Everyone was very close on the guessing game. My friend works here, and she sells costumes, wigs, and makeup.
This time tomorrow, I’ll be at the airport again, headed to New Orleans on a redeye flight. It seems somehow appropriate to arrive in the city exhausted and uncomfortable, as I’m sure a lot of residents still are on a daily basis. Friends are concerned about super-bacteria and the recent gang violence, and my mother, of course, is the most worried of all. But I’m looking forward to being there — I have loved New Orleans each time I’ve visited, and I’m extremely glad — and proud, actually — that ALA will be the first large association to have a conference in N.O. post-Katrina.
I’m also glad that attendees will have the chance to help with the restoration efforts. I’ll spend a day doing “clean-up and repair work. Requires the ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds, bend or kneel for minutes at a time, and perform tasks of a strenuous nature beyond normal home maintenance and cleaning. Volunteers may be exposed to flood damaged building materials, as well as to paints, solvents, and cleaning agents. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes appropriate to the often filthy working conditions.”
I’ll let you all know how it goes.