The Most Excellent News of all:
The passport arrived in today's mail, replacing the one stolen along with all the rest of my i.d. between 3 PM and 3:30 PM October 11th!
So we're flying for The American Slave Coast events New Orleans on the 9th after all, instead of having to leave the day before and drive all day. This also means flying from NO to Houston on November 13th, and flying back to NYC on the 15th. Not driving any of that! Though to be honest, seats and legroom of The Car are vastly superior in comfort and ease than any airplane seat -- even in the extra legroom purchased seats. But it will be quicker, and we don't have to deal with creep and stop traffic jam-ups.
I am authentically moi again! Which may allow me to finally relax and enjoy all the wonderful events, people and geography to which I'll be treated to for the month of November. Since losing all my stuff and rushing around trying to remedy the disaster in between traveling and preparing to travel for The American Slave Coast, I've been rather too anxious to relax.