The Super Bowl of the South

Last night, we all watched the Saints play the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. It was a really big game.  The game had a lot on the line, the Falcons had a winning streak going  and the Saints needed a win to remain viable for the play offs. Not only that but, the Falcons had come to New Orleans and beat the Saints in the their own home the last time they met.  Atlanta wanted to make sure that, it didn’t happen to them and New Orleans wanted to make sure it did.  A few days before the game, people were talking their usual “football smack ” about the game… who was gonna win and why.

Everyone except Roddy White and Steven Godfrey.

Roddy White’s dumb behind started tweeting about and I quote, “the grace of god gave them a championship so the city wouldn’t fall apart and now, they think they’re hot shit.”  Here’s the link for anyone who wants to see it. Then, this other fool, Steven Godfrey  wrote an article over at SBNation.com and he says that,”Saints fans exploited every iota of Katrina to better celebrate a Super Bowl win.” The article he wrote was taken down but, good ole’ NOLA. com has a piece about it here.

…to BETTER celebrate?!

REALLY?!

I mean really…REALLY?!

Does he not know this city?!

It’s frigging NEW ORLEANS MAN!

We’ll celebrate (party) just because the sun came out!

Here’s the thing that pisses me off about these two people. The spirit of the people in this here city NEVER fell apart! Katrina hit 2005…Mardi Gras 2006 went down because, that’s what we do…keep moving.

Long before the Road  Home became an option, I had already made the decision to return home and rebuild

..and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one.

And you know what? I honestly believe that, there’s a population of people who hate us for that fact.

The fact that,we kept moving when a lot of people thought ( wanted) the city would die.

And I’m talking about the spirit of the people…it did not die.

Many thought we’d all just up and move and post a “New Orleans For Sale” sign at the entrance.

Nah bruh, I can’t eat like this anywhere else.

On any given day, I could be lying in my bed and here a few marching bands come down the street…

or have a total stranger come up to me and tell me their entire life story as if, we’re best friends.

It soothes my soul…I’m good.

For Mardi Gras ’06, they had more people dressed as  blue-tarp roofs and fema trailers than the law allows!

Christmas of 2005, in Lakeside Mall had a display with the blue-tarp homes, fema trailers,debris and refrigerators waiting to be picked up.

10 people became offended and the mall dismantled it. They must have been tourists because, those of us from the area, came out in droves and demanded it be put back.

Our wacky sense of humor is what makes us thrive.

Halloween of ’06, I took my own fema trailer and put it in a giant spider web…

Those of us who returned home, held on to the hope and belief that, the city would NOT die.

The city was rebuilding long before the Lombardi Trophy got here dude.

I know. I was here.

One of my favorite bloggers, Cliff over at Cliff’s Crib, wrote a beautiful post about it all here.

I’m not as eloquent as Cliff because, when I write my emotions rise to the surface and I have to edit myself from saying…

Steven and Roddy…Fuck y’all!

So much for editing…lol

People lost loved ones in that storm…the shit gets personal when you bring it up so, get ready for the war when you do.

The REASON why so many people flew to New Orleans instead of Miami for the Super Bowl is because, they KNEW the real party was gonna go down here!

That was gonna happen whether Katrina hit or not.

Nobody needs your damned sympathy to celebrate here Steven.

Had the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2000, I can guarantee, the exact same celebration would  have happened.

I’m glad the Saints won this one.

Not so much because, we beat our rival team in their own home…

but, because of all of the  bullshit that Roddy and Steven said.

 

 

 

 

Day 14. This Week

Well, this is an easy one … this week is hectic.  Holidays, holidays, wearing me out.  I’m still  not completely finished with the shopping part. I’m going out today  to wrap it all up. I hate going to Lakeside Mall, it’s always crowded and I’m not big on crowds (unless they’re throwing something to me.) Also, I had to go to a  3 day seminar on Alzheimer’s  for my “crazy gig” because of some new federal regulations. It was like being thrown into a torture chamber for 3 days…seminars are sooooo boring.  I swear, I’d quit that job but it is so entertaining…I’m hooked.  We get some really crazy people coming through those doors.  REALLY crazy, like diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia type of people. Some of the nurses need to go get diagnosed…just sayin’.

The NBA  championship trophy is going about the USA and stopped here at  Office Depot in Harvey. Well, y’all know if we  hear something is going on and we’re out and about…we’re heading there.

Nice shot bruh.   Ya aging really well…60 looks great on you!

Today, I’ll start my prep work for all of that holiday cooking.  That will take up most of the day so, I’ll pull out a few of my favorite movies to keep my company. I seem to watch certain movies when I know I’m gonna be in the kitchen for a few hours . The Godfather I & II, Jaws, Tombstone and Cleopatra (with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton) usually lead the pack. I’ve added a new movie to the mix, one of my favorite 80’s movies…SIXTEEN CANDLES with Molly Ringwald. I love that darned movie!

It’s gonna be cold (well, cold for here) on Christmas so, I’m fixing gumbo!!!  I just love to eat gumbo when it’s chilly outside….reminds me of my mom.

The kids are shaking the shit outta the presents under the tree…trying to guess what’s in them.  They’re almost 17 and 19 years old and they’re still excited over them like two toddlers.   I love the fact that, my kids are still kids.  So many of them grow up so fast today…I’m glad they really enjoy being kids.

Gotta work Christmas day…uuugh.

Well, that’s all  I got….time to get this party started.

 

Day 12 What’s In Your Bag?

Too much junk is what. I keep saying I’m gonna clean this thing out but, I just keep adding more stuff in…and it’s mostly paper.

Look at this,Receipts like crazy! A sewage and water board bill,Yellow Jacket’s Kris Kringle Angel, A memo book to record all of my purchases (which I never do) A calendar and …Jolly Ranchers or as we like to call them, “wine candies.”  And of course, what girl would be without an ELECTRICAL OUTLET in her bag?!

I should be on Let’s Make A Deal with this bag…and not the one Wayne Brady is hosting. Let’s make a deal…MONTY!

Nope, didn’t clean it out. I just dumped everything right back into the bag…outlet included. Never know when I may need an outlet while roaming the streets. 🙂

Family, Food and Football

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful turkey day. I was too pooped to pop when it was all said and done. My posse’ had a wonderful meal. The stuffed bell peppers

the stuffed crabs

and the crab cakes

stole the show though.  It was a quiet thanksgiving with just us and a whole lotta food and the Saints game…family and football.

The next day, NavySeal,PK and I went out into the black friday madness.  We woke up at 4 a.m. and left the house about 4:45. We didn’t head to the mall or Walmart…we went to Office Depot on Saint Charles St. They had some laptop computers on sale there and PK wanted to buy one for himself and we wanted to get one for YellowJacket as a gift.   The people who needed computers slept on Office Depot because, they didn’t have a line. When they opened at 6 a.m. only 12 of us were there.  They crew was so nice, they came outside and served us hot chocolate and water…I think Imma have to go there every year with that sort of hospitality…lol.

*alert-alert-alert*

I just found out that my husband (ok, not my REAL husband… my “musical” husband) thee fabulous WILL DOWNING  is having a concert here in the NOLA on December 18th at the Morial Convention Center! Yeah, buddy!  NavySeal is purchasing the tickets as I type! I’ve been waiting to see Will again for about 10 years now. I saw him in concert with  Gerald Albright and they tore the place up! Goodness, that child sho can SANG!

Ok, he got ’em! Floor seats…WhooHooooo!!

 

Damn! This is some crazy mess. The paragraph above was written two days ago. By the time I came back to finish my post…the darn concert was CANCELED!  It looks like this entire leg of the concert was canceled…now, what am I gonna do? Knowing me, I’ll end up at some restaurant somewhere.

It just dawned on me that, I haven’t completed the blog challenge …I told y’all it would take me forever  to get through it.

I’ll start it back up tomorrow and see if I can complete it before the new year gets here.

I’m ready for Mardi Gras to begin…mostly because, I want a king cake.

We have some cool weather so, I better get me some homemade eggnog in before it gets hot again.  Ya know, I’ve never had store-bought eggnog. We’ve always used the family recipe from my great-grandfather.

Well, that’s all I got right now…EXCEPT for this conversation I just had with my son. Kinda made me sad, that he really has missed  so much New Orleans nostalgia. Most of the stores are gone.  Krauss, Maison Blanche, K and B, Schwegmann’s…Seafood City (very pretty)…all gone.

PK: mom, who the heck is Mr. Bangle?

Me: who?

PK: Mr. Bagel? Mr. Banjo?

Me: Boy, you mean…MR. BINGLE!

 

The sound sucks but, the memories it brings back…PRICELESS!