Friday, June 27, 2008

World War II Museum in New Orleans

Tyree's grandfather sent us a free ticket to the WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Small Public Health Lesson: About a quarter of all American deaths in the Pacific theater were from tropical diseases. My grandfather fought in the Pacific, so I was especially interested in that section of the museum.
My grandparents were stationed in Hawaii after the war- my mother was even born there. My grandmother has always been interested in Pearl Harbor; the newer movie with Ben Affleck is the only movie made after 1955 that she's ever said she likes.
There were some very interesting exibits on topics we're not often asked to think about; Prisoners of War, the United States' alternative plan to the bomb which included a Pacific D-Day that would have called for 300,000 Allied soldiers. And there was also an exibit on propaganda. There were lots of displays of racist posters with buck-toothed Japanese- but there were also the posters the Japanese made of us. Below is FDR as we never think of him: a blue demon. I found this poster particularly ironic for New Orleans. Here we have a poster for the Army Corps of Engineers. Brave, strong, competent. I wonder if this is part of a propaganda campaign to win back some popularity in the city!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

As Nove Musas

For a city so steeped in its own myths, New Orleans seems to have been built upon the ancient ones of our culture. A ride around the city can be a lesson in Greek Mythology. There are nine streets in Uptown (our neighborhood) that are named for the Nine Muses.

  • Calliope chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry
  • Erato muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
  • Euterpe muse of music and lyric poetry
  • Melpomene muse of tragedy
  • Polyhymnia muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric
  • Terpsichore muse of choral song and dance
  • Thalia muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
  • Urania muse of astronomy
  • Clio muse of history

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday Morning Storm

During Storm....
Just two hours after storm.

We woke up Sunday morning to some pretty crazy weather. There was intense lightening and small-scale flooding. This is not to scare my parents, but I have to be honest on my blog! Keep in mind, the sunny pictures are the AFTER pictures. See how fast things clear up on the Gulf Coast?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Orleans!!

Just to let everyone know, we have arrived safely in New Orleans. We are settling into our little apartment on Coliseum St. and getting to know where everything is in this city. So far we are loving it, everyone is unbelievably nice and it isn't even as hot as in Tallahassee at the moment (that may soon change).
The truck company made a mistake and gave a truck that was WAY too big! Yes, that is ALL of our stuff. (Don't worry, they compensated us for the extra gas it took.)
Crossing Lake Pontchartrain. Tyree drove the truck, I was driving my car behind him.
The monster truck in front of the apartment.Our street sign surrounded by banana leaves. Yes, New Orleans, like Florida, is sub-tropical.
Our cute bathroom.
My cute husband enthusiastically making fajitas in our kitchen. Banana flower in the complex courtyard.
I don't want to show pictures of the living room and bedroom just yet- we still have boxes everywhere. Just wanted to let everyone know we're doing great. Beijos, Heather

Friday, June 6, 2008

Florida African Dance Festival: June 12-14

Florida Dance Festival Website:

Mariama Curry, one of the dance instructors for the festival, is from New Orleans. Here she gives a very candid interview about her life and community since Hurricane Katrina. Click on the article to enlarge.

Monday, June 2, 2008

How to change your name when you get married:

This information is from Florida, specific to Tallahassee, but I'm sure it's a good outline for anyone getting married.

A note about marriage licenses: You must get your license at the County Clerk's office within 60 days of your wedding. You can't get it sooner. It costs $90 AND you get a $30 discount if you get a document proving at least one premarital counselling class. If you will be married by a religious figure, they will probably require you to take a class (or three) anyway. But even if you are getting married by a judge, you can always take the premarital class ONLINE!

After the wedding, if you're planning on changing your name, here you go:
1. The first thing you should change is your Social Security card. Bring your marriage license and your driver's license. Go early in the morning, when the line isn't so bad and the employees aren't so miserable. It will arrive in 10 business days. No fee.

* Many women lose their middle name and replace it with their maiden name. I wanted to keep all my names because my middle name is just as important to me as my maiden name. The trick was to make my maiden part of my middle name. Otherwise, on paper it would look like I had two last names, which is not what I wanted.

2. Next, go to the DMV and change your Driver's License. Again, bring your marriage license and old driver's license. I walked out with my new license. Fee $10, unless you want to go ahead and renew it, $15.

These are the two most important documents to change.

If you have a car:
3. You must change your name on your car's registration. Go to the County Tax Collector's office, show them your new driver's license and that's it. No fee, unless you're renewing it anyway, then it was $28. $2 charge to use a credit card.

4. Then we went and had Tyree put on my insurance. No fee, until we start monthly payments, :(

5. At the bank, to add a person to an account, show both licenses, sign some papers and that's it. Many gift checks were written out to both of us, using my new name, so to cash them we had to get on the same account. If a check is written out to two people, both people must sign. No fee, although we're closing out accounts soon because we're moving. Maybe there would be a fee for new checks and ATM cards.

6. Credit Cards, just make a phone call, prove you are who you say you are by reciting your SSN over and over. No fee, just a new card in about a week.

I hope this is helpful to anyone getting married soon.