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City Beneath the Sea

I've wanted to go to New Orleans for a while now. I'd hoped that after the current turmoil died down - probably after a couple of administration changes - and we had some more money, Vickie and I could make a fairly uncomplicated trip to the States. New Orleans was about the only place I absolutely wanted to visit. (Now, before anyone gets riled up, I'm talking about places here, not people, which is another matter entirely.)

It's all Harry Connick, Jr.'s fault. I borrowed the title of this post from that of the second-last track on his Star Turtle album. Now, I know you might argue (and so could I, frankly) that I'm being too smart-alecky for my own good considering the current state of the city. But it was that tune that enamoured me with the idea of visiting New Orleans. I know muse-os have been waxing lyrical about places they love for centuries, but there was something about Harry's love for his hometown in the song which made me feel like stopping in one day.

So rather than try and slap together some sort of "heartfelt understanding" message to people I don't know for a city I've never been to, I hope Harry won't mind if I quote you his own response to the results of Hurricane Katrina's visitation upon the City of New Orleans:

It is hard to sit in silence, to watch one's youth wash away. New Orleans is my essence, my soul, my muse, and I can only dream that one day she will recapture her glory.

I will say this to any reader who is in, or has family or friends in, New Orleans: I hope for the best for you.

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