It's 11:30 on Friday and I'm the happiest I've been in some time.
I'm a cynical person who typically spreads depression. So why the smile? As you can see from the photo, I bought an iphone and now wonder how I ever lived without it. I'm also very excited about Barkus on Sunday. Our float and costumes look great, and moreover, its Indiana Jones theme is a dream for geeky Near Eastern archaeologists/historians like me. I tried unsuccessfully to explain this to my students today, about how Near Eastern archaeologists need to quote Indiana Jones movies in order to gain prestige. I remember being in the back of a Bedouin's pickup truck in the deserts of south Jordan, and as we passed another pickup, Craig Bowman yelled "Indie, throw me the idol, I throw you the whip." Everyone was impressed, except for the Bedouins. And at Petra, urrr I mean the Valley of the Crescent Moon, every self-respecting archaeologist needs to say repeatedly "Only the penitent man will pass." I'm also very excited that the super parade Endymion is returning to my Mid-City neighborhood next weekend. Moreover, I'm on my way to our house on South Alexander street to pay our general contractor $20,000 for the work he's done. After 2 1/2 years of nothing happening on our house, it is so great to see it progress. Plus the Jazzfest lineup this year looks fantastic, and I'm going to try to buy tickets to Rush tomorrow, which is coincidentally my 42nd birthday. I'll be celebrating on the parade route near Lee Circle. Stop by and say "Where Y'at?"
Life is good in New Orleans these days, at least it is for me.