Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Very Slightly Military-ish State

These days it's pretty easy to forget that New Orleans is still technically "occupied by the National Guard". Until a huge, sand-colored humvee rolls down the street packed with Guardsmen in full combat gear. Or a couple of Guardsmen stroll by, machine guns slung over their shoulders.

Oh, yeah. And we still have a curfew, from 2 to 6 a.m. The primary impact this has is that most music gigs now really do start at ten o'clock instead of the former amorphous "ten o'clock" which really meant something more like eleven or eleven-thirty.

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