It’s been seventy-something days since Gustav and I’ve been looking for the right time and place to pick up the A&W thread. Right now I’m sitting on the back deck in front of the fireplace finishing off the last of the handle of Makers Mark I bought in the days before the storm and am burning, for the first time, wood cut from the tree that landed in the front yard during the storm. So the circle is complete. So mote it be.
Baton Rouge has, for the most part, returned to normal, though reminders of the storm persist in the gaps of fences and remaining piles of debris. The view out of the back yard is vastly different now than it was on and before August 31st, 2008. What was largely a canvas of trees and leaves past the back fence on up to Perkins Road is now mostly empty and the few trees remaining bear the obvious scars of the beating they took.
And so life moves on in the Red Stick. Yellow House was very fortunate to be missed by the tree along the road that I was sure was going to fall, landing all of two feet from the front bedroom window. No power for 13 days was certainly an inconvenience, but nothing compared to having a tree in one’s house, a fate that befell (bad bad, I’m going to hell pun, I know) a few acquaintances and still sees them living out of hastily rented apartments waiting for their homes to be rebuilt.
In the mean time there’s been plenty to keep busy with. The Tigers and Saints are both having fairly mediocre seasons but it hasn’t made the games any less enjoyable or entertaining. Right after the storm I started a new job with another programming shop in town which has proved to have been a positive move even though I still miss the friends at “old work” quite a bit. And here we are with the holidaze upon us already, which has me looking forward to a Thanksgiving meal with the family up in Mississippi and a quick trip to Charleston before Christmas to enjoy the festive season somewhere new.
I’ve got an almost 3 month back log of pictures to post on Flickr including shots of the neighborhood post storm, so I’ll be getting them back up within the week. The fire is low and my glass is empty, so I’ll say goodnight.