Hurry Up and Wait

One of the many new realities we’re getting used to in our post-Katrina world is standing in line.

For instance, the Uptown Sav-A-Center and the Winn-Dixie are both open. But, due to limited staffing, their hours are limited to 8-6 and 8-5 respectively. This means anyone who has shopping to do, particularly in the late afternoon, has to be willing to wait in line. More restaurants are opening by the day, but those already open face a similar staffing shortage. Your wait for service might be a bit longer than normal.

We’re all taking this in stride, using the wait to get to know those folks next to us. “How’d you do?” is the usual opening line. Given the condensed hours, we’re also more likely to see neighbors (such as running into Chris Martel and our neighbor Tim yesterday at Sav-A-Center). We’ll have to stand in line to get our mail, since there’s no delivery yet, and to do just about any of the required things that usually come to us when times are normal.

I got up early this morning and went for a drive around Uptown, forgetting there’s supposed to be a curfew in effect. There’s usually some fairly heavy traffic on St. Charles about 5am, but this morning I met only a couple of Humvees near the Louisiana intersection. Nothing’s open that time of morning, at least for now, so I headed back home and waited for the paper. I went back out about 7:30 and found a few convenience stores open. But, again, there were long lines of construction and demolition guys from all over. It’ll be that way for a while.

All the abandoned refrigerators have been removed from our street. This is good, but I miss seeing some of the creative artwork.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chris Martel (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 10:08 am

    I noticed yesterday that Sav-A-Center is actually open until 7 pm now. Stood in line for quite a while there yesterday.

    If you really want to stand around though, go get yourself a flat tire. I waited 3 hours to get tires fixed on Monday. ugh.

  2. roux (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 4:08 pm

    How about Coliseum between 7th and 8th? Did any of that area flood?

  3. Craig (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 4:11 pm

    Nah. No flooding anywhere on Coliseum. Just a bunch of debris and crap, like everywhere else.

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