Yeah, for the price of the ticket to do this thing, they really should give you Faberge.
It was actually really awesome. Great music, kind of pissy balloon-animals clown, face painting, bouncy house, bunnies you could pet, a mini horse, and of course the easter egg hunt.
The funny part was that they had way too many eggs for the number of kids that showed up. They separated the hunt to babies (1-5) and kids (6 and up) so the little ones got to find something too. They had a limit of 12 eggs per kid but by the time Katerina came back from her round of easter egg hunt, she had maybe 50 of them. There were just too many eggs lying around.
So now they are fighting (of course) over who will have more of the empty plastic shells in their bucket. I don't quite understand the purpose of the fight since the shells are EMPTY. All the little toys they got are lying around but they fight over the empty shells. Hmm. Maybe they should just get empty shells for Easter. Would save on cleaning up chocolate from everything they own.
Oh, after Katerina had a mild fight with they pissy clown, she got ALL of the balloons that were attached to the gate. The kid almost flew away.
Can someone explain to me what happened? Me and Ash came here, bought a house, became part of the community, settled down. Made a lot of friends, our kids made a lot of friends. It was HOME.
Then Ash died. It will be a year soon. People started to move away. The community fell to pieces. What happened?
In the past month, 3 weeks really, at least 3 important bloggers announced they are moving within the next few weeks. One of my very good friends (a rollergirl) moved to Slidell. My neighbors moved to Prytania St and left the house empty. There is nobody on the other side of my house either. At least one other blogger (my best friend at the moment, I would say) might be forced to move in August. WTF?
What happened to "we will never leave New Orleans"? What happened to all the humorously arrogant criticism of people living north of Georgia?
It feels like the death of blogger community in New Orleans. After Ash died they became my family. I did not keep in touch as much as I should have, true. But now this family is leaving too. Everybody who knew Ash and everything related to Ash is leaving. Maybe it was just a crazy three-year flight of fighting for New Orleans resurrection and now people care more about their personal lives and issues rather then the common effort.
I am not saying you should not do what you need to do but you people have to admit that a year ago, you wanted to stay here and bitch about Nagin. Now you want to move and lead a happy life. Everything changed.
For me, this just might be the end of a 10-year-old flight.
According to CNN, GOP leaders called many of the items on the stimulus bill wasteful. Among them are:
• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings.
• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
• $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs.
While I agree that "A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film" does seem unnecessary, I don't see what's wrong with education, alcohol abuse reduction, summer jobs, or eco-friendly building codes. As we saw flood reduction projects were certainly not the priority for the previous government. Notice that he does not have "throw more money to Iraq war contractors" on the bill.
So I am eating my homemade bread, drinking my morning coffee, reading the news. And I see this headline "Arctic thaw raises security concerns ". I thought Duh, welcome to global warming. Slightly pleased that even CNN noticed that flooded New York might become a problem, I opened the link. That ended my pleasant morning, because the security concern was about which greedy pig will get its paws on the fossil fuel that's under the melting ice.
I guess a lot of us, who came here to help and repopulate the city after Katrina are beginning to second guess our naive optimism.
We knew there was crime before the storm but we decided that living here and feel alive is better than living anywhere else and be safe and bored.
When we got here and saw the devastation and the apathy of all who were supposed to care, we were assuring each other that we can change it.
I have lived here for 3 years now so I did not really know the city before the storm but I came to love it as my second home. I will not live anywhere else in US. I have moved 5 times before I came here and this was the only place where I felt home. If I do move, I will go back to Europe. Don't want to.
What makes this city so great are the people here. And they are endangered now. In the past 3 months, 4 of my good friends either moved or are seriously thinking about moving because of the crime. The problem is that if people like them move, the city will not matter anymore. If all the people hanging out in Marigny, Mid City, and Uptown move because of the crime, there will be no more quirky, fun loving, very smart, community-active crowd that makes this city sooo cool. It will become just like all the other places with deserted, crime ridden downtown, where everybody else lives in far, far suburbs.
I don't have a solution, just a cry. I don't know how to stop a stray bullet from going through your bedroom wall and killing your wife. I do know though, that if people move because of crime, the crime will move in. It will take over. I fear the day when my nice street populated with teachers, architects, and journalists becomes a home to chop-shops, drug dealing, and street shooting. I know it is right around the corner. Actually, on the other side of the small cemetery I am looking at right now.
So for now, I am holding the fort. I am not moving because I don't want anyone to deal drugs in front of my house.
And this Uptown murder could have happened anywhere. It has nothing to do with the drug related killing spree that's going on or with the innocent bystanders caught in. It does not prove how wide spread violet crime is.
OK, Twitter for me was a Gustav related thing and I rarely put anything on it nowdays. That however, does not stop people I have never heard of from following me. But the best one was today: Rouses Market is following me on Twitter. I expect Winn Dixie and Walmart to follow.
Dale Gribble was right. Never give any information to a computer. They will follow you on Twitter.