Thursday, January 17, 2013

Every Day...

Every day: misty, overcast, foggy, rainy, cool, wet. I think New Orleans may have turned into Seattle.1 I have to say I can't stand this weather.2 If it keeps up, I might do something rash — like opening artisanal microbrewery.3 Make it stop!4

1 Except in all the bookoo ways in which New Orleans is really not very much like Seattle.5

2 I composed a (terrible6) limerick on the subject:
Rain, drizzle, mist and fog —
My yard has turned into a bog.
If it doesn't quits,
I'll lose my wits.
Our weather has gone to the dogs.
3 Wait, did I get my clichés right? Artisanal microbreweries: Seattle, right? Or is that Brooklyn? Or both? I'd considered "artisinal coffee roaster", but that seemed too predictable. Damn! I hate it when I get my clichés confused.

4 Another reason I don't like this weather, it makes taking a decent photograph really really hard. Without beautiful light, where are the beautiful pictures? (I'm having to dole out pics from my little photo nest-egg backlog .)7

5 After Katrina, some people feared the demographics of New Orleans would shift so  upscale — only the wealthiest would return — that we would lose our "funk" and become, disparagingly, "Seattle-ized". This notion struck me as problematic for two reasons: Firstly, ain't nothing wrong with Seattle. Fine city. Liked it when I visited. Plenty going on. Not my personal choice of residence, but to each their own. Secondly, I was quite sure New Orleans was at no risk losing its "funk"; no risk of losing its characteristic strengths and weaknesses that make it so distinctive:  the idiosyncratic traditions we all adore, the crime and poverty we all deplore; no risk of losing it's status as a semi-third-world city. (Subsequent history has proven me right.)

6 Is there such a thing as a good limerick?

7 One small upside though: the rain has been a vigorous (successful) test of my recent newbie roofing job on my shed. (I was literally sitting up on the roof with a stack of shingles, a hammer, and a box of roofing nails, watching YouTube videos to figure out what the hell to do.) I've learned that roofing is a weird business: you punch hundreds of holes in your roof — the nails that hold the shingles in place — then depend on the overlap of the shingles and the gravity that makes water flow downward to stop any rain from actually getting into those hundreds of holes. It seemed like the sort of thing a newbie like me could really screw up.  Which is why I'm so damn glad no leaks showed up.8

8 I had a hard enough time keeping track of all these footnotes while writing them, I imagine they're a real pain in the ass to read.


  1. Kirsten in Chi-town9:01 AM

    9 But it makes it so much more worthwhile a read.

    1. Anonymous9:42 PM

      Delightful post!!