Archive for June, 2009

Welcome Home

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

When we got back from our trip Sunday, one of the first things I noticed was that damn canister is still sitting there next to the curb just a few feet from our house. The canister doesn’t directly impinge upon us, but it kind of junks up the area. I had hoped against hope that […]

Guess Who’s Back?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Posting’s been a little thin here lately because we were on a two-week vacation, visiting friends and family in Indiana and Tennessee. But I’m back now and hopefully will get caught up soon. In the meantime, here’s a bit of fresh good news to chew on: Xy had an interview lined up for today — […]

Introducing the Michael Dee Cocktail

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Here’s a light and refreshing summery citrusy cocktail, invented by my father-in-law, and tested rather extensively by yours truly over the last couple days. In a rocks glass full of ice, mix 1.5 oz of light rum, a splash of limeade, a splash of lemon-lime seltzer, and the juice from a quarter lime. Float 1.5 […]

Sixteen Months

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Dear Persephone, I mentioned it last month, but since then your nascent love of books has exploded into an all-out obsession. You will sometimes go into your room and close the door behind you; we find you sitting by the bookshelf, going through your books one by one. You love to have books read to […]

The Long Hard Summer

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I’ve been in a book club for eight years now. We read science fiction and meet on the second Saturday of each month at Octavia Books. It’s a lot of fun. We select our books by a simple method which was established by our club’s founder, the late Scott Speake. Each person takes a turn […]

Twitter Bridges the Gap

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Twitter has become such a faddish phenomenon it’s almost embarrassing. Amidst all the hype of celebrity tweeters and whatnot, it’s easy to lose sight of the flexibility and just plain usefulness of this tool. This was driven home to me when I was recently visiting with my sister. She’s not very cyber-wired and wasn’t really […]

Suddenly Sickness

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Woke up this morning about 3:45 AM and felt distinctly unwell. I stumbled into the bathroom and puked my guts out. Then I puked again. My first thought was to wonder: Did I have too much to drink? But no — it didn’t feel like that. Then around 5:00 AM Xy barfed as well. Both […]

J on 1370

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I’ve been converting old cassettes to digital when I get a spare moment. Is that still called “ripping” as with a CD? Anyway, here’s the latest. J on 1370 (Baked) by Editor B April 13, 1994, Bloomington, Indiana — Tom Gulley hosts Afternoon Edition on AM-1370. The topic of discussion was “J&B Get Baked” and […]

Holidays in the Sun

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

This morning I walked to work, as I will be doing all week because my damn bike got stolen. It’s hot, so I bring an umbrella to fend off the rays, and a nice big 32 oz. bottle of iced tea, brewed in our refrigerator. I load up my phone with music I haven’t heard […]

Hike & Bike

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

So how many people came out for our hike? Can we call it 200? The Times-Picayune did. So if you’re keeping score, the annual breakdown looks like this: 2005: 3 2006: 18 2007: 17 2008: 60 2009: 200 Photo by Charlie London See also the video on WWL. Our budget for publicity? More or less […]

Summer Is Cool

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Unseasonably cool weather again today, something we’ve been enjoying off and on for the last couple weeks. Nevertheless I feel that summer is here. Xy’s done with school, not just teaching but also the extra days teachers have to work after classes end. (In fact she’s cleared out her classroom and brought home a huge […]

J&B on Howard Stern

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Yo, big props to Ian Cognito for unearthing this little snippet from Howard Stern’s show of April 19th, 1994. J&B on Howard Stern by Editor B Believe it or not, I’ve never heard this before. For the complete run-down on all the media hype of those heady days, see J’s Baked Log. I can’t help […]

Job Hunt

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Xy’s job hunt is in full force. She had a interview at a nearby elementary school last week. Yesterday I came home for lunch to look after the girl for an hour while she did a phone interview with another school. And this morning she went in to teach a sample lesson at the first […]

A Decade Up in Here

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Today makes ten years I’ve been working here at the University. Somehow this seems more significant than marking ten years in New Orleans. Not sure why. Maybe because we’ve moved around to different houses and neighborhoods in the city, but I’ve been working in the same place the whole time — coming into the same […]