Gwamma, welcome back! Sounds like you had whole bunches of fun. But I think you're probably the kind of person that brings fun wherever she goes.
Sea, sorry to hear your ankle is still giving you problems. And I agree, for the most part C&W music is bubblegum for the brain. Two exceptions for me: Willie Nelson (sexiest 6-time married geezer on the planet with the voice of a seducer) and Johnny Cash (only some stuff).
Easter weekend quiet and uneventful. I slept in so late on Sunday that I would have had to rush around to get ready for the parade, so I just blew it off 'til next year. One thing about N'Orleans is that if you miss one parade, there's probably another scheduled in a few months.
Here's something I've never really experienced before with a local business. I live in a nice mixed interesting area. Three to six blocks in one direction and rents/housing doubles to triples. Six to 10 blocks in the other direction and the neighborhood gets sketchy and rents are cheap, but it's dangerous to walk around too late at night.
Anyway, a half block away from me is a corner store. A potential freakin' gold mine. Freezers, refrigerators, a place to cook things, full deli, and then the shelves for canned and package goods. Since this area is about 4:1 multi-unit to single unit dwellings, this store really could make someone a shit load of money (pardon my French). When I first moved here (coming on two years ago), it wasn't bad. Good sandwiches, shelves always packed, etc.
Enter the demon addiction. Seems like the owner has a bad drug habit. It got really bad after his father died (which I can sympathize with since it took me about two years to swim my way out from the bottom of the bottle after my mother died). This store is just sad now. He has screwed this store up so badly. It's been cash-on-delivery for over a year and a half (very tough to run this kind of store with not even a 15 day line of credit). And I just learned that he didn't pay his employees this week. I keep crossing my fingers that he'll get out of trouble, but I think the only thing that will save him is to throw his ass into rehab and let his brother take over for awhile. Brother has an almost identical store about 20 blocks away that is doing just fine.
There's a lesson in vigilance in there somewhere.
The good news. Costco has posted jobs here in the city. I don't think NZ has a Costco. It's a membership warehouse type store. For years, only having seen Sam's Club (Sam Walton/Walmart mentality), I swore I'd never pay for a membership for the privilege of buying stuff. Then I saw Costco, and the savings are so warranted, that even living here, I kept my membership so I could order from costco.com. At worst, I break even; mostly I save money. Anyway, they are opening a new facility here in August. I've been checking the website every Monday and today I saw jobs posted. I'm so psyched. I just want a little part time retirement type job. It's a good company; it treats its employees like people; quality products, etc. So I've hunted down my resume, and I'll spend tomorrow applying for any job for which I qualify.
Yikes - long post. Gabby guts. See what happens when you go away, Gwamma?
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine