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Update

Yes I’m alive just been crazy busy lately. Still have my Mardi Gras decorations up at the house. Hope to get them put away this weekend along with some other deferred maintenance issues at home. I also hope to sit down and write a post that lets you know how I feel about a number of things that are working on my last nerve. These will include but are not limited to Jindal’s budget, the condition of the streets of New Orleans and can I still afford to live in New Orleans.

The Weather

Yesterday temp in the 80’s (air conditioner) today 40’s (heat) I’m ready for springtime. The weather hasn’t been as cold as it was last year but this yo yo effect is starting to bother me.

Jazz Fest

Looking forward to it.

Stay tuned for my totally biased opinion this weekend. I’ll try to find the time to post a little more often.

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Carnival time

The Carnival season is in full swing. Today is one of the biggest parade days of the season on the uptown route. Watched the parades from Fat Harry’s yesterday. Always a lot of fun to haunt the neighborhood I grew up in. I find myself missing it these days. Not that my own neighborhood lacks carnival action a number of parades begin just a couple of blocks from my house. Today no exception Thoth rolled down Tchoupitoulas street to their starting point near Children’s Hospital. Great thing about Carnival is that I don’t have to work tomorrow. I’m going to lay low and take care of some things around the house. If the rain holds off TUesday I will travel to the Napoleon and St. Charles area to view REX. Some photos taken over the last week.

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Week in Review

I’ve had a busy and stressful week at work. My job responsibilities have changed over the last few months and I am actually having to work for a living now. I inherited a number of half finished poorly planned projects which I am slowly but surely getting completed. Enough about me what’s going on down here.

Is Jindal going to put the restoration of our coast at risk?

An editorial on Nola.com criticizes Jindal’s raiding of the Coastal trust fund to balance the states budget. Bobby is starting to remind me of the Emperor Nero. It’s hard to believe that he thinks he could possibly be the president of the United States. He has effectively destroyed the future of the state of Louisiana.

Bobby Jindal can’t shake Louisiana’s financial mess

Not again

A shooting on the Muses Parade Route last night shows that we still have a long way to go to get a handle on violent crime in New Orleans. Muses seems to be snake bitten where parade shootings are concerned. There was a shooting I believe in 2005. Don’t read anything in to this it is not the Krewe of Muses fault.

Ready for the weekend

I haven’t been very excited about the carnival season this year. I am going to do some parading this weekend but my heart really isn’t in to it this year. That can always change and hopefully it will.

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Went parading yesterday, had a great time in the old neighborhood. Don’t have to go far today. Four parades within a couple of blocks of the home. Beautiful weather going to need the sunscreen today.

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Will the Real Bobby Jindal Please stand up

Politico Magazine pretty much sums up Bobby’s failed leadership in Louisiana. Jindal Louisiana’s absentee governor failed management of Louisiana’s budget has left the state’s finances a shambles. Instead of solutions all Jindal can come up with is excuses.

Bobby Jindal’s Troubles at Home

~ Politico Magazine

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Buzzards in the Hood

It’s always the day that the Buzzards invade the neighborhood that I know carnival has begun. Every year the Jefferson City Marching club takes a dry run in through the neighborhood. Maybe dry isn’t the right word to use they are usually well on their way to having a Buzz by the time they get here. The Banner indicates this is the 125 year of the Buzzards. Some traditions still live in the new New Orleans.

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Staying positive in a negative world

Are people feeding off negativity? At times it seems so. Waking up to the daily political wrangling, religious intolerance and hate (coming mostly from the religious) and a general lack of respect for anyone who doesn’t think like you do. Where does it all come from. Is it happening because it is easier to be negative and hateful when one is hiding behind a keyboard? I think that has a lot to do with it. In my work I receive nasty emails from unhappy customers who vent their vitriolic anger electronically. I used to reply to the email and often would get a second poisoned pen response. I changed my strategy and stopped replying to the emails and calling instead. When speaking to the angry bird on the phone they weren’t nearly as nasty and a solution to their problem was quickly found. It’s easy to take out our frustrations on each other when we are protected by an electronic signal and don’t have to face someone or hear a person’s voice. Electronic communication dehumanizes us and gives us a false sense of courage. As the world becomes more connected/disconnected what kind of society will we have in ten or twenty years. The loss of personal contact will make the world a crueler place where empathy will cease to exist.

What is he thinking

Ben Carsons remark:

“Same-sex couples shouldn’t demand wedding cakes from bakeries that don’t want to serve them — they might get poisoned, warns right-wing activist and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson.”

~The Advocate.com

Is he endorsing this behavior or is he warning the LGBT out of concern for their safety. If this is the kind of thing that the religious and political right want to hear from our leaders then you can count me out.

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