A Confederacy of Dunces.

Not far from my home is the Toole-Hecker House. This is the last residence of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The book was released just before I started LSU and I recall the high praise it received for its rich depiction of New Orleans. Toole earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981 for it. If you have not read this literary treasure, you should. It’s hilarious!

Samuel Loewenberg Arch.

puch arch

This is a rather unassuming tribute to Samuel Loewenberg, Treasurer of Touro Synagogue in 1881. Seems he was one of the prominent leaders of the Jewish community in New Orleans in the mid-19th century. The structure, with a non-functioning horse trough and water fountain (now a planter with flowers), is located at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and S. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Good thing my 2 horsepower Puch Maxi wasn’t thirsty.

A rising Mississippi River.

puch on the river

Took a ride to see the Mississippi River. It’s on pace to rise up to near flood-stage heights. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, rainfall upriver and in the Mississippi Valley have fed the river’s growth. The river is projected to rise to 16.5 feet above sea level, just shy of the official flood stage of 17 feet for New Orleans. The levee system is built to protect the city if the river crests up to 20 feet. That’s reassuring given my Puch Maxi does not have pontoons.