the storm wrecked most of the city, but strengthened some friendships. i had the good fortune of being friends with some pretty solid people. with no power, no answers, the only real thing that we had was perspective. and some rain was not going to compromise the perspective.
yobreaux.com was something a group of friends and i had started throwing around the phrase before katrina. most of the t shirts got washed away, lost or just not here, so please be on the look out. if you happen to see a yobreaux.com shirt, coozie or visor, know what it means, to miss new orleans.
i did not know that today was the anniversary of a storm that hit new orleans in 2005, but after reading various social media outlets it became apparent, today was the anniversary of hurricane katrina, brah. wow. what to say about the storm that affected people, good and bad. i have a story, but so does everyone. survivor guilt was the weirdest feeling for a while. people had lost so much. i didn't have anything at the time but a dog. i mean, i had a lot of stuff, clothes, electronics, kitchen equipment, but nothing that can not be replaced, except for my dog. so the story goes, i stayed in new orleans until wednesday i believe. i was given shelter by some very good people, and beyond shelter, there was a comfort in being with family and friends that seemed to be the lasting memory or feeling. after spending a week or so with these very good people, i ended up going on a road trip. originating in florida with an original destination of pittsburgh, so that i could see my family.
the first stop and the last stop were the same place. lexington kentucky. we were taken in by new orleans folk who happened to attend kentucky for college. wow. kentucky was green and beautiful. for some reason the road trip seemed to break down the notions or expectations i had of other places in the united states. sites, sounds, and the food were all different than i had eaten, and thought the world to be. after the storm, i realized the world wasn't flat, and other cultures exist outside of new orleans.
after kentucky the journey continued to the northeast. tune in for the next installment, on what happened in the north east. it isn't exciting, but it was too me.