Steady now

Greetings fellow New Orleanians! I hope that unlike myself (and Chris) you’ve retreated to higher, safer lands. But if not, here’s the latest:

Gas is going: the stations that still have gasoline will run out soon, probly today. I just filled up at a Shell on Claiborne and they had about “2 hours” left.

Alkalines too: nothing is more heartening than seeing a near-fistfight develop over the last package of coppertops at the Walgreen’s. Goodness, people, we need to watch out for one another, not fight! I guess sharing goes out the window when the high water comes… ‘Course, I’m speaking as someone whose “battree” cupboard is comfortably stocked.

Did you see the background smirking during the news conference? When other officials were speaking, Mayor Nagin looked as if he was trying to stifle a laugh. Please, Hizzoner, let us in on the joke if you have a good one!

An interesting development is occurring between the National Weather
Service’s prediction of Ivan’s course versus the local weather channel’s predictions (I’m mainly watching WWL Channel 4). The local guys seem to be much more pessimistic about the storm’s path, saying frightening phrases like “east of Gulfport”, whereas the national crew out of Miami still project the eye hitting Pascagoula. In terms of damage to New Orleans, there’s perhaps a difference in magnitude between those scenarios.

Most of my neighbors are staying. Is Broadmoor just crazy, or are a lot of folks staying in your neighborhood as well? I sent the wife and infant to a safer, undisclosed location, but I’m staying (as are the tenants who share our double). Old homes just aren’t built for horizontal rain, so I’ll be tending to leaks that form. One other thing: it’s easy to neglect trimming an overgrown oak– there’s one I’ve been ignoring for several years now. However, assuming the tree makes it through the storm, trimming it will be one of the first things on my (long) “to do” list.

Wonderfully, my friend Ratboy stopped by and unloaded six large boxes of CD’s that he wanted me to keep dry. This guy has more records than EMI, and he didn’t have room to take them out of town with everything else. So now I have this gigantor library of music at my disposal. I should invite my other stalwart friends over and have a party. What songs should I play?

Anyhow: be careful, friends.

7 Comments so far

  1. Rob Schafer (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 3:04 pm

    Central City is crazy too! My block is all staying! We’ve all spent too much time renovating our houses to leave them to the storm/looters/whatever. Hopefully we won’t have to lash ourselves to our porches and go down with the ship :)

  2. richard (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 6:37 pm

    Judging from the general availability of parking spaces in the Marigny, I think the ratio of muleheaded stalwarts to nervous nellies is about 1:1 down here. To be honest, I’d probably head out myself if I didn’t have a plane to catch on Friday: call me crazy, but I’d rather spend 24 hours without power followed by a trip to someplace interesting than take a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to Houston. (But then, I really can’t think of any occasion to welcome a trip to Houston.)

  3. ricky (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 6:44 pm

    Does anyone know if Nash Roberts is dead? I think if he’s only in retirement it’s time he get his ass out to the WDSU offices and make a prediction about where this storm is going to hit. I miss the old bugger.

  4. Scott (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 7:49 pm

    Nash is retired in Folsom, last I heard. As for people staying, I have to think that traffic heading out of town would be a lot worse than it already is if the majority of New Orleanians were leaving. Tomorrow I’m heading for the renovated attic at my place of work and I plan to stay there until this thing is over.

  5. Ernie (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 2:37 pm

    Well, if they can’t get Nash they should at least pass the grease pen onto Morgus the Magnificent. And now that I’m thinking about it, if they could herd them all onto the set at once I’d like to see Nash, Morgus and Buddy D in front of the camera bloviating in unison.

  6. Shannon (unregistered) on September 19th, 2004 @ 6:25 pm

    You just know Nash was scribbling away with his markers in the privacy of his home. Just second nature. You’d think he could’ve set up a camera at home….

  7. hookers (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 2:36 pm

    Was just bored and thought I would post

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