September 4th, 2005

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Good news about New Orleans?

Just reading on msn.com, and they listed some of the historic spots in New Orleans and what the current status was. Don't know how much we can trust this info, but a couple of things were good news:

St. Louis Cathedral, still standing. Not sure how damaged, but it's still there. Wonder how Jackson Square, the beautiful park right outside fared . . . I can feel myself sitting on a bench there right this minute.

Cafe du Monde, still standing. I love this spot, for whatever reason. So close to the Mississippi River, I automatically figured it was underwater. (Makes me want a beignet!)

St. Louis Cemetery is in the flood area, so no word on how bad it is. Marie Laveau's grave is probably destroyed (can't believe she'd let that happen). I wonder about the chapel nearby (Our Lady of Guadelupe Catholic Church?) and the mysterious saint inside.

Part of the facade of Commander's Palace was destroyed. No mention of Lafayette Cemetery right across the street.

The U.S. Mint building (now a museum that Charlie and I visited a few years ago) is still standing, but no word on how much damage inside.

Pat O'Brien's and Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop escaped the floods.

We were really planning a trip back to New Orleans next winter/spring. I doubt we'll be going now.

This city will come back, but it will take a long time to heal, I think, both in body and spirit.
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"The weakness in your game . . ."

Who is the idiot from CBS who insulted Hewitt in front of the entire stadium full of tennis fans? ("He really exposed the weakness in your game.") I hope she's looking for a new gig right now. It's one thing to be a hard-hitting reporter (uh, yeah), and another to be interviewing the winner of a tennis match in front of a gallery of thousands. (No doubt someone forced her to say it . . . we love to hate Hewitt in this country, being the big ugly Americans we are.)

I'm sure Hewitt was muttering "you bleeding bitch" as he walked away. He should have been.

That said, Hewitt did show a bit of weakness (can you say "Pussy"?) today. I thought he had handed the match to Dent at 4/3 in the fifth set, but he managed to perservere, thank God.

After snoozing through most of that match (having stayed up all night), I watered, fertilized and clipped the flowers and plants in the backyard this morning. Today is much nicer than they said. We'll see if we get thunderstorms later.

Now I want Starbuck's and a nice ride. (Gotta get some gas if we're going to take that ride. Hope it's not too hard to do.)

To all my American friends, Happy Labor Day Weekend!
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