Monday, February 4

no reservations: new orleans

i didn't really think i'd find myself writing about another episode of No Reservations, but here i am, writing about the New Orleans episode i just watched.

Vancouver i wrote about because the episode really hit home for me. i thought it summed up nicely what Vancouver is and why i love it and miss it so much. this New Orleans, well, it was a real reminder. a real eye-opener.

that place, more than 2 years after Katrina, is still in shambles. every place Bourdain went to eat in this episode told another story of the tragedy, another story of the rebuilding and healing. it was a poignant episode of a show that i never really thought could be poignant.

i urge you all to see it. the scenery is unbelievable, the stories unheard of, and the anguish, pain, and suffering still all very much in the faces of everyone. i was almost brought to tears a few times during the show. powerful stuff.

-k

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For the Halo post, I'll have to go back and read it. I love the new look of site, is it connected to the comix you've been absorbing?

As for N'awlins, other than their tasty skillet at Appleby's and TV, I have no experience with it. A good friend of mine and her husband went there years ago for Mardi Gras and said it was pretty sweet... I wonder how they feel now about how the city is doing. And even though I'm no blob like Rush Limbaugh, I do agree with his idea of compassion fatigue when it come to all the people still down and out with no progress. Yes they lost alot, but as a history teacher, I'm always talking about disasters and how civilizations / US in the past coped with it. So we are not really fighting to fix this one much....

Super bowl Ads I liked were limited to the stain, not because I thought it was funny but because I totally got the point and the Water lizard one. But it only made me say "meh" and smile, no busting out laughing. The commercials that made me happiest in the past were the Office liunebacker ones, I still can't believe how incongrously funny they are (sp?)...

Of course bridging this topic and advergames is the Bud Bowl, great stuff when we were kids and fortunety featured this week on the always shillable X-entertainment! I did lok up your burger links, the bun looks pretty good all things considered, but I am sure the item does taste pretty bland! -- not bland would be A Creed, I've heard fun short and really really immersive. As odd as it sounds, the more I hear about the game the more I want to finally see that movie from a few years ago, Kingdom of Heaven, looked fun.

Of all the adver games, I thought Spot was just a cool icon, not a mascot for soda as a kid, and was honestly scared of the Noid. i thought he would eat me with his crazy teeth. And the rabbit ears he had were just confusing. Maybe that's where the bunny comes from in Donnie Darko?

djwormparts said...

I am Lord of teh forrums!!!

What is it with the time difference, like last week in Hawaii!! I even saw Transformers before you. Really bad, but I didn't realize that it was the same guy as The Island. I liked the girl in dat, but that's it. N's sister has made us watch that with her like 20 times. I do like the football player's clone and his sub plot, though...

I agree about the humor being the saving grace, the funniest moment for me was when he gives he a ride and his friend objects "Bro's before hoes, man!" That's what America has come to?

As for Halo, I finished 2 and one SP, and have only done same room MP (again, dial up) the 2 story was good, but only if you liked the religion Covenant aspect of the dual nature of the story. i am deep!

doctorj2u said...

As a New Orleanian, thank you for the post. I cried through the whole show. It was all true and a story America needs to hear. But I forgot... there is a fatique of compassion in our country. Talk to the people of New Orleans and the Gulf South about fatgue, djwormparts.

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