Archive for April, 2007


Monday, April 30th, 2007

What do you say to an old friend who lives on the other side of the country when he reports some good news? In the old days I’d send him a bottle of J&B Scotch. But that doesn’t seem like the most appropriate gift for such an event. Yes, my partner in crime, J of […]

Yet More Guerrilla Art in Mid-City

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

That old chaos hag Courtney Egan has done a great installation at Banks and Broad. Check it out. Similar idea: Someone put a marker up at Bienville and Conti last fall. It eventually disappeared but recently I noticed it’s back up again. The idea of marking flood heights is powerful and important. Sometimes we’d rather […]

Way of the Condor

Friday, April 27th, 2007

A friend of mine from Indiana recently wrote the following in an online discussion: I don’t want to argue the point as I don’t have time, nor do I want to diminish what it is you want to accomplish [in New Orleans], but the California Condor has had millions and millions of dollars spent on […]

Happy Administrative Assistants Day!

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I arrived at work yesterday morning to discover a sign on the front door of our office suite: Happy Administrative Assistants Day! The sign had been put up my none other than Olivia, who is — you guessed it — our administrative assistant. Here’s a picture of Olivia: I knew this day was coming up, […]


Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Motivated by a desire to get in shape, I purchased memberships at the Jewish Community Center for Xy and myself. I’m more motivated than Xy, a bizarre twist considering that when we first got together, she was much more athletic than me. We’ve both changed. When we lived uptown, right next to the Tulane campus, […]


Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

There was only one ‘U’ movie on our list: Under Fire, 1983. Nick Nolte is a photographer running around Nicaragua with Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy, circa 1979, during the civil war. There’s action and politics and romance and intrigue. It was even a little educational. It was pretty good, but could have been much […]


Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I feel like I’m just waking up from a week-long funk. The beatdown in front of our house really disturbed me. Then, when Milo went missing, it brought up all kinds of dark feelings. All kinds of grief came surging back again. It was almost like a drug, numbing me. I went through the motions […]

Adjudication Notices

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

On Sunday, April 22nd, I noticed a number of orange notices posted on houses on Bienville, some on the 3000 block, some on the 3200 block. Upon closer inspection I saw they were notices of adjudication hearings. I don’t know when they went up, but the hearing was scheduled for the next day, Monday, April […]


Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I was just getting ready to post about how sick I am of living amidst piles of garbage, when I came across the latest from our mayor: “Let me tell you something. I want you to go to Philly, and you will appreciate how clean New Orleans is. Just go and walk around Philly a […]

Missing Milo

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

We haven’t seen Milo since I put him and Crybaby out of the bedroom this morning for making too much noise. He missed breakfast and now he’s missing dinner. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Update: He’s back. False alarm. But obviously my characteristic easy-going optimism is slipping. Still, I couldn’t be happier. This […]

Leadership Challenge

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Somehow or another I’m going to Harvard next month for a leadership conference at the Kennedy School of Government. Apparently the Broadmoor Civic Improvement Association got a grant (from Shell, I think) to send some folks to this conference, and they decided to spread it around. So I’m going from Mid-City along with representatives from […]

Blood on the Sidewalk

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Xy came home from visiting with a friend yesterday evening to discover that our block was a crime scene. Police had the street blocked off and they were taking photos on the sidewalk, practically right in front of our house. Fearing that I might have been the victim, she parked on a side street and […]


Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

We continue to make our way through the alphabet, and we’re entering the homestretch. Ordinarily I make a note of my thoughts on a movie a day or two after viewing. But with the ‘T’ movies, I didn’t. Let’s see if I can remember anything about these 15 films. Here they are in rough order […]

The Rock Next Time

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Remember the guerrilla art installation I wrote about in November? On the Jeff Davis neutral ground, a pitcher of water was suspended over a map of Louisiana drawn in sand. Over the months the sand image of Louisiana became formless and then dissolved into the grass. The pitcher of water disappeared recently, and I considered […]

Virginia Tech

Monday, April 16th, 2007

33 dead, 15 injured. Sometimes the news seems so unreal. I tried to make it real. I tried to imagine this happening at Indiana University, a school I know well, instead of Virginia Tech, which I know not at all. I imagined how the community of Bloomington, Indiana, would be devastated by something like this. […]


Monday, April 16th, 2007

Here it is eight days later, and my head is still stuck in Easter Sunday. I keep thinking back to a conversation I had with Debra. Debra lives across the street. She’s a single mother raising children in difficult circumstances. Her oldest son was murdered in Central City last October. She doesn’t make much money […]

City Walk

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Xy and I took part tonight in the third City Walk sponsored by Silence Is Violence. The concept is simple: People gather at a designated neighborhood spot and walk to another spot in an adjacent neighborhood. The first week they walked from the Marigny (I think) to the 7th Ward. The next week, the path […]

Politics on Tap

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Just in via e-mail, don’t know much about it, but it looks interesting… As the political season approaches, we invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to join our effort to create a new era of clean, responsive politics in New Orleans. Come joins us for some light political conversation and a discussion of what can be. […]

The Imus & Blakely Show

Friday, April 13th, 2007

This past week people around the country have been all atwitter because of some remarks made by Don Imus on his radio show. Here in New Orleans people have been talking about it, just like everywhere else, I suppose. But here in New Orleans people are also talking about remarks made by Dr. Ed Blakely, […]


Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I got a note today from Dr. Paul. (I finally put pen to paper and wrote him a letter last month.) By sheer coincidence, tonight CNN ran an interview with Paul. It’s the first time he’s talked on television since Helen was killed. There was a screening of short films at Canal Place tonight, including […]