How Many Survivors Does It Take To Tell a Joke?

And some people doubted that the south would rise again! More than anything else, New Orleans still has their sense of humor. I posted before, on the Ice Box Art, and now New Orleans, has taken it a step further. The Place that made Hurricane drinks so popular, now has the “Cat 5 hurricane” offered at Bacco’s. So don’t count us out down here, expect a lot more from us than the little hope that some would dare to proclaim.

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The grimy residue of receded floodwater covered the blue Chevrolet pickup parked outside a shattered two-story house, but the offer spray-painted on the vehicle in white overflowed with enthusiasm:

“For Sale. Like New. Runs Great.”

The tongue-in-cheek sales pitch in this New Orleans suburb is evidence that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita didn’t necessarily destroy victims’ sense of humor, which is surfacing in signs painted on wrecked homes and on bumper stickers and inevitable T-shirts.

It jumps out from an Arabi auto glass shop: “Katrina was bad. The old lady and the dogs were more trouble.”

And from a refrigerator left on a French Quarter street: “Loot this!!!!”

The drink offerings at popular eatery Bacco’s now include “Katrina Rita,” “Cat 5 Hurricane,” and “Curfew & Coke.”

Elsewhere, bumper stickers and T-shirts are available with the saying “Make levees not war.”

Another T-shirt picks on a popular target: “Where is FEMA? Federal Employees Missing Again.”

“It’s been known for a long time one of the best coping mechanisms we have is humor,” said Kathryn Kirkhart, a clinical psychologist who has been working with evacuees in New Orleans. “It’s best used in situations where we have no control.”

But where’s the garage?

Some anonymous jokesters have chosen subtlety: “Garage Sale. Shoes. Games. Toys,” says a sign posted along a driveway that leads to a foundation where only the barest traces of the garage are still attached.

A house that floated off its foundation came to rest at the side of 38-year-old Philip Troxclair’s house. Another house is at the end of the driveway, decorated with the phrase “Wicked witch of the East was here.”

“Thank you Katrina,” deadpans a sign painted in blue on a hard-hit, one-level brick house.

Friday night in the French Quarter, a musician taking a break between songs at a restaurant blurted out: “We’re all trying here in New Orleans to get back to abnormal.”

Just shows what we can do, under extreme circumstances. For those that questioned the rebuilding of this great city, I say shame on you!

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3 Responses to How Many Survivors Does It Take To Tell a Joke?

  1. Ginny in CO says:


    This is great 🙂 The psychologist is SO right. I went to a humor in medicine conference about 15 years ago and have deveolped some old standbys that invariaby get a laugh.

    I might have to snatch a few of those – especially about getting back to abnormal…

    Anyone selling those FEMA t shirts on line? I had thought of doing : Got FEMA?

  2. Ginny

    Got FEMA. Great idea.

  3. “Where is FEMA? Federal Employees Missing Again.”

    I just love those cheap shots at FEMA! And the truck for sale LMAO. I just have to get some of those bumper stickers and T-Shirts. The funny thing is that just a few days before I saw the Ice Box Art artical, I was on the websight of a freeway blogger. Somehow, I expect that this might not be the last post like this to hit the blog. Looks like Louisiana might be that bad dream that the GOP will never be able to make go away.