In light of approaching hurricane Ivan, we spent the day preparing to evacuate. The first part of the day was spent boarding up the house and moving things from outside into the garage, like potted plants. We stopped by my grandmother in Belle Chasses to board up her picture window. Having finished the outside work, I cleaned myself up and started packing my things. There wasn’t that much stuff I felt the need to take. I packed up the hard drives from my computer and a few hundred burned CDs and DVDs with backups of my data. I also took my scrapbook and a box of photographs, and some small electronic items. I spent the late evening folding and packing my clothes. ‘Luckily,’ I don’t have many.

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