Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans - Tell Me Something Good

The local newspaper called and interviewed me yesterday after someone there found my blog. One of the questions I was asked was, "Will you return?" I told her that, of course, we will return and the sooner the better.

We have gone to New Orleans in an ice storm (much to my mother's chagrin), one day after a near-miss by a hurricane and in the face of looming job and family responsibilities. However, we always kept the faith and have never canceled a trip. We shall return.

Our next trip is planned for March and, by God, we'll be there. We shall do our part by spending tons of money, eating obscene amounts of food and drinking inappropriate amounts of liquor. It's our duty and we shall endeavor to restore the economy of New Orleans to the best of our cumulative abilities.


Zina said...

Mom said she heard on the news that New Orleans wouldn't be open for something like 2 years. I figured you would now the true story. We were talking about going in March....that's ok...we'll go in April.

Zina said...

know not now

Laurie said...

Zina - The French Quarter, so far, has fared pretty well and Johnny White's actually has a few customers from what I read. I know they'll do their best to get The Quarter up and running as quickly as possible since it will probably be the first part of the economy with the ability to make a comeback.

Two years? No way. My money is on a small rebound in tourism by Christmas.

Willful Exposé said...

That's the spirit!!

Jack said...

I'm not a real big fan of Mardi Gras, but I think I'll have to go next year. Just to help their economy, of course.

Tom Harper said...

New Orleans will always be New Orleans. As sorry as I am over this unimaginable tragedy, this great city will always be great.

I'll go there again soon, and I'll drink lots of Hurricans and eat red beans and rice 'til it's coming out my ears. Strictly to help out the economy, of course.

Ed Abbey said...

I read somewhere that New Orleans was completely destroyed by hurricanes six times in the 1800's and at least twice in the 1700's. Now you can probably chaulk up one destruction in the 1900's but all experts say that has been a fluke and odds say it should have happened more often.

Perhaps they should write off the loss and move to higher ground rather than rebuild and have it torn down again as it has at least nine times in the past.

ME Strauss said...

Hey there!
I'll be adding my own trip to the New Orleans economy as soon as I can . . . I'm glad to hear that your New Orleans spirit. It's one of the best things about your fine city.

Meanwhile, your description of how you plan to stimulate the economy made me want to donate to the cause. :) I think you should put a paypal donation thing on your blog saying *Please contribute to my March mission to New Orleans--I will be:
Drinking Inappropriately to Finance the New Orleans Comeback Economy*

tigerlilly said...

Hi lady. The only good news I've heard (besides the zoo animals) is that the museum in city park didn't flood.

Glad to see you have the same spirit. I feel like I just lost a child. When the time is right, I have every intention of moving back to N.O. I spent too much time complaining about the lack of jobs, the education system, the crappy streets, etc. Now, I just wish I had shut up and did my part to make it better.

I've had "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans" stuck in my head all week. Hugs.

Tina said...

I'm hooked on your blog, no question. Inspired one of my own.

Whenever I read your name, I can't help but see "Raisin-ette" and then picture the little singing candies in that scene from "Grease".

Anyway, keep up the fine work. I LOL almost every day.

Patsy Darling said...

I agree. We normally go every year for St Patty's Day and we will be there this March. That's the best thing for this city for people to visit and spend their money there.

Lorna said...

you patriot---is there nothing you won't do for your country?

Laurie said...

Willful Expose - Hell, yeah!

Wang Chi - Of course.

ThHofPa22 - Ditto.

Ed - There's something about that wonderful bend in the river and Lake Pontchartrain that adds to the mystique of the city. Crazy, but true.

ME Strauss - Every trip, we have t-shirts made that we wear one afternoon as we walk around The Quarter making nuisances of ourselve. I think you have just come up with our next t-shirt.

Tiger Lilly - Good for you! The city does seem to call out to you doesn't it?

Tina - Aren't you nice?! I'll be over to check out your blog tonight. Tidy up a bit, will you?

Patsy Darling - We will definitely have to meet up! I'll be at the Cat's Meow every night for Happy Hour (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for those who don't know).

Lorna - I won't eat peas.