New Orleans is one of my favorite cities; I’ve probably been there half a dozen times for work or pleasure. It has all of the sensibility of a northern city with all of the geniality of a southern city. The food and architecture is representative of the United States: a true combination of cultures and traditions. Hurricane Katrina appears to be heading straight for New Orleans. The entire city is below sea level; to the south of the city is the Gulf of Mexico and to the north of the city is a huge lake. I hope the city survives the hurricane.