Pic of the day

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My Darlin’ New Orleans

A couple of years ago when I first started blogging I certainly would have something to say about the state of the city. I guess I have some catching up to do.

The Streets

Anyone who lives here knows all about the horrible conditions of the streets as well as ongoing construction projects that make getting anywhere in the uptown area a challenge. When it comes to construction I think we can all agree that the drainage projects that are taking place on most of the North South thoroughfares in the uptown area are needed. The problem is the amount of time it is taking to complete these projects. To have so many of the major roadways under construction at the same time really affects the quality of life for the people who live adjacent to the construction as well as those who have to get anywhere in a car. Businesses that are located on the construction area are being hit hard. It is impossible to run your storefront businesses when no one can actually get to your front door. From my chair it looks like horrendous planning with little concern for the effects the project is having on the citizens is par for the course. Yes we need to fix the infrastructure but the city needs to do it in a way that does not destroy small businesses and cause undue hardship on the citizens. I hope I lie long enough to see this project through. SELA New Orleans.

Crime

Same as it ever was. NOPD is having a hard time putting enough officers on the street to properly cover the city. Morale within the department is not the greatest and officers are subjected to a perception that they are not good cops. The reality of the situation is that the response time and operational deficiencies in the department are not the fault of the cop on the beat. The mayor needs to step p and admit that he allowed leadership or lack there of to lapse for most of his tenure as mayor. It was obvious early on that Serpas was not going to get the job done the mayor waited way to long to take action. With the Feds overseeing the department through consent decree there is a lot of pressure to get NOPD up to par. While it is reported that numbers for murder and some other crimes are lower than in the recent past it seems that the crimes in New Orleans tend to have such a high profile that they make national news. When football icons and tourists are being killed it really gives the city a black eye. If only the criminals would stick to victimizing the locals the situation would not get as much attention. We all know that even local leaders put the citizenry of the city second.

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Health

My health has not been good lately. I have been suffering from some sort of Gastrointestinal problems that have yet to be fully diagnosed. After a Colonoscopy we know that my intestines are OK other than some Diverticulosis which is common for a man my age everything checks out. Still I am suffering symptoms that range from nausea, to stopped up to free flowing. This has been going on for four months now. I have lost about twenty five pounds during this period. While I have a lot of confidence in the skills of my physicians I am disappointed in how long it takes to get appointments to see them. This condition is affecting my sleep, my work and my stress level. I hope it clears up soon. In the meantime the new normal for me is feeling like crap.

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A City Divided

Monuments ruled a Nuisance

The New Orleans City council voted 6 to 1 declaring the four confederate monuments a nuisance . The goal of this move by the mayor and others who want the monuments removed is to bring down symbols of white supremacy. Over the years I never really looked at the monuments in that context but I certainly get the point of those who want the monuments removed. Unfortunately I believe that the move has actually divided the city and driven a wedge between black and white culture instead of being a move that heals the wounds of a time long past. The real social issues that the community suffers from are lack of education and opportunity for a large part of our community. As noble as the motives of the anti statue crowd are the symbolic removal of the statues will do very little to change the institutions in this city and the country as a whole to improve the issues that divide along racial lines.

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Monumental Stance

Monumental Stance

Monument removal is still an issue in New Orleans. Yesterday Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell came out against the removal of the monuments. She thinks the monument removal effort is a shell game to divert New Orleanian’s attention away from the real issues facing the city. I must say that all the years I have lived here the monuments never came up as an issue. I have never looked at them as something that glorified the south’s cause in the civil war even though they were and are meant to be that. I have always looked at them as landmarks and a couple of them as very good pieces of sculpture. I guess my real stance is that if you take them down and replace them will they be replaced by monuments that all New Orleanians can get behind and support. I will say that if not for the Battle of Liberty Place monument I would never have known that the incident took place. A high School history teacher took us to the monument on a field trip and lectured us at the monument site about the battle of Liberty Place and what the city was like during reconstruction. It wasn’t a case of honoring those whose names where on the monument it was an opportunity to teach us a history lesson. I certainly understand the feelings of those who are offended by the statues and look at them as glorifying our shameful past but I also see them as a reminder of where we came from. In the big scheme of things Cantrell is correct. We should be focusing our energy on our immediate needs and issues that are negatively affecting the quality of life in our city.

Fear

I attended a town hall meeting last night concerning crime in the downtown Medical Corridor. The usual topics came up lighting, visible police presence the normal things that are brought up at these types of meetings. Officials stated what they are doing to improve the situation. It wasn’t a critical shouting match as to who is dropping the ball on the issue but rather a group of people presenting ideas to help improve the situation. Some of the ideas were quite good. There was however one vibe I picked up on during the discussions and conversations and that is that people are afraid. At some point the city of New Orleans is going to have to address the issue with real solutions instead of the same old ‘We are not going to take any more’ rhetoric. If the crimes are unacceptable to the mayor then he needs to find a way to prove it. Without safe streets all of the progress the city has made since Katrina won’t mean a thing.

X-Mas

I used the term X-Mas just to get under the Christmas purists skin. Haven’t really found that Holiday spirit yet even though I have put up a tree and finished my shopping. I’m not a very religious person but do find the season to be a great opportunity to bond with family and friends and even an excuse to perform acts of kindness. Just hope everyone can lighten up and enjoy the season whether your coffee cup has decorations on it or not, or you say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or happy Hanukkah. Don’t let picayune stuff ruin the season for you.

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Pic of the day

I really am going to get out and take some new photos soon. In the meantime heres and oldie but goodie.

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Stress

Stress

Here I am again posting to my long neglected blog. Once again I am announcing that I am going to start posting on a regular basis we shall see if that pledge stays true. One of the reasons I am posting is that during the aftermath of Katrina and the Federal flood this blog was a reliever of stress. Daily rants and tirades concerning the state of the city and the lack of progress released a lot of anger and stress. Today the Stress has a different source. As my career has grown along with it salary and responsibility I suffer from a different type of stress. It is the stress of having to meet high expectations on the job even when the task given to me is not of my own making. Adding to the stress is working with a group of people who no matter how much better their lives would be if they would get on board instead of complaining and through willful inefficiency sabotaging efforts to improve things. I guess it comes with the territory and is a working condition that I have to live with therefore I shouldn’t let it add to my stress levels. I am coming to the conclusion that the American worker isn’t happy unless they are unhappy.

New Web Host

My site has been hosted by Yahoo Small business since it’s inception. For my purposes it has worked out fine. Not too pricey and enough features to keep me happy. In an effort to stop Yahoo’s tailspin into the sea Marissa Meyer sold off the small business web hosting to Aabaco. No difference other than I had to create an account with my new hosting service. Not a bad thing in all since I always got funny looks when I told people I used Yahoo as my web hosting service.

Politics

When did presidential elections start resembling High School class presidential elections. All I can say is that the candidates are all too sophomoric for me to take seriously. If this is the best our country has to offer in the way of leadership I to will have to get on the bandwagon of ‘America is doomed’. However I was pleasantly surprised by the election of John Bel Edwards to the office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana. He’s kind of a throwback to the southern Blue Dog Democrats. At the same time his tone is that of someone who wants to solve the state’s problems without a lot of partisan rhetoric. That in itself is refreshing. I guess the people didn’t want a family values guy who frequents prostitutes as their Governor. So long Diaper Dave.

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My yearly commemoration

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