Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hong Kong Supermarket and NO/AIDS Walk

Our Weekend:
A trip across the bridge to Gretna to visit the Hong Kong Supermarket. Louisiana has a huge Vietnamese population. All the signs in the store were in Vietnamese, Chinese and English.

But that doesn't mean we knew what they were selling.

Supermarket Guardians

Sunday was the NO/AIDS walk in Audubon Park. We walked from the Park down to Napoleon and then up Prytania Street.

And Tyree discovered that behind the Zoo you can see the giraffes for free! Sweet!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mapas Mundiais

olha atentamente...

mapa da população

pessoas com HIV/SIDA

consumação da energia

mapa político


Monday, September 22, 2008

Ashlee and Sean are Getting Married!!

Ashlee and Sean's Bridal Shower, September 20th, Tallahassee.

Playing horseshoes with Sean wore Tyree out!

For more Shower Pictures go to the Family Chain!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Where's the worst place on Earth to be a woman?

I had seen several blog posts about this elsewhere on the internet. While I commend Marie Claire for reporting the report, they couldn't have given it a full page? Marie Claire does often publish stories about women around the world which makes them stand out from Vogue or Cosmopolitan which focus only on fashion or sex, respectively. So which country ranks as the worst place to be female? Please click to enlarge and read the answer. It's interesting to me that almost all the reasons given have to do with health.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Dirty Coast is a store on Magazine Street that sells t-shirts and stickers with local designs, most of which are extremely clever. Some are so funny it hurts. Check out their website to order for yourself:

Monday, September 8, 2008

Tropical Decay

The city has so many layers of architecture and decay, it is hard to know if a building has been ruined because of Katrina or had been abandoned long before. All these pictures were taken on Canal Street, which is the heart of downtown New Orleans. These buildings are highly visible to everyone, everyday on their way to work or school.

Something tells me Lil' Wayne never played here on November 5th, 2005. Or maybe his was the last performance before the theatre went bankrupt long before Katrina came. It's hard to know if you didn't live here before. If anyone does know, please leave a comment. It's creepy though, to have the date for an event so long ago still on display.

New Orleans, in many ways, reminds me of Maputo. It used to be a very wealthy city too. Some of the architecture is incredible. I always think of the architects. At some point any building was the pride of the person who designed it. Money and labor and imagination were put into homes and office buildings that now rot in the tropical climate. You always wonder what kind of people used to live and work somewhere, and where are they now? New Orleans used to be one of the most important cities and ports in America. The wealth that used to flow through here can still be seen in the mansions that line St. Charles. But those mansions have mostly been divided up into apartments now.

Friday, September 5, 2008

What Gustav did in the Touro Neighborhood

The banana trees around our complex aren't looking so good.

Some neighbors haven't come home yet.

Southern Decadence 2008

So, Tyree and I went to the French Quarter Friday night, mostly to people-watch at the Southern Decadence Festival, which is kind of like a big Gay Pride dance party. The above picture doesn't really capture much- except somehow Tyree showed up in the same photo twice -weird!

But an even weirder aspect of the event was the protest on Bourbon Street. Not that an anti-Gay protest wouldn't bother me anywhere anyway. But how, of all the truly disgusting things that happen on Bourbon Street 375 days a year, these guys pick homosexuality as the thing God hates most. I do not understand. Where are all the jerks protesting "Barely Legal" strip clubs, or binge drinking or women exposing and making fools of themselves? God is really that bothered by homosexuality, and homosexuality alone? I don't think so.

Blaming HIV on sin? This seems the most un-Christian thing one could do.

A really nice guy gave me this fan after I asked him where he got it. It was the official fan from last year's party. This year's was a little too risque for me. But I'm happy to have this one to add to my collection of paper fans.

Of course, the festival was pretty much canceled after Friday night because of the hurricane. Boo.