Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quick update....

We are experiencing extremely high tides here for the next few days. Not a good factor, at all.
The waves are so rough due to weather conditions, that they were not able to burn at all today.
The winds are so strong blowing from the Gulf, that I can smell the salt. The skimmers can not operate, nor can the emergency crews trying to stop the leaks.
I am going to go home from work, gather all my information, and let everyone know what's going on.
We have heard from the Chandeleur Island Boat Captains, that they are seeing huge hunks so big they are not able to determine the size of a really, really, sticky tar like substance.
Captain John is on every Emergency Response list there is. I have to have everything he owns cleaned and ready to throw in the Marine Corps bag in case he gets the call. He could be gone for days, weeks, no telling how long. Wish some of your were here we could pull it together in a flash. I will see that sunset though, regardless.
They are in Emergency Management meetings now as we speak. Due to wave actions they were not able to do much about the leaks either today, they are just gushing away, three leaks, one they can not even find. Pumping 5000 ( I was wrong earlier there are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil) barrels a day into the Gulf. So 210,000 gallons a day minimum. That's alot of oil, did you fill up with gas like I told you to? Last time these rigs were down from Katrina the prices sky-rocketed to $4-$5 a gallon.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your sweet comments and emails, they are literally keeping my spirits so high, I feel hopeful, more hopeful, than I probably should. To know there are prayers, happy thoughts, voodoo dances, and incense burning going on in our honor is more comforting than you could ever know. It's been another whole day of swimming and flying, so let's just count on that having been done, and keeping pouring out the hope.

We love you all,
Captain John and his Bumpkin On A Swing

17 comments:

Bama Girl said...

Bumpkin, thank you for keeping us updated. DH is on vacation day, we literally JUST returned back inside from the beach. The surf is HUGE today, big winds. Not looking good, even a little bit. Even the seagulls were acting a little confused. :-( Off to install that button on my Shopaholic page, and heading over to Dauphin Island in the AM. Will take camera and attempt to document anything that occurs. Wish I was there to catch the sunset and have a big drink with you. XOXO

Morgan said...

Thinking of you and everyone in your area. And I SO appreciate the factual information you're giving us!

Juliana said...

Thinking of you honey! Here if you need anything

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Thinking of you dear...

Elle said...

oh honey... I heard a report on NPR tonight... I bet you can link back to it... he was talking about each and every animal that will be affected... and he said the high tides coming in is the worst possible chain of events.... It was the second most informative thing I have heard about it... apart from your blog...

I wish I could be there to help ya'll out! Sending prayers as often as I think of it all the way from Austin!

Elle said...

This article seems to echo a lot of what you're saying... I had no idea it was less than ten miles off shore... seems pretty inevitable now.... Have you heard of the class action lawsuit that's been filed by two shrimp fishermen... ya'll should keep your ears open about that!

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g5gnWbqZ9SqBHvSYqJeE2AT5KebwD9FD139O0

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh this is so tragic, it's just getting worse.

Sending my thoughts and prayers over there.

hugs DJ

MCW said...

I was listening to the radio up here in NY and they "mentioned" the spill. I wish I was there to help...anything we can do?

Buckhead Belle said...

I'm thinking about y'all and sending love your way! xoxo

Cheeseboy said...

Oh, I hope that things turn out well there. I hope they can save as much wildlife as they can. I hope.

Kare said...

This is so awful & it just makes me so sad. I will keep following your updates & praying for you all...

Hugs

Dumbwit Tellher said...

My dear girl, I've been watching the news of all this horror. My thoughts and prayers are with your Captain and all those effected by this tragic accident. The amt. of oil flooding into the ocean is mind boggling and so tragic. The effects will be astronomical. Just know we are thinking of you all. I've been bad @ blogging but will check back as much as I can. Keep your spirits high. xoxo deb

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Thanks for the update, hon. Keep hope alive. Lots of love is going to keep going to you and the Captain, and to everyone over there!
Hugs,
Robyn

Naturedigital said...

Bumpkin, I cannot do much else from here than expressing my deepest sympathies and wish the best for you. This might prove the worst destruction that has ever happened to nature and the environment due to human neglect and errors. And the lies told or the manipulation of the truth might also be proven immense.
My thoughts and prayers are with you .
Costas

Trish said...

Here for you as always, my bestest girl, and whatever you need I will do my best.

In the meantime I promise you I have been trying to spread the word via technology and communicating with our mutual friends and others to raise awareness.

Rememeber I'll be in town in less than a week - let me know if/how I can help! Love you! xo

athealthy said...

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Simone said...

Oh honey, this is beyond terrible. Please know I am thinking of you both....keep us posted xo