Sunday, April 01, 2007

A twister just barely misses Tulane, but scrapes through the old 'hood, barely missing some key bars, churches and homes. By the looks of the graphic, this thing went right by Bruno's and Alek's old place.

Hat tip to TBON, a much better blog for all you New Orleans lovers.

Spending a little time together in our nation's capital.

... so I'm staying in DC, after all, everyone ... which means a redoubled effort to participate in all things Tulane Alumni, a new push to welcome the summer intern crew and a new set of roommates, Adam Morris and Chris Paddock. I can't tell you how excited I am.

It feels like my life is starting over a little. I'll have a government job, a steady paycheck, I've got a good base of friends in the city and it only expands every day. I'm finding churches, coffee shops, diners and bars and settling in here in DC, which has pretty much been my number one goal since I left Tulane: try and recreate the community I felt there. I'm so pumped I get to stick around DC it's not even funny.

I got lucky and got a trio of good job offers, but man, was I cutting it close, as always. Savings running out, dicking around town working at bars, it all helped me put my priorities straight, and here it is, working out like it always has. I'm looking forward to getting back in the action - the last few months have felt more like a holding pattern than a life, but now, I can focus, move forward and be proud of myself.

That, of course, means that I'll be planning numerous trips this year. Los Angeles, Michigan and New Orleans are high on my list; San Antonio, Vegas and the perennial New York are riding high as well. Looking forward to seeing all of your faces again, hopefully soon, and remember; if you're ever in our Nation's capitol, there's an open invitation to crash on my couch, eat my food and drink my beer.

See you soon.
"Do ninjas need love?" asks my wife. Sure, once you go black, you never go back ... ALIVE."