We rode bike along Lakeshore Drive, a very upscale neighborhood on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain, referred to as the “North Shore.” Due to the lake effect it can be 10 degrees cooler than New Orleans. We met “Tim the bug guy,” that’s what he called himself. Insect control has a 365-day window of opportunity in LA. The increase in mice and rodent business tells Tim the temperature is going to get colder about a week ahead of the weather change. Mice know these things.
Tim has always lived in the New Orleans area, and had moved to Mandeville several years before Hurricane Katrina. He will never ride out a hurricane again. He spoke in terms of BC and AC (Before Katrina, and after Katrina). Being a native, Tim has always had a gas stove, a generator, and fortunately a house after Katrina. His house filled with people who stayed a long time, the last leaving after 14 months. There was nowhere to go. Tim became emotional when speaking of the devastation, waiting in line for HDR’s (Humanitarian Daily Rations), and a bag of ice. Then getting back home with a bag of cold water, and dividing the cubes 5 per person. How bare bones basic is that?
Tim said he wasn’t much of a religious person, yet he talked of “God moments,” and readily accepted being lifted up in prayer. Tim is a good soul, and the citizens of LA are better off for having him. The insects, not so much.
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Thank you for the updates and beautiful pictures of your latest adventures. We think of you often and wish you safe travels. Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless! Love, Mike & Nancy
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also. Oh and thanks for signing comment. There should be a way for people to comment and not have a WordPress account, but I have not figured that out yet. The Blog’O’Sphere has different levels of what one can do for – low cost. I’m sure the premium plan is much nicer, but not as nice as the Full Business plan. I’m on a fixed income ya know. Hey,,,, I just received my first SS payment,,,,,, more gas money – YEAHHH BABY.
Thanks for sharing. We’ve so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Deb. I’m thankful to count you as lifelong friends.
Often Deb and I both refer to you and Julie as our spiritual leaders. That is what we are truly Thankful for. Bless you guys, and “Happy Thanksgiving you to and your extended family”