What the NOLA Blogs Are Saying (Update in Comments)

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Just a few quick links from the NOLA blogs.  Nice thing about these blogs is if you visit one, you end up linking to all the others, and they are all worth reading.

Oyster at Your Right Hand Thief:

I’ve been enjoying the professionalism of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s hurricane preparation updates during the past few days. He’s not afraid to lay a lot of detailed information on his audience. Yesterday he went on for about 10 minutes straight, in granular detail, citing all the numbers of buses, people, and provisions that are coming into New Orleans to help with evacuation and post-storm relief. Afterwards, he described the laundry list of statistical information as a brief “survey” of what is being done. His directness and command of the details was the key thing, throuout. He didn’t seem overwhelmed. He stayed on target. He instilled confidence.

Jeff over at Library Chronicles

Yesterday, the Mayor took a moment away from honoring the victims of the Federal Flood to use them as means to attack his critics.

“The most important work we need to do this third anniversary, in spite of the challenges we face this hurricane season, is to learn, ladies and gentlemen, to respect and honor each other — our diverse culture that is unique to New Orleans. I don’t know exactly who is in those coffins, you don’t know who is in those coffins, but I will bet you they represent every aspect of this great city. . . .

“So when people talk about their love for this great city, and then you go to a blog, or you read something and it is divisive, it is hateful, it is mean-spirited, my question to you is: How you can you love New Orleans if you don’t love all of us?”


And here’s Dangerblond:

I saw my neighbor outside cutting his grass. I asked if they were leaving. He said that they were going to Shreveport tomorrow morning, where his company has a hotel room for him and his family.

I ran over to my neighborhood quick-stop. I thought about topping off my almost-full tank, but they were out of gas. My Egyptian friend said they are delivering more gas tomorrow morning. He also said he was staying and keeping the store open. It’s right atop Metairie Ridge, so it might be handy if we get another flood.

There was a man in line behind me. When I left, he said, “good luck to you.” That’s the same thing the people next to us said at Slim Goody’s this morning.

From gentillygirl, who has posted here at Docudharma:

Well Gentle Readers, I think my thoughts on this hurricane’s path is right- we are now seeing more of a westward trend for landfall. Here’s the current NHC track on the storm-

Now let’s see the National Guard or the NOLA Gestapo drag me out of thie Fortress.

Sinn Fein Darlin’s… it’s up to us to keep the faith and protect our city

Raymond Ward  at Minor Wisdom:

As everyone knows, we’re expecting Hurricane Gustav to hit the Louisiana gulf coast sometime Monday. People have always been a bit anxious around here when a hurricane is threatening. But this time it’s been a little different. I’ve notice a lot of people who seemed emotionally on edge, myself included at times. This is undoubtedly due to memory of the Katrina ordeal.

Our plan is to stay put. Our house survived Katrina, and 100 years’ worth of hurricanes before Katrina. I don’t think this one will be another Katrina, but if it is, we’re ready for an extended camp-out. We have around 25 gallons of bottled water, several days’ supply of nonperishable food, flashlights, electric lanterns, plenty of batteries, a hand-crank radio, and a camp stove. And if for some reason we must bug out, the gas tanks of our cars are topped off.

Maitri at Maitri’s VatulBlog:

D and I still don’t know if we’re leaving or not. At this time, despite the fact that Hurricane Gustav is still in the Caribbean, the models trend west. What does that mean in terms of rain and surge?  Will the power go out?  Sure.  For how long?  Uncertainty, not anxiety, prevails. This post will be updated through the day, so keep it here and on Twitter if you want to follow along at home (since you obviously have nothing better to do on the Saturday before Labor Day).

7:30AM – Awakened from strange dream about a couple of friends by my brother who wants to know if we’re leaving. “Huh? I dunno. snore Yeah, I’ll come up there if anything happens.”

8:00AM – Turn on TV to flip between local channels. “What? I slept all night and that storm has moved inches? Damn you, Gustav, I want my money back.” Bleary-eyed reach for coffee.

8:30AM – Ok, we’re getting our plywood ready, just in case.

5:30PM – Windows boarded by D, while I stood around and looked spiffy. Bob Breck says the high pressure ridge that was supposed to push Gustav to the west may not come here any more. It won’t be a direct hit to the city, but close enough. We’re leaving tomorrow. The question is when tomorrow.

From prytania waterline:

The Guvna is in the middle of his press conference, he just said something I found interesting. He said that the RTA reported at the current pace that only ten thousand people of an estimated 30,000 that may need assistance will be taken out today. Unless there is a surge of folks who get to the Bus/train station a lot of people with little means may be left here. Hopefully this thing will slide further west and not bitch slap the city. But at this time I would say it is still a crap shoot.

And from Humid Haney Rant, some recipes to ponder “While Waiting for Gustav”:

Hurricane Beverage Emergency Preparedness Kit


1 1/2 oz. Absolute Ruby Red vodka

1/2 oz.vermouth


Prune juice

Combine vodka and vermouth in cocktail glass. Fill remainder of glass with

equal parts Clamato and prune juice. Stir. Drink. Ask next-door neighbor

whose fichus tree blew over and crashed onto your roof – even though you’d

warned him for months to uproot it – if you can use his bathroom. Repeat.


1/2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. tequila

1/2 oz. rum

1/2 oz. bourbon

1/2 oz. gin

Sweet-and-sour mix

Splash of fruit juice

Combine vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon and gin in a tall glass. Fill

remainder of glass with sweet-and-sour mix and splash of juice. Stir, then

garnish with an inverted drink umbrella. Drink during peak storm hours, and

vow not to believe anyone who tries to tell you the hurricane that flooded

your garage and destroyed your shed was just a Category 1.

There’s a lot more.  But I thought I’d give a little flavor of what’s happening now.

I wish everyone in the affected area safety, I hope all those folks who don’t have the means to evacuate are helped.


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  1. And they’ve done a great job in covering the “recovery” after Katrina … which is why Nagin is not so fond of them, heh.

  2. As I see the pictures of folks lining up to get on buses, the scenes make my stomach tighten – I can literally feel the memories of watching the horror 3 years ago. It boggles my mind to try and imagine what its like for those who lived it.

  3. I, too, sit in contemplation of what may befall NO next!  It makes one’s heart ache!  How much, how much more can these souls take?

    I, too, have so many problems with this — particulary, at this juncture of our country.  

    I have read accountings tantamount to such that WE can control the weather.  The rainfall, the storms, etc.  Forgive me if I seem quizzical at this possible event!  Take your pick of “weather controlled” articles!  To me, it’s pretty scary!  Last hurrah????  Here’s a google search on weather and control:   weather

    Is it but one more attempt to rid NO of its citizens, in order to turn it into a oil-mining utopia offshore and a playground for the rich — who want to be richer still?

    I don’t know what to think any longer — but, I hope, that the citizens of NO will be safe, and any losses minimal to them!  

    How long can our hearts ache?

  4. Hot Damn.

    1.5 oz vodka or gin or rum or tequila or combination

    lotsa clamato juice




    Put liquor in glass with ice.  Fill with clamato.  Add as much horseradish and tabasco as you can stand.  Enough to make your mouth burn and your eyes sweat. Squeeze lots a lime into it.  Stir. Imbibe.  Repeat PRN.

    Stand in open space and look up at sky.  Wonder how many drinks it will take to make you fearless.    

  5. … they are live blogging Gustav over at Daily Kos.

    Donnamarie does a great job of this — they did the same for the fires out in California.

    This is scary … they are saying Gustav is getting huge.  And there are more storms forming.

    • pico on August 31, 2008 at 04:45

    words of wisdom from Chris Rose:

    It’s weird how, when the hysteria begins around here, the conversation always turns to Nash Roberts.

    True story: Three years ago, on the Saturday before the storm, I was in line at the Winn-Dixie on Tchoupitoulas Street and the woman in front of me told the guy in front of her that her cousin knew a guy who lived across the street from Nash and he said that Nash’s car left his carport the day before and hadn’t returned.

    “If Nash is leaving, I’m leaving,” she confidently proclaimed. And it was good enough for me, as well. I left my accumulation of batteries, candles, duct tape and water in the grocery cart and walked out of the store, drove home and told my wife: “We’re leaving.”

    Nash Roberts is a meteorologist who was already pushing 100 years old when I was a kid (and probably when my grandparents were kids, too).  He was fiercely respected, but he’d retired long before I was born.  Somehow one of the local stations realized that Nash had this almost superhuman power to calm the city of New Orleans (or to convince it to panic and run like hell), so whenever it looked like a hurricane might threaten, they’d pull him out of the closet, dust him off a bit, and put him in front of the camera.

    Nash didn’t use computer models or the green screen.   He sat in front of a chalkboard, pinned sheets of paper with hurricane info onto a bulletin board, and drew out his own projected paths – and he made no bones about saying that the National Weather Service didn’t know what it was doing.  Fie on fancy technology!  And you know what?  That sonofabitch was always right:

    Nash retired from the Eyewitness News anchor desk in late 1984, but would come back during storms to help calm and educate the locals during hurricane season, sometimes to the visible resentment of the station’s younger weathermen, especially when Nash’s experience, intuition, and pen and paper yielded more accurate predictions than their computer models. He accurately predicted the path of Hurricane Georges in 1998, while all the full time on-air meteorologists of the area got it wrong.

    So when Chris Rose says that the woman in front of him told the guy in front of her that her cousin knew a guy who lived across the street from Nash, and that Nash left, this news carries almost mythological heft.

    The push westward doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  People are getting out of there.

  6. From oyster at Your Right Hand Thief.  (a pic and a caption)

    From jeffrey at Library Chronicles:

    The last time this happened I said I’d bring more of my stuff with me. But it looks from here that the only things I’ve done differently are

    1) Pack a few more clothes.

    2) Pack my cd collection.

    3) Clean out the fridge.

    Just opened a bottle of wine. We’re going to get up in the morning and go towards Nashville. Just not much else to do at this point. I won’t be able to update the Yellow blog for a few days if I’m on the road. Will update Twitter via txt message but that’s about it. Be safe, everybody. We might still get through this okay. In fifteen minutes they’re going to announce the Powerball winners. I’m feeling kind of lucky.

    From dangerblond, a post entitled “Good Neighbors.”

    My neighbor just came over to make sure I am leaving and to get my cell number. We shook hands three times. “There’s no telling when I will see you again.”

    No new posts from gentilly girl.

    From Raymond at [ Minor Wisdom]:

    I am blessed-or have the disadvantage of-living on what’s been called “the sliver by the river,” or “the isle of denial,” the part of town that didn’t flood in 2005. Where I live, it looks like New Orleans has recovered from Katrina. The same is true of the places in town where I spend 100% of my time. Every now and then, I’m reminded that thousands of my neighbors are still struggling. One of those reminders is New Orleans, 3 A.K., an essay posted at People Get Ready. Please read it. Thanks. (Hat tip to Greg Peters.)

    And an earlier entry I found gave me a bit of cognitive dissonance:

    Just now I saw a sight I hadn’t seen since late 2005 and early 2006: a small military convoy of Humvees (the real ones, not the wuss ones with A/C) full of troops dressed in fatigues and army boots, driving past my front porch. An unusual sight in most of the U.S., but here in New Orleans, a reassuring one.

    Maitri at Maitri’s Vatulblog:

    * 8:15PM – Just got back from visiting with Loki and Lex [picture]. It’s hard to say goodbye to your friends before we scatter to the winds. For how long? During the drive Uptown and back, I experienced serious deja vu – the city hasn’t looked this deserted since a month or two after Katrina. Please don’t listen to our mayor. He’s off his rocker. The hurricane is NOT 900 miles in diameter. Just because they’re full of melodrama and hype doesn’t mean we’re not leaving. The models have shifted to the east, which hastens our departure. We are leaving. D and I have almost finished packing the last of our bags. Stay tuned.

    * 8:45PM – Important information! Contraflow now beings at 4AM Sunday. Mandatory evacuation for Orleans Parish begins at 12 noon tomorrow, Sunday. Craig of New Orleans Metblogs is staying and will get J’anita’s (1906 Magazine St. in the Lower Garden District) up and running for meals as soon as possible. Bec is also staying and Buffa’s (1001 Esplanade Ave. in the Marigny ) will remain open as a community center – boarded but ring bell.

    * 9:00PM – Our landlady just called and said that she has been on the road for 4.5 hours and just got to Slidell. That’s 30 miles in 4.5 hours. Great. We’re not leaving until tomorrow.

    No new posts at prytania waterline.

    At Humid Haney Rant, a couple of posts:

    Hurricane Evacuation Checklist

    1. Laundry Done and Bags Packed. Check.

    2. Office broken down, external drives and computers and paperwork. Check.

    3. Fridge Empty and road food put on ice. Check.

    4. Store boarded up and shirts secured. Check.

    5. Art work and Hanging pictures secured. Check.

    6. Dog food and snacks ready for car ride. Check.

    7. Windows boarded up. No Check because no boards. Oh well.

    8. Gas tank filled. Check.

    So I guess that does it. Ready to split town and set-up office in Alabama. Here is hoping we can return fairly soon as I have lots to do and projects to get back up and running.

    Also, my NOLA friend chigh over at Daily Kos had this to say that I thought was worth sharing:

    Very much on edge.

    Sort of like sending the military to Iraq over and over again.  Is it as bad as they say or is there exageration to cover the coming levee failures?  We have a R governor who will cover.

    I know I’m quoting whole posts, so will keep this in the comment and hope I don’t get in trouble with the blogger’s code of ethics or anything.

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