We, Oregon, have about a thousand people coming to Portland who have no place to stay while New Orleans is drained and rebuilt. They are saying about 9 months to drain New Orleans, assuming no more hurricanes (we are stil early/mid hurricane season). That means 6-9 months, at minimum, of there people living communally in an old shutdown school. I suspect these people will be very bored and lonely and depressed. It would be great if this community that is offering so much support could also offer these people short term work. Something to help make these people part of our community. So they can enteract proffesionally, and also earn money to occasionally go out to dinner or a movie and inneract with the community socially.
Future Saint images... I need to get Louise to pose so I can redo hers. And I need to do one of Shae. We decided on her being the patron saint of broken hearts, or something similar. Assuming Adri ever comes out here to pose, she would like be the Patron Saint of Wanderlust (hard to visualize) or the patron saint of Shisha smoking (easy to visualize). I think Nia would be the patron saint of fresh baked cookies. I'm sure if/when people express an interest in being sainted, more will be added to the list. And at some point I should do myself, though it seems kind of conceited to declare ones self a saint. If I can find someone interested in doing it, I might ask someone else to do me.
There are a number of mutual friends on my friends list who know each other online and in person. Of the people you know, if they were to be sainted, what would they be the patron saint of?
My plan for rebuilding New Orleans...
Tap into the billions that will be spent rebuilding to employ locals to do most of the work.
There are tens to hundreds of thousands of locals moving away to shelters distant to wait till it's safe to move home. And thousands to tens of thousands volunteers moving from across country to one site living spaces. While I see a lot of good intentions and I understand that the elderly and the young should be moved away from the dangerous disease ridden conditions, I also see a lot of people out of work who want to move home. Why not pay them to help with the rebuilding. It would hopefully help jump start the local economy by having people working, being paid, and being able to spend money locally.
We look at the economic nightmare of Iraq, due in large part by outside organization coming with foriegn contractors doing the work so the locals sink deeper into poverty, as they can't find work. Let's not repeat this mistake on our own soil.
After dinner I went to the Cigular store to get a hands free thingie. And when I got back I found Daisy had killed a baby skunk, getting completely sprayed in the process. So I dispose of the skunk and run bak to the store and get plenty of tomaoto juice. Tomato juice is good for two things, getting ride of skunk spray and blood mary's. As I don't like blood maruy's I used it on the dog. Then shampooed and cleaned the dog really well.
That was tonights adventure.
The Verve collection arived today. I had not heard Billie Holidays song "Strange Fruit" in a long time. I'm suprised it's on here. It's a graphic and disturbing lyrical description os a lynching. I'm just finishing the 1st cd, and so far I'm pretty impressed, even if I could do without hearing about peoples eyes bulge as they hang from a tree. But lot's of good remixes.