Archive for the 'Drugz' Category


Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Pistolette is quitting coffee for a couple weeks, so I thought I’d revisit the topic myself. I noted back in March that I’d started my eighth coffee reduction earlier than usual this year. Normally I wait until the weather gets hot, but this year I discovered the joy of dandelion coffee: roasted dandelion root + […]

Valerian Dreams

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I’ve been drinking a cup of valerian root tea on occasion when I think I might have trouble sleeping. Man. Anyone who is skeptical of natural remedies should try this. The stuff works. Most of the time, anyway. The first three times I took it, I felt a strong sedative effect, and had no problem […]

Rites of Spring

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Another advantage of sickness — it can be a good excuse to go on a sobriety binge. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m sick my desire to drink alcohol and caffeine diminishes severely. I don’t want anything to make my recovery longer. Actually, let me make a liar of myself. In the […]

Stirrings Espresso

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Stirrings Espresso liqueur contains caffeine. The label notes that it contains caramel coloring, and not a word about caffeine. But trust me — it’s in there. Stands to reason, I guess. Live and learn. Now it’s after midnight, and I’m wired.

Coffee Reduction #7

Monday, May 17th, 2010

It’s that time of year again. Early last week I cut my coffee consumption down to three cups per day, then two, and I’ve been down to one for several days now. Tuesday will be a half-cup. By the end of the week I will be a free man. You have to step it down […]


Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

My day started off with a bang. I’d just changed the inner tube on my bike because I ran over a screw the other day. First flat I’ve had in over a year, seems like. I pumped it back up, went to the sink to wash my hands and BANG. Really loud. Scared me. At […]


Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Ciprofloxacin is so effective it’s scary. Within an hour or two of taking the first dose, I felt worlds better. As my friend MF noted, you can feel it at work in your body. Rumbling throughout the digestive tract. I feel like I’ve dropped a nuclear bomb in my colon. And I can literally […]

Caffeine Free

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I’ve been off the caffeine for over a month now. I wanted to see if this would help with my intermittent insomnia. So far it seems to be doing just that. I’m having an easier time getting to sleep and staying asleep, without raiding Xy’s Xanax.

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I see Slashdot is celebrating its tenth anniversary. That gave me pause to reflect on an artifact from my life ten years ago, which for various reasons I’ve been re-reading recently. It’s called Stone Cold 97, and I suppose you could say it was my first foray into blogging. Actually it was a collaboration between […]

At the Laundromat

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Upon our return to New Orleans, we had a bit of laundry to do, so I made my way to a nearby laundromat. This place was flooded, but it finally re-opened during our absence. The proprietor was hanging out in front, listening to Earth, Wind & Fire with his dog. I congratulated him on his […]

Fifth Annual Coffee Reduction

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

It’s April, so that means my annual coffee reduction ritual is in full swing. I stepped down to three cups per day last week. Now I’m at two cups per day. Next week, one cup per day. By the end of the month, I’ll be caffeine free for at least a little while. Of course, […]

And a Hungover New Year

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

If I’d tried to post yesterday, It would have looked something like this: Worst. Hangover. Ever. Can’t. Barely. Type. This one took me by surprise. I correlate hangovers with drinking too much, plain and simple. But this time around, I wasn’t really that drunk. Not so’s anyone would notice. I might have expected a mild […]

At the Spellcaster

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

I’ve heard of the 9th Ward hipster scene, but I never checked it out until this past Saturday night, when Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat re-opened the Spellcaster Lodge. I’d never been there before, but I’ve been a fan of Quintron ever since I heard his Satanic croaking organ cover of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t […]

Crime Prevention

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot about crime and violence lately, because it’s clear that it’s coming back to New Orleans. This point was made in dramatic fashion Saturday morning, when five teenage boys were murdered. The story is making international news but it’s indicative of a problem that’s been plaguing urban America for decades. It’s […]

Tea Time

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Ahhh… tea, just the way I like it. (Back on the caffeine again after almost a month.)

Good & Bad Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Nice to have a holiday. I have Maundy Thursday and Good Friday off — an advantage of working at a Catholic institution. It has given me the opportunity to reflect on how close to “normal” our lives have become, despite the devastation that surrounds us. We planned to meet some friends at the recently reopened […]

Holy Hell Week

Monday, April 10th, 2006

I haven’t consumed an alcoholic beverage since Mardi Gras. A number of my friends “kinda sorta” gave up alcohol for Lent, but they all gave up on giving up some weeks ago, and they look at me with a mixture of amazement and annoyance. Instead of alcohol, I’ve mostly been drinking mineral water. After sampling […]

Self-Induced Sickness

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

They say people are drinking more in New Orleans these days, and I believe it. I’ve certainly been doing my part. I’ve been drinking plenty. I justify this by telling myself I’m stressed out, and that a drink or three will help me relax and temporarily alleviate the anxieties associated with living in a disaster […]

Dad’s Grow Room

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Last night I dreamed that my father was building a grow room in his house. Seems he’d become a marijuana enthusiast. Anyone who knows my dad knows this is about as likely as Lucifer ice-skating across the Lake of Fire.

Bouncing Back

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Woke up yesterday morning feeling much better. I don’t know how to put my finger on it exactly, because many of my symptoms persist, but somehow it seemed the worst had passed. Since then I’ve had the feeling that I’m getting better rather than I’m so sick. I went to the doctor yesterday morning, and […]