Archive for March, 2008


Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Satan should be her name To me they’re bout the same Ha! Just kidding, Susie. Though I love to tease her with the lyrics to Ernie K-Doe’s big #1 hit, in fact my mother-in-law’s visit was very pleasant. In fact, her timing was perfect. She arrived just when I was coming down with this nasty […]

Hillbilly Hercules II

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I didn’t have anything to do with the production of this short video from 1994, but friend Rob Womack just advised me it’s on YouTube and it certainly deserves to be seen by more people. Observant viewers will note Xy in the role of Athena. Bonus points if you can spot her other appearance.

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

When we tally up the list of people who’d helped us out or given us stuff recently, it’s quite impressive. More than sixty. I didn’t know we had so many well-wishers. We’ve been trying to make sure everybody gets a card to express our gratitude. And slowly, slowly, we’re sending them out. I really hope […]

Fever Dream

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The only good thing about a fever is the weird dreams they produce. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to remember a one, until last night — and my fever is much abated, so this might not qualify, but it was awfully vivid. All I’ve retained is this final scene. There was an epic, convoluted backstory […]


Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Ciprofloxacin is so effective it’s scary. Within an hour or two of taking the first dose, I felt worlds better. As my friend MF noted, you can feel it at work in your body. Rumbling throughout the digestive tract. I feel like I’ve dropped a nuclear bomb in my colon. And I can literally […]

Copeland Ha Muerto

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Yesterday Al Copeland died at the tender age of 64. Outside New Orleans he was primarily known as the founder of Popeyes Fried Chicken. Around the local area he was known for all sorts of things, but most of all for being a character. My only real connection to Al is this: The judge he […]

Cachao No Ha Muerto

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Yesterday, when I was feeling like I wanted to die, someone named Israel Lopez was dealing with the real thing. Better known as Cachao, this Cuban dude basically invented the mambo and a few other Latin genres besides. I don’t really know that much about him, and I’ve never seen the film about him that […]

I’m Sick and I Want to Die

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

I’m sick as a dog. Barely able to think coherently. No snot, no congestion, just a fever, with attendant chills and sweats and borderline delirium. Every inch of my body aches. There’s a gland (lymph node?) on the right side of my neck that’s swollen and painful — painful only on the outside, not inside […]

One Month

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Persephone, light of my life, flesh of my flesh, code of my code. You are one month old today. You don’t do much except sleep and feed and excrete. I thought it would be a lot more work to take care of you, but you’ve been pretty easy so far. (Your mother might have a […]

Amaretto Sour

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Some friends have suggested posting old ROX videos on YouTube. I wonder if this is a good idea?

Report on Arrests at the St. Bernard Housing Development Tuesday

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Here’s a report from Elizabeth Cook on the arrests at the St. Bernard Housing Development Tuesday.

Her Face

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Whenever people see her, they invariable make two remarks: She looks like me. She’s cute. It doesn’t take a logician to leap to the obvious conclusion, namely, that I must be kinda cute myself.

NOLA Twitter

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Question: When will the NOLA blogosphere finally get around to infecting Twitter? Answer: Last week. I blame Alan. PS: In the spirit of constant self-aggrandizement, I should mention that I’m editor_b on Twitter.

Fat & Pimply

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Persephone weighed in yesterday at 7 lbs, 5 oz. That means she gained 22 oz. in 12 days. The doctor congratulated Xy on getting off to a great start with the breastfeeding, which was a bit challenging at first. Everything’s been pretty much optimal except she’s had an outbreak of baby acne. Sometimes it looks […]

Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Regarding the current foofaraw being raised over remarks by Obama’s former pastor, Xy made the following observation: If I could hear preaching like that, I’d go to church more often. Amen. Indeed, it’s our feeling that the real shame here is not the remarks Wright made. The shame is that Obama feels the need to […]

Happy Birthday Mom

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Today’s my mom’s 70th birthday. I usually call her on the telephone but I can’t because right now she’s in Cambodia, part of a short-term mission team with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. I’m somewhat envious, but hopeful that when I’m 70 I will have the means and health to visit faraway places. Many […]

Story #29

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

So you thought Story #28 was the final chapter in our renovation saga? Not quite. Check today’s Times-Picayune for installment #29, the final final chapter. Check the online version for cute pix by Kathy Anderson.

Recycling Survey

Friday, March 14th, 2008

A neighbor alerted me to a recycling survey, from the city’s Dept. of Sanitation, on the department’s website (halfway down the page). It has to be printed and mailed, so I wouldn’t call it an online survey. (A print version, for mailing in, was “prominently” placed in yesterday’s Times-Picayune, on the next-to-last page of […]

Baby Dreams

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Xy has had a trio of weird dreams over the last couple nights. In the first, she dropped our girl three times in a row, banging her little head on the floor. She was weak from the c-section and couldn’t hold her properly. In the second dream, Xy was nursing a tiny baby (not our […]

The High Cost of Birthing

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

We got the receipt from Tulane University Hospital & Clinic’s Healthcare Payment System. For the record, we racked up $2,484.00 in room charges (two nights’ stay) and a whopping $16,499.28 in “ancillary” charges. But we have group insurance through our employers. We actually paid $250 and just got billed for $170 more. I can’t even […]