K+1. The year after. Wow. I was looking out the window of my office today and thinking how different downtown New Orleans must have looked a year ago today. Thankfully I was in Texas with my family, safe and sound. And just as thankfully, I'm here today. While I miss having my own company - Brandmarken - and hated my first job back home, I'm still glad I came home. It hasn't been easy... but then the important things in life seldom are.
I love my new job - Zehnder. Working harder than ever but having a friggin blast.
I still love my adopted city. And while it is certainly tougher to live here now. And yes, the city is different. It's still New Orleans with a spirit I've not yet found in other cities. May God bless us and one day deliver us from this terrible ordeal. And maybe, just maybe we'll be lucky enough to fix what's wrong with New Orleans and help all of you finally "get NOLA" the way we do. Not the food, the crawfish or the buildings. But maybe folks will finally understand that New Orleans isn't about the crawfish, it's about the crawfish boil. There is a community here. And that is what really makes the place truly one of the greatest cities on earth.
In the meantime, thank you to all those that helped. To the Sahm's (Kristy and Baude) who took me in for 3 months rent free. To all the folks at TM Advertising and my old Client American Airlines for giving me a job when I needed one. My family and I owe you a debt of gratitude that words simply cannot express.