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998. code1
We are getting our own "Shed" over here soon. Same folks? You tell me. Am thinking so.
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Evening Sand!!!!!
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Hi Sand,

happy Friday to you and the Weekend is here now for most (however not me)

Things have been very busy around my house lately...hope it slows down a bit. LOL

Hope all is well in your world.

Take care,
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978. code1
Starting to cloud up here as well. Yesterday was total gray skies. Today had the sun earlier, but clouds building now.

Bet the BBQ crowd didn't care yesterday. Blues muzak evokes a feeling of strife. Bet they had fun anyway! I can still smell the yumminess of it!
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974. code1
Very little precip over here throughout this period thus far SC. Just ugly skies. Blechhhh
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Been sending your information to those who I know are interested.... as well as every teacher i have an E-mail for. post 948
Gulfster Surf report
Summer doldrums sticking around for the Westside as we enter into the middle of September with out any excitement. Future forecast looking grim surf wise. Today, with the wind East @ 15, should give the kiters some water time as the rest of us sit on the side lines and wait for swell. Gulf Temp 89
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962. Skyepony (Mod)
I have kin all over S Miss. 1/4 of them had there homes completely destroyed by Katrina or from using a generator after the storm.

I hope someone writes a gripping narrative of it. A book that spans the generations, telling the tale of the area & what they endured.
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THE GULF OF MEXICO - the flattest body of water... for days and days
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Post 948 -- important post -- will start spreading this around further!!!!
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949 -- ShoreAcres : )
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HURRICANE CAMILLE - August 17, 1969.
WINDS: 190 mph
PRESSURE: 909 Mb./26.84 inches.
STORM - SURGE: 22 - 25 feet above Mean Tide.

Hurricane Camille is a bench mark in the American hurricane experience. Although Camille hit an area that had a relatively small population by today's standards - it still provided a horrific firsthand lesson of what a hurricane of maximum intensity can do to the man-made environment. Hurricane Andrew (1992) destroyed more property, and Hurricane Katrina resulted in many more fatalities - but Hurricane Camille remains the strongest storm to ever enter the United States mainland on record.

From a scientific perspective - Hurricane Camille represents bad luck, more than any meteorological extreme. Several other category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic, and supertyphoons in the Pacific, have been as intense. However, unlike many of these super-storms that remine far out to sea, or weaken before making landfall - Camille struck land when at this rare intensity. The resulting property damage was so complete, that sections of the Mississippi coast seemed to vanish.

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Sand - you always have been and always
will be my hero - bar NONE...

YOU are the voice of those who
are quietly building
YOU are the strength of those
who toil and rebuild with dignity
with HOPE written on their faces.
You are the keeper of your history
past and future
that WILL be heard
You are the grit of your coast.

Katrina was a tragedy and
although the chapter of
your coast is invisible
on paper now:
Your voice will complete it.

I am so humble that you are my mentor
friend and above all, hero.

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sandcrab ~

I was a little ahead of the curve on this one. It might give you a smile to see this note from my current WU blog:

NOTE: My WordPress entry entitled Dancing Down Life's Storms has been published in Saturday's online edition of the Mississippi SunHerald newspaper. You can see the full story here.
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Will the history books be accurate? Mississippi’s STILL invisible Coast
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Three months after Hurricane Katrina, the Sun Herald described in a front-page editorial “Mississippi’s Invisible Coast.” It spoke of the fact that the further removed in time we were from Katrina, the less attention outside news reports paid to the plight of our region and its people, and the more it seemed history was being rewritten in a way that would render South Mississippi no more than a postscript to the greatest natural disaster to befall the nation.

Already the trend had begun for the national media to cover South Mississippi’s part of the story with an add-on phrase to the news of Katrina and its affects on New Orleans. We had been reduced to four words — “and the Gulf Coast.”

That trend has become virtually universal now, and during the recent fourth anniversary media assessment of Katrina, the people of “the Gulf Coast” have receded into the hazy status of non-people whose story is untold.

PDF: 2005 editorial 'Mississippi's Invisible Coast'
Story: Dancing down life’s storms
This is troubling to the courageous people whose world was swept away on Aug. 29, 2005, and who have valiantly sought to recover and rebuild while struggling to survive.

Of course it is not possible to watch all of the national coverage of Katrina, but a substantial sampling clearly shows that New Orleans is THE story. It is troubling for those on our Coast to hear how New Orleans was “Ground Zero” for Katrina, or to see images of destruction in Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis or Biloxi shown while a broadcast focuses on New Orleans.

I will repeat the fact that Katrina’s greatest winds and storm surge of more than 30 feet obliterated the Mississippi Coast and destroyed virtually all of the homes and businesses along its shore.

The terrible tragedy that befell New Orleans was the consequence of levee failures impacted by Katrina. Both New Orleans and Mississippi were the victims of the powerful storm, and both have tried to survive the years since with the individual efforts of our two states and the help of a generous nation.

Could the neglect of media to tell our story derive from the belief that everything is fine here, and there is nothing else to tell? It is possible, but were that the case you would think that would actually become the big story — how this poor little state was able to clean up, rebuild and get on with the business of life so quickly.

Wouldn’t that become the model for all other disasters, the living textbook on how to get such a big job done in so short a period?
In fact, a good investigation of our situation would objectively show that a pretty good job has been done. It is a success built upon a long history of cleaning up and rebuilding after many hurricanes, good regional cooperation between local governments, and excellent leadership, from the governor’s office to city halls across the Coast.

Also, it is in the DNA of local folks to tackle these problems with a strain of personal responsibility and energy that is among the best you will find anywhere.

OK, so the fourth anniversary has come and gone, and the Mississippi Coast is more invisible than ever in the media conversation about Katrina.

PDF: 2005 editorial 'Mississippi's Invisible Coast'
Story: Dancing down life’s storms
Let us be hospitable and issue an invitation to reporters and newspapers and networks to come down next year for fifth anniversary coverage. Come stay a while and examine and report their findings as objective observers on the state of recovery in both places, New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast.

The fifth anniversary will offer a good benchmark to gauge how far each state has come, and, to the extent you discover a distinction in the progress between the two, it will be interesting to probe the reasons for the differences, and to report the combined lessons learned.

But beyond the studies of progress, it seems to many in our part of the world that there is an obligation on the part of the national media to get the story right in both breadth and depth.

There have been notable allies over the years, real advocates for our story — we salute Robin Roberts, Shepard Smith, Anderson Cooper and Kathleen Koch, reporters with roots in Mississippi — but over the sweep of time the media have told our story incompletely, if at all, and in doing so have really missed an important chapter in the history of the nation.

After the storm, this newspaper begged for help, we shouted for attention, we did all we could to draw attention to our urgent plight and to gain support for our needs.

Today we are not asking for volunteers to come or for more financial or material assistance, but what we do fervently wish is that history be recorded fully and accurately. Today’s reporting — print, broadcast and online — will become tomorrow’s history texts, and the evolving Katrina narrative is one of neglect toward our story and is increasingly likely to create a false or incomplete history of the great hurricane and its aftermath.

This is a simple appeal to the better instincts of journalism that an effort be made to expose truth, and fairly report the fullness of human pain and triumph in Mississippi and of our stewardship of the national generosity that was given us.

That seems a modest request.

So, before next August 29, come if you can, and let America see the people of our Coast through the lens of your cameras, the ink of your words and the sound of your voice. There is a wonderful story waiting to be heard and told.

Stan Tiner, vice president and executive editor of the Sun Herald, can be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 4567, Biloxi, MS 39535; by phone, 228-896-2300; e-mail, tiner@sunherald.com

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