1. Do you have any friends or family affected by Hurricane Katrina?
I don't have family in that area, but we do have friends who are personally affected. My roommate from College's Mother (who is my mother's bestfriend) is from New Orleans. All of her family and friends evacuated and are safe, but she has yet to hear from her dear friend Sylvia. They've known each other since they were 3 years old. Last she heard from Sylvia, she was going to evacate from New Orleans to her mother's place, only her mother's home was in the area in Mississippi that took the brunt of the storm. I also know that my old boss had a family home on the water in the Gulf Port area where they would vacation. He and his family left this week to survey the damage, but I imagine they won't find their home still standing. At least they can return to the comforts of their other home in Virginia; unlike so many other who have lost everything and have no where to go now...
2. Have you been following any of the news coverage of the devastation in the South?
I do have some friends who live in Alabama. They weren't affected too bad, but without electricity for at least two weeks. They are just going to come back up here to Indiana and stay a couple of weeks. They just moved down there about a month ago.
I'm constantly following the news updates on CNN or The Weather Channel. It breaks my heart. I wish so badly that I could go down there and do something. And the things that are going on with the looting and fires. Why? I understand their frustration, but why would you want to make it worse? I so feel for all of them. I just looked at a site here somewhere from a link on ivillage with a list of names of people alive, missing or unknown. Just overwhelmed me! I couldn't control the tears.
Gas here today for regular is $3.14, but just 50 miles north or south it is $3.94. Luckily I filled up before it all went up and haven't gone anywhere except where it was necessary.
9/11 completely changed my perspective, but to have a natural disaster like this makes you sit back and think. And appreciate! You just never thought it would happen in the USA. I do remember reading somewhere the first of this year that the panhandle area would be hit by utter devastation three times this year with hurricanes. Somebody was right.
My heart and prayers go out to all those affected. If only I was a millionaire, my plans for the weekend would be I'd fly a jet down there and bring those people back here where they would be safe. Otherwise, I think we are going to sit back and enjoy some family bonding time.
Not that I’m aware of however I was in the service with several guys from the New Orleans area. Also have friends with friends and family members along the gulf coast.
2. Have you been following any of the news coverage of the devastation in the South? What news source have you been reading/watching most this week (local, cnn, fox, msnbc, internet, newspaper, other)
I’ve been watching a lot of the TV coverage especially CNN, MSNBC and FOX. I tend to bounce around depending on what’s being shown or who’s doing the commentary. It’s so difficult to see people suffering like this. We can only pray and hope that it won’t take too long for these people to find their loved ones and get some semblance of order back in their lives.
3. How much is gas now in your area?
We were heading to Willmar yesterday afternoon and needed to get gas. Prices had just jumped to $2.99 from $2.59 here in Olivia. There is a station along the way (about 12 miles north of here) that’s usually 5 to 10 cents cheaper if you pay cash. When we got there the “cash” price was $3.04 so we decided to just wait. when we got to Willmar it was $3.11 just about everywhere so we headed for the Super America station to fill up. Our timing was perfect – they were still at $2.99 on “regular unleaded” – everything else had been boosted to the higher price. We filled just before they changed the price to the higher $3.11.4. How do you think Hurricane Katrina will change your life?
I think we will all see changes in our lives because of this and not only in higher gas prices. It will be interesting to see how it affects the economy.
5. What are your plans for this weekend (or if you're late posting to the Friday Five, what did you do over the weekend?)
It’s going to be a quiet weekend. I’m pretty much caught up on my “domestic” duties so there’s not a lot to do except hang out and watch the Katrina coverage.
Wishing everyone a super weekend – praying for all those affected by Katrina! Marty