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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans Brother

UPDATE: I've just learned that on Sunday morning, my brother was evacuated to the Superdome, then may have been taken to an emergency center set up for the medically needed in Alexandria or Monroe, Louisiana. Still no contact from him.

I have a brother in New Orleans.

My older brother - Sean Romanek (at left in the picture) - has survived greater hardship than many marines, but I confess I'm a little worried, especially given that he needs daily medication to maintain his health and it seems like the New Orleans pharmacies may be out of commission for a while.

At present, there seems to be no way of knowing his condition. He is probably perfectly fine. But it's not knowing anything definite that is so bothersome. Maybe that is the very definition of "bothersome":

BOTHERSOME, adj. - producing a feeling of not knowing anything definite.

The last my family heard - Sunday, August 28 - Sean was going to hole up at home. He had food and some medicine - cigarettes too, I hope (a hurricane without cigarettes - unbearable!).

He lives in a residential hotel right where Chef Menteur Hwy/90 interesects the 10 Freeway, in the New Orleans East area, south of Lakefront Airport. The address:

Highrise Inn
6324 Chef Menteur Highway
Room 612
New Orleans, LA 70126

The hotel's front desk number is/was (504) 244-3109

Sean is 6' 6" tall, slim and is often seen carrying his guitar.

If anyone has any information, or information sources they could pass on, I'd appreciate it. Please post information here on the blog. Or you can email me at ask@nealromanek.com

The best New Orleans information I have found so far on the web has been at:


The site has frequently updated local reporting from the Times-Picayune and a variety of continuously updated forums.

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- By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Oct 25, 10:58:00 AM GMT+1  

To follow up: So you know my brother never made it to the Superdome. A couple days after the storm, he was evacuated to the New Orleans Convention Center. Today he lives far away from New Orleans and seems the happier for it.

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