Posted: Sep 2, 2009 10:37 pm
Thanks for posting, Joe Buddha. I feel the same way, but I'm kind of embarrassed to get all gushy because...well, just because.
Though, I really would like to get that way about it.
I had friends from NOLA here in Memphis for a wedding that weekend. They had packed a bag for the weekend, and I was utterly floored to see what was happening to them. I said, "Well, when do you think you're leaving?" and I'll never forget her saying, "We just don't know, we just don't know if we'll ever be able to get back."
Indeed, they spent the next two or three months here. We went to Catholic Charities to get them clothes, and I wound up doing some volunteer work there...sorting, and sorting, and more sorting. I was very proud of Memphis and the Goners then...I felt like we all stepped up, unlike our fucking government.
I went to NOLA and Biloxi (have good friends there that lived a quarter mile from the beach...they're still rebuilding and were screwed by their "insurance"....lived in a FEMA trailer in their driveway for more than a year) 13 months after the storm and spent four days in SHOCK. I can't imagine what it would have actually been like if I'd LIVED there. I also got real, real mad when I saw the 9th Ward. What we (as in the government we) didn't do was disgraceful.
It really has stayed with me. Louie's story is just unbelievable to me, as are hundreds of stories I've heard since.
I spent all last weekend thinking about Katrina. Makes me so, so sad...but at the same time so in awe of the resilence of the residents of the Gulf Coast.
Hell, yeah...NOLA (and Biloxi, and Pass Christian, and etc.) FOREVER! I'm going back at the end of September, and I can't wait!