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Sat Feb 25 23:02:53 CST 2017 Oh, no! :-o
A truck plowed into the crowd at Carrollton and Orleans during
Endymion. Twenty-one people sent to the hospital. That's the parade
I wanted to go to NOLA to see.
Sat Feb 25 22:27:11 CST 2017 Concave Broke
If I'd've gone to New Orleans for the Garden District parades as
I planned to, I'd be concave broke by Monday.
Wed Feb 22 18:23:03 CST 2017 House Bill 610
It's really beginning.
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be
used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of
public schools. In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary
and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law
and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act): ESSA is a big
comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners,
AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native
Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School
Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids
Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting SN kids, no mention
of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to
provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve
conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying
and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and
reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as
restraints and seclusion).
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House
Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.
PLEASE copy and paste. Thank you.
Tue Feb 14 10:31:31 CST 2017 Caught Myself Dancing
Caught myself dancing soft-shoe in the elevator, then let myself
go back to dancing soft-shoe in the elevator.
Mon Feb 13 12:57:46 CST 2017 How to Survive a Plague
Anyone genuinely interested in activism might want to read the
book and watch the documentary film, which is currently available
France, David. How to survive a plague: the inside story
of how citizens and science tamed AIDS. New York: Alfred
A. Knopf, 2016. ISBN: 9780307700636
Wed Feb 1 21:13:01 CST 2017 A Set of Ideas
I would like for people to understand that the Constitution of
the United States isn't just a document. It's a set of ideas that
consider the welfare and well-being of not just some of the people,
but all of the people. My loyalty is not only with the Constitution.
It's also to the welfare and well-being of our fellow and sister
Sun Jan 29 23:24:02 CST 2017 This Hateful Government
I will not abide or consent to this hateful government of which
we have been made subject.
Wed Jan 25 10:53:10 CST 2017 Idiots like the Cheeto
There's a way to keep he who will govern without the consent of
the governed from rendering upon us one disaster after another:
Contact your senators and congress persons, and all those who
are a part of the system of checks and balances, conceived by
our Founding Fathers to reign in idiots like the Cheeto.
Mon Jan 16 13:13:23 CST 2017 ACA Coverage Concerns
For those worried about ACA coverage for themselves and their
families. Senator Elizabeth Warren's office said they are being
flooded with calls, as are the offices of Speakers Ryan and
McConnell. Senator Warren's staff member said what would help the
most would be to call the five Republican senators who have broken
away from the GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal. Tell them
how much you appreciate their efforts to stop the train wreck and
share your story.
Senator Bob Corker - (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski - (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman - (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy - (202) 224-582
Cut and pasted-feel free to share.
Sun Jan 1 17:28:19 CST 2017 Resolution No. 1
I resolve to randomly dance with joy while listening to Social
Wed Nov 16 07:21:51 CST 2016 Dear fellow and sister old-timers:
If you're not okay about the younger folk with tattoos and multiple
piercings, just stay home and watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
Sun Nov 13 19:27:59 CST 2016 One thing or another.
To speak hateful things and in hateful context is one thing. To
write and post them is entirely another. Those who do will be held
responsible for the nature of the content they create and disseminate.
Thu Nov 10 08:56:13 CST 2016 Our Founding Fathers
Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of an educated, enlightened,
and informed populace and in those our fellow and sister Americans
are failing us.
Mon Nov 7 21:43:19 CST 2016 Content On Demand
Thinking about it ... "content on demand" didn't begin with network
streaming. No. It first began with people using VHS VCRs in SLP
mode to record a week's worth of their favorite TV shows, then
watching them at their own leisure while fast forwarding through
Fri Nov 4 15:20:21 CDT 2016 I Couldn't Help Myself
It's a culinary habit of mine to have wine with food, last night's
meal being stuffed cabbage rolls with a German Black Forest wine.
Someone in our party inquired, "Are you a much of wine drinker,
Robert?" I couldn't help myself. "Not as much as I am picky about
the beer that I drink."
Mon Oct 31 14:32:17 CDT 2016 Dear Frat-daddy.
We are not part of your world so please don't try to include us
in it. This coffee shop is not your frat house or man cave. You
are a loud-mouthed tourist to those of us who are long-time regulars
here. Please try to behave with a little class and leave the co-eds
alone. Thank you. =^..^=
Fri Oct 14 18:15:03 CDT 2016 Remarkable First Lady
Michelle Obama is one remarkable First Lady. At my age and in my
mind, she tops the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the elegance
Sun Oct 9 11:17:08 CDT 2016 Where there is Misogyny
Where there is misogyny, there is a host of other evils.
Mon Sep 19 13:41:07 CDT 2016 Dear New Age Homeowner:
The neighborhood cats were here long before you rolled up in your
anthillmobile. We like our neighborhood cats and they are a fact
of life in this neighborhood. Deal with it because we don't care
HOW much you spent on the central air that strains the area power
grid and that hot tub that bleeds the water pressure dry. =^..^=
Mon Aug 29 07:48:57 CDT 2016 Hole No.3
Landlord's fix-it guys drilled holes into the bedroom air conditioner
so water would drain out instead of inside the bedroom. Third
drill hole went though the coil.
Wed Aug 17 22:49:21 CDT 2016 Spanish Town Bob's Laundry Tips
Few things murder mildew like pine cleaner. Floodwater and bilge
stains demand boosters like borax, washing soda, and oxy-cleaners.
Pre-wash, pre-treat, and second-rinse if you can. If you can get
a garden hose or a faucet to it post-salvage, all the better. Time
is of the essence. The most dire cases should be handled boot-camp
style using Fels-Naptha laundry soap.
Mon Aug 15 11:46:32 CDT 2016 Empathy dictates
Empathy dictates that those who have been rescued from their homes
and neighborhoods, who have lost everything, who have had something
extraordinary happen to them, might need a little peace time to
deal with what has just happened to them.
Sun Aug 14 11:00:48 CDT 2016 Quiet Little Old Man
When I can think of nothing I can do or say that would help in
any way, I'm a pretty quiet little old man wanting to stay out of
Fri Aug 12 13:05:43 CDT 2016 In my own words.
A few things you night not know about floodwaters. You night not
know how deep it is. You night not know what's in it. You night
not know what's under it. You might not know where it's flowing.
Try to stay off the roads and definitely stay clear of floodwaters.
Mon Aug 8 22:10:47 CDT 2016 A Dancer's Bow
Instead of learning to be like
Let us first first learn to be
Thu Aug 4 09:00:35 CDT 2016 Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield (2008) is now included with Amazon Prime Membership.
Tue Aug 2 11:02:07 CDT 2016 Stop pretending.
Stop pretending that your greed and selfishness are Christian
Tue Aug 2 08:13:45 CDT 2016 Life is Good.
Neighbors want to pay me to hang out with their dog? Yeah. Life
is good. :-)
Mon Aug 1 10:14:13 CDT 2016 What do you do?
What do you do when you're a basic shy and sensitive, and someone
treats you like you're a nuisance and a creeper? :'-(
Wed Jul 27 11:17:31 CDT 2016 Baby Boomers
One thing you can't slight on us baby boomers: when ordering a
cup of coffee or tea, most of us won't ask for more extras and
ingredients than a pharmaceutical cocktail.
Fri Jul 22 09:11:22 CDT 2016 Some Things to Consider
The shooting death of Alton Sterling resulted in public demonstrations
that were peaceful and reflected a sense of civic unity seldom
seen elsewhere. The shooting deaths of three members of law
enforcement resulted in a massive outpouring of support from our
local communities and business establishments. There are really
lovely people here. That means Baton Rouge can be a better place
than we've known it to be.
Thu Jul 21 13:57:39 CDT 2016 In a month and a day,
I'll be working in a position for which - among other things -
I can enjoy my favorite pencils and fountain pens, and show off
my best handwriting and penmanship.
Mon Jul 11 14:59:06 CDT 2016 In the 70802
Loudest human-made noises I've heard over the weekend were the
police helicopters and spotter planes.
Sun Jul 10 08:30:32 CDT 2016 Status-seeking Posers
One thing that hasn't changed over the years: the status-seeking
posers are always with us.
Thu Jul 7 09:13:01 CDT 2016 Stand and Chill
No questions asked.
No judgment passed.
I'll hold myself still.
I'll stand and chill.
Wed Jul 6 10:09:14 CDT 2016 H A P P Y \o/ B I R T H D A Y !
Happy Birthday! to His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Thu May 26 08:36:48 CDT 2016 Nerdist Podcast
"We live in an era of the franchise industrial complex."
- Duncan Jones
Available Online: http://nerdist.libsyn.com/duncan-jones
Wed May 25 08:53:39 CDT 2016 Quote
If I could get my
membership fee back,
I'd resign from the
- Fred Allen
Fri May 6 07:43:35 CDT 2016 Make this country great again?
For starters, how about a country without cat-calls and lynch mobs? When
mega-corporations and mega-churches pay their fair share of the tax
burden? When qualified and able men and women can earn a college degree
absolutely free? When adequate health-care and Internet access becomes
a public good? When ethnic and sexist slurs are publically banned,
and hateful creeps are publically shunned? OK. I'll stop now.
Wed May 4 09:08:22 CDT 2016 Nerdist Podcast: Funcomfortable
"Goth barbecue. Where the meat is always dark and the chicken cuts
itself." - Chris Hardwick
Available online: http://nerdist.com/nerdist-podcast-funcomfortable/
Tue Apr 26 15:04:54 CDT 2016 Contemplating My Retirement
Contemplating my retirement somewhere there is good public transit and
I will never overhear an ethnic, homophobic, or misogynist slur.
Sat Apr 23 12:35:59 CDT 2016 Signature S.T.F.U.
My signature S.T.F.U. is "Kindly, if you will." articulated with elegance
Thu Apr 21 22:18:46 CDT 2016 Commonwealth Cosmetics
"Commonwealth" is cosmetic language for "We're an empire and we're
going to take your resources from you."
Mon Apr 11 10:36:45 CDT 2016 Foghorn Leghorn Calling
Answered the phone at the help desk and I could JUST SWEAR it was
Foghorn Leghorn calling.
Wed Apr 6 21:17:40 CDT 2016 Motor Vehicle Morons
A young friend was riding her bicycle in a designated bike lane when she
was struck by a motorist in a blue sedan that left the scene. :-( Except
for bruises and scratches, she's OK and a report has been filed. Ya'll
be careful and watch out for these motor vehicle morons.
Tue Apr 5 09:14:34 CDT 2016 Post-Wedding Back-to-Work
Three amazing days. Gorgeous weather, annual leave from work, and
Tue Mar 29 07:02:12 CDT 2016 Pre-dawn Diurnal with Sister Moon
Sister Moon watches over me as I exit the stairs to make my way through
the blueness of the twilight. Decrepit bus, decrepit city, I do not
mind as I walk this pre-dawn diurnal, a walking yoga that stills the
mind as the body moves one step at a time.
Mon Mar 21 08:52:46 CDT 2016 Nice People Here
This isn't always the best place to live and work but there are nice
people here and we always manage to find each other.
Sat Feb 20 12:04:30 CST 2016 Next Door Neighbors
"Honey, lets go to Lucy's. That place on the corner is sketch."
Tue Feb 16 00:12:46 CST 2016 Alien (1978)
Of all the "cuts" I've seen of this film, none are as terrifying as
the original theatrical release.
Fri Jan 29 20:51:43 CST 2016
Longest "parade" on this night are the cars going east on Spanish
Fri Jan 29 08:58:51 CST 2016 RIP, HRM, King George III
On this day in 1820 King George III died. Dubliners were told to paint
their doors black to mourn his passing and the naughty Irish painted
their doors anything BUT black.
Tue Jan 26 13:06:06 CST 2016 The Risk Isn't Worth Taking
Even if you don't believe that karma will bite your ass nine ways from
Sunday, the risk isn't worth taking.
Don't Screw People Over
Sun Jan 24 00:38:53 CST 2016 Sad Posse Clown
If you are jealous and hateful of someone because they like their job and
they're good at it, you are one sad posse clown who needs to get a life.
Fri Jan 22 20:01:50 CST 2016 Bayou Country Superfest, 2016
So that local friends may plan their activities accordingly, the Bayou
Country Superfest will be May 27 - 29, 2016. Tickets went on sale today.
Mon Jan 11 08:17:16 CST 2016 David Bowie (1947-2016)
An oddity is a precious thing.
Mon Jan 4 23:13:24 CST 2016 Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
The river is now at flood stage. Let's all go stand atop a parking
garage and watch the idiots walk on the levee and let their kids play
on the booms.
Fri Jan 1 23:09:37 CST 2016 Resolution No. 1
Stop hating myself.
Thu Dec 31 15:50:07 CST 2015 NYE 2015 Plans
Put on a kilt (for Hogamany), pour a glass of wine, and listen to R.E.M.
Mon Dec 28 18:24:20 CST 2015 Sense of Atmosphere
One of the attibutes of "Star Wars: 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire
Strikes Back'" that endears me to them is an unmistakable sense of
atmosphere. Everything after that always seems to fall flat.
Mon Dec 21 11:48:27 CST 2015 An Odd One
I had it in mind that I'd be an "odd one" for not wanting to own or
operate an automobile. Lo and behold, it seems that quite a lot of
"millennials" don't want to, either.
Sun Dec 20 12:25:36 CST 2015 Recommended Movies on Netflix
Short Term 12
People, Places, Things
Your Sister's Sister
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
The One I Love
Mon Dec 14 11:46:19 CST 2015 Nerdist | Silversun Pickups
Silversun Pickups chat with Chris and Kyle about life on the road,
meeting their heroes and life back in L.A. They also talk about their
newest album Better Nature, and they play three songs for the podcast!
Wed Dec 9 09:03:33 CST 2015 John Lennon at Shea Stadium
I remember footage of an interview with the Beatles at Shea Stadium
all those years ago and a teenaged John Lennon commenting, "We'll be
lucky if we last two weeks."
Fri Dec 4 20:50:20 CST 2015 Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is one of those programs the government cannot afford
NOT to fund. It is not a "welfare program" and may very well have saved
the government no telling how many times over the cost of funding it.
Mon Nov 30 08:16:45 CST 2015 My Own Choice of Words
I have my own choice of words for people who abandon their animals
without any attempt at arrangement for adoption or shelter. I have my
on verbal poison for those who dump them in our neighborhood, as if
we're the city animal dumping ground.
Sat Nov 28 19:42:01 CST 2015 Fraudluent Charges Horror Stories
Keep an eye on your bank and credit card transactions. The fraudulent
charges horror stories are starting to pop up like mushrooms.
Tue Nov 24 18:25:23 CST 2015 Suspicious ADT "Repair Person"
Homeowners using ADT security systems, please be on the alert for an
alleged ADT "repair person" that called upon a homeowner in the Oaks
Subdivision of Port Allen. When telephoned, the company replied they
had not sent anyone out there and would not do so unless the homeowner
Sun Nov 22 23:01:03 CST 2015 Why I Voted Early
No lines, no crowds, and you're in and out quick. If something like bad
weather or the job gets in the way on that day, there's still another
chance to cast your vote.
Tue Nov 17 09:03:32 CST 2015 Straight Folk
Straight folk who keep using the noun "fag" in my presence will be
regarded as a tourist and treated accordingly.
Tue Nov 10 10:24:43 CST 2015 So ... How was my Monday?
It started with this batty Tiger Trails bus operator carrying us down the
wrong way in a construction zone nearly colliding with another vehicle,
then she turns into the wrong way on North St.
Mon Nov 9 20:10:34 CST 2015 The Old Student Union
I miss the old student union when it wasn't some mini-mall food-court. I
miss the bowling alley, good coffee in heavy china mugs, and the old
bookstore with all kinds of neat stuff you wouldn't find anywhere
else. The barber shop is gone, too
Sat Oct 31 16:19:06 CDT 2015 "Fall Back"
Don't forget to "fall back" your non-networked time devices one hour
before you turn in for the night then help yourself to an extra hour
Wed Oct 28 21:43:01 CDT 2015 Mountain of Patience
Being condescended to is a sore point with me. I made my own way in
life and there were times when I figuratively - and literally - pulled
myself out of a situation by my own boot-straps my own sweat and my own -
rare as they may be - my own smarts. I can be a sweet human being and a
loyal friend. I can be a mountain of patience but when I've had enough,
that's it. I want absolutely nothing to do with someone who repeatedly
condescends to me.
Tue Oct 27 15:05:42 CDT 2015 Grow a Pair
When you finally grow a pair and start standing up for yourself, then
you're suddenly a total asshole in the of eyes of those who condescended
Mon Oct 26 09:39:29 CDT 2015
One of those times I should be grateful I live where I do. Highest
ground in the city. Spanish Town Historic District.
Mon Oct 19 23:48:49 CDT 2015 Whisker in the Eye
Nothing like trimming the ole beard and a whisker flies into an eye.
Mon Oct 12 09:29:30 CDT 2015 Monday Mornings
Nothing like waking up to the sound of exploding transformers and
wondering if you're going to have to get ready for work in the dark.
Sun Oct 11 11:31:18 CDT 2015 Haircut Selfies
I just realized that about the only time I take a "selfie" is when I
get a haircut so I can show the barber how I want it to look the next
Fri Oct 9 09:13:12 CDT 2015 Washer and Dryer
An increase in rent with the promise of a washer and dryer in my
apartment. Happy Friday.
Thu Oct 8 08:21:05 CDT 2015 Anguish of Abandonment
I'd rather keep to myself than risk the anguish of abandonment.
Wed Oct 7 15:37:32 CDT 2015 Do for Myself
I will do for myself before I will risk the injury of a broken promise.
Thu Oct 1 15:06:30 CDT 2015 #pinkwashing
When I refer to #pinkwashing, it's to those companies who surreptitiously
use the pink ribbon and breast cancer awareness month to boost their
sales and profits while donating very little to help fund breast cancer
research, diagnosis, and treatment. That is the original meaning of
the term hash-tagged above.
Mon Sep 28 08:27:54 CDT 2015 Two-thousand-dollar MacBook
First year freshman gets a two-thousand-dollar MacBook for college.
Two months into the semester, it's stolen. A few days later, first year
freshman gets another two-thousand-dollar MacBook.
Tue Sep 8 14:07:30 UTC 2015 Perpetually Snippy Co-workers
Perpetually snippy co-workers that zero in on your every mistake,
then make a building-wide production out of it.
Sun Sep 6 12:39:20 CDT 2015 Proud Parent Moment
I remember someone mentioning he'd gone to the Eastbay Costco with
his toddler a few weeks after this day year before last. "Daddy,
why Christmas? It isn't even Halloween yet."
Wed Aug 26 10:43:02 CDT 2015 Womens' Equality Day
On this day in 1920, women achieved the right to vote in the US.
Fri Aug 21 12:05:59 CDT 2015 Ashley Madison incident.
What people should be taking from this is that anything a person posts
on "the Internet" should be considered as either public or can be made
public at a moment's notice. Nothing is private.
Fri Jul 10 09:10:31 CDT 2015 25 years a conservationist
I've always been ashamed that I didn't embrace conservation until I
was twenty-nine years old because I might have made something more of
a difference had I done so ten years earlier.
These days, we are witness to a series of events that are almost too
complex to try to explain to an American public that is thoroughly
brainwashed by advertising and consumer culture.
Sat Jun 27 13:03:13 CDT 2015 #LoveWins
The best advocates aren't always the law-makers, judges, or heads of
state. Most of the time they are the everyday people you encounter who
like you just the way you are.
Wed Jun 24 09:36:52 CDT 2015 Practice speech.
If you should see or overhear me talking to myself, I'm practicing what
to say in public.
Tue Jun 23 09:13:21 CDT 2015 Just be yourselves.
It is universally inappropriate to assume or co-opt an ethnicity or
socioeconomic class that isn't yours and to an underprivileged class
or a minority, it's also very insulting. Please don't.
Mon Jun 22 14:29:09 CDT 2015 Comb-over Punks
The best way to deal with a comb-over punk like Trump is not to give
them any attention in the first place.
Sat Jun 20 18:38:28 CDT 2015 Spanish Town Historic District
I remember when gas was less than a dollar a gallon and there were
fewer cars in this neighborhood.
Mon Jun 8 16:08:38 CDT 2015 little old man cake
When I'm in swimsuit shape for next summer, I'll be wearing one of those
classic 1920's tank suits men wore that cover the chest. I want to be
THE cutest little old man cake at the pool or on the beach.
Mon Jun 1 09:39:01 CDT 2015 Dietetic Poetics
I can now more easily move around, having taken off just those few