I just heard Shep Smith of Fox News ask a guy on Bourbon Street why he hadn't evacuated and the guy said, and I quote, "None of your fucking business." It was live so Fox didn't have time to bleep it.
According to Shep, hundreds of people are still drinking and partying on Bourbon Street. Of course, this is very stupid. However, but for the grace of God, my little group of crazies might have well been there this weekend telling Shep Smith to fuck off. My birthday is next weekend and going to New Orleans to celebrate my 50th birthday was definitely a consideration early on. It's where I spent my 40th birthday and a wonderful trip it was. So, we would have either been there this weekend or next weekend. I fear that next weekend in The Quarter will be quite sad indeed.
On a side note, I hate Fox News. They are an alarmist bunch of idiots. There was a weather guy on there a short while ago who was being very practical stating all of the facts in a very rational manner. I thought, "How odd," and I actually looked to see what channel I was watching. Sure enough, when he tossed it back to the anchor, she asked the weather guy, and I swear this is what she asked, if it wasn't true that all of the bodies buried above ground will float around the city after the storm carrying horrible disease? And, also, wouldn't there be a rabies epidemic from all of the animals, raccoons and such, that live in the wooded areas that surround the city?
Did I mention that I hate Fox News?