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Coastal Wetland Restoration

By: Patrap, 3:51 AM GMT on February 26, 2009

Standing Ground Against Advancing Waters Link

Acre by Acre, CWPPRA Projects Beat Back Coastal Demise

What if, in the 1930s, a thief had begun to steal Delaware?

What if, acre by acre, year after year, the thief stashed the land of Delaware out of sight and out of reach until the entire state was gone? And what if, still avaricious, the thief next purloined the island of Manhattan and the city of Washington, D.C. and started to stake out Miami and Des Moines and Carson City?

Louisiana has suffered such a thievery of land. During the past century water swept away 1,900 square miles of the state’s coastal zone, an area approximately the size of Delaware. And millennium predictions of losing another 500 square miles — more area than Manhattan and these other cities combined — over the next 50 years did not foresee hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroying more than 200 square miles of marsh in a single season.
Louisiana is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Approximately 40 percent of the coastal wetlands of the lower 48 states is located in Louisiana.

This fragile environment is disappearing at an alarming rate. Louisiana has lost up to 40 square miles of marsh a year for several decades - that's 80 percent of the nation's annual coastal wetland loss. If the current rate of loss is not slowed, by the year 2040 an additional 800,000 acres of wetlands will disappear, and the Louisiana shoreline will advance inland as much as 33 miles in some areas.

This prompted Congress to pass the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) in 1990. It funds wetland enhancement projects nationwide, designating approximately $60 million annually for work in Louisiana.

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA)

CWPPRA's Restoration Projects Link

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If ever I cease to Love

By: Patrap, 2:43 AM GMT on February 25, 2009

"Have common sense and ... stick to the point." ⎯ W. Somerset Maugham
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

by Wade Rankin at 2/20/2007 08:15:00 PM

If ever I cease to Love

Injecting Sense Link


There’s an old saying New Orleanians use on Mardi Gras: everywhere else, it’s just Tuesday. The reality of that struck home today because for the first time in my life, I had to go to work on Fat Tuesday.

Leaving what was our home for a lifetime was easy in so many ways, and difficult in others. We left behind an environmental mess and substandard services (a prime factor in our decision). We left behind the ingrained laissez faire attitude of a people that manages to be both charming and maddening at the same time.

Most of what we loved, we brought with us: the food, the music (albeit not as readily available), and the cultural difference that defines New Orleans that lives deep within the soul. But dammit, it’s hard to really celebrate Mardi Gras without being on St. Charles Avenue holding our hands up for trinkets that soon get thrown into the attic and forgotten.

We managed to score a little King Cake, but it’s not the same when we’re eating it in a “foreign land,” even one we’ve come to love. I just feel guilty about breaking my diet (not that it stops me any more here than it did in New Orleans).

The fact is, we’ve left New Orleans for good, but New Orleans will never leave us.

All day long, I’ve found myself humming “If Ever I Cease to Love,” the 19th Century novelty song that improbably came to be the official anthem of Mardi Gras. All of a sudden, the song’s lyrics that always seemed insanely silly now make sense.

May the fish get legs and the cows lay eggs
If ever I cease to love
May all dogs wag their tails in front
If ever I cease to love

If ever I cease to love
If ever I cease to love
May the moon be turned to green cream cheese
If ever I cease to love

Sometimes love can be awfully silly, and it makes no logical sense. And anyone who has ever lived in New Orleans can tell you, love for that place won’t cease.

posted by Wade Rankin at 2/20/2007 08:15:00 PM

Blogger doctorj2u said...

Nice post. New Orleans never leaves anyone once she touches your soul.
"May the Grand Duke Alexis ride a buffalo in Texas, if ever I cease to love."

If Ever I Cease To Love [theme song of Rex Organization]

If you don't live in New Orleans, it is impossible to understand all the planning, hard work and expense that go into Carnival. Most Krewes begin planning for Carnival a year or more in advance. People belonging to a Krewe pay dues and spend their own money to stage their parades and to buy throws. This is not an inexpensive venture. The average Mardi Gras Krewe spends hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours of donated time to parade for just a few hours. Why do it ? New Orleanians love their city and you just have to ride in a Mardi Gras parade to understand the thrill of throwing stuff to a hungry crowd.

Although every King and Queen deserve respect, the true King of Carnival is Rex. The identity of Rex is a secret until the day before Mardi Gras. People anxiously await the announcement of the King of Carnival. Being chosen as the King of Rex is the highest honor New Orleans can bestow. The King of Rex is chosen because of his prominent standing in the community. It's a really big deal.

The Queen of Rex is always a young debutante. It's all very aristocratic. Carnival officially ends when the King and Queen of Rex meet, at midnight on Fat Tuesday, the Queen and King of Comus. When they meet, the traditional "If ever I Cease To Love" theme is played and true New Orleanians eyes fill with tears from memories of Mardi Gras past and the fact that they have to wait another year to have this much fun.

Young Krewe of Rex Debutante at the Meeting of Court
Image:Philip Gould/CORBIS

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Mardi Gras Day!..Fat Tuesday !

By: Patrap, 2:52 PM GMT on February 17, 2009

Rex Rules here today..commerce and Business step aside for the Big Party ..

Mirth and Happiness, Joy and Frivolity is the norm this day...

Parade Cam,..LIVE! Link

Bourbon Street CAM Link

Hurricane Preparation Entry...Link

One time love, take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night, and if you take your pick
Be careful how you choose it, sometimes its hard to feel it bite
Feel it bite.

A man I know, went down to louisiana,
Had himself a bad, bad fight
And when the sun peeked through
John cameron with suzanna,
He kissed the whiskers, left & right

Now, now, now, fright subsides
Out at a hotel in the quarter, our friends check in to pass the night
Now love gets hot, but fire preceded water
Poor whiskers set the room alight.

Down on bourbon street, you know its right
You can see my friend, they run around all through the night
Most everywhere, until the closets bare
Run for the razor, doin up my hair

New Orleans queens, sure know how to schmooze it
Maybe for some that seems alright
When I step out, strut down with my sugar
Shed best not talk like barry white!

One time love, take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night, and if you take your pick
Be careful how you choose it, sometimes its hard to feel it bite
Feel it bite.

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The Robot goes UPS

By: Patrap, 11:37 PM GMT on February 15, 2009

Who we are 2009 Link


"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."

Dean Kamen, Founder


Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

LUNACY is about to begin! It's almost time to pack up the 'bots and send them off to have some fun! Be sure to review the information on the robot shipping page and read Section 4 of the competition manual for all the details.

To stay on top of new information, don't forget to visit the 2009 FRC Control System page, the Email Blast Archive, the Team Updates, and Bill's Blog.

Lunacy page Link

The Science and Math School in New Orleans have completed their competition NASA robot and are crating it for UPS pickup Tuesday.

Best of Luck to them In Atlanta.

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Happy B-Day Samantha

By: Patrap, 2:27 AM GMT on February 14, 2009

Happy 18th Birthday Samantha

..Happy Valentines Day too...!

May your Dreams all come true..

...for we love you.

Mom,Dad and Brother.

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NOLA Portlight Relief Walk

By: Patrap, 2:20 AM GMT on February 06, 2009

Weather Underground National Sponsor of Portlight Relief Walks Link

The New Orleans 2009 Portlight Relief Walk will be Saturday March 21st.

Activities and Speakers will begin at 10:00 am on the Quad at Loyola University...along with the Walk sign up.

We have Butch Loper,(a.k.a.) "sandcrab",retired long time Emergency Manager for Jackson County,Mississippi as a Guest speaker.

You'll here it straight from Butch, a well seasoned and experienced Official who has dealt with many a Hurricane issue.
Were thrilled and excited to have him speak.

The walk will take place at noon and the route will go through Audubon Park...located across from Loyola on St. Charles Ave.

After the walk entertainment will be provided by Mike True and the Phantom Band.

Please help support our disaster relief efforts. If you are interested in walking in, volunteering, or sponsoring this event please contact one of the city coordinators below.

New Orleans Relief Walk City Coordinators



Portlight Strategies, Inc. Link

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Things to know before going to Mardi Gras

By: Patrap, 11:06 PM GMT on February 02, 2009

A French Quarter fixture has been serving up revelry, hurricanes and memories for decades.

11:50 AM CST on Sunday, February 1, 2009 Link

By DANIEL MONTEVERDE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

NEW ORLEANS — It began as a neighborhood joint, a French Quarter speakeasy that seamlessly transitioned to a lawful barroom when Prohibition was lifted 48 hours after its doors opened.

Not much other than the location of Pat O’Brien’s has changed since opening day in December 1933, despite its rise in fame. Famous for the hurricane — a concoction of rum, fresh lemon juice, passion fruit syrup and crushed ice — Pat O’s, as it’s commonly known, still has an intimate feel to it, despite crowds that pack the various rooms and famous patio tighter than a New York subway car at rush hour.

And the crowds will undoubtedly be surging in the coming weeks as visitors and locals celebrate Mardi Gras and the bar’s 75th anniversary. Carnival season kicks into high gear Friday, and wraps up Feb. 24, Mardi Gras day.

What may be most notable about Pat O’s is the atmosphere — the mix of people who toss back a few rounds in the bar founded by a bootlegger. Even for a city where, according to a 2001 pre-Hurricane Katrina study, there were more than 55 barrooms per 100,000 people and neighborhood denizens are fiercely loyal to their corner watering holes, locals still flock to the bar.

“I come here, my dad comes here, my grandpa came here,” said Joe Hinkle, a local, who sat in the piano lounge on a recent Saturday night. “It’s just kind of an unwritten law. If you’re from New Orleans, you wind up here [Pat O’Brien’s] at least a few times.”

Yet at the same time, New Orleanians are just as likely to bump into out-of-towners. It often quickly becomes tradition for those new to the city: One survey found that 95 percent of first-time visitors to New Orleans drop in to the bar that sits a few paces off Bourbon Street.

“I’ve been down here [to New Orleans] about half a dozen times, and most of those times, it’s a point to get here [Pat O’s],” said Francis Glass. He, his wife and grown children were visiting New Orleans from Columbus, Ohio, before the French Quarter gets “a little too crazy” during Mardi Gras.

“You’re doing good if you can find a place like this anywhere else,” he said, sitting in the bar recently.

Later that night, a wedding party spilled into the patio, the bride and groom still in their formal wear. Glass caught his wife’s eye and nodded to the couple and their friends. “Only here,” he said. “This would not happen back home.”

Daniel Monteverde is a freelance writer in New Orleans.

Fountain at Pat O's

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