Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina, it has been ten years

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Hurricane Katrina - the upheaval of the event, the challenges it
presented, and all the emotions it evoked have faded with time. Every couple of years I mark the passing of the event with a blog post  and each time with less detail.

After the Katrina flood waters receded I made the decision to keep New Orleans Personal Training (picture) going, and to live and open a second business outside of hurricane alley.  I chose Austin. In the summer of 2006 Austin Personal Training opened.

Much has happened that makes Katrina a less significant part of my life. When I came to Austin I did not know a soul.  I love New Orleans and visit often. Austin has proven to be a great place to live.  I have dear friends in both places, but after ten years Austin is my home.

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Remembering Katrina

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Eight years ago as Katrina was raging towards New Orleans I was deciding whether or not I should leave.  I went into a restaurant in Metairie that was still open. I asked the restaurant owner why he was still open. He told me he was leaving soon; his workers were going to stay. I asked why.  He told me the generals always leave; the soldiers stay.  That was all I needed to hear; I boarded up my business and my house.  With three dogs and one other passenger I headed across Lake Pontchartrain.

Amazingly traffic was light; it was still a day before it got really serious. I decided to stay off the bumper-to-bumper interstates.  I made it by country roads with not much traffic all the way to Hattiesburg, and the next day we traveled onward half way across the country. We were treated with kindness wherever we went, and the hotels were happy to accept the dogs.

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