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Field Report: Gulf Restoration Network

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“Arriving in New Orleans on the eve of the Saints’ first SuperBowl bid and during Mardi Gras presents what might drily be called Challenges & Opportunities.The Challenges are mainly logistical.  Getting to a grocery store in a new city is hard enough without the added complication of closed streets and closed grocery stores.  Questions about directions have a fifty-fifty chance of being asked to someone holding a pocket guide to New Orleans in one hand and a newly-purchased bead bag in the other.  They don’t know where anything is.

The Opportunities, however…oh my.  French Quarter post-SuperBowl victory?  Thrill of catching one’s first Mardi Gras beads thrown from a tractor-drawn wonder wagon?  Watching a man covered head to toe in green spandex breakdance in front of the giant speakers of shoe-store employee rappers on Canal Street?  Listen to a 16-year old explain how she’s headed to the casino to meet her parents?  At 11 AM on a Sunday?  Share a bottle of wine with new friends along a parade route?

I worry the city might seem boring after all this introduction.  Then I have one of those moments, so rare in today’s hyper-connected world of social media, 24-hour news and banner ads pulled by airplanes—as if the sky is the Internet!—one of those moments where I stop and look at the amazing things around me and realize, in one brilliant paparazzi-flashbulb moment of Lady-Gaga’s-crazy clarity, that I am an idiot.” -Nick Poggioli, AmeriCorps VISTA Member


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Notes from the field from the AmeriCorps VISTA team at Tulane University.


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