Many Many thoughts

I noticed a commercial for Cox Communications today that struck me as a bit strange. They were tooting there own horns saying they were voted #1 in customer satisfaction. Well I guess #1 out of 1 is pretty good. Aren’t they the only Cable company in New Orleans? I guess that would make them #1 in customer dissatisfaction as well.

I think I know what the smell was wafting through the city the other day. This guy I know used his shop vac to clean the dog crap out of his back yard. He then forgot to empty it and left it in his garage for a few days. I think his eyebrows melted when he opened the garage door.

Someone brought up a good point today on WWL Radio. The topic was about the Mayor’s lack of activity and his constant complaining about how he needs the Feds money to rebuild police and fire stations. One caller asked about the insurance situation. Were the police stations and fire stations insured just like every other building is supposed to be? If so, where is the insurance money to rebuild these offices? If not, why weren’t they insured?

Some residents of Lakeview near the 17th st canal may have their property reclaimed by the Corp. They would be compensated monetarily for this of course. One caller suggested doing the same for areas in Plaquemines and St Bernard. He thought it would be a good idea to deconstruct the levees along the river in a few less populated areas which would allow the river to run free south of St Bernard to naturally refill the wetlands. What do you think of that? I am on the fence of course it’s not my property that would be taken away.

I saw FOX is coming out with an hour long drama series about New Orleans called K-ville. I will watch the first few episodes but the minute one guy from the NOPD starts talking like a fucking Cajun, I’m throwing the tv out of the window. I wonder if Jazz will be swimming around in the background of every scene? Okay Okay, I’ll give it a chance first.

As far as Starbuck’s goes, I can’y really say. La Madeline was there for what seemed like an eternity and they were a chain. Is it because Starbuck’s is so gigantic a corporation the reason some people don’t want them there? The building is a State and Federally recognized historic building, and there are other stores there too. Why are they okay and Starbuck’s not okay? On the other hand, there are a bazillion run down empty buildings in the Quarter that could use a good sprucing up by a corporate entity. Why doesn’t Starbuck’s redo one of those instead? Leave Jackson square alone.

I was bored today and let my brain ooze out a little. Thanks for your support.

Hail Ming!

“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.”

-Jerry Reed

9 Comments so far

  1. jujubee (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    There is a reason Starbucks is the biggest coffee chain around. They are the best. They are clean, eexcellent service and a superior product. So lets punish companies for being all stupid and great at what they do. Thats how we roll.

  2. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    Maybe the insurance money for rebuilding the police and fire stations (if there was any – I don’t know) went to things like rebuilding the Superdome, bonus’ for the mayor’s executives, the community block grants given to Entergy (who made a profit last year and so electric bills wouldn’t go up), Bill Jefferson’s Freezer, the new trash removal services (still don’t have a fucking garbage can), to the marketing firm to find a corporate sponsor for Mardi Gras which netted some free trash bags, the mayor’s warchest for an as of yet unannounced next offfice bid, Ed Blakely’s salary, etc….

    My point is I’m sure it went to something equally, if not more important, than police and fire protection for the city. I mean, how often are there crimes and fires? We might as well be protecting ourselves against an alien invasion….oh, heh heh, guess that wasn’t a good example. Ninguna ofensa, Mexicano.

  3. Robo Abelette (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    I gotta say, I’ve never had such fun as singing the theme from “Cannonball Run” with the ENTIRE FREAKIN BAR every time it occurred as the movie played on the televisions in the Circle Bar. A unique experience. So random as to be unrepeatable, so much fun as only new orleans can engender.

  4. Therese (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 12:34 am

    I’m personally anti-Starbucks because their coffee is awful. Period. I think that CC’s and even (ugh) PJ’s are both better than Starbucks, but I’d still rather get my coffee from Morning Call or CDM.

    However, I would never deny someone wanting Starbuck’s awful (AWFUL) coffee.

    The problem that I have with Starbucks by Jackson Square is that it doesn’t fit there. La Madeleine was a chain, but its products sold fit well enough with the heritage of the area that it wasn’t too objectionable. Starbucks, however, is a Seattle coffee chain serving American-style coffee; doesn’t really fit with the area.

  5. Zack (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    I like Starbuck’s coffee but I think it’s a terrible idea to put a big chain in the Quarter. La Madelaine shouldn’t have been there either. That isn’t just any piece of real estate. It is the geographical heart and soul of one of the most culturally important cities in the world. The businesses there should reflect local economic ventures at least. I think the City owns that half of the Pontabla. Is this their deal?

  6. Laurie (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    I just saw THE DAY AFTER it was hilarious!


  7. Dan F (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    I thought everyone already knew this. FEMA is the insurer of firehouses, police stations and generally any “govt owned” type building. That changes if the building is leased by the city from a privte operator. So Mayor Noggin (my fav) Mayor Kevorkian (EA fav) Mayor Nagone (some bs newspaper kat) does have a gripe. But the “project worksheets” are what gets the $$$ flowing and the city is responsible for those.

  8. Laurie (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    I wish you were joking about FEMA being the insurers.

  9. deanna (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    I was planning to move back and maybe open a coffee shop, because there are no Starbucks there. It is a very different thing from La Madeleine being there. I hope they can’t make their way in….and their lattes suck!!!

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