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Friday's Child/51-55. Lives in United States/Louisiana/New Orleans/The Westbank, speaks English. Spends 20% of daytime online. Uses a Faster (1M+) connection.  I play hard, love fiercely & unconditionally. I'm steadfastly loyal, even when others are not./Recovering addict since 09/90.
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United States, Louisiana, New Orleans, The Westbank, English, Friday's Child, 51-55, I play hard, love fiercely & unconditionally. I'm steadfastly loyal, even when others are not., Recovering addict in NA since 09/90. Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis 12/04

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Friday's Child


As in ... "You SO own me!"

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Warning! Mood swings!

"I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods I see myself." --Martin Buxbaum

yucky. -- Otto's Mood Faces
Feeling emotional.

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We lost it all to
Hurricane Katrina

I'm a Katrina Survivor!

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose = To experience the aftermath of Katrina, this is the book to read
1 Dead in Attic
Chris Rose

Washing Away - New Orleans hurricane vulnerabilities
2002 acclaimed series
on New Orleans'
hurricane vulnerabilities

Rebuild New Orleans!

This is our love, Louisiana

Katrina Information Network
Katrina 2 Years Later - CNN Report

Hurricanes I've Survived

Matter of Grey Matter

September 11, 2001 --
Through blurred double vision, I watched in horror as the Twin Towers in NYC crumbled to the ground. I feared I was going blind and prayed, "Please don't let these horrifying images be the last I see."

An MRI revealed a brain lesion pressing against my optic nerve. Several years of invasive tests and terrifying uncertainty followed. Finally, in December of 2004 I received my diagnosis ...

Multiple Sclerosis

"What is MS?" Video

I began daily injections of Copaxone in June of 2005.  Although I seem to have permanent symptoms from my last exacerbation, my last MRI revealed no new lesions and no new scarring.

I recently discovered that the best prep for injection is a warm compress before and after. I no longer get unsightly bruises or huge knots and there's less pain.

National MS Society

Mission: end the
devastating effects of MS

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My Champions are:
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Glenda, my sweet
I'm honored & humbled

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Multiple Sclerosis and
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Music hath charms
to soothe a savage beast,
To soften rocks,
or bend a knotted oak.
-- William Congreve --

.:: 60s and 70s music ::.

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Little known tidbit about Friday: I paid $600 for my very first computer in 1996. It was built to spec for one reason ... so I could play Diablo. I became addicted to the music of Tristram Village. To me, it's musical valium.

I am loved!


A thoughtful token
that changes often
from my sweet friend,
Candy @ Daily Thoughts

previous tokens

From precious Smallstar ...

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From my dollface, Melly Girl
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And I love!

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coming soon -- my newphew, Gavin!

Compassion in action

[x] Don't almost give. GIVE!

For my mother, my sister, Meecie & May
[x] American Diabetes Association

For my daddy
[x] American Liver Foundation

For Frank, Meecie & Me
[x] Nat'l Institute of Mental Health

For my sister and me
Sometimes losing
is really winning!

My Presurgical Weight: 225 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 128 lbs
Current Weight: 108-112 lbs
[x]American Obesity Association

For Cassie, her mother, her stepfather, her father and my jackass brother
My clean date: Sept 1990
[x] Narcotics Anonymous

For James:
[x] Autism Speaks


Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts. -Ovid-

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.:: Monday, November 09, 2009 ::.

Hurricane Ida ... huh?

When Hurricane Ida began to enter the Gulf of Mexico, I admit, I was nervous.  It was hard not to be.  Few people remember that on a Friday evening in August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina was predicted to head for the Florida panhandle.  By Sunday morning all of New Orleans was being told "RUN!!!!"  The rest is history.  Most of us evacuated.  Nearly 2,000 who couldn't or wouldn't evacuate, lost their lives.  Many of us lost everything.  So, naturally, a hurricane entering the Gulf would make us uneasy.  Hurricane Ida is NOT in the same category as Katrina -- literally.  Katrina was a monster and gathered strength as she raced through the Gulf.  Hurricane Ida is no monster and is already beginning to break apart.

Over night, Hurricane Ida weakened from 105 mph winds to 80 mph winds.  She's fighting off wind shear which is making it difficult for her to remain organized.  As she approaches the coastline, the waters become much cooler which will also weaken her, probably to tropical storm status.

The lower parishes (those closer to the coastline which are outside of the levee protection area) will be in danger of higher winds and flooding.  Here, on the Westbank of New Orleans, we will have rains and increased wind -- tropical storm weather.  While it can be severe, it won't be catastrophic or life threatening.  Locally, streets flood during any heavy rainstorm which make the streets hard to navigate so just as a  precaution, I'll go to the store to get basics -- bread, milk, eggs, fruit, water ... cookies (heh heh).

Mr. Man is being his usual cantankerous self which makes me want to lock him in the closet for his own protection.  It's times like this I wonder why I ever felt badly for him.  He says "it ain't nuthin"; then later tells me rather condescendingly (and loudly) that people would be damned fools not to be concerned. So, right now my biggest concern is being shut in with this grizzly bear for the rest of the day while Hurricane / Tropical Storm Ida passes by.  I'll just have to do the prudent thing and not poke him with a stick.  In fact, I'll just stay in my room.

I rather enjoy rain storms.  I'm going to get a cup of tea, grab a new historical fiction novel (about Henry the VIII, of course), a battery operated lantern (just in case we lose power), my iphone (to stay connected & listen to music), curl up, isolate and look forward to my therapy session tomorrow morning.

How my heart aches for California.  True, the California threat is earthquakes but at least there's no earthquake season six months out of every year.

To those who have emailed me, sent tweets, texts or called -- I appreciate your concern so very much.  i'm glad not to be responding with panic.  IF we lose power I'll still try to update via Twitter ... if there's anything to update ... which I doubt ... which I guess makes me a damned fool. *sticks tongue out at Mr. Man*  Of course, he's in the other room.  LOL

OH, by the way ...


And in the end, the love you take
is equal to the love you make
Chronicled :: 8:39 am :: Friday's Child

November 15, 2009   08:40 AM PST
I watched the news and saw it was weakening and that you'd be okay.. PLUS.. they did not seem to call for evacuation.

I hardly expected Ida to be worse for us than for you!! Darnnit!! My front yard has a mud pit in part of it now.

I'm glad you are okay and I'm glad it had dropped to TS ..
November 9, 2009   11:47 AM PST
Glad you posted! Had you on my mind when I saw another Gulf Hurricane comming. Hope it's very mild. What is the title of your book? Sounds intruiging!

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