It is really quiet in the city. The sounds of everday life - they are subdued. Certain neighborhoods are more active then others. More boards are being drilled over windows today, and yet much less boarding up activity is occurring than I would expect after experiencing hurricanes in FLA/Virgin Islands. I haven't left New Orleans as yet. I heard that Whole Foods is selling off prepared foods off half price today before they close at 2 pm today. Rue was closed but the kind folks at Zotz had hot beverages brewing on Maple Street. Last night after filling all 4 tires with air - the back drivers side tire which had some construction debris stuck in it and the tire went flat. Luckily, just as I pulled out of the truckers gas station by the Lowes on Elysian Fields. The owner came out to help Nature change the tire. Nature is my storm buddy. He is a great poet, he can say a powerful prayer, and he is a talented carpenter/painter/tileman. Where he lacks talent -- anything having to do with cars. So the owners help was a great help. I was able to get the tire plugged on St. Claude Avenue this morning. $15 to plug the hole - holes. At first they asked for $20 and I agreed just happy to get the tire repaired - then it hit me -- $20 to plug a tire. It has cost me $5 before on St. Claude - but that was the tire place further down. So in the end I negotiated $15 with a $2 tip. Which was all the cash I had.
Will the levy's hold? I think that is the greatest concern. Yeah, everyone is leaving in an orderly and calm fashion - everyone who can be saved will be. But what will happen to the levy's? What affect with the storm surges have on the structural integrity of the levy's.
Hurricane Gustav is the residents, the city of New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana's, first test of whether it is really safe to rebuild.
your planetary sister in New Orleans.