Friday, November 02, 2007

They don't pronounce all their syllables here

So I'm live blogging (gahd I hate that term) from the campus of lovely Tulane University in muggy New Orleans, Louisiana. Just pulled into town last night on a quick little extended weekend jaunt to visit the wonderfully crazy KDHL. Her apartment, in her own words, is "livable - barely" and she's not lying. She's also not paying rent because the property is owned by the organization she works for. So, given the massive leaking from every plumbing fixture, the thick coat of sheetrock and plaster dust on _everything_, the total lack of insulation, and the missing ceiling in the bathroom, she's basically squatting. It's a work in progress, though, in every sense of the word.

Given all that, I'm very happy to be here. I've never really been to the drrty drrty (besides Florida, which everyone knows doesn't count), and it seems like this will be an excellent experience in every way. It's easy to not think about the city and the devastation it felt three years ago, and it's even easier not to think about the daily struggles of living that people still face. I wanna drink it all in, get the full tour, not pull any punches and feel what these people feel. Oh also, KDHL is pretty fun.

So far, I've only seen the lower Garden District and the giant, beautiful houses on the way to Tulane through Uptown. So, as the results come in, they will be forthcoming...


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