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Ron Charest

About Ron Charest

Ron is a native New Yorker and 22 year Navy veteran. He retired from active duty in 1996 and went on to build a successful post-Navy career in logistics. Ron currently works for a major Government consulting firm based in Washington D.C., and together with his wife Weifang make their home in Northern Virginia.

Katrina Aftermath Report – Why I Stayed

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editors Note: An earlier version of this article was also published on my DailyKos diary at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part III about three weeks after the storm. This article has been expanded slightly for archiving on this family website

I want to address the issue of why people (why I) did not evacuate prior to the storm. Continue reading

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Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part III – B

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally posted on the DailyKos website at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part II about three weeks after the storm. It also made the “Recommended List.” I have expanded this article with anecdotes and impressions of what occurred the first week after the storm, looking back for a greater distance now. Due to the extra content I have broken the story up into two parts.

This is part II Continue reading

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Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part III – A

Satellite Image of Huricane Katrina

Satellite Image of Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally posted on the DailyKos website at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part II about three weeks after the storm. It also made the “Recommended List.” I have expanded this article with anecdotes and impressions of what occurred the first week after the storm, looking back for a greater distance now. Due to the extra content I have broken the story up into two parts.

This is part I Continue reading

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Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part II

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editors Note: This article was originally posted on the Daily Kos website as Katrina Aftermath Report from the Front Lines… . It was the first post I wrote following the storm, three weeks after as that was the first time I had Internet access (it was on my first day back to work). The article made the Daily Kos “Recommended” list for a full day, the longest time any of my diaries stayed up. It was also listed in the Daily Kos archives as original Katrina content.

I am reposting the diary with some minor edits and additional narrative, as I think it stands on it’s own as written for an archival story.

Although Hurricane Katrina was almost three weeks ago, it is not old news for those of us living here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is the first time I have had enough online time to actually post a diary since the storm passed through. Here is my diary account of hurricane Katrina as seen from Gautier, Mississippi, August 28/29, 2005. Continue reading

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Before The Storm…Hurricane Katrina Report Part I

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editors Note: The original version of this diary was posted on the DailyKos Website titled Hurricane Katrina Report from the Front Lines…. This story was posted the day prior to Hurricane Katrina, when the hurricane was in the news and readers were presumed to have background knowledge. This version is revised to incorporate background info a reader would not have months or years from now.

This is the first of a multi-part series documenting my personal experiences with what has since been called “The Greatest Natural Disaster to Hit the US.” Continue reading

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Winnie’s Interview Soon To Happen!

Immigration Official

Immigration Official

Just wanted to let everyone know that Winnie will have her visa interview soon! After only a 19 month wait, she is scheduled to have her consulate interview Thursday, June 30, in the morning session. Right now we are scrambling to get all the last minute documents together that we think she may need. We need to show the consulate interviewer we have a “real” relationship, as if somehow waiting almost two years for her to come to the US isn’t proof enough… Continue reading

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Howard Dean Comes to Mississippi

Howard Dean For America - File Photo

Howard Dean For America – File Photo

Note: This story crossposted on my diary at Daily Kos Dean Comes to Mississippi

Howard Dean was our keynote speaker the evening of March 2, 2005, in Jackson Mississippi, at the annual $75-a-plate Mississippi Democratic Elected Officials appreciation dinner and fundraiser. Governor Dean’s appearance here was part of his Red, White, and Blue Tour making appearances in “Red” states across the US. I had the great privilege of attending this dinner and hearing him speak. This is my account of the evening. Continue reading

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