Amy: This is Pauline.
Pauline: Hello! Thank you for asking me to be here.
Amy: I’m excited you’re here.
Pauline: I feel honored.
Pauline: I’m more of a local chairperson. NAD is really the one in control and we work with them, adapting to their needs. LAD focuses more on manpower but at the same time, if NAD needs something, we will do what we can to help. We are flexible and try not to limit ourselves from doing what we can.
Amy: I see. Do you help get people to make this conference happen?
Pauline: Yes, yes, yes. We have a wonderful committee. A total of 29 people.
Amy: 29 people!? To make this conference a success?
Pauline: Yes, 29 people including me, sharing duties and working with the NAD to make this happen.
Amy: I’d like to ask you three questions. The first one: Being the local committee chairperson and planning the conference for years before plans were postponed because of Hurricane Katrina, and with your assertiveness to continue preparing for the conference, please share with us your experience in all of this.
Pauline: I love the NAD. Anyway, four years ago, we advertised to people about the conference, then this lady named Katrina visited the city. Completely devastated the city. My hometown was fine, though. The aftermath of the hurricane left me wondering about the NAD Conference, wondering if the conference could still go as planned. And because New Orleans is a touristy city, I thought the conference was still possible. However, the conference was moved to California and that disappointed me. It was decided that the location for 2006 and 2008 conferences would be switched, with that, I accepted. I figured it would give us a lot more time to plan for the conference. Now, looking back, I’m glad the locations were switched because New Orleans is in a much better condition than it was two years ago.
Amy: That means the second question has pretty much been answered. Your greatest accomplishment would have been better exposure of the area, correct?
Pauline: Yes, that’s true. People come up to me and tell me that they like New Orleans, that it is a nice city.
Amy: The third question is: Many people have asked me, what is the correct sign for your state, Louisiana? Please help us answer this! There seem to be differing opinions on this issue.
Pauline: Understood! I’ll be glad to answer your question. When I see people using the sign that indicates Louisiana as a sign for bowel movement, that disturbs me. The correct sign for Louisiana is using the abbreviation: L.A.
Amy: That means we all need to learn to use the sign L.A.