Overheard in Passing

The devastation and destruction wrought by Hurricane Florence on our East Coast triggered a memory of a conversation that I overheard 13 years ago.

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina was making landfall and the storm surge was pounding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. I was in the final hour of a Graveyard shift and making my appointed rounds of the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and the Administration building. I stopped in the Security office to catch a quick glimpse of the television set that they used to monitor local and national breaking news.

Two of our young security staff members were standing motionless watching the flooding and evacuations underway in the 9th Ward. One of them said to the other:

“You ever been to New Orleans?”

“No. You?”

“Yeah. It’s just like Detroit, but with better bars.”

My thoughts and prayers go out to our family, friends and the residents of the Carolinas, the Southeast, and the Eastern Seaboard. May you find the strength to get through this storm—and the aftermath—and rebuild your lives and property.


  5 comments for “Overheard in Passing

  1. September 16, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    I’ll always remember when Katrina hit. We were in the process of making a major life-change: moving closer to family, trying to sell our house (we ‘got out’ just in time, the market collapsed shortly after we got it sold) and both of us starting new jobs. The absolute worst time of our marriage, a nightmare. But, of course, nothing compared to what these folks had to endure.

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    • September 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM

      I worked with a man whose mother lived in the Lower 9th and got flooded out. Thankfully she was rescued, but it’s a challenge to start over when everything you once had is gone overnight. I’m glad to hear that you guys made it through your situation OK. Times like that are more than just financially challenging.


  2. September 15, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    It’s been a rough week for southeasterners Allan. I join you in sending thoughts and prayers to those affected

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sue
    September 15, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Is it really 13 years ago? I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by…..

    Liked by 1 person

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