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Joplin Bound

That right it's the shoes.  When old Dave does his work, boots are part of the uniform of the day. 

We are all piling into our vehicles on Friday June 10 and heading south to Joplin.  If all goes well we should be there in six hours.  Rumor has it that Interstate 29, our direct route, may be closed due to water over the Interstate.  There are longer alternate routes but with only a weekend trip in mind the shortest time to get there would be better.  We will be returning Sunday June 12th.  I know it's just a short trip, but it lets those that want to help and still have to work a job have opportunity to help those folks in need.  I, for one, can't quite fathom what it would feel like to see the bull dozers scooping up what used to be your home and hauling it away as common trash.  The heart wrenching emotional trauma would take years to really overcome, if ever.

If you are given to prayer, say a couple as we come to mind over the weekend.  Saftey is always an issue with chainsaws which is the most dangerous tool the homeowner can use.

Yes, I know the blade in the saw is upside down.  It came from the tune up shop that way.  I guess they thought that when I was upside down sawing a tree limb the Stihl logo would be just right for the picture.

I'll tell you all about it when I return.

cindy murphy
6/13/2011 6:49:26 AM

Hi, Dave. I hope you had a safe and productive trip. I meant to get in here earlier and wish you well, but I've been very busy myself with a volunteer project in town - a garden/nature trail at one of the schools. Not as vital as your work, I know, but no matter the project, volunteering is all about using the knowledge and skills a person has to help wherever they can. I'm sure you've left a lot of people in Joplin and the other places you and the crew go very grateful for the time and effort you've devoted to helping those in need.


mary carton
6/11/2011 7:37:01 AM

Close to 100 here for over a week and no rain. Other areas getting too much. Wish Mother Nature would spread it around more. Looks like all I'll have is tomatoes this year. Oh love the chaps. You won't loose them in the rubble.


nebraska dave
6/10/2011 4:13:26 PM

Mary, we never did make to Alabama. Even now to get to Joplin is a struggle. The Missouri is up and the prediction is for rain all weekend in Joplin. I have wet weather gear that I'm taking. The rumor is that the church where we sleep will have 300 volunteers to send out to work on Saturday. I'm not sure about how many are sleeping over night there but the church is just coordinating the work crews. The chainsaw bar works great either way it's put on but I just thought is was humorous that the dealer put it on upside down when they were checking out the saw. They were nice enough to give me a break on the cost of the tune up and the purchase of the head gear and chaps. They also threw a bunch of ear plugs and safety glasses for the other guys with us. I thought that was a good gesture and just shows that folks every where are giving to help those in need as much as they can. We had about a half inch of rain here last night which will only add to the situation with the Missouri rising. Epply Airport which is our main airport for Omaha, has built a seven mile earthen burm around the airport in case the water rises to the level of flooding the runways. It just appears that the fury of nature is upon us. Have a great day in the garden if you can.


nebraska dave
6/10/2011 9:14:26 AM

Dave, thanks for your prayers and thoughts. The Missouri river here is rising and hopefully we can get through the low area before it gets shut down. There are alternate routes but longer. Have a great Arizonia day if you can.


mary carton
6/9/2011 10:21:09 PM

Did you ever make it to Alabama? You definitely won't be mistaken for a tree in those chaps. A couple of towns, Phil Campbell and Hackleburg are just now starting to get stuff dozed up hauled away. Have a safe trip. I bet you land up turning the bar around.


dave larson
6/9/2011 8:14:28 PM

Hey Dave, You and the other great people volunteering to help people rebuild their lives will definitely be in our thoughts and prayers this weekend. Please accept a sincere "attaboy" for your efforts.