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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Springfield Outtage Map

Kudos to the News-Leader for doing what the local power companies should have done a while ago (provide a map of the outtages).

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Photo submission

I submitted a photo I blogged on a previous post to the News-leader. Apparently they'll use about any shot in their gallery, but I'm pleased to see it used as one of the buttons to enter the site as well as on the banner advertising the gallery. Now I can tell all my friends I took that pitcher.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

FEMA? We don't need no stinkin' FEMA!

Fallen trees at our duplex
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Here's a poor quality camera-phone image of the damage at our rental property in Springfield. I'll be removing these Bradford Pears as soon as everything thaws and CU removes the trunk from the power lines. The Bradford Pear is a fast growing tree, but it's quite weak (not that any of the Oaks or Walnuts did any better).

We're somewhat back in business at the farm, check the Geek Acres blog for more updates.

There's been a lot of talk about how family, friends, and neighbors are pulling together. Despite the stress of the situation, it's nice to be a part of a loving network.

The damage is extensive as many are reporting. Sniderman, of The 2 Dollar Bill, said it best:

I'd argue, and have said on-air... that by far... by a long long shot... this is worse than tornadoes. This is hurricane damage in the midwest. This is our Ozark earthquake.

He also made a well deserved joke, saying things could be worse, "FEMA could be in town to help with recovery."

That being said... Who needs FEMA? I've not encountered a single person who EXPECTED the government to come rescue them. I don't know a single Ozarkian who thought they were ENTITLED to FEMA dropping off a generator on their doorstep.

Part of this is due to the seemingly well executed disaster recovery plan implemented by the leaders and citizens of our local area. There has been a constant stream of updates on warming centers, shelters, and locations of fuel and supplies on local radio stations. Repair crews are pulling 16 hour days to get power back on-line. But I think most of the successful recovery of the area is due to the previously mentioned domino-effect of neighbor helping neighbor. It's this attitude and state of mind that makes me glad to live in the Ozarks, even if there are inches of ice on the ground.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Welcome to Greene County

Welcome to Greene County
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Hope everyone is ok and warm!

Friday, January 12, 2007


I've had the honor of being nominated for a Blogaroni award. Be sure to check Larry's list of nominees, there's some great local content out there!

Jay and Aubrey

Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
I recently had the opportunity to take some photos at a reception for a newly-wed couple. Jay and Aubrey were married in Utah where the bride's parents live. Jay's father and I work together and we struck up an agreement for me and my camera to join them at their local celebration. I had a great time and was pleased I had some decent shots! Getting good images is much easier when you've got such great subjects. Congrats to the newly-weds and thanks to John for the opportunity. Take a look at the set for on my flickr page to see more.