seeing you.


Hoping to catch up with boats234 while there.


Good luck and Godspeed.


Jim 


 


Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.
Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.

(post #88916, reply #7 of 26)

Glad to hear that you're going, but sorry to hear that it's a different time.

Who knows - Maybe we'll cross paths the weekend between.

BTW - Ray is a great guy. You won't be sorry that ya met him.

If you upset your wife she nags you. If you upset her even more, you get the silent treatment.
Don't you think it's worth the extra effort?

(post #88916, reply #8 of 26)

Met Ray on a previous trip in 2007.


He stopped by the work site and planned to return later in the week. Unfortunately, a kid crisis developed and he could not join us for a day.


Hope to catch up next week or in February.


Jim


Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.
Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.

(post #88916, reply #9 of 26)

Be sure to post some pics and tell your stories.

Q: Why aren't blondes allowed to be pharmacist?
A: Because they keep breaking the prescription bottles in the typewriter.

(post #88916, reply #18 of 26)

Tell stories for sure.


Post pictures - maybe my daughter will teach me how.....


Who will resize?...............


Jim


Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.
Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.

(post #88916, reply #19 of 26)

I think Steve (Fat Roman) and leftisright have volunteered for that duty.

Work for the greatest vital intensity - the greatest solidity and aesthetic reality. Finally, eliminate everything non-essential. Reduce to the absolute essence. ~ F.C. Trucksess

Work for the greatest vital intensity - the greatest solidity and aesthetic reality. Finally, eliminate everything non-essential. Reduce to the absolute essence. ~ F.C. Trucksess

(post #88916, reply #20 of 26)

If ya post big pictures, just don't post 'em inline. The dialuppers can skip 'em if they want to.

And as Darcy pointed out, someone will likely come along and do it for you if you have trouble learning how.

Sign outside a country shop: "We buy junk and sell antiques."

(post #88916, reply #23 of 26)

As long as you are using a PC, you can use Irfanview to resize the photos.

http://download.cnet.com/IrfanView/3000-2192_4-10021962.html?part=dl-IrfanView&subj=dl&tag=button

You'll probably want to use the Batch function in Irfanview so you can resize a bunch of pictures at once. Open the program and then hit the 'B' key and it should open automatically for you. If not, click File -- Batch Conversion/Rename. In the new window that comes up... on the right side, find the directory containing the images you want to resize. On the left side you'll see some buttons including 'Add All' or 'Add'. Use the appropriate one to load the files from the right side of the window to the left side. If you add individual ones, you'll need to click on the image thumbnail to select them.

Then, use the Output Directory to determine where you'd like the reformatted images to wind up. Create a new directory if you'd like so they don't get mixed up with anything else and are easy to find.

Set the Work As section to 'Batch Conversion' (the top one)

Leave the Output Settings at JPG. Then click the Set Advanced Options button. (make sure the check box above it is checked, too) In the new window that opens, check the 'Resize' box on the left side and the option for 'Set short side to:' should be set for the pixel width that you need. Set it for something around 500 to 600. Make sure 'pixels' is selected and not 'cm' or 'inches'. Check the boxes for preserve aspect ratio, use resample function and don't enlarge smaller images. Then click OK.

Once that's done, you'll be back at the main window. Click 'Start' in the upper left and your batch conversion should begin. Repeat as needed.

Then to post photos here, just click the 'Attach Files' button below the editing window here and follow the directions.

'Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it' ~ Chinese proverb

'Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it' ~ Chinese proverb

(post #88916, reply #24 of 26)

Thanks for the info.  I printed your post for future reference.


Jim


Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.
Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.

(post #88916, reply #10 of 26)

Thanks for the invite.


Right now, next year (even early next year) is too far away to consider any plans, but I will keep it in mind. Promise.


Don


 

(post #88916, reply #11 of 26)

The wife said no huh?

            

 

   

(post #88916, reply #12 of 26)

I would have invited you, if you weren't such a pain in the ###.

(-:

Let's skip the insults and get right down to your ### kicking

(post #88916, reply #13 of 26)

       I'd love to go. But I don't want to work. They got any volunteer jobs where I can Wear a pith helmet and stand around and watch? Maybe give an order or two?

            

 

   

(post #88916, reply #14 of 26)

I think as soon as you put on the pith helmet, they put you to work like this bloke


'Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it' ~ Chinese proverb

'Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it' ~ Chinese proverb

(post #88916, reply #15 of 26)

   UGGH. No thanks. Not on my vacation time. Maybe I could be the crews strength coach or something.


 

            

 

   

(post #88916, reply #16 of 26)

You disappoint me. I was expecting some grief in return for what I said to you.

(And the tag line)

(-:

I could never lead a double life. I don't have that much closet space.

(post #88916, reply #17 of 26)

    The only 7 words I could think to say are banned.

            

 

   

(post #88916, reply #21 of 26)

No, Gunner, the wife didn't say no...


I'm just a little overwhelmed with other not for profit causes. I'm running a food pantry down here, work for Habitat in two states, just restarted a group that does free home repairs for the elderly and got notified that I have to build a shed for our church. Oh yeah, and I have a bunch of rentals (among other stuff).


If things calm down by then, I might think about it. Right now it looks pretty doubtful.


I think you should go - and work. :-)


Don


Edited 11/14/2009 8:18 am ET by DonK

(post #88916, reply #22 of 26)

     Sounds like you are doing enough! LOL


  


     I'm too lazy for that stuff. Besides my wife wouldn't let me.:) I don't even volunteer to work on this house.

            

 

   

(post #88916, reply #25 of 26)

Breaktimers are some great people!!!


I drove up to New Orleans last Friday and worked with Jim and his crew for a half day. Took only a couple pics-- will try to load them--but I'm on a strange computer.


His Delaware crew had the benefit of some great weather for the week < sunny with a high in the 60's and low 70's> but nasty rain on their last day.


I had some fires to put out before flying up to Seattle on the redeye Sunday night, so I only had a short time to visit/help out.


A few of the volunteers made it to the WWII Museum on Saturday. I jokingly mentioned to Jim to search for my brick at the Museum.


< To raise funds to build the Museum they sold engraved bricks 10 years ago>


Jim's resourcefulness exceeded mine since he was able to locate the brick and give me directions to find it next time I'm there ( I've never seen it.) 


Ron (and all BT'ers) have a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. I will see you this February. Maybe you or Jim can coordinate your schedules?


Yo Fren'


Ray

(post #88916, reply #26 of 26)

Good to hear from ya Ray. I hope I do get a chance to meet up with you again. Would be great to see your kids again if it works out.

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.