Thank Yous

Lest a bunch of people from Mississippi continue to call us New Orleanians a bunch of lazy, ungrateful moochers, I would just like to offer a list of thank yous to everyone who has helped me personally over the last year. In chronological order, thanks to…

  • Andria Lisle for letting me crash on your floor in Memphis from 8/28 till 8/31 or so. Also thanks for letting me use your computer and watch cable news incessantly.
  • Lilli for keeping me from losing my cool on many occasions.
  • Eric F and Zac at Goner Records for letting several of us use your record store as a base of operations for at least a month. Internet access, a postal address, a beer cooler, good tunes, and plenty of laughter were crucial during that time and you provided all of these things. Also thanks to Eric F for letting me crash at your house Labor Day weekend.

  • Eric P and Amy for letting me stay in your “cabana” for the rest of September. It was ideal.
  • People all over the country who sent clothes and things to us evacuees via Goner Records.
  • The Red Cross for that $350 check.
  • The New Orleans Saints for winning that first game against the Giants. You at least provided us with a fleeting moment of hope before the soul-crushing remainder of the season.
  • Mary Helen for getting an article I wrote published in Memphis Magazine.
  • Everyone else in Memphis who helped us out, bought us drinks, let us into shows for free, got us jobs, etc. You guys are the best.
  • The National Guard for letting us into New Orleans on very slim pretenses before we were technically allowed to be there. Also thanks for not arresting us that dark, eerie night we were sitting on the porch armed to the teeth and drunk as all hell on Jim Beam. What else were we supposed to do with no power and no businesses open?
  • Molly’s at the Market for having cold beer before you even had electricity.
  • CC’s Coffee at Jefferson and Magazine for having free wi-fi, months before you even opened your doors and before Cox was back on line. Those were the days.
  • My employer for not laying me off.
  • Mark G. for helping me get the fridge out of the house. That was insanely nice of you.
  • Michael and Andy for letting me stay at your place from Oct-April.
  • Children’s Hospital for giving me the use of an office and a change of scenery from Michael and Andy’s place. Eddie and Mike at Children’s for being fun to share an office with.
  • Lefty at the Circle Bar for re-opening your doors and putting a bunch of musicians and drunks ahead of your own personal welfare.
  • My insurance company, yes, my insurance company, for being competent and giving me a fair, if not quick, settlement to my claim.
  • My parents and sister for coming down here and helping with the house for your Thanksgiving vacation.
  • Parkway Tavern & Bakery for the great po-boys and for breathing life into Mid-City.
  • Mother nature for giving us a mild winter.
  • Carr’s Electric for somehow getting my electricity turned on with zero hassles. Also thanks to Chad for illegally turning my power on before the electrician inspected it. And thanks to dad for the copy of “Wiring Simplified” (based on the 1981 electrical code), I didn’t really read it, but I wired the house fine anyway.
  • Jason for letting me use your truck and all the other miscellaneous favors. Blood brothers for life.
  • Craig, Michael, Paul & Kendra for helping me with the house for free.
  • Sarah Z. for removing the dead dog from my alley. Sarah M. for helping gut/clean the bedroom. Other Sarah M. for helping with the floors. (Sarahs rule.)
  • Andy and Amy for helping me avoid the arduous task of sheetrock floating and painting.
  • Joe & Christine in NYC for the party $$$
  • Finn McCool’s for opening your doors and being a great neighbor and bar.
  • The U.S. Soccer team for being so hilariously bad.
  • My car for taking all the abuse I’ve dished out.
  • The other writers on this site.
  • Everyone who reads this site. I wouldn’t be writing here if it weren’t for you, and writing here has been a great help to me over the past year.

To anyone I’ve left out; sorry. My memory sucks. Don’t kill me.

11 Comments so far

  1. TBK (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    Thank YOU Chris… dammit ( you made me cry a little)

    Okay mine………..and yeah.. it might be a bit cheesy.. but we should all do this.

    Catherine – for letting us stay in your home for however many days it was. I tried to clean it up the best I could, but there were so many damn cats

    Anita – You have no idea, you raised up such an incredible person, and I am honored to call you MIL

    Bill and Susan. thank you thank you thank you.. you kept our vehicles running, yeah… but you proved what the word friendship means.. it goes beyond to the word family.

    the CFYMers
    You also ave no idea.. y’all are the rest of me.. and you know way too many secrets

    Elizabeth, Adrienne, Carol and Mike, Tim and Alba, Mr. Francis,Rae,Kelli,JR and Jeff …

    and many many more.. you helped us to hold it together when we were falling apart, you partied with us in the street, you were at the wedding, You have no clue how important you are to us

    Dad, Mom and heather and her clan for their montary contributions.. we’ll pay you back I promise

    this list could keep going, but I think this pretty much covers it, at least for now.

  2. termite (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    Chris, thank YOU so much for this post! This was incredibely thoughtful of you to write this. i’ve been reading your words sense the beginning of your posting with Metroblog.
    Now this was VERY hard Chris, but my favorite post this year was –
    ‘Craziness Du Jour”
    06/27/06 so damn funny, Lawd Claud i needed that!

    interesting, funny & absurd – Sweet!!!
    Thanks again Chris.

    Termite :D

  3. Mom (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    You’re welcome, baby. Beautiflul post. Love, always.

  4. Laurie (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    You’re welcome.


  5. Eileen in NJ (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:01 am


    Your posting is so very thoughtful of others who reached out to help you… May God bless you and keep ya safe in New Orleans. Take 1 day at a time…

  6. Richard J. (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    Thank you Chris. It was VERY thoughtful of you to thank us.
    I have enjoyed reading your post’s along with the ‘regulars’ that comment.
    Thank you for reaching out to us, and keep up the writing, you stand out among the crowd!

  7. Carol (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    Thank you, Chris, for your post, and all your posts since the storm.

  8. Robert (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    HUGE thanks to you Chris. Your posting keeps me coming back for more, everytime. And there is one more VERY IMPORTANT thing I would like to thank you for…thank you a million times over for ALWAYS bring kind and ‘nice’ to the readers who comment on your post. The rudeness get old.

    Rock on my brother!

  9. Shedrick Harris (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 7:30 am

    This is to find Dorleen Heildelberg Johnson, my high school sweetheart that I have lost contact. Please contact me at (580) 234-6573. If there is anything I can do contact me.

  10. L. Martin (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Thank you! You have the best posts!! I look forward to reading what you have to say every time!
    Good luck with your house and thanks for all the kind things you said – I’m a huge fan!

  11. sue (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    You’re welcome Chris. I love your Posts! You’re the best!!

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