Warm, Dry, Drunk, and “Safe” in Austin, TX: A Katrina Memoir, pt. 1

Downtown Austin Skyline- viewed northward from S. Congress

Downtown Austin Skyline- viewed northward from S. Congress

August-September 2005

It was a dark and stormy night. No, really. A dark, stormy, shitty night along the Gulf Coast, from Lake Charles, LA to Biloxi, MS- and more were on their way. Good thing I was warm, dry, drunk and “safe” on the corner of East 6th St. and Red River in downtown Austin, Texas. I had escaped the apocalyptic movie scene of Interstate 10, 150 mph winds, levee failures, catastrophic floods, crumbling houses, and the fear of being caught gun-less in a threatening atmosphere.

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