Leaving nola headed for mississippi

Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Yesterday we went to go meet this very nice NOLA police officer we met on Monday. He gave a great interview while Chris was setting up the camera for the portrait. But then, the PIO (public information officer for those of you not in the system ;-) was all like, who are you? what are you doing? and the guy we were with was all like, "I cleared this with so-and-so" and so PIO guy goes away. But then, he comes back! Seems he had to go check it out with so-and-so and so-and-so was all like, "I said put the info on my desk and I'll let you know..." So, no portrait ;-(

But, even though we didn't get the portrait, I think it's okay because nobody has interviewed the police down here. So, once we get our prospectus in front of so-and-so, and they approve it (their biggest problem, interestingly, is that it's against protocol to allow a photograph of an officer to be used for profit... Don't they realize that nobody actually profits from a book except the publisher, and even they don't most times... Anyway, once we get approval, I think we will get access to many many police officers and that will be great. So, we gotta come back, but I kinda thought we'd have to anyway.

After the police experience, we headed down to Plaquemines Parish, which is truly the end of the world via the state of Louisiana. When Kim Johnson and I went down there last December, we were blown away. I actually saw an 18 wheeler, intact, in a tree. Not a blade of grass was green, not one tree had a green leaf or needle... it was brown, dead, and trashed. Yesterday, I was happy to see a remarkable change everywhere we looked. Houses rebuilt, trash cleaned up and again, the power of mother nature was amazing... everything was lush and green and gorgeous. Now that doesn't mean everyone is okay, almost everyone is living in a FEMA trailer south of Port Sulphur. There are tons of trailers no one is living in and we met a family that couldn't get a FEMA trailer while 3 sat around empty right next door. And of course, they still have a military checkpoint, which is kinda bizarre - not sure what that's about.

We interviewed a wonderful family, Chris shot the portrait of a 65 year old man who had nothing but his land and his family. Driving home, I realized he was the same age as my dad. I can't imagine retiring, and then losing everything you've worked your whole life for... every tool, every photo, every shirt, every book, everything. We were then invited to stay for dinner (fried catfish and shrimp, mmmmmmmmmmmm) and watched a glorious sunset in what still is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I can't even imagine what it used to be like!

But off we go to Mississippi today. I am so sad about leaving the kitties at SAF. OH! by the way, Isabella has been featured on a Newsday blog that gets 80,000 hits a month... YAY Kim for getting the word out, YAY Denise for posting the story on her very popular blog:

Denise Flaim's Blog on Newsday

I'd be remiss in my blogging duties not to mention SAF once more. Anne, her family and her staff's complete and total generosity, welcoming us in like we were strays ;-) Treating us like family and letting us have the run of the Annex has been a memorable experience. I am so grateful to them and I will miss them and all the animals I've gotten to know... And last night, the kitty that bit us was released back into the wilds of NOLA... god I hope she makes it, she really was a sweetheart and just wanted attention. Kinda reminded me of Callie in personality. It's a good thing we're leaving today tho, one of the black and white kittens did a "throw down" like my Star does and started purring for attention... I am verklempt.

Things we LOVE
Isabella's story on Newsday; eating goooooooood food in Plaquemines with really great people, and SAF for just being there everyday.

Things we HATE
The noise Blue is making... we gotta find a mechanic!

See you in Mississippi!
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