Maybe it's a product of being raised on the Gulf coast, but I've never felt quite right if I'm too far away from water. That is of course not an issue here in Nola - for better or worse we're surrounded on three sides. I've spent summers in the salt marshes of the coast, and countless hours staring at the lake. (New Orleans has a lake, you say? Yes! And it's enormous!) The power of water is to be respected, as so many of us know all too well. But this does not stop me from marveling at it.
Plus there's the watermeters.