Everything is Broken


few of my friends have asked why we are heading to Virginia and farm life. These pictures might speak to that. But, they are a little romantic, a little nostalgic.

New Orleans is truly the city that care forgot.

The truth is that we’ve gotten as violent as I’ve ever known New Orleans to be. There are daily shootings. Reading the Monday morning newspaper reminds me of the score keeping that was done during the Vietnam War.

Six shot, four dead, two wounded. Ten cars hijacked,

A friend of a friend was putting gas in her car at Costco when her car was hijacked. She was dragged a good 20 feet. She is severely injured. There is a Go Fund Me page set up for her. Two women were shot at over 80 times. That’s a lot of bullets. Somehow they were only wounded.

There’s more. A lot more.

There’s the usual BS that we deal with on a daily basis. Broken streets, broken water mains, broken power lines. And, we are still picking up after Hurricane Ida. Sheesh, I’m not sure we were done with Katrina.

I hate to say it, but I’m getting a little old to deal with this crap. I’m looking forward to the peace, quiet and solitude of the farm. For sure it will take some getting used to, but we’ll feel safe.

Isn’t that what we all want?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

25 thoughts on “Everything is Broken

  1. My mother had some land in Virginia that was probably in the vicinity of the area you described in an earlier post. Absolutely beautiful country. It’s not in the family any more but sometimes I wish we had moved there.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about your friend and the injuries sustained in a carjacking. Terrifying! I am sure there are many things about New Orleans you’re going to miss, but what you’ve described would certainly make me yearn for calm. A far in Virginia sounds perfect!

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    1. It isn’t just her. This happens on a daily basis. Shootings, killings, carjackings. Friends who are from here say it’s getting as bad as the 90’s when the crack wars happened. One year there were just over 500 murders.

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      1. Tourists are getting carjacked, Come Mardi Gras I’m pretty sure it’s going to be hell in the city. Usually, there is one or two shootings at one end of the parade. If that happens this year there will be a bloodbath. The police are understaffed. Some state troopers will be assigned to cover some of the shortage. We really need The National Guard. I doubt that’s going to happen.


  3. Get happiness from the move, you and your family, Ray. Living constantly on edge becomes exhausting and it takes some while to enjoy the calm of somewhere peaceful. No-one says you can’t still travel. But when you have to be en garde the whole time, it wears you out. And no, walking about the place armed isn’t conducive to a good life. Over here, it’s usually knives not guns; but dodgy, too, in parts of the country; and the Met police have an abominable reputation these days; and our Government is crap. As I’ve got older, I really appreciate being able to exist in the countryside, being able to walk out into that solitude. And in the Borders, people greet each other on the street. It’s not that cosy, all sorts of things go on, but kind of quietly!

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    1. We travel for a living usually from spring to almost Christmas so it will good to come home to solitude. We have a lot of work to do on the farm even though we aren’t going to grow anything but grass that we’re going to trade with the dairy farmers for dairy goods. But, we have work on the house and out buildings. We are also building a new house and a recording studio plus a digital studio. We’ve had a number of bad things happen in the last few days including tornado tonight that destroyed two sections of town including the Lower 9th Ward which is still recovering from Katrina and Ida. It so bad that there was a call put out for heavy equipment operators to move buildings off of buried people. As far as gun violence goes its terrible. I travel armed and I hate it. I’m afraid I’ll have to defend myself and kill someone. That doesn’t feel good. Solitude. That’s it.


  4. Yes, that is what we all want. It is sad, but here in Charlotte there are shootings on almost a daily basis. A lot of it is between teens who know each other and can’t get along. Very sad!
    Glad you are finding a more peaceful setting!

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    1. You’re just getting started. Two weekends ago there were 28 shootings resulting in 9 deaths. To celebrate Easter weekend the shootings dropped to 11, but the shooters accuracy increased. 9 people died.

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