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Beach Bum

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  1. We just got back in earlier today. Our house is right outside the city limits of Mexico Beach in a little beach community called Beacon Hill Beach. We didn't even try to ride into Mexico Beach or Port St. Joe. We just went straight to our house, assessed the damage, took pictures, and checked on nearby neighbors and took them supplies and food. Approximately 85% of the homes in Beacon Hill Beach are either destroyed or have extensive damage. Our house is basically okay with minor damage and I have no idea how or why it was spared. We think maybe because there is a tree line between our house and the ocean or maybe the stricter hurricane codes for building that were put into place right before our house was built in 2004. The tree line is no longer there which ironically now gives us a view of the water. I would rather have my neighbors houses intact than the water view and I would rather no one lose their life. We did get to sleep in our house last night but it was pretty frightening with the military helicopters and life flight helicopters flying over constantly, the constant wail of sirens, no power, no water, etc. Worse than that though was the worry about at least 250 residents that did not evacuate and have not been located. Stonewall was right in the above post - it is a very humbling experience. Instead of being an "all about me" society, we need to love and support each other and lift each other up in not only prayer, but also in deeds. After we got through Dothan Alabama yesterday, my husband and I went through a life changing experience in observing the horrific damage done from just outside of Dothan, through Marianna and all the way down to the beach. We saw piles of rubble that used to be someone's home or business. We saw search and rescue teams out with cadaver dogs, we saw people displaced and wondering around in a daze, we saw people hugging and hanging on to each other for support. We also saw 100's of various power company trucks, we saw members of The National Guard checking on people, we saw staging areas for emergency personnel, we saw FEMA employees working tirelessly, we saw first responders working tirelessly in so many different ways - helping those in trouble, securing homes, etc. and we experienced neighbors loving and supporting each other, sharing with each other and helping each other in so many ways. I feel like we stepped into a war zone yesterday and I will never forget this. The people in this area need so much and these are things we take for granted every day. They need food, water, coolers, ice, generators, toiletry items, hand sanitizer, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc. We will be going down again on Thursday to meet with our insurance adjuster and will be bringing in more supplies. If anyone has any supplies they would like to contribute to those in need, we will be glad to deliver them. These people could really very much use our prayers right now.
  2. Let's call a spade a spade here people. Todd Pownall, Vernon Collett and Tony Crowe are the worst things that have even happened in the history of Paulding County government. I don't say that lightly.
  3. Great family! I'm so sorry for your loss - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  4. It is no big secret that Thad and I disagreed on most political issues; however, we agreed on so many more issues. I didn't know Thad extremely well but had some long conversations that were quite pleasant as long as we stayed away from politics. One of my fondest memories was a long phone conversation I had with him on my way down to the beach. I had been on the phone with him quite a while and we had a great conversation (again, no politics were mentioned) It was so funny because I remember thinking how quick that trip seemed to go as I was on the phone with him for almost half the time it took to get there. I told him I needed to talk to him and Melissa more often as they certainly made my long trip a lot more fun. Thad and Melissa complimented each other so well. Melissa has stated several times to me that Thad is not only her best friend, but her soul mate. After observing the two together, I absolutely understand. Their love for each other, their children and their grandchildren was very obvious. They all adored Thad and when everything in this life is said and done, that speaks volumes. Well done Thad! As for Melissa, the first time I met her was in 2012. I remember sheepishly saying to her, well....your husband and I vehemently disagree on not only local politics but also state and national politics and I hope you don't hold that against me. She graciously said absolutely not and Thad also graciously did not hold that against me. They never took that personally which I am grateful for as otherwise, it would have prevented me from getting to know who they really are. I have spent some time with Melissa in the last few days both in person and by phone. Melissa, even in the face of this tragedy, continues to conduct herself with grace, class and dignity. That is one of the first things I noticed about her when I first met her. I remember thinking to myself about how she exuded kindness and grace. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as obviously, this is very hard on them. Also, please remember Ryan Hale in your prayers. He is hurting as he has lost a great friend. Edited to say: Yep - I learned from the best (surepip aka Thad) how to write really long posts on Paulding.com. He would be proud! I can only wish I had his cooking abilities also.
  5. http://www.mdjonline.com/news/smyrna-appoints-tammi-saddler-jones-as-interim-city-administrator/article_2d79bf46-2fa9-11e7-810f-079326b2637c.html Quote from the above article: "Jennifer Bennett, city spokesperson, said Michael Jones left his position to pursue a position in the engineering field, in which he previously worked. A civil engineer and veteran of the Air Force, Jones came to Smyrna after serving as the county administrator for Paulding County. He had also worked as a consulting civil engineer on water, sewer, solid waste, transportation and land planning projects."
  6. Hubby is sound asleep and snoring. I'm holding my breath that a tree doesn't come down on our house - that wind is wicked. Hope everyone stays safe!
  7. Yep - I ask that same question just about every day of my working life. I see so many sad situations at work that could have been rectified by simply having a Will.
  8. Karen is such a beautiful person, inside and out. I am praying for Karen and her precious family who obviously love her very much.
  9. I have so many fond memories of both of these wonderful ladies. They will be missed.
  10. I went last Thursday and loved it. It was crowded but still very much worth it. Quality and prices and selection were very good. Loved the produce selections. The Irish soda bread and blueberry scones were excellent!
  11. I went for the first time a couple of months ago. Bought two Christmas trees for great prices! I was very impressed with the store, the prices and the customer service. I will be back also.
  12. Ladd's in Cartersville. Phone number is (770) 382-4042. These are rounds bails of fescue and $75.00 per bail and limit 2 per week.
  13. This was the 24th year and it is coordinated by the Paulding County Rotary Club. They do a fantastic job and the Rotarians put a lot of time and effort into this event every year. Love watching the kids and adults have so much fun at this event!
  14. Great job Pubby and thank you for doing this. You did a great job editing....
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