This has been bugging me for a couple of days now, and I wasn't going to say anything, but then I wondered when I started worrying about if my opinions were going to bother someone, and since I've come to the conclusion that I have toned my opinionations down considerably, I also started wondering if that is a good thing or a bad thing. (this is why Karen needs an editor--and um, Kari? It is also why I prefer to use an OUTLINE. *wink*)
I suppose the answer would depend on if you agree with me or not.
But seriously, John, do you really have such a fondness and historical respect for the preservation of an original fast food joint? (That's a serious question, because frankly, I find you hard to figure out at times, but that's okay too.)
But after two days of thinking on this, I'm wondering why?
I mean, I hate to bring up New Orleans--again--and in my own defense, I believe others have brought it up more often than I--but don't you think that the preservation of an entire city should over-ride the concerns of one restaurant? Entire neighborhoods are still struggling, and frankly, it didn't take 24 hours to hear the debates on whether or not it was financially feasible for our country--yes, our country, to take expedient action to preserve a unique culture, as well as the remaining questions of where to house so much of our population that remains homeless?
I apologize for taking so long to bring this up--it's still painful for me, but I am wondering where and if lines of comparison should be drawn between the two issues.
Is there a Mighty Muffler guy in the Smithsonian? Perhaps Wendy's could be moved there too. I doubt New Orleans would fit. (We don't seem to fit in anywhere.)
And forgive me for bringing the poor relation to the table yet again. But I like to think that we (New Orleans) have been feeding people a long time too, as well as other little contributions to society such as, um, the only original musical genre to be birthed in the United States. (Um, that would be jazz.)
John, I would so love to offer up am olive branch, but I am never quite sure if you are serious, and if I suspect you might be, I am usually confused as to your stance.
But regarding my earlier statement about taco stands replacing snowball stands--I meant no harm and actually have no opinion as to whether or not the Spanish/Mexican cultural influence will ever level out here in New Orleans.
I think we are a gumbo, and New Orleans is still a vibrant, living example of that "melting pot" that our forefathers had dreamed as of as a possibility. And just for sake of my newly regained sanity, I'd like to believe that there is a solution of compromise that will satisfy our historical values, economic necessity and progress.
Wendy's just doesn't happen to be at the top of my list just now.
I'm more concerned that the historic streetcar line down St. Charles Avenue be refurbished totally (we're halfway there) and yes, I would like to see accomodations made for our 9th Ward people to come back home, and for the sake of one city's future, more intelligent and responsible leadership elected to entrust that goal of my very hopeful (and perhaps naive) ideal of compromise.
You are worried about the original Wendy's.
I am worred that The Camelia Grill, which happens to be located at the end of the aforementioned streetcar line, also be preserved.
I'm sighing (but not crying) because I would also like to see more businesses in New Orleans that are not hospitality oriented. Before the storm, New Orleans boasted ONE Fortune 500 company, and that was Entergy.
They (The New Orleans branch of Entergy) went bankrupt last year. And I don't believe this is horribly off topic--I do think it is just horribly wrong that such comparisons would come into play.
And yes, New Orleans is considered my many to be a parasite of a welfare state--but as I was channel surfing last week, I sighed as I saw images of boarded homes, located in abandoned neighborhoods. Then I turned up the sound, and realized I wasn't looking at New Orleans at all--the pictures were from Flint, Michigan.
Ron said in another thread that "pain is pervasive." So is poverty, apparently, and I think, even if the government doesn't give a rat's ass bout New Orleans, I suggest that poverty, employment, medical care needs to become our nation's major concern. We won't need to worry about being taken over by other countries if simply allow ourselves to implode.
and yeah, I'm all over the place, but it is very much like a matrix, and subtle connections are becoming more and more obvious. So perhaps you are right John. When I think of the name Wendy--I don't think hamburgers--I think of Peter Pan.
It is time to grow up--and part of that is learning to prioritize.
I hope this made sense to you, and I sincerely hope the point I tried to make was done so without a slant of sarcasm, or taken as a personal "dig" at you.
It's just something I've been thinking about, and sometimes I think about things a long, long time--and quite often the thought won't stop until I say something.
So no offense intended. I think Wendy's would look cool in the Smithsonian.
I think a facsimile of facade of one of our nation's cities, on the other hand, would be a horrible statement on our country, and would be an embarrassing, and well deserved admonishment regarding a time in our country's history that apparently, most would rather forget.