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By sarah on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 06:37 pm:

    if you were going to jazzfest this year, would you rather go the first weekend or the second weekend?

    second weekend is usually the more popular (crowded) weekend, but last 2 years we went the 1st weekend.

    anyone wanna meet us there?



    didn'tchya miss me?

By J on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 06:56 pm:

    I sure as hell did sweetcheeks:)

By semillama on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 09:57 pm:


    Did you catch Patrick's post about going to NOLA? If not, go find it.
    He had some great photos.

    Jazzfest rules.

By wisper on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 10:35 pm:

    yay, sarah!

By Daniel ssss on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 03:40 pm:

    missed ya. staying quite quiet myself.

By Lay on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 12:56 pm:

    Wisper who are you

By wisper on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 02:07 am:

    i am.....Tetsuo

By Kaneda on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 02:30 am:


By Tetsuo on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 02:30 am:


By sarah on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 03:47 pm:

    awww, you guys.

    say, jazzfest would be a fun little sorabjifest too. music for all types of music lovers. i usually hang in the gospel tent for the first half of the day. we go to lots of late shows.

    the schedule is get to new orleans thursday evening, have dinner, and warm up by going out only til 3 a.m.

    friday, wake up at 1pm, go to jazzfest from 2-7, grab some food on the way out of the fairgrounds, sleep from 9-midnight, go out from 1 a.m.-5 a.m. sleep from 5 a.m.- 1 p.m. repeat two more days.

    drive home monday limp, sore, and happy.


By patrick on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 06:57 pm:

    the GF was just there for mardi gras...at least part of it. no house there any more (not due to the storm ) but stayed with friends.

By patrick on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 07:02 pm:

    if you are interested.

    i went with my g/f to retrieve her belongings from her house. not storm related. i also traded glares with Elvis Costello in our hotel restaurant as he was in line behind us waiting to be seated...i seem to recall you're a elvis costello freak. i don't get star struck...but this time, i did....justifiably.

By sarah on Friday, March 3, 2006 - 12:12 pm:

    huge elvis fan, yes! love that man. went to see him play by myself, ended up getting a front row ticket for $20. one of the best shows i've ever seen. was he alone? with an entourage? what do you think he was doing there?

    and yes, very interested in your photos, thanks for the link.

    our next door neighbors moved in 7 months ago after living in new orleans their whole lives. they moved to austin because barbara has a sister who has lived in austin for 20 years, and barbara's husband walt is friends with the guy who owned the house next door to us. when we moved in, that guy was fixing the house up (foundation work, remodeling) to sell, so it just kinda worked out. i guess he gave walt and barbara a really good deal because they are friends. plus the former owner is very wealthy and was using that house as income property, and didn't need the profit.

    barbara and walt have an old, mean, half blind poodle named Tippy. after Tipitina's. dave liked that a lot. they are candle makers - they kinda lucked out because their product was in high demand after the hurricane and were able to sell $50,000 worth of stock before leaving nola.

    anyway, i was talking to barbara last night - she said they were in new orleans about 6 weeks ago and it was just still totally trashed. she said 81,000 businesses are still closed, and that despite the fact that there is hardly anybody living there, the traffic is horrible, lines are horrible, and it's impossible to get anything to eat - hardly any restaurants open, even fast food joints.

    she said it was because everyone there is trying to get to the same places as everyone else. she said it would take them 4-5 hours just to drive four miles down the road to home depot, then negotiate their way around the store to find what they needed there, and stand in line to check out, then drive home.

    i love barbara. she's a true southern belle. her voice is as soft as a whisper (almost wrote "wisper") and she's got that classic southern belle accent - where her words gently slope off at the end. she's frienly, loquacious, and makes a mean gumbo.

By beta on Friday, March 3, 2006 - 05:52 pm:

    can i jump in for a tele-thon moment?

    there are a couple of groups down there that i am particularly fond of- the first being a group that runs a free clinic, offers legeal advice for people under threat of forclosure/eviction, and most importantly- schedules groups of volunteers to do the dirty and otherwise expensive work of gutting and cleaning the houses of people who cannot afford to hire contractors to do the job for them: common ground

    the second is a food and clothing distribution center that distributes hundreds of free hot and nutritious meals a day -emergency communities

    of course, there is no free lunch- common ground is filled with left-wing and anarchist types who are preparing for the impending socialist revolution and emergency communities is really a tent community full of hippies who apparently don't have anywhere else to go anyway.

    all that being said, these two groups formed pretty spontaneously from a single person's desire to do good (Malik Rahim and Mark Weiner respectively) and i have been consistently amazed at how quickly they've grown, how much they do for the community and how ethically and well they are run.

    (for the record -i don't work for or solicit for either one- just had some good experiences with them)

    now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

By Dougie on Friday, March 3, 2006 - 06:04 pm:

    Those look good beta. I occasionally listen to Randi Rhodes on Air America, and have donated to her "Save Your Change" thing for Louisian. I think they're partnered with Habitat for Humanity.

By wisper on Friday, March 3, 2006 - 06:43 pm:

    There was a big report on CNN about Common Ground a few nights ago, and all the people who have left their jobs or left college to go help them. They're doing some great stuff.

By beta on Friday, March 3, 2006 - 08:20 pm:

    seeing so many people who need help, and not having enough manpower to do so, makes it hard to leave. All the long-termers i have met had moved down there after planning on staying for only a week or two (i almost said "put their lives on hold" but you can't really do much more living than what those people do)

    a friend of mine was eating breakfast at a diner and overheard an elderly man in tears in the booth behind him, telling the person he was with that he couldn't do it anymore. Turned out that the man http://www.flickr.com/photos/aphidanxiety/94203960/in/set-1474618,(Bob) was 70 years old, had been living in a powerless fema trailer next to his destroyed house, in his empty neighborhood, for two months. he had been getting up every morning, going into his flooded house and trying to pull down the drywall and clean up the mess himself. he was single, never married, no children or other family to help him clean. his insurance money wasn't coming through and he couldn't afford to hire workers (when i met him, he didn't even have real work gloves. he had been wearing this tattered pair of winter gloves for months)

    i don't why i'm sharing this- really i guess i'm just throwing out the idea of spending a day or two with one of the groups if you happen to be in city for something anyway. they're both pretty non-hierarchical and throw you in headfirst - all you have to do is show up in the morning and offer to help out.

By patrick on Monday, March 6, 2006 - 08:13 pm:

    Elvis was with two other guys who looked to be industry types, not musicians. it seemed a quiet mellow morning for them all. there were some others in the restaurant that morning that totally reaked of music industry types. also, the previous morning we saw that guy from letterman...paul schaefer in the same restaurant. it was one of the premier hotels in NoLA but it had a barebones staff....no room service, just a gourmet breakfast buffet.

    it was embarrassing listening to the host kiss paul schaefers ass for at least a solid 2 minutes


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