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Old 09-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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Kindle helps a Louisiana Hurricane Gustav Evacuee

A couple of feel good posts on the Amazon forums today.

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This is an e-mail I sent to Amazon feedback:

I wanted to let you know just how much the experimental part of my Kindle has helped my family and I. We evacuated from Houma Louisiana, ground zero for hurricane Gustav, to Minden Louisiana. Our wireless internet service was not working at the motel and in fact just came back on after about 24 hours of being out. I was able to access our parish emergency website on my Kindle so we would be able to know when we could return home. This feature was a real life saver and I hope you continue to have it as a part of the Kindle service.

Sincerely,

Susan Bowen
And another story about a woman using a Kindle to contact her husband when she had to go to the hospital.


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Hit my head at work today. Hard. Like good-idea-to-go-to-the-emergency-room hard. So a co-worker took me over there, just in case.
In the waiting room I realized I didn't have my cell phone on me. I wanted to let my husband know what was going on.
I did, however, have my Kindle.
I went online via whispernet to a bulletin board I frequent that works okay with the Kindle. Many of us have gotten to really be friends over the years. I knew I could count on some support there. So I started a thread asking for help from any of the posters who were in the U.S. to call my husband for me, to send me a private message and I would share his cell phone and instructions. I lost contact a little. I guess with all the hospital equipment around, it might have had something to do with it. After my intake and I was lead to my little piece of the emergency room, I got back on the kindle. A good few messages came, and when the first one I'd replied to didn't seem to have read the message yet, I shared the info with another of the guys who had responded.
When my husband showed up at my bedside later, I was delighted. Here's to good internet communities and clever roundabout uses of technology.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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And another story about a woman using a Kindle to contact her husband when she had to go to the hospital.
WOW!?? She could have just asked the nurse to call her husband for her. Some places even bring a phone right to you if you ask.

Now, the other one was more reasonable use.

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People are inventive. Those are interesting stories.

I must admit that I would just have used the hospital payphone to summon my partner, or asked the ward clerk to phone him. But I'm old-fashioned.
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Susan Bowen is my beloved sister. She emails that they are safe and may be able to return home Friday. She loves her Kindle; they had to buy one for her husband after she got hers.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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Susan Bowen is my beloved sister. She emails that they are safe and may be able to return home Friday. She loves her Kindle; they had to buy one for her husband after she got hers.
Well heck! Why don't you bring her around!

I'm glad she'll be able to go home soon.
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