At last we are full fledged forced into another calender year, and per the usual all have weighed in on just how ultra amazing or super crappy 2012 was. And all I can think about is: the poor year.
Each year, every year, so put upon with anticipation, hope, woe, scorn, and glee. Another year’s worth of diurnal hygienic tasks from tooth brushing to toenail clipping to bowel movements, the most mundane of sun up to sun down activities to the most looked upon. Elections, premieres, births, deaths, graduations, whatever milestone life events you may imagine. And then all the emotion attached to each of these moments. The leaky tires, broken engagements, unfavorable rulings, and flat face failings that fall short the idyllic, escaping the sublime, and harshly clinging to a set of 365 days.
The Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans has released its winter schedule of French classes, featuring 11-week sessions at every proficiency level, an array of specialized classes such as reading the news in French or French in Louisiana, and for the first time several shorter trial sessions.
Never ones to resist the urge to milk a tragedy, politicians in favor of gun control have been feverishly scrambling to shoe-horn their agenda into the national consciousness following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Among these opportunists has been our own friendly face in Congress, Representative Cedric Richmond, who took the House floor earlier this month to point his finger at the real culprit: assault rifles.
“Every once in a while we will have an event that will shake the confidence of our country and make us take a step back and rationally look at our gun laws in this country and say: “Wait, we’ve done far too much, we’ve extended the Second Amendment too far,” Richmond said.
A 42-year-old man succumbed to injuries early Monday morning from a shooting several hours earlier in the 2900 block of Louisiana Avenue, according to a report from our partners at WWL-TV.
The Lady and Men Rollers will hold their 17th annual second line at noon on Sunday, leaving from Le Roux at Louisiana and Carondelet, heading down to Magazine Street, then parading up through Touro neighborhood into Central City and finishing back at Le Roux, according to the route sheet published by Red Cotton at Gambit.
Gott Gourmet Cafe is open today, December 28 at 9am for Brunch only all day until 3pm. They will follow this all-day Brunch Schedule for the next 5 days through January 1st!
They will be serving their regular Breakfast Menu only, with the addition of these Great Brunch Specials:
Now, if all goes according to plan, they won’t have to find out. Construction is on pace to have the bar reopened just a day or two before the first parade rolls, the contractor said this week.
Police are seeking the public’s help identifying five different men caught on security cameras in connection with separate shoplifting cases at three frequent targets for thieves in the NOPD Sixth District, the Citi Trends on South Claiborne Avenue, the Rite Aid on St. Charles Avenue and the Circle K on Howard Avenue.
Frederick “Freddie” George, 18, will be charged with armed robbery, police said. For details, see the NOPD news release:
Today NOPD detectives issued a warrant for 18-year-old Frederick “Freddie” George who carjacked a man on Saturday December 22, 2012 at about 6:12pm at the intersection of Freret Street and Law Road in the University Area.
The victim stated he arrived at the location to pick up an acquaintance at the location to which he only knew as “Freddie”. George enters the victim’s vehicle a produced a handgun and demanded cash. The victim fearing for his safety jumped out of the vehicle leaving George in it. George then fled in the victim’s vehicle abandoning it at the intersection of South Robertson and Calhoun Street where it was later recovered. Detectives were able to positively identify George through a photographic lineup and victim participation.
George had no prior arrest record.
Once apprehended Frederick “Freddie” George will be charged with Armed Robbery.
As mentioned in the last column, I opted to go with smoked duck for our Christmas dinner this time around. Honestly, a month’s worth of dealing with turkey and ham every day at work made the idea of doing either of those rather unappealing. I also deal with a fair amount of things like eye of round, so I wanted to do something that would absorb a little more flavor from the outside. There are only three of us in the house, so doing something large like a goose was never really on the radar.
“Friends, neighbors and employees of Parasol’s have organized a benefit to give back to a family that has given us so much, especially their friendship,” reads an announcement about the event on Facebook. “Come honor and celebrate a great man with a huge heart, John Hogan, and wear a Hawaiian shirt to help us send him off in style.”
KIPP Schools in New Orleans plan to increase their class sizes, reduce expenses, attract more students and boost private fundraising to shore up their budget as a variety of major one-time education grants expire, creating a sort of “fiscal cliff” for the charter school network, according to a report by Kelsey Foster of The Lens.
Eric Orlando, the owner of Carrollton Station since 2002, has sold the rock venue on Willow Street to a couple who will keep the business open while Orlando opens a new bar called Red’s Uptilly Tavern at 7601 Maple Street, according to a report by Keith Spera of The Times-Picayune. For his final weekend at Carrollton station, Orlando will present a two-day “Grand Finale” showcase of a dozen singer-songwriters Friday and Saturday (Dec. 28-29), and he hopes to open Red’s by the first week of January, Spera reports.
District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will join a group of physicians and children’s health advocates leading a vigil against gun violence at 5:30 p.m. tonight on the steps of City Hall.
The calender says today is 12/26/12, so we must have all survived the Mayan apocalypse and yet another Christmas season, on to the New Year and resolutions quickly fudged. I look forward to this day more than Christmas itself because it’s finally over! The hype and lead up and obligatory this and that of each holiday season leaves me strung out and exhausted, like the last few rigs of the seemingly endless truck parade down Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day. I live half a block from this silly nightmare of pastiched 18 wheelers in queue for likely miles, and it isn’t the size so much as the noise. Truck horn after truck horn after truck horn, like a really slow marathon of all the Smokey & The Bandit “films” with a lagniappe viewing of Convoyto bring it on home. Only this year the drainage work along the avenue is so massive my guess is in 2013 we will get a break from the madness. And at the pace the work is going maybe 2014 too.