Orleans Avenue neutral ground report, Wednesday:
Spray paint: check
Netting around front lawns: check
Trash cans blocking off parking: check
Stakes, tape and string: not yet
Furniture: not yet
People: not yet
The KREWE OF CHAD is ready. (#KreweofChad is already a Twitter hashtag.)
More under the jump ...
... come down now, they'll say ...
But everything looks perfect from far away
... come down now, but we'll stay
Krewe of Druids, 6:30 pm Uptown
Krewe of Nyx, 7 pm (following Druids)
HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An East Bay couple is out nearly $6,000 after falling victim to a scammer offering fake tickets to the Super Bowl.
The Osgood family found four seats for sale on Craigslist through an individual claiming to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticketholder. The cost seemed fair — $5,900, about double the original price.
After talking the deal out through text and email messages, the couple wired the funds cross country. When the package arrived from the seller, all it contained was a printed note that said "Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”
The San Jose Mercury News had more:
Osgood, a season-ticket holder at Candlestick Park for four years, and her boyfriend have bought seats in the new Santa Clara stadium and were planning to go to the Super Bowl in New Orleans with two other family members in their RV. They still plan on going — even if it means watching the game at a bar on Bourbon Street.
(Possible San Francisco Chronicle headline, Mon. Feb. 4: "LOCAL COUPLE LOSES $500 IN BIG EASY STREET BET OVER ORIGIN OF SHOES.")
The couple announced months ago that they would attempt to conceive a child using the 85-year-old former governor’s frozen sperm. It has apparently worked.
The mother is 34. The father is 85.
What could go wrong?
P.S. Hmmm... here's Trina Edwards on Twitter yesterday...
Fox 5 Atlanta has a story about last night's egging of a New Orleans Saints charter bus as it pulled out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (We'd provide a link to the story, but is there anyone in New Orleans who doesn't know it by now?)
FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit. He says he's appalled by the incident.
"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.
Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac. Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.
Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon. Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.
Great. Now this nice bus driver has to waste his time scrubbing that crap off his bus.
The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight.
Ever have a day where your mind is clouded with memories, one triggering another? That's the kind of day I was having when I was on my St. Claude bus adventure for the final Public Transit Tuesday, before I take my new position as a general assignment reporter for The Times-Picayune.
The only way I could transcribe the memories in my mind that day would be to use stream of consciousness, which would end up looking about as messy as the legal pad I took on my adventure, where I jotted down notes including "The Mack, Charles, PTSD about Mom," "New Kids on the Box lunchbox from Eckerd's" and "Te-Te's cocaine and Cuban sandwiches?"
Since the St. Claude bus was pretty full, as is usually the case, I was able to keep from reminiscing so much by paying closer attention to the people on the bus with me.
When I made it to the end of the line in Arabi, I was tempted to catch my favorite bus, the St. Bernard Parish bus, but was too busy trying to listen to the boys freestyling and beatboxing in the back — not that they were good.
My hearing isn't the best so here are what I think are some excerpts from their verses:
"I met her on crack, f*ck the n*gga head up
Driver off the bus, went and had a heart attack."
"Make a n*gga feel the way my Uncle Terry feel."
"Dat boy said, dat boy said, dat boy said, 'MAMACITA!'"
"I think Wayne garbage though — and THAT'S that sh*t I don't like."
"Dat boy said, 'I'ont want no HIV, yes Lawd!"
"She sent me nekkid pictures — I LIKEDED DAT!"
It was a pretty day so I decided to walk down St. Claude, but not before stopping at a restaurant that's — get this — actually run by native New Orleanians...
The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.
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Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:
... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.
As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:
Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.
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