10 Ways to Stay Safe in the French Quarter

            10 Ways to Stay Safe in the French Quarter This is a perennial list and while it is specifically about the French Quarter, there are general rules here that would apply to any big city you might be visiting. As I'm writing this, it's spring and we're about...

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It’s the talking that gets him in trouble…

            It's the talking that gets him in trouble... I wouldn't have expected it, but one of the entertaining aspects of living in the Quarter, just a half block off Bourbon, are the arguments that inevitably ensue between couples who thought they were going to go...

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Color Wizardy Made Easy

          COLOR WIZARDRY MADE EASY Many people... in fact, most people... are a little terrified of trying to choose colors for their home. While painting a wall here or there isn’t terribly expensive, it can be time consuming, and if you get it wrong, very...

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My United Airlines Memory

          My United Airline Memory (which I had almost forgotten)    So, bright and early this morning, I end up on the phone with United Airlines because their computer wouldn't let me check seating for an upcoming flight. The error message said something like,...

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Puppies Are So Much Fun

        Puppies Are So Much Fun... "Who, me? No, it was like this already. Swearsies." Left him unsupervised for five minutes. I'd put the pillow (which is the stuffing for his bed) up high where I thought he couldn't reach. I was washing the cover he'd thrown up on...

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Puppy Phases

        Puppy Phases I know puppies go through phases, but I will be very happy when we finally get past "the evil paper grocery bag is going to kill me" phase. Two weeks ago? Couldn't have cared less. Nothing that I know of with a paper bag happened. Now? He...

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Elevator Dog

          Elevator Dog I was on the elevator with the puppy when a very large guy got on, then looked down and saw the puppy, who was sitting, leashed, on my right side. The large guy was about 6'4", swarthy, lots of tattoos, and he squealed like a little girl and...

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More Conversations While Packing

        More Conversations While Packing So I'm consolidating all of the first aid supplies, of which there are many, into one organized box, and I hold up something I don't quite recognize. "What's this?" He glances over. "Oh, that's an Israeli bandage. Good to use...

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Eagle Ranch, Colorado

        Eagle Ranch, Colorado I shot this at 4 Eagle Ranch, near Eagle, CO, on Monday as a storm rolled in. This is a very cool ranch, btw -- if you're ever in CO, near Vail or Eagle, it's worth the drive. They have horses (lots), zip line over a canyon, and all sorts...

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Painting from the Past

            Painting from the Past Mary (I think) had asked me a while back about whether or not I had ever painted, and I didn't have a photo of anything that I had done such a long time ago. Finally remembered to take a photo of this one that is at my parent's...

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Tanya and Dorise

            Tanya & Dorise Right now, two of my favorite street musicians are playing below my window -- a violinist and  base guitar player (bassist). Two women, I've seen them around the Quarter for more than a year, now, and they're absolutely phenomenal. I've...

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