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A long but productive day - MtnVwPilot

Oct. 4th, 2005 10:23 pm A long but productive day

We've been having terrible backbone problems with our network, as mentioned on the Radio Response web page. Last night, when I knocked off at around midnight, we had only 1 working site on the network. However, today, I finally nailed down the details of a new network architecture and a working configuration for the equipment that we have available. We set up new equipment with those configs to take to client sites, and this evening around dinner time, we went out and installed it; in the space of an hour or two, we went from having 1 working site (where we're at) to having 5... ;-) It may not sound like much, but it's huge progress, and we'll probably fix at least 3 more sites tomorrow. Besides, it's not often that you get to quintuple the size of your network in a single day!

One of the client sites that we've hooked up is the New Waveland Cafe. Somehow, we often find things that we need to stop by there and check on around dinner time... ;-)

Tonight is our last night in the drafting classroom at the Hancock County vo-tech high school. As soon as we get up tomorrow, we've got to pack up and move to new quarters, somewhere over in Pass Christian (I haven't been there yet). That'll be less convenient, because it's about 30 minutes away from our workshop (versus 30 steps) and the towns we're working in (about 15 minutes south of the workshop). But, that's OK; I can understand folks wanting their school back, after over a month, so they can get it cleaned up and reopened. There don't seem to be many students around town right now, but there probably won't be until schools reopen; I guess it's kind of a chicken-and-egg thing. There are a lot fewer people here than when I got here, a week ago; all of the FEMA USAR teams have gone home, as have most of the other large groups that were here when I arrived.

Our workspace is a small corner of the office area in a big warehouse being operated by International Aid, who bill themselves as "a leading health-focused Christian relief and development organization that provides for both the physical and spiritual needs of people worldwide". They run a very efficient, very well-organized operation; they handle most of the food and other supplies being shipped through to disaster victims in this area, several dozen semi-truck loads a day. They're also just plain good folks; very friendly, lots of fun, etc. Tonight, they were celebrating one of their team members' birthday, and invited us to join them for cake. Last night, they found a bowling ball and ten bowling pins in one of the relief shipments (don't know why somebody thought that might be useful, so they set up the pins in the center aisle in the warehouse and started bowling; it was hilarious! One of my favorite things about the warehouse is that, every day, they put up signs by every door that say "Today is Tuesday, 10-04-05" (or whatever); I find that both very amusing and very useful, because it is very easy to lose track of what day it is when you're working as hard as we all are, and you don't have your normal cues like what's on TV tonight.

Anyway, I'm rambling, so it's time to go get some sleep... Gotta get up early in the morning to pack, load, and clean house.

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Date:October 5th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)


Congratulations on biggggg increase!! When there is nothing, every little bit of progress is something to celebrate!

Love, Mom
Date:October 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the updates

Thank you for the updates. They sure help us understand what is truely the "real" world. Long after the sensationalism of the main media moves on to the next headline. Sure can appreciate just how fortunate us "desert rats" are. Be safe. Dad