Thursday, August 30, 2007

This One's for Oystah

At the Saints beatdown shutout of the Dolphins tonight, Oyster admitted that he hadn't seen this beauty yet. Here it is. (P.S. Also saw Ashley and Ray at the game. Thanks to Chef Who Dat for presenting precious spoons to Cliette and Clio III.)

Joe Johnson and I Were Elected to the Saints Hall of Fame Yesterday

So were you, if you're a Saints fan. Congratulations to Joe and you.

It's a nice gesture from the committee to us fans, but maybe they should've have voted in first the people who endured days in and around the Dome in 95 plus degree heat two years ago.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Shelley Midura For Mayor of New Orleans NOW

If she can write the letter to President Bush posted on Oyster's blog, she has my vote.

A sample (INDEED!):
We’re also grateful for the $116 billion federal allocation for the Gulf Coast. That $116 billion has served you well, as your spokesmen often cite it as an indicator of your dedication to our recovery. But, it hasn’t served us as well -- it’s not enough, it’s been given grudgingly, and only after our elected officials have had to fight for it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I Liked Butch van Breda Kolff

I'm sorry to learn that he passed away.

When I was 13 and he was coaching the New Orleans Pride, I got his autograph at the Sizzler on Veterans. He was very kind.

What can you say about a coach who said that Bill Bradley and Wilt Chamberlain, two of his players, weren't hungry enough?

Oh, and his last college coaching job was at Hofstra.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Smooth Sailing for Now

1. Re: This Map of Computer Models.

In my best Will Smith voice (the actor, not the Saints DE):

"Where yat now, Mr. Blue Line Computer? Think ya so bad, scaring all us people in Louisiana by draping ya ugly blue self all over our state for a few days. Now you up to the same thing in Mexico, and you're not even the northernmost line! Not feeling so accurate anymore, are you, Mr. Cool?"

2. Somebody's been doing his/her homework on the Big Smooth:

Friday, August 17, 2007

New Computer Model

The blue line drawn by the GFDL computer still makes me nervous, but I'm likin' what I'm seein' with the yellow line from the CLIO computer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

U2's "Walk On"

I dare somebody to name a better song than that.

And it means a lot to me. Right now. In this lovely, damned blessing of a city.

"Home...hard to know what it is if you never had one . . .." / Comment & analysis / Comment - How Karl Rove lost a generation of Republicans
Here is an article about Rove. I enjoyed it.

A Failing Power & Empty Promises

Hey, America, we need you to understand what it feels like to live here. See, we heard this guy's

promises in Jackson Square.

My family and I came back to NOLA, lucky enough to have a house on the sliver by the river, confident that American know-how and will would solve and save enough of the rest of this city to make it worth a go. A lot of people returned and are returning.
Well, Orleanian will and love is getting us all through it right now. American know-how and will? Not looking so good.

And then we NOLA residents see this:

Do you know what it feels like to see that when you live here? We live in the "mightiest nation on earth," and yet we know that if this thing ("Dean" it could be) comes near enough, a good bit of our city could be over.

And I feel a little like those Romans on the northern frontier who saw the first "barbarians" ("hairy ones") head into their mighty empire.

I sat at the table yesterday with the executives of a leading New Orleans business. They calmly talked about how the wrong kind of storm would wipe New Orleans out, owing to the destroyed wetlands, bad levees, and questionable pumps. No one seemed angry; they just seemed to accept it as inevitable.

It's not inevitable, and I'm angry.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Engineers to Test Flood Defenses In New Orleans -

Engineers to Test Flood Defenses In New Orleans -
Let's just say that if the ACOE had ever tested this 'system in name only' BEFORE it failed, those who lived behind it might have had material knowledge about their safety. Certainly, they could not have conjured a hurricane, but they could have tested this design with real live pumped water. We know, and we have to remind the rest of the digital world, that it was not the wind, the tides, the waves, etc. that caused the walls to fail, it was simply the weight of the water they were supposed to contain. Geniuses. Absolute Geniuses.

Feds finally pay for New Orleans help -

Like a good neighbor.... FEMA is there.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Clios Went to Jackson

Please visit the cooperative Training Camp blog for pictures and a brief summary of the Clio trip to Saints' training camp.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Getting It All Out on the Table

I hope to have a lot more things (and a lot more thoughtful things) to say about this useful T-P article--"What's Houston got that N.O. doesn't? Plenty."

However, here are the things that caught my eye, which will form the basis of some serious thinking:

1. "There's vibrancy and intellectual activity," said Dean Taylor, chairman, president and CEO of Tidewater . . ..

2. I find this sentence says a lot:
Houston has 501 public companies and 915 public and private energy firms. The New Orleans region has just 11 public companies, and the local energy sector comprises 45 public and private firms, according to an analysis by the energy-focused investment firm Howard Weil.

3. This is interesting:
"We make it about New Orleans, but it's not really about New Orleans. It's about Houston," said Jeff Parker, president of Howard Weil, which is based in New Orleans. "Houston is the Mecca of the oil business. It is strategically the most important city in the U.S., and probably around the world, as far as the energy
business is concerned."
4. I want to think about the numerous comments about taxes, tax rates, governmental context, perceived safety, and whether our leadership has "taken care of" energy companies.

5. Do we really want those companies, who helped gut our wetlands?

6. We still have assets Houston doesn't: convenient size, and more (it won't be easy, but I'll think of something).

7. We need to let Houston be Houston, and we need to be who we are. A lot of the things I don't like about the suburbs/exurbs of New Orleans stem from their leaders trying to be Houston, which they will never be. They will just be an uglier and worse version of it. There are things I like about Houston, but we need to be who we are and complement what they do. Most importantly, our civic building efforts need to be rooted in a confidence and vision about ourselves, not fear/jealousy/hatred about what Houston is.

I wanted to get this down so that I can process it. Now I'm going on a run to eliminate the chest pains and nausea I got from reading and stressing out about some of the things in that article.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

If You're Headed to Jackson . . .

. . . for Saints training camp, be sure to chime in at Saintseester's cool Training Camp 2007 blog.

A bunch of us were hoping to have a BlackandGoldapalooza there this summer, but that hasn't quite worked out, as most of us somehow have successfully procreated over the years and have associated summer responsibilities. However, there will be scattered sightings of bloggie types on the hallowed grounds of Millsaps College, as you can see from the posts on the blog.

Thanks to Saintseester and Chef Who Dat for keeping the momentum going over these many months.

UPDATE: The young Clios and I are unfazed in the least by Reggie Bush's attempts to keep the weak away from camp:
"Unless you are training in a sauna, I don't think there is anything that can prepare you for Jackson, Mississippi," running back Reggie Bush said at the end of organized training activities in June. "I think that's the whole point of that. You can't prepare for it."

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Lots of Good News in World Class New Orleans

1. Steve Gleason, who knows how to Defend New Orleans, got some nice coverage in the T-P today. I still haven't accepted that we won't see him on the field this year, but I'm happy he's doing his rehab in New Orleans. That's good news. Mr. Gleason seems quite committed to our city, and he definitely gets it. We Orleanians can sympathize with his words: "It's really frustrating to me because I feel like I committed all of my life to this effort." This is not unlike what we all feel sometimes about building the new New Orleans. However, there is a difference between frustration and despair. We can endure the former, and we will not indulge the latter. Send some kind thoughts and prayers toward Mr. Gleason and his mom, Gail, who has done her own part for our region. I hope she's close to finishing that Ph.D.

2. I want to thank Jim Letten and the FBI for protecting us (in particular, my children) from the scourge of drugs in St. Tammany Parish. I am optimistic that if they keep up this kind of work, we in Orleans and Jefferson can feel safer from the drug rings and meth factories that seem to plague the Northshore. We are not going to permit that kind of behavior in New Orleans from the kind of people who are running around up there. The good people of our city won't put up with that. (Recognize that kind of attitude, Jack Strain? Good for the gander and all that.)

3. Congratulations to the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, for being named one of 19 cool hotels in the world--truly world class. The Ritz is the site of frequent gigs by Mister Armand St. Martin, a good friend of Dilly and Berto.