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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-10-06 07:46 PM
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Skinner's hands (not DU's skinner)
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This is the hand of a NOLA volunteer:


He's been working since the fall, for free, in exchange for food and a place to put his tent. He headed back home this week for a wedding and to spend time with his family, but he's returning again in October. Sometimes when the relief team quits for the day and returns to camp, instead of taking a break like the rest of us, he heads out and helps other people around town with their houses, or with chores. After work the last day I was in Slidell, while I was drinking a guinness and surfing the internet, he was across the street burning a pile of pine needles he had raked up for one of the neighbors.

He took a group of us out to see the national cemetery in Chalmette. When we parked, we saw the portajohn at the entrance had been knocked over. He walked over and righted it, not because he was responsible for knocking it over or because it was his job, but because he saw something that needed fixing, so he fixed it. That's what he does.

He doesn't own any heavy equipment. He doesn't even own a car. I don't know if he has a home; I've only seen him living in a tent. But when a man in town mentioned that the storm had moved his house 7 inches off the foundation, Skinner fixed it for free. He used scavenged fence posts that he cut up to make bearings, some railroad ties, plywood, and a few borrowed hydraulic jacks. When I was there last week, he was mucking and gutting houses for retired people with no insurance, in minority neighborhoods, hauling out fridges that were spilling forth some of the foulest substances known to man, knocking out black mold covered drywall, wading through piles of garbage in his sneakers, so people could move back into their homes. When he removed his Tyvek suit to cool off during water breaks, he had to find something to cover an open wound that wasn't healing on his leg, so gnats wouldn't swarm around it. I don't know if he has health insurance. When the break was over, he'd suit back up and go into the mold and filth for more.

Skinner has the most beautiful hands.
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  -Skinner's hands (not DU's skinner) lwfern  Jul-10-06 07:46 PM   #0 
  - Recommended- no comment necessary.  dicksteele   Jul-10-06 07:56 PM   #1 
  - ditto!  Viva_La_Revolution   Jul-10-06 07:59 PM   #2 
  - Tell Skinner hi!  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 08:00 PM   #3 
  - I was there last week  lwfern   Jul-10-06 08:09 PM   #7 
     - Hard to come home, isn't it.  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 08:16 PM   #10 
  - memo to * : helping people is hard work.  bluerum   Jul-10-06 08:01 PM   #4 
  - Great guy, he should get his hands checked out though  Bretttido   Jul-10-06 08:05 PM   #5 
  - That's what I thought, too.  knitter4democracy   Jul-10-06 08:14 PM   #8 
  - I agree regarding the infection potential...  survivor999   Jul-10-06 09:25 PM   #17 
  - Nope, just this is Skinner. People are looking out for him  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 09:27 PM   #21 
  - We wear gloves there  lwfern   Jul-10-06 09:35 PM   #23 
     - I was going to write that  Turn CO Blue   Jul-11-06 03:25 PM   #36 
  - He's better at taking care of other people  lwfern   Jul-10-06 09:30 PM   #22 
  - That's what I was thinking too, he should see a doctor...  Up2Late   Jul-10-06 11:20 PM   #30 
  - A Man Truly Following in the Footsteps of Jesus  berni_mccoy   Jul-10-06 08:05 PM   #6 
  - Amen  mikelewis   Jul-11-06 12:42 AM   #31 
  - Volunteers are needed NOW!  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 08:15 PM   #9 
  - I've got the gulf march posts in my DU journal  lwfern   Jul-10-06 08:27 PM   #12 
     - Here's a link to the camp's website  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 08:50 PM   #15 
  - Skinner has beautiful hands  MuseRider   Jul-10-06 08:20 PM   #11 
  - He is an exceptional person  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 08:41 PM   #13 
  - Such dedication! I so admire people who  DemReadingDU   Jul-10-06 08:44 PM   #14 
  - This is the type of post that should be at the top of the greatest page...  5X   Jul-10-06 09:21 PM   #16 
  - Words can't describe ........his beautiful work hands.  KoKo01   Jul-10-06 09:26 PM   #18 
  - That should be the cover of Time Magazine IMHO  proud patriot   Jul-10-06 09:26 PM   #19 
  - Damn Skinner! Don't kill yourself dude! You can work a good horse to  lonestarnot   Jul-10-06 09:27 PM   #20 
  - Bless him  wicket   Jul-10-06 09:36 PM   #24 
  - What else does Skinner do? (sorry picts are blurry)  uppityperson   Jul-10-06 09:37 PM   #25 
  - The relief camp's chainsaw broke  lwfern   Jul-10-06 09:49 PM   #26 
  - Wow. Just Wow!  AuntiBush   Jul-10-06 11:05 PM   #27 
  - What a unique perspective, lwfern.  intheflow   Jul-10-06 11:07 PM   #28 
  - Ha! No photos of my hands.  lwfern   Jul-11-06 07:06 PM   #38 
  - You know who this man is? The Anti-Bush.  Canuckistanian   Jul-10-06 11:09 PM   #29 
  - Bodhisattvas and angels walk among us, showing us the way...  Hekate   Jul-11-06 02:08 AM   #32 
  - Yes, absolutely.  flvegan   Jul-11-06 07:36 PM   #40 
  - Wonderful post and photos. Thank you. n/t  cigsandcoffee   Jul-11-06 02:14 AM   #33 
  - So...now let's talk about "Work that Americans Won't Do".  rucky   Jul-11-06 12:03 PM   #34 
  - Chicks dig scars  Kire   Jul-11-06 01:09 PM   #35 
  - women, not chicks.  lwfern   Jul-11-06 07:33 PM   #39 
  - kicked and recommended.  BrklynLiberal   Jul-11-06 06:15 PM   #37 
  - Link to more pictures at work  uppityperson   Jul-12-06 03:03 PM   #41 
  - The ones of him working on Grace's home are sad  lwfern   Jul-12-06 04:28 PM   #42 
     - Did you work on her house? and a kick for more pictures  uppityperson   Jul-12-06 10:24 PM   #43 
        - No, I didn't work on it  lwfern   Jul-13-06 09:46 AM   #45 
  - Thank you for this post  seasonedblue   Jul-12-06 10:40 PM   #44 
  - Thank you brother!  Swamp Rat   Jul-13-06 09:51 AM   #46 
 

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