Archive for July, 2006

No Mojo for FONO?

Monday, July 31st, 2006

According to Google, no one links to Friends of New Orleans, and that seems kinda weird.

Eleven Months Post-Katrina

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Eleven Months Post-Katrina on Vimeo Also on YouTube. This video seems a little disjointed to me, but hopefully you can connect the dots: We personally are OK, but as a city we are not OK, and we’re trying to make it better in any little way we can.

Fiesta de Bebe

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Today Xy and I hosted a baby shower for one of our new neighbors. She and most of the guests are Honduran. It might seem ironic, hosting a baby shower, given what happened Wednesday, but actually Xy offered to host the event before she even knew she was pregnant. The event itself was interesting. It’s […]

Mellow, Laidback Beats and Deep Thoughts

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

I haven’t seen our new neighbor Ashley since I talked to him a couple weeks ago. But I met another young African-American man living in that same building, right across the street from us. His name is Damien. He was hanging out on the sidewalk on our side of the street with Ovi, a young […]


Saturday, July 29th, 2006

On the one hand, it’s been good for me, not having internet at home since the flood. It’s been good for my tendonitis. Typing and clicking all day at work and all night at home isn’t good. Confining my internet access to the office has helped control my online habit. On the other hand, I’m […]


Friday, July 28th, 2006

I spent today catching up, running errands that fell between the cracks over the last two days. It’s amazing how many things we’re juggling, and you don’t notice until something breaks the rhythm. But the real excitement of the day is that Coleman came with his plumbing crew and essentially re-plumbed our entire house. Out […]


Thursday, July 27th, 2006

I’ve been trying to get my head around what happened. The timeline looks like this: Xy and I started Officially Trying in early May. She might have conceived in mid-to-late June. She did the home pregnancy test last Friday, and upon seeing the positive result, got an appointment to see our Ob/Gyn Wednesday at 2 […]

Not Pregnant Anymore

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Sometime around 2:30 or so this morning, I was awoken from my deep and blissful slumber by a cry from Xy. She was crumpled on the floor of the kitchen. She was feverish and felt like she was going to faint. A little bit later, she did faint. Earlier, while I was still asleep, she […]

“Return to your trailer now.”

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

This is the most utterly outrageous thing I’ve read in a while: FEMA does not allow the media to speak alone to residents in their trailers. “If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview,” Rodi said. “That’s just a […]

Join or Drown

Monday, July 24th, 2006

I hope everyone who cares about New Orleans will join us for the Rising Tide Conference.

If it’s not one thing…

Monday, July 24th, 2006

…it’s another. We thought our roof was properly patched up, but judging from water damage to the kitchen ceiling after recent storms — it’s not.


Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

There was only one Q movie on my alphabetical list: Quest for Fire (1982). If I had time for research I suspect I’d discover some serious philosophical issues with this film, but all the same I was deeply impressed by the ambition and imagination at work here. The dawn of humanity is a fascinating topic, […]


Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

While we were attending a workshop on restoring windows at the Preservation Resource Center this morning, Xy went to the bathroom and discovered she was bleeding. My first thought was that she’s not pregnant after all, that her period just came late, and that yesterday’s test was wrong. But I understand that false positives are […]

Story #8

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

The eighth article about our renovation appeared in the Times-Picayune this morning.


Friday, July 21st, 2006

Xy did a pregnancy test this morning, and it read positive. She say she doesn’t believe it. I think she’s just shocked into denial. I’m inclined to believe. I guess maybe we’re not shooting blanks after all. Cue transitional music…

An Unfinished Letter

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

On August 23rd of last year, one week before Katrina, I started a letter to the CEO of Aetna (my insurer through my employer). I’m preoccupied with other matters now, so I doubt I’ll ever complete this letter, much less send it. An open letter to Dr. John W. Rowe, Chief Executive Officer of Aetna […]

No Shame

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

In the days following the failure of our flood control system, I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions: rage, anxiety, despair, grief, determination, and shame. As time has gone on these emotions continue to resurface, and I see them reflected in my fellow New Orleanians and, to a lesser extent, our fellow Americans. Rage. […]

A Festive Weekend

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Imagine walking into a party full of people you’ve never met, but whom you know more or less intimately because they’ve been pouring their hearts out into their writing. That’s what the Geek Dinner was like. Although there were some programmers and other geeky types there, this event was dominated by bloggers. And as we […]

Guerrillas in Our Midst

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Somebody put banners up on the blighted grocery at Carrollton and Claiborne last night: Walgreens has held the lease on this property for seven years. They haven’t done anything in that time to deal with this festering eyesore. I don’t know who put up the banners, but kudos to them. They are obviously trying to […]

A Good Day

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Today was a good day. Our garbage was picked up. Our mail was delivered. The electricity only went out once, and only for a brief while. Water pressure in the building where I work increased slightly, so we can now flush the urinal in the men’s room, if you pull on the handle for a […]