In the summer of 2004 we had 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks in Florida. Two months later I moved to Hawaii, only to find out that here we have hurricanes, earthquakes, lava flows and tsunamis. Nice trade ay?
In the fall of '05 I was sitting at the Lava Lounge in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park having a pint of Kona Brewing's Lavaman Red. Several of the regulars and I were watching coverage of the events in New Orleans. They started making comments about how stupid it was to have a city there in the first place, and how stupid it would be to rebuild.
Well, unknown to them at the time, my mother's side of the family is from New Orleans and I consider it to be home.
Says I, "So you think it's stupid to live in a city that floods? As compared to... oh say, living on the summit of an erupting volcano?"
In the 5+ years since, I have heard no more disparaging remarks about New Orleans in the Lava Lounge.