In this post to alt-fashion, someone posted a list of New Orleans businesses and suggested that folks patronize them this holiday season. I'm all about that. Anything to help that great city get back on its feet.
And I have to say, the message on the Cafe du Monde home page is somewhat heartening:
"To the hundreds of you that have phoned and written to us in the last six weeks expressing your concern and support, the Fernandez family would like to thank you. The City of New Orleans, including Cafe Du Monde, will bounce back. ... We know that many members of the Cafe Du Monde team have lost their homes and will need time to rebuild their lives. Some parts of New Orleans were less affected than others. Fortunately, the French Quarter was one of those areas and life is starting to get back to normal. More French Quarter attractions are opening every day and by the end of October we believe that the vast majority of businesses will be open. So please spread the word that Cafe du Monde is back and would love to have visitors return to enjoy all the sights and sounds that make New Orleans such a wonderful place to live. Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
That last bit, of course, means "let the good times roll!"
And on a more serious note, don't miss this editorial from the New Orleans Times-Picayune about how the government failed them.
Excerpt: "Some voices in Washington are arguing against us. We were foolish, they say. We settled in a place that is lower than the sea. We should have expected to drown. As if choosing to live in one of the nation's great cities amounted to a death wish. As if living in San Francisco or Miami or Boston is any more logical. "