January 28th, 2006


Dance Dance Revolution

One of the best things about my iPod - besides watching episodes of The Office on the long flights to and from SF - is coming up with new playlists.

Today's new grouping of songs was needed as a motivational tool so I would get moving on cleaning. Thanks to eroslane for turning me on to some new mp3s by Gene Serene.

DeeDance Playlist
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Gene Serene
Tenderness - General Public
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
What You Need - INXS
Real, Real, Real - Jesus Jones
Burnin' Down The House - Tom Jones & The Cardigans (Don't laugh. I love Tom Jones!)
Keep It Comin' Love - KC & The Sunshine Band
Didi (funk club) - Khaled
So Alive - Love and Rockets
Walkin' On The Sun - SmashMouth
Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie and The Banshees
Mango mango mangué - Mambo Mania
Bizarre Love Trinagle - New Order
Don't Get Me Wrong - The Pretenders
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston

The cleaning is done and now I am playing Sudoku.
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Trip Pics

Juannie & Buster Juannie & Buster

Juannie & Betsy Juannie & Betsy

Juannie & Me Juannie & Me

View from Twin Peaks View from Twin Peaks

The first picture is such a cute one of Juannie with our friends' dog, Buster. He is a big sweetie and let me get my pooch fix when I was missing Rocky and Bess everyday.

The other pics were taken at Twin Peaks in San Francisco. Juannie had never been up there when we lived in the Bay Area so we decided to make that the first stop on this trip.

Forget Chocolate, Let's Talk About Housing

Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, has been in the news almost daily since August 29th. Before the storms, he would've received a decent grade for his first term as mayor. He was new to politics and won the only election he'd ever run in to become the city's leader. He brought a businessman's approach to the management of New Orleans which was quite different from the years of cronyism that ruled City Hall. I like Nagin. He's always spoken his mind and eschewed the careful and empty rhetoric of career politicians.

Many people in New Orleans share Nagin's concern that New Orleans will become a less diverse place post-Katrina. It's unfortunate that he expressed his feelings using the term "Chocolate City" in conjunction with comments about God's displeasure being channeled through hurricanes. I think fatigue and his speechifying style all caught up with him that day.

I worry that many African-Americans who were evacuated in the crazed days after Katrina cannot return even if they do want to. The extended families consisting of relatives and friends that many New Orleanians relied on, whether white or black, are dispersed so camping out with someone else is not possible for many people and reasonably-priced housing options are scarce for everyone.

Nagin's comments on Martin Luther King's birthday and the accompanying media hoopla diverted attention from the real issue: Decent and affordable places for people who want to live here will be an ongoing problem in New Orleans for years to come.

The etymology of Nagin's "Chocolate City."