Tuning out

I want to be her again. Blissfully unaware, biding my time, plotting my escape to a place that finally understood and accepted me, exactly as I was. This moment was only one year before I made the move. This moment was three years before the levees broke.

My heart is wrenched recalling this moment because it took too damn long to find my home. My heart is wrenched recalling this moment because it was pulled from my grasp after only two short years of euphoria.

My heart is wrenched because this place, while it still somewhat resembles the paradise I lost, is rapidly becoming the place I ran away from … and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.

Should I run again? Or should I stay and find whatever solace I can among the remnants? Where would I run to?


House of the week: 21st Century Shotgun on Andry Street

History is one of the most prominent deciding factors when I dream about buying a home. I want a house that’s felt the gamut of human experiences, absorbed it into its walls and soaked it into the hardwood floors. I want a house that’s been loved, hated, mistreated and loved again. When I find it, that wonderful house will recognize me and love me for who I am because it’s met me before.

That being said, there are occasions when new structures catch my eye and sometimes that draw isn’t only the clean lines and the delight found in all things shiny and new. Just recently, the Urban Vision Properties built in the 9th Ward went up for sale and I have to admit, I think they’re pretty darn cool. I’m pretty sure I could dig “living in the pink” with this 21st Century Shotgun house on Andry Street in the historic Holy Cross neighborhood.

Right across from the levee, this house looks like the Jetsons version of a shotgun with tall angled roof lines over the front porch and entryway, but it’s futuristic feel doesnt stop with the design. Energy and space efficient, this new home features solar panels that produce 2.7 kW, Energy Star appliances and dual-paned windows, CFL lighting, tankless water heater, dual flush toilets and low flow faucets for water conservation, recycled-content tile and more!

The house looks cool as it feels with high ceilings, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, all new appliances including washer and dryer and a huge porch. Although it’s a brand new home, it already has a bit of history to share. The whole 2005 levee failure, while horrifically tragic, brought forth a whole lot of humanity and good will towards the people and their troubles that followed the disaster. People from all over the world came to help our city and this memorable outpouring is why structures like this one stand where they do.

Plus listed at only $110,000, I doubt it’ll be on the market for long.