November 29th, 2005

new orleans, fleur

Marathon Runners

Three months, a quarter of a year, ninety-two days. That's how long it's been since Katrina hit. The toll of these trying months can be seen on the grim faces and in the tired eyes of the people going about the business of acclimating to the "new normal", although no one really knows what that is quite yet.

At a local restaurant I went to last week with some co-workers, all the employees were wearing a t-shirt that said, "Katrina recovery is a marathon, not a sprint." I haven't decided if that is inspiring or daunting but the phrase has been stuck in my head since I saw it.

Here are two articles about the New Orleans normal:

There's no place like home. Determined to be back in New Orleans, "urban homesteaders" are now living on the second floor of their flooded houses.

Hard road back for New Orleans.

"This city of feathery Mardi Gras masks and chilling vampire yarns grapples with its new realities: More than 100,000 homes and businesses remain uninhabitable. More than three out of four residents live elsewhere. More than 5 million tons of storm debris is still on the ground. The power company is bankrupt. Workers are in short supply. Its pro football team is playing in Baton Rouge, its pro basketball team playing in Oklahoma City, its thoroughbreds racing in Bossier City, La. Its first -- and so far only -- public school reopened Monday. The police force is in disarray. Scientists are recording alarming mold levels. Suburban suicide rates are spiking. Local doctors are operating out of tents. The Catholic Archdiocese is $40 million in the red. The mayoral election scheduled for February is in doubt because of logistical problems.

The concern for many here is simple, which makes it even more terrifying: Will New Orleans ever be itself again?"

Thanks to beccak1961 and mustbered for linking to the second article.

Walking In A Winter Wonderland!

We still have our sense of humor here in New Orleans. Here are a few pictures of the Christmas display at Lakeside mall in Metairie, a suburb just outside of the city. (Click on the pic to see a bigger version.)

Blue Roof & Debris Pile Blue Roof & Debris Pile

Notice the little piggie near the porch steps. That made me laugh for some reason.
Broussard's Pumping Station Broussard's Pumping Station #1

"Operates only in good weather." So funny and so true.
Christmas In New Orleans Christmas In New Orleans

Everybody wants a generator from Santa this year.

office, sigh

Not Such A Good Night, Not Sleeping So Tight

Bedbugs are back and spreading through New York City like a swarm of locusts on a lush field of wheat.

"In the bedbug resurgence, entomologists and exterminators blame increased immigration from the developing world, the advent of cheap international travel and the recent banning of powerful pesticides. Other culprits include the recycled mattress industry and those thrifty New Yorkers who revel in the discovery of a free sofa on the sidewalk.

And that new mattress delivered from a reputable department store, which kindly hauled away your old one? It may have spent all day in a truck wedged against an old mattress collected from a customer with a bedbug problem.

Once introduced into a home, bedbugs can crawl into adjoining apartments or hitch a ride to another part of town in the cuff of a pant leg.

'Anyone who stays in a hotel, rich or poor, can bring them home in a suitcase,' said Richard Kourbage, whose company, Kingsway Exterminating in Brooklyn, does about a dozen bedbug jobs a day. 'Some of the best hotels in New York have them.'"

This is freaking me out!

( Alternate link to the same article.)
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