Good Day Sunshine

…now that I’ve put that earworm on you…

It IS a pretty day in New Orleans today, as is nearly every pre-hurricane day anywhere. It’s a bit humid and kinda breezy. We’ll keep the restaurant open until sundown, when a curfew goes into effect until dawn. This gives us the afternoon to get organized. getting the generator and other stuff in here and getting set up.

We’ve had a series of customers today, most of which have announced they are also staying. They’re grateful there is SOMEplace open, even if they’re on their way out of town, since EVERYplace is closed. You know things are serious when both the Wal-Mart and the Discount Zone convenience store are closed. But we’re cheered a bit at the latest storm tracking report, which shows landfall of the center a little farther west than anticipated. Every mile west that landfall occurs puts us farther from the strongest winds.

I’ve talked with about everyone I need to talk to, informing them we’re staying. I finally turned my phone off last night to simply stop the calls and the texting and the explaining. We both slept very well, though we were up early to get things cranked up down here.

The city isn’t a ghost town. Traffic is more like early Christmas morning, with only occasional vehicles. We’ll park where we want to block the front doors tonight. But it’s apparently still a mess on the main highways getting out. Glad we’re not fighting that.

I’ve been contacted by some media organizations to do a little radio work, so maybe I can make a few bucks. That’s cool.

7 Comments so far

  1. Beth (sea_beth2) on August 31st, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated- we’ll be praying for the city. I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this again. I went down to Slidell to help out after Katrina, and the amount of cleanup left to do was simply unfathomable. Hope you can keep updating Metblogs as long as you’ve got power.

  2. New Orleans MB Blogging Through Hurricane Gustav | Seattle Metblogs (pingback) on August 31st, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

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  3. breny on August 31st, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    My thoughts, prayers, vibes, and everything are with you and TBK and the rest of the city. I know you have a good plan in place. I’ve followed your struggle to build this business back for your family and your city and totally understand your decision to stay.

    I know those people that are eating your yummy food today are grateful you are there. Please keep us updated when you can.

    Brenda from FWB

  4. Daneeta Loretta (daneeta) on August 31st, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    Daneeta from London Metblogs here. We are homeless before this whole party gets started. A month ago, we got rid of our flat and sold all of our things with the aim of moving back home to NOLA to be with my family. We’ve been couch surfing in London and finishing off our work. We were originally supposed to fly out on the 1st, but we got delayed because of work. Now, our reservations are for the 8th. My mom has evacuated. My sister and her family have evacuated. All of my fellow Loyola Alumni have evacuated. I am now praying for the impossible: that the storm spins itself out in the Gulf with no major threat to anyone. If New Orleanians are left homeless, so will we be.

    Craig, I was looking forward to eating at your restaurant and sharing a beer. I am still looking forward to that. Keep yourself and your family safe.

  5. Lil (lilianl) on August 31st, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    sending all the positive vibes from dublin and daneeta, good luck to you too!

  6. charlayne on August 31st, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    I watched the blogs during Katrina and kept the candle burning. I’m about 30 miles from the Gulf in a small town south of Houston and there, but for the chance, it could come here.

    Keep safe and dry. I hope N.O. doesn’t have problems like last time.

  7. barkerja on August 31st, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

    I think this is it for New Orleans. This could very well be the last straw for people, especially if the city is more devastated this time around.

    It would be cheaper to pack up and move the city than to continue evacuating multiple times a year and rebuilding thereafter.

    I hope for the best.

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