Saturday, November 19, 2005

11/16 Up at 2 AM--oh NO!!!

Up at 2 AM, yep a new batch of snorers entered the shelter. So I was able to get cleaned up before the crowd.

We went to some really depressed areas with significant damage. There was some political stuff going on too because PR folks went along. The good news is that I was able to see so many people including 13 children.

I met a PR person who asked me if I'd like to write an article for the weekly newsletter. I told him I'd have it for him tomorrow evening. He asked me this after he heard me say, "Now I know why I'm here."

After a non-productive morning, the afternoon was near perfect. We worked really hard and it was so worth it.

Then Tracy, Marcia and I were moved out of the shelter and moved to the Ramada Inn Marco Polo. It's at the very northern tip of Miami Beach, actually in Sunny Isles Beach. Soon I'll have a day off and this will be a great place to spend it. Plenty of beachfront and a huge pool. And beer. :) We are supposed to get one day off for every seven we work, but it doesn't always happen.

Beata called and had good news and bad. The good news is that Rob finally got his orders and they'll move from Okinawa on January 10. The bad news is that they won't be able to come home for Christmas...and the Army has decided that Rob is in such good shape they aren't going to medically retire him after all, but rather are sending him to Fort Bragg NC to teach in the Special Forces School. I'm happy and sad--more later about it when I'm not paying 59 cents per minute in the hotel business center.

2 comments:

Rob Dufresne said...

Mom, I'm so proud of you doing what you're doing. Hang in there and enjoy as much as you can. I know it's got to be tough work, but it's worth it and you're perfect for it.

I've got to get back out to my troops now, but I wanted to take a moment and say, "Sorry for the seemingly endless line of changes in our situation." Yes, we're going to be leaving Okinawa soon. No, we're not going to be able to come home for the holidays. There are simply too many things that have to be done in preparation for us to leave here. Yep, it looks like Ft. Bragg is where we'll end up. No more info on that for now.

Love you mom!
Rob

Ken said...

No snoring may be just as bad.

In my shelter in Destrehan, LA, I woke up at 4:30 one morning because NOBODY was snoring. It was silent. I was startled as I tried to figure out where I was.

K