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  • Rose City - Everyone needs to read it

    Zeitoun was my introduction to Dave Eggers. I'm unfamiliar with his other works and after Zeitoun I'm a fan. When hurricane Katarina struck I was living in another country and missed the experience of hurricane Katrina. I really didn't realize the toll on America and how much we failed New Orleans. I grabbed this book from a library shelf and was unable out it down. Read it in 2 days. It's a sometimes slow read but it gradually builds up and you can't put it down. Eggers focuses on this one family's experience. It's their story and their reaction to the Hurricane. Eggers doesn't remark on his personal opinion or theories. The father (name to long for me to remember) was born in Syria and raised to work at sea. He landed in New Orleans and worked various jobs. Eventually he owns a successful contracting business in New Orleans. Kathy his wife an American much younger than her husband decides to convert to Islam as a young adult. Together they have 3 children. They're dedicated Muslims and their faith is at the core of their story. The basic theme of this book is one family's experience in surviving hurricane Katrina and her aftermath.
    It begins a few days before Katina and ends a few weeks after Katrina. It tells the experience of Zeitoun coming to America and becoming a successful contractor. A man that is kind, hard-working, loving, and stubborn. He decides to stay behind after his wife and children evacuate. The story centers around him. After the storm, his day's are filled with basic tasks. However, the story changes after the levees breaks. Zeitoun now forges New Orleans in a steel canoe bought for $75. He rescues people, dogs, neighbors and believes it was his destiny to stay behind. At first, the city seems calmer than the rumors of murders, rapes, and looting. He continues to do the same daily routine. As a reader you will soon come to respect and admire his kind and graceful heart. He rescues with no question, he just does it because it's the right thing to do. This man loves his community & city and it shows through his actions. Kathy his wife calls daily giving him updated information from the media. She worries and requests for him to fly to Arizona, where she is staying. He declines and believes God wants him to stay behind. He has a few remaining neighbors who join him on his quest and they support each other after Katrina. You keep your eyes open for Zeitoun, will the looters come to his house? Please don't go near the dome! Please stay away the city center! Listen to your wife and leave New Orleans!! These are the things you repeat to yourself because you want safety for him.

    Half-way through the novel, Zeitoun's experience changes drastically. It quickly goes from a hopeful experience to an unbelievable American nightmare. What you don't expect is, he survives Katrina and the chaos afterwards, only to fall into the hands of a corrupt system. Even after the horrible experience of Katrina, Homeland Security is more worried about terrorism than thousands of Americans wihtout food and water. In Zeitouns aftermath you worry about looters, violence, disease, but end up truly fearing the government. FEMA was a disaster (from arrests to no organization), our National Guard was a disaster (ignoring citizens calling out for help arrests, ignoring pleas for one phone call) private security agencies were prevelant(aka Blackwater). I kept saying to myself, turning page after page,this can't be America! Did this really happen and can it happen again? I'm glad I wasn't in America at the time. I read it now and it breaks my heart. FEMA, the National Guard, & Homeland Security arrested and illegally detained American citizens. They labeled most arrests as "looting". The Bush years were awful and their response to Katrina had devastating effects on the people in New Orleans and America. In the end, no matter how much faith you lose in a corrupt system, in this book you won't lose faith in its citizens.
    When our government fails and it's only concerned for itself, the real American dream lives in good people who continue to love their communities. No matter the amount of devastation, lawlessness, or disaster; good people are always present. Drifting through a flooded city and picking up the remains of a devastated city continuing to pray in the midst of a horrific experience. Good people always exist and their story should be told. Mr. Eggers simply tells a story of one family in New Orleans and it's a story you will never forget.

  • Mark S. Johnson - Delicious Despite Darkest Despair

    It was a day just like any other day: dark and hopeless. The situation I was in was equally dark and hopeless. The tip I'd received about the Verchetti Gang drug deal had been accurate in concept, if slightly off about the exact numbers of people who would try to kill me.

    I was flopped behind a crate, only sitting up because of its wooden sturdiness. The air was filled with the taunts of the half-dozen mobsters as they searched for me. All I had was half a clip in my automatic, a cigarette in my lips and a slug resting somewhere in my gut: things weren't looking good.

    I closed my eyes and let my smoke and gun hand sag. The sounds of the footsteps in the empty warehouse were definitely getting closer. I was prepared to accept my death sitting down.

    When one of the mobsters tripped over a canned good, the others took a break out of hunting for me to laugh at him. To be killed by a lot such as this. Pathetic. I opened my eyes to roll them.

    That was when I noticed the crate I was leaning on: Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz. I smiled grimly. I didn't have to die like a dog, there was another way. I shifted up to squat and gripped the edge of the crate. Ignoring the lances of pain in my gut, I ripped a board out of place.

    The voices all hushed and began proceeding at a much quicker pace in my direction. I quickly grabbed a gallon of Tuscan Whole Milk; dropped my gun and cigarette; and peeled off the freshness seal before popping off its red top and downing the liquid into my mouth.

    Its effect was immediate. The cool, refreshing taste of the milk washed away my pain and its kosher source of calcium wash away my fear. I grabbed my gun and rose, milk still in my other hand.

    I managed to get off three shots before I dropped. Even the milk wasn't enough to keep me going. Sure was good though.

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    Used to buy this through Office Depot every year to get the updates and rebates. In 2012, found retail package online that was same or less than price after rebates. In 2013, cut out the packaging and just watched for the cheapest price. Timing has worked out where buying older version just before the new version comes out. Once installed, get free upgrade to latest version when it's released. Once downloaded, just install and burn backup copy to CD. Norton usually ranked best or 2nd best antivirus/internet security. Has great protection record with me.

  • Big D of VA - Never disappointed with the Old Farmer's Almanac!

    I order a copy of the Old Farmer's Almanac each year to keep up on the fun and interesting trivia contained in its pages, to read up on the trends emerging in society as well as in those who farm or garden or just want to be in the know, and of course, to know the weather for the upcoming year, not only for planting and growing with the greatest success, but also for travelling - which I love to do! Get YOUR copy each year and join those who know that this is the greatest book of its kind out there!

  • David - Outstanding!

    Having tried many Supplements in the past I was extremely pleased with Align--

    Suffering with IBS for years can definitely make life very difficult!

    My feeling is that the key to Probiotics is making sure that you're educated on knowing that the right strain makes all the difference. With regard to Align-- The Strain is called Bifantis-- According to Dr. Eamonn Quigley-- Former President of the American College of Gastroenterologists.

    Bifantis has had numerous studies indicating that it's very effective for GI related problems. Dr. Quigley's Book, "Probiotics and Digestive Health" has an entire Chapter on Bifantis, Research/Studies and more.

    I would highly recommend Align for anyone suffering with IBS!