This picture illustrates why I can never take a sick day. I stayed home to nurse a cold a couple months back. In my absence, my co-workers decided to get matching shirts so we could all dress alike for “Technology Day,” which was today. Ugh. Also, I need a haircut.Read More → Oh, the Humiliation
I’m back at work today after a three-month leave. It feels weird to be sitting in my office instead of taking care of baby or sweating some renovation details. It seems today is also my boss’ birthday. Funny thing, her husband is a local blogger, but she doesn’t read his blog as a rule, just […]Read More → Back to Work
I found a tiny gecko today on the fifth floor near the freight elevator. At least I think it’s a gecko. I almost stepped on him. Bending down I discovered he was incredibly cute, so I scooped him up in my empty coffee mug and took him back to my office. I thought he would […]Read More → Have You Seen Me?
Olivia brought this thing into the office last week. Press the button and it comes to life and recites a variety of different spooky-humorous messages. Update: I assumed this item would be put in storage once Hallowe’en had passed. But Olivia tells me that “since our boss is a psychologist” she plans to leave it […]Read More → Dating the Severed Head
We’ve just had E.M.A.N.S. boxes installed all across the campus, including here in our office. The acronym stands for “Emergency Mass Alert Notification System,” and it’s designed to let people note about emergency situations, like if there was madman roaming around with a gun. It’s a fairly discrete system, designed to avoid mass panics. It’s […]Read More → E.M.A.N.S.
Eric and I are both letting our hair grow because our barbers haven’t come back since the storm. But I don’t know how long this protest will last. I’m considering shaving my head bald — it’s getting hot. Eric is considering dreadlocks.Read More → Protest Haircuts
I read in the paper last weekend that B-Stupid copped a plea. In exchange for pleading guilty in federal court Thursday to drug-trafficking and gun crimes and his agreement in state court that he was involved with a friend’s murder, a 22-year-old New Orleans man will face a possible sentence of 25 years instead of […]Read More → B Stupid Cops a Plea
Donna told me she almost couldn’t get to work today because the buses weren’t running. “Why aren’t they running?” I wondered. “Because the drivers are on strike,” she said. “Check nola.com.” So I did, and sure enough, they’ve posted a story about it: RTA sick-out strands riders, may affect Jazzfest Recently nola.com has moved to […]Read More → Sick Out
I arrived at work yesterday morning to discover a sign on the front door of our office suite: Happy Administrative Assistants Day! The sign had been put up my none other than Olivia, who is — you guessed it — our administrative assistant. Here’s a picture of Olivia: I knew this day was coming up, […]Read More → Happy Administrative Assistants Day!
A couple weeks ago I mentioned that we had interviewed a candidate who could be my new boss, and I alluded to the fact that said candidate is the spouse of a local blogger. I didn’t want to say any more at the time because there were still some negotiations underway. Everything has been resolved, […]Read More → Now It Can Be Told
I just learned that tomorrow will be my co-worker Althea’s last day here at the University. Althea has been with the University for many years. I believe she started working as an administrative assistant in English. I knew her because she was working a computer lab manager for my unit when I was hired back […]Read More → Althea
A few days ago I got an e-mail from one of the higher-ups at the University indicating that I still have a job there. The message was informal but said that the University “is having significant layoffs and terminations” and that I will be the only staffer in my unit “who will continue to receive […]Read More → Work
We decided to go further than Jackson MS. We have taken refuge in Mandeville LA, at the home of Xavier prof Jonathan Rotondo-McCord. Mandeville is on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Outside the water is slowly rising, spreading through the streets of this subdivision and into yards and homes. We don’t expect it will […]Read More → Rising Water
A friend and co-worker sent this via e-mail. Hope she doesn’t mind me posting it here. I journeyed into Algiers this weekend to work on my home and visit the area. As I’m sure you are aware, some areas of the city are opening up this week. Astoundingly, the Westbank and Algiers is bustling. As […]Read More → News from the West Bank
Just got a phone call from my friend and co-worker Howie. He’s back in New Orleans. He was lucky. His home escaped damage. But he’s upset and wanted to rant about it. He said that there’s plenty of food and water getting distributed, but people can’t cut through the red tape to get the financial […]Read More → Phone Call from New Orleans