Archive for January, 2006

Mid-City Geo-Politics

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

I’m pained by what I read on a couple local blogs this morning. Jim Louis writes: I have been more or less geographically rejected by the Mid-City Association and will not in the future ever refer to my neighborhood as Mid-City. I have in fact only been doing so recently as a convenience to outside […]

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Holy crap! Mardi Gras is just four weeks away and I’ve got no costume. Not even an idea.

“Students may be the optimistic people in New Orleans”

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The Washington Post published an article titled Amid Katrina’s Ruins, Black Colleges Survive: Xavier University, the nation’s only historically black Catholic university, expected half its 4,100 students would return this semester; instead 3,110 are back on its restored campus, surrounded by uninhabitable houses and boarded-up shopping centers. Until I read this article, I hadn’t thought […]

“A Familiar Third World Story”

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

An oddly-titled article, “Katrina sweeps us pride” by Tushar Charan, has been published in the Asian Tribune. The “pride,” I gather, is in regard to how countries in Asia have responded to recent disasters. I was fascinated to see how the Katrina debacle is viewed from foreign shores. Choice quotes: The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina […]


Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything about our next-door neighbor, Craig. His house was pretty badly damaged by the flood, and he does not plan to return to New Orleans. He’s not sure what he’s going to do with the house, which is only a few feet from ours. He retrieved some belongings in December […]


Saturday, January 28th, 2006

The roofer came back and fixed the clicking whirly-fan. Hooray. And they only charged $400 total for the two-fan job. That included the hardware, the labor, everything. They took a looong time to get to me, but once they got to me, they proved to do be both competent and honest. I don’t know if […]

It’s Getting Hot in Herre

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

According to NASA, 2005 was the hottest year on record. These numbers are alarming, and that’s just the tip of the (rapidly melting) iceberg. 2005 wasn’t even an El Niño year. It is no longer correct to say that “most global warming occurred before 1940″. More specifically, there was slow global warming, with large fluctuations, […]

Meet the Neighbors

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Xy talked to some of our new Mexican neighbors. Turns out they’re from — drum roll, please — Indiana! We’re from Indiana too, in case you didn’t know. What are the chances? It’s like this little block in Mid-City New Orleans is being taken over by Hoosiers. I talked to one of the guys, Antonio. […]


Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

The roofer I’d been waiting on for weeks finally arrived Monday. He critiqued Quickdraw’s work and gave it a big thumbs up. He was a little surprised that “a guy from the neighborhood” had done such a good job. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, though. I wanted better ventilation for our attic. It’s almost […]

My Block from Space

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Google Maps recently added two zoom levels to their satellite views, and made other improvements that make it even more fun to fool around with. I immediately took a gander at where I live. Here’s my block in Mid-City New Orleans: Several observations: I can actually see our back deck The imagery would seem to […]

Death of a Political Fantasy

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I was sad to hear this morning that The West Wing has been cancelled. This was the only current broadcast television series that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought the writing and acting was brilliant. And I only tuned in for the last two seasons, when the quality had supposedly fallen off. I am also thoroughly […]


Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Adding to my innertube frustrations on Thursday: We were supposed to be getting our new refrigerator delivered. We bought it last month. But Sears never called me, and when I called them, it got very confusing with the departments and the voice menus and the busy signals and the unanswered extensions and the contradictory runaround. […]

Sweet Ride

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Here’s me on my new bicycle: Originally uploaded by Michael Homan It’s a Raleigh Venture 5.0. Extra large Atomic 13 butted aluminum frame, SR suspension fork, Hayes HMX-2 disc brakes. Sweet. I bought it to replace my old bike, which was flooded. (People have told me that my old bike was salvageable. I don’t know […]

Why I Came Back

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I’ve never articulated, publicly, why I came back to New Orleans. But I’ll try. I own property here. I have a job here. In some ways, coming back was the path of least resistance. Also, New Orleans is a unique city that I’ve come to love. All of which is true enough. But property can […]


Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

On this day in 1967, Evelyn Nesbit died. Also, I was born.


Monday, January 16th, 2006

Xy and I ventured to the Lower Ninth Ward Monday morning. Caffin and Claiborne is where the Martin Luther King Day parade traditionally begins. In the past, this parade has seemed like a rowdy dress rehearsal for Mardi Gras, almost completely detached from anything recognizable as a legacy of Dr. King. But this year things […]


Sunday, January 15th, 2006

I’ve taken over webmaster duties for the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. I’ve been a little skeptical of this organization in the past, but I decided that I should put aside my differences for a time. We need to work together to rebuild our neighborhood and prove our viability to the city. I’ve become a big believer […]


Friday, January 13th, 2006

It was stormy this morning. I took a picture out my office window: Then I realized I’d taken an almost identical picture one year ago to the day: Same story both days too: I knew it was going to rain, so I rode my bike to campus early and beat the deluge. I hope this […]

You Know You’re in Trouble When You Rile Up the Catholic Schoolgirls

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Photo by howieluvzus. Yesterday President Bush visited New Orleans. Howie’s posted some pix of a demonstration at Jackson Square, where hundreds of Catholic schoolgirls showed up in life vests and wading boots. I couldn’t make it myself, but I’ve attended a number of rallies over the years, particularly anti-war rallies. I’ve often been frustrated at […]

Four Months

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

According to a story in the morning paper, our neighborhood has four months to prove its viability. This is according to the new plan from the mayor’s Bring New Orleans Back commission. (Actually it’s supposed to be unveiled this afternoon. I guess someone leaked it to the paper.) It appears to be a compromise between […]