When my wife and I were planning our wedding 13 years ago we reached the point where it started to get hairy. You know what I mean…where is so and so going to sit, what color will the linens be, who will do the toast at the reception, etc, etc, etc.
I will give you the very short version of the ending – the planning process started to involve way too many people and quickly spiraled out of control. I remember to this day sitting on the couch in our apartment (yes, we lived in sin!) and saying to my fiance at the time, still my wife to this day the following:
Do you want to get the heck out of here and elope to New Orleans?
The answer was an enthusiastic YES.
And so we did. That was back in 1995.
We used to go back every year to celebrate our anniversary there. As the years have gone by we started to explore parts of the city outside of the normal tourist traps in the Quarter. Then Katrina.
We haven’t been back since that hurricane and the devastation it brought. I would assume that we aren’t alone. The crime there is also insane, relative to many other cities in the US.
What I would like to know from Chicago Boyz readers is if and how much New Orleans has rebuilt itself. Sure, I could Google and search for things, but nothing would be more valuable than to hear from some folks who actually live and/or work there. I am interested to know if things are getting rebuilt, if the Quarter is back to its normal state and how some of the other neighborhoods are looking. Feel free to leave long, informative comments, or alternately we can have an email discussion. Simply state so in the comments and I will contact you – don’t forget to put your email address in the comments form.