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We could use an ace up the sleeve right now

Posted by schroeder915 on May 16, 2006

Oyster tends to veer away from the personal in his rhetorically original posts at YRHT. He revealed a different sentiment in a recent comment — one which might surprise many Americans looking at this from the outside who don’t know what a great place New Orleans is.

Here is a commitment to New Orleans shared by many here who, despite having the odds stacked against them, are counting their blessings while bracing for another storm season:

It’s still a massive gamble, compared to my friends who are comfortably ensconced in other areas of the country. But my family is lucky enough to have been able to “stay in the game” after Katrina. We’re fortunate to still have a lot to risk by staying and helping N.O. rebuild.

What people are gambling is not so much possessions as the possibility that another hurricane will finally break up their family and friends, dissolving their neighborhoods, and a culture that is second to none.

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3 Responses to “We could use an ace up the sleeve right now”

  1. Mr. Clio said

    As ysual, well-said by Oyster and you.

    It feels like a risk, but with a big payoff. It’s also hard to imagine not trying it, ain’t it?

    I just hope my four kids will look back in 30 years and not curse me . . .

  2. Schroeder said

    We are indeed lucky to be able to choose. Others have not been so fortunate.

  3. oyster said

    Thanks, Schroeder, for spotlighting my comment.

    For whatever it’s worth, I’ll have some more personal stuff coming in the weeks after the election.

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