Tuesday, February 09, 2010


If you’re one of those people who is sensitive to the vibes of your fellow beings, then New Orleans is a great place to be right now. There’s a palpable buzz in the air, a smile on every face, a twinkle in every eye.

The city threw a parade for the Saints today, and no one does a parade like New Orleans. It’s carnival season right now anyway, so the parade route was already in place. The various krewes donated the floats, the marching bands added a few more miles to their already dizzying totals for the season. The air was filled with flying beads and the sound of jazz. And everywhere you looked were happy faces—black, brown, white—all united in joy and a poignant sense of relief.

I heard someone say today, “Katrina is finally over,” and it struck me as profoundly apt. Yes, the streets are still masses of car-swallowing potholes. Yes,a lot neighborhoods are still struggling. Yes, many of our houses aren’t finished yet. But that nasty air of gloom and despair that has hung over the city for four and a half years has lifted.

We’re New Orleans, and we’re finally, really back.

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Blogger Lainey said...

It's TIME!
Fireworks started going off in my Houston neighborhood immediately after the game was over.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Well said. I hadn't quite put into words and now I don't need to!

9:32 AM  
Blogger orannia said...

I was thrilled when I heard the news! Congrats! Sounds like you're all enjoying the celebrations :)

6:11 PM  
Blogger Steve Malley said...

Fantastic!! That was a post to warm this old codger's heart... :-D

2:21 PM  
Blogger cs harris said...

Lainey, that's amazing that there were even fireworks going off in Houston!

Charles, I'm surprised we couldn't hear you whooping all the way down here.

Orannia, it's wonderful to see people so exuberantly excited.

Steve, you're such a softy.

10:21 PM  
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Just read the 5 St. Cyr Novels -- thats right, 5 in five days. Recieved a recommendation from Amazon for one. Loved it. Ordered all 4 others. Love them. But now, here am I on day 6. What am I to do?

Would love suggestions of some of your favorite books, fiction or non fiction. Also, when will there be another St. Cyr mystery? I don't trust that Hero at all... ;-)

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