My mom was supposed to be driving down to the house to see the damage, and I called her today to get the news. I found my mom sitting out on the porch with the rest of my family in Mississippi trying to stay cool, and they had more important matters than our house on they're minds.
They were trying to get my dad home. They were on the phone with him, and had convinced him that his job was done and things had deteriorated to the point where it was time for him to come home. Apparently he's obliged, and they are currently forming a plan. My dad has to find a ride to a "checkpoint" (this is all sounding much like Iraq news) where my mom will pick him up. My mom has sounded extremely tense and bewildered I guess every time I talk to her. Once my dad gets back I'm sure she'll be much relieved. Shes been worried sick, and understandably. Me and my bro have grown up with my dad doing stuff like this, (gulf war, berlin wall coming down) so when i talked to my brother and told him the story of him rowing for 4 hours, we all just laughed. We still think he's crazy.
My mom asked my dad at what point did he think it was time to come home. He said it was when the police started barricading themselves in to protect themselves from everyone else.
So the wheels are in motion for Ted to come home.
As for my brother, he's been working this whole time in Mobile, making sure choppers are ready to go. He was supposed to make his first search and rescue mission this morning, but he said they'd been grounded because of the shots fired at the helicopters.