New Orleans, LA

11:02 PM

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes, it is impossible to fathom how much damage has been done. I have not seen it, but my old company is based there and I’ve read the stories about what they’ve had to do. I can’t imagine 6 feet of water in the first floor of my company headquarters. It’s even crazier when you think about your house.

I watched Charlie Rose last night and he had Spike Lee on. I guess he’s shooting a documentary about New Orleans and the lack of response from the government. Mars Blackman made some great points in the interview. How could it take 5 days for a response? I don’t know if we’ll ever find out the real answers. What I think I know is that if it were NYC or a rich part of Florida, the response would have been different.

And at this point, I guess it would help if we could blame someone or organization, but the focus really needs to be on the people that have died, the people that have been displaced, and those who have no where to go. How is that after a year there are still all of these issues? I guess it is because the damage is so vast.

We can’t lose sight of what’s happened. I sent an email to a few people at Weiser in New Orleans today. I don’t know if they still have families living in trailers in the parking lot or if things are back to as normal as they can be. I don’t know a lot about down there, but what I do know is that there is still a lot to be done. You have to wish them all well as they try and get back to normalcy, if that is ever possible again.