I have heard from my friend Kevin, the magician I date when I’m in town. He’s fine, because he’s been living & working in Michigan for months. But his second story apartment by the levee in east New Orleans is very much not.
Everyone he knows – the few people I knew through him – made it out OK before Katrina. And sammynella informed me that the bed and breakfast owners we stayed with in the Garden District as fine as well, and that their house was not destroyed.
No surprises, no tremendous losses in my first degree of connectivity to the Crescent City. I wish everyone was that lucky.