Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reports are that Occupy Sandy is doing a good job providing volunteer relief to Staten Island and other hard-hit locations in the region of NYC.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Weather.com will match donations to the American Red Cross for relief for Sandy victims up to $1 million.

See the link at the upper right of this page.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

We are continuing the conversation at RadarLOve.
Tasty Bits, a South Louisiana boy, offers these tips to hurricane victims:

If you know anybody who has been affected, here are a few tips to pass along:

1) GET FLOOD INSURANCE. (for everybody)
2) Have somebody help them go through their things, and keep them from tossing everything. Five years later, they will wish they still had some of the things they tossed.
3) Warped, splitting, cracked wood can be repaired. Dry it as best as possible, and get a furniture restorer later.
4) American made sofas cannot be replaced, but they can be re-covered.
5) Reputable contractors will have a waiting list, and they will be more expensive. Make temporary repairs, and wait for a reputable contractor. A local contractor should have been in a previous year’s phone book.
6) Get the roof repaired as fast as possible, but use an established roofer. Wait for a reputable roofer.
7) A carpenter is not a contractor. A butcher and a surgeon cut muscle, but a butcher is not a surgeon.
8) The place will be crawling with scammers. Scammers will promise twice much as a reputable contractor. The scammer will purchase the building material in the day, and the materials will be stolen that night.
9) The Insurance Company is not your friend. The settlement will seem high, but everything will cost twice as much. They will also include cheaper materials – stain-grade fir vs. paint-grade pine.
10) The government is not your friend. Once you get into and understand the system, it is a lot easier, but it takes time and patience. Also, the people who cheat have much less to lose. Do not take their advice.
11) People will need 6’ long tables with the plastic tops. The more surface space the better. Folding chairs are helpful also.
12) Plastic totes work better than boxes, and you can use them for years afterwards.
13) A used sofa is better than nothing, and a $250.00 Big Lots sofa works great.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All right, dammit! Since the proprietors of Outside the Beltway can't see fit to put up a post inviting commenters to report in, do it right here.

Are you in the Sandy corridor? How have you fared? Are your families okay? Will you be able to work today?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Janis at 50



These kids honestly thought they'd tangle with her.

Michael took the picture. Didn't he see the shoes? Sharp-toed, black patent leather with sharp spike heels. Etienne Aigners. So very unobservant.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

You'll find me now at RadarLOve.

This blog will remain. I might write here once in a while.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Rocker, old stuff



Here's where I'm going. Design-wise.