Property tax bills are coming out in New Orleans right now. But this is not about that. I finally beat my father-in-law at Scrabble. The key play for me: MILLAGES, a triple triple bingo for 158 points. This is a word I only learned upon living in New Orleans; it’s another word for property tax. […]

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Over the long weekend I was privileged to observe and even participate in some bizarre graveyard rituals to ensure a victorious season for the New Orleans Saints. These were organized in large part by college professors. There were at least three profs in attendance — maybe more. With getups like these it’s hard to tell. […]

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Typical Indianapolis Architecture / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Now that I’ve sobered up sufficiently, I thought I’d write about something serious for a change. Some people suffer a persistent delusion that the Super Bowl is won by whichever team plays better on that day. Not so. Wise folks know the big game will be won by […]

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/ravages/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Yesterday everyone on campus was wearing black and gold — except for our administrative assistant. A Colts fan from way back, she was defiant in a blue and white dress which she’d been saving for the occasion. She’ll be rooting for the Colts in the Superbowl. But even she was […]

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Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long run, and the park was […]

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