Katrina's shadow is long. The lovely old house next door has been gutted and vacant since the storm, slowly succumbing to the elements. But it's been bought at last — at last! — and the new owner is returning it to its proper state. We'd love it to be a home, though it may be doctor's office. (A block away from Bapist hospital, our neighborhood is zoned mixed use, and we live on the cusp where commercial blurs into residential.) That's okay. Far better than watching it rot into the ground. One more step on the long long road to recovery.