I got a email from Slow
Left last Wednesday for Louisiana to help my bro build cages for his game roosters that he has in cardboard boxes on his porches. His surrounded w/five ft. of water. He lives in Columbia, LA. His back yard is a slough off the Ouachita River at flood stage. His house is up on eight-ft. pillars. I parked the Jeep downtown, about two blocks from the boat dock. He picked me up, and whizzed me down the raging river to his front porch, where I climbed out of his speed boat, and went directly to work. I cut fencing wire the first day and a half until my hands finally gave up. The next three days I flattened w/a mallet the sheets he'd snipped, and then he built the cages. We got about 50 cages built in those five days I was there. He can put the game roosters into the cages now and wait until the water recedes and he can get the roosters back into their ground cages. The hens can share cages, but the roosters w/fight if they see each other, so have to be separated and surrounded w/shields. It's all too complicated to explain, but it was quite an experience. His electrical box was under water, so the city had to cut his electricity. He runs his generator about an hr. in the mornings, and about two/three hrs. at night. The phone was out too, so he bought a cell phone. He's on DSL, so w/o phone, there was no t.v. or internet. He has a large butane gas tank, and if he hadn't gotten it tied down, it was floating away. Not sure how much gas is still in it, nor how much longer it w/be b/f the truck can come deliver gas, so cooking is scant, but we managed. I heated water on the stove to take to the shower to soap and pour for a bath. Cold water to wash dishes and laundry, a space heater while the generator was on - it was warm until yesterday when things got colder. I was packed and ready to come home yesterday morning, when it started to rain. Thought for sure I was marooned another day, but there was a slight break and we jumped into the boat and sped away to the dock in town - 2 1/2 miles away. By the time we got half-way, it started to really rain. I grabbed my bag, hat, weekender suitcase, jumped out onto the dock, and waved him away, hoping the rain wouldn't damage his boat too much. It was in the low 60s, and I got soaked. The ride was cold but exciting. Four hrs later I was back home. Could have stayed longer, but Toby's boarding bill was mounting ($106.00). Today I have been in limbo, doing piddly stuff - laundry, watching the food network, wondering how he's managing, and trying to get back to life here. The water is receding slowly, and I know that within a week he'll have electricity, but there are so many other things that he has to deal with in the lifestyle he has chosen. I have tons of stuff to do here cuz my daughter from Kansas arrives by train next Monday, and we are going back to my bro's next Wed. to cook T-Day dinner for him and stay a few days. W/have to cook it all here to save his butane. Lordy, I have so much to do I don't know where to start. Trying to get my supply list in order for my trip to PV in Jan., plus have a few mosaicing commissions staring me in the face. Life is BUSY. No time to play lately. I read the forum today, but no time to respond to everything. Say hello to everyone for me. Love you and miss the forum.