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All Hands Volunteers, Project Catskills

Welcome to Project Catskills!

End of my first day on Project Catskills and I’m sitting in the back of a pick up truck in a car park 15 minutes from home with Bill and Jeremey, trying to access the internet. I’m tapping away on my laptop and alternating with an i-pad, catching the 3G when the mifi gives up for a while. There isn’t even any mobile phone signal in the place where we’re living. Its a communications black hole.

Back in Indonesia a man shimmied 60 feet up a palm tree to install a satellite dish and provide internet for the base, assuming it wasn’t raining. Or cloudy. Which it invariably was. In Haiti the connection was decent as long as not everyone was on it and the password had been recently changed so that all and sundry weren’t hogging it from across the street. Which invariably they were. In Japan the lightening fast fiber optic cable connections had been lost, along with so much else, during the tsunami, and the connection was reasonable if you were the only one on it. Which you never were, thanks to myriad i-phones in bags and laptops left open in other rooms.

Here the connection is terrible but it means a pleasant trip to the greengrocers/coffee shop every day to schedule volunteers over a delicious pastry and a cup of earl gray. What’s next? Carbon copy paper? Semaphore? Morse Code? Answers on a postcard. It’s the only way you’ll reach me after all!


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


3 thoughts on “Welcome to Project Catskills!

  1. Jess, I would like to speak with you directly about the work that you do. I live in NY. Any chance of us connecting while you are here? my email is tmporras@gmail.com. I can tell you more about what I do and the reasons for contacting you via that address.

    Looking forward to hearing back!

    Posted by TP | September 23, 2011, 4:45 pm
  2. Sending you some carrier pigeons, pencils, and an abacus.

    Posted by David | September 23, 2011, 9:52 pm

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