Blakely Bus Tour

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So Karen and I got the invitation to the Mayor’s State of the City address and the accompanying bus tour of Ed Blakely’s target sites. This was our reaction:

Karen: Did you just get that State of the City e mail?
me: yeah
Karen: wtf
me: junkmail
me: they called me the day I left
or the day after for my address
so some kind of crap is in my mailbox too
Karen: it is crap
just wondering if I am going to go
me: we could
just to give it a chance
I have to go to B.’s for dinner after that
Karen: Good times

So we went. It was pretty much crap. The best part was zooming around the city in the motorcade. We left the DDay Museum and drove in a couple circles in the CBD and then to the Carrollton Sphincter around Gert Town/I-10 and Karen got a call en route that the underpass on Carrollton was flooded and shut. Of course, the motorcade was then stuck and we stopped traffic in the area while we made a couple more circles and sat on a side street while the bus drivers figured out what to do next and Blakely sold the Sphincter to the bus full of low level developers ahead of us.

Then we headed across town to Gentilly where Broad meets the Paris Ave. jog, and stopped at the ‘target area’ shopping center there where it seems the cops stopped at Radio Shack to chat with employees there. Then we went on toTreme to the Circle Market on St. Bernard Ave. It was a long drawn out tour with poor narration. Karen and I could have done a much better job. But Blakely’s poor blokes tried their best to look organized but they told us they were pretty much winging it.

I thought about staying for the speech but I had a better invitation. Dinner at Editor B.’s house, where we watched the speech on tv and decided it was more about Nagin’s running for Governor than about the State of New Orleans.

Xy suggested we start doing shots everytime he said referred to the ‘patient’ metaphor. . . The highlight of the speech for Karen and I was that he used the word pajamas. That might best sum up the the state of the city – Pajama Town.

3 Comments so far

  1. rcs (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 3:30 am

    What a waste of everyone’s time.


  2. Randzille (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Why dont i ever get invited to these things.


  3. Randzille (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Why dont i ever get invited to these things.



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