Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Can We Do This at the Next Geek Dinner?

Given the likelihood that it will still be hot, and the possibility that there will be another pool involved, maybe we should bring a little liquid nitrogen to the next Geek Dinner.

Thanks to my pal Richard at Electronic Ephemera for this one.


Blogger compelled1 said...

Hey everyone. Thanks for the comments.

I will not move there unless I have a decent job. I actually have an old boss that has 11 Public Service positions open at Tulane, and has offered to employ me.

I've also looked at rentals and whatnot, and I am confident that I will be able to find something that meets my financial and living needs.

I understand that the city is bruised and difficult to live in. I really do, but I am an unbruised soul that loves New Orleans, and it is where I want to be. I actually don't have too many friends left there...I just love the city.

I am nervous. That's why I asked. But this decision has also given me a sense of peace that I haven't had for 3 years since I left.

I don't belong in NYC, I belong in New Orleans. My unbruised soul has no house to rebuild, or giant wound to heal, so I can devote some energy to helping those who do.

I feel that it is where I need to be...

or maybe I'm just naive.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous adrastos said...

Lisa: Do you really think we should let Loki near liquid nitrogen?

Compelled: I'd be very careful in dealing with positions at Tulane. They're doing a lot of position reduction and lay offs by stealth to avoid bad publicity. I know someone who took a job and was laid off within 3 months. Tulane's enrollment is down 30% so you'd have to be prepared to jump if something happened. And jumping ain't so easy here right now. Hopefully none of that would happen but you'd have to be prepared for it.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Ray in New Orleans said...

I understand wanting someone to grok what they're getting into by moving here, but let's not scare people away. If somebody is passionate about the city and wants to help, I want them to come down.

"We are not OK and we need help" is hard to reconcile with "it sucks, don't come here".

Compelled1, I grew up here and have been away for more than 20 years, but I just moved back last week. It's harder to manage if you have kids, since a lot of the good schools have already finished their application process and are full, but if it's just you and you really want to help, I say go for it.

What's the worst that could happen? That it doesn't work out and you have to move back north. Big deal. That's a risk no matter where you move to. I know people who moved to Austin to take part in the tech boom right before the bottom fell out in 2000, and they struggled but they ended up doing fine.

Life is hard down here in certain ways, but it's not over, and fuck, it's still New Orleans, and New Orleans on a bad day is better than most cities at their best.

And you're right, showing up with fresh legs when everybody else is exhausted will be good for the city in the long run.

And you'll notice that despite the cautionary statements, my friends here like Lisa and Adrastos are still here. That's the real message. Actions speak louder than words.

Good luck, and if you need any advice, my email is ragicali at yahoo dot com.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Schroeder said...

Yeah, keep an eye on Loki. He'd likely get his tongue stuck to the ice!

I'll echo Ray's comments, compelled (I would have posted this sooner, but Blogger sucks today).

On the plus side, it's true that billions of dollars in insurance claims and federal grants are going to start flowing through here ... any ... day ... now ...

That will create some major overheated sectors of the economy, which translates, jobs and opportunity. I don't know exactly what kinds of jobs, but there will be lots in certain sectors.

On the down side, what used to be a very cheap city to live in (except for housing, which was skyrocketing), is probably going to start getting more expensive. Maybe the local customs will prevail -- like cheap po'boys. We'll see.

Why don't you come down and have a look see for yourself?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

So my thinking is we have a bunch of still cameras, somebody stays in the other end of the pool holding their breath underwater, and we dump in the liquid nitrogen.

Then, the lucky victim pokes his fist up through the fog: behold, the logo for rising tide!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Ray in New Orleans said...

And then Jon Voight wakes up in a cold sweat.

I like it.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

No matter what anyone's thinking, I will not be Ned Beatty.

9:36 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Holy cow! How'd we end up here? Deliver us, lord.

To say that Blogger has been sucky today might be an understatement.

Brandy, everyone has said pretty much what I was going to say. I'll be thrilled if you can work it all out and come back. New Orleans needs your spirit. And just the fact that you want to return so badly stands as a real testament to your love for this place. Many of your friends may have left, but look at all the new ones that'll be here when you return. Keep us posted...

9:58 PM  
Blogger compelled1 said...

you guys are great, and thanks for discussing this with me.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous adrastos said...

I don't mean to be TOO discouraging. I've just been having this same discussion with an old friend of mine about moving here now at this point. I'd love for her and her husband to come here BUT I want them to do so fully informed and with their eyes wide open. This is in fact the friend who nicknamed me Shecky so I'd love to have someone else to trade one liners with.

What was my point? Oh yeah, be cautious take a look see and use your best judgment, Compelled.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Schroeder said...

Compelled, make sure to let us know if you decide to come down here so we can try to facilitate your visit -- I can give you my futon and show you around a little.

6:44 AM  

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