The Journey Home–By Plane This Time

When I got to the airport, I lugged in my bags filled with books and tried to check in at a NWA kiosk. But, alas, it didn’t have a record for my flight out of NOLA. Now I had given up my car and I was sweating again. The agent at the counter started working […]

Recounting NOLA–August 30, 2008–Getting out of Town

On Saturday morning I logged on to to print my boarding pass but my flight out of NOLA was cancelled. That’s when I started to panic. Others in the B&B were getting anxious too. Michael and his family were going to try to drive to Pensacola on the Florida panhandle. They had their dog […]

Recounting NOLA–August 29, 2008 National Katrina Animal Memorial Luncheon

I arrived at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel just before noon and had to leave my rental car with a valet, transport books to the second floor, and set up my display table before the luncheon. I should have lined up help in advance, but the bellhop took the books upstairs for me. While I […]

Recounting NOLA–August 29, 2008 Memorial Ceremony for the Animals

The Katrina memorial service was held in the chambers of the NOLA City Council at City Hall. City Hall is near the SuperDome and I got lost for a few minutes in a maze of one-way streets. The National Guard was already present near the Superdome, which is NOT going to be open this time. […]

Recounting NOLA–August 29, 2008

I’m back to recounting my time in NOLA over the 3rd Katrina anniversary, with Hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast. On Friday morning, Annie, a native of New Orleans who cooked our breakfast at the Creole Garden Inn, told me that she wasn’t taking any chances. She was going to evacuate immediately after […]