Archive for February, 2010


Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s not quite official. Xy made the first cut and has been going to practice sessions. The rules are strict and harsh — you have to pass through many circles of hell before you can be considered a Big Easy Roller Girl. And it will be even longer before she sees any action in a […]

Katrina Jokes

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Flattened Home by Joshua Miller / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A friend of mine made a joke last week in an online discussion, and it really rubbed me the wrong way. It was a Katrina joke. I tried to play it off and make some jokes of my own, but ultimately I found, even after a […]

Dr. Francis and Me

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Here I am just hanging out with my favorite college president, Dr. Norman Francis. Actually this photo was taken by Irving Johnson at a banquet where I was recognized for ten years of service here at the University. I first realized Dr. Francis would be an inspirational figure to work for back in 1999, when […]

Two Years

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Dear Persephone, So much has gone on in the past month. Let’s see — the Saints won the Super Bowl. You’re too young to appreciate the significance of that, but you sure enjoyed beating the hell out of that Peyton Manning voodoo doll. Also, you had your first real Mardi Gras. I can’t imagine what […]

Hundredth Book

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Phil Baird / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Tomorrow at my book club we are discussing our hundredth book. We have been reading together since the summer of 2001, when we got started with Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Since then we’ve been through an awful lot, including the flooding of our city as well as […]

Editor B’s Pineapple Chili

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Pineapple by Marj Kibby / CC BY-NC 2.0 David and Nicole came over for dinner a couple nights ago before heading back to Canada. I whipped up a batch of my famous chili, and Nicole asked for the recipe, so here it is. This is a vegan recipe but could easily be carnalized. 1 large […]

Dancing with Beautiful Strangers

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our first plan was to reprise last year’s costumes which we didn’t really get to employ last year. But then it became clear that this Mardi Gras would be unseasonably cool, and perhaps downright cold. Costuming as Olympian deities seemed like it would be uncomfortable, and so I scrambled at the last possible minute to […]

Ignorant Filthy Rats

Monday, February 15th, 2010

BanksyBroomRatA by Infrogmation of New Orleans / CC BY-SA 2.0 Carnival and preparations for Mardi Gras are keeping me too busy to write, so instead I thought I’d highlight some comments I received a few days ago. Cast your memory back. Long-time readers will remember my letter to Paul Curcuru which I posted in 2006, […]

Samedi Blues

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Baron Samedi (encre et crayons de couleurs) by Cecily Devil / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Looking back, I realize we had only four Samedi Gras parties at our old house. It seems like more, because we lived there for seven years. Plus, we always did it up big. A keg of beer. Serious home-cooked food — […]

ROX on Facebook

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Finally created a ROX page on Facebook. Not sure exactly what to do with it, but if you like the show become a fan and we’ll figure something out together. Maybe.

Settling for Less — No More

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

New Orleans Saints Fans High-Five Each Other by Aisha Turner/PBS Newshour / CC BY-NC 2.0 Today I’m offering a rare guest post by my friend David. Take it away, man. B, I agree with all your points, but as someone who grew up here, the win means even more. We all know that historically the […]

An Intriguing Notion

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 / CC BY 2.0 This passage in a news story caught my eye. Mary Rickard for Reuters: Along with a championship team, New Orleans has a new mayor in Mitch Landrieu, who won election on Saturday by a wide margin. Landrieu, the city’s first white mayor in more than 30 years, pledged to bridge […]

Not a Football Fan

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

A number of friends have remarked recently at how surprised they are to see me writing about sports, and about football in particular, since they remember when I didn’t know anything about the game except that the ball’s shaped funny. It was not that long ago, really. One thing I should perhaps clarify: I am […]

A Few Choice Quotes

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Toddler Abuses Peyton Manning The Saints won a decisive victory against a worthy opponent, and people in New Orleans couldn’t be happier. To be perfectly honest I’m still having a hard time believing this is real. I had been anticipating defeat. I’d thought about what I’d say here if New Orleans lost — how it […]

The Hex Is In

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

One last thing…

Love Your Enemy

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I’ve had a lot of fun at the expense of my former hometown over the past few days — and the response has truly astonished me. So kick back for a few minutes and listen to this mix while I disclose a few final factoids. You’re hearing a dozen of my favorite songs from or […]

Who Dat Say Dat Last Who Dat?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 This just in from my father: With all the fun you’re having pre-game, I want to share a little game I played with my cousins, Allen and Francie when I was in my early teens in Wisconsin. One of us would enter the Grainary where another would be in the […]

Voting Advice Roundup

Friday, February 5th, 2010 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Yes, that’s right, New Orleans is having an election tomorrow, right in the midst of Superbowl mania and Carnival madness. I’m a little shy this time around about voicing my own opinion, but others are not so afflicted. Here’s a roundup of what some other bloggers think. Adrastos The Huck […]

Indy Facts 21-30

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Indy News Flash: Long Line at the Taco Bell Drive Thru! / CC BY 2.0 My research continues to pay dividends. I’ve discovered things about Indianapolis that even I didn’t know, things that will make your hair stand on end. I started this list to help Saints fans, but when my friends and family up […]

Hoosiers Fight Back!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Enraged Hoosiers / CC BY 2.0 It’s almost heartening to see the Indianapolis folk awaken from their torpor and struggle to mount a defense against the mountains of factual evidence I’ve been compiling over the last couple days. Of course, in typical Hoosier fashion, their counterattacks fall somewhat short of the mark, to say the […]