First of all, just to let you know I am safe from the fires, they are many miles to the north of where I live, though the sky is full of ash and things are not very great right now. I realize that this is small potatoes compared to what happened to your part of the world recently, but please keep us in your prayers here in California. Fires can get bad here, especially when we are way overdue for a big burn (and we are).
Second, I had dinner with an old schoolfriend last night. Two of her kids had visited NO to look at colleges with her and he husband, and we remanisced. Then we decided to have a girlie's trip there next spring or early summer, once things were up and ready. So we'll be back!