I’m very happy about the New Orleans Saints going to the Super Bowl. New Orleans has always been one of the great American cities. It’s still not fallen prey to the typical American homogenization. So I have to root for the Saints in this coming Super Bowl, as I suspect the majority of America will. Nothing against Indianapolis, mind you. I like Indy. I like the “free spirit” “independent streak” of Indy, personified for me by Kurt Vonnegut. But Indy is nothing like New Orleans. Does Indy have strip malls with Home Depot, Starbucks and Wal Mart? I’m pretty sure it does. Maybe parts of ‘Nawlins do, too, for that matter, but that’s not what you picture when you picture ‘Nawlins. I haven’t been to N.O. for awhile. But that’s where I was going with my “homogenous” comment. New Orleans, to me, is one of the last American cities that if you were blindfolded and dropped into it, randomly, it would not “look” or “feel” like so much of America does. It has maintained its old-school personality–the food, the culture, the “feel” of the French Quarter and the Garden District. Know what I mean?