I went to grab some lunch at Minnie’s and was surpised to see lights and a camera crew and some well-dressed people milling about. Next thing I know Congressman William Jefferson is shaking my hand.

He’s been in the news a lot lately, and not for anything nice. So as he shook my hand, I didn’t think about how he’s been in office for 16 years. I didn’t think about how he was our first African-American congressman since Reconstruction. I didn’t think of his reputation as a serious lawmaker. All I could think was, “the FBI found $90K in his freezer.”

It’s sad, really.

But it was great to see Minnie’s in the spotlight, however briefly. The lady behind the counter (Minnie herself?) joked that I got it all started for them when I posted about their opening on the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization’s website.

  1. I know this has nothing to do w/ Dollar Bill, but do you have any comment on the crazy bastard who killed his GF and then committed suicide the other day? I figured you’d have some insight into the story.

  2. Thanks, man. I kinda expected a thoughful post, bathed in pathos, about how this kind of thing, while completely nuts, is evident of what may be roiling beneath the surface during this long effort. Y’know, that kind of thing.


    Please take a look at post # 3327 on the Mid-City forum (nola.com). Is that the building on the corner of Jeff Davis & Bienville?
    (I’m writing from GA otherwise I’d drive by there myself).

  4. The murder house is two doors down from our favorite bar. The guy actually bartended for a while there. I had met the murdered woman a few times there.

    I can’t answer for the guy. He stayed away from me.

    It’s just tragic.

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