Pleasant day in New Orleans
New Orleans is still feeling the effects of hurricane Ike, as winds gust occasionally to 20 mph, knocking a nearly-empty plastic cup of iced green tea onto the deck of a coffeehouse at Magazine and Nashville. Ambulances and fire engines race by at odd intervals attending emergencies...victims await in anticipation somewhere. Since Gustav, the intersection has flashing lights, one yellow, one red. Courtesy, tradition, and law are confused as drivers at all four corners stop first then proceed, but some with the yellow honk waiting their turn to buzz through. What would we all do if we had every minute we did not waste in some traffic situation? Would we just do something more personally destructive or damaging to the world environment, or would the world be a few millimeters closer to world peace? Or, are we getting our Mission Impossible instructions from an iPod that we must discretely throw to the street before it bursts into flames, so as to avoid a littering violation?