Monday, September 12, 2005

dear america,

a little bit of advice for the rest of the country about new orleans refugees ...

- - - From columnist Chris Rose of The Times-Picayune (

Dear America,

I suppose we should introduce ourselves: We're South Louisiana.

We have arrived on your doorstep on short notice and we apologize for that, but we never were much for waiting around for invitations. We're not much on formalities like that.

And we might be staying around your town for a while, enrolling in your schools and looking for jobs, so we wanted to tell you a few things about us. We know you didn't ask for this and neither did we, so we're just going to have to make the best of it.

First of all, we thank you. For your money, your water, your food, your prayers, your boats and buses and the men and women of your National Guards, fire departments, hospitals and everyone else who has come to our rescue.

We're a fiercely proud and independent people, and we don't cotton much to outside interference, but we're not ashamed to accept help when we need it. And right now, we need it.

Just don't get carried away. For instance, once we get around to fishing again, don't try to tell us what kind of lures work best in your waters. We're not going to listen. We're stubborn that way.

You probably already know that we talk funny and listen to strange music and eat things you'd probably hire an exterminator to get out of your yard.

We dance even if there's no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we're suspicious of others who don't. But we'll try not to judge you while we're in your town.

Everybody loves their home, we know that. But we love South Louisiana with a ferocity that borders on the pathological. Sometimes we bury our dead in LSU sweatshirts.

Often we don't make sense. You may wonder why, for instance - if we could only carry one small bag of belongings with us on our journey to your state - why in God's name did we bring a pair of shrimp boots?

We can't really explain that. It is what it is.

You've probably heard that many of us stayed behind. As bad as it is, many of us cannot fathom a life outside of our border, out in that place we call Elsewhere.

The only way you could understand that is if you have been there, and so many of you have. So you realize that when you strip away all the craziness and bars and parades and music and architecture and all that hooey, the best thing about where we come from is us.

We are what made this place a national treasure. We're good people. And don't be afraid to ask us how to pronounce our names. It happens all the time.

When you meet us now and you look into our eyes, you will see the saddest story ever told. Our hearts are broken into a thousand pieces.

But don't pity us. We're gonna make it. We're resilient. After all, we've been rooting for the Saints for 35 years. That's got to count for something.

OK, maybe something else you should know is that we make jokes at inappropriate times.

But what the hell.

And one more thing: In our part of the country, we're used to having visitors. It's our way of life.

So when all this is over and we move back home, we will repay to you the hospitality and generosity of spirit you offer to us in this season of our despair.

That is our promise. That is our faith.

(Chris Rose can be reached at

thanks mr rose, well said ...

... and to end on a music note, we have been really digging the new spoon album, 'gimme fiction'. the first cut just speaks volumes about the way we feel about going back to the easy:

(a bit of 'the beast and dragon, adored') ...

... now all i need is a crew
one that can act as if
one that can stay on cue
and sneeze and sniff
uh-huh, alright
i'm going back to the water
been landlocked too long ...

... we've been a just little too busy the past few to soak in this magnificent record. but now it is settling in, the scope, the intricacies, the grittiness and the granduer. what a blast! and we just love great records by a guy who does it all on his oddy-knocky ... the todd rundgrens, paul mccartneys, princes and others who just shine on their own, and this one of the best we have heard in ages.
(we dunno what it is about austin, tex lately. it is a texas town unlike texas, (more like new orleans west), and is yeilding some wonderful music. our two fave sons, billy harvey and spoon's brit daniels just keep us breathless!)

our fave cuts from 'gimme fiction' (via yousendit):
spoon - the beast and dragon, adored
spoon - merchants of soul
spoon - the delicate place

and in case you thought new orleans wouldn't get back to normal soon enuff ...
big daddy's is back in biz ...

and we knew bush had his motives the whole time ...
here comes bush's flood ...

and, you need to buy spoon!


Satisfied '75 said...

fantastic blog...just found you via web nymph. i take it your from Metairie, LA? later. justin

Unknown said...

Love your blog. And I love the "art". Damn Gators in the yard

Avram Mirsky said...

M.A., you're downright inspirational. Love the music and your righteousness. Thanks for the link at the wreckroom and it is now reciprocated at Muttering Jam. Peace, brother! I feel revolution in the air!

sonicfrog said...

By Sunday or Monday (I have a bussy week-end approaching) I will be posting my ten all time favorite albums ever on my blog, hopefully with links to a few song from each album. I am contacting other blog friends to see if they can do the same.

PS. Mr. Harvey is up to something new. Have no confirmation... I just fel it in my bones.

PPS. Looks like the all new CPG album will rear its ugly head come the begining of November. Keep you posted.

sonicfrog said...

PPPS. We settled on "Relapse" for the name of the new album.

Laurie said...

Someone had e-mailed me that letter. I'm glad to know where it was originally from. It's great! Thanks.

dickvandyke said...

Hello old boy - it's a while since you posted - hope you are bearing up mate.
I've just read that NASA are planning to land on the moon again before 2020. Fuckin' marvellous! I thought there might be enough on the agenda closer to home?


Anonymous said...

MA, I too look forward to your next post... I see you added an image of Rita that's fairly current so I'm hopeful we'll get a new post soon too...

and in the "great minds think alike" vein, before I learned how they come up with the names for tropical storms I was thinking about a beatles-inspired naming system (thanks in no small part to the fact that every time they mention Rita I start bopping to "Lovely Rita" in my head): "Michelle (ma bell)", "(Lovely)Rita", and "(Sexy)Sadie" and so forth. Then, of course, on the male side: "(Hey) Jude", "Maxwell('s silver hammer)" and so forth.

damn associative beast!


sleepybomb said...

well, this is what i get for ignoring the blog for a week many comments!
let's get to it then, eh?

satisfied, thanks for stopping by, i like your blog also and will come back often ...

al, thanks again and i can't take credit for the art, but that must be one traumatized kid after that ...

griffina, thanks for the link, my stock just shot up! i feel the revolution too, but we know it will not be televised, due to the conflict, but the feeling is there ...

sonic, i am still waiting for the list, i have been debating with my inner child on whether to do another list post, i dunno if i could whittle a top ten lp list'll prolly be a top 100 when i get thru ...i hope what you said about billy is true! i'm sure you'll keep me up to date. oh yeah, 'relapse' is a cool name for the record, i just did that today!

ms. laurie, i found this on and just had to post it, that chris rose just slays us, and he is brutally honestly funny!

mr van dyke, we are doing fine, just trying to get the facts on what is going on in the easy, then get down there to fix it, before first snow. and just what is the deal with nasa asking for megabucks while this shit is going down, their head is on the moon, the dark side apparently.

nostra, too true, great minds do think alike, so what is our excuse? and ya know the worst case senario hurricane models name was (polythene) pam?
yeah buddy!
whew, i need to pay more attention to this beast !!!


sleepybomb said...

it was a very great idea, unlike the spammer squiggly line thingy which is apparently useless ....