Friday, April 25, 2008

Another twist

My husbands trip to Iraq has been delayed to July. So I'll be headed to Jazzfest. My brother and I work at the Cochon de Lait booth for half the day and enjoy Jazzfest for the rest. Plus we get paid just enough to cover the gas expenditure to get there. WHAT A DEAL!.....see you there!

THERE IS AN OYSTER PO BOY IN MY FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!g

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Another deployment

My husband left the army in January. However, he took a military contractor job. Today we got the news he'll be deployed for a year starting in mid march. I've been trying really hard to keep myself composed but I'm not happy. I hate these separations but he loves the six figures he'll make for the year. Now we have to worry about how the VA handles prescriptions in Iraq. (He left the military with asthma and a number of other problems.) I also have to review the disability insurance and life insurance policies. When you are a contractor you don't have the same benefits as soldiers and I'm not sure the disability covers war zone injuries. I know the life insurance doesn't have a war clause. It may seem morbid to consider these things but I work part time and I'm in grad school. Its my second time having to review these things and it's a normal thing for soldier's families. Its a risk contractors take in hopes of a nice paycheck. I'm not sure its worth it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Citizen Leadership Needed

I was surfin the blog and came across DIllyberto's entry today. He has a link to Chris Rose's article on Dr. Morris. I thought Dillyberto made an interesting comment about New Orleans's citizens needing to be leaders. Now what I'm about to say may ruffle some feathers but this is my blog dammit. New Orleanians are a laid back bunch (not so much since Katrina) but in the past we would sit back and watch our politicians with amusment. We knew they were corrupt and it was a form of entertainment. Since Katrina its not so funny anymore and you see a change. However, its not enough. For example the marches against violence. I said they would march, get some press, but nothing would come of it. Sure enough.... NADA. New Orleanians have to take the next step. Follow up, follow thru. Don't trust your politicians to act. History has already shown they'll stick their heads up their asses and claim ingnorance.

New Orleanians have to become the leaders. Take charge, lobby, and follow thru.

I know I of all people have no right to have an opinion on this, I'm in Alabama! But I fear history will repeat itself. I also must say I feel for every New Orleanian. They have endured more than any person should be forced to endure. It doesn't seem fair to ask more of them. To ask that they give everything of themselves to bring back the city. Unfortunately, not to be a pecimist, I think that may be what it takes to see change in a city with a history of inaction.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Helmets save lives

Sunday afternoon my husband was in a motorcycle accident. Some blame can be attributed to the fact he's only been riding since October. He and a friend decided to take a ride Sunday since the weather was spectacular. They headed to the Florida state line. His friend lost his wallet on the ride and my husband saw it fall. They went back to retrieve it. On their way back my husband lost traction on a curve he had just taken. His rear tire hit some loose gravel and he decided to drop the bike rather than ram into a tree. He hit head first and rolled 150 yards. Florida Highway Patrol airlifted him to Pensacola. After a thorough look over he had no injuries except road rash along his waist line where his jacket met his jeans. If he didn't have his helmet he would be dead according to the E.R. I'm proud to say that my husband always wears his helmet and a big florescent orange Harley Davidson vest. Because of his safety equipment he walked away barely scathed. Now our only issue is the Harley itself. It's at a wrecker in Florida and I haven't been able to see it yet. More to follow on the bike. By the way he bought it in his insurance rates will skyrocket.
If you read the previous blog I had planned to go to Pensecola to search out a poboy. This little incident is not what I had in mind, and no I did not search out a poboy while in pensecola. I might go to jazz fest. I'll come in town and buy out a french bread isle and freeze it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Po Boy Poser

My husband took me to the "Oyster Bar" in Enterprise today. They had Oyster Po boys on the menu. Knowing not to trust the phrase poboy outside of Louisiana I asked to see the bread. What I was offered was a honey wheat bun. Soft Bread for an oyster po boy! I gagged when I saw it and the waitress noticed. She wasn't very happy with me. I decided to have plain oysters. What I got was soggy fried oysters. Not terrible, they were edible. So my conclusion is to stay away from the seafood in this city. But I am craving a real oyster poboy. SO I have begun a mission to find real french bread and oysters. I'll begin by traveling two hours to Pensacola to see what I can find. If anyone knows of any shops that sell these items let me know.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The new dog in the house

My husband has been dying for a bulldog. I have my hands full with three. But nothing will stop him. He finds a woman looking to give away her two year old bull dog. He drives one hour north and picks up the dog. What he brings home is a sorry sight. The poor baby had babies 13 weeks ago. She's slightly skinny and is chewing herself to death. Infested with fleas her head and body have crusted over sores and her eyes are red and irratated. Bringing home such a pathetic sight is a sure way of getting me to bend for sure. One hundred dollars later she gets a cortisone shot for flea allergies. A 15 dollar, single, flea pill and antibiotics for her sores. Up next, 300 dollars for spaying and vaccines.

There is no such thing as a free dog, but she is cute and soooo sweet. Just gotta keep our unfixed male louisiana catahoula away from her until she gets fixed. I'm told toddler pull ups are great. That way Saint won't violate her!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Remember Ashley Morris

A memorial fund has been set up to assist the family of Dr Morris. Please give what you can, even a few dollars can make a difference.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wandering the Surroundings

I posted a two months ago that my cars to a dump. Well I finally took the dive and bought a new car. I've taken the opportunity to drive around this small town. I wandered across the weirdest thing, a monument to the boweevil. I kid you not. At first I thought, this has to be the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Its a greek statuette arms above her head holding a big black boweevil. What would prompt a community to immortalize this pest? I decided to ask around, turns out a boweevil infestation wiped out the cotton crops at some point in time. This catastrophic event brought about the planting of peanuts which is now the major crop in this area. It makes sense but what an ugly homage.
The major road thru town is bowevill circle. They really love this pest!

Friday, April 4, 2008

A New Orleans Champion has Passed Away

I wandered over to Dr Morris' blog today and was sad to learn he has passed away. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family. It is a sad day. Dr Morris was a champion for New Orleans post Katrina. He was one who stayed and was determined to see the city come back. He will be missed.

Damn the DOg

I';ve been off the blog. My dog peed on my laptop and fried it. I had to save up for a new one and it took a while.