Friday, September 09, 2005

Texas Bound

Well, it seems that our next step is Austin, a place where we can settle in for the longer haul, get a place, get the kids in school, and start working. Until New Orleans is an option again. We just decided on this a couple of days ago. We're probably heading there in another day or two. Giant decisions are being made at an alarming rate, but what else is there to do?

I've been intending to write something about this move but, not surprisingly, haven't managed to find the time or presence of mind. Then Sarah sent out an email this morning to all of our people which said precisely what I wanted to and more. So I'll just let her do the talking.

World premiere blogging by Sarah:
We have a plan. It is now clear that waiting here in Alabama until we can get into the city is not something we can do. It could be a while. Especially since we still have water in our house. And we need a home of our own for the girls: we need to get Louise in school, Dave (and possibly me) need an income and as lovely as it is here on Perdido Bay, I don't feel much like being on vacation. I want to be around people in a city. So, we are moving to Austin, TX. We have no idea if it will be for 5 weeks, 5 months or a couple of years. Whatever is going to happen in New Orleans, it is going to be a long haul. They don't expect schools to be open this entire year. We want to go back, we will go back, but when will be determined by so many things. Will David's small New Orleans based company make it? Are schools going to open next fall?

I think of all of the families of New Orleanians scattered everywhere. New Orleanians, famous for never leaving their city, are now all over the country. What are the people in Texas, Utah, Michigan going to make of us? Do their schoolkids know that it is actually cool to be in band? That if you are in band in New Orleans and you march in Mardi Gras people stand 10 people deep and scream for you? Do they understand that you start planning dinner while brushing your teeth in the morning? That while you are eating said dinner, you talk about food, not the food you are eating, but other wonderful meals you are going to have or have had? That grown men call other men 'baby' and grownups call kids 'boo'? I can't begin to think about the things I will miss desperately about New Orleans: it makes me profoundly sad. All I know is in New Orleans I could call people on a Friday and by Saturday night have a potluck dinner party with 12 friends. When will I have that again?

But we are not going to Austin alone. Ana and Zack are going too and Ana has a whole group of friends that are already gearing up for our arrival. We have a place to stay. leads on jobs, etc... It is appropriate we are leaving New Orleans with Ana: she is the first friend I made in New Orleans when we moved there 10 years ago. She was just the start of the wonderful community of friends Dave and I made there over the years. Now we are everywhere. Well, all we can do is keep in touch. So, please write and call - it means so much.

And also, thanks for all the care packages we got here in Alabama. Don't send anymore since we will be going to Austin soon; in a day or two. As soon as we get settled, I will send everyone contact information. By the way, the girls are good and happy. We told Louise we were going to move to a place called Austin for a while. She was silent and then asked if Austin had mountains, I said no, but it has hills. She then asked if the hills were green. When I said yes, she said, "well that sounds nice. I like hills."

Well said.


  1. Anonymous4:16 PM

    What courage, Good Luck.

  2. Anonymous4:28 PM

    what an exciting (because what else can it be) time for you guys! you get to do new things, see new things, meet new people, try new food, go new places, and fully immerse yourselves in something you would never have chosen or even imagined just a month ago. your wonderfully rich lives are going to get richer -- i'm so happy for you!

  3. That's how we have to think about it. And it is exciting. We will be learning a new place and making new friends. The bad is obvious. But there's plenty of good aswell.

  4. Hey...I'm so glad you have a plan (would you believe I've actually been thinking about what you guys will do?), even if it isn't "home" in the bricks and mortar sense of the word.

    Also, New Orleans people sounds like our kind of people! We obsess about food. And I think it's very VERY cool to be a band.

    Anyway, good luck. And I admire you and Sarah's ability to see the good(at least from our point of view).

  5. If you have to be in Texas, Austin is the town. The best of luck!

  6. Anonymous6:29 PM

    I have to applaude the volunteers helping with those displaced by Katrina. <clap clap> But there is something on the news that disgusted me. Some of the volunteers in the dome are being used to PICK UP TRASH!!! I just don't get it? Why aren't those who are staying there keeping their own trash picked up?

  7. Anonymous7:09 PM

    Those of us in Austin will welcome you. Right now, we are busy placing evacuees in homes. My daughter works for an affordable housing apartment building and just placed an older couple in one of their apartments. The woman cried because she said she always wanted bay windows and now she has them. The gentleman worked for the Hyatt in New Orleans and he now has a job with the Hyatt chain here in Austin. And you know what?? We may not have as big a mardi gras as New Orleans has, but we DO have one and from what I understand, it's as close as you can get to the real thing. There are so many wonderful things to explore and learn about. Yes, some of us plan what we are going to have for dinner while brushing our teeth in the morning. But one thing we do have in Austin are hearts big enough to welcome you and your family and do everything we can do to help you regain some semblance of normality to your life. Hopefully the "culture shock" won't be as painful as you might fear and you will find yourself comfortable here in no time at all and if I didn't say it before, I'll say it now....Welcome to Austin!

  8. Thanks. We appreciate it.

  9. Anonymous9:33 PM

    I agree that the evacuees should at least keep their trash picked up and clear the table when they are finished eating. I wonder who picks up after them at their homes.