New Orleans

Manolo says, many are the times that the Manolo has been in the New Orleans, that most enchanting of the cities, and so the Manolo he is praying fervently for the delivery of the this city and for the many peoples who are in the path of the hurricane. May they be preserved.

17 Responses to “New Orleans”

  1. elayne August 29, 2005 at 12:50 am #

    If I did the praying thing, I’d be joining you in prayer, but I don’t, so I’m focusing as much positive energy as I can in that general direction.

    I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to be there – or to have evacuated from there – knowing what’s coming and with no choice but to wait. ::shudders:: I guess the desert’s not so bad after all.

  2. The Maud August 29, 2005 at 8:14 am #

    Amen, Senor Manolo.

  3. Abfabdude August 29, 2005 at 9:51 am #

    Dear The Manolo,

    Fear Not, if the City is flattened, just wait, the next day there WILL be a drive through Daquiri Hut emerging from the rubble, like a Phoenix from the ashes.
    Currently the interactive map on the Yahoo weather site that plots Katrina’s path has the state listed as Luisiana…These two thoughts, while not coherent in their entirety, do bring tears to my eyes…

  4. Anonymous August 29, 2005 at 11:12 am #

    All the shoes at Saks’ New Orleans branch will be ruined.

  5. Mimi August 29, 2005 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you, Manolo, and everyone else who has sent positive energy as prayers or in other forms. The good news is that because the storm moved to the east, the damage will not be as bad as it could have been. (The Mimi has been very worried about her loved ones in that area.)

  6. Heatherjean August 29, 2005 at 4:37 pm #

    All my favorite cheap (all under $40) footwear has come from N.O. The little white kitty heals with sanrio teddy bears on the toes; the black soft leather ballet flats with mustard yellow toes, the pink flamenco heels with ‘tattoos’ on the toes of roses that say “Lady” and “Luck”, the silver leather t-straps, – if not for New Orleans, my shoe goods would be drab.

    Please let her make it!

  7. Apollonia August 29, 2005 at 4:43 pm #

    New Orleans is my favorite place on Earth. Please let it be okay.

  8. Tinuviel August 29, 2005 at 7:04 pm #

    Seen on CNN: people walking about in the Vieux Carré carrying “beverages.”

    Clearly, it takes more than a Category 5 hurricane to stop the party.

    Even in tragedy, les bon temps roulent…

  9. Natalie August 30, 2005 at 10:36 am #

    My sister evac’d from NO and left behind, of all things, her extensive shoe collection. However, she stopped kvetching about it when we saw pictures of the area this morning. Very sad.

    Natalie in MS

  10. Norma Desmond August 30, 2005 at 2:52 pm #

    The Norma is so sad to see the destruction wrought by the storm, and her heart goes out to the many people who have lost so much. True, possessions are only possessions, and everything but loved ones can be replaced; but what is this blog but a celebration of the joy of lovely things, well made and well cared for, which transcends their merely material nature and makes them, well, super fantastic. Oh, I do hope they can find consolation. It is truly heartrending.

  11. Mimi August 30, 2005 at 3:57 pm #

    Here are two websites local to New Orleans, with extensive coverage of his horrible disaster: http://www.nola.com/ , http://www.wwltv.com/ .

  12. Tinuviel August 30, 2005 at 10:56 pm #

    Alas, the levees cannot be repaired. The flood from Lake Pontchartrain will cover the whole city.

  13. Mimi August 31, 2005 at 4:58 pm #

    Alas, the levees cannot be repaired. The flood from Lake Pontchartrain will cover the whole city.

    From nola.com: The water is receding at a rate of 1/2 inch per hour on its own, and …“concrete jersey-barriers are being dumped into the flood-wall breach” by the Army Corps of Engineers. Also, to temporarily plug the breach in the 17th Street Canal sheet-pilings will be driven into the junction of the canal at Lake Pontchartain; rock may be used as well.

    Here is an except from an e-mail from my sister, who is not far from there: “I guess New Orleans is Louisiana’s ‘twin towers’, and even though this was an act of nature, the human suffering is just as great. I say ‘is’ instead of ‘was’ since there seems to be no end in sight.”

    And how widely known is the fact that residents of South Louisiana were not given enough warning for all of them to evacuate? All day Friday into Saturday morning they were told by the authorities that the storm was headed for Florida, and that it was_not_coming to Louisiana. There are only so many roads out, only so many gas stations with only so much gas, only so many motel and hotel rooms. The later someone left, the further they had to travel to find a place to stay….So many people who did leave did so only to find themselves moving at 25 mph for hundreds and hundreds of miles, then stranded on the road, out of gas, with nowhere to go. With this terrible storm coming. But that’s a whole other story.

    There are so very many tragic effects: emergency workers in boats having to ignore the dead bodies floating past them–people they might even have known–because they are still trying to find and rescue anyone who is or might be still alive. No one knows how many people are at this moment trapped in their attics, with nothing to eat or drink and with no way to hack their way out onto their rooftops or to communicate that they are there. …And families stranded away from home, with those from Jefferson Parish (the Greater New Orleans area, not including New Orleans itself) able to come back next week only to pick up a few belongings if indeed anything they owned remains or remains intact. Everyone out of work and unable to even go home for at least a month. How many of them have the resources even for gasoline for the round trip, not to mention how they will sustain themselves and their families for the duration? Tens of thousands of people–true refugees–are being bussed from New Orleans to the Houston Astrodome, where makeshift quarters are being built.

    …Not to mention the economic and symbolic losses.

  14. Mimi August 31, 2005 at 5:00 pm #

    (Note: only the first sentence, above, was intended to be italicized–as a referenced quote.)

  15. e August 31, 2005 at 8:53 pm #

    I have been needing the pedis cured and all day I have been thinking of the NOLAs and how could I get the pedis cured at such a time? But what am I thinking? NOLA would not want my pedis to be sick, no matter what! We’ll be back. Damn, we’ll be back.

  16. desertwind September 1, 2005 at 6:15 pm #

    Bless and keep you all.

  17. Norma Desmond September 6, 2005 at 1:37 pm #

    The Norma feels she must add this coda: on the day that she posted her comment, which was two days after the storm, it seemed as if the loss sustained would be largely a loss of property, and perhaps if help had come that day, as it should have, that would have been true. But in the ensuing THREE DAYS before large-scale help finally arrived, many, many more people lost their lives. This is a crime. This fills the Norma with rage. And this must be atoned for. Those responsible simply cannot be punished enough, but we can see to it that they are punished to the fullest extent possible, and we must. We owe those who died nothing less.