Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sitting On My Porch Part Seventy Nine

It’s been 17 days since my last post. Life is once again winning over blogging. Since I love my readers why not come back on the day of love? I was in the store yesterday and saw all those teenage boys spending their money on teddy bears and candy. I thought that was nice. In the next aisle was a bunch of older cats looking at greeting cards and shaking their heads like they were being forced to have a root canal. I thought that was funny.

There’s a lot going on around New Orleans right now as we are right in the middle of Mardi Gras season. I don’t think I will be seeing too many parades this year. It will be a miracle if I make it to more than three. I’m not in the mood for standing up and being bothered with random people. Plus, for the first time ever I am concerned about what might happen out there. I don’t know why that is. Maybe the crime has finally gotten to me and is affecting my quality of life. I do find myself checking around me more than I ever did. I have also started to pay attention to how many police cars I see out on the street. I was talking with my neighbor and we were trying to figure out the last time we seen a patrol car pass up our block. I know the police office has a lot of issues right now. I just hope Chief Serpas can get it together.

It will be Chief Serpas running the show. All you people expecting Mayor Landrieu to go in another direction can forget it. The mayor and the chief are in it together until the end and they are going to try every idea they can to turn the crime problem around. Lately the police department can’t seem to get out of its own way. First they made a lot of people upset by releasing the arrest records of murder victims. Then, some officers wrote a letter to the citizens about how dysfunctional everything is. Now today I read an article saying police will put a sticker on your homes that have been searched for drugs. If they actually go through with doing this it’s going to end badly. I think the NOPD is worried too much about statistics. I can’t say anything negative about stats because I work with data all day. Every now and then you have to look at a situation and apply old school reasoning. I think we need officers on the street right now having a presence and making criminals uncomfortable.

New Orleans has the second highest homeless rate in America. Tampa Bay has the highest. No one would be surprised about New Orleans’ issue but I am willing to bet many people would have guessed Tampa had such an issue. The answer is marketing.

Thursday KIPP Central City School will be holding it's annual parade. It starts at 11:00 AM. If you make it out there you will definitely see me. I'll be the guy throwing rocks at all the dads that didn't show up Saturday to help build floats. I'm going to need a lot of rocks.

Seven years ago my governor was Blanco, my mayor was Nagin and my president was Bush. My main concerns were education, infrastructure, the long term future of my community, jobs and black on black crime. In 2012 my governor is Jindal. My mayor is Landrieu and my president is Obama. My main concerns now are education, infrastructure, the long term future of my community, jobs and black on black crime. I’m not saying it doesn't matter who I vote for. I just want to know how long one has to wait until they see some glimmer of change. I guess I need to wait a little longer.

I know there is supposed to be a difference in candidates and agendas but at this point the only person that really concerns me is Rick Santurom because I honestly think he would try to outlaw any fun activity that involved showing a body part above the knee.

Rest in peace to my kindergarten best friend Trevon McCoy. He was a good man with a good family.

In memory of Don Cornelius I wanted to post my favorite YouTube clip again.