Why hath thou forsaken me?

Okay, I think everyone is getting a little too bent out of shape with these Florida people. Everyone has problems and everyone thinks they know better than the person with the problem, just look at the how much a psychiatrist charges to hear you bitch for an hour. They bicker about the similarities and differences to figure out who suffered more, leading to the most victimized, who then gets to complain the most and with the most legitimacy.

Florida had hurricanes, we had hurricanes, and the Carolinas had hurricanes and so on. Who cares? Every region has some sort of pending natural disaster just waiting to rear itself upon them in a biblical fashion. They are all miserable situations to whomever they affect. What I don’t understand is why Florida is so intrigued about what we are doing here. They have nothing to do with it. The Federal taxes spent here sure as hell didn’t go to the people. We’re not driving around in BMW’s from any Federal grant money. It’s not like Florida is paying for the incompetence of the LA state government or the local dummies in office. Why even make a comment? I’ll tell you why. They don’t live here.

Everyone’s problems are their own. I might have a broken leg, and the guy in Idaho has half of his brain left over from a car accident. Yes, you feel remorse for him, but it doesn’t make you forget that you are going to be on crutches for the next 6 weeks. You care, but it’s too far away and too impersonal to really give a shit. If we had to worry about everything going on in the world, and list them accordingly in line of importance, we wouldn’t get out of bed because the stress and depression would be too much to handle. That’s it, plain and simple. “I had the same problem you did and I got through it. How come you can’t?” It is merely because most people are ignorant and at a certain age, their beliefs and ideas are solidified in them, so they think they know things that they don’t.

There is nothing you can do about it. The best thing we could have done is ignore that post. She is obviously ignorant to what goes on here, so why even respond to it. It would have been more impressive for her to wake up the next day and see that no one had responded to her ignorance. She would have thought twice about writing anything about it again.

When the Tsunami hit Indonesia, everyone was in help mode and ready to donate and the media ran it night and day for months. Does anyone remember what year that was or what day or month it was? I didn’t think so. It’s because we get back to our lives and our own problems that haunt our minds everyday. What the fuck does a guy in Kansas care about a Tsunami? It sure as fuck ain’t going to happen there. But I bet if it were a giant Indonesian tornado that wiped out a city, he would be writing blogs about how he survived a G5 in his overalls and can’t see why their still whining about it. It is human nature to feel superior to your fellow man. It makes certain people justify their meaningless lives. No matter how dirt ass poor you are, there is still someone out there you can look down on and turn up your nose to.

All we can do is look forward and hope for the best. Don’t worry about what our fellow Americans think about us. All we can do is wait it out until the city is finally what it will be. What is that? How the hell can anyone know? In the next five years the footprint of the city will be where it will be. The people here then will be the people here then. No one knows what the city will be like. We as New Orleanians will remember the day and the year and the experiences we had during the storm and it will all become a distant memory. Remember, there is already a generation of children being born who will not know what Katrina was and what affect it had on us. The city to them will be normal. It will be normal to them to see open fields where abandoned neighborhoods used to be. The memorial statue of Ray Nagin standing in front of the dome saving his fellow citizens will mean nothing to them. (History does tend to get a little skewed down here).

So , my fellow Orleanians, roll with punches and tell the nay sayers to go fuck themselves with a rusty pipe.

“We’ll roll on with our heads held high
Our conscience in the gutter
Our dreams up in the sky”

The Living End – Roll On. Download it, it’s a good song.

11 Comments so far

  1. termite (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    Paul P,

    well stated. (in your own special way)

    thank you.

    Go Saints!


  2. Joey (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    see, you ARE for real.
    I think we are all ready for another ‘Mardi Gras indians= ugly NOLA racism’ discussion again. Go Florida!


  3. Paul p (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    I wasn’t around for that discussion, they were taking the Matrix tube out of the back of my head only a few months ago.


  4. mama d and chui (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    “the babies in my belly will not go to prison!”

    what is this personal responsibility mess you talking about?
    mama d……….

    dude i love your posts. as much as i hate uptown i will cross canal and spend some money in your joint. let me know where it is.

    kfed is in the rabbit hole brah.

    email me yo ……rtippie -that funny a with a circle-cox.net


  5. Laurie (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    The “Wave that shook the World” occured December 26, 2004.

    Laurie


  6. termite (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    yeah, how are we gonna support you if we don’t know where you are??? give it up Paul P.

    promise not to throw toilet paper. promise.


  7. Jack Ware (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    Nice post – I’ve just never been a fan of the high road. But that’s me. Probably why I live in a shanty, probably why Termite doesn’t comment on my posts anymore, probably why….oh the list is just too long. Either way, I like the idea of the high road, er, the idea that someone is up there fighting the good fight.

    And if it isn’t the high road thing you’re suggesting, would it be more of an isolationist thing? A strong isolationist movement in New Orleans would be the best thing ever. We can turn down all federal money, stop paying state and federal taxes and put armed gunmen around the city to protect our boarders….what’s the worst that could happen? roads deteriorate? schools go to shit?

    I’m just playin’ I think you’re right about just ignoring the post – should have.


  8. Laurie (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    Florida hangs to the left.

    Laurie


  9. termite (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    oh stop monkey-boy, i still love you. ;p


  10. Paul p (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    These responses are rather cryptic. I do think we should have made our own country when the U.S. purchased Louisiana, but of course, that is the reason they bought us. We could be like Vatican city or Luxemburg. That would have been pretty cool, except for the fact that we would be speaking french and King George Dubya would have blown us up by now to get our pipelines. Monkey boy??? How did you know what I looked like?


  11. Laurie (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

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