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Friday, January 8th, 2010
10:08 pm
[deathstar461]
planning a visit...
hi there, Im a tourist, and Im planning a visit to NOLA for the 1st week of Februrary

Im looking for suggestions of things to see, places to visit, things to do, etc...

Im most interested in points of interest for local history, entertainment, and (dark) alternative subculture clubs/shopping
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
4:27 pm
[johnblaylock]
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
9:45 pm
[albertine]
x-posted

Hi beautiful people of Convergence! I just wanted to remind you guys that Above Ground is sharing a table with Adopt-a-goth in the vendor bazaar. We received a ton of donations from all your wonderful people and have been handing out clothes, toys, accessories, etc all day. We have already handed out about half of what we received and still have over 14 boxes we will open tomorrow. All you need is a valid Mississippi or Louisiana ID.

For those of you who wish to help, we could definitely use volunteers. Just show up at the table at the bazaar and relieve whoever is helping out at the time. An hour, two hours - whatever you can give to the cause.

http://www.abovegroundnola.org
http://community.livejournal.com/adopt_a_goth/


The purpose of Above Ground New Orleans is to provide a place where goths from all corners of the net can gather and donate to New Orleans goths who had their lives washed away by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Above Ground New Orleans community is here to provide support for those who have survived Hurricane Katrina and are now looking for clothing, music, necessities - whatever they need to rebuild.

Friday, December 30th, 2005
10:13 pm
[niugnep]
Last day to buy tickets at low price
Make one of your New Year's resolutions to get tickets to Convergence XII!

Don't forget, Dec 31st, is the last day to buy your tickets for Convergence XII at the low price of $55.

www.convergencexii.com

Unfortunately, the seance has sold out... but don't miss out on the tea party... seating is greater there, so tickets are still available, but they're going fast. Hurry and get them before they sell out.

Have a Happy New Year!

-David S. White
aka niugnep

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, December 5th, 2005
11:58 pm
[albertine]
It's official - we'll have a space in the vendor area at C12! David was wonderful enough to donate a table to us as well as to http://www.gothprom.com/adopt/, with whom we will be working very closely; their lj community is adopt_a_goth.

Please go to the Convergence X11 community to read more:
c12_neworleans

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
4:21 pm
[albertine]
WOO HOO!!!!!
C12 is on! Everything will be distributed as planned in New Orleans in April!!!


Read below:


C12 is ON, beotches!
Friends,

Many questions and concerns have been raised during the past two months about the viability of New Orleans as a host city for Convergence XII. We can now assure everyone that Convergence XII WILL happen in New Orleans, April 13th - 16th, as planned.

There are certain minor setbacks, like the total loss of our planned venue, that we are confident we can overcome, while still maintaining the high quality of Convergence that attendees have come to expect. In fact, with the help and understanding of the gothic/industrial community, we feel that we can make this the best Convergence yet.

Now is the time for us to pull together, not only as a community, but as friends. If we all work together we can accomplish something greater than what Convergence was ever intended to be and, at the same time, still have one hell of party. After all, that's what it's all about.

Hotel Monteleone is open and very excited about holding Convergence. We are now even more confident that they will give our attendees an experience to remember. We are negotiating a new special rate with this historic 5-star hotel, even lower than the previous rate, as a show of appreciation for those eager to attend. This new rate will also apply not just to new reservations, but to any outstanding reservations already made with our group code.

Only a few days before Katrina, we signed our first musical act, and are pleased to announce that HMB, made up of Victoria Lloyd of Claire Voyant and Daniel Myer of Haujobb, will perform at Convergence XII. They are still very excited about being a part of our event, and we feel this unique act will be a rare treat for attendees.

So, please join with us in making Convergence XII the best one yet. The City That Care Forgot needs your help. It is the return of tourism and commerce to the city that will speed its recovery; your attendence in April is the best way you can positively impact New Orleans. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing new events, opening ticket sales, and providing services to help you plan your travel. Convergence XII is a go! Thanks for helping us make it happen.

Please visit www.convergencexii.com for regular updates.

Sincerely,
David White and the C12 Committee
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
9:17 pm
[morrigann]
This was posted to another list I am part of
This was posted to another list I am part of and I wanted to pass it on here for others to see. Maybe we can reunite some of these kitties with thier people.

These are cats rescued from NOLA and looking for thier owners

http://alleycat.atlantapets.org/

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
1:41 pm
[albertine]
Update
We've received three more donations! There are at my office, so I'll be able to post more details on Monday. I've officially moved all the donations to the warehouse and will take pictures on Monday so we can upload them to the site.

Speaking of the site, it was down for a bit on Friday, but it's back up and looking great.

Thank you for all your help, guys!
Friday, October 21st, 2005
2:33 am
[ladytatiana]
any suggestions for local NOLA GOTH-DRIVES?
I'm interested in trying to organize a NOLA GOTHDRIVE locally (in Boston), and would like to know if i could forward contributions via "Above Ground." If so, is your organization accepting used/thrift goth goods for donation, or only new items?
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
11:11 pm
[albertine]
By the way, so far, everything I've received has been for women - we sure could use stuff for guys too!
11:15 am
[albertine]
Box 2 of our 3rd donation has arrived!!!
Oh my god - this stuff is gorgeous! Lip Service, belly dancing tops, shoes, thigh highs... www.whitewand.com has truly come through. Thank you so much!
Friday, September 30th, 2005
2:03 pm
[albertine]
Our Third Donation!!
Our third donation has arrived! A huge box filled with incredible stuff donated by www.whitewand.com. I CANNOT wait to start handing this stuff out - it's truly incredible.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ~huge grin~
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
2:19 am
[carriec]
USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes
Just making sure you guys know about the USPS priority mail flat rate boxes. You pay just $7.70 for anything you can stuff into the box without altering the dimensions of the box (ie, no bulging, no cutting the boxes apart and gluing two together, etc).

You probably wouldn't want to mail clothes this way as they aren't all that heavy and you can fit more clothes into a larger box. But for heavier items (books, journals, shoes) these boxes really save a lot of money. I use them to ship boxes to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq that would otherwise cost me $19 or $20 each.

Since many of us will be mailing boxes to Albertine to turn around and repack and ship them back out, it makes sense to save as much shipping each way as possible.

You can order the boxes online for free at the following link:

http://shop.usps.com/cgi-bin/vsbv/postal_store_non_ssl/display_products/productCategory.jsp?prodCat=/Shipping+Supplies/Flat+Rate+Boxes

Or ask for a couple at your local post office.

Also, if you use Carrier Pickup you can have priority mail picked up on your doorstep (since most mailboxes aren't big enough to hold them). Note that you have to have electronic postage on the box or it's too heavy to mail without presenting it in person.

http://www.usps.com/shipping/carrierpickup/

-Carrie
Monday, September 26th, 2005
4:05 pm
[albertine]
A friend of mine said it best
I was lamenting in my lj that not that many people were participating in the drive even though I had posted to several communities and email lists. Someone I know responded something rather disconcerting and I was at a lost on how to respond to her. A good friend of mine, who knows me very well and works with me, had this to say in response to the following statement:

I think the reason that people arent donating is that there are many people who had little to nothing to begin with that need help more. I know I would rather give what money or food I have to give to someone who has a baby and no minimum wage job anymore than to someone who needs new stripper shoes. not saying that that is all these people need, but I have heard my share of "help out so and so(who I dont like to begin with) who lost her glowing shoes to that bitch Katrina".

feraluna responded and hit it right on the head:
I don't see it like that. I see it like this- when you have lost everything, first you must get what you need. Once that happens, if, on top of that, you can have some things which directly reflect who you are, it can only be good for the psyche during these hardest of times. It isn't about stripper shoes or whether you like someone or not- imagine yourself and if you lost everything. You might be given your needs and after that, while you are recovering from losing everything, someone hands you a necklace or a skirt which reflects who you are inside, something that gives you just a tiny bit of something more when everything has been lost.

No one expects to replace stripper shoes- anymore than replacing your corsets would be anyone's first concern if you lost everything- but guaranteed if you were walking around in donated jeans and t-shirts, and someone handed you a box of something you actually felt right in, whether they liked you or not, you would see the good in that. You would be grateful. It might even change a person for the better to be given to in a way that shows someone really understands.

If anyone doesn't like this drive, then there are plenty of other ways for people to help. But this drive has a very important value. Most people have at this point gotten the bare essentials of what they need or are at least on the way. If someone can help someone else in an even deeper way, and help in a way that brings some normalcy to the life of someone, then that is what is important. Wether this was the goth scene or a country music scene, or some tragic hipster scene, the point is we have a community and we understand each other (most of the time) in ways those outside the subculture never will.

Remember that compassion isn't about whether you like the person or your judgments of them, and if that help comes in the form of a pretty bat necklace or a pair of pretty shoes and not just the donated cast off Nike tennis shoes from the Goodwill box, then it will not only address the physical need but the emotional as well.
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
1:41 pm
[albertine]
Reminder
Hi guys,

I created this live journal community to help us communicate better:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/gothdrivenola/

I am currently working on gathering vendor and band emails to ask them if they would like to donate anything. I have received several emails already from people wanting to donate to the drive. We can do this three ways:

Come to me - my office is located at
4870 Viewridge Avenue
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92126
858-278-6800 x111
I have a large warehouse to store everything

I can come to you

You can ship me boxes at the above address.

The best way to reach me is through my email - albertine@unforgettable.com or through my livejournal - albertine
12:06 am
[albertine]
Our second donation!
Dreadeddragon came over the house tonight and walked in with boxes and bags filled with clothes, shoes, jewerly, purses, and hair falls. The woman completely rocked my world! She donated so much stuff, I don't have enough room in my car to take it all down to the office tomorrow!

I loved her hair falls and dreads so much, I had her bring out her inventory and bought gorgeous red and black ones as well as ordered black and purple coily ones. She does incredible work.

God, I can't wait to see the look on people's faces when they see all the gorgeous stuff I've already received. You guys are absolutely wonderful!
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
8:47 am
[albertine]
Media Whore
I think we just made KGB - the radio station. The DJ just mentioned that a girl in San Diego had started a drive to collect goth clothes for the washed out goths! He made fun of us, of course - god forbid we'd have depressed goths cause they lost all their clothes - but hey, it's the thought that counts.

He didn't give the website a plug, but hey - this is catching on!
8:44 am
[albertine]
Non-Profit
I have fantastic news - I can use my boss' non-profit charity! Here is the info:

"Residential Capital Foundation, c/o National Heritage Foundation and it is tax deductible. We're part of National Heritiage Foundation which is a 'foundation of foundations' -- look at www.nhf.org for more info on how it works. Their tax id is: 58-2085326."

The FAQ on the website will be updated soon.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
10:17 am
[albertine]
I will have a stack of the C11 cds we put together by next week!
This is the lineup:
http://www.convergence11.com/Entertainment/bands.php
3:30 am
[dreadeddragon]
Hello all! I thought I'd annouce my arrival in here, since I'm heading down to San Diego tomorrow with a car full of stuff to donate. I'm staying with christalblu and trid, so I'm not sure exactly when I'll be able to drop everything off, but I have a medium size moving box & 2 trash bags full of clothes & shoes, a new pair of shoes in a box, and Dreaded Dragon is donating all hair pieces from the clearance section.

I'm also doing 25% of all purchases in September to charity. If the non profit status goes through, would donations of money to help our scene be accepted? Or should I still just donate to Noah's Wish & H4H?
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