My last day in New Orleans was spent with the Habitat for Humanity crew, digging a foundation ditch and clearing lots and lots of brush and trash in the 9th Ward of the city… one of the hardest hit by Katrina. It was an amazingamazing experience, though an incredibly physically challenging one. It was very cold and I was operating on little sleep for several nights in a row. Still, what an awesome thing to be able to say I did.
Afterward the buses gave us a tour through Brad Pitt’s project area – Make it Right. The houses are architecturally innovative and one was even constructed to float, should lightening decide to strike NOLA twice.
Toward the end of the day one of the HFH volunteers questioned us on what exactly we did at AOL. The girl next to me chuckled and said, “We sell stuff you can’t actually touch.”
Ha ha ha, well said.
But, really, how contrasting to be there touching something, doing something, changing something and having an experience that you can’t actually sell.