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October 11, 2018

The rain begins to fall, Hurricane Rita, New Orleans 2005.

So, there was that time when it seemed like a good idea to stay for Hurricane Rita… Yes, it was a questionable decision, driven by bravado and pride. We were down in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, and interrupting work for three days to evacuate to Texas seemed like a lot of trouble for a bit of wind and rain. Well, anyway, I learned something about what hurricanes are all about, and we got lucky – it ended up in the ‘funny story’ category, rather than the ‘unfortunate headline’ one.

I wanted to both send good wishes and serious sympathy to everyone who has suffered losses in the recent hurricanes, and especially to my good friend Susan who is heading down to lead Mercy Corps’ recovery efforts. Looks like Hurricane Michael is officially more powerful than Katrina was, so she’s off the hook for looking after our kids on Friday!

The aftermath of Katrina and Rita, New Orleans, 2005.

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