Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thunderbirds Are GO!

As of today, it's only one month until I start helping build homes for the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity.

I'll be working there from Tuesday, December 18th, through Saturday, December 22nd. A buddy of mine and I will be driving down to New Orleans on the 16th.

I didn't have a lot of wiggle room for when I was going down, as MizSplotchy is going to grad school now and I can't really be gone for any stretch of time when she's in class.

I know Bubs has plans to go down there sometime in the spring. I'd really encourage anyone reading this to consider going down there to help out.

I'll do my best to report on the state of things, and how they have changed (or not) since I was last down there, in March of 2006. I'm planning on taking lots of pictures -- homebuilding, fried pickle-eating, y'know, the "highlights".

Read a little more about the project at my previous post here.


Distributorcap said...

come to NY and build me a home

in all seriousness --- sounds great --- it has been nearly 2 1/2 years and the gulf coast is still in shambles in some areas.

thank you George Bush..

but thanks to people like Splotchy maybe we can make NOLA a better and revived city

Dale said...

This is proof that all good things come from Splotchy, and a lot of other caring people. I remember you posting about it before and I remain in awe.

dguzman said...

I wish I could come, Splotch--no vacation hours, though. You rock, sir.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Thanks for going and for helping out.

Joe said...

Thank you for going. You know I wish I could be with you when you do.

Please, please, supply us with lots of pictures and stories while you're down there.

Diamond Dave Diggler said...

Serious question, how much do you spend to go down, stay and come back? This is something I'd be very interested in doing, but being a grad student myself, the financial options are very limited.

Splotchy said...

thanks a lot for the well-wishes, everybody.

I have some preconceptions about the trip -- I think we're going to be confronted with the fact that there is a lot more work left to be done.

I have a strong belief that if my time there is well-spent, and I'm able to convey this positively in some posts, that people will be motivated to go down and help.

I know a lot of people (if not all) who read this blog are very good people with charitable hearts, and if circumstances allow, would jump at the chance at helping fellow people in need.

bubs, I wouldn't be going down there if I hadn't tagged along with you in the first place.

CTC, how's about I give a more accurate budget rundown after the trip is over? I can tell you that it's $20/day for some housing they have set up at "Camp Hope", which also pays for 3 meals per day. In all honesty, though, I'm hoping to eat out for dinner every night. I gots to have me some of that down-home New Orleans cuisine.