we loaded our montero up to the limit today and drove an hour and a half to work for the last time today. now we’ll only drive 10 minutes. we found a tv at k-mart last night for a good price, so half of the back of our truck is taken up by the mammoth box the tv is in. we used all of our fema money and purchased almost a whole apartment’s worth of furniture and a few decor items. thank God for fema. we’ve received a lot of donated food, but we’ll still have to go shopping for a few things.
candace’s parents are bringing the rest of our stuff tomorrow morning in their yukon. our furniture is being delivered tomorrow morning as well.
we found out yesterday that there is an apartment 10 minutes away available for us. it’ll be nice to save on the gas. i spent 80 bucks on gas last week. can’t be doing that every week. it’s actually in a retirement home. we’re probably the youngest people to live there EVAR! some of our superiors are staying there as well.
we also found out today that all of the vents from the roofs have blown off, leaving big holes. so we probably got some rain in the apartment from katrina. there’s no telling how much. i also looked at the New Orleans flood depth map and it said that the max depth in front of our apartment was 9 feet in front of our apartment. 8.3 feet behind our apartment. so i have no idea how accurate it is. we only have 8 foot ceilings, so at either one of those depths the apartments below ours would have been completely flooded to the ceiling at one point. it saddens me for them to already know for sure that they have lost everything. the apartment directly below ours had just been occupied by an older lady. she must have only been there two weeks. well, one of my jobs here is to enter updated personal information of students, staff, and faculty of the school i work at into a database that they had me create when i first got here in decatur. i was entering the address from one certain sheet and realized that it was the same street address as mine. it was for apartment A–this same lady who had just moved in below us. i found out from her sheet that she is in her 70’s, is due to graduate in 2006 and has lost everything. the other apartment below ours, B, was occupied by some friends of ours.
candace and i have been working in decatur, georgia. it takes us from 1&1/2 to 2 hours to get to work every morning from her parent’s house. i hate the drive. all of our offices have moved to an extension center in decatur. i’ve been doing some computer work and answering phones sometimes. candace has been answering phones all day every day. we ordered some new servers, so all of the websites i work on should be up soon, then i’ll be able to do my normal job. we still don’t know when we’ll be able to go back to new orleans to get our stuff. we still don’t know the condition of any of our stuff.