2010 status updates
In reverse chronological order
December 21, 2010
“Most of the things I don’t need, I already got.”
- my friend Glen, while shopping
December 20, 2010
“No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. ‘Do this or you’ll burn in hell.’ You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.”
- Ricky Gervais
December 8, 2010
Christmas comes early: bought an elliptical trainer! Even better: Ed is putting it together while I relax. Ed’s Reward: fantastic pizza from The Italian Pie for supper. Tomorrow: begin to exercise away pizza.
December 7, 2010
“Make your own dream. That’s the Beatles’ story, isn’t it?…If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.” - John Lennon
November 28, 2010
While browsing through the TV listings, I spotted a show called “Rehab Addict.” Hmmm, I’m not a big fan of reality TV, but I would totally watch that… Except that it’s actually a show about renovating and flipping homes. Not a show about people who crave twelve-step programs.
November 26, 2010
(Co-worker Earl Wheeler murdered during Bayou Classic) I’m crying for you, Earl. You were a stand-up guy, and I never saw you without a smile on your face. Why does this have to happen? Why???
November 23, 2010
Michael Caine: “When I was writing my first [autobiography], I talked with Kirk Douglas, who had written one of his own. I told him that the lawyers were always saying, ‘You can’t say that or you’ll get sued.’ He said to me, ‘Write fiction, Michael. You can tell the truth.’ Isn’t that a great line?”
November 17, 2010
Fact: the biggest increases in the national debt came during the administrations of REPUBLICAN presidents.
November 1, 2010
“Silence is the unanswerable insult.” - unknown
October 25, 2010
Why, dammit, why do some customers feel compelled to touch my ass? I hate being touched unexpectedly by strangers while I’m singing.
October 6, 2010
There are 195 countries on planet Earth, and if you added up the military spending of the 194 of them that aren’t the United States, you’d still have less than what we are spending. (There is always enough money for war.)
September 22, 2010
It’s been raining with the sun shining over here. We used to say, “The devil’s beating his wife.” Which always confused me as a kid: The devil is married??? To who? How come this isn’t mentioned anywhere else?
August 27, 2010
Remembering Katrina is like re-living it… the despair, uncertainty, and sense of loss is still fresh, and it’s still very upsetting five years later. (And we were some of the lucky ones who had minimal property damage.)
August 24, 2010
“It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
August 14, 2010
People don’t believe me when I tell them I stopped listening to the radio (and any popular music) somewhere around the time of Kurt Cobain’s death, but it’s true. Last night was the first time I’d ever heard 1994’s “Basket Case” by Green Day, astounding the younger people who were near me when I professed ignorance.
July 29, 2010
Forty years ago today, my friend Alvin Babineaux started working at Pat O’Brien’s. I’m proud to be his friend and colleague!
July 16, 2010
What I’ve noticed about bullies: although they love to criticize, the first sign of criticism of them or pointing out holes in their logic just leads to cries of “unfair!” or quick construction of other strawman arguments to change the subject. What a thin veneer of bluster they have over all their insecurities.
June 28, 2010
This weekend, I ran into an old friend who made a surprise trip to town. Wow, it was so good to see him & reconnect. I urge all of you out there - if there is a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, give ’em a call. It will make both of your days. :-)
June 19, 2010
Zach Strief, offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints, came into Pat O’s last night and was cool enough to let everybody handle his Super Bowl ring.
June 10, 2010
Not been on the computer too much lately… Been very busy cleaning & moving into a new “break apartment” in the French Quarter. 200 square feet of air-conditioned heaven near Royal & Orleans. Pics to come…
April 17, 2010
“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” - Elbert Hubbard
March 20, 2010
Hooray for technology! Songs I performed last night by looking them up on my iPhone: Handy Man, Only The Lonely, We’ve Got Tonight, Last Kiss, I Only Want To Be With You.
March 18, 2010
“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts.
We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
- Roger Ebert
March 17, 2010
I thought all High Schools already had a Gay-Straight Alliance…. it’s called “Band.”
March 2, 2010
Mark Twain said “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.”
February 24, 2010
At dentist - looking at cracked tooth - just got shot, waiting for numbness to take effect. Wish me luck.
February 17, 2010
It was a l-o-n-g Carnival this year. The Saints victory parade last Tuesday kicked off a very well-attended week of parades (minus one rained-out night last Thursday.) There were just huge quantities of people in town, bigger than recent years, judging by how fast the parking on our street filled up (and stayed filled.)
February 16, 2010
Mardi Gras 2010 - Our group costume this year: Avatar! Or is that Ava-tards?
February 8, 2010
I just keep repeating, “The Saints won the Super Bowl!” in my head and the smiling won’t stop. Just bought a black and gold fleur-de-lis king cake from Haydel’s Bakery!
February 8, 2010
Super Bowl XLIV was watched by an estimated 106.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in television history — eclipsing even the 1983 finale of MAS*H for most-watched of all time.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 8:49pm CST
SAINTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL
A nuclear bomb of joy has just gone off in da Quarter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 4:45am CST
Win or lose, we couldn’t be prouder of our Saints. What a season!
January 27, 2010
Thought of a good drag name last night: “Syphilis Diller”
January 24, 2010
There is a brass band parading down Rampart, I hear celebratory gunfire in the near distance, it’s gonna be INSANE tonight. Oh my god, the Saints are going to the Super Bowl!!!!!!
January 24, 2010
People were FIRED UP at Pat O’s last night - I swear it was the loudest I’ve ever heard the crowd get when we played “When The Saints Go Marching In” somewhere around 10:00 last night. If the Saints win, tonight will be insane…
January 8, 2010
“I hate those e-mails where they try to sell you penis enhancers. I got ten just the other day. Eight of them from my girlfriend… But it’s the two from my Mom that really hurt.”
- from a comedian whose name I can’t recall.