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Monday, September 12, 2005

There's Nobody Driving the Bus!

I’m having a really bad dream. In my dream, I’m a passenger on a bus that is driving down an unfamiliar road. I don’t know how I got here. I know I didn’t buy a ticket for wherever we’re going.

The bus is full of people. They are standing in the aisles, and all the seats are all filled with older people and sleeping children. Every now and then, the bus stops and a few people get off.

In my dream, I struggle to make my way toward the front of the bus. It’s really difficult, because I have to step over and around people, and in the way of dreams, the bus seems to be miles long. Surely there can’t be this many people on a bus? Every person I pass calls out to me, “Where are we going?” and “Are we there yet?” I want to answer them, but I’m just as lost as they are.

At last I make it to the front of the bus, to the driver’s spot – only to discover that it’s the only empty seat.


  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Jareyn said;

    I think your anxiety is amplified by the fact that as a site moderator, people naturally assume you have more information than they do.

    We are all frustrated at this point.

    Hang in there, you created a wonderful forum and information source for the residents of Algiers and we appreciate it.

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    LOL.... I'm okay, really! Just my way of publicly noticing the void in the driver's seat... I almost wrote the post about mushrooms in the dark...

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger charleyh said;

    Funny, her is my interpretation:
    The bus is Algiers, the passengers are Algerines and the empty driver's seat represents our Algiers leadership.

    I've said it before & I'll say it again, Thank God for Polimom!

  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger BeckStLisa said;

    You have been my lifeline to Algiers for 2 + weeks. We want to thank you for being there for all of us! Algiers has been our home for 8 years and we love it. Maybe now we'll get some respect, even though we are on the "Westbank"!

  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger carterclanmom said;

    Not only is no one driving the bus, but it is careening full speed towards a colision.

    It makes no sense to restrict access to areas of the city, Algiers in particular, that are dry, have pure water and electricity being restored. We need to come home and restart our lives.

    Remember the citizens that are being restricted are the voters that elected the current officials. so let us come home!

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger paternostery said;

    No-one has been driving the bus at all, but you've been a marvellous information leader in these trying times.

    Time to send in the petition to let us go home!

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    With 40 signatures?

  • At 2:27 PM, Blogger cupetom said;

    Keep it up! Your comments mean more than you know!

    2.5 years ago I took my life savings (at age 34) and invested in Parc Fontaine Condominiums. I did this because my other half is 9 years older than me, has health problems and now has cancer. I wanted to maximize the time I have with him.

    The financial strain, the hurricane, insurance fiasco and other strains would have been exacerbated if not for people like you.

    Keep up the great work. Maybe there is no one driving the bus - BUT - maybe there does not need to be because you are out front TOWING it in the direction it needs to go!


  • At 3:35 PM, Blogger paternostery said;

    Well, maybe only 40 people managed to grab their laptops, *and* had a server outside NOLA, *and* got a hotel with free internet?

  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger cupetom said;

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005
    Nagin says some residents can return MondayIn a drastic revision of earlier predictions, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said today that he expects to begin allowing residents in areas that did not flood to return to their homes. Those areas are Uptown, Algiers, the Central Business District and the French Quarter.Potable water may be available in some of those areas by the end of next week, Nagin said.

  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    Thanks, cupetom! I left the computer alone for a minute, and lo and behold....! lol...

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