Give Kurt, I'm reposting this on a new thread so it doesn't get lost.... Having a home in the French Quarter just off Bourbon, New Orleans is like our second home (was going to move there eventually). There's no other place like it - the diversity, the history, the traditions like Mardi Gras and gumbo that we've all adopted. I'd like to encourage everybody that can help in some way when this is over to do so. The people of LA and especially NO love life, are fantastically unpretenious and generous, and we should respond the way we did for 911 and the tsunami. Volunteering, contributing, whatever. We're all New Orleanians now and as bad as the 911 tragedy was for New York, this will affect a population with far fewer resources. Let's use this as an opportunity to focus on helping people without the artillery. Maybe this will allow us to find the culture of compassion and caring that's been so smothered by war, suspicion, political and cultural division over the past several years. We can't "smoke mother nature out of her hole" - so let's focus on helping the ones that have been attacked by her.