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Brian A. Wolter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
 

We're getting out!!!!


Well guys it time to pack up and get out before Rita hits. She looks like she will be a category 5 by this afternoon. Just so you know, Marvin Gohlke and I live in the same town so we will be leaving pretty quick and getting things boarded up. We just hope we have something to come back to. Keep us in your prayers.


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9/21/2005 7:51:00 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Good luck, man. We will be praying for you and all in Rita's path.


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9/21/2005 7:53:11 AM

 
Brian A. Wolter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
  Thanks Kerry.


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9/21/2005 7:55:21 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  YOU WILL BE IN EVERYONES PRAYERS,I'M SURE.
IT'S JUST A GOOD THING YOUR DOING TO FIND A SAFER PLACE TO WAIT FOR NOW.
WISHING YOU GOD'S PEACE AND GUIDENCE,
DEBBY


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9/21/2005 8:16:12 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
  TA DA: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS AT BP
TA DA: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS AT BP
5:00PM IN THE EVENING AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO: D-70-AV MODE F-9
WISH I HAD A DIFFERENT LENS- BUT ALL I HAD WAS 300MM.POLERIZER ON.

SURE IS EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW,LOL
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO GAVE YOUR GUIDANCE:-)

© Debby A. Tabb
Nikon D70 Digital ...

 
 
TA DA:

BRIAN,
JUST A LITTLE TO LAUGH AT IN THIS TIME OF CONCERN.
THANK YOU TO YOU AND KERRY AND EVERYONE WHO PUT IN THIER 2 CENTS-
I FINALLY HAD THE TIME AND SETTING TO GIVE THIS A SHOT.
IT TRULY IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE US HAPPY, IS'NT IT?


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9/21/2005 8:19:33 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  Brian your doing the right thing, just get out and dont forget to come back as soon as you can!
Good luck!
Craig-


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9/21/2005 9:25:14 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  Brian your doing the right thing, just get out and dont forget to come back as soon as you can!
Good luck!
Craig-


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9/21/2005 9:25:15 AM

 
Brian A. Wolter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
  Thanks guys, we'll get back as sonn as we can.


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9/21/2005 9:33:07 AM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2005
  Brian are and everyone in Rita bath be in our prayers you are doing the right thing hope it will not be bad but being safe is the most important thing lets us know when you can how thing good luck .


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9/21/2005 10:12:40 AM

 
Angela K. Wittmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2003
  I wondered when people would be leaving... I hear its a CAT 5 storm now.. you are in my prayers along with all those who are also leaving

Gob Bless

Angie


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9/21/2005 1:30:13 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Brian and Marvin,

I be thinking about you. I am watching it on the news and it so frighting. Please he safe and I keep you in my prayers.

Kerby


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9/21/2005 1:48:14 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  I'm sorry to hear you are being chased from your homes by Rita...but I am glad that you are getting away safely. Here's sending you all prayers and wishes for safety!


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9/21/2005 9:19:11 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Hope you are all safe and well. Murry Grigsby and his wife, Pat, are also evacuating. They live in Houston. So add them to your prayer list!


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9/22/2005 2:35:24 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Be safe to all of you touched by Rita!


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9/22/2005 3:12:18 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Hope you will be back soon and safe !


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9/22/2005 4:29:03 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Bryan, take care and be careful drivinig out of the city... What I have seen today, the roads are bumper to bumper out of Galveston and Houston areas...
According to the weather center, we (Central Texas) will be also getting quite bit of effect from the Rita on the weekend, about over or near 70mph wind and heavy rain.
Our city had already thousands of evacuatees from Katrina..., and will be getting more from Rita. I don't think we are relocating them as Houston had to...
Best wishes to everyone. Be careful and take care...


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9/22/2005 7:28:05 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  There are many other BP'ers in the Houston and coastal area... You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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9/22/2005 7:33:40 AM

 
Angela K. Harter   we will be praying for you all! stay safe!


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9/22/2005 7:49:09 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  I was told that people from Spring, TX (north side of Houston) are coming to my neighborbood... Talking about Spring TX, it is where Jane and Laura are from... Marsha is in east from Houston... and there are others... Rita is so large the everyone in Texas would be affected but they are right in the middle of this. I know some of them will leave the area.
Grocery stores in this area are mobbbed this morning, many are getting ready for the weekend storm effect.
Please keep them in your prayers... and that damages be minimal.

The weather center indicated that Rita is weakening a little but still it is very powerful...


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9/22/2005 9:08:27 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  My thoughts and prayers go out to all in Rita's path.

As many of you know, I evacuated from the New Orleans area for Hurricane Katrina. My engineering firm has reopened in New Orleans in order to assist with the reconstruction of our city. I have been back at work here since last week.

My whole family, however, is still in Lafayette, LA at a house we rented for the evacuation. Now they are in the path of Rita. As you can imagine, I am worried sick.

May God watch over and protect us all.

Chris


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9/22/2005 10:23:04 AM

 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in hurricane rita's path. STAY SAFE!!


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9/22/2005 12:01:04 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Wow, Brian I hope you stay safe, you too Chris, I was wondering what happened to you. Please be safe, I will be praying for you all - I hope you are getting out of there right now. Be safe!
Ann


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9/22/2005 5:21:21 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  I just read on the NOAA site that they are expecting Rita to be a cat 3 when it makes landfall - a conservative estimate, still very dangerous.


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9/22/2005 5:28:11 PM

 
Christy L. Densmore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2005
  Safe journey to all that are getting out. I am north of Dallas, just a bit, and know that the traffic headed this way is still aweful to say the least. Please contact me directly if I can help. There are not many places to stay around here.


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9/23/2005 7:17:23 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I have to go to OK Saturday. How bad is it?


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9/23/2005 7:21:53 AM

 
Christy L. Densmore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2005
  I just happen to be off of I35 N on your way to the border of OK and TX. Out here it isn't bad at all. I would hope by Saturday, you will be fine since everyone had better be out that is getting out.

We are also not expecting much rain to head this way. They are saying it will stay east. So, depending on where in Ok. you are headed, 35 north of Dallas should be fine. But, they do still have allot of construction just north of the border, it typically causes some delays, not hours but you will still slow down from that.


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9/23/2005 8:06:22 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I am headed to the BIG CITY - Binger. If you are not familiar with the town, there is a sign about 30 miles from Binger that says "Now Entering Nowhere". When you get to Binger, you are in the middle of Nowhere.

I just wanted to check to see if I needed to take the exit at Terrell and take the backroads up to Sherman. Thanks for the info.


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9/23/2005 8:22:42 AM

 
Christy L. Densmore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2005
  I have no idea where Binger is. But, I think those back roads to Sherman may not be a bad idea. We usually take that anyway from where we are. Isn't that 69?


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9/23/2005 8:33:33 AM

 
Kathy L. Pollick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/14/2005
  My son in law (of 1 month) is headed TO Texas today. He works for a clean-up company that goes into disaster areas to clean up & he's driving there today (friday) from Virginia. They told him they're staying 2 months. I sure hope not. He & my daughter just got married & moved into their own house less than a week ago.... Now he's gone & she's upset. But, I'm hoping the hurricane dies out & there isn't near the damage as Lousiana & Mississippi had. Too much devastation for one summer!!! Best of luck all you guys that are evacuating.


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9/23/2005 8:45:02 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Binger is about 50 miles SW of Oklahoma City. The backroads are good roads up through there (Terrell to Sherman) but it is about an extra hour's drive (at least), unless the traffic on the Loop is EXTREMELY bad. I would be catching I-635 from I-20 and leaving at I-35N-W. My mother-in-law prefers to take the backroads since she doesn't like to drive through Dallas. However, since I will be driving I don't mind going through Big D. After all, I can drive in New Orleans so Dallas is a piece of cake. Yes, I know Dallas is much bigger than New Orleans but the streets in New Orleans were laid out by a drunken Riverboatman (except the French Quarter - perfect grid). After all, the streets have to follow the Miss. River which winds through town.


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9/23/2005 8:47:14 AM

 
Christy L. Densmore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2005
  Oh, I see, when we are going to Florida from here, we actually take 380 to Greenville and then 69 to Tyler. Hit 20 in tyler. 380 hits 35N in Denton which is where I live. Avoids all of the Dallas traffic. Take a look at that route, it really saves a big chunck of our time.


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9/23/2005 9:26:29 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Will do. Thanks.


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9/23/2005 9:28:02 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  I-635 loop is always congetsted even on normal days... Today is Friday, and the rush starts very early afternoon. But if you come from I-20, just have to take that to connect I-35E and head north... People from Houston on I-45 will be hitting the Dallas thru downtwon area and come on TX75 and may hit I-635 on the north side...

Don't run low on fuel on this trip, Kerry. I heard rumors (could be true) that gas may be running out between here and Dallas and even North of Dallas...


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9/23/2005 9:30:20 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  I was typing this before Christy's message above... Sounds very good choice.
I do agree to avoid Dallas if you can..


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9/23/2005 9:32:15 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
  A safe journey to all of you getting out. We are watching the news constantly and our thoughts are with you.


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9/23/2005 9:35:26 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  More sad news for New Orleans...
The water is rushing over the levee into New Orleans.

Chris, I hope you are getting out again... but, wester Lousiana is not going to be good, either...

Marsha in SE Texas and Brenda in Louisana coastal area (west of New Orleans), my thoughts and prayers will be with you... I am hoping Brenda has gotten out of the town to a safe location.

Be safe and take care.


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9/23/2005 9:36:47 AM

 
Christy L. Densmore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2005
  I saw that Nobi, my hart went to my toes.

Here north of dallas, in the smaller towns, we have gas. Cannot speak for other parts of Dallas which I am sure are running low. If you can make it this far, you can get gas to get to Ok city. Only about a 3 hour drive from my house to just west of Ok city. I don't think I have heard of shortages in Denton at all, let alone Sanger, Valley View nor Gainsville which are the smaller towns you will hit between Denton and the border.

For you that are in the New Orleans area, I am so very sorry this is happening again!!! Marsha, Brenda, god speed getting out of there.


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9/23/2005 9:51:04 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Good luck to all of you - Chris, sorry to hear you're re-living it all over again!! Thoughts & prayers are with you all from a very dry, rain-deprived Johannesburg. Robyn


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9/23/2005 12:13:53 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  This is so awful. I feel almost guilty, these horrific storms both started just east of the Bahamas, where I live, and we had some heavy rain and gusty winds, but nothing that would cause damage. We were so relieved. After all, we are also in a hurricane prone area and last year was a bad one for us. We have been pummelled by storms from Cat 1 to Cat 5, and by the grace of God, since 1992 we have only had about half a dozen deaths. We don't get the storm surge as badly as the Gulf coast. As Rita gets closer to the coast, my heart keeps sinking at the thought of what is happening. And that awful bus explosion outside Houston, trying to get those poor elderly people to safety - it's just awful. Good luck to you all who are there - I hope you can take some comfort in the thought that we are praying for you.
Ann


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9/23/2005 12:32:16 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Concerns are now on our BP friends in SE Texas and SW Louisiana tonight...
From Galveston, Houston areas to New Orleans will experience extremely high wind and heavy rain. And Beaumont, Port Arthur (SE Tex) to Lake Charles (SW La) will be hit hardest...
My thoughts and prayers for our friends, Marsha, Brenda, Chris, Kerry and all others.
Schools and public buildings in this city are receiving quite a few evacuatees.


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9/23/2005 11:10:36 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  The worst part of Hurricane Rita was that I was here at home (across the river from New Orleans) and the rest of my family was still in Lafayette. They had gotten some bad information and thought that the highway they needed to travel to get home was blocked. After that delay, they decided that it was too risky to travel in bad weather with the kids and elderly grandparents.

As it turns out, they were fine. They had high winds, but not very much rain. After Mass on Sunday morning, they all got on the road and came home. So now we are all together again.

There will be much finger-pointing and bickering by politicians and media over the "tragedy" of Rita when parts of the city were allowed to flood again. In reality, the Corps of Engineers did what they could to keep widespread flooding from reoccurring. The areas that got flooded from levee breeches during Rita had already been completely destroyed and completely depopulated after Katrina.

My family and I were very lucky throughout this entire ordeal. We have several thousand dollars worth of superficial damage that insurance will cover. Several of our coworkers lost everything they had. Some of our friends have decided not to come back.

The face of our city has definitely changed.


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9/27/2005 7:15:06 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Chis,
I know things have been quite tiring through out this ordeal and what a tradgety it has been- the only thing sadder then the devestation is the finger pointing and complaing- this was a "natural disastser" and why others don't operate more as you have -I don't know.
You deserve a huge pat on the back-through out your posts- you have been strong and caring for your family and determined to go back and -make a differance-Now THATS character!!


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9/27/2005 7:32:11 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  I'm glad to see that everyone is safe. Hopefully there wasn't much damage for most of you. Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about you, your friends and loved ones suffering such tragedy and damage. Here in Northeast Houston, we were LUCKY this time. I'll never forget the sinking feeling I had leaving my home not knowing if it would be there when I got back. We headed out to Waco with the kids and cats to stay at a hotel that we were LUCKY to find room in. We got back yesterday and were fortunate that all we have to replace is the food in the fridge and freezer. My heart and prayers go out to everyone less fortunate, and I'm so glad that everyone is safe!


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9/27/2005 8:45:54 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  So good to hear from you Chris... The best part of your news is that you and your familly are together now.

I was thinking of you, Laura, and so was I Jane... I believe you and Jane are in the same area. I exchanged msgs with Jane the day after... she was fine, too, with no power at the time.
Great relief to hear some are safe...

Bryan who started this thread, posted a photo, so, I am thinking he is fine too...

Still no news from friends in SE Texas and SW Louisian where Rita's effect had been the hardest. My thoughts and prayers are with them...


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9/27/2005 8:57:01 AM

 
Brian A. Wolter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
  Yes guys, I'm back. I sure was stressed out boarding up the windows and packing what we could and not knowing if we would have a home to come back to. I can't imagine Chris what you are going through right now, but the important thing is that you and your family are safe. Material things can be replaced, not loved ones.
Right now I have a friend and his wife who live in Port Arthur, Texas that I have not heard from since last Thursday. They used to live in Sulphur, Louisiana and I have visited them a few times when we went there to gamble at Lake Charles. I saw pictures from Sulphur and it didn't look good. His parents live across the loop from the new casino that just opened there. I am still trying to get in touch with him, but haven't had much luck.


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9/27/2005 9:04:04 AM

 
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