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01 September 2008 @ 05:49 pm
Gustav  
so gustav may be on the way. I've been tearing up all day.  not exactly sure why - but the memories of 2005 are just so intense - especially b/c today is the 3rd anniversary of the big K - 8/29/08. 

Well... obviously I never finished the post I started with the 2 sentences above.  It's now Monday, 9/1/08 and I am sitting at the Motel 6 in Memphis, TN with my girl and our pup.  We evacuated here yesterday.  From our house to room-check-in was 14 hrs.  Now it looks (looks) like NOLA is pretty much in the clear.  No severe flooding reported - no levee breaches at this point - and I've even gotten reports from tweeple that some power has been restored (already!).  So I'm feeling pretty calm and hopeful that we'll be able to return home soon and that we'll find our city and our home in decent shape, considering.  I've definitely experienced a wide range of emotions over the last few days - but I suppose that's to be expected after what we all experienced in 2005.  Though part of me really wishes we hadn't evacuated at all this time, I know it was the right thing to do.  "Better safe than sorry" is an understatement when 'sorry' could mean losing your own life or losing someone you love.  I'm grateful my family and I were out of harm's way and I'm looking anxiously forward to returning home. 

Under the circumstances, my love and I (and our cute dog) did pretty well yesterday during the evacuation.  We were stressed out, but we managed to keep things in perspective and even laugh a lot of the day (I have the best partner in the world).  Here are some pics of our trip: (More can be found on my flickr page at: www.flickr.com/photos/midcitygirl.)

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When we first headed out of town, the highways in New Orleans were completely deserted.  It was eerie - especially because the emptiness reminded me so much of the days after Hurricane Katrina.
 
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At first, we were extremely encouraged by the pace at which traffic was flowing.  But at some point (a friend said for him it was at the MS state line), the traffic slowed to stop and go and it felt a lot like previous evacuations (Ivan and Katrina),  The contraflow is always interesting - especially when you're on the wrong side of the highway like we were.  On our route (I-55N) I thought it worked better than previous years.  But those traveling on I-59N would strongly disagree with me, as they were in a big parking lot for hours upon hours.
 
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Trixie did okay on the trip.  She gets kinda stressed out and she didn't look like she felt too well - but her rebel streak was in full force every time we pulled over to walk her around.  So I was pleased that she was curious and lively when given the opportunity to explore.  She spent most of the car trip sacked out - but ocassionally popped up and pressed her nose against the window waiting for us to roll it down so she could stick her head out and sniff the 60mph wind hitting her snout.  So cute.   
 
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My girl was in good spirits and made me laugh throughout the long journey.  Her smile could light up a city! No, a continent! What am I saying? Her smile lights up the universe! (...what's bigger than the universe?)
 
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One of my very sweet birthday gifts from honeypie was a sony digital camera.  So I had fun at sunset, taking picutres of the lovely sky and trees while we cruised along on the highway.
 
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I  love the way they turned out - like abstract art. 
 
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Sunset silhouette of the most gorgeous, loving woman alive...
 
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Impressionistic Jasperfields.
 
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Today we met friends who also evacuated here to Memphis for a scrumptious lunch at India Palace.  It was so great to see them - always is.  But today especially nice to connect with people who love New Orleans as much as we do.
 
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Love sees us through.
 
 
 
 
humidcityloki on September 15th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Glad y'all made it through alright. Be extremely glad that you were not on i-59, it was brutal:
http://www.soros.org/resources/multimedia/katrina/blog/?p=74

I'm so glad that you and your pets avoided the experience that we had.