Jul 022012

Owen Courreges

Growing up, I always prided myself of not altering my behavior on account of the weather. You say it’s raining? Ho-hum. I can run errands in the rain. Too cold? Balderdash! The cold can’t stop me. Too hot? Bah, I say! This is the Gulf South. We chew up hot weather and spit out productive endeavors.

It might sound silly, but I never liked the idea that something as random and uncontrollable as weather influenced my destiny, even in the most minor of ways.

In a similar vein, I’ve also tried to avoid changing my behavior on account of crime. I’ve never eschewed going out at night or driving rather than walking to nearby destination because of the possibility that some armed mugger will jump from the shadows. After all, I’ve always thought, that’s just the beginning of a road where lawless toughs start to control your life. Continue reading »

Jun 302012

Bobby R. Hoofkin (via opcso.org)

Glen J. Lewis Jr., (via opcso.org)

James Jackson (via opcso.org)

A series of “bait bike” stings on lower Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue led to the arrests of three men on Thursday — including one man with a robbery record who tried to fight the officers and another who was already wanted in connection with a burglary charge, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 302012

Craig Giesecke

One of the things TBK and I have not been able to do in a while is take our time to experience some of the newer restaurants in town or to go out to enjoy some of the more classic places we haven’t had a chance to visit yet. It has simply been a case of 1) not having the disposable income and 2) being too tired at the end of the day to care. But another reason has been, sadly, too many of the places close before we have a chance to go. Continue reading »

Jun 292012

Three hikers in the Grand Canyon (photo by Christy Lorio).

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When I was a kid, my family packed into the car National Lampoon-style every year for vacation. Dad would always drive with Mom playing co-pilot and navigator. We’d take a train up Pike’s Peak, drive over the Hoover Dam, cruise the Las Vegas strip, and peer down into the Grand Canyon. My Dad always wanted to go back to the Grand Canyon to hike to the bottom, but cancer took him away from us unexpectedly in his mid-40s and he never got the chance.

So I decided to do it for him — 10 times, actually. Continue reading »

Jun 282012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Today’s announcement that young people are moving to New Orleans in greater numbers than other Southern cities is just another notch in our city’s new success story. While there is an overall trend toward Southern migration, we are the most desirable city on the nation’s must-move-to list. Where else can you dine at a different fabulous restaurant or food truck every night and hear a wide range of live music in dozens of clubs? Or spend hours taking in the sights from a streetcar, pedicab or paddlewheeler? Continue reading »

Jun 282012

After a presentation by Costco officials on Thursday morning, the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically and unexpectedly took a vote to approve the Carrollton Avenue project and grant the wholesale retailer’s design requests.

“I knew we were doing OK when at one of the neighborhood meetings somebody stood up and said, ‘Enough outreach already. Let’s build it,’” Costco vice president Jackie Frank said during his presentation to the city council. Continue reading »