Monday, February 4, 2008

Under the Bridge - 2 years after Katrina

Living in a tent under the I-10 overpass in New Orleans while thousands of tourists have the time of their lives mustn't be much fun. The Quarter seems to have fully recovered, except it's even more commercial now. It's lost much of its character and is resembling another hedonistic tourist spot, but there is still much to enjoy there. We didn't do the "Katrina Tour" because I can't ogle someone else's misery, especially when I'm there on vacation. There's still a lot of work to be done, but we spoke to a Jersey Girl and a Pennsylvania fella at Molly's "13" tavern on Frenchmen Street who were there helping with the recovery. It's nice to see young folks volunteering to help people when the glory's all going to Brad Pitt and the like, after much of the country has forgotten the needless tragedy that befell us a mere 2 years back.
After the denizens got the kick in the face of hearing that the meddlesome Army Corps of Engineers cannot be sued for the levees failing against a Cat-3 hurricane when they knew for years a Cat-5 would make the city part of Lake Pontchartrain, it's nice to know some "have not forgotten." It's more profitable to not forget 9/11 (and I was working in Manhattan that day, before you start) and while millions have already been squandered by FEMA, I doubt the Gulf region will be anything like it was before Katrina hit when the next big storm comes to knock them ass over teakettle.

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