Fits and starts
Kinda weird around town today. We’re functioning, but we’re not. We opened our place at lunch and will go until the food is out. I’ve got a couple briskets working for tonight, but they’re not going to last long. The problem is that ALL re-supply places are closed until at least tomorrow or later in the week because their employees hit the road and aren’t back or won’t be allowed back for a few days yet. It’s frustrating, since so many places have power and inventory, but no one to sell it. I’ve got manpower and electricity, but little inventory. What I could really use right now is beer — not to drink but to sell.
There’s no gasoline, no grocery stores, no convenience stores and only a smattering of other retail-type places open (no power). The juice is also still out at the house, but we’ll get the generator back over there tonight. None of us slept well last night because it was dead still, hot and sticky. It’ll be a big help to get a few fans going this evening.
Authorities are telling evacuees to wait another couple of days before coming back, but I don’t think they’re exactly setting up many roadblocks. It’s not like we’re trying to make the house look nice after a big party. Except for downed limbs and a lack of power, it’s impossible to tell in many areas that we had any kinda of storm — ’cause it was trashed since way before even Katrina.
…so we’ve essentially got another day or so of Labor Day.
I can’t say enough about the NOPD and their officers, as well as the National Guard. They’re been professional but flexible throughout this entire event. And, of course, we’ve managed to have a great time here at the restaurant. Alex and Milo have more than carried their share while being bone-tired, Kristen and Matt have been doing above and beyond to make things work and Stu and Melanie have been juggling more objects than they should. It has truly been a group effort and we’ve managed to have fun doing it. We all wanted to take a day off today, but once we saw how many peole needed feeling, everyone went back to it.
Thanks to all of you.