Back in New Orleans for a spell. Life is sorta normal in the areas right along the Mississippi that weren't wiped out in the flood -- places like the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, the Garden District and Uptown (the floodwaters came from the canals and the lake, not the river). The rest of the city -- the other 80 percent -- displays occasional small pockets of improvement, particularly on the fringes of the devastated areas where the floodwaters were lower.
For our first blog entry, we decided on a theme of "Signs of the times." So clever. Clicking within a photo will increase its resolution to 1024 x 768.
Things are a tad better, here and there, than when we left in late March, with recovery in the devastated areas advancing from zero percent to perhaps 10 or 20 percent, depending on the neighborhood.
But there's a long, long way to go, still, 14 months after Katrina broke the levees and the water laid waste to the city.
"Opening soon" signs are still more prevalent than "Open" signs in most areas.
And even multinational McDonald's apparently can't quite figure out how to get back on track.