Sunday, August 28, 2005
I am literally sick about Hurricane Katrina headed toward New Orleans. I'm worried about the people and their homes and the animals on the streets, my sister Terry is worried about the animals in the zoo, but I'm also horribly worried about the city itself.
There are some cities that are more than just a geographical location or an arbitrarily drawn political region on a map. New Orleans has a history, a personality and a spirit that makes it so much more than just a place. New Orleans is a feeling which embeds itself in your very soul. There's the food, the music, the people and that wonderful feeling of freedom and peace that comes from being someplace that has been the part of so many meaningful memories and unbelievably good times. My son and his wife got engaged there on one of our trips. Need I say more?
I can't even turn the television on this morning because I can't bear to listen to what The Weather Channel is predicting. I'm going to Spec's right now to buy the liquor for my big Surprise Luau 50th Birthday Party next weekend. I guess I'll have to buy an extra bottle of something to toast New Orleans as I watch the news tonight.