Starting Work-Original Big 7

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
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Trip End Jul 14, 2008


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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Monday we started our internships! Chris and I did not have to arrive until 10am which allowed us to sleep in a little bit. We got there and met Ed Buckner who is the man who created the Porch community organization for the 7th ward. We spent an hour just sitting in the first room and one of Ed's friends was trying to convince him to purchase a small refrigerator. Ed refused and followed up by telling us about how he used to sleep on a park bench and sold crack. But now he has turned his life around and has a wife and works for the Porch. He asked us to make him a facebook/MySpace page for the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club, which is the social club that Ed is highly involved in. I got to import a ton of pictures from their last parade on Mother's Day. It was great to hear about all of the stories and the close knit communities that participate in such cool traditions. The day ended relatively early and we got home and were able to change and grab dinner at the Union.

Then we attended our first of the community dance classes offered at Tulane through the dance festival. Last night we took a Cuban class and the woman was such a good dancer. Her daughter also participated in the class and was really cool to watch. the dancing required a lot of shoulder movement which made me quite sore this morning. It was really fun to be able to dance again and just mess around and not care what you look like. I felt a little out of place because i could not move as well as some of the other girls, but it was a great time and a good workout!

this morning we went back to work at the porch but when we got there ( a little after 10) Ed wasn't there. We hung out in one of the other offices for a little while doing random stuff on the computer. Then he arrived and said that he had been there at 10 but couldn't find us so he left. But he didn't really have anything for us to do all day so we just sat and messed around on our computers. There was a workshop going on lead by some of the people in our group so I went in and took pictures and video of what was going on there and tried to participate a little bit. Then i looked up some ways to better advertise Original Big 7 and the Porch. I was really frustrated though that Ed didn't have much for us to do. Oh well! We have another class tonight that I am really excited for!
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