Posted: Sep 29, 2005 4:57 pm |
Edited by: Womb Raider
I don't know how it happened, but I'm in a suite right now at the Windsor Court, which would be like a $500/night room had our city not been destroyed. I'm not staying here but the night manager was kind enough to let me use her suite during the day.
The city is fuckin AWESOME. Total road warrior action. The first night we stayed at bateman's place, sans electricity. There was nobody around for blocks and blocks. We sat on the porch drinking warm cans of busch and killed a fifth of jim beam. The national guard rolled up at one point in a convoy of six humvees to check on us and see if we actually lived there. They just ignored our drunkenness, the beercans littered on the front yard, and the 45 caliber pistol on the porch. They shook our hands and told us to have a good night. A totally de-domesticated dog kept wandering around the street. It didn't even acknowledge us. We kept trying to give it food and water but it kept running away. Eventually it ate some chunks of summer sausage, but we had to throw them way across the street.
Everything is fucked up. There is not a single place in the city where you can stand and look around and not see any signs of destruction. Even in the neighborhoods that weren't flooded, probably half the buildings have roof damage. Signs = gone. Most traffic lights are totally mangled by wind. Tree debris is everywhere. Some houses have completely collapsed. This is uptown I'm talking about, where they want to start letting people come back.
Cops are driving around in these makeshift police cars, cobbled together from pieces of other cop cars that were destroyed. There are cop cars with no headlights, there are regular cars that just have "NOPD" spray painted on them. At the 2nd district police station there is a RTA bus with "POLICE" spray painted all over it in silver spray paint.
If we were third world before the hurricane, I don't know what we are now.
Here are pictures I've taken of the house, my neighborhood, and a couple other things:
As soon as I can find a place to live I'm coming back. There is just too much weirdness to see, I can't stay away.