Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Time To Be Who We Are, South Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast
I have too much to do at work, but I am pausing to write this because it must be done.
I encounter many people who are in a bit of a tizzy because Gustav is out there.
Let's just take a breath and remember who we are:
We are proud, world class, resilient people.
We are the national experts on natural and manmade catastrophes.
We who remain have shown we can deal with anything.
The movies have one Indiana Jones.
The region of Metro New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (what Berto and I like to call the Republic of West Florida) is populated by hundreds of thousands of Indiana Joneses.
Do we WANT bad things to happen? Of course not.
Is this a bit of a pain? Of course.
Can we handle this?
YES. WE. FREAKIN'. CAN.
Hana and Ashley Morris bought a house mere days after Katrina and the levee failures did their deeds to our city.
Hana and the young Morrises are still here, thriving.
As are we all.
So let's do our thing: show the world (and that large nation to the north of us) how to do this.
Come what may, we can take it. Calmly. With dignity. With care for one another.
P.S. I have consulted with the old marks-a-lot of Nash Roberts. It said something about way west of New Orleans.