Above:A 360-degree photo shows a rusted boat and other wreckage at Bayou Caddy, a port west of Waveland. (John Brecher / MSNBC.com)

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Posted: Wednesday, November 29 at 02:48 pm CT by

I'm in!! I'm in!! That's all I need to say to those who are following my life these days in the recovery and rebuilding of my house in Bay St. Louis, Miss., where Katrina almost totally destroyed our town and county.

Today the house passed the final inspection. But the Friday night after Thanskgiving I spent the night in the new house, albeit on an air mattress on the floor. Then Saturday I went out and purchased a mattress and box spring, had them delivered and installed on the floor in the bedroom. That's where Pokey the dog, Freeway the cat and I are sleeping until I can get out and purchase the bed I want.

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