I talked to my Dad tonight in New Orleans and I'm happy to report that he and Panda are both doing well.
Dad seemed incredibly upbeat despite the still near 3rd world living conditions that the city is in and the overwhelming feeling that the people there have of being all but forgotten by the rest of the world.
As we were talking, I couldn't help but notice the enormous sense of guilt that he seems to be experiencing for being one of the lucky few who's home was spared and business was able to be salvaged and is now thriving, when so many of his friends and neighbors lost everything. I guess it's all just part of the natural grieving process.
On a happy note he says that there has been some progress made in the attempt to maintain a sense of history and tradition in that great city. Mardi Gras festivities are scheduled to begin tomorrow with the Krew du Viexus Parade and will continue through February 28th Fat Tuesday.
Obviously they will not be entertaining the usual size crowd this year but the locals are revving up for one heck of a celebration. Wish I could be there.