Interesting week

The week’s only half over and damn — this neighborhood’s been more unpredictable than a 16-year-old boy with car keys and a bottle of Jim Beam. Lessee….

Stu and I ran into Mayor C. Ray “Whereyabeen?” Nagin last night at Liuzza’s in Mid-City. He was sitting alone at the bar. Seriously. Someone behind the bar took a pic of him and some Liuzza’s guy — but most folks just left him alone. Not sure what he was driinking, but when I talked to him he was getting whatever it was in a go-cup. I didn’t discuss politics or go all Ralph Nader on him. I just wished him good luck and invited him to lunch at my place. Whatever anyone says about the guy, I gotta give him props for just being out in public like that during his off-hours. Very approachable. Lord knows he’s got every reason to hide when he’s got a choice.

Oh — and we had our first Trash Can incident….

Turns out the wackjob down the street (the one looped on booze and cocaine) seemed to think delivery of the new rolling trash bins meant he could take all he wanted for hisowndamnself. He wheeled his own into his yard and took THREE more as well earlier this week. I kinda wondered about that the next day — then got collared by Mr. Francis (the old curmudgeon Yat up the street), who had called the cops to complain that Mr. Wackjob had taken his trash bins. I gave Mr. Francis a beer and let him vent for a bit.

This morning, I go outside and look up the street to see Mr. Francis in front of Mr. Wackjob’s house, along with three Official Trash Company guys who are vaulting over Mr. Wackjob’s front fence and taking trash cans out. I try to act all nonchalant and shit — then I run into Mr. Francis about a half-hour later. He’s all singing and smiles and laughing that he got his trash bins back AND put one over on Mr. Wackjob. The old dude was happier than Donald Trump at a combover convention.

…and just think — the president is supposed to be here tomorrow. The week ain’t over yet.

8 Comments so far

  1. judyb (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    thanks for the smile tonite…….your neighbors sound like quite the characters.

  2. tbk (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 6:16 am

    yeah they are even the wack job

  3. roux (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Having people stealing your stuff trashcans, newspapers, etc. is such a pain in the ass.

    BTW-I was in town Monday for the HIMSS convention and we walked down to Canal. What’s up with the boarded up stores? It also looks like there’s no people.

  4. Cade Roux (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:40 am

    The city is still down, and it’s a pretty simple equation:

    New tourist business being low plus no restitution from the Army Corps for their negligence and no restitution from insurers and insurers who don’t want to insure equals no way for some businesses to re-open.

  5. roux (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    Sorry I forgot it’s the Feds fault.

  6. Clay (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    I bumped into C Ray right before the Rex ball. He conned one of the bartenders there to pour him a drink before they were officially open.

    I thought about saying something to him. It’s so damned weird running into him.

    Instead, I just said, “Hey, C Ray!” and shook his hand.

    I wish I had asked him what the Mayor drinks. Bloody Mary’s? Sazerac’s? White Russian?

    Who knows. Would have been interesting to know, though.

  7. Craig (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    Looked like a margarita when I saw him — but maybe that wasn’t his drink. Yeah — I’d like to know too.

  8. Carl (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

    You sure it wasn’t a Nagin look-a-like? :-)

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