Thoughts on Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and having a brand new baby boy
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Complaint Department Open
Stan Ridgway, former lead singer of Wall of Voodoo, says in "Can't Complain" off his 1991 release "Mosquitos," "All things considered, you really can't complain." Well, he was wrong. Found this site today (http://katrinacomplaints.com/default.aspx) where you are encouraged to write about any complaints related to Katrina and insurance and FEMA and contractors and whoever else is complain-worthy. And they would ask that you use your real name so the SOBs who are screwing you and yours know you aren't going to take the grief sitting down. So cheer up. "Things could be worse."
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.