The Long Road

The long, furthest out in the Lower 9th Ward.

Just a couple of things.

I made this picture just about as far out in The Lower Ninth Ward as I could go. I probably shouldn’t have been out there so late in the day. This is where unsuspecting people get shot. I’m not even sure it’s intentional. I think young teenagers, er, little punks with guns just feel like shooting them and somebody happens to get in the way.

The shooting cases that occur out here never get solved. How could they? There’s nobody around to witness anything. There’s even an old abandoned police station with damaged police cars and two shot up ambulances parked in front. All of this has been there since Hurricane Katrina. That’s 17 years. Note that. Seventeen years and nothing’s changed. There’s almost nobody out there. Why should the city do anything about it?

The city won’t do anything about it. They can’t even keep the current police department properly staffed.

Another reason to live on a farm far far away.

And, in other news. Well, there’s a lot of other news.


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And, finally.

By the time you read this Storyteller will have moved to Substack. There a number of reasons to make the move, but the biggest deal breaker in past attempts to leave WordPress is that I couldn’t take you with me. With Substack I can. In five minutes. It’s built for people like us. It’s very easy to use.

I’ll see you there.



3 responses to “The Long Road”

  1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    Please give us a link when you get established on Substack.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Don’t need one. You’ll get an email just as you do here.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

        That’s good to know.


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