Monday, July 31, 2006

Ruthie Monday the XVI

To offset the New Orleans a Year Later photo series, Ruthie Monday will remain the anchor of my blogging week as always.

My garden is OUT OF CONTROL big right now. This is the time of year when I let go and let the jungle do it's thing.

Ruthie loves it, though.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Lower Ninth Ward, July 26, 2006: III

The anniversary of Katrina approaches and I am posting* current pictures of the city -not in memoriam, but as updates on our progress here in New Orleans (or lack thereof).

Our hurricane season starts in August and lasts
through October-ish and I am starting to get nervous.

*I don't spend much time at my desk during the weekends, so pictures will crop up during the work weeks to follow.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Faceless House Update

taken early November, 2005

This is the closest faceless house to mine. I have been keeping tabs on it. The thing is right in the middle of busy, busy non-flooded New Orleans. The neighborhood has been dealt terrible architectural blows this year with the collapse of mansion-sized buildings along with the burning of the Coliseum and the very, very old Baptist church on Camp Street.
Two weeks ago, I saw what appeared to be a meeting between a contractor/engineer type person and a very old man. They were standing in front of the house, on Erato. I thought, "Oh good, they will save it." There is a nice house under that asbestos siding.

Well, a few days ago, the front part of the roof, once seemingly supported by a Tupperware storage container, fell onto the sidewalk.
taken yesterday, July 24, 2006

Very sad. Maybe the man who owns it is just to old to deal? Maybe the old man lives there and was curious as to whether or not the owner would ever fix it?

There are four active mailboxes on this this house, by the way. I have seen the mailman deliver and evidence of life within. That is even more sad.

UPDATE: I was trying to get the pictures to upload all day. I wrote the text this morning and this afternoon I saw the elderly man standing across the street from the building, embracing himself, staring at the building very sadly.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Ruthie Monday XV

Miranda's back in town!

Missed you, woman.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

Ruthie Monday XIV

How Ruth-Anne gets caught being bad.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Falstaff Building

Mid City, New Orleans, on a rainy (thank God) day.

Falstaff is an American beer originally produced by Lemp Brewing in 1903 and discontinued in 2005. In its later years, it was brewed by Pabst.*

* Taken from Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Jess + Manna = Violet!

My sister Amanda had a little baby girl! She came out at home* on July 4th, at 11:57 am 7lbs 14 oz. Yay!



= Violet!

*with the help of two midwives, Kelcy and Maureen.

Love you, Manna!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ruthie Monday XIII

A Perk of Being Wee:

After a nice, long morning walk, Ruth-Anne doesn't mess around. She heads straight for the doggie fountain and settles in for a refreshing soak... I wish I could do the same. She actually turns around three times before plunking.

1. climb in
2. find the perfect place to plop down
3. Ahhh...

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Way New Orleans Tears Out Railroad

A typical finished project:

In front of Blue Plate, Gert Town

More Gert Town Pictures at The New Orleans Kid Camera Project

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tents at Tulane and Broad

Since the curfew for juveniles has been put into effect, it has been discovered that many of the kids have come back, parents AWOL. Since a parent or guardian is required to get a kid out, that's a problem not anticipated by the system. It has been said that these tents have been erected in order to house all the kids rounded up.

They are out behind Orleans Parish Prison.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Ruthie Monday XII

Mabel is a patient and true friend...

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Like Animundi, I too wish to share what Suspect Device says about our hurricane-preparedness:

It is cut-off on the site.