Archive for July, 2009

Entergy Writes Back

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Remember that letter I sent to Entergy? I got a reply. July 22, 2009 Dear Mr. Everson As Director of Customer Service at Entergy New Orleans, Inc., I wanted to thank you for your recent letter regarding the hours of operation at our Customer Care Center located on Canal Blvd. The business hours of the […]

Two Lightbulbs

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

This house didn’t have a light in the stairwell when we bought it, but we had one installed during our post-Katrina rebuild. After a year or two it burned out, and the stairwell has been dark ever since. I tried a couple times, but it’s hard to reach that damn bulb. Last night, I balanced […]

One Little Number

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

My world turned upside down Wednesday afternoon based on a single number. That number is driving me crazy. But that number is derived from a single test — a capillary test, basically a pinprick to the finger. Surely it would make sense to have another test. She is scheduled for a follow-up test in three […]

A Trip to the Beach

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Sunday we made a quick jaunt to the beach, kind of a last hurrah for our summer. It seems hard to believe but Xy’s vacation is pretty much over, and starting today she’s working to prepare her classroom at her new school. We always find the ocean waters rejuvenating. Waveland, Mississippi, is less than an […]

Lutheran Invasion

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

There’s some 37,000 Lutheran kids volunteering in the city of New Orleans this summer. I was surprised to discover approximately half of them working next door Saturday morning. I think they were mostly from New Jersey. Their project: gutting Craig’s house. Craig was our next door neighbor, but he’s now living in Texas. He never […]

Close Encounter

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I had just dropped Xy & Persephone off at the house of some friends and run a few errands. I stopped back at the house to take care of a few things. I was surprised to find a cop car parked in the middle of the street and an officer standing nearby. I parked my […]


Friday, July 24th, 2009

Today we had our house tested for lead again. The results will be available next week. And so we wait. I’ve been learning a lot about lead poisoning. Back in the 70s some 17 million American kids had it; these days that number is down to around 350 thousand. I still can’t believe we’re in […]

Lead Poisoning

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Despite our efforts, despite testing our water, despite an extensive lead abatement program conducted on our house by ACORN, we got word yesterday afternoon that our little 17-month-old girl has a high level of lead contamination. How high? BLLs > 13 µg/dL. Translation: blood lead level greater than 13 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Is […]

Seventeen Months

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Dear Persephone, Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Of course I have to add a few hundred words of my own. You’ve been growing so fast that sometimes it seems like one can see changes on an hourly basis. I don’t mean physical growth — you’re still tiny, only around 21 lbs. — but […]

Catching Up

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Lots of stuff going on lately, and so little time to write. The days slip away uncounted. I can’t stand that. So here are some things that have gone down over the last five days or more. Xy made a trip to the north shore with Persephone and Daisy and Lavender to visit the splash […]

Dear Mr. West

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Entergy New Orleans 1600 Perdido St New Orleans, LA 70112 Attn: Rod West, President & CEO Dear Mr. West, I just had a brilliant idea on how Entergy can improve customer service in New Orleans. Please allow me to explain. Every morning I ride my bike past the Entergy office located at the corner of […]

Junior Portrait

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Greenwood, Indiana, 1983 or ’84: I took my glasses off for this high school yearbook photo. Note the acne. Note the haircut. Note the enigmatic expression. I’m not smiling — not quite. It’s hard not to smile when you’re having such a photo taken. I imagine I was pretty pleased with myself for resisting the […]


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I used eGroups back in the day. They got bought out by Yahoo in 2000 and became a part of Yahoo Groups, but I know at least one guy who still calls ‘em eGroups. Sometime thereafter Google got into the game. I believe Google Groups started as a Usenet archive, but they rather quickly deployed […]


Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

My neighborhood organization alerted me to the fact that a bunch of properties in Mid-City were coming up for code enforcement hearings. I noticed that 3016 Bienville was on the list. (I wrote a letter to Code Enforcement about this property back in April.) My neighborhood organization further advised me that “the city is more […]


Monday, July 13th, 2009

When we moved to New Orleans ten years ago we set up a bank account with Hibernia. We wanted to bank local, and we heard Hibernia sponsoring the local NPR affiliate, so we figured they were as good a choice as any. They had branched out to Texas and Mississippi and Arkansas, but their headquarters […]

Semi Random Music for a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Seasoned with Blood

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Today I took it upon myself to season up a cast-iron grill-plate which we’ve had for a long time but never used. It was a gift from my father-in-law many moons ago. After washing the thing with warm soapy water to remove the factory coating and accumulated crud, I began coating it with some bacon […]

Tales of the Cocktail: Day Three

Friday, July 10th, 2009

If my second day at Tales of the Cocktail seemed to focus on the art and science of mixing drinks, my third day was more about the history and tradition and cultural aspects of mixology. My day began with a panel presentation on “Jazz and Cocktails: The Music and Drinks of Storyville.” As a New […]

Tales of the Cocktail: Day Two

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Day Two got off to a rocky start. Xy wasn’t feeling well, and I thought I might have to stay home to take care of her and the girl. But she rallied after a nap, I hopped on my bike, and got down to Tales of the Cocktail for a second day of spirit-stirring activities. […]

Tales of the Cocktail: Day One

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Somehow I wangled a press pass to Tales of the Cocktail. I’ve always wanted to attend this event, and if you have even a passing familiarity with ROX you’ll understand why. Tales of the Cocktail is without doubt the world’s most important conference on the subject of the mixed drink. And since mixed drinks are […]