And what a world it is! The World According to Greg began as an exercise to prove to my boss that a website and SEO placement could be done in-house. More on this later, but the photo itself displays quite a picture of what the world looks like, both then when it was taken, and today.
The home in the picture had been essentially destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I attended an environmental conference in New Orleans in July of 2006, nearly a year after the devastating events. I don’t recall how we hooked up with the tour guide, but he had lived in this house in the Lower Ninth Ward with his grandfather and this was all the furniture that remained. However, they were cleaning up and restoring the house, and even though all that remained of the interior was the framing and you could see the entire house from any part of the interior, he took us into each room and showed us what they had used the room for, where their old furniture had gone and where they were going to put new furniture when they finished.
I have long since forgotten his name but I will never forget him. His sense of resilience and his utter faith and hope in a bright future in the midst of such devastation and inaction at the hands of his own governmental leaders was, and ten years down the road, still is, quite astonishing.