I've been a tad out of touch for the last two weeks. The school year began anew at Mrs. Geek's school in this past week... and a major project was underway to get the many iBooks and iMacs there upgraded to OS X Tiger. I feel like I worked two jobs during the last three weeks: my regular day job for Company O. and my "moonlight" job performing upgrades and solving problems at Mrs. Geek's school at night and on weekends. Even now, with the job nearly complete, Mrs. Geek and I spent about 10 hours at her school today (Sunday) finishing things up.
It is with some surprise that I learned of the peril to the city of New Orleans posed by Hurricane Katrina. I'm having more than a few "there but the grace of God go I" moments tonight. I was offered a job there a few years ago... that I did not accept. But for that one choice, I might be on the road right now, or crashing at one of several Geek family relatives who live within a few hours drive.
To me, New Orleans seems a grand contradiction. It is both new and old, simultaneously pristine, holy, and luxuriously corrupt. For many years the second largest port in the United States, its contributions to the music and culture of this country are immense. It has seen struggle and disaster before... and it seems it shall know them again in the next twelve hours or so.
I'm keeping a candle lit for you tonight New Orleans... may this cup pass you if it can, and may you endure.
on 2005-08-28 at 9:51 p.m.
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