NERT graduation and a couple of hours in dressing rooms

Got my certificate, hard hat, vest, gloves, and ID card signifying that I have gone through Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training. Tonight was fun – it was all exercises like doing a search & rescue and triage, setting off a fire extinguisher (in the street, on a gasoline fire in a big metal box) and … Continue reading “NERT graduation and a couple of hours in dressing rooms”

Still not really a real post

Because I am very tired. Worked all day, hung out with my mom which was awesome, then went to NERT training class #5 which was also fun as we did disaster simulation exercises where we filled out FORMS, which i fucking loved, then walked home via Rock Bar which has delicious strong cocktails, and had … Continue reading “Still not really a real post”

Hurricane relief: Do something!

Aleja and I met online through GimpGirl years ago. I got to know Nick as well; we chat often about space exploration, writing, and comics. We have mutual friends like Jen Cole and Ron Sidell. We met in person in New York finally! Both at the BlogHer conference and then over Thanksgiving while I was … Continue reading “Hurricane relief: Do something!”

The Mississippi and the Atchafalaya

Looks like the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to open the Morganza Spillway this weekend. Here’s a map of the areas projected to flood in Louisiana if the Morganza is opened completely: I just read John McPhee’s Control of Nature which has a long section about the levees and dams on the Mississippi including … Continue reading “The Mississippi and the Atchafalaya”