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Redux: News and Needs in New Orleans

by jerrygarciuh (Curate)
on Dec 21, 2005 at 16:05 UTC ( #518327=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hello folks,

Our situation in New Orleans progresses slowly. We have gutted our home to the studs and are close to having electricity and gas in an upstairs apartment. Our plan is to move back to New Orleans after Christmas and start over from scratch. All of our surviving belongings fit in our cars which is freeing in a way. We will survive this and move on, and move back! My son's public school will be one of the 2 or three to open in January and we will be back for that one way or another. FEMA says there are only about 2500 folks ahead of us in line for a trailer.

Some of you may recall my previous post News and Needs From New Orleans in which I asked for help with second hand O'Reilly books to replace the ones I lost in the flooding post-Katrina. Within minutes a very generous monk had offered to replace all of the O'Reillys and I had tears in my eyes. Thing is, he didn't and isn't responding to my emails over the last 2 months asking if he is planning to help still.

I should add here that several other monks did send me some terrific books and I really truly appreciate that kindness. It means a lot to me and my family that so many people have opened their hearts and homes to us while we have been displaced.

So... if anyone has a used old copy of any of these they would be willing to send me to help me get back on my programmatic feet I would be deeply grateful.

Lost books:
Cascading Style Sheets
Learning Perl
Learn Perl/TK
CGI Programming with Perl
Learning XML
Perl & XML
Programming Perl
Programming Web Services with XML-RPC
TCP/IP Network Administration
Advanced Perl Programming
Practical C++ Programming
Learning Java
Essential Actionscript 2.0

I am able to receive mail again at 4600 South Tonti, New Orleans 70125. Although the mailman does have to reach up to the slot now since the dang porch floated off and collapsed around the corner. ;-D

Thanks very much for any help.
"Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures - in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing people together."   Wind, Sand, and Stars
  Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

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Re: Redux: News and Needs in New Orleans
by merlyn (Sage) on Dec 21, 2005 at 17:23 UTC
    I apologize for not noticing that a query I had made to one of my associates (about how I could do the ordering myself) had not been returned, so the task fell off my radar. I have just now delegated the entire task for providing these books to my able and capable operations manager, and the books should be on their way shortly.

    Sorry about that. Perhaps I'm juggling too many things. {sigh}

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

    update: Argh, just heard back that O'Reilly is closed until the new year for ordering! My timing is apparently ugly.

      Thank you so very much! Throughout all of this it has continually amazed me how kind and generous folks have been. Most especially those who have never met us.

      These books will see me back on my feet in good stead and I cannot express my appreciation strongly enough. We have been able in the last week to begin living in New Orleans again in an upstairs apartment. No hot water or stove yet but progress is being made.

      Thank you!!!


      David Martin / JerryGarciuh

      "Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures - in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing people together."   Wind, Sand, and Stars
        Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery
Re: Redux: News and Needs in New Orleans
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Dec 21, 2005 at 17:50 UTC

    Here's what I could drop in a box and send; let me know which of these you'd like:

    CGI Programming, 1st Ed.
    Javascript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed.
    Learning Perl, 3rd Ed.
    Learning XML, 1st Ed.
    Perl 5 Pocket Reference, 3rd Ed.
    Perl Cookbook, 1st Ed.
    Programming Perl, 2nd Ed.


Re: Redux: News and Needs in New Orleans
by marto (Cardinal) on Dec 21, 2005 at 22:43 UTC
    Hi jerrygarciuh,

    In addition to what the other monks have said, have you tried looking/asking on freecycle?

    Hope this helps.

      Freecycle is a great concept. I recently signed up for 2 local groups, and I get the digest emails. I've stopped reading the mails though, because 80% of the offers are from 2 annoying people who must be rummaging through their neighbors' trash and posting separate messages about every small thing that they find. And when something isn't taken, they re-offer it 5 times. I haven't unsubscribed yet though, because I'm planning on someday getting around to writing a script that filters out messages from those 2 users.

      I have an O'Reilly Javascript book (3rd edition) and an O'Reilly DHTML book, msg me if you're interested. Frankly, I've never really used them. I've found that the info is always easier to get from google than by actually getting up and finding the books.


Re: Redux: News and Needs in New Orleans
by jfroebe (Parson) on Dec 21, 2005 at 20:47 UTC


    Not to rain on the book donation bit, but have you tried Amazon Marketplace or Ebay? Many of the books you are looking for can be had for under $10 each (used) including shipping.

    ouch.. that came out harsh. It wasn't meant to be. Just pointing out that Amazon or ebay maybe a suitable substitute.

    Jason L. Froebe

    Team Sybase member

    No one has seen what you have seen, and until that happens, we're all going to think that you're nuts. - Jack O'Neil, Stargate SG-1

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