Friday, September 09, 2005

Evacuation Oddities

The choices that one makes of what to take when evacuating for a hurricane can be illuminating. Some are just straightforward: clothes, toiletries, essential documents, etc. But there are other choices, the idiosyncratic, non-essential ones that can reveal a lot about a person.

Here is a sampling of some of the things the folks here have evacuated with:

Sarah and I:
  • Rum.
  • Limes.
  • A juicer.
  • Simple syrup (we thought this was just a three day evacuation - we figured a mean old hurricane is was no reason not to have good daiquiris).
  • The fancy, purple purse that her mother gave her, by far the fanciest purse she has ever owned. It's very nice.
  • A guitar.
  • A mini-Marshall portable amp.
  • His brother's "Davioke" book (his brother, Dave's, song book for karaoke with live accompaniment - oodles of hits from recent decades - it's a remarkable treasure).
  • A crystal paperweight with a laser-etched illustration of a light house.
  • A jar of Creole mustard (the local New Orleans variety) because, as he rightly points out, you can't get it any where else.
Miranda (she takes the cake on evacuation oddities):
  • Her darling stuffed bunny, "Bun-bun".
  • 3 really good down pillows.
  • All of her Netflix movies.
  • Her grandmother's dentures.
  • And last but not least, the really weird, mutant double-goat-paw-thingy that normally hangs on the wall of her living room:

    Talk about odd.
Fellow refugees, anything to add?


  1. Anonymous8:32 AM

    Christian brought his cricket ball - apt since following the cricket consumes nearly as much, if not more of his time online as following katrina.
    Eventhough I was the one in charge of packing (Christian was boarding up) I brought no significant personal effects - unless you count the baby that was strapped to my chest all day.

  2. Anonymous12:51 PM

    I did a great job packing for Billy as he boarded up the house. It was a good chance to make sure that he looked good to me through all this...but I forgot to pack anything for myself itself oodles of underwear and five pairs of shoes. I am finally the one who creates the fashion buzz around town. A town, I might add, where women wear formals and guys wear ties to football games. The red cross gave us two free football tickets for which we, bewildered, spewed profuse thanks. Then the lady who was helping us pulled a tiny baby squirrel out of her purse.

  3. Anonymous8:20 PM

    Slim, I am glad you all enjoyed the fixings we bought for caipirinhas!!! At least we had one good one before we had to evacuate.

  4. Anonymous1:43 AM

    Refugees? Tisk, Tisk, shame on you. Haven't you heard Queen Oprah Winfrey and others say, "Don't call them refugees."

    refugee (noun) : one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution

    Alrighty then, according to Misters Merriam and Webster, y'all are refugees. How come the word is good enough to use for people in other parts of the world fleeing war and famine but Americans are above being called refugees? It's just a word to describe someone's state of being; nothing derogatory. Y'all have fled a killer storm. Many of ya's are now almost in a foreign country considering how different in many ways NO is from the rest of North American. You've also fled danger from both the natural world and from inept men and women in positions to help who eventually did but too late for many, sadly.

    "Call them American citizens."

    Why aren't Rwandans who flee called Rwandan citizens and instead called refugees?!!? I've gone to calling y'all evacuees, if you don't mind. You've fled therefore you are refugees but you've also evacuated which is quite different than what we normally think of refugees who flee war/famine.

    Evacuees, Displaced Citizens, Refugees - whatever you're called I just pray you're called back to New Orleans soon, back to a world that will allow you to live with some peace of mind again, not totally normal for awhile, but on the recovering path to being as normal as normal was for ya.

    One thing's for certain - you're all in my hearts.

    God Bless!

  5. Anonymous10:02 PM

    hello dave, sarah, ana, zak, is miranda w/ you?
    this is sara essex.
    i'm in nashville for now, or however long.
    i finally have some leisure internet time.
    miranda's "bun bun" prompted me to post that i rescued my precious "pup pup"
    i will be in austin soon. i have a photography job there, and big blue marble is scheduled to play beerland on oct 7, and we're trying to make it.
    will be in touch.
    so good to read your thoughts, as they are so similar to what i've been going through.
    i can be reached at