Small business makes public art a success

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Small business makes public art a success

What a great job has been done by the Covington Public Art group that started two years ago as the brainchild of Southern Hotel owner Lisa Condrey-Ward.
The committee will be unveiling its first major project sometime in October at a location still not announced where the sculpture of famed local writer Walker Percy will be shown to the public for the first time after many hours of work creating it by local artist Bill Binnings.
I’m very impressed by people like Lisa, the other volunteers who came on board and especially the small business owners who got behind this idea of raising money for some very special public art in downtown Covington.
We’re not talking about a nice picture hung here or there. We’re talking about major pieces of public art, such as the Percy sculpture, that will be set in a highly-visible place in the historic downtown area and seen for many, many years to come. It will become a special place for the local families who see it frequently, as well as the increasing visitors coming to the city.
I’ve mentioned before that I am still somewhat new to the west side of the parish, at least in terms of getting involved in the business and social scene. I originally covered sports here when the likes of Gene Bennett and Jack Salter were coaching.
But I continue to notice the incredible volunteer spirit in the community and it is something that the business owners have joined onto as well, donating their time and resources to make it all work.
It is truly the small business owners who make or break projects such as this. The Percy sculpture will cost approximately $60,000 when it is all said and done.
And without the small business community supporting these non-profit efforts, it just won’t happen or have anywhere near the success it does.
Well done.
I wanted to mention a fun topic I’ve somehow seen surface with a few different people I know.
OCD—better known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The line I say to people is that we all have OCD, but at different levels. We are all on the scale of OCD somewhere from 0 to 10. Some of us might be a 1 and then I know a lot of people who are far on the opposite side of that scale.
Take me, for instance. I would say I’m about a 7 on the OCD scale. To me it starts with being obsessive in your home about how neat and clean you need things to be before you can sit down and relax.
Then it goes to the way you are at work, or for the homemakers, the way they run their homes. Are you so obsessive at the office that you can’t do certain things until you’ve gone through a laundry list of other things that have to be “in order?”
When I walk into my office to open the doors of The Slidell Independent—yes, the paper is still run from my home (now up to two bedrooms!)—I have a set order of how I do things.
First, I get any odds and ends of things put in their proper places. I make sure all story notes are clipped together and they must have a red ink heading on the first page. I sort through other mail or notes I have and put them in the proper folders.
Then I have to clean out my e-mail and see if there is anything I should tend to immediately or not. One way or another the e-mail is sorted and updated since I probably get close to 150 e-mails a day. Then I can finally write stories, sell ads or whatever.
Tricia Collins, the marketing director at the Northshore Harbor Center, told me she has a certain place she has to sit at the office table and a certain shelf she has to use in the office fridge. She lines things up just so on her office shelves and said she can tell if anyone has moved anything. At home she said mess and clutter drives her nuts, although she has no problem with her cat leaving a toy around the house.
Jackelyn Gallo said she is a 10 on the OCD scale when it comes to folding her towels and arranging her Tupperware in her kitchen cabinets, and she is obsessive the way she can’t have colored candies mixed together. She also said she has a set way her forks and spoons must be arranged in her drawers. But incredibly, she said she is not a clean freak in her house.
Victoria Langlinais said the Tupperware cabinet is exactly the same for her—must be arranged very neatly, and she has her pens arranged and separated in nice order by colors in her office. But otherwise she said she is probably a 5 on the scale when it comes to being neat at her home.
Like I said, we all have some funny quirks and we all fall somewhere on the scale. If you’ve got some super funny OCD traits and want to share them, e-mail them in and I’ll do a followup on this most fascinating topic!
Kevin Chiri can be reached by e-mail at

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