Archive for October, 2007

Trick-or-Treat Count

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

We had about 16 trick-or-treaters pass by our home in Mid-City tonight, up from ten last year and zero the year before that.

Panel #1 (cont.)

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Yesterday I posted some thoughts on a panel discussion, but I forgot that I had a written version of my opening statement which I might as well share. Curiously, I also forgot to bring a written version to the event, so I had to extemporize. I wrote this after meeting with some representatives of the […]

Jordan the Hero

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Often there’s little glory in doing the right thing. It can’t be easy to step down from a powerful political office. But Eddie Jordan did just that today. If we take him at his word, he did it for the good of New Orleans. In January I said, “Shame on you, Mayor Nagin, Superintendent Riley, […]

Panel #1

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

It’s been a couple weeks since I participated in a panel sponsored by Xavier University’s Communications Department. It was titled “Media, Communication and Community: Private and Public Interests in Rebuilding New Orleans.” On the panel with me was Sakura Kone of Common Ground; Jarvis DeBerry of the Times Picayune; Rebecca Snedeker, the filmmaker who made […]


Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Southern Leftist says Jordan’s going down this afternoon; confirms he might resign very soon.


Monday, October 29th, 2007

Just found out the sex of our impending child, via text message from Xy. However, I’m not posting it here. We need something to announce in March, right? Also, I need to sort out just how much of this child’s life is going to be subject to my compulsive communicating. And finally, it’s another opportunity […]

Dating the Severed Head

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Olivia brought this thing into the office last week. Press the button and it comes to life and recites a variety of different spooky-humorous messages. Update: I assumed this item would be put in storage once Hallowe’en had passed. But Olivia tells me that “since our boss is a psychologist” she plans to leave it […]

Pumpkin Cycle

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Xy doesn’t always get into holiday traditions, so I was surprised when she brought home four pumpkins last week. She attached notes to three of them saying they were from “the Great Pumpkin” and had me deliver them to three young neighbor kids. Those pumpkins have since been successfully carved into jack-o’-lanterns. Last night I […]


Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Have I mentioned Lamar? He’s Justin’s younger brother. He’s about 13 but you might guess he’s ten. A sweet kid, but I worry about him. He reminds me of myself at his age, kind of quiet and a little bit shy. I was very quiet and painfully shy. I found refuge in books, and I’ve […]

Sworn to Secrecy

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I really hate this. I just got a call from a well-informed person in city government, who shared some juicy info that I’m just bustin’ to share. It concerns some dirty dealings related to a recent post on this blog. Problem is, in order to get in on this fascinating dope, I had to promise […]

Rude Comments

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I try to keep it civil, both in real life and here on this blog. I try not to call names. When I got worked up and called Jindal a “nutjob” I felt compelled to apologize for it. And I appreciate how, for the most part, people who comment on what I write here also […]

Panel Report

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Parenthesis Eye reports on the panel discussion in which I participated last week.

What a Pile of…

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

This summer FEMA scaled back the amount they’d pay the Army Corps of Engineers for debris removal, meaning the City of New Orleans would have to pick up more of the tab. The City said they couldn’t afford it, so it would fall on the private citizen. Predictably, however, most people didn’t get the memo. […]

Opt Out Oops

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Something tells me this list shouldn’t be posted in the clear.

Incredible Headlines

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I was amazed by the front page of the paper this morning. Apparently a robbery suspect took refuge at the house of District Attorney Eddie Jordan, before rushing off to shoot a cop and his wife. This happened earlier in the month but is only coming to light now. Separate but related story: The D.A. […]

Holding a Neighborhood Association Accountable for its Neighborhood

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

The YatPundit posts a scorching yet thoughtful account of a neighborhood meeting in New Orleans.


Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Dang, it’s cold. Ever since the big rains that came through with the front on Monday, it’s been cold. All my life I’ve had central air and heat, until we bought our house in 2002. We have a couple wall furnaces, and they do the job, but you have to light ‘em manually and we […]

San Diego Update

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

My friend in San Diego sends this update:

Fire & Water

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

While New Orleans was getting soaked yesterday, San Diego was encircled by wildfires. Today comes the news that 300,000 people are being asked to evacuate in San Diego county alone. Dangerblond says that’s more than Katrina. I’m worried about my friend Mary, who sent this e-mail yesterday evening: San Diego is surrounded by fires in […]


Monday, October 22nd, 2007

It was raining heavily this morning. I got pretty soaked on the ride to work. There was a foot of water standing on parts of Drexel Drive. I could see air bubbling up from cracks in the street as I rode past. During our staff meeting word came down (via the text messaging system, run […]