those that are safe/searching for survivors
Volume 23/Hurricane Katrina/2005
{E-mail, Letters, Commentary is accepted via info@ambushmag.com.}

From: "Jack Saucier" <saucierjack@yahoo.com>
Subject: Mina is OK
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:17 AM

Finally got a call from Mina. Both she and Nanette are OK and inBurlington, Massachusetts staying with Mina's brother. After spending several days in a tent in Lafayette, they drove back to New Orleans only to be stopped and told their home was underwater. They have lost everything. At least they are OK. If you wish to e-mail her, she will have access to the following address in a couple of days....minafish1@aol.com

If anyone has heard from Gary Wyant, Chris Ward of Clint Weber, please let me know.


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: One more NOBBTSC Member Safe
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005 9:08 AM

Robert P sent me a message to confirm he is safe in Baton Rouge. DB located him for me.

--Tibby
NOBBTSC
Lieutenant 2005

We have Dale Johnston, Harold Craig and Terry Marcades not accounted. It could be that these members may have moved away from New Orleans prior to Katrina. I haven't seen these three members in quiet a while. I would venture to say they are alive and well and we will see them some time in the future.

I'll update the list again on Monday and will probably be the last time I post it.

Thank you all for your efforts and time in these terrible of times. Take Care and we love each and everyone of ya!

--Tibby & Sonny

PS: Looking forward to NOBBTSC's next Beer Bust! Whenever that may be.


From: ClintTaylorXXX@aol.com
To: cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:23 AM
Subject: Clint Taylor


Tibby,

I just wanted to let you know that I am okay. Stayed home for the hurricane and had some roof and car damage but otherwise okay. Was without electricity for 2 weeks but now it is back on and things are slowly getting better.

--Clint


From: "tom e." <tespinas@comcast.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Katrina missing
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005 2:50 PM

Hello I am looking for a friend Mary Ann Daigle, her address is 2521 Rue Jesann, Marrero, LA. Hope all her family are okey.

Thank's

--Mercedes Espinas


From: "selece reeves" <selece2005@yahoo.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 1:04 PM

Rikki Redd is safe and accounted for, i heard from her brother last week and he said she was safe and doing good, she will probably be in her home town by now i will keep you updated as i get further news........btw brian grandberry.....from verti marte is also safe he is in atlanta with his mother!!

a good friend will come and bail you outta jail......a true friend will be sitting next to you laughing
saying, "damn that was fun"

--Selece


From: "Tamara Ching" <tamara_ching@msn.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Katrina Survivors
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:48 AM

>From this ex-French Quarter resident, as well as others listed below, we are
concerned about our transgendered friends: Connie Marcel; Marcy Marcel; Miss
T. T. (Toni). Glad that Regina made it out in time and is all right. Also
hoping that George Simmons from the RoundUp is o.k. with Rodger.

God bless all of you,

--Tamara Ching (of San Francisco)
--Donna Lisa (of San Francisco)
--Elaina Albee (of San Diego)


From: "Angellus" <pentium5150@yahoo.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Small comment and question
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:23 AM

Hello:

First of all, I want to congratulate you for your
great site.

Second, I want to tell you how sorry I am for what
happened with K. I live in a small, south ameican
country with lots of erruptions, earthquakes and
floods; so I've experienced the terrible effects of
natural disasters. I just wish you are all ok, and I
also hope all your loved ones are safe. You country
has managed to always recover from everything, so I
know things will eventually be back to normal.
Third, I'm sorry to ask you this,but I'm really
concerned and I don't know where else to write.
I've been a big Brock Masters fan for some time now. I
know he is based in New Orleans. What I'd like to know
is, if he could make it out of there and if he's ok.
He's a wonderful person, I wouldn't like anything bad
to happen to him. Please let me know if you have any
news of him or if you know wether he's alright, I'm
really worried.

Ok, thank you all for any help you may give in this
issue.

Take care, cheers and keep up the good work.

A big hug for everyone,
--Mike


From: "Kristyn Wilson" <PR.14351.976546@prnews2.com>
To: <ripna@ambushmag.com>
Subject: ALERT - Large Retail Company Searching for Missing Employees
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005 4:20 PM

MEDIA ADVISORY

September 12, 2005

Limited Brands Seeking Its Associates Affected By Hurricane Katrina

Limited Brands is asking associates who have not yet been in touch with the enterprise, to contact Limited Brands at: 1-800-765-7465 or direct at 614.415.3600. These numbers are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support for displaced associates. The company is also encouraging its associates to contact their store manager if that is easier.

As phone communications in the affected areas steadily increase, we have made contact with many more associates to ensure their health and safety.

ABOUT LIMITED BRANDS:

Limited Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Express, Express Men’s, Limited Stores, White Barn Candle Co. and Henri Bendel, presently operates 3,658 specialty stores. Victoria’s Secret products are also available through the catalogue and www.VictoriasSecret.com.


From: <WSHERWOODFOREST@aol.com>
Subject: More leather folk safe and accounted for
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:30 PM

PLEASE CIRCULATE AS APPROPRIATE...THANKS!

All Mr. Marigny Leather V winners safe and sound

NEW ORLEANS--Jim Farrell, runnerup to Mr. Marigny Leather V, has signed in
from Atlanta that he is safe and sound, completing the roster of the three top
winners. Mike McShee, Mr. Marigny Leather V, and Eric Sins, second
alternate, previously announced their safe havens.

There has been no report from Ursuline Burgundy, Ms. Marigny Leather V, who
is not connected to the internet and can only be reached by telephone. Also
missing and unaccounted for is first alternate Rikki Redd.

Last year's winners, Tom Simic and Princesse Stephaney, survived the
hurricane as well.

---- Submitted by Wally Sherwood in exile in Texas
Producer of the Mr. and Ms. Marigny Leather Pageant


From: <UNekLeDifRnt@aol.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Searching for a friend lost in New Orleans
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:03 PM

Hello Friends:

Would anyone out there know the whereabouts of Lance Daugherty? I am a
friend of his from Houston and have not heard from him in quite sometime. I am
wondering if he made it safe our of the city before the flooding. I would
appreciate any information anyone may have about him or his location.

My prayers are with you all during this time.

Thank you for any help in Locating Lance Daugherty

--Kirk John aka Sabrina Grande
sabrinagrandedesigns@hotmail.com


From: "Opie" <ottiswilliams@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: i've been watching the list.
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:24 PM

Oh hey Tibby, i haven't had a chance to tell you. Hes here with me. I
went to the shelter he was at in MS to get him after he got a chance
to call me. Hes gonna stay at my place until he can get his stuff back
in order =) His phone was trashed during the evac so hes been trying
to get his contact info back together.

I just wanna say thx again for, the stuff you have done. ^_^

--opie
"Party with the best, Party with a Bear"


From: "Dusk Peterson" <duskdarkling@fastmail.fm>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Clubs Continue to Seek News of Survivors (breaking news from True Tales)
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:46 AM

Clubs Continue to Seek News of Survivors

---A breaking news report from True Tales: Gay Leather News,
Narratives, and Fiction ( http://truetales.org )---

The number of leatherfolk, BDSM folk, and bears who are missing from
Hurricane Katrina continues to dwindle, though some groups have not
yet reported on the status of their members.

LEATHER BUSINESSES

DB (David Buck), manager of the Phoenix in New Orleans, reported in
his leather/levi bar's blog that bartender Ron Glass has been located.
The only staff member still missing is Daddy Don.

DB also noted that a number of the Phoenix staff will be present at a
fundraiser in their honor in Atlanta this weekend. The Sunday location
of the fundraiser has been moved to the Atlanta Phoenix.

A representative of Rawhide 2010, a leather/levi bar in New Orleans's
French Quarter, told True Tales that the bar's Website will be updated
within the next couple of days with news of how the bar and its staff
fared the storm.

AMBUSH MAG COLUMNIST AND MARIGNY LEATHER CONTESTANTS

In a letter forwarded to True Tales by Dave Rhodes of The Leather
Journal, Lords of Leather officer George Hester reports that he has
been in contact with Toni Pizanie, the leather columnist who was
reported missing by Ambush Mag of New Orleans. Mr. Hester says that
Ms. Pizanie is safe.

In a separate letter to True Tales, Ambush Mag columnist Wally
Sherwood notes, "Toni J. P. Pizanie won the title of Ms. Gulf States
Olympus, competing as Ms. Marigny Leather III."

Mr. Sherwood, who is the creator and producer of the Marigny Leather
Contest in New Orleans, went on to mention that several of the other
contestants have survived.

"Both Tom Simic, Mr. Marigny Leather IV (Crescent City Outlaws), and
Princesse Stephaney, Ms. Marigny Leather IV, have signed in and are
OK," he wrote.

"Eric Sins, third alternate to Mr. Marigny Leather V, is just fine . .
. No real word from Matt McShee, but apparently all the Cavaliers
[Motorcycle Club members] are accounted for. After winning Mr. Marigny
Leather V, Matt went to Leather Weekend in Mobile and was voted
Sexiest Leatherman."

GULF COAST CLUBS

Several clubs in Mississippi and Alabama - including SMART near Biloxi
- reported earlier that all their members are accounted for. But news
remains sparse from some Gulf Coast clubs, such as ClubFEM Mississippi
in Gulfport and ClubFEM New Orleans.

ClubFEM is an international organization for female dominants and male
submissives. The secretary of ClubFEM International, slave gene, wrote
to True Tales, "We have not heard from any of the members in
Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama with one exception. The
HeadMistress from Club FEM New Orleans (NOLA) is now in Houston,
living with a Club FEM member here. Her name is Mistress Nan and She
will be the guest of honor at the Club FEM September 23rd party."

He adds that ClubFEM International, which is headquartered in Houston,
has donated money and food to the local relief efforts.

NEW ORLEANS CLUBS

Survivors continue to report in to New Orleans clubs, club
representatives report.

As of Saturday evening, 49 of the 57 members of the New Orleans Bear
and Bear Trapper Social Club were believed to be safe.

The Lords of Leather Mardi Gras Krewe say that only one of their
members is missing, Dr. Billy K.

NOBLE is still tallying its numbers, but an officer of the group
stated earlier that she believed most of the members were accounted
for.

The Knights d'Orleans have not yet issued a report.

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, the Crescent City Outlaws, and MAsT
Houston have all reported that their members are safe.

The Mid-America Conference of Clubs (MACC), to which two of the New
Orleans clubs belong, has announced the following:

"Threasa Rushing, MACC President, is collecting money and is acting as
a 'clearing house' as such, for any money wanting to be given to our
Brothers and Sisters of Crescent City Outlaws and the Knight
d'Orleans, or any other friends and family. Any money sent and stated
to be given to individuals will be given as such. All other money sent
will be divided out equally between the two clubs. All donations
given will be under the strictness of confidence."

RELATED LINKS

Links to New Orleans Leather, BDSM, and Bear Clubs and Businesses.
[True Tales]
http://www.truetales.org/katrina/links.htm#neworleansleather

ClubFEM International.
http://www.clubfem.com/

ClubFEM Mississippi (e-mail list).
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClubFEMMS/

ClubFEM New Orleans (e-mail list).
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clubfem_neworleans/

[This report may be cross-posted elsewhere on e-mail lists and
reprinted in whole on the Web. Hurricane updates will continue to be
posted at http://truetales.org . The site's list of survivors and
missing persons from the leather and BDSM communities was updated at 2
a.m. on September 10.]

Copyright (c) 2005 Dusk Peterson. All rights reserved.


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: Re: i've been watching the list.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:24 PM

Opie,

I just chatted with Wayne on Bear 411. He's alive and well in Houma, LA. Thought you should know.

--Tibby

----- Original Message -----
From: Opie
To: cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:19 PM
Subject: i've been watching the list.


i just wanna say im really impressed by your work to make sure all the
members are accounted for and doing well. It really shows me what kind
of group you guys are. I'm a new member, well i haven't joined
officially yet, i spoke to George at the Phoenix and i was going to
come to the next beer bust and pay my dues and whatnot, but im not
sure when i will be able to now. As soon as you guys are able to take
my dues i guess or have another event. My yahoo name is barni_bear

The other reason im writing you is because im not sure who else to
ask. I'm looking for a former member of the club who i've been talking
to alot recently, i've kinda got a crush on him i guess you could say.
His name is Wayne (i saw a Wayne on the list but i think my Wayne is
Wayne K not C?) and he used to be a bartender at the Phoenix. He's a
cook at the Orleans Parish Jail and the last txt msg i got from him on
my phone said he had to switch buildings because of the storm. That
was the night of the storm and i haven't been able to find any trace
of him since. I'm pretty worried and i don't know if maybe hes
contacted some other member of the grp or anything. I just want to
know that hes alive and ok. Any info would be good, but i understand
there is alot goin on.


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: Fw: [neworleansbears] UPDATE NOBBTSC September 10, 2005
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:14 PM

FYI to all

Eight more left. I'll update the list Monday.

--Tibby

----- Original Message -----
From: Vicruebear@aol.com
To: neworleansbears@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:55 PM
Subject: Re: [neworleansbears] UPDATE NOBBTSC September 10, 2005


wofffffffffffffffffffffffffff tibby paul stmartin is safe and in lafayette i talked to him on my cell
huggggggggsss
--the bearman


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: UPDATE NOBBTSC September 10, 2005
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2005 5:29 PM

Big Bear Hugs!

--Tibby
NOBBTSC
Lieutenant 2005

48 NOBBTSC Members safe, 9 unaccounted!

9 unaccounted

Dale Johnston address New Orleans, LA
Harold Craig address New Orleans, LA
Joseph Ditta address New Orleans, LA
Paul St. Martin address New Orleans, LA
Phillip Fricano address Marrero, LA
Randy Napier address Hattiesburg, MS
Robert Fudge address Gretna, LA
Robert Palm address Metairie, LA
Terry Marcades address Metairie, LA


From: Donald James
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 10:56 PM

Lisa Beaumann has arrived safely with her other half here in Nachez, that means both SDGMs XXXIII are with SDGM XXXII. We are having a gala party here at the Traveler's Rest Plantation this Sunday at 3 p.m. to celebrate our survival and the future of Southern Decadence. Our hosts are the finest Southern gentlemen I have ever met, thanks to them we are all comfortable and well.

--SDGM XXXII Donnie Jay


From: Donald James
To: info@ambushmag.com
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 4:48 PM

Anyone knowing the where abouts of TT, Eva Las Vegas, Connie Marcell please let me know via e-mail at donniejay@hotmail.com Thank you.

--Donnie Jay


From: Donald James
To: info@ambushmag.com ; ripna@ambushmag.com
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 12:15 PM

Lisa and Marcus are with me here in Nachez.....tired but safe.....

--Donnie Jay


From: "William&Dianne Manogue" <bdmanogue@tds.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: ninth circle contacts
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:06 PM

hey to the ambush mag
It is ms love, after staying in N.O. til wednesday p.m. I left with estelle and made it to St. Louis, then home to the boon
docks of Southern Wisconsin. When I left wednesday Mike, Greg, David & Mitch, Walter, Artist Paul, And David and David left town as well. I am trying to find where they ended up. I can be reached at mlovessim@yahoo.com.
Any info would be great, I know that Tony is in the Cow Island area. This site is great, to see familar names and that
everyone is fine.


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: Fw: i've been watching the list.
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:53 PM

FYI everyone. Opie I haven't heard anything about Wayne. Has anyone seen or heard from Big Wayne. After the Phoenix he worked for Don & Fred at the Bear's Den. Last I heard he was a cook at OPP (Orleans Parish Prison). Maybe someone else may have heard something? I'll pass the info on.

Thanks,

--Tibby

----- Original Message -----
From: Opie
To: cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:19 PM
Subject: i've been watching the list.


i just wanna say im really impressed by your work to make sure all the
members are accounted for and doing well. It really shows me what kind
of group you guys are. I'm a new member, well i haven't joined
officially yet, i spoke to George at the Phoenix and i was going to
come to the next beer bust and pay my dues and whatnot, but im not
sure when i will be able to now. As soon as you guys are able to take
my dues i guess or have another event. My yahoo name is barni_bear

The other reason im writing you is because im not sure who else to
ask. I'm looking for a former member of the club who i've been talking
to alot recently, i've kinda got a crush on him i guess you could say.
His name is Wayne (i saw a Wayne on the list but i think my Wayne is
Wayne K not C?) and he used to be a bartender at the Phoenix. He's a
cook at the Orleans Parish Jail and the last txt msg i got from him on
my phone said he had to switch buildings because of the storm. That
was the night of the storm and i haven't been able to find any trace
of him since. I'm pretty worried and i don't know if maybe hes
contacted some other member of the grp or anything. I just want to
know that hes alive and ok. Any info would be good, but i understand
there is alot goin on.


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: UPDATE NOBBTSC September 8, 2205
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:38 PM


Big Bear Hugs!

--Tibby
NOBBTSC
Lieutenant 2005

47 NOBBTSC Members safe, 10 unaccounted!

10 unaccounted

Dale Johnston
Harold Craig
Joseph Ditta
Paul St. Martin
Phillip Fricano
Randy Napier
Ray Brinkman
Robert Fudge
Robert Palm
Terry Marcades


From: Donald James
To: info@ambushmag.com
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:17 PM


Heard from Lisa Beaumann, they made it to Baton Rouge and are headed to join us at Traveler's Rest here in Natchez via some friends headed to Atlanta.....Anyone knowing the where abouts of Adam Hawkins (Madame Adam)and Michael Castrillo or Ken Gue (T. Paul Dodson) please let me know via e-mail donniejay@hotmail.com or phone (601) 442-4222 all other members of Slutpuppies are well and safe though scattered. Please note the phone number above is a corrected one.


From: "warren walker" <whwj@cox.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: the misssing
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2005 8:35 AM

hey there rip and marsha, i'm so glad to hear that you are fine. red is in raleigh,nc. donnie jay and regina are in natchez, ms. --george cossitt and myself, --jamie temple are in perdido, fl. talk with ya later


From: <red54@bellsouth.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Hey Rip, Marsha--Red here
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 10:26 PM

Thought u might have something to offer here. Did u take video of your evac? I'm in Raleigh NC at the moment, headed toward Minneapolis MN on friday and hoping to get back to the NOLA area asap to help cleanup efforts. Why not, I've got nothing better to do, do I!

Later, --Red


From: "Daniel E Macias" <demaciasphd@juno.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Old Friend
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 6:26 PM

Looking for an old friend who lived in N.O. Just hoping he's okay.
He goes by David Hanscom (sic?). Hope to hear that he is doing fine.

--Dan in San Antonio (formerly from Houston)


From: <travelersrest@msn.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Donnie Jay and Regina Adams
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 2:54 PM

This is to let everyone know that we are safe in Nachez. Phone number is 601 442 4222. Regina led a Southern Decadence in Exile Parade this past Sunday begining promptly a 2 p.m. as is tradition, we also have learned that Lisa Beaumann did the same in the French Quarter. Southern Decadence continues. We are staying at a lovely restored Plantation home Travelers Rest owned by friends Windell and Steve. We pray everyone is safe and well. People we know traveled with us including Rusty La Roux, Steve Mars, his partner Darren, Winston Gray are safe.


From: "Tommy Darensbourg" <TDarensbourg@lamunis.org>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Toni Pizanie
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 12:15 PM

Damon Veach tells me that Toni Pizanie is in Baton Rouge.

--Tommy Darensbourg


From: <oztommy@bellsouth.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Rip and Marsha
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 9:29 AM

Dear Rip and Marsha,
I am so glad to hear from you. We were so worried when we heard you had stayed in New Orleans.

It is terrible what has happened to our city that we all love so much, but we will rebuild and start all over again and I feel that the first edition of Ambush will make such a difference. I hope it can come soon.

My brother Michael and I rode the storm out in Laurel, at our home there. Boy was that an experience to tell. Trees fell on the house and all through the yard. Big, big trees. We came to pensacola at Johnny's invitation and are staying in a very comfortable place. It sometimes makes me feel so guilty when I see what other people are going through, but I thank God for our lives every day and Johnny for being such a wonderful person.

We have heard from most of our employees and they are alright for now.  Our thoughts and love are with you and our prayers.

Love,
--Tommy


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: One more to take of the unaccounted NOBBSTC list
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 9:00 AM

Mike Lambert called us today. He's doing well in Pascagoula, MS..

--Tibby
NOBBSTC
Leiutenant 2005


From: <JohnnyChisholm@aol.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Cc: <Sigh5000@aol.com>
Subject: rip and marsha
Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 8:09 AM

hey rip and marsha

i am glad to hear you are ok, let me know if there is anything i can do for
you.take care and let us keep hearing from you.

--johnny and cy


From: <WSHERWOODFOREST@aol.com>
Subject: Re: Rip & Marsha
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:18 PM

Glad get the input, but believe it or not, I was holed up at the Days Inn in
Morgan City before going to Waco. People are asking me about Kevin. Does
anyone have any information?

God bless, --Wally


From: "DB" <cigarbuddy@buckboy.net>
To: "Ambush" <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Thank the Stars You Are OK
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:10 PM

Rip and Marsha,

Thank the stars you are okay! I was so relieved to read of your successful
evacuation, after those scary days after the storm.

Billy and I made it as far as Hattiesburg before the storm struck. It was
hellish up there afterwards ~ no electricity, no phones (not even land
lines), no gas, no restaurants open, no hotels open, many roads blocked,
baking fucking hot by day, incredibly buggy by night ... I will fill you in
some other time.

All that matters is that Billy and I are together and safe. And that so many
others we love, appear also to be safe.

Please let me know when you publish again. We will be placing a full page ad
for the Phoenix, making sure everyone knows we will be back! As will the
city! Tim and Bobby, the new owners, are totally determined to reopen as
soon as humanly possible.

You might want to contact Bo Shell at Southern Voice (bshell@sovo.com) (as
if you would not know!) because he is doing a story on the impact of Katrina
on our community and your story is incredible!

I am so glad you are safe. Take care and all my best.

Love,
--DB


From: <WSHERWOODFOREST@aol.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Checking in about Ambush and Kevin
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 9:53 PM

I am fine and deep in the heart of Texas. Finally got a laptop today and
trying to reconnect with the real world. So please fill me in about how we can
assist Ambush in all this mess.

There is a part-time opening at the Waco Times-Herald, which might help me
keep busy until we get operating again. But if I did something like that, I
would rather be in Dallas. So please keep me informed as to what direction we
are going?

Cheers! --Wally


From: brian sands [mailto:bsnola@hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2005 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: Rip & Marsha


Hi Rip & Marty

Thanks for your thoughts. I'm fine and in Atlanta thru 9/10 then head to NYC
for the duration. Do you have contact info for Phyllis & Andy? I've emailed
them but have not yet heard back. If you need my most recent column to put
together an online edition, just let me know and I'll get it to you. Keep me
posted on future plans--anything you need/want covered in NYC, I'll be happy
to do so.
Happy to hear you're well and safe,
--Brian


From: "John & Matt" <jamaur99@cox.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Lucille(Lou Bernard) & Jay Verona
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 7:51 PM

Has anyone heard anything about, or from, Lucille & Jay. I'm used to getting almost daily emails and/or phone calls, but have heard nothing since Katrina. Please pass on any info. John & I evacuated, & are now in Austin, where folks have been really great. The best to everyone & stay safe!! Rip & Marsha, I'm sure you guys are safe in Acadiana. Hope to see you both back in N.O. when this all returns to "normal".

--Matt Mattheisen & John Schwarzwalder
Austin, Texas
jamaur99@cox.net


From: <WSHERWOODFOREST@aol.com>
Subject: Re: Princesse in Forced Exile
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 8:37 PM

Wally is alive and well deep in the heart of Texas. Considering a part-time
job at the Waco Times-Herald, but if I was going to do something like that I
would prefer Dallas before getting home.

God bless, --Wally
 


From: "Tibby" <cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com>
Subject: Wally isnear Waco, TX
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:13 PM

FYI to ALL! Just got this message! Thanks --Chris

----- Original Message -----
From: ChrisInRaleigh@aol.com
To: cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com
Cc: WSHERWOODFOREST@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: [neworleansbears] UPdate NOBBTSC Members


Have appreciated the updates here...I am not a NO bear but joined the group to keep up on what the group is up to and keep up with some friends from my trips to New Orleans. I just wanted to let you know that I'm instant messaging with Wally Sherwood right now. He reports he's OK and near Waco, TX. His email is wsherwoodforest@aol.com

In a message dated 9/5/2005 6:20:49 PM Eastern Standard Time, cajunbeartibby@sw.rr.com writes:

Guys, I wish I had better news but I just found my NOBBTSC Membership List 2005. I was working with just those who had email. We have more to add to the list. I'll update the list again in the morning. Take care all of you and be safe! If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

Big Bear Hugs!

--Tibby
NOBBTSC
Lieutenant 2005

39 NOBBTSC Members safe, 18 unaccounted!

Adam S Lafayette, LA
Bob L Milton, FL
Brain C Baton Rouge, LA
Cedric B Baton Rouge, LA
Chris H Baton Rouge, LA
Dale I Baton Rouge, LA
Danny L Daphne, AL
David J Baton Rouge, LA
Dennis H Central MS
Don McD Hammond, LA
Donald J Asheville, NC
Eddie R Lafayette, LA
Edward P Lake Charles, LA
Fred M Asheville, NC
George T St. Louis, MO
Jeff B Daphne, AL
Jerry M San Francisco, CA
John A Daphne, AL
John R Safe whereabouts unknown (Johnny called Leaonard H in Thibodaux, didn't mention his location)
John S Milton, FL
Jonathan H Central, MS
Ken G Morgan City, LA (safely evacuated with patients)
Matthew C Lafayette, LA
Mike L Houston, TX
Mike M Baton Rouge, LA
Paul C DC
Rich N Houston, TX
Roy D Beaumont, TX
Scott E Panama City, FL
Sergio F Baton Rouge, LA
Sonny C Houma, LA
Steven M Lake Charles, LA
Thomas S Houston, TX
Tibby T Houma, LA
Tommy D Baton Rouge, LA
Tony C Houston, TX
Tony R Northern, CA
Victor V (Bear) Safe whereabouts unknown (Ed & Steven received a message after the hurricane from Bear saying that he was OK.)
Wayne C Safe whereabouts unknown (Wayne called Ed & Steven to let them know he was Okay didn't mention location)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

18 unaccounted

Dale Johnston
Gary Cessna
Gary L
Harold Craig
James Van Dorin
Joe Salazar
Joseph Ditta
John Logan
Michael Lambert
Paul St. Martin
Phillip Fricano
Randy Napier
Wally Sherwood
Ray Brinkman
Robert Fudge
Robert Palm
Terry Marcades
Tim Hurt


From: "Alan Stewart" <STEWARAR@gov.ns.ca>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Wally Sherwood
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 9:17 AM

I am trying to get some informatiion on Wally Sherwoood.
If you know him can you tell me if he is OK?

--Alan Stewart, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


From: "DB" <cigarbuddy@buckboy.net>
To: <phoenix_friends@phoenixbar.com>
Subject: Update from Phoenix Bar in New Orleans
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:56 AM

Friends of the Phoenix,

Thank you once more for all your (several hundreds) of emails of support and
encouragement and offers of help. The tide of support continues to lift our
spirits even as the tide of evil waters begins to recede in New Orleans.

I apologize for not posting sooner, since our last email Thursday night.
Well ~ it has been a busy few days for Billy and I since we sent that last
email update to all of you. One of the most important things we have gotten
done is to set up a Phoenix Bar Blog, so that now I will not need to send
these updates as frequently. You will be able to visit our blog at your
convenience and know you are seeing the very latest information ~ as
commented on by other viewers, who will correct or add detail to the things
I post. If we get enough interest, we might even try a full scale forum
setup. Right now, a blog was all we could manage. And we did this from a
Starbucks wifi hotspot! This email in fact is mostly an edit of the first
blog posting. The blog link is below (keep reading).

Starbucks? Weren't we at last word, scrabbling for crumbs in the dust of
Hattiesburg? Or begging for a chance to buy gas in Jackson? Well, let me get
you caught up!

Billy and I left Jackson on Friday morning, having been allowed to buy $25
of gas late Thursday night. We drove right to Rayne, Louisiana, a genuinely
picture perfect small town just west of Lafayette. A Phoenix fan has lent us
the use of a home here until we can move back to New Orleans. We have a
kitchen, bedroom, shower, bathroom, TV ... it is like civilization again.
Thank you Jay. A thousand times, thank you!

Once rested we got on the wire and located the various staff in the area,
namely Darron, Erick, and KaCey, who are in Baton Rouge right now, staying
with Little Brian and his partner. On Sunday, we got over there to see these
familiar faces, and it felt wonderful and very emotionally intense to at
least see people from the bar, from our lives in New Orleans. They also
surprised me with a birthday cake. So I had cake on the very day of my 40th,
after all. Thanks guys!

I can say this much. Forty was a bitch. After this week, I'm terrified of
50, okay?

We have heard from Red ~ she is safe in South Carolina right now ~ and have
heard a rumor that Daddy Don is well, though this has not been confirmed. We
still have not heard word of Ron Glass. I feel very worried. If anyone knows
anything, please let me know at once.

We went to the Goodwill and got clothing. Hey, everyone ~ with your LA
identification, you can get free clothes! And remember, your ID is also good
for $110 in food stamps per person right now ~ look up Family Services in
the government pages for the office nearest you, to claim this. It will put
food on the table and Billy and I are planning on it, for certain.

Next up was a solution for the blizzard of wonderful emails coming at me
from the Phoenix website, and the need to keep everyone updated. One half of
the answer ~ the Phoenix Blog ~ is now online, and the other half is the
Phoenix website, which has been updated. Please check it out (
<http://www.phoenixbar.com/> www.phoenixbar.com) and note that it will be
updated from time to time as we learn more about what is going on in New
Orleans. For now, you can see the status of each staff member (with more
coming soon, on our large group of staff-like people we know you want to
hear from) and (if you like) make a donation by PayPal to help the staff
make it through to when we re-open.

Reopen we will, by the way. Let there be no doubt. Tim and Bobby are
absolutely clear on this, and I know that the staff feel the same way.

It is extremely late and I am completely wiped out from all this tech work.
What's next? Well, there is a weekend-long benefit for Phoenix staff in
Atlanta this weekend, at the Eagle. I may try to make it over to represent
the bar. I also need to keep coordinating assistance to the staff. If you
are one of the many kind Phoenix friends who I suspect are about to make
good on your requests for a way to donate, please know that the PayPal funds
will promptly go to the staff who need them the most. (See the Phoenix
website for details on how we will stay accountable.)

I'll post more later today, to the blog, and to the website:

website: www.phoenixbar.com

blog: http://friendsofthephoenix.blogspot.com/ (remember, this email mostly
just repeats the initial blog entry, so don't blast me for that, I can't
think of a better way to make this transition) (but I will understand if you
blast me for being the wordiest thing since a self-pulling Chatty Cathy
doll)

May the stars once more shine brightly on the streets of New Orleans! And on
all of us.


--DB | The Phoenix Bar


From: "Jack at Home" <pcolajack@earthlink.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Help finding friend . . .
Date: Saturday, September 03, 2005 11:35 PM

We are friends of Mickey Nolan who owned a hair salon in N.O.

We would like to contact him or any of the crew there.

If you can find anyone who knows where Mickey or Michael are, Please ask them to call me.

--W.D. Jack Moran
Cell: 850-554-7665
Home: 850-327-6259


From: "Patrick Shannon" <nedcat@earthlink.net>
To: <nedcat@earthlink.net>
Subject: I hope you are safe
Date: Saturday, September 03, 2005 11:22 AM

Please excuse a group E-mail.

I have been without Internet access for five days because of hurricane Katrina.

I am in Houston, Texas with my friend Merrill Wall. I will be flying to New York City on September 09, 2005, to stay with friends.

Ned, the sweet cat, died the Saturday before Katrina struck.

Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.

There are no words for what happene and for what is happening

Sincerely,

--- Patrick Shannon, III
--- nedcat@earthlink.net
--- www.CrescentCityChronicles.net


From: "DB" <phxbar@phoenixbar.com>
To: <friends@phoenixbar.com>
Subject: Gulf South Update from the Phoenix Bar
Date: Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:24 AM

==============
SUMMARY: More staff have been accounted for, and the Phoenix building has
survived and will be repaired. Now, we need America to keep pushing HARD for
the survival of those trapped in New Orleans ~ and for the rebuilding of the
city. Consider working with MARISOL to directly fund the feeding of people
now in the city of New Orleans (details at end).
==============

Phoenix Friends,

I am writing with good news!

Bartenders Darron, KaCey, and Erick DID survive the storm in that industrial
warehouse. They later became alarmed by the lawlessness growing around them,
and managed to drive to Baton Rouge.

DJ Tony contacted me, as well. He is safe in Lutcher.

I still have not heard from Red (Deena Hanson) or Ron Glass, who was caring
for his mother in Arabi before the storm. Also, Don (Daddy Don) evacuated I
believe, but I have not heard from him. I am very, very eager to learn of
the situation of these staff members. If anyone hears about them, please
contact me at once.

Our chef for the BBQs, Catt, is in Baton Rouge with his man Ted.

There are some other people to report on, too, people who are sometimes
staff, often customers, and in any case, important to us. Lessee ~

Debbie Dunagan & her partner are at her sister's house in Mobile. Glynda and
Bud are in St. Louis. Rick and Phillipe and Dennis are in Pensacola. Brian
Barbieri's roommate David is safe at a house in Prairieville. I have also
had word that Gerry of Olde Town Inn is okay, and that Dale and David from
the Sweet Olive B&B evacuated to Memphis and are moving on to stay with
Dale's daughter in Baton Rouge.

Many have asked after Jamie, who owned the Phoenix for 23 years right up
until the very week before this disaster. I know now that Jamie is safe in
Florida. Talk about a well timed sale! We will be ribbing him good naturedly
for years, I am sure. That is assuming he survives the new owners' plans to
make some tasty BBQ ribs out of him, at the next barbeque, whenever that
might be.

Yes, the next BBQ ~ because we now know the bar survived! According to
multiple eyewitness reports, plus aerial photos, the bar is not just
standing, but clearly not too badly damaged too be repaired. The roof has
damage, and there is a hole in the floor of the upstairs bar, such that
there is sunlight on the pool table downstairs. But overall the bar is
believed to be structurally intact and can be rebuilt.

Astoundingly, bartender Erick (who saw the bar before leaving) says my
little apartment shack in back even survived. I find this so unlikely, I
will have to see it with my own eyes!

The new owners, Bobby and Tim, have expressed their strong feelings of
wanting to rebuild the Phoenix as soon as they are allowed back into the
city. Myself, other staff, and I am sure much of the community will be right
there with them, working not just on the bar but on the surrounding
neighborhoods and communities and all of New Orleans. We WILL be back!

Now speaking of being back ~ I want to talk again of the bigger picture now.
You all have as much or more access to national coverage as I do, so I just
want to focus on the message that I want everyone to hear.

Your help matters.

Your words of encouragement matter.

And most of all, your determination matters.

I know, because they mattered to me, when I became aware of them, after
getting past those days in Hattiesburg.

You have seen the hideous things going on in New Orleans. You have seen how
inadequate the response has been. You have spoken loudly and clearly that
you want to make a difference. Your determination to push the government to
do better is essential ~ and failing government effort, just do it
yourselves. The people down here are counting on you. We are eternally
grateful.

There were a couple of times down in Hattiesburg when I felt the flame of
hope guttering like a candle about to go out, and I had never felt that way
before, ever. It is a very dark and frightening feeling. There is a sense of
desperation ~ the thoughts, "what will I do now," "how will Billy and I
survive this," "how can I comfort him, if I am unable to see a way out
myself." You look at each other's faces and see the same look in the eyes
and all you can do is just keep saying, we will get through this, we will
get through this ... when inside fear is leaping up, what if we don't?

Since getting online and witnessing the massive national outpouring of
support, concern, grief, and words of encouragement, I have become not only
determined to keep going and to participate in the rebuilding of New
Orleans, but inspired. Thank you all so much for that.

Also, now that I have seen the TV, I know that what Billy and I endured that
one awful stretch in Hattiesburg and its surrounds, was mere inconvenience
and discomfort ~ not the unbelievable suffering that continues to be
inflicted upon so many, in so many places, far beyond just New Orleans, but
especially in New Orleans. Call me a whiner, even, because that is a little
bit how I feel, after seeing the TV!

So please, please, keep organizing your help and relief efforts. The need is
SO great. And nowhere is too far away to help. Let me just share this email
from a guy in Indianapolis, an airport worker, for example:

Just thought you might be interested that today our airport had a relief
flight out to New Orleans with 10,000 pounds of food, water and medicine.
Tomorrow two more go out.

Tonight at 6:30 we had 67 people come in on a relief flight that we
processed and have in nice shelters with the red cross. The mayor here
established a New Orleans relocation task force to identify homes for people
who want to relocate. Target is 500 homes or apartment for use for up to
one year, furnished and job placement assistance. He is asking other cities
to set up similar programs - believing if every city did it would help
people during a year when New Orleans rebuilds.

Just thought you might like to know that cities are not waiting on George W
to figure out.

You bet I want to know! And it is keeping me going. This really does look
like the disaster of a lifetime for America and I am happy to see everyday
people, everywhere, pulling together, even when it is clear the national
government does not have much of a clue.

Thanks America for working to save the people of New Orleans. We promise to
serve you all a helluva stiff Hurricane drink, if ~ no, make that when! ~ we
get the city up and running again!

I have to get to bed for a drive tomorrow. Oh yes, as to our plans, well,
Billy and I are fine. We have had some rest now, and some food, and a
shower. Things are manageable again. (And to all you cat lovers who have
written, the cats are fine too. Wait until the hotel finds out we had cats
in here ~ but we should be at the state border by then!)

We finally were allowed to buy $25 of gas today (yes, they are rationing)
and this should get us to the place outside Lafayette where we have been
offered temporary quarters. From there, I promise to do updates as needed,
and where possible, to get in on the relief effort myself. We are down to
$32 since the banks are down, but we have gas, potato chips, chocolate chip
cookies, and friends awaiting us at the the end of the road ... what's not
to like?

In the meantime, since so many of you have expressed an interest in helping
with relief, please let me pass on the email below my signature, from
Marisol. This is a fine, award-winning, boutique restaurant in the
neighborhood of the bar, that has always had a significant amount of its
attention directed to charity as well as producing excellent cuisine for
savvy locals. Now, it turns out the building has survived, being on dry land
near the river, and the cook is there. The owner is attempting to find a way
to coordinate with the relief people to make use of this intact, functioning
cooking facility to provide immediate relief to people still in New Orleans.
See the email below, and get in touch to help this outstanding business
person help New Orleans!

And once more, thanks to all who have written words of encouragement. It has
been, well, there are no words. I am sure you know.

--DB | The Phoenix Bar

Marisol needs YOUR help to feed rescuers & refugees
September 02, 2005

Dear Friend

Chef Pete is still in New Orleans. Marisol is undamaged. Please help us to
help others.

We can feed the hungry with your help
Massive clean-up and rescue efforts are finally underway and all of those
rescuers and remaining displaced New Orleanians are very hungry.

Chef Pete is co-ordinating with one of our specialty produce suppliers, who
is now in exile in Texas. The two of them believe that they will be able to
round up enough supplies to feed many people for many days & weeks, but only
with your help.

To those of you who are members of the press, or who already work with
government agencies, or who simply have friends in high places; here is our
question: How can we contact someone in charge at FEMA who can assist us
with funding this work and spreading the news among those most affected?

Chef Pete's home phone still works! You can call him at 504 263-5112 or you
can call me in West Virginia at 304 242-6610 or you can e-mail me at
food4fuel@aol.com

If you are sitting on a stockpile of bottled water and disposable plates and
utensils, that would be great too.

If any of you are chefs or kitchen workers, your help will be most
appreciated also. Please contact Chef Pete or me ASAP (http://marisolrestaurant.com).

Thanks so much for reading this note. We hope to hear from you real soon!

Sincerely yours,


--Janis Vazquez
Marisol


From: "Dusk Peterson" <duskdarkling@fastmail.fm>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: [Fwd: No Deaths Reported Yet from Leatherfolk in Louisiana (breaking news from True Tales)]
Date: Friday, September 02, 2005 10:18 PM

I thought this news article might be of help to any of your staff members
who are seeking information on other leatherfolk in Louisiana. If you would
like me to post any information about your magazine's situation at my
e-zine, feel free to contact me.

--Dusk Peterson
Editor
True Tales: Gay Leather News, Narratives, and Fiction
http://truetales.org

No Deaths Reported Yet from Leatherfolk in Louisiana

Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest and Southern Decadence Cancelled in Wake
of Hurricane Katrina's Destruction of New Orleans

Leather Groups Hold Relief Benefit Gatherings

---A breaking news report from True Tales: Gay Leather News,
Narratives, and Fiction ( http://truetales.org )---

Louisiana leatherfolk fear devastation of property following the
destruction caused to their state by Hurricane Katrina. However, no
deaths or injuries have yet been reported on various leather e-mail
lists.

New Orleans has been severely flooded following levee breaks, and its
population is being evacuated. As reported in the GLBT media, the
annual leather-friendly Southern Decadence gay festival in New
Orleans, originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend, has been
cancelled.

Alan Bowers, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2005, reported at the Leather
Titleholders list that the Mr. Louisiana Leather contest, scheduled as
part of Southern Decadence, has also been cancelled.

Mr. Bowers was among the leatherfolk who fled New Orleans after it was
hit by the hurricane.

The Lords of Leather Mardi Gras Krewe in Louisiana has set up a
special page at its Website to track members. According to the page,
as of 1 p.m. on September 2, 35 of the krewe members were reported to
be safe. No information was yet available on 19 of the members.

"At this time no krewe members are known to have suffered severe
physical harm," the krewe's Website stated. "Many have lost all their
personal property due to the storm itself or subsequent flooding. As
we all know these physical items can be replaced. It is our club
*spirit* and brotherhood that will help us survive this disaster."

The Crescent City Outlaws in New Orleans reported at their Website
that all of the club's members safely evacuated the area.

No definitive word has been received yet on the physical state of the
Phoenix, a leather/levi bar in New Orleans. DB (David Buck), the
Webmaster of the Phoenix's Website, posted a message urging the bar's
staff members to contact him with news of whether they were safe.

"As you have figured by now, we are all out of a livelihood for at
least some months, and maybe forever," he told the staff. "It is just
too soon to say."

No information is yet available on other area leather and BDSM
organizations, such as the Knights d'Orleans.

The Cavaliers MC, a gay and lesbian motorcycle club in New Orleans,
has posted on its Website a list of its members who are safe. The club
is still trying to reach some of its members.

Messages posted at the club's e-mail list over the last few days
reflected the emerging danger.

"If she hits as prognosed (as of 1pm CDT Saturday), there will be the
mother of all surge waves coming up the Mississippi, so I suggest
y'all get the hell outa Dodge!" wrote one member on August 27.

Soon reports were arriving from members.

"Evacuated and no idea of what we have left at home. Luckily, the dogs
and motorcycles are safe as are we."

"We need luck to make it through the dang traffic!"

"We are safely in a hotel in Houston, with my 78-year-old dad, his
dog, our dogs, and our cat."

"We are worrying about looters."

At one point, a member was reported missing by his family but was
eventually located. "He floated to the highway from his house and
hitchhiked to Lafayette in the back of a pick-up truck," stated a club
member.

One couple said that they had decided to move out of the area
following the disaster. Another member replied, "I can understand your
decision and wish you the best of luck. I, on the other hand, can not
wait to get back and rebuild our wonderful city. Each of us has to
make some really hard decisions and I am sure you are not the only
ones making the choice not to return."

Around the country, leatherfolk stepped forward to assist the
Louisiana survivors with offers of housing and donations. Several
leather groups immediately made plans to hold relief benefit
gatherings.

Some members of the Krewe de Kinque, San Francisco's Mardi Gras club,
had planned to fly to New Orleans for Southern Decadence. Instead, the
krewe will hold a "Western Decadence" gathering in San Francisco to
raise relief funds.

In a press release from the krewe, member Stephen Rowell, who is a
native of New Orleans, said, "My family and most all of my relatives
have no home to go back to. No homes, no jobs, and hardly any hope. We
need to do something."

The International LeatherSIR and Leatherboy Contest is also raising
funds. In a press release, the organization stated that its funds
would be directed toward assisting leatherfolk. "The Red Cross and
other government based programs do a fine job, but none of them focus
on the needs of the Leather Community, needs that remain unrecognized
by many communities at large," said the organization.

International Mr. Leather 2005, Michael Egdes, has chosen a different
approach in a national leather fundraiser he is coordinating through
the Sunshine Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. In a joint announcement with James Sands and Todd
Smith, he stated, "Although many members of our own community have
been severely affected by Katrina, we believe that our efforts should
be directed towards helping everyone who has been affected. The
hurricane did not discriminate; neither should we."

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) issued an action
alert condemning an evangelical Christian group, Repent America, that
called the hurricane an "act of God" against New Orleans for its
sponsoring of Southern Decadence and other parties.

NCSF, which works to protect the rights of groups in the
SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, noted that French
Connection's N'awlins in November, a swing lifestyle convention, may
be affected by the storm. The organization urged its members to make
donations to the Red Cross Relief Fund.

[This report may be cross-posted elsewhere on e-mail lists and
reprinted in whole on the Web. For links to the organizations
mentioned in this news article, and for a list of relief efforts
organized by the leather community, see True Tales's Breaking News
page. (Go to http://truetales.org, click past the warning page, and
scroll down to the Breaking News section.)]

Copyright (c) 2005 DuskPeterson.


From: "David Lester" <wingbear@yahoo.com>
To: "Ambush Magazine" <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Everyone safe?
Date: Thursday, September 01, 2005 6:38 PM

Rip:

Hoping you and Marsha are safe.

I'm also wondering if you know if Wally Sherwood is safe.

Most Cavaliers are accounted for. My partner and I are safe in Houston.

--David Lester
Cavaliers MC


From: <keithistre@keithistre.com>
Subject: Re: Lords of Leather Update - Hurricane Katrina
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:13 PM

This is Keith Istre. I am okay. Hope everyone is too.
Best Wishes to All,

--Keith Istre

Bear6522@aol.com said:

> Please visit the Lords of Leather's homepage for an important update from
> the Krewe.
>
> _www.lordsofleather.com_ (http://www.lordsofleather.com) .
>
>
> Please direct any questions to myself or to George Hester at the numbers
> supplied on the website.
>
>
> Todd Cole, President - Lords of Leather 2004/06
> Mr. Louisiana Leather 2001


From: tip@queenfashions.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:57 AM
Subject: Ambush Message

All;
Just got off the phone with Rip and Marsha and they wanted us to send a message to everyone letting them know they are safe and on the way to Lafayette today.
They left New Orleans this morning as the looting was getting dangerous.
Also, there will be NO issue of Ambush this edition and maybe next edition. The printer in Mississippi was flooded.

They also have spoken with Donnie Jay who is safe with Regina and others who are upstairs at the Moulin Rouge.
Please forward this message

Thanks and hope everyone is safe.

--Tip and Gary
QueenFashions.com


From: <Robstutson@aol.com>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>
Subject: hey
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 1:02 AM

hey how is everyone
let me know
--rob thomas


From: "Emerald City" <emcity@bellsouth.net>
To: <info@ambushmag.com>; <ripna@ambushmag.com>
Subject: Rip
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:21 PM

Hope you and Marsha and your babies are safe and dry ... we really
haven't been able to hear anything significant about the French Quarter
and Oz and Ambush ... or anything ... please let us know if you hear
anything .... also, if you know anyone who might still be there .. let
us know what they know

our prayers are with you

--Phil, Ted, PR, Johnny, EC


From: <raquelchevallier@cox.net>
To: "Patrick Abadie" <patrickabadie@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Looking for friends in the aftermath of Katrina
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:15 PM

Well, we're up in Memphis right now staying with the owners of Miss Gay America for a few days. We don't know when we're going home or what home even looks like. Things are really scary right now. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

--Raquel Chevallier
Miss Gay America 2005


> From: Patrick Abadie <patrickabadie@gmail.com>
> Date: 2005/08/30 Tue PM 02:50:29 EDT
> Subject: Looking for friends in the aftermath of Katrina
>
> Dear friends,
>
> I know that you are all as dismayed as I am listening to the radio and
> watching CNN and the local news... the devastation and horror stories coming
> from our queer "Mecca" to the south are almost too much to bare.
>
> As a community we should take a second to call not only our loved ones from
> the crescent but also try to get in touch with all of our performing
> "sistas" from there and make sure that they are all ok and that all there
> needs are met and try to help in any way we can.
>
> So... let's use a blog as a roll call/buddy system!!!
>
> We'll call it "Find-a-Queen!!!"
> The blog is designed to help the Southern Louisiana GLBT community, in the
> post Katrina aftermath, to be able to get back in touch with each other.
> Have you seen someone are you looking for somebody, were you separated from
> a loved one, a member of your "queer family", or a partner by that awful
> b*&%$ katrina?
>
> Please feel free to post away or add comments to any of the listings.
>
> check out our blog @ http://find-a-queen.blogspot.com/
>
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From: "Todd Blauvelt" <strazahund@iwon.com>
Subject: checking in
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:54 PM

To all of my friends,Hi. I hope this e-mail finds you all well in light of the catastrophic conditions of Hurricane Katrina provided you are able to retrieve it. I am currently in Thomasville, Alabama and am not sure yet when I'll be able to return to New Orleans. Please check in via e-mail to keep in touch as we all try to get through this disaster. Check in on your friends and neighbors. Know I have you all in my prayers and hope to see your shining faces soon. Keep up your spirits and your stregnth. If anyone can check on Donnie Jay I'm sure he'd appreciate, as would I, for he was unable to evacuate as many of you and rode out the storm at home.

--Todd J. Blauvelt


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