City-Parish President Joey Durel is exhausted from prepping for his State of the Parish address, which he’ll deliver today, Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of The Independent Weekly Lecture Series. But the C-P prez broke away from his hectic schedule to answer a few questions from The Ind‘s Dege Legg.
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History of Joey Durel in five words more or less.
Born bald, ending up bald.
Which of these nicknames best encapsulates the Durel essence? JoDu, JD or Joey Du?
JD. Short, simple, to the point.
What’s the biggest pain about owning a pet shop?
Have you ever gotten a RedFlex ticket? (If so, for what?)
NO (disappointed aren’t you?)
Steve May question: What was the unintentionally funniest thing you’ve ever said in public that you didn’t realize was funny till after you said it?
One of the first questions I remember on the radio show was if the new sound wall was going to stay that color. What I said did not quite come out the way I would have liked (big surprise, huh?). My answer was “No, it’s going to get dirty.” I have had people tell me they almost ran off the road with that answer.
I hear that you’re a fan of cowboy boots. Which brand of boot best suits kicking ass in the city government sector? And when doing said kicking, what factors determine the proper amount of pressure to apply to an opponent’s rear?
No preference in brand, but a steel toe is helpful. Main factor is based on how hard they may kick back.
Other than talk radio, what does Joey Durel jam in the CD player on his way to work?
Oldies. Takes me back to a time when I really did know everything.
Worst day at the office. Describe.
Have not had one. Seriously.
Best day at the office. Describe.
Yesterday was great, love today, and can’t wait for tomorrow.
You ever get the urge to throw a lit pack of firecrackers into Dee Stanley’s office and run down the hall?
It was awesome!
Strangest or most out of place thing another politician or business leader has said to you while on the job?
“Correct me if I’m right, but...”
I also liked where I heard a councilman say, “my vote isn’t for trade, but if you will support me on my issue, I will commit my vote to your issue.” Duh?
Fast Ball question! Evil vs. Garbage. Which is worse?
Evil, because garbage is insignificant. Of course one can lead to the other.
If you could go back in time and choose and alternate career path, what would it have been?
No regrets, I don’t look back.
Black Friday shopping begins; Pope visiting Turkey; oil prices decline and more national and international news for Friday, November 28, 2014.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.