2012 status updates
In reverse chronological order
December 31, 2012 at 8:26pm CST
It’s been years - I can’t even remember when the last time i’ve been off on New Year’s Eve. Well, not totally off - I’m just getting home from working a matinee. But instead of being onstage at midnight, I’ll be home with my hubby. That’s nice. (Of course, by midnight he’ll already be in bed, but still, home together!)
December 10, 2012 at 1:11pm CST
Ed has an amazing knowledge of early recorded music. Example: Without identifying it, I played “Heebie Jeebies” by Louis Armstrong for him and after listening for a minute, he couldn’t identify the artist, but knew it was an Okeh label record recorded with the Truetone process, and guessed 1925. He was off by a year- it was 1926.
December 5, 2012 at 3:46pm CST
Okay, this is just sad. 49% of Republican voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the 2012 election for President Obama. Actually, ACORN ceased to exist two and a half years ago.
December 3, 2012 at 6:07pm CST
In the last decade or so, I haven’t gotten out to the cinema as much as I’d like. However, this year I got a DVD-by-mail subscription and started to catch up on a lot of great things I’d missed. Click to see the list of all 43 films I saw this year.
November 19, 2012 at 3:01pm CST
In the 1950s incomes in the top bracket faced a marginal tax rate of 91, that’s right, 91 percent, while taxes on corporate profits were twice as large, relative to national income, as in recent years. The best estimates suggest that circa 1960 the top 0.01 percent of Americans paid an effective federal tax rate of more than 70 percent, twice what they pay today. America enjoyed spectacular, widely shared economic growth: nothing before or since has matched the doubling of median family income between 1947 and 1973. But today the conversation about top tax rates is whether raising them a hair above the current 35% is okay or not.
November 5, 2012 at 12:55pm CST
I will be glad to cast my vote for President Obama tomorrow. I would just for his support of my rights as a gay American. But even putting that aside, Democrats are far and away the better choice.
Worried about the economy? Let’s look at it.
Despite the Republican’s stated desire to see Obama fail, under President Obama, the stock market has had the second largest average annual gain experienced under any president, so far increasing its value by almost two-thirds. http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/obama-vs-hoover/
Economic data show more growth under Democrats: Over the past six decades, Republican administrations have produced median economic growth of 2.6 percent. Democratic administrations, meanwhile, have produced a median growth rate of 4.2 percent. http://bostonglobe.com/business/2012/11/01/stocks-story/imJJjC7EHDJwQJCtTB2b4O/story.html
Worried about “big government”? Republican administrations historically outspend Democratic administrations. http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2012/03/per-capita-government-spending-by-president.html
The budget deficit has been getting smaller every year of the Obama administration, even though that’s an incredibly hard thing to do when your revenues are in the toilet because of the recession. http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/10/chart-of-the-day-5.html
So, yeah, Barack Obama for President! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/barack-obama-for-president.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=all
October 8, 2012 at 1:54pm CDT
“Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.” - R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989)
September 16, 2012 at 2:44am CDT
Orleans and Royal, 2:41 am. Guy on bicycle yelling “Music! Movies! Porn! You’re in New Orleans, the greatest city in the universe. Give thanks!” He says it over and over as he heads toward Bourbon St.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 4:31pm CDT
Stocks have doubled in value since Obama took office. In April 2009, it was at 6,500. Friday’s close was 13,593.37
September 12, 2012 at 7:45pm CDT
Sad to think, but in our current political climate, I believe if a president said “Let’s do something great and grand!” the opposition party would do everything possible to thwart it. I’m glad we went in 1969, because America would never go to the moon today.
Monday, September 3, 2012 at 4:19pm CDT
Yay! Electricity back on at my house!! I think I’m the last person I know to get turned back on.
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2:23pm CDT
We have decamped from the Quarter and are now back in our still powerless home. It’s warm but breezy by the open door. We gotta go outside and start cleaning up tree branches around the house. Then I work tonight 9 pm to 4 am. New Orleans rolls along.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 5:11pm CDT
Still no electricity at home - just went back for a supply run. So it’s another night away from home. Hope power is back by tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 6:46pm CDT
We are spending the night at the “break apartment” in the quarter. It has electricity.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:28pm CDT
Hey everyone. Everything’s okay here. Lost power around 4 am. Still very windy. Loose tree branches scattered around the street. But we are okay. Family is okay too. One sister lost a chimney and another had a telephone pole break outside her house.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:50pm CDT
It is eerily quiet in the neighborhood. The school construction site next door is shut down, and there’s hardly any traffic. It’s peaceful. We had lunch at the Moon Wok in the Quarter. Was hard to find anything open - almost every bar and restaurant seems closed - but we were determined that life (or at least lunch) must go on despite the storm. Now we hunker down and wait. Ed is doing some last minute storm drain cleaning, and I’m listening to my favorite chill-out music.
Monday, August 27, 2012 at 4:06pm CDT
FYI: We will be staying at home for Isaac. We have our emergency supplies ready.
August 2, 2012 at 2:20pm CDT
Hey everybody, I am now the proud owner of a 1977-era Lowrey Organ: a “Symphonic Citation Theatre” model D500. This is exactly the kind of fancy organ I yearned to have when I started taking lessons in 1978, and the eleven-year-old in me is just giddy about finally owning one. (Huge thanks to Jan Schaeffer Cox & Ray for connecting me with the “organ donor” and facilitating the process.)
July 27, 2012 at 1:50pm CDT
View of the burned-to-the-ground Hubig’s Pies site, from the bedroom window of friends.
July 9, 2012 at 12:03pm CDT
“A clipboard and a confident wave will get you into any building in the world.” - from the movie “The Paper,” 1994
June 30, 2012 at 4:41pm CDT
Starting tomorrow, July 1st, the Piano Lounge at Pat O’Brien’s will become a NON-SMOKING room. Kudos to my employers for being forward-thinking on this. All the entertainers are ecstatic - no more people sitting inches away blowing smoke right at you while you’re trying to breathe/sing. I hope audiences will not respond to the new policy with hostility.
June 23, 2012 at 5:08pm CDT
We really only have one functioning political party in America. Democrats, who when occupying the presidency in the last two decades, govern moderately and dare I say it, even conservatively. I say a political party who wants to preserve current federal obligations (such as protecting Social Security and Medicare, food stamps and the like) should be considered the conservative party. The Republicans have devolved into radical ideologues that believe in things that are demonstrably untrue, and are utterly uncompromising even when you offer them their own positions. Details in this week’s column. http://10ksoapboxes.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/feel-the-news-republicans-unhinged/
May 21, 2012 at 3:27pm CDT
How do you titillate an ocelot? You oscillate its tits a lot.
May 14, 2012 at 6:38pm CDT
NYC Day 3: Museum of Sex (interesting exhibit on animal sexuality), Guggenheim (disappointing - half of it was closed), pastrami on rye at Katz’s Deli (delicious), now waiting for “Evita” to start. Home tomorrow.
May 13, 2012 at 8:38pm CDT
NYC day 2: visited the Whitney museum for their biennial exhibition (was just okay), walked around Central Park (beautiful), Chelsea Market for lunch (panini), many beers at the Duplex (gay piano bar), and then gyros for supper. Now crashing at hotel watching Family Guy. A good day!
May 12, 2012 at 8:25pm CDT
NYC vacation 2012, day 1: arrive, walk the High Line Park, burgers and beer for supper, crash early!
March 8, 2012 at 12:53pm CST
In the early Seventies, when I was just a child, we had “Patricia” by Perez Prado on some compilation album. This song lit a flame in me. I played it over and over, and I wanted so badly to be able to play the organ part. This was my first memory of wanting to be a musician.
February 28, 2012 at 3:02pm CST
I can’t keep Chris Pine, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth straight in my mind. It doesn’t help that they’re all in comic book movies or the most recent Star Trek movie or both.
February 21, 2012 at 10:54am CST
Group costume for Mardi Gras: the Republiclown presidential candidates. Walking in to quarter with society of St Anne.
February 20, 2012 at 2:28am CST
“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” Keeping one eye on Fight Club on AMC, listening to Debussy string quartets and chilling out on my last break. Crowds not so rowdy tonight. Thankfully. Last couple of nights have been real rough.
February 11, 2012 at 4:36pm CST
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.
- Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
- We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
- How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
- Take things always by their smooth handle.
- When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/01/decalogue-of-canons.html
February 4, 2012 at 3:41pm CST
If your goal is to reduce the number of abortions, then you should want Planned Parenthood operational and fully-funded. Planned Parenthood itself estimates that through its contraception services it prevents more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-planned-parenthood-actually-does/2011/04/06/AFhBPa2C_blog.html
January 20, 2012 at 7:13am CST
Birthday supper at K-Paul’s. Had the surf & turf - blackened drum fish with a blackened filet mignon. Leek and mushroom soup to start. Let me tell you, everything was delicious. I made little moans of pleasure after every bite.
January 9, 2012 at 4:17pm CST
Sugar Bowl last week, BCS game tonight… I’m so ready for all of our beloved visitors to go the hell back home. Love y’all, really, and thanks for the tips, but all the crowds and mayhem has my nerves frazzled. (My ‘weekend’ begins tomorrow, yippee!)
January 5, 2012 at 12:52pm CST
Today through Monday, I’ll be working afternoons (2-8) in the piano lounge at Pat O’s. We’ll be welcoming a hundred thousand of our closest friends from Baton Rouge as BCS Championship mania grips the city. Also, I can breathe through my nose again! Feeling much better now that the worst of my recent cold is over.