Must Be The Season Of The Witch

The scary Quarter.

Spooky. Scary. That’s the season. The season of the witch. It’s really scary around swampville today. Sometime early in the morning my phone went crazy with a 36 hour hurricane warning. You have no idea how it feels when you get any kind of notification like that. Your heart pounds. You are wide awake. Your brain is moving too fast. And, then they say that we may have to evacuate.


Evacuate to where? In the season of the other witch — CoVid-19 — where do we go? Anyway, this storm has moved slightly to the east, but we will get hit pretty hard. We have no idea about is strength. Yet. It has to pass over the gulf, which is still very hot with summer’s heat. That charges it.

I already know the answer to my next question. And, I don’t like it.

I have a 505 area code. New Orleans has a 504 area code. My code is from our sojourn to the high desert in New Mexico after Hurricane Katrina did its thing. How did I receive an alert that is relevant to the 504 area code?

That’s easy. The least invasive is Google. I use Google Maps and their direction service. Google knows where I am. So does Apple and Samsung. I don’t like it, but that’s on me. Telling them where I’m located makes life easier.

The alert didn’t come from any of them. It came from the feds, through NOAA. They track my movements too. I read a piece in the New York Times, by Kara Swisher, who has been doing heavy digital studies for twenty years. She said that the government knows where we are every moment of every day. Mostly, they just collect the data. Sometimes they use what they’ve collected. This was one of those times. At least it’s for good.

But, what if it’s not? People were fighting against leaving their contact information at restaurants in case someone got sick and they needed to do some contact tracing. Who cares, we already are known to the people that matter.

Ms. Swisher said the only way to beat what amounts to a huge invasion of privacy is to buy a “burner” phone and only use it to make calls. You should also use an alias. After a few calls, dump it and start again. If you buy a smartphone and use it to check your email, or go to social sites you are immediately known.

Some life, eh?

Halloween and the picture. I haven’t been photographing a lot of holiday stuff lately so this is a retread. But, I’ve always really liked this picture. I made it the Quarter. Originally, it was in glorious color. But, when I experimented with it, I found that I liked this version a whole lot better.

Normally, I would photograph the Krewe of Boo. That’s cancelled this year for obvious reasons. Assuming we don’t take to big of a hit from the storm, I may wander around the Quarter looking for new and even more scary pictures on Halloween. We’ll see.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance.



11 responses to “Must Be The Season Of The Witch”

  1. Debra Avatar

    What a great photo, Ray. It’s creepy in the best of ways.

    I struggle with all the usual concerns about privacy, but I can hardly imagine how I’d retract once I put everything out there. If the Feds or anyone else is follow my movements these days they’re going to be quite bored. I can make light, but I do actually think it is a problem. Just not a problem I now how to address!

    Fingers crossed on any storms in your vicinity! I really can’t imagine an evacuation notice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. It’s good to have you back. Oh, they have your data, they just don’t use it. The only way is the burner phone idea.

      We are going to get hit head on tomorrow in the late afternoon. We aren’t going anywhere. I’ll just pull the storm shutters closed. And, we have a generator and a good grill.


      1. Debra Avatar

        I hope today went well! I also hope you had something good on the grill. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Sorry, it’s been nothing but two steps backwards. We did grill a big London Broil. I made a marinade and it went outside. Then we grilled everything in sight rather than risk spoilage. Grilled pizza. Grilled eggs. Mmmmm.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Debra Avatar

        When stressed, I do like to eat! So I’d probably have been right by your side. 🙂


  2. zorymar Avatar

    May God keep and save you and your family as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you so much. Just waiting now.


    2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. We are okay, but still no power.


  3. C.S. Young Jr. Avatar

    Cool photo, stay as high and dry as possible!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      We stayed mostly dry, but we won’t have power for days. We even got to go outside between the eye walls. The sky was green, yellow and orange.


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