Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Leaving New Orleans

I'm about to drive to the airport. I am feeling sad to leave. There are so many people to thank and I will do that properly this evening from my home in Wisconsin.

I came here because I Cared about New Orleans. Now.....Well now I Love New Orleans.

I know someday I'll be back. And I know New Orleans will be back too.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for coming and telling our story. New Orleanians know that our city has had its problems but we are a proud people in a very interesting city. Our city and our lifestyle is like no other.

please come back and experince our charm in a true New Orleans way.

We do not want handouts...we just want our city back and it is up to the Corp of Engineers to do this. It was thier fault that the levees broke and they must take responsibility for correcting thier mistake. Not until our families feel safe, will we return.

Thank you and God Bless .

Terry Baker

11:11 AM  
Blogger subutane said...

New Orleans Idol - A Mayoral Election Reality TV Show

The mayoral election is set for April 22nd, and already it's shaping up to be a major entertainment event. The Clerk of Criminal Court in Orleans Parish is responsible for running the election here. Her name is Kimberly Williamson Butler and yesterday she was tossed in jail --not for stealing or shooting someone in a fit of post-Katrina passion mind you. No, she was put in jail because she is so bad at her job, and so stupid, that she managed to get enough judges mad at her, to the point where she's now in jail. (I'm skipping over a lot tantalizing background here, so if you are from out of town you'll want to learn more about her fugitive state and her calling into radio station programs etc.). So, we've got the person in charge of the local elections in jail, and we have some issues about how people who are displaced to other regions are going to vote. But, those are background issues. Now it's time to meet the candidates. At this point I'll turn it over to Chris Rose: "Late last night, I finally finished reading the list of candidates for the coming municipal elections. It took me three days.It is a compelling document, as heart-rending as James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" -- and almost as long -- except the tragedy in this story is that it is true. The list is so long -- 23 candidates for mayor alone -- that I have come to recognize that voting is not only the privilege of American democracy, but the burden of New Orleans residency."There are only about three viable candidates: Nagin, Landrieu and Forman. I've already said that I'm for Landrieu, so you know where my bias is. As for the other candidates, I don't know that any of them merit any attention. Then again, I could be wrong about that. Until the circus comes back to town this may be our best chance for entertainment. Tonight there is a mayoral debate on TV (and supposedly it will be simulcast on the web). For more information on our mayoral election (including a list of the candidates) click here. Incidentally, did I mention that (now jailed Clerk of Court) Kimberly Williamson Butler is running for mayor? I don't know who is moderating the debate tonight, but if Simon Cowell is available I'd say we spare no expense in bringing him here. After all, if we're going to turn this mayoral election into a political circus let's do it right.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous blake said...

You've done a great job of bringing attention and insight into what has happened in New Orleans.

Welcome back to Madison, and keep on blogging!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous robinhood said...

Welcome back home you groovy scout!

You did a great job.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You done good, scout.

virgotex/lava

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job, Scout! I know this had to be emotionally draining for you, but to those of us reading your posts it was very well worth it. Thank you very much.

Hoppy

6:15 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Glad you chronicled your trip to NOLA and here's wishing you a safe journey back to Madison...where I spent most of the 90's (moved back here to Louisiana after I graduated from UW).

6:24 PM  
Anonymous charley said...

great job scout.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're doing a heckuva job, scoutie!

--Riesz Fischer

8:34 PM  
Blogger spocko said...

Scout. Please check your email!

A reporter that I contacted from the Times Picayune is interested in talking to you in the clean up in Lakeview the day that congress was supposed to be there.

I've included his email and phone number in the email to you.
I called him and told him I would let you know he wants to talk to you.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous TheaLogie said...

{{hug}}You rock.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous janeboatler said...

Scout, I can't wait to hear the rest of your stories. But I'll have to wait, won't I? While you do your job that pays your bills.

subutane, Chris Rose is a riot, isn't he. He's a New Orleans treasure. The mayoral election should be quite a spectacle.

10:50 PM  

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