Well, I’ve gotten kicked off the couch for the evening. It was already crowded with Friday and Kelly snoozing contentedly about an hour into Fellowship of the Ring, then Buster decided he needed to be on the couch for a nap as well. I decided it was time to head over to the recliner.
It’s a busy holiday season in and around Red Stick.
After a nice, quiet Thanksgiving in Brookhaven with the family, Kelly and I headed back south to meet her step-father, Tim, who was coming down for a visit. On Saturday we all went down to New Orleans to meet Steve and eat some oysters. It was my first trip in since Katrina, and it was definitely a sight to behold and ponder. After some good raw oysters at Acme’s new location up in Metarie, Steve took us for a ride into one of the worst flooded areas, within a block of the 17th Street canal breach. The area was completely obliterated, with cars still on end against trees. I should have taken some pictures but I was so in awe of what I was seeing I really just forgot to. We stopped Steve’s house also, located in Lake View, and saw what the 9 feet of water had done there. After that we were off to The Balcony, where we spent a good part of the evening and where I more than made up for a couple of months of missed evenings out drinking in New Orleans. It felt good to spend an evening back in the Big Easy, and I look forward to some more again soon.
idiots eating oysters
note: that’s not asphalt, but what used to be grass in new orleans
Things are cruising along quite nicely at work. Having a full development team in place for the last few weeks has things running much more smoothly, plus we’ve added another project manager and will get a new Flash programmer next week. Having worked with the Django framework for the 225BatonRouge site, I’ve gotten all fired up on the subject. Wes pointed me to the Symfony Project, one of the more full featured PHP frameworks, which he is curious about as well. They’ve realeased an ‘Advent Tutorial’ with a lesson a day through the month of December, which I’m itching to try, but XAMPP‘s implementation of PEAR is acting freaky on my laptop and I haven’t gotten it work yet. Wes and I are hoping to setup another dev box at work that’s more geared towards developing with a framework, but we haven’t had the time yet.
In other news, I’m quite excited to report that my old partner in sloth at LemuriaBooks.com, Bobby P, has taken a job with a software company down here in Baton Rouge. He and the missus are coming down this weekend to stay with us and do some house hunting. They will be moving down here in January and I’m really looking forward to having some of my favorite Jacksonians to share BR with.
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