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August 31, 2007

And Friday 'Food for Thought' Photos

...from our drive along US 98. Bay St. Louis, MS lost something like 85% of it's structures.

What's left of these houses are about a block and a half from the little bluff that fronts the Gulf.
There's signs of life already...

...like here at the Sycamore House, right across the street. They told major dad the water rose up to the porch, came through the front door and just washed over the floor before draining back out. It's a dynamite place to eat and will be our 'headin' outta town' stop for any future New Orleans jaunts.

But there are also the things that are missing. Things we knew about personally, like the beautiful antebellum mansions along the drive in Biloxi. Now there're just slabs overgrown with weeds. Sometimes brick or stone columns and their ornate wrought iron gates still stand...leading to nothing. And then there are the things ~ like this sign gulfside in Bay St. Louis ~ that just make you sit back...

...and say "DAMN".

UPDATE: This is the sign's 'before' shot...

Posted by tree hugging sister at August 31, 2007 12:31 PM


I wondered if USAA was one of the companies that ripped off folks post-Katrina. Now I know.

Joy -- that's my insurance company.

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at August 31, 2007 03:06 PM

Ours, too. But, when we buy a house, we won't have to wonder whether they'll pay or not, since THEY DON'T WRITE HOMEOWNER'S POLICIES IN FLORIDA ANYMORE (since last year).

Neither do much of anyone else.


Posted by: tree hugging sister at August 31, 2007 03:19 PM

Yeah, I heard about that exclusion of Florida. Bummer.

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at August 31, 2007 05:26 PM

Why is the S in "St" backwards?

Posted by: Mike Rentner at August 31, 2007 07:18 PM

We never figured that out, but the sign appeared to be made that way originally. It's a hoot, huh?

Posted by: tree hugging sister at August 31, 2007 07:34 PM


1. Beautiful house.

2. You have to be absolutely certain that your insurance matches and meets your needs. You also have to be certain that you're meeting all of the requirements to get maximum benefits from insurance.

*shrug* it's like the difference between current (depreciated) value and replacement value.

One will get you practically nothing while the other will offer more.

Posted by: memomachine at September 4, 2007 12:47 PM

One of the saddest areas is Pass Christian (just across the bay) Many of the old homes are gone. They had survived many a storm but not Katrina.

Posted by: roux at September 7, 2007 10:51 AM