Notes on a bike ride

La, la, la…. I love riding my bike through the Marigny on days like this…. La, la, la…. Hey, Mrs. Leblanc…. Yes, bitch, I’m waving at you–even though you cussed me out last week at Big Daddy’s in front of half a dozen drag queens because you said I was ruining your video poker mojo…. La, la, la…. Yes, gutterpunks, I’m smiling at you–even though you ruined Flora’s years ago. Seriously, people: bathing is not a crime, but I’m moving patchouli to the Controlled Substance list…. La, la, la…. Aw, lookit that poor stray dog–is he wearing a collar? Maybe I should call the SPCA–but not the one in Jefferson Parish…. Hey, wait a minute! What the #$%@? What’s that thing up there, mounted on the telephone pole? Kit, enable macrozoom…. Now, go in closer…closer…. Well, I’ll be damned.

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A surveillance camera. In my neighborhood. I’m not quite sure how to feel about that.

Frightened? Not exactly. As a predominantly residential neighborhood on the edge of a commercial district, the Marigny has always been a little dicey. I got used to that decades ago.

Violated? If it were mounted outside my bedroom window, and if New Orleans had the police force to monitor it, maybe. As it is, not so much.

Safer? As if. Having a camera in the neighborhood and having a working camera in the neighborhood are two completely different things.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tyler Curtain (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    I can’t wait until its hooked up to the cam page on NOLA.com so I’ll have something to look at besides drunk folk on Bourbon.

    I mean popping a cap in someone’s ass in the Marigny, now that’s some good net-broadcastin’.

    Though, seriously, I’m assuming like most of these installations, police folks imagine that cams are only the mildest deterrents to crime and it’s all about evidence gathering for prosecutions.

    And for re-broadcasting stupid shit people do on national TV for one of those reality security cam TV shows.


  2. Chris Martel (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    And for re-broadcasting stupid shit people do on national TV for one of those reality security cam TV shows.

    We can only hope.



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