Sunday, August 31, 2008

Birmingham

Phase Two will take us to Birmingham, Alabama. Just booked two rooms there.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Be well.

The Clio Family has successfully implemented stage one of the evacuation. We are holed up in Loranger, Louisiana, ready to move on tomorrow if need be. (We expect the need will be.)

Might head to Baton Rouge (unlikely; I don't like to drive TOWARD trouble normally). Will probably head north and east like everybody else.

All the best to anybody who is reading this. We're all going to figure this out and thrive.

Envision Success, South Louisiana!

St. Ignatius Loyola: "Work as if all depended on you.  Pray as if all depended on God."

So we are all making preparations, calmly, knowingly.

Let's pause and think about what we want to be thinking and feeling on Friday or Saturday:

1. We want to be grateful for the efficient and caring way in which our parish and state officials worked together with federal officials to oversee an evacuation and preparations that saved thousands of lives.

2. We want to relish stories we are telling to each other (and to our grandchildren in the future) about how we all took care of each other.

3. We want to take the first step toward trust of the Army Corps of Engineers, as we look back on how their flood protection improvements worked under difficult circumstances.  We want that success to propel them to a world class long-term solution.

4. We want to be throwing everything we have at whomever gets hit the hardest: financial security, muscle, prayer, whatever it takes.

5. We want to be keeping a close eye on Hanna.

6. We want to be getting FIRED UP for the Sunday-in-the-Dome NOLA lovefest, Buccaneer beatdown.

P.S. I want to thank Dr. Jeff Masters, who moderated some of his previous silly comments today.  He wasn't quite specific enough in correcting the errors to which he gave more life, but he did apologize.  I am grateful for that--and still grateful for the Weather Underground.

Friday, August 29, 2008

How much misinformation can Jeff Masters put in one blog post?

I really enjoy Weather Underground, and I am grateful for the great work Dr. Masters does on this weather site. Those of us who live on the Gulf Coast really benefit from a centralized source of weather information, particularly regarding the tropics.

HOWEVER, the paragraph I quote below disappoints me.I take Dr. Masters' point, and I will almost certainly evacuate New Orleans by Sunday. But Dr. Masters is mimicking lies that people not as bright as he have been telling for years.

Let's take a look (I have bolded the untruths and put my responses in italics):

"Today is the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic hit on the Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama coast. Unfortunately, I think that people living in New Orleans should mark the anniversary of Katrina by getting the heck out of the city.You live at the bottom of a bowl, ten or so feet below sea level."

No, I don't. I live in the heart of the city; my house is above sea level, as are many houses in New Orleans.


"This is not natural."

Perhaps not. But air conditioning is not "natural," nor is living near a volcano, nor is living on a major fault line. Having a weather blog is not "natural" either.

"Nature wants to fill up this bowl with huge quantities of Gulf of Mexico sea water. There is a storm capable of doing that bearing down on you. If you live in New Orleans, I suggest you take a little Labor Day holiday--sooner, rather than later, to beat the rush--and get out of town. Gustav is going to come close to you, and there's no sense messing with a major hurricane capable of pushing a Category 3 storm surge to your doorstep. Don't test those Category 3 rated--but untested--levees. Conventional pre-Katrina wisdom suggested that the city needed 72 hours to evacuate.  With the population about half of the pre-Katrina population, that lead time is about 60 hours."

Actually, the relevant figure--the metropolitan population, which is the population that's supposed to evacuate--is well over 80 percent, I believe.  And metro New Orleans has perfected evacuation better than any other metro area in North America (contraflow WORKED and saved thousands of lives before Katrina).

"With Gustav likely to bring tropical storm force winds to the city by Monday afternoon, that means that tonight is a good time to start evacuating--Saturday morning at the latest. Voluntary evacuations have already begun, which is a good idea."

I agree.  But please don't spread lies that serve the interests of those trying to cover up their inadequacies so clearly on display in August and September of 2005.

Tonight

Tonight I rode my bike home from the Saints game
in the Superdome
in downtown New Orleans.

And the air embraced me.
I felt it grab my shoulders
with warm and comfortably humid grasps,
and I smelled the sweet olives
and thought about some clouds and wind and rain
many days away from us or not us.

I felt loved by a terrain
made by God and nature
and us.

Very old oak limbs
and less old beautiful homes and houses.
and even less old cracked concrete.

I was loved.
Didn't just feel it.

And I loved back.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Onion Reminds Us What Happens if We Get What We Wish For


Hurricane Bound For Texas Slowed By Large Land Mass To The South

Time To Be Who We Are, South Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast

I have too much to do at work, but I am pausing to write this because it must be done.

I encounter many people who are in a bit of a tizzy because Gustav is out there.

Let's just take a breath and remember who we are:

We are proud, world class, resilient people.
We are the national experts on natural and manmade catastrophes.
We who remain have shown we can deal with anything.

The movies have one Indiana Jones.
The region of Metro New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (what Berto and I like to call the Republic of West Florida) is populated by hundreds of thousands of Indiana Joneses.

Do we WANT bad things to happen?  Of course not.
Is this a bit of a pain?  Of course.

Can we handle this?
YES. WE. FREAKIN'. CAN.

Hana and Ashley Morris bought a house mere days after Katrina and the levee failures did their deeds to our city.
Hana and the young Morrises are still here, thriving.
As are we all.

So let's do our thing: show the world (and that large nation to the north of us) how to do this.
Come what may, we can take it.  Calmly.  With dignity.  With care for one another.

P.S. I have consulted with the old marks-a-lot of Nash Roberts.  It said something about way west of New Orleans.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saints 13, Bengals 0--WWAB?

What would Ashley blog?

I can do it for him (the PG version):

Well, we beat Cincinnati, but they will always have WKRP, Bailey Quarters, and that other person.  Which is saying something. 


Friday, August 22, 2008

Anybody paying attention to Fay around here?

I wonder how the pumps are working.

If Fay does a loop-dee-loop around here like the computers say it will, we're going to get some rain.

Will the levees stay standing?  Or slide into the lake, or a canal, or the Mr. GO?

I've got a little roof issue I'm going to take care of first thing in the morning.  I loaded up on cold cuts.  Will go get some ice tomorrow morning too.

Oh, and I'll make sure my freezer doesn't have a lot of meat in it.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Microsoft Goes for Less Stodgy Image by Giving $10 million to 54-year-old White Jewish Man

I love Jerry Seinfeld, but my kids zone out when his show comes on TV.

I don't see how Microsoft's getting him as their new ad man is going to make Microsoft more hip.

Mr. Seinfeld is 17 years older than John Hodgman, the guy who plays the stodgy PC guy in the great Mac vs. PC ads.

And, as public radio's Marketplace pointed out today, on the "Seinfeld" show, Jerry had a Mac.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jason David is the Army Corps of Engineers of Defensive Backs

Or perhaps the Army Corps of Engineers is the Jason David of flood protection.

In any case, it was a beautiful experience to be back in the Sacredome.

ADDENDUM: At the risk of jacking up GW, who might say I'm reading too much into a preseason game:

Gary Gibbs is the Michael Brown of defensive coordinators.  Or perhaps Michael Brown is the Gary Gibbs of FEMA directors.  You're doin' a heckuva job, Gibbsy.

The Saints don't have a pass rush and haven't created a turnover since, like, 1997.  That can't just be the players.  That sounds like scheme issues.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Even More About Brian Bordelon

1. Sean's blog has some nice stuff about Brian.  Check in particular the comment by Brian's former roommate Placide.

2. I'm doing my best to carry on for Brian, and I'm already getting in trouble as a result.  It's bracing.  CENSORED.

I am taking it on myself to become a truth speaker.  I will speak with respect to people saying and doing foolish things, but I will indeed let them know they are saying and doing foolish things.

CENSORED.  But I will be making the world a better place.  No doubt. Cheers, Dr. Morris and Mr. Bordelon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brian Bordelon

You have already been returned to ashes, but you are so much more than the elements that constituted you.

I already miss you. I don't have your gumption, but I will endeavor to be truthful to and about myself, and honest with others, even if it embarrasses me and gets me into trouble with others.

Please forgive me for not having been a better friend.

And please be nicer to the greens in heaven than you were to the greens at Audubon Park. I want to be able to play on the greens in heaven without my ball going into some kind of putter-created gouge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August Ritual

Living where I live, I check Weather Underground four or five times a week to look for fun pix like this.

Right now, I feel like the Saints fan that I am.  Given the h-season (I can't say the phrase) we've had so far, it feels like it's the middle of the fourth quarter, and we've got a 10-point lead.

You know the feeling.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I Hope He Helps Me Not Waste Any Breaths

Brian Bordelon passed away last night.

The greens in heaven are no longer safe.

Brian's blog is great, but it really is only a glimmer of what he was all about.  I just need to say that.

There are no shortcuts to section 635

Jeffrey was on the story long ago, but it's good that the T-P finally caught up and did a story on Hansen's Sno-Bliz's entry into the web.  Savvy businesswoman that she is, Ashley Hansen has outsourced the site to a University of Texas student (who, however, is from New Orleans).

By the way, while purchasing five sno-balls there yesterday (one cream of peach with condensed milk, one cream of chocolate, one strawberry, one bubble gum, one half cream of coffee and half cream of ice cream), I learned that Ashley Hansen and her crowd are residents of Section 635.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Please Send Your Prayers and Thoughts and Goodwill to Brian "Mr. Glitter" Bordelon

Things are grave indeed for Brian at his home in Baton Rouge. His blog, No Pickles, only scratches the surface of what this man is all about.

He's the best pure writer and storyteller that I personally know. I wish more people knew. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. The IT world knows him as a great computer guy; the healthcare world knows him as a git-'er-done paramedic. Audubon Park Golf Club (the older, less classy incarnation) knows him as the bane of the greens.

His wife, Dayna, has carried him through some tough times. Brian and she need our good vibes right now.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happy Sunday!

I can't believe I haven't stumbled into this or posted it before.

The Morning 40 (Maowning Faowty) Federation lets us know the importance of the morning 40 ounce:

When Was the Last Time a President Asked You to Do Something for Your Country?

I think Jimmy Carter was the last president who had enough guts to ask Americans to do something.

Lots of 20-year-old military volunteers--and their families--are being asked to sacrifice EVERYTHING.

What have the rest of us been asked to sacrifice explicitly?

My children are being TOLD (not asked) that they will sacrifice a lot financially.  So am I, but not the current "I."  The "I" who (if I live that long) will be 70 will have to sacrifice a lot, thanks for President George W. Bush and his minions.

I'm glad somebody has made a movie that asks the hard questions.

Coach Mike McCarthy Has a History of This



Coach McCarthy has a history of throwing established veteran QBs under the bus in favor of young, unproven QBs named "Aaron." It's well-established.

One can only hope it turns out better for the Packers than it did for us.
My sympathies to Maitri and other honorable Packers fans.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Worst President Ever Fails to Succeed in Prosecuting Osama's Driver

Imagine if Clinton or Gore or Obama were president right now. And imagine that a military tribunal sentenced Osama Bin-Laden's FREAKING DRIVER to five additional months in prison.

How would the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal and Fox News (try searching the Fox News site--you can't even find the story) be covering that story?

I'm getting physically ill typing this.

He is overseeing a botch-job on the very issue he got reelected on.

The President should be impeached. Now.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Saints (Pre)Season Is Here, But Someone's Missing . . .

From "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock":

KIRK: A hero's welcome, son? Is that what you'd like?... Well, God knows, there should be. This time we paid for the party with our dearest blood.

Dr. Morris should be here, shouting, "COPPERRRRRRR!!!"

He's not.

GAMEDAY!! (sort of)

Okay, it's preseason. But barely speak I can.

Who.

Dat.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

And then there's this too. (Yes, I'm ready for Thursday night.)

I posted this highlight before, but this is from a different angle, and you can hear the crowd's reaction when they realize that the penalty went against the Bucs. Beautiful.

Moses: My Man

I've just always wanted to have a picture of this guy. Better yet: I can post it on my blog. Got this from Facebook in the "I was in the Dome on 9/25/2006" group.

A World Class Article on Rickey Jackson by John DeShazier.

I enjoy DeShazier's work. I think he's the best sportswriter the T-P has. (Right, GW?)

However, I've heard DeShazier's discussion of Rickey Jackson somewhere before.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Where is the sense of proportion, NFL Hall of Fame?

I just realized that Andre Tippett was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame yesterday.

I congratulate him.

However, to be honest, I had to pick my brain to remember exactly who he is and what his accomplishments were. They are impressive, to be sure. 100 sacks and five Pro Bowls. And so on.

However, consider Mister Jackson (pictured above, being held by a Caaardinal, the Saints' first opponent this year). Number 57. In Mister Jackson's 15th and final year, he had more sacks than Andre Tippett did in all but four of Tippett's 11 seasons.

Mister Jackson had 128 sacks. Mister Jackson was a run-stuffer par excellence. Mister Jackson missed only two games and played with a broken cheekbone after a horrible high-speed car accident. Mister Jackson changed games in the NFL. Mister Jackson's play allowed Hugh Green, an NFL failure, to be considered for the Heisman while both were at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mister Jackson.

Mister Jackson.

When Mister Jackson finally gets into the NFL Hall of Fame, Andre Tippett should offer to launder Mister Jackson's Saints jersey so that it will be nice and clean for the enshrinement.

As long as we are enshrining Andre Tippett before Mister Jackson, I believe it would also be fitting to enshrine the following so-so New England Patriots (as I indicated to Steve Korte of WWL when I called in today--he belly-laughed):

Steve Grogan (QB)
Tony Eason (QB)
Reggie Dupard (RB, a Louisiana guy)
Rich Camarillo (P)
Mosi Tatupu (RB)
Irving Fryar (WR)
Kenneth Sims (DE)

Come to think of it, if Andre Tippett gets into the Hall of Fame ahead of Mister Jackson, perhaps Steve Korte should be enshrined too.
Clio III's middle name is Jackson. Clio III was born in the year Mister Jackon retired. Coincidence? I wonder . . .

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Note/Promise to the Green Bay Packers

I want to let the Green Bay Packers know that if they give me $20 million over 10 years, I promise not to play for them or for any other NFL team.

NOTE: The Packers never should have unceremoniously gotten rid of New Orleans native John Jones (and Loyola graduate) as president.  It wouldn't have come to this.