Just wanted to say stank you for all of the many birthday wishes I received today. Those of you who did not.....well. Mark your calendar for next year. Some of my pals dropped by to tell me Happy B'Day in person. Wasn't that nice?
Okay, I actually ran across these pics from last year and just had to post them again because they make me happy. And it's my birthday and I can do whatever I want.
As you probably know, we got snow and it was quite a shock! It lasted from around 7am to lunch time. Everyone seemed to be in a warm, fuzzy, Christmas mood until late afternoon when you could hardly tell that it had snowed AT ALL. Totally gone. But it was fun while it lasted!
(dusted palm trees)
(our backyard plants were like, "whaaaat?")
(nice shorts and Uggs, Mr?)
(Calvin got to wear his coat) (Brandy was happier than him)
(a shot from the our window)
(the results from the neighbor's snow play)
(only a New Orleans snowman has a floss-stick for a nose)
I was reading this article in the Gambit (local paper) about a TV show that was filmed in New Orleans in the late 80's. It was centered around a restaurant in the Treme area that supposedly "captured" the flavor of New Orleans perfectly. I was not familiar with it so of course I had to YouTube it. It was called "Frank's Place" and I must say, they did a pretty damn good job.
It was literally rescued from a dumpster in Hollywood and they are working to get it released on DVD maybe as a box set or something. The problem seems to be that a lot of the music and the theme song (by Louis Armstrong) would have to be purchased again for a DVD release. I would buy it.
Yeah, some of the acting is crap. But I think everyone who has ever been here can appreciate it.
Since I was a kid I have wanted some sort of amphibious vehicle like something from a James Bond movie. Well, I found the one I want. It's going to be around $85,000 when released in 2009/2010 so any donations will be appreciated.
I mean, couldn't you see me on the Mighty Mississippi in this baby? Or evacuating for the latest hurricane in style? Or saving animals in the next flood? I NEED this thing.
Do you ever "discover" a musician or group or song only to find out that the WHOLE world knows about it but you. Do you wonder how in the hell they slipped past you all of those years? Does this happen to anyone else? It has happened to me quite a few times.
Fleetwood Mac, for one. My BFF Elizabeth was playing them years ago in the car on the way to some gayish/ravey/dancey club in Jackson, Ms when I was like, "who the hell is this?" I now have most of their albums on vinyl.
Dirty Mind, by Prince. This one was introduced to me on a "mix CD" from another BFF, Kirschun. I know Prince. I almost dressed as Prince for Halloween a couple of years ago. I can act out the abuse scenes from Purple Rain. How did I miss this rockin' song?
Okay, back to Leonard Cohen. I never knew who he was. I never even realized that one guy sang all of these way cool songs. I've heard many of his songs in movies and loved them all. Now, I finally put it all together and realize that this old guy rocks my world. Great lyrics, greats songs, great voice.
I'm sure there will be more discoveries down the road, but until then, I'm going to enjoy this little golden nugget.
We had another helper! Sistah Grrrrl Kevin came for a visit this past weekend. I didn't know (s)he was such a powerhouse of a yard worker! (S)he was a HUGE help re-arranging the heavy furniture, shopping for a TV, hauling off stuff the garbage collectors won't pick up....just all sorts of stuff! There was a game plan and we stuck to it! I don't know how we accomplished sticking to the plan because booze was involved from before noon-until. (S)he was a MONSTA! Somebody gonna put a ring on that!
Maybe one day I'll post something besides house stuff.
But, I had a VERY successful day! It totally made up for the sucky one I had just had. I unpacked about 8 boxes of kitchen stuff. Washed, dryed, and put away everything on temporary shelves until we get the new kitchen cabinets done.
Then, I rearranged a bunch of boxes and organized my mess. Timmy came over with a gallon of frozen daiquiris and we worked some more. OUT WITH THE POWER TOOLS!!!! I cut 2 new shelves for the bathroom cabinet and removed the door. (sounds dumb, but it is better) Still have to replace the trim.
We moved a very heavy futon to his house which was a real back-breaker. Then I had to return the big flat-screen TV that I had bought the night before. It worked for about 15 mins and then it died right before my very eyes. Piece of junk. Next, a quick stop a Lowe's for more lumber. Then home. Cut two more shelves for bathroom cabinet. (in the dark with daiquiri in hand)
Installed the gas line to the stove. Moved some heavy furniture around. Then caught a cold. In that order.
Brandy is happy to have her new stove. It's shiny and everyone knows that Bran likes shiny. .
A very good day, indeed! Not sure what's next. We'll see. Maybe I'm on the ups!
All i wanted to do was have a productive night at home with a bottle of wine, a small plumbing project, a little natural gas-line hook-up, a quick balancing of the washer, and a slight shaving of a jammed door. It's Friday, why not.
Wrong parts for the gas-line for the third time.
Leaky seals on shower parts....again. And broke a part. 4th shower head. Long story.
Bought wrong tool for wood shaving.
And I'm not even going to look at the washer.
MOTHER FUCKING FUCK BALLS!!!!
Sorry, just had to get that out. Seems the only thing I can get right tonight is drinking and watching a shitty Queen Latifah movie on TBS. So here I sit. Damn it all.
I am now completely vented. Thanks for "listening."
I'm not the only one, though. Brandy and I BOTH forgot our 2nd anniversary. We suck. We've been on another planet for a while and we just.....forgot! My mom called tonight to tell me that she had been trying to reach me to wish us well but that was TWO DAYS AGO!!!!
Not only did we forget, but we forgot for TWO DAYS! We're lame.
Anyway, at least I'm off the hook since we both flaked out. I love her and her bad memory.
If anyone ever asks me the question "where were you when Obama was announced as the new prez?" the answer will be that I was in the utility room (a little drunk) trying to hook up my new washer/dryer combo. I heard all of these people in the street screaming and such. What the hell? I almost spilled my wine trying to get off the floor to see who had been shot! Don't do that to a brotha in New Orleans! Jeez. Anyway, washer/dryer works. Oh, the little things! I'm so proud.
And yet another item to be proud of.....our new poop can for the back yard. It was tastefully decorated by Mrs. B. I would love for there to be some black hole somewhere in the yard that would just suck up and dispose of all things poo, but until I find it I will be happy to use this fancy bucket.
Okay, it has been a while since I have posted anything but I'm starting to get back to the real world. Brandy and I have been in the new house for about a week now. It is still half boxed up and there is still a LOT to be done. We have accomplished a lot, but only because of the help of our ROCK STAR friends.
Christie and Kenny (and his bro one day!) came down for VooDoo Fest and helped us do all sorts of stuff around the house. There is no way we could have done so much alone. Festivals and home repairs mixed with lots of drinks? How did you do it? Thank you guys a million!!!!
Some of the tasks at hand were.....
demo of the ugly columns with my new SLEDGE HAMMER!!!!....
cutting down the ugly tree........
removing the 1970's metal trim from the window......
chipping away the mortar to re-brick the flower beds......
trimming the HUGE lemon tree.....
The list just goes on and on. Again, our friends are ROCK STARS!!!!
And then comes my replacement. We had to order all new appliances. They came in the other day and I have since been on the back burner. Brandy is now in love with her new fridge. She actually hugs it. (i swear) She rubs it and tells it "good morning." (i swear) I think she would sleep in there is it wasn't so cold. She's a happy girl.
We have lots of work left so I'll put up some pics when we get more done. Can't wait for some visitors in our new guest room!!
Well, our house is all boxed up, the utilities are set up to be transferred, the animals are weirded out.....it's officially moving time. Our lives have been totally taken over with buying this house and preparing for the move. I have never had to deal with so many phone calls, papers, signing of the papers, etc. We are just ready to be done! We close on the 22nd and move on the 23rd so if we havn't called lately, it doesn't mean we don't like you anymore. It just means our phone is probably in a box somewhere. Wish us luck!
I effin' hate this show SO MUCH! These people have to be the most annoying people on the planet. Zoe and her clone assistants, Brad and Taylor, all talk like babies. Valley Girl meets Paris Hilton meets retard. That sums it up.
I hoff bick hayeor. (I have big hair.)
Shuh up, reet neow. (Shut up, right now.)
Ahm so dyeeing reet neow! (I'm so dying right now!)
Knoxt wick es Faush'n Wick. (Next week is Fashion Week.)
Ah mah gah, Tiller, Brahed, I cuh dah! (Oh my god, Taylor, Brad, I could die!)
Do you get my drift?
To hear these people talk makes me want to jam ice picks in both of my ears. I mean, it kills me! I cannot stop hating on them! But I have to go for now.......it's back on.
So when we heard that Gustav was coming, we did what anybody else would have done. Gas up, get supplies, and have a dress-up party at Timmy's house.
Then the reality came with the regular sights and sounds. Boarding up, PANIC on the news, everyone saying we were going to be wiped off the face of the earth. The normal stuff.
Well, Brandy begged me to take the animals outta there and I didn't want to be without A/C for that long.....so I went.
Pictures are not needed to describe what it's like to go home. "Why would you want to live in a place like that anyway?" "You should just move back home." "You should really go see so-and-so because, you know, she's getting REALLY old...."
Screw this. No A/C or not, I was going home.
So it was the regular stuff there, too.
(and yes, Mr Peepers survived the staum!)
We had to either cook or throw out all of the meat in T's fridge so we made it into MeatFest 2008 and just cooked it all. Pretty good. Other than that, we just drank and drank and drank some more. We got drunk enough to not really care about how hot it was or how hard it was to find ice.
One down. Probably a few more hurricanes to go. Then two whole weeks of fall! I can't wait!
There is a large mythical creature roaming the streets of New Orleans. Behold, the Pothole Killer. It is a lean, mean, pothole-filling machine. It dispenses tar and pebbles and magic to repair potholes and nobody even gets out of the beast. It was sighted from my balcony. If you have not seen it in action, you will now.