Archive for March, 2007

Story #18

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Oh, as for the article about our renovation, which I mentioned earlier? I can’t find the text online, alas, but they did use a picture by yours truly: Also in today’s paper, there’s an excellent editorial by Michael Homan. Update: Thanks to Adrastos, I found the article about our renovation online.

Victory (Not)

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

I picked up the paper off the porch this morning looking forward to reading another story by Stephanie Bruno about our renovation, the 18th in an ongoing series. But I was somewhat distracted by the headline on the front page: Giant Mid-City retail project planned A Georgia development company has been quietly working to assemble […]

Chain of Command

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

So… The Santa Clara Democratic Party is asking the California Democratic Party to urge the national Democratic Party to support a Gulf Coast Civic Works Project.


Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Why would someone burglarize the Public Integrity Bureau of the New Orleans Police Department? Speculations are welcome over at Signal 26.

A Night in Jail

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

A co-worker’s son spent last Friday night in jail here in New Orleans. Of course, people have to deal with our dysfunctional system all the time, and their voices are usually not heard, or they are ignored. But it just so happens that my co-worker is a writer and a blogger, so you can read […]

Car Trouble

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Xy found the car wouldn’t start this morning. Or rather, it would start sometimes and run for as long as thirty seconds and then die. Other times it wouldn’t really start at all. We called a cab but she ended up getting a ride with the neighbor across the street. I got Trep’s to come […]

A Busy Week

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Looking back at the last seven days or so, there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t written about. On the political front, there was controversy over Mayor Nagin’s comments to a conference in DC, and Governor Blanco announced she will not seek re-election. Also, Congress passed the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act, which local housing […]

Netflix Friends

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I read Dangerblond’s musings on how to put a man to sleep. (Personally I think the Architectures documentary series sounds fascinating, and I don’t think it would put me to sleep at all.) Anyway, I invited Danger to be on my Netflix friends list. She accepted, and according to Netflix we have a 71% similarity […]

Properties on Notice

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

According to a story in the Times-Picayune: New Orleans officials Monday said they have started handing out notices to owners of any property deemed to be an “imminent health threat,” giving them 30 business days to clean up the sites before the city sends in crews to demolish or gut delinquent buildings. Someone sent me […]

Sky Watch

Monday, March 19th, 2007

So I’m down in the Quarter Friday afternoon to get a haircut, and I see this strange contraption on Bourbon Street. What on earth is this thing? I wondered. Imagine my surprise when it unfolded rose up to a height of about two stories. Given that it’s on Bourbon, you might expect this is some […]


Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Xy and I did something today that we’ve never done together before: We went to church. Oh sure, we’ve gone into church buildings together. We have even attended worship services together at least three times, but those events were occasioned by obligations either to my family or her employer. I don’t count them as legitimate […]

Indian Anxiety

Friday, March 16th, 2007

When I moved to New Orleans, I noticed that there were McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chickens, and I thought to myself, this place is as homogenized as the rest of the country (and much of the planet). The culture here isn’t so unique and different, I said to myself. Then some friends took me to […]

House of Pain

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

This morning on the way to work I stopped by Paul & Helen’s house in Mid-City. I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened because I was on a different route running an errand. I took a few moments to take a few pictures and shed a few tears. click photo for set We […]


Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Nero fiddled. I watch movies. But it must be noted that I’m not the emperor.

How I Prepared for Daylight Saving Time

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Sleep deprivation on the Monday following the time shift is a widespread phenomenon. There is even evidence that it results in an increase traffic fatalities. I know I personally tend to feel groggy. And so… This year, a week before Daylight Savings Time took effect, I started setting our alarm ten minutes earlier each day. […]

House of Crocs

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Just when I thought I’d seen it all in this crazy post-Apocalyptic city of ours, I discovered the bizarre mystery that is… The House of Crocs. Enter… if you dare. Update: As noted in the comments, the shoes in this house are not Crocs but Orthotebbs. They were actually invented by a New Orleanian. The […]

Story #17

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

I believe the story in today’s paper is the 17th installment that Stephanie Bruno has written about our renovation: DESPITE SETBACKS, MID-CITY RESIDENTS HAMMERING AWAY Saturday, March 10, 2007 By Stephanie Bruno Contributing writer NOTE: When we last visited Bart Everson and Christy Paxson, work on their Mid-City home was progressing sporadically, and the recent […]

Desperate Living

Friday, March 9th, 2007

If you want an idea of how screwed up things are here in New Orleans, consider this. Earlier this week a hotel caught on fire. It’s the Economy Lodge Motel, located right downtown. It took firefighters all night to put the fire out. The hotel hasn’t been operational since the flood. That was eighteen months […]

A Dream

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Yesterday some friends were discussing their dreams of departed relatives. I reflected that I haven’t remembered any of my dreams for a long time. Then, last night, I dreamed that I was at a gathering of some sort. I was talking to a woman about all the songs that had been written about Helen Hill: […]


Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

This one is for my friends and readers who don’t live here in South Louisiana. Do me a favor. Please. First, when you’ve got a few minutes to spare, take a look at this interactive multimedia presentation. It requires Flash and you’ll want to have your speakers turned on. (For extra credit, you can read […]