Seven months

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more of these articles from Chris Rose.

True — it has been seven months. And msot of us are still trying to reassemble things. Many of us are lucky enough to be back and to be in secure homes. Some of us are lucky enough to start scrimping together a living again. We’re all under a lot of stress, yadda, yadda, yadda. It’s simply the facts of life these days in New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast.

(Special note — we spent some time driving between Biloxi and Gulfport yesterday. You think we got it rough here in Orleans Parish? At least a lot of us still got walls, as moldy as they might be. Try having just a slab or a dozen pilings.)

But back to the point. Chris Rose has been a lifeline for many of us since The Thing (as he calls it) happened. He has often said what we needed to hear, and said it in a public forum. I will thank him when I meet him (I think I was behind him in line at La Boulangerie a couple weeks ago — not sure). But dude…

I know you’re not whining. But it sounds like it. We gotta look forward, since the present is depressing. We need more fuck-you stories and less of the up-by-the-bootstrap ilk. Bootstrapping is the norm here these days — at least you’ve still got your salary (I know it’s only a journalist’s salary. I had one for roughly 30 years — but at least it was consistent and has bennies).

I had a long talk with an SBA guy today (while I was bootstrapping it peddling BBQ out in Mid-City. He was nice enough and hungry enough to actually buy some.). He asked what we really needed, and I hesitated. But then I told him what we really need and want right now is what we have — someone like him (who’s from the federal government and here to help us) to be angry at. To show we’re not beaten and we don’t have our hands out and we’re going to recreate this city. He was a good enough guy — just trying to do his job and his agency IS providing help to lots of folks who need it — so I kinda soft-peddled it. But I think he got the point — that we need to be pissed-off enough to keep pushing forward.

Our local and state folks also deserve their share of the anger. But, frankly, it’s hard to be angry at some schmuck who still trying to do a job after his/her own place is in as bad a shape (or worse) than our own. We need a symbol and the feds are providing it. For that, at least, we thank you.

It’s kinda what keeps a lot of us going, y’know? So maybe they ARE helping. Whatever works.

6 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    I hope Mr. Rose keeps on keeping on I enjoy the good

    majority of his articles!

    Right now the people who lost every thing in cyclone Larry

    are finding out exactly what it’s like without flooding on a smaller scale.

    Whatever makes you laugh.


  2. rcs (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    I agree! I initially appreciated Rose’s articles (I won’t say “enjoyed,” given the subject matter) but after 20+ of them they’ve become formulaic and more than a bit ponderous. The wistful memories, the wry interjection, a bit of brave resignation… perhaps a hint of despair…. the chin lifted high… ARRGHHH, STOP IT ALREADY!

    Anyway, I’ve just stopped reading them.

  3. Pat Street (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Hey Craig(and TBK!,and Jack W.)My comment isn’t related to your post today, but, I thought this observation might be of interest to ya’ll who frequent the blog.(I’ll shoot Kim an E-mail with the ‘why’later)Perhaps this is common knowledge to city resident, but, if not, I’m sorry to be the bearer of disturbing news. Currently, I’m at the Greyhound terminal in Salt
    Lake City, UT, and in the past couple of hours, it’s come to my attention, that there are folks seemingly RECRUITING people from local homeless shelters, and DETOX clinics, to go to New Orleans, and other gulf region areas, with promises of employment, and “cheap” living accomodations. There are no less than 5 guys preparing to board, enroute to NOLA, as I write this. Two that I overheard, specifically mentioned FEMA, as being the potential employer.All 5 were released just recently from a DETOX center, here in SLC, UT.I apologize for NOT being a good ‘in depth’ reporter, I’m a little too angry to actually ENGAGE them with questions. I also don’t know if THIS is an isolated case, or if there are similiar offers being made to ‘birds of a feather’ in other cities. I hope NOT. I have serious DOUBTS as to the ‘alleged’ recovery of these guys. Ya’ll can meet them at the bus station, they should arrive Thursday. I just thought I’d let ya’ll know…they most assuredly WON’T be the first, or the last…

  4. Laurie (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    Mayor Nagin!!

    Do something about this crap!


  5. schroeder (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    “The Thing”? WTF!

    What a hack! But I hear rumors that he’ll be one of the candidates for a Pulitzer — along with Nicolas Kristoff and … oh, I can’t remember the other one.

    Anyway, he wrote a couple of nice sentimental pieces that made me eyes a wee moist — and I thanked him when I saw him out — but shit, he’s a hack writer. Nice guy, but a hack.

    Pulitzer? Give me a freakin’ break — especially since so many other Times-Picayune writers have been doing such excellent work in the hard news arena — and are responsible in large part for a movement to radically change the way business is done here.

    How about Jarvis DeBerry?

    I’m definitely finished with Chris Rose, like I was pre-Katrina. At least that much is back to normal.

  6. john (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    That Mayor Nagan still in the picture?Dam folks I figured you would have his raggedy butt in front of the grand jury by now.Hea maby the whole country can send its homeless down there

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