Archive for April, 2006

White Boy

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I just got called “white boy” as I rode my bike past the Iberville projects: “White boy! White boy! Come here!” Just like old times. I haven’t been white boyed since Katrina. Yes, things must be getting back to normal here in New Orleans. By way of contrast, just a month ago I rode my […]

A Slave to the Dial

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Once upon a time there was a webpage here called A SLAVE TO THE DIAL. It was all about my experiences with DialAmerica Marketing, Inc., where I worked as a telemarketer for seven years. I took the website down when I got a nasty letter from a lawyer. I’ve been meaning to revise the site […]


Friday, April 28th, 2006

It’s that time of year again. I’ve been trying to muster up some enthusiasm for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. I’ve been trying for years. But somehow I never seem to work myself up into the appropriate fervor. And if I am lacking in enthusiasm, Xy is downright negative. When I admit that […]


Friday, April 28th, 2006

Welcome aboard to another blogger. Avid fans of the ROX television series may remember Kelly from such classic episodes as An Amazing Concatenation of Events, A Toast to Poverty and Coping with the Shock. She’s now living in Milwaukee with her husband Paul and their beautiful baby girl. Her blog is at

Xy and the Girlz

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Some former neighbor girls stopped by yesterday. They’re still living in New Orleans, but not near us anymore. I think they mainly wanted to look at the places where they used to live, just to see what had become of them. They also stopped by our house to visit with Xy.

Boss Loss

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

On my first day of work here at the University, almost seven years ago, I asked my boss what time he wanted me in the office each morning. His reply: “Whenever — just be responsible.” I knew right then that we would get along well together. And indeed we have. It’s been a pleasure working […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

After months of calling and begging, we’re finally getting home delivery of the Times-Picayune again — more or less. They started us up ten days ago. Of those ten days, the newspaper has actually been delivered seven times. Still, it beats hunting down a stocked box every morning.

Here’s to the Losers

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Yes, it looks as though everyone I voted for yesterday lost, across the board, no exceptions. I think I was most surprised, and disappointed, that Truehill came in dead last in District B — behind Landry, behind Quentin forgodssake Brown. Of course, it ain’t over yet. Next month we do it again in a runoff […]

Beyond Beyond

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

The Beyond crew has come and gone. They consisted of an Australian director, a camera guy from Pittsburgh and an audio guy from Metairie. They shot an interview with us on Thursday, plus some scenes of us walking around our gutted basement. (Earlier in the day they got a termite expert to examine our damage, […]

How I’m Voting

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I’m deeply conflicted about electoral politics. I participate, and I vote, but I’m skeptical of the whole process, and it frustrates me. I’m edumacated. I’ve studied up on tomorrow’s election. But I can’t say I’ve got any confidence in the decisions I will be making in the booth. And if it’s hard for me, who […]

Don’t Believe the Polls

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

I’m skeptical of the polls on the upcoming New Orleans elections. It’s difficult to conduct an accurate poll under our current circumstances. I’ve seen at least one that used pre-Katrina landline phone numbers. The flaws in that methodology should be obvious to anyone familiar with recent events here, but just to drive the point home: […]

Beyond Inc.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I was contacted last week by an Australian television production company. They were looking for a termite-damaged house and they’d read about us in the Times-Picayune. They were interested in shooting a segment about us for a special on real estate disasters which they’re producing for The Learning Channel. I told them if they wanted […]


Monday, April 17th, 2006

There’s a certain distinctive sound that a human body makes when it hits the floor, a kind of heavy thump. It’s not a sound you want to hear in most circumstances, certainly not when you’re just sitting around the house watching TV on a Sunday evening. But that’s exactly the sound I heard last night, […]

Inside Out Again

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

A follow-up article in today’s Inside Out in the Times-Pic: RENOVATORS FIND MADNESS DESPITE METHOD NOTE: Bart Everson and Christy Paxson find that tough decisions are unavoidable as they repair the basement of their North Salcedo Street bungalow.

Good & Bad Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Nice to have a holiday. I have Maundy Thursday and Good Friday off — an advantage of working at a Catholic institution. It has given me the opportunity to reflect on how close to “normal” our lives have become, despite the devastation that surrounds us. We planned to meet some friends at the recently reopened […]


Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

If it’s not one thing it’s another. There’s a slight plumbing problem at the house two doors down. It looks like the landlord is trying to get it fixed, but the result is a giant hole in the sidewalk full of raw sewage. Update — Tuesday, April 11th: I called the Sewerage & Water Board, […]

Holy Hell Week

Monday, April 10th, 2006

I haven’t consumed an alcoholic beverage since Mardi Gras. A number of my friends “kinda sorta” gave up alcohol for Lent, but they all gave up on giving up some weeks ago, and they look at me with a mixture of amazement and annoyance. Instead of alcohol, I’ve mostly been drinking mineral water. After sampling […]

Inside Out

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

There’s an article about us in today’s Inside Out, the Times-Picayune’s Saturday home & garden magazine. Ironically enough, I still can’t get the paper delivered to our home. REBUILDING IN MID-CITY IS STOP AND GO Saturday, April 08, 2006 By Stephanie Bruno Contributing writer NOTE: Meet Bart Everson and Christy Paxson, who live on North […]

Staff Institute

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Normally we have a meeting of all staff at the beginning of each semester. But this semester is hardly normal; we had the meeting today. It was pretty emotional. I know I choked up when the VP of Finance made mention of those who’d passed away in the wake of Katrina. I was reminded once […]

The Stink of Death

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Xy came home from Indiana on Wednesday. When she entered our house, she immediately noticed an unpleasant odor, something beneath my level of perception, but we couldn’t find the source. The next day I noticed it too. We searched but still couldn’t find it. Yesterday we made a more concerted effort. I noticed the smell […]