Anne Rice Hits It . . .

Why did so many people stay in New Orleans when they knew the hurricane was coming?

"They didn't have any place to go.

They are the poor, black and white, who dwell in any city in great numbers; and they did what they felt they could do - they huddled together in the strongest houses they could find. There was no way to up and leave and check into the nearest Ramada Inn."

-- Anne Rice
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This brings up a point I really haven't seen addressed.

New Orleans has a wonderful mass transportation system.

You don't need a car to get around the city.

And if you don't have a car, how do you get out?

And once you have survived the worst of it -- the storm, the flooding, the looters -- why wouldn't you want to stay and see out the clean-up?

Residents of the French Quarter seem to agree. They have formed tribes, and are reclaiming their lives in the city.

I wish them luck -- they'll need it.

Hurricane season isn't over . . .