Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Die is Cast

My father-in-law, John, who is professionally an insurance adjuster following storms (storm trooper), just called. He was very choked up and said several things that were pretty sobering. He said that Katrina is the storm of the century, and that there is a good chance that I won't be able to have contact with the outside world for several weeks. I told him that it really is too late to leave the area. He said he was worried about my mortality. Me too! We even said that we loved each other. Gosh, must be pretty serious for me to say things like that to my father-in-law. For those who don't know, I am not very good at expressing emotions. Sort of like Spock. It is a bit breezy now and a few scattered showers from the outer bands. On the TV they are advising to take an axe up to your attic. I guess when Hurricane Betsy came back in the 60's some people died in their attics. Their homes were flooded, they rose to the attic, but were trapped there and they drowned. The dogs are sleeping, and I think the loud tv's blaring ominous warnings are bothering them.


Blogger Tim said...

Michael, though we haven't yet met, I'm thinking and praying!

God bless,


7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike good luck. Hope everything turns out okay.

--rocky from pickles

10:06 PM  
Blogger Editor B said...

I can't believe I'm reading this. I knew you were planning to stay, Mike, but I hoped you didn't. Now I'm fearing the worst -- but hoping for the best.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Howie Luvzus said...

Damn Homie! Let me know what's up. I'm in Texas with Carol & kids. We'll probably go to Tennessee soon. Please updata ASAP!


6:42 PM  
Anonymous MMM said...

Mike, I don't know you, but I worry and pray for you.

The Fish said you were still stuck in NO and I will be praying for you.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Mike-I wanted to let you know that the Castleman's were checking on you and that we hope you are ok.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Jackie Zucconi said...

I hope you made it through the storm and the flooding and that the family was alright in Mississippi. The "UC gang" is thinking about you.


1:17 PM  
Blogger lemming said...

linkd through Editor B --
I pray that you and yours are all right.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Please, please be alright! I'm thinking of you...

and I don't even know you. I just read your blogs, and I want to know if you're ok.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

I don't know you, but I hope you made it.

God bless.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Howie Luvzus said...

Therese or Mike---If you're out there please call Mark and Carol at 931-721-2147. We're in TN, but headed to Florida soon.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, the group from Wabash has been sending around e-mails trying to see if anyone has heard from you. We hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you!


4:40 PM  
Anonymous alison (from the albright) said...

Mike - I hope you guys are okay. I'm thinking about you and therese constantly now and hope to hear that you're doing well soon.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Vicki Castleman said...

Heard from Mike Homan's mother tonight...Mike is still in New Orleans and is doing ok. He is at his house living on the 2nd floor and the waters are slowly receding. He took a walk to the University today to assist students that may need help getting out. He does not currently have plans to leave the city. Therese and the girls will be coming to Omaha in the next few days. She plans to get the kids enrolled in school and begin teaching in Omaha as a substitute. Mike will be checking back in with his mother tomorrow. More info will follow...

9:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

We've been praying for you and your family, trying not to worry and failing.The news is so horrific, please take care of yourself.

Sherry W.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, we are waiting to hear you are safe.
Love from Alison and Rich

5:20 AM  
Blogger Sue said...


I don't know you, but I'm thinking of you and hoping you'll be ok - take care. I'll be watching for news..


6:51 AM  
Anonymous julie homan said...

Mike is going to need a way to get himself and two dogs out of New Orleans. Any help appreciated.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol and I might be able to help. Our house did not flood so we are going to try to make it into NO possibly in the next couple of days. Contact me at 931-721-2147.

Mark Gstohl

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Justin Ross-Hillard said...

Dr. Homan,

I am glad to know that the family is ok and that you survived. You probably won't read this until next week or so, but know you are in the thoughts and prayers of one of your former students. I look forward to seeing you soon.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Mike's Mom Julie said...

Mike is out! He took the dogs and walked to Meterie hoping to get a ride. He called this morning and hopes to be in Jackson to meet up with his family and drive to Omaha.
Thank you for all your prayers.
Mike's Mom (julie homan)

9:55 AM  
Blogger Howie Luvzus said...

Mark Gstohl says:
Thanks for the update! I'm glad that Mike is out, but I wish that I could have "rescued" him. He'd owe me big time!

Have him email me at as soon as he can. I'd like to hear his story and the scoop on Xavier. Take care and thanks for keeping us updated.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Sue said...


I am so glad you AND the dogs made it out... please put your story online, so that we can know what it was like for you. I've kept you and the dogs in my thoughts for these last few days, and would love to know what actually happened.

Again, glad you're safe.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Tyler F. Williams said...

I'm glad to hear you are safe, Mike.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Whitney Hardy--A former Biblical Studies Student

Dr. Homan, I am so glad to hear that you are safe. I have been worried about you. My prayers are with you and your family.

Deepest Regards,

Whitney Hardy

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure sorry for what has happened to your family. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog and I have spread the word out to my friends.

I just know everything will work out. Please take care.

Janet Homan Rood

10:51 AM  
Blogger jiri said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!

9:17 PM  

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