Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Come On Rise Up

Join the New Orleans blogging community this Saturday, August 25 at the New Orleans Yacht Club at 8:30 am for a day long conference examining the state of the New Orleans recovery two years on. You can meet some of the people mentioned in my last post (or profiled in the list at right), along with author's David Zirin and Joshua Clark.

Don't forget that the incredibly cheap $20 registration fee includes chicken and red beans from Dunbars.

Obviously I'm not going to be able to make it this year. Then again, if I were, I'd be tripping over myself telling each of you how wonderful you all are, particularly after pouring a few Abitas down my neck tonight.

Each of you contributes something unique to the collective entity known as the "blogosphere", much like the various reporters and columnists do to a newspaper (a real one, not the Times-Picayune "cat box liner"). That way, each of you can concentrate on what you do best, whether it be exposing the political emperors' new clothes (AZ, Oyster), raging against fuckmookery in general (Ashley), or creating lyrical vignettes of the city that remind me why I keep doing this (some upstart called "Wet Bank"). None of you have to do it all by yourselves, any more than Drew Brees is expected to rush the opposing QB.

All of you should know that you're performing an important service by bringing the city straight onto the monitors of many of us who left way too long ago, but still hold a kind of dual citizenship.

Maybe you can get the barkeep to make a mai tai, with the little paper umbrella and all, and toast me with it. If not, there's always a Hubig's pineapple pie... Maybe next year. Seriously.
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