I would have to disagree, RfrancisR. I feel that the biggest problem New Orleans has in becoming a "great international city" is the crime, specifically the extremely high murder rate. Second to that would be the dirtiness of the city, when it comes to literal dirtiness, and dirty politics (even in our football now). These are the things I hear about when I tell people I'm from New Orleans when I'm in the US and abroad. If you're saying that we should stop caring about who's local and not local to focus on these more pressing issues, I would agree with that, as I'm sure would most everyone who commented here.
As for the need to make connections to start a friendship, I teach students with autism social skills, and in doing so, the first questions we teach them to ask and answer are: 'What is your name?' 'Where are you from?' 'Where do you go to school?' and 'What grade are you in?'
Making connections is what friendships are all about, isn't it?
@RfrancisR I agree with you to some extent about the ways people attack 'outsiders' in New Orleans, but I also think that if these so called 'outsiders' would come into conversations honestly, there wouldn't be so much awkwardness, or 'judging' going on.
My parents are both 'yankees' who moved to New Orleans before I was born and have lived there for over 30 years now. When meeting new people, they would say "I'm from Pennsylvania, but moved here in '75" and the conversation would go from there.
I moved to California recently and met someone who said she was from New Orleans. I was so excited to meet someone from home... I asked her which part of New Orleans she was from, and she said "Well, I'm actually from Baton Rouge" and the conversation ended because it was so awkward for both of us at that point. If she had said from the beginning where she was actually from, I could have made plenty of connections and possibly started a friendship.
So perhaps to quell some of your frustrations about feeling like an outsider in New Orleans, you should just say "My family is from New Orleans, but I grew up in Kenner" when you meet new people.
As for people in politics claiming that someone isn't a true New Orleanian for political gain, that's just politics. Many people still question whether or not Obama is a true American because in politics people will say whatever they need to at the time for personal gain, and I'd say that's true internationally.
I love this week's edition! Makes me miss New Orleans, from the crazy pick-up lines guys try to use to Hansen's delicious sno-balls. I love that you can experience all different socioeconomic classes on one bus line (and it seems like you fit in flawlessly to all of them, Megan!)
I love Public transit Tuesdays!!! Although I was disappointed to hear that the St. Charles streetcar line is not accessible to passengers with disabilities. That's a historic tourist attraction and I am very sad to hear that people with disabilities cannot experience it. Why don't they just switch one red car with one of the green cars?
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