Friday, September 16, 2005

Sharper Focus

Our plans for the near future became clearer everyday.

We got a call from our tenant this morning who rents (rented) the other half of our house in New Orleans. He snuck into the city today to try and rescue his cat (the cat, as it turns out, had already been rescued by one of the various animal groups at work in the city). He was able to give us a pretty detailed assessment of the house. The water has receded, but the first floor is a wreck. Mold has grown on everything: floors, furniture, walls. Upstairs on our side is fine. The roof on his side has a big hole in it and one can see sky from the hallway.

So we are feeling some urgency to get the situation in our house stabilized. Here's the plan:
  1. Get settled in our Austin home over the weekend (there's a trip to the Houston Ikea in the works for tonight).
  2. I head back to New Orleans next week (supposedly, they will be letting folks from our zip code in on Wednesday). We have other friends who will be descending on the city at the same time. We get all of our houses in reasonable stable shape.
  3. I return to Austin. We make our little lives here for as long as necessary.
  4. Once it's a viable option, we return to New Orleans to live, staying with friends if necessary, until our house is available again.
  5. Eventually everything returns to some weird, new version of "normal" (although nobody actually has any idea what that will look like).
Makes sense to me.


  1. Yikes!

    But it must be good to have a plan.

  2. It is great to have a plan. I am already trying to figure out when Lakeview will be dry so that I can help out my folks whenever the time comes that we can check out (what's left of) our place. Congrats on making sense of something that is utterly without logic.

  3. any word on midcity? i'd love to get my harddrive...

  4. Glad to hear they're letting you back to assess and repair. Hope you'll be able to turn a house back into a home as soon as possible.

    And I'm glad your tenant's cat is OK.

  5. Anonymous2:09 AM

    This might be my favorite bit of reporting from the Times Picayune:

    "They took everything — all the electronics, the food, the bikes," said John Stonaker, a Wal-Mart security officer. "People left their old clothes on the floor when they took new ones. The only thing left are the country-and-western CDs. You can still get a Shania Twain album."

    I love New Orleans and will return as fast as humanly possible.

  6. My mother told me about that yesterday. Ah, New Orleans: proud to call it home.