House Next Door

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it, but the house next door to ours was finally purchased. I believe it went for around $40K after sitting on the market for a year. The initial price was twice that. It needs a lot of work, which is underway. The new owner’s intention is to renovate and sell. […]

Overheard at the Playground

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the playground on the Jeff Davis neutral ground with my daughter. We approached Serpent Mound at the same time as a trio of kids in elementary school uniforms. I noticed the youngest child, a girl with a withered arm, was crying. I asked if she was OK. One of the […]

Ocular Emergency

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Friday night my daughter stabbed me in the eye. Not intentionally — she was just waving her arm around. Her little finger somehow got past my glasses, and her nail sliced right across my cornea. When she realized I was in pain she gave me a kiss. Very sweet. It was pretty painful, but I […]

Using Flickr for Neighborhood Activism

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long run, and the park was […]


Monday, November 9th, 2009

With help from over twenty friends and neighbors we knocked our move out in just over four and a half hours. I’m still totally amazed by that. It must be a new world record. Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand. So now we are in our new house unpacking. And unpacking. And unpacking… […]

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 […]

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 […]


Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Musty by Editor B

Dear Craig

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Dear Craig, Long time no see! I hope you are in good health and spirits. I thought I should drop you a line to let you know what’s going on with your house on North Salcedo street. Unfortunately some bees have built a nest near your side entrance. It’s an active hive. We often find […]

Wild in the Streets

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I often remind Xy that we don’t live in the ghetto. This is especially obvious when we can look out the window and see kids playing in the street. Black kids, white kids, Latino kids. Diversity. This is not a place “inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background.” By definition, […]

Block Party

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Our girl had her best sleep in a long while last night, but we sure didn’t. A bunch of guys decided to have a party in front of the abandoned house across the street, starting around 1:00 AM. They were drinking beer, listening to corridos, and generally laughing and hollering and carrying on. They were […]

Good Morning

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Woke up to the sound of screaming. Actually I was already half-awake — I slept sitting up last night cradling the girl to help with her congestion. But the screaming got my attention. Xy had just gone out the door to catch her car pool ride to work. That wasn’t her voice I was hearing […]

Bonfired Up

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

There’s nothing I want to do on New Year’s Eve except run around the Christmas-tree bonfire on Orleans Avenue. New Year’s Eve is usually a big let-down, but the bonfire is fantastic. I would probably just stay home otherwise. According to some accounts, this is a tradition that’s been going on for close to a […]

Neighbor Kids & Roller Girls

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The neighbor kids are always knocking on our door. The reasons seem to come and go in waves. Most recently my wrench has been enjoying a great popularity. Hassan in particular will come over and borrow the wrench several times a day, as he fiddles with his bike. Hassan usually asks for the pliers, but […]

A Party on Our Street

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

As I type this, I am under sonic assault. It is 8:15 PM on a Sunday night, and we are entering the fifth hour of high volume party jams from a DJ down on the corner. Sitting in my house, I can hear every beat and every word, even with the doors and windows closed […]

More Neighbor Kids

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

I came outside today to find Johnny and some other kids throwing rocks at our next door neighbor’s house. Our next door neighbor (Craig) decided to stay in Texas after his Katrina evacuation. The weeds in his yard are now eight feet tall. I have some issues with Craig, obviously, but I didn’t think Johnny […]

Who’s Stonewalling Who?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Normally neighborhood groups support the demolition of abandoned buildings. However, last Monday representatives from the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization spoke against the demolition of the old Lindy Boggs Medical Center. Reaction has been mixed. Here’s a typical comment from the story on Great, a bunch of boneheads that want to look important attempt to stop […]

Neighbor Kids

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Xy wanted to give some trinkets to the neighbor kids this holiday season, so she had one of the girls compile a list. Tomanique Shawn’ae Shawniah Shawnique Jurr’ieon Jurr’eall Melqueisha Amy Tyesha Joshua Zykeith La Aarea Keira Lamar Justin Cheveniqua Ages range from one to fifteen, and three-quarters of the kids are girls. I was […]

Stepping Back So You Can Step Forward

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Here’s a note I sent to my neighborhood discussion group. Neighbors, After much soul-searching I have decided that I will not be seeking another term on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. This is purely for personal reasons: My wife and I are expecting a child in early March (if the Good Lord is […]