Archive for April, 2009

Quiet Day

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Classes ended yesterday. Final exams begin tomorrow. But today is nothing. It’s Quiet Day here at the University. Apparently at other schools this is called Dead Day. Back at IU, we didn’t have such a day, but we did have Dead Week, which was simply the last week of classes during which no big assignments […]

Getting My Stripes

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

After many phone calls and much wheedling, pleading and cajoling, it appears I’m getting my stripes. Those are pedestrian crosswalk-style stripes to mark the Jeff Davis bike path as it crosses Tulane Avenue. Since they were resurfacing Tulane Avenue (and Airline Highway) it seemed like a good time. The idea of course is that it’s […]

Mid-City Community Garden

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

My neighborhood is still capable of surprising me every now and again. Such was the case yesterday when we stopped by the Mid-City Community Garden for the first time. Amazing! Here in the shadow of Tulane Avenue are colorful raised beds full of beautiful vegetables. We were there for a fundraiser event — a mere […]

Now It’s Time to Say Goodnight

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Consider this a father-daughter lullaby duet of sorts. Now It’s Time to Say Goodnight by Editor B

Dear Mr. Carrere

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Dear Mr. Carrere, Your name was given to me as a good person to contact in Code Enforcement for the City of New Orleans. Unfortunately a number of homes in my immediate neighborhood remain hazardous eyesores that have not been properly remediated since the floods of 2005. Today I am writing to you about what […]

Double-Edged Razor Wire

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Once upon a time, there was a used car lot next to the University. Now it’s a parking lot for the University faculty and staff. There’s a fence on the perimeter. The fence still had some ugly razor wire along the top, but since the fence no longer goes all the way around, the razor […]

Dear Goody Clancy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Here’s a letter which I hope to present directly to representatives of Goody Clancy at tonight’s District 4 meeting (6PM @ Jesuit). Dear Goody Clancy, Friends of Lafitte Corridor has been reviewing the Master Plan draft. It is quite impressive. However, there are several points that concern us. We believe that the revitalization of the […]

Fourteen Months

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Dear Persephone, You’re walking better than ever, though you still have plenty of spills, including a tumble down the stairs that really scared us. You were frightened too, but you weren’t hurt, and a shortly thereafter you forgot all about it. You’re still not scared of the stairs — or anything else, for that matter, […]

Weekend Project

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Toxic Waste Panic in Mid-City

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Our big excitement today came when the New Orleans Fire Department came out to investigate a suspicious canister leaking a mysterious substance in front of the abandoned house next door to ours. Actually we’re pretty sure it’s just white latex paint. According to a neighbor’s eyeball witness testimony, the canister was deposited in Craig’s yard […]

Closer to the Greenway

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

From New Orleans City Business: City moving closer to work on creating Lafitte greenway Redeveloping 3-mile stretch from Quarter to Lakeview billed as recreation hot spot by Emilie Bahr, Staff Writer The city has chosen a contractor to plan and design a long-anticipated greenway for a mostly derelict stretch of land connecting Mid-City, Tremé, the […]


Friday, April 17th, 2009

We took the girl to Waveland, Mississippi, yesterday, for her first visit to a beach. Here’s a slideshow of a dozen photos from the trip. Use the full-screen button (in the lower right corner after you press play) for maximum vicarious enjoyment.

A Haphazard List of Possible Future Topics for Pleasure

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

This is the third installment of three sample documents dredged up from my old Brother WP-500 disks. I really have no idea what this is. Perhaps it had something to do with the Have Fun Club? That would place it circa 1992. I have no recollection of typing it, which is what makes rediscovering it […]

Dear General Zia

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

This is the second installment of three sample documents dredged up from my old Brother WP-500 disks. I think this letter more or less explains itself. I wrote a number of such letters, inspired by author Bruce West, and in fact that was my original motivation for purchasing the WP-500 in the first place. With […]

Obligatory Easter Cuteness

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Almost forgot… My parents passed along this bunny outfit. I think maybe I wore it when I was one. If so, that garment has held up pretty well for forty-plus years.

Hellacious Saturday

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

As I rode my bike to my book club yesterday morning, I wondered idly what name the day might have. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday… surely this Saturday must have a name too? We had a new visitor to our book circle, a woman named Charlotte. I’d guess her to be somewhere around my […]

Ténébreuse Responsorium

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Here’s a Good Friday mashup to help you celebrate the day. Tenebreuse Responsorium by Editor B

The Mania for Documentation Considered as a Disease

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Remember those Brother WP-500 disks I mentioned a while back? I was unable to find a compatible machine to actually read and print the disks myself. My research revealed there were only three models that could read this format. A guy in Britain advised me that they are considered “logically hard-sectored” — whatever than means […]

Pho Bo to Go

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because I was sick. I’m feeling better now, but I was down with some kind of bug for about a day and a half. It was pretty low-grade, with nausea and fatigue as the only symptoms. I missed some work, but still managed to make it to […]

At the Meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Here we go again, I thought, as I sat down at the MCNO meeting last night. Once again New Orleanians are being asked to engage the planning process. But, in fairness, this time is different. This is for the New Orleans Master Plan, which will have the force of law. And another thing that’s different: […]