Friday, we pointed ourselves westward, right into New Orleans (NOLA), where we’ve met up with an old friend from Humboldt, Mr. Gordon Soderberg. As one of the founding members of the Redwood Technology Consortium, Gordon is one of the reasons why we fled San Francisco in ’98 and moved up to the sticks. He was a geek like us, and we figured if he could make a living in the trees, so could we. In 2005, Gordon left Humboldt to join the Veterans For Peace wagon train that was supporting Cindy Sheehan, and found himself in NOLA two days after Katrina, to help with the rescue, cleanup, and now, grassroots rebuilding efforts (because the government hasn’t done crap. More later).
We are in Slidell, just across the lake, parked on an 11 acre plot of flooded land that is today used for Gordon’s Bio Liberty project. The only reason we were able to find this place was thanks to a generous firefighter who saw us wandering around the neighborhood, and knew we were lost. He took the time to escort us here. Amazing.
Last night was our first night here, and just as we were done setting up camp, we were promptly swept into getting to know the wild devastation, beautiful music, fun, artistic and inspirational people that make up this great city.
The last time we met Gordon somewhere, we stayed for 10 years. Who knows how long we might stay this time?