Monday, December 29, 2014
We met lots of new friends. My favorite family wore tee shirts that were numbered Drunk 1, Drunk 2 ... Grandma was 80 and was Drunk 6.
We headed back to the casino after that and ate poboys at Grand Isle, gambled until midnight ... What else is new.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Started at Cafe du Monde (in Riverwalk) continued at ACME oyster and ended at Landrys. In between, we drank coffee, beer, liquor ... And some other liquids that no one could identify.
The baby was a trooper. Pretty much dragged through the sloshy streets of NO , he still managed to pose and smile at Landrys.
Forgot to mention that when we landed at the airport, I was told that the cars were oversold and that cars we reserved were unavailable.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
They arrived a few hours before us.
After that ... We headed for Harrahs for a night of gambling, dancing and drinking. Deb and I lasted til midnight. The kids stayed a little longer.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Because thanks to my nephew, Mike Levitt, Ophthalmologist to the stars (and me), I can see again. Ever since my surgery, my vision had changed dramatically but I didn't really notice it until recently. There were clues ... People waved to me from across a room and I didn't know who the hell they were, I knew there were letters on street signs but I didn't speak Chinese, I walked into things a lot (okay ... So maybe that's not because of the glasses).
But now it's crystal clear ... so for all those people over the last year that waved to me or smiled at me and saw just my blank stare and thought "he's pretty rude" ... I'm so sorry. Now ... I will see you!
Of course I still might not know who the hell you are.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I heard from a former student of mine who I taught in 1978. He's not the first student I've heard from over the years. With the advent of Facebook, I get friended now and then by former students who have kids, grey hair, some have faces I can't quite remember ... Many still call me Mr. Momberg.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
One of my favorite stories about Joanne was one that I wrote and have reposted today. It was published when she first was hospitalized:
Jewels from Joanne
(originally posted January 2, 2011)
Joanne is my mother in law.
She has a very strong faith and has great courage in the face of adversity. She also has given birth to seven children that she knows of ... including the twins, Debbie and Dennie. Immaculate conception aside ... Joanne apparently knew more about sex than her children give her credit for ... or not. Certainly, married to Larry, she needed a manual to understand the mechanics (I think even she probably admits that she should have taken a test drive first).
Joanne also has an interesting vocabulary all her own. While she has been in the hospital, she has shared some of her "Jewels" :
2. High Wig ... This is an interesting term that is probably a cross between a highbrow and a bigwig. Joanne was referring to some of the influence she felt that my brother in law Mark and I had in the medical community when we set her up with some of the specialists that are now treating her. She told daughter Keli that " Joel and Mark are certainly High Wigs in the community!"
"You know," she said without turning her head from the breathing tube. "I once passed gas when I was taking communion."
There was dead silence. None of us could believe what she just said.
"So ... Joanne," I finally had to speak up. "What did you do?"
"Well, I looked at Larry and I said .... 'Was that you, dear?'"
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