Monday, June 18, 2007


That is kind of how I saw it after being down here a few days.

This is going to be short, with bullet points, which will be extended once I have had a decent night's rest and haven't worked hard all day.

-The gym is beautiful.
-Arabi Food Store has great food.
-Someone needs to start calling on their congresspeople. No, everyone does. New Orleans and its surrounding parishes need help.
-Charissa and I are writing to big businesses and asking them why they can fix the backwards Taco Bell on Dodge Street but not the one in St. Bernard Parish.
-All you need is love. And with that will come Faith and Hope. (I Corinthians 13:13)


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

the roof was nearly on fire.

Our house caught fire today. Not our side of the duplex, but all the same, it is one house. Apparently, a cigarette was put out on a stump generally used as a stand, where it smoldered for an hour or so and finally got hot enough to catch the couch next to it on fire. This fire burned for awhile, melting the siding of the house. Luckily for me, two guys from up Webster about 4 houses saw the fire, and ran over to put it out. They grabbed the garden hose and started dousing everything. Got the couch and the log off the porch and sprayed water on everything for about half an hour. I was in the living room the whole time, completely oblivious to what was happening on my front porch. The fire department came and checked everything out, and the guys did the right thing. They were quick to respond and I owe them my life. TJ and Justin - you guys are amazing. Thank you so much for saving my life and our house.

Other than the few bad things that have plagued us, the house is amazing. I will photograph it once things are put away. It has high ceilings, tons of wood molding, wood floors...I love it. I got my room put together, for the most part, and things are slowly moving toward normalcy.

New Orleans in 2 days. I cannot wait to return to the city I love. I have missed her so. Have some photography plans for while I'm there, and looking forward to exploring possibilities with my new camera. Going to have to read the owner's manual on the way down I'm afraid.
But that's okay. Hopefully it will result in some amazing views of the French Quarter, Ninth Ward, Slidell, etc. Yeah buddy.

That is all for now I suppose. It is late and I've been up since 7. Good night.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


I thought I was going to start this blog. I got busier than I could have ever imagined over the last semester of college. Things have changed. I've learned a lot. And yet, here I am. This post will be short.

I am addicted to New Orleans.

Currently, I am reading "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast" by Douglas Brinkley. It is a history of the week following the Hurricane, and it has been a great read. I have learned a lot about the events leading up and following the hurricane in the city as well as all along the gulf coast.

I am done running for a while. I hurt my knee and have had to take time off. But this weekend I will be getting a bike and biking everywhere.

Saturday we move to Dundee. I'm very excited.

Thursday of next week, we head back to New Orleans. Caitlin has been lucky enough to receive the funding to stay down there for a month, volunteering with Operation Blessing. Without PT School, I'm pretty sure I'd be looking to do the same. Perhaps for longer. The first trip we took, I looked into doing AmeriCorps, but with school and the time frame I'm on, it wasn't possible. In any case, New Orleans is my second home and I will take care of it best I can. I am hoping to get a rotation down there, perhaps at LSU Med School or at a PT clinic in the city (if there are any). Very cool.

So for now, that is all. Pretty much everything I wrote in my last entry has changed. Alas, life goes on. Do what you want and love what you do.