Thoughts on Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and having a brand new baby boy
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
My neighbor here in Pennsylvania came down with me to New Orleans in October to help my mom get her house back together. That was nice of him. My mom, my brother (her contractor), and I really appreciated it because he could have stayed here and made money. Now he is thinking about going to New Orleans for JazzFest with me and my wife. He says he doesn't want to go to help with any physical labor, but he does want to help with his wallet. I don't know exactly how I feel about that, but I do know that people don't like to give without getting something in return. I guess something is better than nothing. Thanks, Kirk. You are a great friend and a better guy.
I grew up in Metairie, LA and lived in actual New Orleans for 12 years. The day that I turned 30, I moved to New Jersey and then to Easton, PA 4 years ago. As luck would have it, I was in New Orleans when Katrina approached and evacuated to Jackson, MS. Other than that, I am a Latin and history teacher at a small, independent school in NJ. I miss New Orleans a lot, think about it all the time, and try to go there whenever the work schedule allows.