Something to ponder

Here’s a discussion question to occupy your mind today: if D.C. were to experience what has happened in New Orleans, would you leave?

It seems like for every person who voluntarily left New Orleans, there was another who refused to go. They knew that they could lose their homes and even their lives, but they didn’t want to leave the city. Faced with the decision, would you go? Would you refuse to be run out of your city by Mother Nature? Would you come back when the rebuilding began? Personally, I’d be on the first plane out. (Not because I don’t like D.C., but because I’m not going to try to stand up to a hurricane.) What about everyone else?

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 2:14 pm

    Yeah, I’d pack up the house, lock the doors tight and head for somewhere safe to run out the storm. Watching New Orleans proved to me we’re not as enlightened as we’d like to be.

  2. darpino (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

    I’d head for the hills.

    I remember back in 95 or 96 DC was having all kinds of freaky apocalypse weather. I saw a Metro Bus get blown sideways by wind on a wet 23rd st. I saw a baby in a stroller get ripped right out of her mother’s hands by a flash flood. And the basement of the Lincoln Memorial filled with water while I was working during a monster storm. That was enough for me.

  3. JMD94 (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

    I love the DC area, actually I live in Bethesda, but I’ve lived here 27/31 years. I love the fall here especially. We have all four seasons, great economy, nightlife, museums,monuments theatres, NFL,NHL, MLB and NBA teams and Blockbuster video. Whenever I’m away, I can’t wait to come home. There’s no place that I like better. But if a Katrina like hurricane hit,
    See Ya! I’d be using lobbyists as paddles if I had to. I’m following the Uptown rats on my way out.

    I spoke with a friend who served in Iraq and was in New Orleans. He said that Katrina created damage and destruction that he couldn’t believe and had never seen before. This coming from a soldier who was in Fallujah.

    I could come back, but not too quickly. Frankly, I’m suprised how many have gone back to New Orleans this soon. Do they really know what kind of environmental conditions they will be facing yet?

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