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I can't be silent for an entire day.

Throughout today I will be reflecting on a year of the post-k and will publish my thoughts as they come to me.  I will also publish what I have found around the web or has been emailed by friends.  I hope some of this is helpful on a tough day like today.

9:01am

Some things in my in-box:

Not Racist, White Only

Nessim's nice graphic piece on Katrina a year later.

The Yes Men hit housing.

UNOP Planners Announced.

9:14am

Stay Local Project gets launched in Beta.  I had the opportunity to meet up a while back on this project and share some ideas.  A really great idea and necessary.  Well done.

9:28am

Bush thinks it is Amazing. Thinks we are okay.

Oyster does not agree.

Deluge A Vu

Bush to move Hurricane Season Back

9:48am

Everyone is Manic:

Since the storm a year ago the population of this city has taken on an entirely new collective psychological condition.  We have become manic depressives.  The ups stem from hope, faith, remembrance, defiance.  The lows from reality.

Everyone is a Geography expert:

Now no one questions where that neighborhood is located or how we are below sea level or vulnerable in regards to storms.  Everyone is an expert now.

Everyone is Local:

Before the storm the community of activists preaching local shopping, local pride, local this and that was a fraction of what it is now.  To support your neighbor, your local store, your block is now as essential as paying the light bill.  It is necessary for survival as a city.  Either you do or you leave.

Everyone has the same story:

Before the storm we had our groups, our folks, our hood, our gang.  We shared music, food, jokes, trends and stories.  But now we are all one family, one gang, one hood, one group because we have the same stories.  We have all lost neighbors, we have all lost work, we have all taken on new roles and responsibilities.

10:22am

The Yo-Yo Effect:

up > I still have my house, some friends, my family here, it will be alright

down > so many friends have left, this isn't the city I grew up in, it will never be the same

up > this is a chance to make big changes and improve the problems we had before

down > the problems will never be fixed is we don't face the errors of our past, we need people who want to come back brought back, we need to deal with our past sins

up > there is an eagerness for something better, the people hare in town are the true die-hards and the youth of the city, we can make this happen

down > the old power structure is still in place, the politics is the same, the "leaders" don't get it and don't care, how can we move forward when the purse strings are held by the same people that allowed my city to slowly die?

up > they will all die off and leave and we, who stay, will thrive. It might be a small city but it will always be New Orleans, we can make something of this mess, something new, something positive

down > we are forgotten, the country does not care, we have the money yet will never spend it to save American heritage and an American city

up > we can shut off the pipes, we can shut down the port, we can break from the union, we can become a wealthy independent state, free of dependence on America's charity

10:40am

Spastic Robot's K+1 Post

1:37pm

A year ago Susan and I with our 2 dogs (pre-Eli) were sitting on a couch in the burbs of outer Atlanta.  Here is a picture of the manicured lawns we were transported to after 18 hours of driving.

We watched as the news covered the destruction.  Disconnected, very far away and with friends who could only watch and wonder what we were thinking.  We both cried in disbelief.

I would drive a few miles to a Starbucks to have internet access and see how to do something, anything. So we put up a simple forum on the Humid Beings domain which is now covered in Spam and has been retired so to speak.  Once day it might be launched as we have always hoped. For now it is a local blog reader.

We found ourselves in Lafayette after a short stint near Baton Rouge.  We had a small room over a garage for 6 weeks. Friends who were passing through would visit like my close friend Paul.

Then after some time we finally returned.  And found the devastation.

2:10pm

Nola.com image gallery Then & Now

Democracy Now: Katrina One Year Later

Have the Lessons of Katrina Been Learned?

Interactive Katrina Map on NYTimes of Businesses and Homes

NYTimes Then & Now Photo Gallery

2:28pm

Word is that Spike Lee has a Be A New Orleanian Sticker on his lap-top.  Thanks Spike!

3:14pm

Dear New Orleans Saints Season Ticket Holder,
Your Saints Season Tickets have been shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail.
The following Tracking Number can be used to track your tickets.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please send them to andersonj@saints.nfl.com or (504) 731-1700 x2
Thank you and Go Saints!

 

5:21pm

I need to take a break from work.  Need to get a drink and to be around my people. You people.

Norman Francis should wear this shirt


August 29, 2006 in Nola Stuff | Permalink

Comments

Shoot, man, the Blue Moon Saloon is two streets away from where I grew up! If I had known you then, I would have come to visit.

I can only imagine how bad this year has been for you and fellow New Orleanians. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Ian McGibboney | Aug 29, 2006 2:09:14 PM

Norman Francis had a letter to the editor published today in which he praised Entergy's "philanthropy" Norman Francis can kiss my ass!

Posted by: jeffrey | Aug 29, 2006 10:44:03 PM

Charity from Entergy. What a low-blow.

Indeed, ass kissing is called for.

Posted by: humidhaney | Aug 30, 2006 7:47:36 AM

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