Archive for October, 2005

Trick or Treat

Monday, October 31st, 2005

We had exactly three trick-or-treaters tonight, all very young, not to mention cute: a seahorse, a unicorn and a chef.


Sunday, October 30th, 2005

My computer still thinks it’s in New Orleans, and so its clock has “fallen back” an hour. But here in Indiana, clocks never change — as I well know, since I grew up here. Most Indiana clocks stay the same year ’round. The television schedule shifts an hour, just to remind us the rest of […]


Sunday, October 30th, 2005

A few days ago I got an e-mail from one of the higher-ups at the University indicating that I still have a job there. The message was informal but said that the University “is having significant layoffs and terminations” and that I will be the only staffer in my unit “who will continue to receive […]


Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I didn’t burst into tears all day yesterday, or today — not even once!

If I Was There

Friday, October 28th, 2005

If I was in New Orleans today, I’d go to the Orleans Parish School Board meeting scheduled for this evening. One of the first items on the agenda is “Consideration of establishment Of Charter Schools on the West Bank (Algiers) of Orleans Parish by Algiers Charter Schools Association.” That directly affects us, because Xy’s school […]

Other Voices

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Here’s a couple post-Katrina bloggers who are quite a bit more eloquent than me: In Exile by Abram Himelstein Operation Eden by Clayton James Cubitt Thanks to Rachel Whang and Scott Speake for pointing me to these blogs some weeks ago. I’ve been reading them ever since.


Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Just got a call from Mr. McCann, the adjuster for our homeowner’s policy. I call him “the wind guy” because he’s covering the damage to our home caused by Katrina’s winds. Flood is covered under a separate policy with a separate adjuster. Anyway, the wind guy says we’ll be getting $8,688 plus tax and some […]

Volume Five

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Though my box of journals was left on the bottom floor of our house during the flooding of New Orleans, all is not lost. I brought Volume Five back to Indiana with me and photographed each page. I’ve posted the whole set.

Contents Claim

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

My mother-in-law is faxing the following claim to our insurance adjuster for the contents of our house which were ruined by floodwaters. I estimate our losses at $43,000. We were insured for $25,000, with a $1,000 deductible, so I’m expecting a full payout. Utility Room: $13,000 Washer, dryer, bicycles, power tools, desk, magazine rack, Sunsetter […]

Radio Voices

Monday, October 24th, 2005

If you want to hear what people in New Orleans are concerned about, tune in to United Broadcasters of New Orleans via WWL, the Big 870. In New Orleans you can actually get this on a number of different channels on both AM and FM, but the Big 870 can be heard in something like […]


Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Our friend James Conrad, not to be confused with the author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, is staying with us for a few days. [Update: It’s been brought to my attention that Joseph Conrad wrote those books. I knew that. Really, I did. I think I was confused because James and I discussed […]


Friday, October 21st, 2005

(Oops — I accidentally posted a fragment of this from a rest area in Kentucky earlier today — a slip of the thumb.) On the journey between New Orleans and Bloomington, I’ve always preferred the easterly route, through Nashville, as opposed to the westerly route, through Memphis. Driving through the Nash is a bitch, but […]


Friday, October 21st, 2005

On the journey between New Orleans and Bloomington, I’ve always preferred the easterly route, through Nashville, as opposed to the westerly route, through Memphis.

Body Parts

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Met a guy from Mid-City this morning while eating breakfast at Slim Goodies. He said he was working a job that sounds pretty gruesome: pulling bodies from homes in the Lower Ninth Ward. “Extraction,” they call it. I was surprised. “Are they still finding bodies?” “Oh yeah. More like body parts at this point. After […]

The Electrician

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

My dear friend Mike Kaplan came by our house this afternoon to assess the electrical situation. You see, Mike is a licensed electrician, and right about now an electrician is the best friend you can have. He looked things over and assured me that we could probably get the bottom level of the house re-wired […]

Demolition Man

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Tearing down plaster and lath walls is a lot slower-going than tearing down sheetrock. I’d like to think some of these old plaster walls could be saved, but the prognosis is not good so far. One bonus: I’m uncovering plenty of old termite damage. We knew it was there. Now we can fix it.

Blood in Her Urine

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Xy’s been feeling poorly ever since I left Bloomington. She went to Promptcare and they found blood in her urine. Perhaps a urinary tract infection? But the test came back negative, so they had her come back in and pee in the cup again. Still tests positive for blood. So now she’s got to see […]


Monday, October 17th, 2005

Ironically, Xy’s dollhouse was flooded to approximately the same level as our own, slightly larger house.


Sunday, October 16th, 2005

The room we’ve taken to calling the “craft room” in our house used to be a kitchen. The previous owners built a new kitchen upstairs, but left the old cabinets, with sink, downstairs. We never liked those cabinets. They were cheap and somewhat nasty. After the flood they were very nasty. Particle board doesn’t hold […]

Clean Magazine

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

I’ve been working on our house every day since I got here. It’s lonely work, and it can be a little wearing. So today I decided to take a break. Instead of going into the Dead Zone that is my neighborhood, I participated in a massive effort to “Clean Magazine.” If you’re familiar with New […]