[percy-l] "What's so great about this Percy guy, anyway?"

J Rivas-Pita juliorivas at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 20:20:37 EDT 2005

Dear Nikki and Carol,

Great to know you two and your pets are all in one piece, and that you've 
managed to keep a healthy sense of humor! :)
(which, with 98 per cent humidity and 90 plus temperatures is no small feat, 
not counting the rest of hell...)

Love from Caracas,


On 9/11/05, Dave Duty <daveduty at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> As per Nikki's request -- below are two personal email he sent me in 
> regards to my queries about his safety as a result of Hurricane Katrina:
>  Dear Dave,
>  Sorry to be so slow in responding but our power has been knocked out and 
> just come back at my office.
>   We're still here and with a whole skin and all the pets are well. You 
> would not recognize Red Bluff however. You're two of the last few lucky ones 
> who got to see the place in the full flush of its horticultural grandure 
> before devastation set in. But we're gradually little by little putting 
> things back together.
>  It has now been two weeks of 98% humidity and 90 + degrees of heat. It is 
> what ms dickenson would call "all we need of hell." The extent of the 
> destruction of Red Bluff is just beginning to sink in and this evening I 
> must go home and pour cornopil on the pool and snake-pond to keep the 
> skeeters at bay. 
>  The pets have been remarkably resiliant though they're as depressed as we 
> are. 
> And then there's that consoling man Bush looking forward to a bosky 
> sundowner on the porch of Trent Lott's Phoenix like new contemplated house. 
>  When Walker wrote of the good feelings produced by oncoming hurricanes, I 
> don't think he had category 5 in his mind's eye. We stayed through it all 
> but the Percy family left town for this one and it is now impossible to 
> reach their house by car and will remain so for another week or more. The 
> snarl of chainsaws is ubiquitous. Thanks for all your good wishes, however. 
>    Nikki and Carol
> Pepper Blue, Morgan Whiteney, Isambard Brunell, Tundifur Mudpaws and the 
> tribe of itenerant racoons.
>  Dear Dave,
>  Our problem wasn't flooding and I don't think flooding would have 
> threatened Bunt. What was utterly demoralizing was the crash of tall pine 
> trees that demolished houses. Bunt is in Jackson Miss I understand and her 
> driveway is blocked by many trees and I'v e no idea how bad the house may 
> have been injured although the Moore's next door appeared sound. That was 
> the French provinical that Walker lived in when writing the books and that 
> they later gave to Ann and David, thir daughter and son in law, when he and 
> Bunt moved into the newer and smaller Cajun Cottage that they built next 
> door. The devastation is hard to imagine and even photos don't capture the 
> extent of it. We are without power and water although there are parts of 
> Covington (like my office where I am typing this) which have both.
>  Security-wise we are all ok although I have a loaded rifle by my bedside 
> and we lock the cars when we leave them. The horror stories which I 
> understand filled the media just after the storm do not apply to us. We have 
> had an utter news blackout because of our power losses and have depended on 
> NPR to keep us informed. Carol (ever the firm knothead) refuses to believe 
> anything they say, however, and I must admit that may of the reports we get 
> from eyewitnesses are so frequently in conlict with each other and the media 
> as well, that we are somewhat bewildered about what to believe. 
>  Your kind offer of help is truly appreciated but I think that the utility 
> companies will soon have things up and running here and that there isn't 
> anything that we need that you can assist with. If you want to reread the 
> appropriate WP book, I would go for *Love In the Ruins.*
> ** 
> *As ever.*
> ** 
> *Nikki*
> Nikkibar at aol.com wrote: 
>  Dear Dave,
>  It would be helpful if you would bounce all of my recent notes to the 
> list for the info of anyone interested. Net access is still very dicey and 
> uncertain. if anyone has any reliable information about the best vegetable 
> oil to spread on a swimming pool to kill mosquito larvae without wrecking 
> the eventual reconstruction of the pool, I'd be glad of a recommendation. At 
> this point West Nile virus is a concern. Send direct to nikkibar at aol.comwith West Nile rec. in the subject box.
>  Thanks
>  Nikki
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