A serious woman with seriously un-television-like hair appeared on the flat screen above the lobby bar at the New Orleans hotel Sunday night, and all the customers stopped talking. The subject was not the Saints, who a few hours earlier had rallied to beat the Carolina Panthers. It was Hurricane Ida.
Although Ida was heading into the Gulf, the storm was expected to veer east and miss New Orleans. But after Katrina, many visitors, as well as the residents working in the bar, are predictably wary.
In the concierge lounge at the same hotel Monday morning, patrons were transfixed by the televised weather reports.
Some worried aloud about the status of their flights.
Some of us did not.