I was haunted a few weeks ago by a photo of flooded downtown New Orleans in the Dallas Morning News. In this morning's edition, that picture ran side-by-side with one from Sunday. It's looking a lot better, though there's much work to be done. (I'm hoping to get a link to the photos, because they're amazing.) UPDATE: I can't find a direct link, but go here and click on link #4 for the 9/11/05 photo set; the one I mentioned is the first one in the series on that page.
Speaking of pictures, a lot of space has been given to New Orleans, but we can't forget that quite a bit of coastal Mississippi took a direct hit. Here is a link to some pictures from the Gulfport and Biloxi areas; note some of the before-and-after comparisons.
Also, on a highly encouraging note, Glenn Reynolds links to some additional relief efforts for New Orleans musicians; not only are they getting things like food, water and shelter, but they're also getting replacement instruments and, perhaps most importantly, gigs.
Blowing out more candles: Happy birthday to my buddy Steve H. Gotta meet up soon...