I was heading home from one of my â€œhome organizingâ€ (shameless self-promotion) jobs yesterday, when I heard Kaare (pronounced Cori) Johnson, talking on the his local radio show. Yes, I am a huge talk radio geek – I admit it. My 6 yo knows who Neal Boortz is, so that should tell you something. When the question â€œhow do you stay positive in New Orleans?â€ left his lips, my phone was dialing faster than you could say â€œPo Boy.â€
We had a really cool exchange on the phone and I really appreciate his voice and advocacy for the â€œbettermentâ€ (new word, I just made up) of the place he calls home. His soapbox is so much bigger than my blog, but you gotta try to make a difference in your own little way. As a newbie arriving with my glass always â€œhalf-fullâ€ approach to my new life on the Northshore, I may have put a little kink in his platform for the day. He talked about how bad the traffic on the Northshore is â€œnowâ€. Well, when you grew up in the Boston area, it really doesnâ€™t seem that bad and I didnâ€™t live here before 2007 so I have nothing to compare it to! Iâ€™m not looking through rose colored glasses (they donâ€™t sell them at the dollar store), I donâ€™t know about the golf-course removed to make room for a â€œbig boxâ€ store. Getting on the complaining (kvethcing) bandwagon doesn’t do anything for me, instead I like to be a problem solver.
You see, this mom living in Mandeville isnâ€™t complaining about things that â€œare what they are.â€ Instead, I am enjoying the area and will focus on things that I do have future control over. Buleeeev you & me, you donâ€™t want to piss me off! As for Kaareâ€™s last question about how I continue to stay positive, that was simple. I spent this past Sunday Walter Reed hospital in DC. Soldier’s Angels sponsored a barbecue for wounded soldiers and their families. When you hear a 20 year old boy joking about how he can now buy shoes at 50% off because one leg was missing, that puts it all into perspective!!!
cross-posted at NOLA.com