Archive for February, 2009


Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Been a little too preoccupied to write much here the last few days. Taking care of a sick daughter. Also visiting with my parents; I haven’t seen them as much as one might suppose as they’re staying at Camp Restore and doing volunteer work to help rebuild New Orleans. Nevertheless life churns on. I suppose […]

Good ‘n’ Burnt

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I was really looking forward to this Mardi Gras, in part because we skipped the last one, and because it was my baby girl’s first, and because it’s also the first for my septuagenarian parents, and most of all because I’ve come to learn that all celebrations have an aspect of transcendence, and that’s good […]

That Was Fun

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Parties are strange affairs. People gathering together for no other purpose than to celebrate life and enjoy each other’s company. What an ephemeral proposition! And also how wonderful. It’s almost enough to make one suspect that gross material possessions are not the most important things in life. Hmm. We had a great party here yesterday. […]

One Year

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

It’s amazing to think you’re one year old today. What strikes me the most is how much you’ve learned, and how little we’ve taught you. Over the past year, your first year, you’ve learned to crawl and stand on your own. You’ve learned to laugh and cry. You’ve learned to point and wave. You’ve figured […]


Friday, February 20th, 2009

A friend of mine quit Facebook earlier this week. Said he wanted to spend more time reading. Someone else suggested he needed a Bookbook application, which I thought was pretty funny. (But, come to think of it, maybe that’s a better name than GoodReads or LibraryThing.) (Though I don’t think Facebook is dominating my mental […]

Sex Offender Notification

Friday, February 20th, 2009

We got a Sex Offender Notification in the mail, about a guy who’s living six or so blocks away. The card lists the following offense: “03/27/1995 14:81 2-Molestation of Juvenile.” There’s a mugshot, as well as his name, sex, hair and eye color, race, height, weight, age, and of course his address. It’s also got […]


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Whenever I get a raw deal, I rail against the people who are screwing me. For example, I’ve filed a complaint with the feds about our car. I’m about ready to write a personal letter to Lee Young Dong about our TV. So when somebody does right by me, I feel like I should give […]

More Trouble Than They’re Worth

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

They’re more trouble than they’re worth! I’m referring to cars, of course. Xy drove the car up onto a curb yesterday after work and did some serious damage to the undercarriage, not to mention the body. A bunch of people in the area said they’ve run over the same curb, which was actually a little […]

Persephone Meets Persephone

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Here’s Persephone (my daughter) with Persephone (the float): Also pictured: Persephone’s father and grandparents. In fact, this morning we got a tour of the Rex den from the very kind Dr. Stephen Hales, who also took the photograph. It’s my parents’ first Mardi Gras as well, so this is all new to them. I think […]


Monday, February 16th, 2009

I took a vacation last week. Nope, didn’t leave the Greater New Orleans area. I’m afraid this was another vacation in the head, and as usual it was a soul-shattering experience. I mean that in a good way. I’m back at work now, trying to reassemble my personality into something vaguely recognizable. My parents are […]

The Atrocity Exhibition

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

These are not reviews — more like reading notes. Title: The Atrocity Exhibition Author: J. G. Ballard Published: 1970 The Atrocity Exhibition was originally published in 1970, but it was shredded by a distraught Nelson Doubleday, or so the story goes. It was published again by Grove in ’72 under a different title, and then […]

Sleep Baby Sleep

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Sleep baby sleep, long may you slumber No danger lurks, your sleep to encumber – Tom Lehrer


Friday, February 13th, 2009

OK, let me get this out of the way first: Yes, I dressed the girl in her little Valentine’s Day outfit for daycare this morning. And yes, she looked cute. But all the same, allow me to insert a peremptory and curmudgeonly growl in advance of Valentine’s Day. Somewhere along the line, in Chaucer’s time […]


Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Version 2.7.1 of WordPress, the software that powers this blog, was released a couple days ago. I’d been looking forward to this release, even though it’s just a minor maintenance deal with no big new features. I was looking forward to it because this is the first release since 2.7, which implemented the ability to […]

Good Morning

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Woke up to the sound of screaming. Actually I was already half-awake — I slept sitting up last night cradling the girl to help with her congestion. But the screaming got my attention. Xy had just gone out the door to catch her car pool ride to work. That wasn’t her voice I was hearing […]

Costume Supplies

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I’m trying to scrounge up the necessary accouterments for our Mardi Gras costumes. Laurel branches: Everyone envisions classical gods and goddesses wearing a wreath of laurels. But where on earth do you find them? Sheaves of wheat or barley: Symbolic of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Again, not sure where I’m going to find these. […]

Stimulus Package

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Carnival may begin on the sixth day of the year, officially, but it doesn’t really feel like Carnival until you see your first parade. That first parade in Orleans Parish is Krewe de Vieux, and it also happens to be the best — always. It’s raunchy, satirical, and tremendous fun. This year KdV took on […]

Stand-Up Routine

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Yeah, no big deal, I’m just standing here examining this advertising circular. Just another day standing around. Did I mention I’m standing? She’s been standing up all on her own for the last couple weeks. Finally got a picture this morning. She’s been standing for longer and longer periods, and she couldn’t be more pleased […]


Friday, February 6th, 2009

ROX has been Boing Boinged!


Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Mottes de mâche by Une vallée dans la lune, licensed under Creative Commons Our latest culinary discovery is mâche, a green leafy valerian, also known as corn salad or lamb’s lettuce. For years we’ve been devoted mainly to spinach in our salads, because of Xy’s conviction that spinach is healthier than lettuce. Spinach is supposed […]