As the horrible date approaches, everyone seems to be quietly assessing where they were a year ago, so I'll be running highlights, and lowlights, from the events of August and September last year.
This what I had to say that Friday before the storm:
Yesterday, Plaquemines parish president Benny Rousselle vetoed the proposed pit bull ban that had me all hot and bothered earlier in the week. In its place, he hopes to put legislation that would deal with dangerous dogs rather than specific breeds. Yippee! According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Councilwoman Lynda Banta admitted that her vote in favor of the ban was "a knee-jerk reaction because someone else's pit bull came into my yard and killed my four baby kitten who are my pets. But that was wrong. That particular dog should be blamed for what it did and not everyone else's."
In more alarming news, Donald Trump is turning a parking lot on Poydras Street into a highrise condo catering to European clientele.
I've been nuts this week--and received a single note regarding my stagnated blog--but now I'm done with the following: edits on my book, which is now with a copyeditor; teaching Pride and Prejudice to Level 2/3 students at NOCCA; final edits on my profile of Ernest Gaines for Poets and Writers; the first day of classes back at USM.
This weekend I plan to finally unpack and see lots of movies: The Brothers Grimm, Grizzly Man, The Aristocrats, Red Eye...
Meanwhile, of course, Katrina was headed our way.