The Stress & Psychological Misfortunes of Post-K NOLA

30 October 2007

I mentioned before that I’m happy when I can’t get into something because it’s sold out (because it means we’re happening), and frankly, I wish it wasn’t that way.

When I was at the ACL fest in September, I saw everything through a New Orleans lens. I couldn’t just enjoy the music; I had to think about what they might be doing differently from us and whether we should change. I couldn’t just enjoy the crowd; I had to wonder how it compared to JazzFest’s. That sucks. It’s not I-have-nowhere-to-live bad, but it’s a drag, and I know it’s taking a toll on all of us. It leads us to be defensive and critical of others who don’t deserve it. It leads us to be closed-minded–If it’s not NOLA… it’s CRAP! And it probably leads us to be, at least occasionally, a big drag to our non-local friends and families.

I remembered some mook a while back had a letter in the paper from an ex-local who implored us all to move to greener pastures where we wouldn’t feel the weight on our shoulders. I cringed at the tone because nothing gets better without effort, and NO would die without its people, but her point also resonated some with me. As many people have observed, it wasn’t easy to live here before, and it sure as hell hasn’t gotten easier. I have no intention of leaving until, as Ashley says, til the last levee falls, but I’m envious of people who live where they don’t feel like the city rests on their shoulders. In the grand scheme, I don’t do that much, but I sure worry about it. I feel guilty when I don’t go see music or support a local artist. I live in regret over all the people I haven’t helped. I ask how the turnout was at anything I didn’t go to in hopes that I wasn’t missed (talk about egocentric), and I’ve felt anxious when I’ve been at poorly attended events.

It also sucks that one of our pre-K sources of comic relief–politics–is no longer very funny. I long for the days when I could have just laughed at the foibles of Nagin, Jordan, Foti, Vitter, etc, but these days, the stakes are higher, and although I confess to some amusement, I get pissed that they don’t take it as seriously as I do. The flood has taken some of the fun out of living in a banana republic, and that’s enough cause to impeach the prick on Pennsylvania Ave.


Kinda like a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac

27 October 2007

Adrastos oughta love this.  I thought I misheard the tv just now when they showed a commercial for a new Eagles album that ends with the words, “Exclusively at Walmart.”

I know I’m not the only person who hates Walmart, but I checked it out on the Internets, and it’s true.   Walmart says it’s because they’re “America’s biggest supporter of the music business” (note that they don’t say they’re the biggest supporter of musicians), and the Eagles say they’re doing it “because of the retailer’s drive to take a lead in sustainability and make a difference for future generations” (read:  “They paid us a shitload of money for an exclusive deal.”)

Much as I loved them back in the day (and I did shell out the $10k or whatever for a ticket on the Hell Freezes Over tour), I’ll probably be just fine if I never hear another Eagles song in my lifetime, and now I’m actively encouraging people to leave those damn things on the shelves.  I can simultaneously avoid Walmart and avoid these pathetic sellouts.  More money to spend at LMF!  Eagles not available.

Whatcha been doing all this time, Bobby?

27 October 2007

Although I’m glad Bobby and Kathleen are off to show a bipartisan united front to get some relief flowing in here, but what the hell kept them from doing it before now?  He was already a Repub, she was already a Demo, and she could have crashed at his pad over there and saved us some money.  Now he’s acting like his gonna be the governor of action, when a little action, say, a couple years ago might have made a difference.

Not-so-bold prediction:  W will eat it up and be all, “Now this is what I’ve been waiting for all this time!  Blanky, why couldn’t you have been this kind of gov’ner?  We could have taken care of you before, but it took this strapping young genius to make it clear.”

Are Californians as stupid as New Orleanians?

25 October 2007

The chapter on E’s-&-my (don’t know how the grammar works on that) book is on attributions in disasters.  That is, how do we explain the disaster itself and the behavior related to it.  Whether one calls it “Hurricane Katrina” or the “Federal Flood” implies different sources of responsibility and represents the attributional process itself.

Joan Walsh has an interesting take on the attribution shift by W and his minions.  Apparently, we’re stupid for not anticipating flood, but he’s not.

Perino also insisted comparisons between Hurricane Katrina and the California wildfires are misplaced, because wildfires are unpredictable, but “when you have a hurricane, there are days when you can prepare and prepare for evacuation.” That contradicted her boss, President Bush, who defended the government’s inaction two years ago by saying Katrina was a surprise, insisting: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”

This morning’s letter to the T-P

25 October 2007

Best thing about blogging is you can always publish your own letters, even if the paper won’t.  Here’s mine regarding the Walgreen’s story in the Money section (no, I don’t really read Money, but it caught my eye):

So Walgreen’s says it is “part of the community.”  Here’s how our “community” members think it’s appropriate to act: 

  • Abandon your stores and leave them boarded, contributing to the appearance of blight, while opening new stores just a couple blocks away.
  • Avoid competition by hanging onto boarded buildings for years rather than sell them to someone who might clean them up.
  • Ignore the express wishes of the neighborhood and historical construction standards to build in your own outdated style.

If Walgreen’s was really a part of our community, it would clean up its messes before making new ones.

No really, we’re compassionate conservatives…

25 October 2007

Wake up, Dick.

And an optional war doesn’t?

24 October 2007