Tired of Katrina stories?
You are lucky.
My friend Craig had to get on a plane in New Orleans.
Used to be,
when you came across the Pontchatrain Bridge, you saw the city spread before you and it was like someone had dropped their jewelry box....lights as far as you could see and your stomach would tighten 'cause you knew you were about to have a good time, something fun was going to happen....
It is as dark as the grave it became after the storm.
The huge airport, so big you have to take a bus to get from one terminal ot the next....there is NO ONE THERE...I keep saying it over and over to myself because I can't believe it.
From the time you get past the counters, go down the escalator, go out the door and into the parking lot...
There is no one there.
People like to distance themselves from disaster.
I have seen people write things online...
"well;, all those people could have evacuated"
How many people have the money to spend 10 hours in a car to go 200 miles, when you can't get off on the exit because you can't get back on?
And sometimes if you do have money for 3 tanks of gas to drive for 10 hours to get 200 miles in the traffic, there is no gas to buy.
It is 100 degrees and your car will overheat if you run the air conditioner.
I see, "They should have left earlier" in some blogs.
Would anyone have the money to leave 4 days early to stay in a motel?
Could you leave your job for a week?
There are no vacancies if you do...
Would you want to take a chance on being stuck in your car with your family in the storm?
There are no shelters inland...
I am not a worrier.
I live on the sunnyside.
But I have a friend who works on a oil rig in the Gulf.
The water temperature right now is 68 degrees.
It is normally in the mid fifties this time of year.
I keep seeing that empty airport.
And for the first time in my life of parties on the beach...
I am dreading the summer winds