We here at Chowhound, being optimists by nature, are hoping our friends in New Orleans make a rapid and miraculous recovery from this awful catastrophe (not that it will be anywhere near "easy"), and we'll be resuming the chow talk as soon as that happens.
Just as we don't want to give up hope for such a recovery, we don't want to give up hope for this board, and sacrifice it's chowy focus by filling up with the expressions of sympathy every one of us feels. Let's keep this board chowy - focused and ready for when NO rides again, to pick up where it left off.
For this reason, we ask that you please post about the catastrophe on our Not About Food board. There are already a couple of threads playing over there. Feel free to reply to one of them or start a new one.