A welcomed post

A welcomed post: Jackson, Miss., blogger Shawn Lea — one of the most prolific bloggers I know who has become a friend of mine via the blogosphere — has been alarmingly quiet for two days, since making a post about Katrina approaching Jackson and a tree falling on her house. I haven’t heard from her via e-mail or blog post, so this is very welcomed news. No power or phone at her home so her family is in a hotel (with Internet access and air conditioning). As her job involves coordinating with hospitals responding to the disaster, she’ll be blogging lightly in the coming weeks. However, she’s already made a few posts regarding response efforts. Glad you’re safe, Shawn.

Also, on a personal note: Thanks to those who have asked about my brothers and mother, all whom live in the Mobile, Ala., area. Everyone is safe, high and dry.

Neither snow nor rain*, except for these zipcodes

Neither snow nor rain*, except for these zipcodes: Hammock Publishing’s postal maven says the Postal Service is updating this page with information about specific Katrina-hit zipcode areas that do not have service.


Effective immediately, the Postal Service is not accepting any Standard Mail or Periodicals Mail – from any source – addressed for delivery within the following three-digit ZIP Code ranges: Mississippi – 369, 393, 394, 395, 396 Louisiana – 700, 701

*Trivia: There is no official USPS motto despite the famous inscription on the New York General Post Office at 8th & 33rd: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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Athlete blogs?

Athlete blogs? In the previous post, I pointed to Steve McNair’s first-person entry on NFLPlayers.com and now, here is a WSJ story (free) about Justin Gimelstob’s first-person account of the U.S. Open that appears on SI.com.

Such participant-athlete first-person accounts have always been standard-fare on the sports page. I think it’s interesting that, in the case of Gimelstob, that “blog” is being used to describe what he’s doing.

(Trivia: A Nashville connection: In 1993, Justin Gimelstob won the USTA national boy’s, 16-and-under clay court championship which used to be played each year in Nashville.)