Thursday, September 29, 2005

If I had to live in a city...

I guess it would be Albuquerque (I actually did live in Albuquerque for a while when I was in college).



The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center






Solar Fiesta

Last Saturday Hari and I went to the Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque. We volunteered there and got free entrance and free t-shirts. I helped with the selling of entrance tickets and workshop tickets. Pretty much everybody who came to the fiesta saw at least one guy in a turban and beard. It was a pretty big turn out, in some of the workshops there were no seats left and people had to stand. Hari volunteered to proctor the workshop entitled photovoltaics 101. We also went to an interesting workshop on saving energy in your house. You can save a LOT of money if you have high energy bills, with a few initial investments.

This guy says his bricks are better than adobe. It looks like a cool machine.
Here I am in my solar fiesta t-shirt behind a temporary adobe wall.
Solar panels that were to be auctioned off.
Indoor exhibits.
A city that is built to conserve energy and build communities. Next to this model they had a pyramid shaped greenhouse which would grow all the food for the city. The food would be grown in the city and not require tranportation. Currently American cities are built so that people waste energy. More highways are built, less people live in cities, more people buy houses in the suburbs, which means they have to buy cars to get to work, which means they have to buy gas.
Some kids doing a performance at the fiesta.

Family

My brother holding my nephew with my Dad in the background. This picture was taken at my sister's house.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fall colors

These pictures cannot really be appreciated at a small size.
The aspens in the mountains have started to change colors.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Last day in Louisiana

On my last day in Louisiana, I went to the shelter in Donaldsonville. Some of the supplies that United Sikhs provided were supplies that were for Indian food, like dhal, rice, and roti. They said they won't be using it, so we transported it from there to a family in New Orleans that will be able to distribute it. Also while we were there we helped to organize part of the warehouse better. It was just me and Sat Avtar Kaur on that Tuesday. On that particular day we happened to be the only volunteers left, other people had left and others were arriving later.
Some of the supplies in disarray. This area is not really as bad as it looks in this picture. We helped in the area where they kept donated clothes. They had a lot that needed to be sorted.
Another shot of some supplies. This shows a little more organization, though it could definitely be better.
This was a tiny little lizard that I spotted at Sumir and Sahib's house. You can tell how little it is, if you consider that the grout between the two bricks, on which half of the lizards body resides, is less than an inch wide.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The house and the van

Before leaving for the airport I thought it fitting to take a picture of the van. I drove this van so much. I drove it into New Orleans twice and to other far away places. I felt like one of the main things I did for seva was driving this van.
This is Sumir Kaur and Sahib Singh's house, which is in a residential neighborhood in Baton Rouge. It is the command center and the Gurdwara at the same time. I don't know if they desire privacy, but I'm sure they haven't gotten and and probably won't get any for a while.

Helping a school

By last Monday not that many volunteers were still in Baton Rouge. A few of us went to help a school move supplies to another place so that they could hold classes in a temporary location.
Some of the volunteers.
Some of the supplies we moved.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Reminder

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United Sikhs


Here is a group photo of some of the volunteers that were there at the same time we were.

Reading from the recovered Bir ji


Here is Nirmal Singh, the Granthi at the New Orleans Gurdwara reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji, which was found untouched by the water.

Serving food

Here is a picture of a few of us who went to serve food at a shelter.

More pictures of the destruction in New Orleans

Leaving New Orleans on Saturday.







This person rolled up a trailer in the front of their place and were back at their house.













You can see two U-haul trucks in the background.