Writing What Is Me

Let’s Go to Gripe Town

It seems I’ve been on a little bit of a writing hiatus only to be reminded why I do it in the first place. This will not be another why I am a writer post. Instead this will focus on my gripes of the week, because there are just way too many things that irk me at the moment. I’m not really one to complain or at least not as much as I used to but there are some things that need to be addressed. Most have to do with my city, New Orleans, and others about the use of the internet as another way to fight.

Gripe #1- The traffic light on Tchoupitoulas  by the warehouse turned police station and where the entrance to the wharf is located in the warehouse district has been broken for about two weeks now and it has officially reached annoyance levels. There are huge semis that like to go out of turn when the use of a four-way stop is necessary. Not to mention people have trouble navigating a conventional stop sign let alone a 4 way stop, try doing that ish in heavy traffic. It is not the business and I would like for the city of New Orleans to get on their job and fix it. Please and thank you.

Gripe #2- The roads of New Orleans are a force to be reckoned with. I think even God would have a problem navigating these streets without letting some wind blow and lightning crackle. The street situation is more a constant gripe than just something happening this week but since this is the first time I’m doing this list it gets added. The city has been trying to repave most of them but that job will never be done at the rate the city is going.

Gripe #3- Construction on Magazine Street is totally lame sauce. They have finally moved past Louisiana and moving further Uptown to continue whatever it is they are doing. I can drive down Magazine and not feel like they did anything of real substance because I still hit bumps in the road. Do it right or don’t do it all.

Gripe #4- The amount of crime that is happening in the city is beyond heartbreaking. The amount of young who are dying and doing the killing is such a terrible sight to see. The school system here is not where it should be, though, they are trying. More youth programs need to be available and we need a lot more positive people in the city who are willing to help those who are at risk. We all can make a difference by putting our heads together and making a change. Change can’t come if we are united but separate.

Gripe #5- Has nothing to do with the City of New Orleans but has to do with the use of twitter and other sites on the internet to get in a good jab or two. Twitter beefs, as they like to call them, have become common place and it is so ridiculous. Half the time, it is over something stupid that could be ignored and laughed at. People take things WAY too seriously these days. Relax a little and laugh a lot. I learned that over the course of my life and especially now that I’m focusing on writing that is key, essential even, to making it in the business. Someone is always going to have something negative to say and most of them are never worth it. Ignorance is bliss for a reason.

That’s the list for this week. More to come in the future. Until next time.


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