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Jarrod's Fallout 3, Part 2
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Jarrod
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January 16, 2011 - 7:49 pm
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To be honest, it was the worst KFC I've ever had, hehe.

 

Thanks guys - things are settling down.  I was able to make it into work on Friday (although with everything the way it was, it took an extra 2 hours to get it, and an extra 1 hour to get out, commute-wise).  Now the clean up effort has befun in full force.  Almost all of the major streets have opened again, and everyone is helping clean etc.  One of the major supermarket companies here, Woolworths, are apparently matching dollar-for-dollar donations, so I made a donation on the weekend to help.  Aside from cleaning everything, a lot of these people don't have flood insurance, so they'll need as much money as they can to help after the clean-up.

 

And I've always thought cricket sets would be good for most undead - admittedly the bat a-la Shaun of the Dead, but I thought the wickets would be good stakes for vampires too.  I really must invest in a cricket set.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Jarrod, share any donative sites that we can contribute to.

 

Also: stay dry and safe.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Dry and safe it is!

 

The fund officially set up by the government is at http://telethon.smartservice.qld.gov.au/ .  Donations can also be made to the Salvation Army at https://www.salvationarmy.com.au/newdonation/donation.aspx?gclid=CPHDwPPXwqYCFZCCpAodLnYbGw .  The donation I made to Woolworths will ultimate go to the Salvation Army, I believe (people have already donated AU$1.5M via Woolies, who are matching that amount).

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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jarrod,    I watched the videos you gave us links to.   It reminded me so much of the Mississippi River going on a rampage here in our midwest.  Water is a very scary thing.  Water always wins.    I am glad that you and your family are safe and sound.   Kay

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Tap-Repeatedly went for the government site and gave $100. Not a fortune, but for those fine people who've lost their homes every little bit counts. You, Jarrod, must remain perched on whatever high structure you're perched on, and keep us in the loop.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Thanks Kay, and thanks Steerpike/Tap for the donation.  As I keep saying, a lot of the people here weren't covered (some just assuming they would be and now reading the fine print), and they'll need all the help they can get financially to get back on their feet again.  I can't imagine what it must be like for them - to have a house in ruins or written off, no where to say, and still have to pay mortgages.  It'd be totally demoralising.

 

One thing's for sure, I really appreciate the gravity of natural disasters that have occured before, now.  It was always easy to shrug off those that happen overseas, but now I realise how ingorant and callous I've been.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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A steep price for a hard lesson Jarrod. I've been following some of the news articles and conversation about it all on Tap here, and though I don't know you, I wish you, your family, and your community the best of luck over the coming years.

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Thanks Armand [Image Can Not Be Found]  Many of the streets are now clean, and traffic is pretty much back to normal.  Some business that were affected have now re-opened.  On the surface, you probably wouldn't notice too much amiss at the moment.  But when you start to go into people's houses you can appreciate how long it will take some families to recover.

 

I found out last week that my mother's best friend's place flooded, and she lost a few of her keepsakes.  She did manage to save her unopened complete collection of Next Generation and DS9 figurines though, so that is something.  And she was insured for flood, which eases the loss.

 

They're talking about setting up raised townhouses on land where houses have to be bulldozed, and also about mandatory minimum house raises too.  Both of which are probably good ideas.  We had a property expert on our news last night saying that after the '74 flood, house prices in flood affected areas returned to normal within about 12 months!  I don't know how, but I guess housing demand brought the prices back up so quickly.  It will be interested to see if the same happens after this one.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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xtal said:

Jarrod, if you hear rumours of a "green place with trees" in your travels through the wasteland, please, please do not be tempted to look it up via wiki. Finding it on your own is extremely rewarding, and one of the cooler moments of Fallout 3.


Be warned however, that it's a pain to find even when you know where you're going.
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Jarrod…I hope you have no plans to go surfing this week, what with Cyclone Yasi heading your way.  [Image Can Not Be Found]    Seriously, sending good thoughts your way again.  I hope that damned storm never makes landfall.

 

Edit:  the Weather Channel shows that Brisbane will be spared all but a bit of rain over the next several days.  Good for Brisbane.  Not so good for those to the north.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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It was built up as a bit of a monster, but wasn't as bad as people feared (and certainly didn't affect us down here at Brisbane, except to make things a little busier at work).  What a time to move to Queensland, eh?  Thanks again for the thought.

 

Those poor people a little further up north that have been hit by floods and the cyclone are certainly having it rough, but hopefully they'll get through it ok.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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I was thinking about you while I watched CNN last night, Jarrod. I'm glad you and yours are okay, and boy do I feel for those people first creamed by floods and then that cyclone. The weather is getting unnatural - I just saw that tomorrow it'll be colder in Texas than Alaska. I like the cold, but they don't call it global warming for nothing. My days of enjoyment are numbered.

 

Good to hear from you - we wouldn't want you washed away!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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I just hope they're all not precursor storms, like from "The Day After Tomorrow" or "2012" or something [Image Can Not Be Found]

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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