Wednesday, June 28, 2006

So I did it... I actually graduated.

I finished my master's degree last month. I turned in my last paper in June and it felt GREAT. I haven't received my diploma yet so I guess it isn't quite official. New Orleans is still a mess. I was really taken aback at some of the stuff I saw when I was there in May. I went twice and I got to see a lot of different parts of the city. I'll post some pictures so that you can see the city and the seminary.The French Quarter looked fine. Lots of trash and a few less restaurants, but overall fine. The smell however has not gotten any better.

I was driving over the twin spans and I knew something wasn't right, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it...Then I realized that most of the barrier wall on the west bound span was gone and had been replaced by concrete barriers.

The spray paint on the houses was still there. It was eerie. We couldn't figure out all of the codes, but it was a good indicator of the water line too. The higher up the paint, the higher up the water.

Pierre Masperos is a great place for lunch. I had the crayfish po'boy and it was GREAT! It's way better than Cafe Maspero on Decatur Street. So keep walking back towards Chartres and St. Louis.

This was a perfect New Orleans night. Can you believe this is Canal Street? There is still a lot of Post-Katrina damage to a lot of businesses on this street. The street car is running though - FEMA's paying :)

This is Leavell Chapel - Post Katrina

That's me on graduation day.

I'll post some more pictures later.