Thursday, October 13, 2005

You know you're a hurricane evacuee if...

  • Your only bank deposits are marked "FEMA."
  • You have lived in 3 different cities in the last month.
  • You can distinguish between flood and wind damage.
  • Your ear has stayed hot from your cell phone use.
  • Your day is spent on hold or talking to recordings.
  • You have been on vacation for 1 month and have not seen or done a damn thing.
  • You respond "None" to the blanks for address, phone, or occupation on questionnaires.
  • Your friends now live across the United States, and you know where each resides.
  • You hug anyone who hails from New Orleans, including strangers.
  • You can quote the water levels of Lakeview, Lakewood South, Uptown, 9th Ward and Metairie.
  • You no longer pay Entergy, Bellsouth, Cox Cable or other home-related bills.
  • Your clothes all smell like Grandma's attic.
  • You look for mold before using any of your possessions.
  • Your email list has quadrupled in size.
  • You know the rates of U-Haul and storage facilities across the South.
  • You have spent hours bumper to bumper in traffic to go nowhere.
  • You have gained an uncanny knowledge of government assistance programs from Red Cross to unemployment.
  • Your social conversations center on the details of demolition, mold removal, and roof repair.
  • You have worn the same Old Navy t-shirt for three weeks.
  • You now have your hair color formula in your address book.
  • You have 3 to 7 people living in an apartment smaller than the one you rented when you first married.
  • Your patience is thin.
  • You have cussed out anyone who does not respond to your requests.
  • You are tired of hearing about the problems in the Superdome and Convention Center - you have your own problems.
  • You alternate between feeling like screaming, crying, laughing uncontrollably, and jumping from the 10th floor of your Red Cross donated hotel room.
  • You can no longer make logical decisions since nothing seems logical anymore.
  • You realize what a great life you had with a crew of great friends.
  • You realize how comfortable you were.
  • And you just want to be comfortable again.

3 Comments:

At 10/14/2005 06:57:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

Great list, and probably very accurate.

So how are YOU doing?

Mixter

 
At 10/14/2005 09:04:00 PM, Blogger Maverick said...

Good list. I'm trying to keep up with the recovery in NOLA by reading your blog and others.

Spitting in a Wishing Well

 
At 10/15/2005 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

mixter, things are improving day by day. I ended up being very lucky. I still have a house and a job. I haven't moved back into the house yet, because the neighborhood is still a disaster and there's no electricity or gas. "Camping" indoors may be the next option.

Nice to hear from you sta-cie.

 

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