Archive for September, 2004


Thursday, September 30th, 2004

This morning we had our house sprayed by the exterminator. Within mere minutes, cockroaches were crawling out of the woodwork in their death throes. We have good old-fashioned American cockroaches, which some people call “palmetto bugs”or “water bugs.”


Monday, September 27th, 2004

Just got a call from PJ; he said Andrea gave birth to a healthy baby boy shortly after three o’clock this afternoon. Twenty-seven hours of labor. Whew!

Geeks Gone Wild

Monday, September 27th, 2004

A coupla profs at Xavier are doing a workshop today called “Geeks Gone Wild,” about how they’ve used QuickTime clips to jazz up some of their classes. To promote the workshop, they produced a short video spot, which they planned and shot and edited on their own. Then they asked me to help tighten it […]


Saturday, September 25th, 2004

Today, after thinking it over for a year or so, I bought a Big Green Egg, medium size.


Saturday, September 25th, 2004

Xy and I are celebrating our steel anniversary. Twelve years ago today, we got married. In the mix this morning: “Anniversary” by Tony! Toni! TonĂ©! (Of course. And not the short version either. Nothing but the full nine and a half minute odyssey will do.) “Good Eleven” (Multiplication Rock) “Eleventh Earl of Mar” by Genesis […]

Why I Call Myself an Atheist

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

The word atheist provokes a strong and negative reaction amongst many of my fellow human beings, so I thought perhaps I should explain why I use that term to describe myself. This is not a label I picked for myself; it has been thrust upon me by circumstance. I am surrounded by theists, by people […]


Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

The autumnal equinox approaches. It is only a couple hours away. I’ve sometimes had arguments with people who think the seasons always begin on the same day every year. They don’t. Instead, they shift around a little bit. Autumn begins with the autumnal equinox, which sometimes falls on the September 22nd and sometimes on September […]


Monday, September 20th, 2004

The Times-Picayune is calling Saturday’s election the “biggest election fiasco in modern Louisiana history.” This is not buried on the op-ed section. It’s on the front page. The article mentions an online petition but gets the name of the website wrong, so I thought I should post the link here in case anybody wants to […]


Sunday, September 19th, 2004

Election results are in: Should we amend the state constitution to forbid gay marriage? Most Louisiana voters said yes, surprise, surprise. What a fucking stupid idea. We’ll be seeing a big turnover on the Orleans Parish School Board, which seems like a good thing. Sandra Hester didn’t win, but she came in second with a […]

My Ears Are Clean

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

The Green Party had a media training workshop; since it was at Xavier I had to be there for the duration. Attendance was not so good; in fact it was pathetic. Blame it on Ivan, or the fact that it was an election day, or both. Besides myself and Debbie (the organizer) and Scott (the […]


Saturday, September 18th, 2004

I’m so excited I could just about piss in my pants. Today I got my Special Edition Double-Disc DVD Set of Slacker, which comes in a gorgeous box and includes a 64-page book. Wow. I am blown away just by the packaging. Even the case for the DVDs themselves is stunning. Hell, even the discs […]

Dairy Overdose

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Xy and I went to an art extravafreakoutganza at the Big Top Gallery, something called Meow Mix that Heather Weathers put together. Everything had a feline theme. For example, they were serving some sort of “milk punch,” which actually tasted as nasty as it sounds. Xy took advantage of the grooming station to get her […]

Optional Work Day

Friday, September 17th, 2004

There was some confusion as to whether Xavier was open today or not, so around 8 a.m. I called campus info and learned that campus was “open for staff” but that school would not be in session until Monday. So I took my time. Xy and I went to City Park and tried to play […]

Yesterday’s News

Friday, September 17th, 2004

“Hurricane editions” of the Times-Picayune for Wednesday and Thursday have appeared on my porch. THRONGS FLEE IVAN, declares one. IVAN ROARS INLAND, says the other. No sign of today’s paper yet.


Thursday, September 16th, 2004

I went for a jog around the bayou this morning. It’s a very pleasant day. Kind of breezy, which is nice. There’s a little debris here and there that got blown about last night, but no damage that I could see. The grass was not wet, because we didn’t really get any rain. 34,000 people […]

Hurricane Mix

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

I took a bike ride. The I-10 was just about empty. At Xavier they were putting some newspaper dispensers on the back of a truck. Homan came by with some hurricane mix. We made a few drinks and, with Xy, took a walk to the Bayou St. John to see what we could see before […]

Outside Chances

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

We’re now outside the projected cone of possibility. That’s nice, but it hardly means we’re safe. Hundreds of thousands of wiser people have left, but hundreds of thousands of fools remain. Fools, and of course the poor, people who have no way to get out. Xy and I moved all the potted plants in front […]


Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

The National Hurricane Center’s projections continue to predict Ivan will take a turn to the north. (Per M. Whybark’s request, I’ve marked the location of New Orleans with a big purple dot.) Here’s hoping they’re right. Ivan has been heading north by northwest, and if it doesn’t turn, we are in deep shit.

Hurricane Storm Warning

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

We’re under a hurricane storm warning now. Xy and I took a walk around the neighborhood, watched people boarding up their windows, stopped in for a drink at the Red Door. I notice that the New Orleans doomsday scenario is getting some play on the Internet. That’s the scenario wherein the hurricane sucks Lake Pontchartrain […]


Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Ivan cometh. New Orleans (and much of the Gulf Coast) is under a hurricane watch. The university is closed today and tomorrow. So is NOPS. The National Hurricane Center says there’s a 20-49% chance that the eye of Ivan will pass within 75 miles of New Orleans within the next 72 hours. Panama City Beach […]