Meant to update this before I left the Bay Area, but I guess it slipped my mind. I’m in New Orleans for Christmas. I’ll return on December 30th. I have no idea what I’m going to do for New Year’s Eve (everyone is out of town) — thinking about maybe heading up to Tahoe.
Anyway, caught a red-eye flight on Delta out of San Jose to Atlanta. Overall not too bad except I question the sanity of people who bring infants on red-eyes. Seriously. The kid was screaming the whole time, nobody could sleep. I guess that’s a real advantage of first class. For once, had an uneventful flying experience and arrived in New Orleans buzzing (wired). Went to my dad’s, felt fine, then proceeded to pass out on the couch (sitting upright with the tv on and cellphone in hand). Slept a few hours Tuesday then had dinner with Dad and Claire.
Didn’t do too much Wednesday. I had lunch with my mom at Taj Mahal (actually good even though they only had a buffet going due to Katrina). Spent the rest of the afternoon setting up my dad’s Christmas present. Then we went to dinner at Le Petit Grocery with my Dad, Claire, Shelley, Ross, and Allison (an honorary Hesse). The food was pretty good. The menu was slim, but I have a feeling that this has to do with Katrina. Most places are open, but they’re operating with less staff and less product. But hey, they’re open.
As I left dinner, I was reminded about some things in New Orleans I didn’t like. One thing was that I couldn’t escape my father’s friends. It’s not that I don’t like them. Far from it, it just always feels like there’s someone watching you. You can never escape. No matter where you go, there’s someone who knows you or your family. It’s….odd. It’s….New Orleans. It’s one of the things I like about SF. If I want to take off and have some alone time, I can. I can never do that here.
I’m sure most of you are reading this and waiting to see my impressions of New Orleans after Katrina. To be honest, I haven’t seen everything. Metairie is fine. There are pockets of areas hit but overall it looks ok. A lot of New Orleans looks ok (at least Uptown and Garden District). Sure, there are abandoned cars and the lot, but that’s nothing new. I have yet to go into the "bad" areas. I’m going to do that Friday afternoon or Saturday. I want to see my grandmother’s house before they demolish it. I’ll take some photos. I’m also going to visit Lakeview (which is supposedly pretty much gone).
Enough of this, my father and I are leaving to go duck hunting. Woot!