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Hair Booms

Okay, I was a little nervous about the prospect of helping stuff the hair booms because it just seems disgusting to mess with human/animal hair. It was true that the hair smelled a bit and occasionally had stuff in it. Thankfully, Mom and I pretty much worked with Alpaca hair the entire time, so it wasn't nearly as gross as it could have been. They provide rubber gloves and face masks to help with the "dust" that flies everywhere when you pull the fur out of the bags and stuff it in the hose. Yeah, I'm calling it dust. Yeah, I know it's not dust. Ewwww. Still not as gross as the people hair. I saw one table working with human hair and it still had tissue paper in some of the hair! The alpaca hair had a few twigs, but otherwise was fine. It was also crazy soft! And it smelled a lot like a petting zoo or my uncle's dairy farm, so I was feeling rather nostalgic for New York while I was working.

The other people were really friendly! Mom and I were across from a young Air Force guy named Scott. He was from Phenix City (?) Alabama, so he and Mom talked about Alabama for a bit. Next to him was an 8 year old girl who talked and talked and talked. He was teasing her that he'd made more than she had; she pointed out this wasn't her first day doing it so really she'd done more. He laughed and admitted defeat. She got in a few zingers for a little kid.

Mom, who did not want to come with me at first, ended up having a blast and might go back on a Tues/Thurs without me. Plus, we both are going to try to go back another Saturday. So far BP is still refusing to use the hair booms, but according to the county people Y's been working with they only have to bow to BP for a wee bit longer then they can declare imminent danger or something and put out their own response to the spill. The oils been spotted off Destin now, so it's officially OUR land/OUR property now.

I am working on adding pictures ...

This is a much better use for panty hose. This is a much better use for panty hose.
Not the best picture of me. It was hot and sweaty work. I learned next time I need to bring a hair scrunchy and a shirt I don't like nearly as much. See the tubes? (See the little tubes?) You put the hose around the tube then shove the hair into the tube. As you work, you hold the bottom in place (because the hose will slip down) and fill the hose with hair then tie it off at the end like a balloon. It's brilliant and easy! And smelly.
This Alpaca was related to me, you can tell by the hair color! This Alpaca was related to me, you can tell by the hair color!
Shoving hair down the tube and into the hose.
Mom working away! Mom working away!
One of the few times I got to take a picture of Mom. Her hands were too full to put to use in stopping me.



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Jun. 6th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)


least you had a cool social experience hangin' with people. I've been trapped in the domicile all day!
Jun. 6th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
They discussed that at the stuffing sessions, and apparently the local emergency services can usurp the power to overrule BP's decisions on whether or not to use the hair booms. The people coordinating the stuffing in our area said they are coordinating for when local authorities can start to step in. Meanwhile, they are preparing for when the time comes, although hopefully the time will never come. Meanwhile, we have tarballs hitting one set of beaches and oil sheen a few miles outside of another set. :( Our beaches are gorgeous. Sugar white sand. It's called The Emerald Coast because the blue water over the white beaches gives it a lovely green color when the sun is shining. Truly stunning.
Jun. 6th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Ha - I should have proofed before posting - it's a bit lacking in word choices - could I used meanwhile and coordinating more? Sorry, it's just really upsetting.
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the frowny face. :)

Sorry if I got whiny - I know other cities have it even worse right now with the animal life already covered in oil. We haven't gotten reports of that yet, and I've heard nothing about our estuaries being in jeopardy yet. But we are a tourist town, and local businesses have been reporting fewer customers for a while now even before the gunk started showing up on the beaches. We didn't actually start getting gunk until this Friday, so it held back on us for a while. Plus, the stuff we are getting is not as bad - tarballs are much easier to remove, I've been told. It's so weird around here because it's constant coverage but loads of conflicting information and rumors and everyone wanting to do something or to complain about something but no-one really knowing what's going on.

Anyway, I didn't take this picture, but it kind of gives an idea of how pretty our water/shoreline is then I'll shut up. :)

Jun. 7th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Yeah gon' suck if that goes away. Here's hoping...
Jun. 7th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
One of the horrible things about it hitting the FWB/Pensacola/Destin area is that sand is not replaceable. I remember them trying after loosing a lot sand from a hurricane. Even though it was classified as "white" sand it had to be sent back sense it wasn't as white as our beaches.

It breaks my heart to think some (or all) of it may be ruined.

Hopefully you will be able to do something soon.

Personally I'd think something like Alpaca would soak up more oil than human hair. I've spun it and it's much fluffier than ours. It's actually one of my favorite things to spin.
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