Oh and three rolls of exposed 35mm film.
I admit I have no idea where this stuff came from.
Tempted to get the film developed though. The other stuff? Already put away.
I chose to drive over through Louisiana via I-10, from Slidell to the Texas border rather than backtrack to I-12 as most folks do. It had been quite sometime since I had been to The Big Easy, and I was curious as to what was left of Katrina’s wrath that was visited upon this ancient (By American standards, anyway) city. After talking to a friend via telephone who assured me traffic shouldn’t be too bad, it was Sunday and the Saints were playing on Monday, I took to the road.
y the way storm damage is readily apparent in Slidell, as well. A lot of abandoned homes. It was obvious that some of these places were completely submerged. Also a lot of new construction underway. Just like down at the beach in Mississippi.
...It was festooned with all manner of memorials. I dunno if it was storm related or just a random car accident or two. But it would seem to me to be too much stuff for that. It was a glorious display of humanity’s regret for the past and things beyond the petty control of humans as well as hope for the future. There were wreaths, candles, plaques, memorials of all kinds set among the detritus of storm remains. I didn’t stop to take a picture (I was on a freeway) and I didn’t think I could do it justice anyway. Let the dead be dead and the let living mourn them in their own way. This wasn’t the last such display I saw along the way, either. But it probably was the best one.
s I got closer to the city, it was becoming obvious to me that whatever Federal, State, and Local governments and private and public organizations were doing, It ain’t enough people! It is appalling some of the things I’ve seen. Semi destroyed homes and commercial buildings that should have been cleaned up long ago. FEMA trailers galore. Apartment buildings with people living in them that should have been torn down! Destitute folk everywhere. (of course you can see those folk anywhere) Homes that need to be scrapped. And either given a “Do Over” card or a Get Out of the City Free Card. I understand they had to move around 28,000 vehicles that were simply abandoned.
don’t think you can maneuver too far in the city (or that area, for that matter) without seeing reminders of that terrible event and the failure of the government at all levels to deliver succor and comfort to those folks that really need it.
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