05 July 2006

Photo du Jour: Boat Parade on Lake Tishomingo

I am currently seeking rest and relaxation at a relative of my wife's home on Lake Tishomingo-- to the south of St. Louis in Jefferson County, Missouri. One of the traditions here on Lake Tishomingo is the annual 4th of July boat (party barge) parade. Naturally, since we are here, the "New Orleans" theme was decided upon by my wife's relatives. Before I left home, I went up into the attic and grabbed several plastic bags worth of beads to bring up for the parade. Their party barge was done up with purple, green, and gold streamers, decorated with beads, and the City of New Orleans flag was hung on the flagpole. Many of the other "floats" were more elaborately decorated and feature costumed riders, but all they were all doing was handing out waves and smiles at people in other boats and onshore, while our group was throwing out beads to everyone. The banner on the both sides of the party barge predictably read "Let the Good Times Roll" in French and in English as my idea of "New Orleans is not OK" was vetoed as too grim. Gotta send THE message . . . . Everyone I have encountered here in St. Louis to which the subject has been brought up has been supportive towards the rebuilding of New Orleans. Three particular words came up repeatedly with several of these people as they are fully aware of their own city's precariousness. The three words: New Madrid Fault.

(Wow--I forgot how slow dial-up is . . .)

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Lake Tishomingo


At July 05, 2006 5:18 PM, Blogger Uptown Gatsby said...


My housekeeper is still on her FEMAcation in St. Louis. If you run into her, please tell her to get her ass home and back to cleaning my house. By the way, does anyone know when the money is going to get turned off. It's looking like these people need a little motivation. As Judge Smales says "The world needs ditch diggers too!!!!"

And speaking about vacations, how about that guy in New York, New Orleans' favorite son Theon Johnson. Is he still watching cable at the JFK Holiday Inn? Last month, AMC had "Action Week" and you couldn't pull him away. He should have been evicted by now, but you know New Yorker's. Liberals like that kind of shit. Hopefully some WASP owns the hotel and went through the court system to have him evicted. You know those WASPs, they love animals and hate people!!!

Any thoughts Dangle????

At July 06, 2006 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you leave us here with..him

At July 06, 2006 9:28 AM, Blogger Uptown Gatsby said...

That's right Karen!!!! I'm here and staying!!!! You might not like to admit it, but when it comes down to ugly truths, you appreciate that there are people like me living in your neighborhood or not too far from you. That's right, when you were squirreled up evacuated God know where, I was riding around my neighborhood and your neighborhood in a boat protecting rescue workers from snipers shooting at the boats. Yes, that's right. The ugly truth comes out. We're riding down Carrollton Avenue between Claiborne and the Interstate in a skiff and got shot at by some band of natives hanging out on top of the Carrollton Vet Clinic.

You might not like my message, but the simple truth is, when times get tough, you like that there are people like me out there. You want people like me out there. The next time you evacuate you will find some comfort in knowing that guys like me will be out there helping to make sure your house isn't burned to the ground.

I'm not asking for thanks, but you might consider a little courtesy and keep your trap shut. I don't know what kind of flaming liberal, bleeding heart, idealist you are, but you might want to check into the real world and catch a clue. When people cross the line like they did in the Katrina aftermath, whether they are black or white, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, they need to be put in their place. If you don't agree, your going to live a very frustrated life.

At July 07, 2006 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I couldn't be there to help..I was off having chemo..call my Doctor and ask him, altho all my records were lost at Tulane. Second Stage so I will probably survive and guess what chemo makes you pissed off so why don't you calm your self down and play nice by the way I get Chemo every Monday at Ochsner now so if you want to stop by in your compassionate white jacket we can have a nice chat over my Herceptin drip

At July 08, 2006 6:48 AM, Blogger Uptown Gatsby said...

Sorry to hear you are sick. I sincerely hope everything works out for you. Despite the run-n sentence, I get an idea of what you are saying, but more importantly, and maybe I'm just reading something wrong in between the lines, but I'm guessing you don't think I'm quite the bastard you thought I was. As you know if you have lived here fro any appreciable amount of time, New Orleans isn't simple. Contrary to popular demand, it's not The Big Easy. There are a whole lot of difficult issues out there on several levels and looking at them in terms of black or white (no racial suggestions meant) gives you know answer. It's never all or nothing down here.

At July 08, 2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gtasby, All of this is compicated. Even the simple things. As this City rebuilds the seemingly petty squabbles may hide the larger issues. I would hate to think that we would bring it down to a level of liberal and conservative. Cause liberal or conservative, dry or wet we are here attempting to make things better.

At July 09, 2006 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen & uptown gatsby - You two need to come down off your pedestals & come back to the real world. I, too, have cancer but do not blame others for not being here to "clean my house". Where are your family members, etc. to help you out or better yet - Dr. uptown - why don't you go clean her house since you seem to spend so much time on this website?


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