|What's inside store #3?|
It's strange that only a few ceiling tiles are knocked out here...
|...but a bunch are on the other side of the room.|
|Time to go to Rite Aid. This is
a chain that took over from the local K&B drugstores. A
lot of them had their signs up in arches like this. The original
K&Bs had their logo in a horizontal oval that fit snugly into this
spot. As a result, you could always tell which were original K&B
Fun fact: Everyone who grew up in New Orleans will still know exactly what you mean if you describe a color as "K&B purple" even though Rite Aid sold off or painted over everything that was originally that color.
|The inside of the place has been almost completely cleaned out...|
|...including the safes...|
|...and the cash register drawers (which were presumably in the safes).|
|These were literally about the only things in the place.|
|Even without a demolition crew, the place is already on its way down.|
|These were still hanging everywhere, which is ironic considering they were probably the only things in the store you could find that weren't damaged by Katrina.|
|Oh, did I mention anything about the boat yet? Yeah, well, there was a boat.|
|There's a story here, but I don't have enough imagination to tell it. Go ahead. You try. The fan fiction offer is still valid.|
|Next I went in here.
Note the search and rescue crew paint out front.
|Well, I think we can salvage the fan at least.|
|Actually, the hallway was probably always filled with debris.|
|Note the water lines on the right.
It's too faint to see at this resolution, but the highest one goes up to
the bottom of the poster.
I don't know what it means that there's more than one water line nor the fact that they are of different intensities. If anyone knows, please clue me in.
|Most likely a hole created by the S&R crew. I found several of these throughout. This wasn't just a strip mall; the place doubled back on itself and was relatively labyrinthine in the middle. You couldn't just window-shop for survivors, so cutting through was a reasonable approach.|
|Katrina hates keyboards of all kinds.|
|Dead cat* on the pavement out front.
Not a Katrina casualty unless cats decompose very, very, very slowly...
which is possible I suppose, being spawn of Satan and all.
*Good cat, technically.
|Nature takes over, part two.|
|Continue to Part III|