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Why Some Folks Don’t Buy Local for Christmas
December 24th, 2008 under Holidaze, New Orleans, Rant. [ Comments: 3 ]


I made the pledge to spend some money locally for Christmas. My trip to the Quarter was really cold the other day, but because I was visiting my friend, it was worth it.

My oldest and I headed down to Magazine Street this morning to finish up my local-buying fest. The present I was looking for had been sold out (totally my fault for waiting so long!) so I bought an over-priced item probably made in China anyway. I had to walk up to the counter where the two pretty girls were sitting on their butts and ask for help. Then I went down to the Dirty Coast shop to fill up on T-Shirts. Not open until noon. It’s Christmas freakin’ Eve guys! I know you probably had a big party last night. It’s Christmas freakin’ Eve!

Then I noticed that I got a parking ticket. Funny, but I still had ten minutes left on the receipt that was on the dash where it was supposed to be. Oh, heck yeah I’ll pay it because it’s not worth my time taking a day off! Besides, It’s Christmas freakin’ Eve! Why should they be writing tickets anyway!

Merry Christmas. Next year I may order online.

What I’m Thankful for…
November 25th, 2008 under Holidaze. [ Comments: 3 ]

Baby Jesus
My red hot smokin’ wife Shirley, who’s a stone cold fox
My three great kids
My friends
New Orleans
My job
Fried Chicken
Deuce McAllister
Our troops
The internets
My scooter
the Duck Po-Boy from Crabby Jack’s
Power Tools
My dogs
My camera
Air conditioning
Lee Zurich
Mardi Gras
Will Campbell
Cowboy Mouth
Walter Rauschenbusch
Drew Brees
Jon Stewart
The Big Bang Theory
Will Smith
Wits End
Barack Obama
Snickers Bars
New Orleans Bloggers
Brass Bands
Bonnie Hunt
Ferry Rides
Panorama Brass Band
Red Beans and Rice
Michael Homan (see beer)
Chris Paul
Thursday at Jazzfest
Parkway Tavern
SEC Football
Novels my son has me read
Days off
Sallie McFague
Peanut Butter
Luke’s Gospel
Tab Benoit
My students
United Way
Duct Tape
The French Quarter
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Happy Birthday Adrastos!
August 5th, 2008 under Friends, Holidaze. [ Comments: 1 ]

Hope you feel better soon Adrastos!

Have a very Happy Birthday!

Pic by Michael Homan

Happy Birthday
July 31st, 2008 under Holidaze, Humor. [ Comments: 2 ]

One of my students turned 21 today. Here’s how she celebrated!
Happy Birthday

My students did a group project yesterday. Here are a few pics:
Group Project
Group Project

Obviously, there were some difficult vocabulary words!
Category Three: Those Damn Words!

I’m so proud!

Happy Easter!
March 19th, 2008 under Holidaze, Humor. [ Comments: none ]


My Birthday
February 25th, 2008 under Food, Holidaze, New Orleans, Shirley. [ Comments: none ]

My birthday was Saturday. As I get older, I really begin to dread them. I was a bit down because I wouldn’t be able to eat at Jacques Imo’s because I had to attend a wedding.
Jacques Imo's

The wife and I scootered over to the French Quarter to check out the 3D street art and buy me a cool summer hat. The 3D thing wasn’t really that impressive until I looked at the pictures I took when I got home. The 3D effect was not easy to see in person. I went to Shushan’s and Meyer the Hatter but I didn’t really find one that I couldn’t do without. I’m hoping more summer hats will arrive soon.
Street Art

We then went on over to Liuzza’s on Bienville for lunch. Had to get the fried pickles and the frosty beer. It really kind of made my day (in addition to getting to scooter around with the wife!). It reminded me what a wonderful city I live in. You really can’t find places to eat anywhere else like you can in New Orleans!
Liuzza's: They're Back!

Although going to a wedding isn’t my idea of fun, it turned out to be really cool! I had never been inside St Louis Cathedral. Wow!
The Cathedral

After the wedding we second-lined over to Pat O’s on the River for free food and drinks. I have to tell you. Being in a second-line that stops traffic on Decatur Street is too cool! People were waving and taking pictures of us. It was great!

It turned out to be a really good birthday after all. Thanks Carol!

Reflections on Krewe du Vieux Remix
February 1st, 2008 under Holidaze, Mardi Gras, Politics, Tacky. [ Comments: none ]

Vitter, Craig, Clinton, KennedyAshley’s blog entry about obscenities reminded me of something I need to write about. Ashley links to a story about Shell making $75 million a DAY! Funny how the oil companies don’t mind destroying our coast and our politicians don’t hold them accountable.

Anyway…Back to obscenities. A few weeks back, I was invited to walk with the Krewe du Vieux in spite of my post last year. It shows what a good sport those folks are. Unfortunately, because of the short notice (I had accepted an invitation to fill in earlier in the week, but it fell through) I didn’t want my wife to be stuck driving at night or sitting at home so I had to decline. Maybe in the past I would have been hesitant to join such a rowdy bunch. However, even though the Krewe has been criticized as obscene, I think that much of the graphic stuff they display is warranted. The Krewe is engaged in satire. They really don’t have a difficult job finding stuff to make fun of around here.

Three points must be made in order to understand the value of what Krewe du Vieux does. Maybe most importantly, it lets us and the people they satirize know that the corruption, incompetence, and vulgarity of the political scene that relates to us does not go unnoticed. Vitter’s repeated visits to a prostitute while arguing for “family values” might have only appeared in the papers a few times and on TV news a few times, but we have not forgotten! The graphic images of Krewe du Vieux only depict how obscene Vitter’s actions are. Maybe it’s not appropriate for the media to graphically depict what went on, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a venue for that. The second point is that KdV captures the obscene way that our “public servants” act. Thus, it must be demonstrated in an “obscene” fashion. Thirdly, KdV serves as an outlet for our frustrations. I really can’t explain how good it makes us feel when those who take advantage of their position, or simply don’t care about us are revealed for who they truly are! Vitter…we know what you are. Jordan, Blanco, Nagin we know what you are. FEMA, etc. we’re not stupid!

Thanks Krewe du Vieux for helping us vent!

Barkus 2008
January 28th, 2008 under family, Friends, Holidaze, Mardi Gras, New Orleans. [ Comments: 1 ]

Once again we did Barkus with the Homan’s and Keith and Jeffrey. This year we left Chloe home since she doesn’t really enjoy it. We had a great time! I’m really tired and sore. I’m getting too old for this!

Go Tigers! Happy Birthday Elvis Wherever you are!
January 9th, 2008 under Elvis, family, Holidaze, LSU. [ Comments: 4 ]

I don’t work on January 8th because it’s Elvis’s birthday. Besides, I’m a little tired from watching tigers kick the crap out of some nuts from Ohio.

My grandmother’s middle name was Elvis so I feel pretty close to the king. Here’s a pic of Una Elvis Tigert that my mom gave me when she visited us at Christmas:
Una Elvis Tigert

Bring It On!
January 1st, 2008 under Holidaze, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

I’m expecting a much better year in 2008.

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

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