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Sept 3 update on LiveJournal - Katrina

The following are the Sept 3 posts on LiveJournal. If they don't get fuel soon, it looks like "the feed may be interrupted." Ah the logistics of disaster and willful mishandling by the criminals in power.  http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
7:15 am Still waiting on the fuel truck that was supposed to be here at 0600 sharp.
45 minutes until Telcove is supposed to get their fuel from two different tankers.

I stayed up all night and now I'm gonna go to bed and see what I see when I get up. Hopefully when I wake up there will be good news.

Also, there are some insane and drunk homeless people on the street.
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3:44 am Personality Types
There are basically 3 types of people: Optimists, Pessimists, and Realists. In a crisis situation, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the pessimists and the realists. I consider myself a realist. Brian, the guy who restored our VOIP outgoing phone and has been managing connectivity issues up here since this all began is an optimist.

When I pressed him for an answer, he told me that he honestly gives us a 75% chance of getting fuel to arrive down the street to our provider in time. I hope I was just being a pessimist earlier.

Anyway, we're supposed to get our truck here at 6am -- 2 hours and 10 minutes from now. It's been a long, rough day, so I'm gonna lie down for a few.

Oh yeah, and today is my dad's birthday. I hope he's still hanging tough in Harahan.

Wake me at 5:45.

Night, world.
Love you.
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12:52 am Situation Critical
Well, people, I'm not sure how much longer we're going to have internet. Our last OC3 which is located down the street is going to run out of fuel sometime tomorrow according to the providers. They had a fuel drop scheduled for today and they didn't make it in. Now it's scheduled for tomorrow morning. Our fuel drop was a no-show also. We have fuel for several days, but if the provider goes down it's game over man. There's no reason to be here any longer at that point. Our primary mission will be over and this blog will not be able to be updated.

I don't have much hope for success given the track record we've had with the fuel. So basically what I'm saying is that sometime tomorrow (Saturday), I probably will no longer be able to update. I hope this doesn't come across as melodramtic -- I'm just giving it to you straight.

We fought off the hurricane, civil unrest, fire, fatigue, and pressure from everyone to bug out. What we can't do is run other people's generators with our sheer force of will. We need them to get their diesel.

This is where I thank all of you for your kindness, prayers, support, and help. I don't know how or why this all happened the way it did. But it did happen this way, and I've tried to shoulder the responsibilities the company and the readers of this blog placed on me, however unintentionally, with resolve and focus. Hopefully, the guys down the street will get their fuel. Hopefully this post will not be one of my last. Hopefully we'll be able to stay here and see this through to the end. Know that I am trying every feasible option to make this happen. It simply comes down to whether or not the scheduled drops get made tomorrow. If they do, I'll be here. If they don't, I'll be taking Crystal with me sometime this week to head out somewhere.

There's nothing more we can do from here. We need those trucks to show up down the street. That's all there is.

I guess I will spend the rest of my night til I crash in IRC with you guys and answering as many IMs as possible.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005 10:57 am Latest 03.Sep.2005 09:33


Ok, I'm out of the loop but trying to get info for you guys. What I do know is that we got fuel. There is fuel in the city for Telcove down the street, but the flooding is making things difficult and that they need National Guard approval -- but this is not confirmed. As of right now, I don't know if Telcove has been fueled or not.

So basically, you guys know as much as I do at this point. I will know soon what the status is.

Now for news about the city.

The police told my guys downstairs that Saks 5th Avenue is on fire. Another big fire somewhere else, near where the warehouse fire yesterday was.

Cam is still on.

I'm gonna grab a sandwich and a drink, and come right back.

11:58 am Fuel Drop Successful 03.Sep.2005 11:24


1515 got fuel. We're solid now. We will maintain internect connectivity.