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Three Years

The Times-Picayune's Inside Out section (real estate, home design, gardening, etc.) has been following the stories of various New Orleanians restoring homes devastated by the post-Katrina failure of the federal levees. James Perry received homeowners and flood insurance payments for his home on N. Miro Street, but they were insufficient to repair the damage. He has received a letter from the Road Home program (intended to close the gap between insurance payments and actual repair costs) saying he will receive money, but he has no idea when and is unable to get in touch with anyone who can tell him.

"I am torn between getting appliances for my kitchen and installing insulation in the attic," Perry says. "I don't even mind cooking. It's the cleaning up I don't like. If I had a stove, I could cook breakfast. If I had a dishwasher, I wouldn't have to wash dishes. And if I had a refrigerator, there's a lot I could do."

... bold type mine.

THREE YEARS, folks. After THREE YEARS, the man cannot afford a refrigerator, and speaks as longingly of one as a teenager might of the latest iPhone. Call me crazy, but I think this is fucked.

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