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An Outsider’s Perspective

Sometimes it’s so useful to see your universe from an outsider’s perspective. An old friend sent me some pages from the New York Review of Books that reviewed Richard Campanella’s Bourbon Street: A History and Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. I’ve started reading the latter, but stopped [...]

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Everything Old Can Be New Again

One of the better things about getting to be, shall we say, “advanced in years,” is that when things go around they tend to come around again, usually in a different format: everything old can be new again. It’s crazy that the pop stuff I was listening to in the late ‘70s and ‘80s whose [...]

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Buffa’s Sued Because of Music

Here we go again: Buffa’s Bar on Esplanade has been sued by Sidney Torres IV about the intolerable music that emanates from Buffa’s back room. Buffa’s has presented music at the bar for at least 30 years, testified the owners of the building. Here’s the situation, as simply as I can put it (see this article [...]

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What is Independence Anyway?

Independence Day is this Friday, and we’ll all be off celebrating with family and friends with barbecues, maybe some fireworks (please be careful), and some road trips for the long weekend. Most of my family and friends don’t call it “Independence Day” any more: we know it as the Fourth of July, just as people [...]

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Dumb and getting dumber

I awoke to a terrible text and email this morning: someone had been shot on Frenchmen Street last night by some idiots in a car in the 500 block of Frenchmen Street near Decatur. The victim was Julius Dunn, 21-year-old man, who was shot about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning in a drive-by shooting.  He died [...]

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Connecting the musical dots

One of the hallmarks of a well-functioning operation is how the pieces of the operation function together, and  information must be disseminated in a way such that so that the “whole” of the organization can achieve the goal: connecting the dots, so to speak. One of the things I’ve found frustrating in business and in [...]

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Where Is My Waiter, Dammit

I rarely write much about restaurants, as that isn’t considered my oeuvre, but I’m wondering if and how the 1,405 restaurants that are currently now operating in New Orleans (stats courtesy are going to survive. Not to be a pessimist, but there are new restaurants opening on every corner these days. Not that I’m [...]

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More Cops, Less Guns Needed

As I expected, there was a big response to my anti-gun stance in last week’s blog. I know I am, as they say, “spitting into the wind,” but I am fully aware that there are many like myself who don’t see the necessity for guns in this society, particularly in the entertainment neighborhoods of New [...]

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Armed and ready to defend himself, he walks through the French Quarter. (Photo: David Scudari)

Handgun on hip, we walk through the French Quarter

Steve Maloney, OffBeat’s web editor, texted me a photo that his uncle took in the French Quarter on Tuesday. Note the handgun on this young man’s right hip. My jaw dropped. Did you know that the state of Louisiana recognizes “open carry,” which is apparently what this guy is practicing as he strolls down a [...]

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Cheap Ain’t Dere No More

I guess I should be happy about what’s going on in New Orleans. Remember when Ed Blakely, Executive Director of Recovery Management for the City post-Katrina predicted a speedy recovery for the city? He said (and I paraphrase) that we’d be seeing cranes across the skyline of New Orleans, rebuilding the city? I guess he [...]

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