Live, from New Orleans... it's Chris!
Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
55Trip End Oct 30, 2006
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Believe it or not, we were so rushed and sleepy this morning, we forgot to take the digital camera, so I actually don't have pictures of him being interviewed except on tri-x... and it will be awhile till we get the film developed I'm afraid... speaking of which, I wanted to address some folk's mention of the lack of photos - I guess I forgot to mention that Chris is shooting this project on film, so photos, if put on this blog will be long after the date as we have to get the film developed, then digitally shoot and photoshop (invert negs to pos) them before they can be posted..
So, where was I? Ah yes, coffee and internet connection. Next we went to meet with a volunteer animal feeder from Baton Rouge who comes into NOLA once a week to take care of a feeding station. She and her husband originally planned to volunteer at Lamar-Dixon back in September for 2 hours... a year later, they are still at it. Great couple, very dedicated. We got some excellent sound bites and portraits - and they introduced us to a father and daughter who rode the storm out so we got their story and portraits too... People always ask us how we find our subjects and the truth is simply word of mouth. We got the nurse in Atlanta from our neighbors at the Stone Mountain campground, and we got John and Chevon from Pam and Andy. After we finished with them, we headed back to Magazine Street to check on Bokeh and to check in with SAF (Southern Animal Foundation), who I am incredibly indebted to for treating my Stinky last November free of charge. I'd gotten an email from my friend Kim about a dog they'd just gotten in named Isabella who was about the saddest sight I'd ever seen... I'd sent an email to Deanna at SAF saying I wanted to interview her and Anne Bell, the director of SAF and meet Isabella. She invited us over at 2pm after they closed.
Well, let me just say, if I didn't have the hugest amount of respect for them before, I am now blown away by their boundless generosity. Let me stress that unless my contacts from my previous visits down here called them and vouched for me, these two women just assessed us quickly, decided we were "their kinda people" and took us in. We are now hooked up to their electricity, have keys to the building with the bathroom, and are parked right outside on Magazine Street. I mean, we are in heaven here! And with Ernesto threatening to hit, we may very well be assisting with the evacuation of the cats they have in residence, of which there are many. So, as I fall asleep at my keyboard, we have a full tank of fresh water, a/c, power for the tv to watch the local news, and our computers and cell phones charging.
Things we HATE: that New Orleans is nowhere near recovery
Things we LOVE: Southern Animal Foundation and Southern hospitality
Oh, and one more thing...
Alpine Aire's Chicken Rotelle
5 out of 10
Bland, tasteless, needed more salt than I wanted to put on my share... would not get again ;-(