Archive for November, 2007

Stepping Back So You Can Step Forward

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Here’s a note I sent to my neighborhood discussion group. Neighbors, After much soul-searching I have decided that I will not be seeking another term on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. This is purely for personal reasons: My wife and I are expecting a child in early March (if the Good Lord is […]

Dawn on Blakely

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

My neighbor Dawn posted some invective on New Orleans recovery czar Ed Blakely that caught my attention.


Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Title: Spin Author: Robert Charles Wilson Published: 2005 Imagine you’re a kid looking up at the night sky and all of a sudden the stars vanish. All of them, instantly, gone in the blink of an eye. That’s the opening gambit for Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, and I was hooked. Imagine growing up in […]

Clear-Eyed and Civic-Minded

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Ethan Brown gives me and this blog mention in the Guardian.

Smoking Garbage

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Through nefarious means I have acquired two documents from last year which clearly show that some vendors decided not to bid on the garbage contract because of (and I quote) “the onerous collection requirements.” Also cited: “The potential overlap of collection of ‘unlimited bulky waste’ with the ongoing Hurricane cleanup efforts, which we expect will […]

Oschner Screwed Us

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

For most of the year a rumor has circulated in our neighborhood regarding the Lindy Boggs Medical Center. That’s the hospital at Jeff Davis and Bienville which old-timers still call Mercy. It’s the same hospital that was knocked out of commission by flooding. Most recently it was in the news when Tenet Health Care sold […]

My Answers to Some Interview Questions

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Dear B, My name is Adam and I have been recently tasked with interviewing a media figure for a journalism class. Since I was unable to contact the Watson’s girl, I am hoping that you can help me out. I have been a long-time and appreciative viewer of J&B on the ROX. The new episodes […]

Mixed-Up Files

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Title: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler Author: E. L. Konigsburg Published: 1967 This book was published the year I was born. I figure I was around ten or so when I read it on a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago with my father. The story of two young kids […]

Anticlimactic Unveiling

Monday, November 26th, 2007

We’ve had a sheet of plastic at the top of our stairwell for two years. It provided a physical and psychological barrier to the lower half of our house, the half that was ruined in the flood of ought-five. For many long months I’ve looked forward to the day when that plastic sheeting would come […]

Not Quite

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

After joking about how my brain was melted from the varnish fumes Saturday night, I started to feel like maybe it was no joke. I got the chills and had weird, feverish dreams all night. Sunday I was not up to snuff. No appetite. I put in some more hours varnishing, but I just didn’t […]

Partially Varnished

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The fumes from varnish are even more intoxicating than those from stain. Or maybe it’s the cumulative effect. Anyway, my brain may be melted, but I made good progress today and yesterday. I’m using a heavy-duty marine varnish that shouldn’t require a second coat. I think I’ll be able to finish varnishing tomorrow.

Smoked Turkey Legs with a Satsuma-Honey Glaze

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

After the culinary fiasco of 2004, I approached this year’s Thanksgiving with some trepidation. My confidence was not bolstered when Xy finally read the creme bruleĆ© recipe and asked the following immortal question: What’s an egg yolk? I couldn’t believe she was serious, but it turns out she’s never separated an egg before and couldn’t […]


Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

I’ve gotten the staining done. It took four days of solid work, plus a half-day of touch up this morning, not to mention a day of dicking around prep work, but it’s done. Next step: varnish. I hope the varnishing doesn’t take as long. I’ll get started on that tomorrow. I’ve got three days before […]


Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Old Roy came over to borrow a shovel today. He owns the house across the street, which he’s still repairing from flood damage lo these many months. Roy just turned 90 last week. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in fifty years, but borrowing a shovel at his age is pretty impressive. What’s not […]

Caffeine Free

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I’ve been off the caffeine for over a month now. I wanted to see if this would help with my intermittent insomnia. So far it seems to be doing just that. I’m having an easier time getting to sleep and staying asleep, without raiding Xy’s Xanax.

Staining the Stairs

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I’m taking some vacation days. Combined with the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a whole week off work. That gives me time to do this: I’m staining a bunch of trim, six windows and a staircase. Even though I’m cutting every corner I can imagine, this is still a big job. Rising early, working late, I just […]


Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I thought painting trim was a pain, but staining trim in place is a royal bitch.

Four Precincts Reporting

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Thanks to my friend Carol, I got a sweet gig tonight: vote reporting! I never knew this before, but after the polls close they post the results on the door. Since I live one block from my polling place, I just walked down there. I waited for a while chatting with Deborah Langhoff’s brother-in-law. When […]

Story #26

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Turn to page 24 of today’s Inside Out home and garden section of the Times-Picayune, and you’ll see a devilishly handsome fellow in an orange tee-shirt. I look so much better in this picture than in the last one they published, but both were taken by the same photographer, Kathy Anderson. I don’t have a […]

Indiana Bart

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Some guy named Bart from Indianapolis spoke at a local conference and got on the front page of today’s paper.