Tue Jan 20 23:58:20 CST 2015 Life in the "un-suburbia" It's no accident this neighborhood is a historical favorite hide-out haven for professors, graduate students, and other intellectuals. Where else could an adolescent be introduced to such books as "The Hobbit" and "The Last Whole Earth Catalog?" Spanish Town is the "un-suburbia" where a person could live and enjoy having little to do with "the establishment." Nestled between two Interstate highways, downtown, and the state capitol, looking all the world like an old New Orleans neighborhood, it's a ramshackle and gingerbread postage stamp sized slice of the Bywater. Given its population density, Spanish Town is a surprisingly quiet neighborhood, though sometimes quite noisy. All the same, residents enjoy a modicum of quietness and privacy. Spanish Townies dislike suburbs, prefer a neighborhood they can walk around in, keep lifestyles approaching the Bohemian, and some claim this neighborhood is the only way they can stand living in Baton Rouge. This neighborhood is not the kind of place for those requiring modern living spaces and creature comforts. Spanish Town has a something of a weeding process in the form of living spaces that are often tiny and always old. Off-street parking is rare. So are dishwashers, central air conditioning and heating, and laundry facilities. Its always been a relatively safe neighborhood where even the oddest of us are usually harmless. Part of it may be that to the casual observer, much of Spanish Town looks as if no one owns any thing of value that might be worth stealing. Capitol Grocery is the oldest standing grocery store in the city, though it hasn't been a full-service grocery for the past twenty years or so and the name has changed to Spanish Town Market. It will always be Capitol Grocery to me. Fri Jan 16 18:42:11 CST 2015 Cantankerous Old Man I remember a cantankerous old man who bought a new Dodge "mini-truck" (as it was often referred to in the mid-1980s). It was such a lemon, he painted, "I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A NISSAN!" on all sides of the vehicle. Sat Jan 3 16:17:20 CST 2015 Lugubrious Litany It's a lugubrious litany to know at least three people injured in automobile accidents that were NOT their fault and years later, they're still suffering. The insult to injury is a veritable nightmare experience to get anything approaching equitable compensation for the required medical procedures and expenses. Wed Dec 31 09:44:10 CST 2014 Snug as a Bug Last Night: wrapped myself up in a favorite old kilt. Six yards of worsted wool. Snuggled myself in a cocoon of heavy blankets. Woke up sweating this morning. #dumbass Fri Dec 26 23:16:01 CST 2014 My Lucky Stars I thank my lucky stars that I don't work retail sales and for having the empathy to appreciate why. Thu Dec 11 08:31:15 CST 2014 The Decent Human Beings I'd like to think the decent human beings are the reason the planet hasn't fallen from its axis and plummeted into oblivion. Mon Nov 10 09:12:22 CST 2014 Misguided Asshole You're condescending to a force you are by no means competent to reckon with, you misguided asshole. Sat Oct 11 21:46:16 CDT 2014 The Atheist and the Zealot The atheist who harms no one is more acceptable to a single universal truth than a mean-spirited zealot who wants to harm anyone and everyone who doesn't proclaim the zealot's twisted and perverse religious beliefs. Tue Sep 23 09:28:01 CDT 2014 Common Sense Prevails Common sense prevailed when a Lafayette judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. People knew the ban would be found as such and it was only a matter of time that a ruling had to be made. What may have helped things along is the ban was so obviously hateful and mean-spirited, it disgusted a lot of Louisianians who'd otherwise not have been concerned. Thu Sep 18 22:09:23 CDT 2014 Aye, ye Scotland The Scottish have never been very chummy with Britain and harbor a spirited dislike with the Tories (British Conservatives), notably following the governance of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The current PM and his lot are Tories. Im the simplest of terms, that's about it. Thu Sep 18 22:08:27 CDT 2014 Long before MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, and even AOL, we were dialing into community bulletin boards (BBSes), where the login screen would read, "Consider everything you post here to be public." Thu Sep 18 22:05:49 CDT 2014 My local musician friends like me because I respect them and will not post any of their content on social media without their permission. Thu Aug 21 21:44:48 CDT 2014 I Give Up I've pretty much given up keeping a public transit journal. I doubt seriously that it would have facilitated any kind of worthwhile result, or that anyone else really cares.
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