Heartening….

…to see Kappa and the crew at Slim Goodie’s back serving food best they can on Magazine. And even to see some video of an Entergy crew working on Jackson, about two blocks from the house. They said power would be back this week and, dammit, looks like they’re true to their word so far. Once we’re back in town, I’ll clean the BBQ trailer and we’ll also be dishing up food for the pioneers trying to clean up.

Word on the Mid-City business is not as encouraging. I knew it would be a mess, but word from the landlord is that much of the roof also collapsed. It’s good from an insurance standpoint, in that I am sure there is much damage from water coming down. But that’s an argument for another day.

I love seeing all this activity cranking up, since it’s a testament to the spirit of the city. But our own circumstances will prevent our own return as quickly as we’d like. Gotta wait out my mom’s surgery and recovery for another couple of weeks here in Dallas, so we’ll sit tight for now.

I tried to watch Michael Brown’s congressional testimony this morning, but quickly got bored with his finger-pointing and all the video of stuff that took place three weeks ago. There is way too much to look forward to and, as Bob Seger put it, “too many people looking back.”

It is also fair time in Dallas, as the two-week State Fair of Texas cranks up this weekend. I haven’t been in about 25 years and, amazingly, it will actually cool off a bit later in the week. Hopefully, by the time we get to head south again, some of the questions about our return will be settled and cooler weather will be in for the season. That should make the cleanup a bit easier to bear.

For now, I’ll begin the search for a huge pot for making red beans and rice and/or gumbo on the trailer when we return. That’s the kind of looking forward I like.

12 Comments so far

  1. John Boylan (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 11:50 pm

    New Orleans bloggers, I have really appreciated your comments over the past weeks. I discovered this site from a nola.com Vieux Carre bulletin board post when the flooding had just started, so you’ve been a source of news and comment for me thoughout. I don’t always agree with every post, of course, but I’ve respected your spirit and your writing. New Orleans, for all of its many warts, is an amazing city, and an incredibly valuable place. I wish you all the best in getting back and rebuilding.


  2. G.B. Veerman (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 2:39 pm

    John,

    Wanted to send you a long-distance shout of support and kudos on a great series of threads on this blog. I’m really fascinated with this issue of a city’s “character,” which you discuss in your post here but also demonstrate with the mere fact that you’re writing in the first place.

    I just posted on piece on this subject you might find interesting (see URL above, or “freshglue.com”). The effort you and your neighbors are putting into getting New Orleans back in the game is both instructive and inspiring. Will keep track by visiting your site here and there.

    Best,
    Greg Veerman

    PS: Psyched to discover Metroblogging…gotta gets some Midwest towns on that list.


  3. Craig (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 10:40 pm

    Um…

    Who’s John?


  4. G.B. Veerman (unregistered) on September 29th, 2005 @ 4:41 pm

    John’s the guy who wrote the first comment.

    My bad.

    Didn’t look high enough on the page to get the salutation right.

    Do over:

    Dear Craig,

    Big ups on your blog and hard work!

    GBV


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