09 May 2006

A Pictorial: The Last Few Days (non-Jazzfest)

After a few "happy hour" drinks at Kingpin, I finally made it to the Brothers Three Lounge on Magazine on Thursday night. I had never been there before, but I knew of the Brothers Three fixtures such as "Cowboy." Unfortunately, Cowboy, his poetry, and the other regulars are gone having never returned to New Orleans after KTMB. The bartender has no idea where they all went other than "up north." Yet another loss of the funk of this place. The subject of the mayor's race came up with one of my old college-days friends--let's call her Red. Red voted for Couhig--and in fact actually lives in the one of the few precincts Couhig won outright (in Lower Algiers) in the primary. She was telling me the reasons she could not vote for Mitch Landrieu (i.e. "he's too much of a politician," and "I just don't like the Landrieus") and is leaning towards not voting at all. TBNO contributor (currently internet-deprived due to a computer virus) Hollis P. Wood then chimed in with the perfect reason why she should vote for Landrieu: perception. He argued that Nagin has become an embarrassment and a liability to New Orleans and that the rest of the county is watching to see what we do. Can they take New Orleans seriously if we re-elect Nagin? Landrieu projects a progressive, competent, untarnished image as our mayor. Oyster has expressed similar sentiments--of which I am in complete agreement. To the Couhig/Forman supporters like Red: Christ, this isn't a David Duke/Edwin Edwards-like choice circa 1991. Nagin is a ridiculously easy target for the Republican Party to go medieval on for the next four years--thus the Couhig endorsement as well as their behind the scenes maneuvering pro-Nagin. Divide and conquer: the name of the political game. So one question remains: will Jindal join Couhig doing the inconceivable?

After B3L, we made it over to Carrollton Station for the Anders Osborne, John "Papa" Gros, and Theresa Andersson show. Damn good stuff there causing a late night with lots of beverages consumed. Opening act was Woodenhead guitarist Jimmy Robinson.

Vote Emperor Ernie K-Doe for Mayor--purchased at Kingpin for 20 bucks. Proceeds go to New Orleans Musician Clinic. I was going to get one for myself but the above friend grabbed the last one the right size.

Friday evening the Fair Family headed over to the re-opened Five Happiness. They are currently operating in the Imperial Room which in non-KTMB times acts as party/reception room. As of now, the main building isn't slated to be open for business until the end of the year and remains gutted down to the stud. The furnishings in the Imperial Room are of course all new and the interior in my opinion resembles a casino. Mirrors are everywhere. The menu was streamlined compared to normal times, bit still presented a large selection. The food lived up to the 5H standard.

After dinner at 5H, we drove over to the new Lowe's on Jefferson Highway (Friday was it's first day open). It will of course provide another opportunity for tax revenue to be siphoned from the City of New Orleans to Jefferson Parish. This is already happening of course between the Elmwood and Veterans boxes, but this location literally sits on the Jefferson/Orleans border making it that much easier. Between Lowe's and the parish/city boundary is a dedicated right-of-way for a to-be-constructed interchange between Jefferson Highway/Monticello and Earhart Expressway which I am sure made this site selection even that more attractive to the suits. Look for more such future development on Jefferson Highway.

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Nagin, Louisiana, Landrieu


At May 09, 2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lowe's on Elysian Fields is open and has been for some time

At May 09, 2006 10:29 PM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

Yea, but who from uptown or mid city is going to go Elysian Fields when it's a nice and easy 5 minute drive to the JP border? I personally go out of my way to go to the local hardware stores but your average Joe isn't going to give a rats ass about that when a nice new shiny Lowes is a skip away.

At May 10, 2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

Yes, anon, you are indeed correct. If keeping the tax dollar in NO is a personal priority, the extra drive to Elysian Fields is acceptable.
Walk the walk . . .

At May 10, 2006 11:06 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

When I bought my new car (ok, so it's a minivan), I had to work to find a Honda dealer in Orleans.

Finally found one in da East. Nothing else open around them for miles, but kept the tax dollars in OP.

At May 10, 2006 1:08 PM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

Yea, that's where I bought my Honda a month before KTMB. I picked up my plate the day before I evacuated.

At May 10, 2006 1:52 PM, Blogger NolaGirl said...

I've got to address the comments made by Red on your night out last week. I am getting really ANNOYED with the apathy with some of the voters in Orleans Parish. Many people do not want to be in the positon of voting for either mayoral candidate, but you know what sometimes we have to do what we don't want to do!!!!! We are lucky to have the ability to vote and we MUST do whatever it takes to get Federal and National support. I am disgusted with people saying they want change and then turning their backs on it. I am disgusted with educated or people with common sense doing absolutely idiotic things. I wish someone would take out and ad or film a commercial to prove these points!


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