Tropical Storm Cindy surprised everyone in New Orleans Tuesday night as she toppled ancient Oaks, uprooted Crepe Myrtles, and ripped down power lines. In a city accustomed to keeping a close eye on approaching hurricanes, a mere tropical storm didn’t seem to warrant much concern. Seventy mph winds can do more damage than most realized. Not since the legendary Betsy (1965) were so many New Orleanians left without power. She tore a sheet of tin off our garage, split a termite infested Oak tree a block away, and ruined all the food in our refrigerator /freezer. After two full days without electricity, we finally had power restored last night. I really didn’t mind the ordeal to much. I did have to put up with complaints from those suffering air-conditioning withdrawal, but lunch at Taqueria Corona and an after-noon at Rock and Bowl seemed to stave off the worst of it.