Monday, September 19, 2005

Big Dog, Brad- consider this

From the Kansas City Star-

Inside the third-floor New Orleans apartment, Khaliee looks around and knows he and his family can survive.
They are up high, so if Hurricane Katrina does flood the streets, they’ll be safe. The freezer has enough meat, including chicken and sausage, to keep them fed. With charcoal and lighter fluid, fruit juice and bottled water, they have what they need.
He focuses on the air conditioner next.
“I turned it to 50 degrees,” Khaliee says. “I knew once the storm hit, the lights would go out and that would be it — no more air conditioner. I had to get it cool in there.”
Khaliee didn’t want to be here, making these rash decisions and riding out Katrina. He had wanted to heed the last-minute warnings and get out while they still could.
But he couldn’t. His bosses at Galatoire’s, a Bourbon Street restaurant, weren’t about to close the doors because of some storm expected late the next day.
“I was stuck,” says Khaliee, 28. “Should I leave and get fired, or stay and have a job the next day?”
He had worked at this restaurant for several years, graduating from dishwasher to cook. Denise Smart had the couple’s first child a year ago and now is about six weeks away from delivering their second boy.
So Khaliee stayed, working a double shift. He gets off around midnight and sees the gray clouds forming, feels the wind pushing harder. Now it is too late to leave.
There are no buses leaving the city, no transportation available. The fuel tank of his Buick Riviera is empty.
His mother’s apartment on New Orleans’ west bank will be their refuge. By Sunday night they are inside ready and waiting: Khaliee, Denise, 1-year-old Tyrese and Khaliee’s brother, Usamah. His mom had to stay at work at a nursing home near the apartment.


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Michael T Justice said...

Big dog, Ask yourself: Would you just leave town and not do your route. Or would you just hope for the best and keep on working. I think you (like WE did in the ice storm and blizzards) would decide that you have to take the risk. I think we would do it out of some crazy dedication to doing a good job and because we're the working poor (defined as I better not miss 2 checks or I got problems)

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BIGDOG said...

I would leave bro and take care of my family first and foremost. Anything else to me is just plain stupidity.

bigdog said...


BIGDOG said...


someone hijacked my name.

Michael T Justice said...

alright big dog, you are honestly telling me that you would leave your job on the chance that the hurricane might hit when your job tells you that you will be fired. remember that n.o. had several false alarms over the years

BIGDOG said...

What is it you dont understand about me leaving my job to protect my family from a disaster. You know what if the Star didnt understand then FUCK EM!!!! i dont need their shit.

ELLIS said...


bigdog said...

I got your paper now I am going to stick it where the sun don't shine. I voted and campaigned for Bush twice and I wish I could vote for him again. Lol Ha HA HA