Wellhead Fires, Canal Street Dinners & Tidewater
Tidewater, an offshore energy service company working in the oil and natural gas business, moved to Houston following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Last week they announced the return of their corporate office to New Orleans, with its "eighty five high paying jobs." Because, according to CEO Dean Taylor, recent elections returned the state to more business friendly politicians. We assume this means the election of a Bush buddy, Bobby Jindal, as the Republican Governor to replace the maligned Cajun Democrat, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Let us pray that he, she and we all find more comfort in the coming years than in the past few. For sure, her Excellency, our retiring Honorable Governor will.
* * *A jolly Ho Ho Whore, for our consummate seasonal consumerism, and a solid hope your Turkey was tender and your money-maker well rewarded this Thanksgiving. I feasted in Laughingyet with the family that rescued me from Katrina and FEMA.
We heard the Mayor of New Orleans gave out chicken legs, last week, under a Sheriff's Department tent on Canal Street. We heard this from L. A. Norma, over the telephone, from New Orleans. L. A. Norma said she left the line saying it was too long and too like the Great Depression to be worth the wait.
Houston photographer, Frank Parsley, and I were in Town that day, but skipped the Mayor's tent dinner and picked up a whole Muffalata, from Central Grocery, on rue Decatur. We ate it sitting in the massive I-10 traffic jam. Of course you've heard, an oil/gas rig blew up not a hundred yards from The Great Swamp Road, sending its traffic to either the old Top Road or the new Bottom one. They now say it will remain closed and perhaps blazing until December 10, or longer.* Lofty dreams and drilling machines lay broken on the ground.
In time, Parsley and I got back to the Land of Boudin hours late and totally without le Mayor Nagin's blessing. Nor Tidewater's, I expect.
Tidewater's return of its headquarters to New Orleans, with its "eighty five high paying jobs," is a welcome step in a big direction. Thank you, Mr. Taylor, but please remember Bush and FEMA when you are implying blame for what happened to us. Good government ought to include governing good, too. After all, a good governmental climate ought be good for both corporations and citizens.
Now, let us work together to undo Blanco's silly law outlawing cigars in bars and then raise our glass and smoke in celebration of business joy ever after!
*( I-10 reopened.)* * *
Yours truly in a Swamp,