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Happy 24th!
August 26th, 2008 under Shirley. [ Comments: 3 ]

Me and the Hottie

I can’t believe it’s been 24 years! Of course, it’s actually been a lot more.
Words can’t express how much love and joy you’ve brought to my life.
I love you!


Stress in the Big Easy
June 19th, 2008 under Cancer, Christianity, family, God, Katrina, Recovery, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: 3 ]

Pandora'sIt’s been a tough day. I took my lovely wife to the doctor’s office this morning for her quarterly check-up. Four years since her final treatment for cancer. It seems like only yesterday. I hate that office. We got the bad news there. It’s always pretty packed with folks. Folks waiting for the bad news. Folks waiting for good news. Folks with wigs, using walkers, terribly tired, terribly scared, and terribly sick.

Visit to Pandora'sI watched people trying to stay awake. Two people were trying to work the 500 piece puzzle. Several had their spouses with them and some had their kids and grandkids with them. All alone was Sister St. Dorian. Just her and God. It was kind of sad. Her big black horn-rimmed glasses matched her skirt and head covering. Even though she looks to be in her late seventies, Sr. St. Dorian rose rather quickly when her name was called. She released the break on her walker and pretty quickly left for the door. I prayed for her.

As soon as the wife went in for her results, I left the waiting room and went to the lobby of the hospital. I couldn’t stand being in the room any longer.

Great news! She’s fine. I dropped her off at work and headed to the NOBTS library to work on a chapter for the next book. On the way I saw such devastation. I forget how terrible it still is in Gentilly. I get angry and depressed when I drive through my old neighborhood. “Guess they’ll never convict Jose Vazquez, Jr.’s murderer,” I thought as I drove past Vasquez’s restaurant on Gentilly. It hasn’t been touched since Katrina.

Trip to Pandora'sGot to the library, made a quick run through the New Orleans Blogs and saw another jerk is using the floods in Iowa to trash New Orleans. I love it when someone who’s never been here explains why Katrina was our fault. It really sucks around here. I know it could be worse. A lot worse.

Sometimes I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. Other days I feel like Sister St. Dorian. Alone in a scary place. Just me and God. Gotta hop up now. Got work to do. Can’t wait to pick up Shirley Jr from camp and Shirley Sr from work. I owe the little one a snowball. We’ll go by Pandora’s. Life is good.


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!


My Wife the Mutant
February 1st, 2008 under Shirley. [ Comments: 1 ]

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A team of scientists has tracked down a genetic mutation that leads to blue eyes. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, so before then, there were no blue eyes.

Glad I’ve got green eyes. Wouldn’t want to be married to my cousin.

I can’t imagine a world without her gorgeous eyes. It must have been a terrible time to live back then.


Happy Anniversary Baby, Got You on My Mind
August 25th, 2006 under Holidaze, Shirley. [ Comments: 2 ]

Shirley and I have been married for 21 years! It seems a lot longer. Maybe that’s because we dated for about six years before we got married. I met her when I was 16 and started dating her pretty soon after. I was so scared she wouldn’t go out with me that I waited until she quit working at Baskin-Robbins with me before I asked her out.

I’ve become more impressed by her strength, courage, and commitment over these many years and have grown to love her more than I can express. We are going to our favorite restaurant tonight. I can’t wait to be with her tonight! I feel strangely inarticulate as I try to express my love and the joy that she has brought to my life.

I love you!

See you soon!


Thank You for Your Support!
May 26th, 2006 under Katrina, New Orleans, Shirley. [ Comments: none ]

Thanks I am continually amazed at the fact that about 100 folks per day stop in to see my blog! I realize that I haven’t been very funny or insightful lately. I’m just really busy. I’m busy writing that grant that I mentioned earlier. I had an interview the day before yesterday. It went well, but you never know. Glass Top Birdhouse

The stress of it all makes me tired all the time. Shirley and I bought a treadmill and I’m going to try to lose some weight. I haven’t even felt like building any more birdhouses lately. I preached Sunday and it went well. I’ve reworked the web-site for the church but haven’t even felt like uploading it.

I’ve got to get out of this funk.


Mardi Gras: To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?
February 24th, 2006 under Food, Friends, Holidaze, Katrina, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: 3 ]

Got Too Close!I read my first convincing argument as to why it is inappropriate to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year. His best point is that folks outside of New Orleans may think we’re back to normal. I still disagree with the commentator, but he has a very good point.

So, let me make this perfectly clear—New Orleans is NOT back to normal. I don’t know how many YEARS that will take, but we’re not even close! Many still need help. There was an apartment fire the other day and it left folks homeless. Not the kind of homeless that apartment fires usually yield. The literally have nowhere to live. They cannot find places to stay because there are none. I think you have the point now.

Second, I know that for many Mardi Gras is a drunken orgy of show me your ____s. But, for most of us, that’s not what Mardi Gras is all about. It’s about holding my daughter’s hand as we trot up to the floats to get cheap stuffed animals. It’s about watching her and Shirley’s eyes light up when they get a 5 cent piece of crap from a stranger! It’s about being with my son as he marches in the rain. It’s about seeing old friends that we’re too busy to visit otherwise. It’s about a thousand other really good things.

I need Mardi Gras. You know why? Guess what I will be doing without for Lent? A job. Some of my closest friends. Lunches and dinners at some of my favorite restaurants. Peace of mind behind government built levees. Neighbors who live in their homes instead of trailers.

BTW—For lunch, I ate a shrimp poboy-dressed. For dinner I ate at Café Roma yesterday. I got the book by Chris Rose. Ate Red Velvet cake and Banana Pudding (made by my girls). I took pictures at a local park too! It was a very good birthday.


French Quarter Fun
January 4th, 2006 under New Orleans, New Orleans Music, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: none ]

Cool GranpaShirley, Shirley Jr, and I went to the quarter last week and had great fun! We ate begnets, listened to music and had a great time. We also went to a party at B and Xy’s house on New Years Eve and went to the bonfire on Orleans Ave. It was great to be with them and the Homans. We’re intentionally doing more New Orleans things when I’m in town like eating a muffaletta from Central Grocery
or playing at City Park. Take a look at my latest pictures.

New Orleans is really amazing. It has a wonderful mix of folks and great artists, musicians and cooks. It is such a unique place.

It has been a real gift to live here. But Katrina has taught me a lot. Although I would love to be a part of the New New Orleans. Family is more important. Wherever they are, I will be happy.

Pray for us as we face the uncertain days ahead. Thanks for your love and support.


Night Out with Shirley
December 30th, 2005 under Food, Friends, Katrina, New Orleans, New Orleans Music, Politics, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: 7 ]

BoneramaShirley and I had a wonderful night last night. It really began with a trip to the Esplanade mall after dropping her mom off at the airport. Shirley’s mom is the sweetest person I know. It’s really hard to say goodbye to her. When she lived in Memphis and drove down to New Orleans, we could usually talk her into staying a few extra days. Shirley bought a sexy top for our special evening. SHE’S SO HOT!

We started off with dinner at Dick & Jenny’s at 4501 Tchoupitoulas St. It was almost as good as Jacques Imo’s! We found out yesterday that Jacques is opening today. It was so good to eat fine New Orleans food! The Crescent Cafe in Nashville does an excellent job with Gumbo, Red Beans, and Po-Boys, but I was ready for some Alligator Sausage Cheesecake. (The only thing that it resembles in a traditional cheesecake is the richness of the flavor.) The food was unbelievable. It reminded me that New Orleans has the best food in the world…period.

We missed the Zion Harmonizers, but saw all of Bonerama and Cowboy Mouth. Bonerama is so-named because the band consists of a drummer, an unbelievable guitarist, a tuba player (haven’t heard a tuba solo that good since Galactic. As a matter of fact, I haven’t heard a tuba solo since Galactic.) and four trombonists! They were very cool! I’ve got to get their CD.

I got to tell Fred how much I appreciate his music and he gave me a hug! I also got to tell Chris Rose, the T-P columnist, that his post-Katrina articles inspired me while I was in Nashville and made me feel a little at home too. He hugged me and said, “Welcome home brother!” That was cool!

Of course, Cowboy Mouth tore the f-ing walls down! Their new songs really are great, but if you’re not from here you really won’t understand them. Fred’s promise to send us home “hoarse, horny, and happy” was realized!

Nights like last night make me want to stay in New Orleans forever. A total stranger walked up to us in the House of Blues and said, “I’ve noticed you and your wife sitteing here and I want you to know you’re the luckiest man in the f-ing world! I can tell you guys have been together a long time and your wife is f-ing beautiful man! Have a happy New Year!”

Only in New Orleans!

I took Shirley Jr to our favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch today. It was great to eat at Lan’s Palace again! However, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. They were looted during Katrina. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for them to know that they might deliver their wonderful food to someone who looted them.


Happy Birthday Shirley!
December 7th, 2005 under Shirley. [ Comments: 2 ]

December 8th is going to be very difficult for me. It’s Shirley’s birthday. We usually go to Jacques Imo’s and have Alligator Sausage Cheesecake. We’ve been together since I was sixteen, so it’s very difficult not to be with her. It’s also really tough for her right now too. She’s been a single parent for several months now. Please pray for her.

I love you sweetie. I’ll be home soon.


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