Catching up….

While watching all the hoopla surrounding Hurricane Rita, w’ve finally managed to catch up with nearly all the neighbors and friends who bailed out of New Orleans nearly four weeks ago. We are literally spread from California to Florida and all area ready to get back at the earliest possible opportunity. This latest storm didn’t help, but at least we’re secure that our floors will remain dry.

A few observations and questions…

In talking to relatives who had to bail ahead of Rita, they found he same kind of rolllng community that we discovered ahead of Katrina. It’s a bitch when you’re forced to be on the road, but it’s pretty cool in some ways too. By and large, folks show their best sides and not their worst.

Despite the hassles and mistakes, the New Orleans contraflow appears to have worked a LOT better than that from Houston. I know Houston is a much larger town, but dammit — we New Orleanians know how to bug out, don’t we?

Don’t you wish Wolf Blitzer would just shut the hell up? Most grating voice on TV. And don’t even bring up Larry King.

Texas has this (Belo-owned) all-news cable channel and it’s a good one. Such a thing would be neat for Louisiana, but most of the year would be filled with various stories from crawfish festivals, minor political corruption and the like. No thank you.

We tried to volunteer at a Rita shelter yesterday, but were told we weren’t needed. But we left our numbers.

In talking to fellow New Orleans refugees, it seems the overriding emotion now being felt is impatience. While we all want to get back to our stuff, we’re impatient mainly to just Be There with the vibe that is the city. We kinda waffle back and forth between impatience and a kind of depression, pouting “I wanna go home” like a sleepy five-year-old. Stomp your feet — it really does help sometimes.

Some car with a “Bohn Zone” license plate frame went by us yesterday here in Dallas. I wanted to follow the guy to find out how he’s doing and catch up on things.

We’re gonna buy some speakers for the laptop today. This will allow us to crank up the Dr. John and other downloaded tunes. We also want to go see C.C. Adcock when he brings his show up here.

All in all, we’re all holding up well, considering. We’re full of sympathy for Rita’s victims and ready to provide what help we can. But mostly — we just want it to be over. For all of us.

14 Comments so far

  1. Joe B. (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 10:27 am

    Everybody wants it to be over. And yeah, contraflow did seem to work better for us than for Houston. I was supposed to go back to N.O. this weekend to help with some cleanup, but didn’t want to get stuck on the road with evacuees and no gas and deal with potentially a tropical storm when I got there, so it’s now next weekend for me, long as there isn’t another hurricane taking aim.

  2. breny (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

    I agree Wolf Blitzer is annoying, but Rita Cosby has a FAR more irritating voice, IMHO. She makes me absolutely crazy.

  3. Craig (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 5:58 pm

    The Entergy site says they plan to get power back to our neighborhood (70130) in the next couple of days. We’d ordinarily be headed back by midweek, but my mom faces cancer surgery and that is a bit higher on the priority list. We’re looking for a return in about two weeks, depending on her situation. But we’ve offered up the house to some neighbors who will be back earlier and to my brother-in-law, who’s on a utility crew doing work in the area.

    Our working plan is to call a Reugee Party in mid-October or so at our house in the Irish Channel. We’ll let folks know.


  4. Scott Chaffin (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 8:48 pm

    Do you need any zydeco for that laptop? I just transferred all mine to iTunes so the CDs will be gathering dust. Boozoo Chavis, Clifton Chenier, Beau Jacque, Jimmy Thibodeaux, Buckwheat Zydeco, couple more that I can’t remember…probably compilations.

  5. Craig (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 9:33 pm

    We have quite a bit, but more is always good. Let us get back to a regular high-speed connection and we’ll talk.

  6. Bill (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 4:12 pm

    Hang in there folks!

    Speaking of patience, you all sound like you’ve got more than me. I used to live in New Orleans when I was young man (late ’70s-early 80’s–Garden District). Looks like some of my old stomping grounds got spared.

    Any news on how Napoleon Av fared (I lived across from a shrimp restaurant called Pascal Manales)

    Bee good! Bill

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