Pre-K has nothing to do with
the year before Kindergarten.
The flies are bigger than your
Your bank, dry cleaner, and
grocery store are closed but your bar is not.
You judge your elevation by the
brown horizontal line in the city.
You have to show an ID to get
into your neighborhood.
Your neighborhood has no
children, so you actually start to miss the little boys across
the street whoused to throw rocks onto your
You go to Sam's Club, but
instead of food you buy masks, bleach, rubber gloves, and
baking soda... in bulk.
You know five remedies to get
the smell out of your refrigerator.
You spend a lot of time talking
with your friends about the five remedies to get the smell out
Ice becomes more precious than
Your office goes from 40
employees to 5.
Living in a house with twelve
other people is not a sign of how poor you are, but how rich
you arewith friends and
You know what a double-evacuee
FEMA means "Failure to
Effectively Manage Anything" and hearing the words "Red Cross"
makesyour blood boil.
You get sick of hearing people
from Baton Rouge tell you how bad the traffic is now. You
remindthem that Baton Rouge traffic
was terrible before there were 200,000 more people in
The strip clubs on Bourbon
Street have power before your house does.
The Salvation Army, a
firefighter from Michigan, and cops from Wauconda show up at
your houseto make sure that you are
There is a pirogue on your
roof. (For you out of state guys, that's a Cajun
You return to your home and all
of your belongings fit into two boxes.(if you were
Contraflow just doesn't seem so
You have to purchase hip boots
to walk in your neighborhood.
The crosses on your wall and
kitchen counter top remain despite the five feet of water in
When someone asks "what is your
favorite MRE?" you have an answer.
You know how to pick yourself
up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.
You compare what you brought
out of the city with what other people brought, and then what
youwished you had
You know what it truly means to
miss and LOVE New Orleans