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Editor B Gives Thanx

Xy flew up to Indiana to visit her family. I stayed here in New Orleans because, frankly, I had enough of Indiana during my evacuation to last me a while. I think this is the first Thanksgiving Xy and I haven’t spent together in thirteen years or so. Nevertheless it was a festive holiday. I went to Mike Kaplan’s house. Last year I also had Thanksgiving dinner at Mike’s, but Xy was there, and it was just the three of us, in the middle of a ghost town. This year, a dozen or more guests, and the surrounding neighborhood shows some signs of life.

The crowd there ranged from 2 1/2 to 70 years of age, folks from Brooklyn and Mexico and Texas and Spain. Mostly it was Mike’s crew, some of whom have worked on our house already and some who are slated to start on our house Monday (knock wood). These guys came to New Orleans for the work, so they will probably be here for at least a decade.

I give thanks to all the workers who have come to rebuild New Orleans. Sure, they’re in it for the money, not the love, but we sure need the help and they sure work hard. On Thanksgiving morning my neighborhood was ringing with the sound of hammers and saws, just like most days.

But damn, Mike does have a talent for hiring psychopaths.

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  1. rickngentilly rickngentilly

    wife is leaving xmass week to go back to the great white north to see her mom and friends.

    as much as i will miss her i am looking forward to getting down and dirty on some home renovations that would kind of be a pain in the ass with the wife in town.

    the last time she left was the replastering of our 1932 cottage. this time im thinking about some brick mason work..

    hard work – the love of your life + the results when she gets home = no heartache durring the seperation.

  2. Lee Lee

    This as well was the first Thanksgiving in a while my wife and I spent apart. I think it’s nice to sometimes spend a holiday apart, as it gives you time to reflect, and appreciate your loved one even more.

    How is your house coming along B? Is it getting close?

  3. LOL. The circle of life. My husband and I have been gloriously separated for two years, but he comes to visit for the holiday so he can see the sons in town for a visit. *sigh*

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, B, with or without the leftovers and that Xy has a safe trip home. 🙂

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