Thanks man. So happy to be back home. I actually spent the fall semester at Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA (so close enough to the Northeast for me, but still VERY Southern). It was a pretty good time; met a lot of nice people. And -- certainly -- plenty of stories from travels and parties. The school was very friendly and understanding with all that was happening on the Gulf Coast at the time. They welcomed me and the other New Orleans area students with open arms. All in all, the semester was kinda like studying abroad (mountains, snow, seasons that change, rural southwestern Virginia). It was nice to experience college as a visiting student. Of course, the administration and students did so much to make us feel at home. They even had a special dinner at the dining hall where they served red beans & rice, crawfish, jambalaya, hush puppies, and other New Orleans specialties. And I'll never forget the kindness of the student body: donated clothes/cooking supplies/shampoo/cups.
That said, it is so good to be back in New Orleans. This part of the city (near campus) is feeling like normal again... just a lot of construction and renovations. I'm excited to be a part of the city rebuilding. I'm studying Political Economy, with a second major of Psychology and a minor in English. After graduation (just a year away), I'm hoping to work with local government or in economic development/riverfront planning.
Good to know all is well in Arizona. Don't work yourself too hard. You excited about Amare coming back to your boys? I think -- with him healthy -- y'all would have a good chance to win in a third-straight Conference Finals appearance. Just gotta get past my Hornets first, haha
. Thanks again for the welcome back.