BEING NOLA BIO

A new New Orleanian every week.

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Howdy. I am Blair duQuesnay. I live in the Riverbend neighborhood in New Orleans. Professionally, I am the Chief Investment Officer for ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC. That’s a fancy way of saying, I help people invest their money in the financial markets. I’m a nerd. Civically, I am on the executive committee of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans and a member of the Junior League of New Orleans. I believe it’s imperative to be involved in one’s community. 

I practice ashtanga yoga. I have a dog named Mr. Biggs. I love life, family, friends, music, and wine. I am married to a fabulous man named Henry Clay. It’s pronounced Doo - ke - NAY.

Howdy. I am Blair duQuesnay. I live in the Riverbend neighborhood in New Orleans. Professionally, I am the Chief Investment Officer for ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC. That’s a fancy way of saying, I help people invest their money in the financial markets. I’m a nerd. Civically, I am on the executive committee of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans and a member of the Junior League of New Orleans. I believe it’s imperative to be involved in one’s community. 

I practice ashtanga yoga. I have a dog named Mr. Biggs. I love life, family, friends, music, and wine. I am married to a fabulous man named Henry Clay. It’s pronounced Doo - ke - NAY.

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Hello everybody! I’m Jimmy Buck (@jimmy_buck). I live on Coliseum Square in the Lower Garden District with my beautiful girlfriend, a cat, and a newly adopted kitten.

I grew up in a very small town in South Dakota, went to college in another very small town in South Dakota, and then moved directly to New Orleans as soon as I graduated in 2002. It took me quite a bit of time to adjust to the culture shock, but after a couple of years, I grew to love this city very deeply.

I work from home as a Software Developer for a company based in Baton Rouge. I run on the St. Charles Ave. neutral ground. I love the food in this city (doesn’t everyone?), even though I don’t eat a lot of it (I’ll elaborate).

I’m going to spend the week tweeting about my life here, hopefully crowdsourcing some events to go

Hello everybody! I’m Jimmy Buck (@jimmy_buck). I live on Coliseum Square in the Lower Garden District with my beautiful girlfriend, a cat, and a newly adopted kitten.

I grew up in a very small town in South Dakota, went to college in another very small town in South Dakota, and then moved directly to New Orleans as soon as I graduated in 2002. It took me quite a bit of time to adjust to the culture shock, but after a couple of years, I grew to love this city very deeply.

I work from home as a Software Developer for a company based in Baton Rouge. I run on the St. Charles Ave. neutral ground. I love the food in this city (doesn’t everyone?), even though I don’t eat a lot of it (I’ll elaborate).

I’m going to spend the week tweeting about my life here, hopefully crowdsourcing some events to go

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My name is Rayza Goldsmith (@RayzaGoldsmith) and I live Uptown. I came to New Orleans in August 2013 through AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a national anti-poverty organization that places young professionals with job placements around the city. Though I’m just at the beginning of my career, I aspire to be a civil rights attorney, and engaging with the community in New Orleans has certainly given me a whole new perspective on race, class and the law. I love living in New Orleans, but sometimes I wish Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest could happen bi-annually since I’m having parade/Crawfish Monica withdrawal. Originally from the DC area, living in New Orleans is definitely a change of pace and culture, but it’s been thrilling absorbing a new place. If you’re looking for me, you can probably find me brewing beer in my basement, watching football at the bar, or singing karaoke at Kajun’s Pub. 

My name is Rayza Goldsmith (@RayzaGoldsmith) and I live Uptown. I came to New Orleans in August 2013 through AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a national anti-poverty organization that places young professionals with job placements around the city. Though I’m just at the beginning of my career, I aspire to be a civil rights attorney, and engaging with the community in New Orleans has certainly given me a whole new perspective on race, class and the law. I love living in New Orleans, but sometimes I wish Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest could happen bi-annually since I’m having parade/Crawfish Monica withdrawal. Originally from the DC area, living in New Orleans is definitely a change of pace and culture, but it’s been thrilling absorbing a new place. If you’re looking for me, you can probably find me brewing beer in my basement, watching football at the bar, or singing karaoke at Kajun’s Pub. 

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Hey sweethearts. I’m Art Bueno. No, that’s not a nom de plume, it’s literally my name. I’m here in New Orleans because I’ve never been happier anywhere else. I’ve lived in Tremé and the Lower Garden District, and just bought a house in Gentilly with my wife about six months ago. As well as being the proud father of three cats, I am a fledgling system administrator, mental health enthusiast, terrible lawn mower, constant dreamer, and lapsed social justice advocate/educator/poet. I want my tweets to muddle in your soul like the orange peel of an old fashioned.

Hey sweethearts. I’m Art Bueno. No, that’s not a nom de plume, it’s literally my name. I’m here in New Orleans because I’ve never been happier anywhere else. I’ve lived in Tremé and the Lower Garden District, and just bought a house in Gentilly with my wife about six months ago. As well as being the proud father of three cats, I am a fledgling system administrator, mental health enthusiast, terrible lawn mower, constant dreamer, and lapsed social justice advocate/educator/poet. I want my tweets to muddle in your soul like the orange peel of an old fashioned.

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Oh hello. I didn’t see you there. My name is Devin Bambrick. I’m a burger-loving, record-collecting, bourbon-sipping, hyphen-using fancy-man. I was born in Canada but I am now a dual citizen, so chill on the calls to the INS please.

I’ve only ever wanted to be a writer, and I’m very grateful that it has finally sort of panned out. I’m a freelance copywriter and Social Media Guy with some half-novels in the drawer. I’ve been in New Orleans since 2010 and it’s the only place I’ve never wanted to leave. It was good to meet you! I love you.

Oh hello. I didn’t see you there. My name is Devin Bambrick. I’m a burger-loving, record-collecting, bourbon-sipping, hyphen-using fancy-man. I was born in Canada but I am now a dual citizen, so chill on the calls to the INS please.

I’ve only ever wanted to be a writer, and I’m very grateful that it has finally sort of panned out. I’m a freelance copywriter and Social Media Guy with some half-novels in the drawer. I’ve been in New Orleans since 2010 and it’s the only place I’ve never wanted to leave. It was good to meet you! I love you.

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Hi there! Maddie Fireman here. I’m excited to share my 15 minutes of twitter fame with y’all! I made my way to New Orleans via Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, a social justice anti-poverty organization. I work at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center as Intake Coordinator until July. I’m looking to stay in New Orleans for another year, and I’m hot on the hunt for a new nonprofit job!

I have roots in Columbus, Ohio and here in New Orleans - my grandfather B. Botnick was the director of the Anti Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, from the 1960s to the 1980s. I live with 9 roommates who are also Avodah Corps members. I’m having so much fun exploring the city with my awesome roomies and my family. After this week you’ll find me on my personal twitter, where I tweet about everything from grassroots politics and service to red carpet coverage. Follow me at @FireMaddie! 

Hi there! Maddie Fireman here. I’m excited to share my 15 minutes of twitter fame with y’all! I made my way to New Orleans via Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, a social justice anti-poverty organization. I work at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center as Intake Coordinator until July. I’m looking to stay in New Orleans for another year, and I’m hot on the hunt for a new nonprofit job!

I have roots in Columbus, Ohio and here in New Orleans - my grandfather B. Botnick was the director of the Anti Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, from the 1960s to the 1980s. I live with 9 roommates who are also Avodah Corps members. I’m having so much fun exploring the city with my awesome roomies and my family. After this week you’ll find me on my personal twitter, where I tweet about everything from grassroots politics and service to red carpet coverage. Follow me at @FireMaddie! 

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My name is Tracy (@nolabucket , @nolassoul) and I live in lower Algiers.  My husband and I have two Basset Hounds and an entire room dedicated to Mardi Gras costumes and accessories.  I love cooking, growing things, organizing and exploring the historic above ground cemeteries.  Music is my religion, so I’m living in the right place. I first fell in love with the city when I smelled the terrible stench of the French Quarter and swore my undying love that day. I have a scooter named Blanca and she’s a great way to see the city. I take photographs, chase Mardi Gras Indians and always tip the street performers in the Quarter.

My name is Tracy (@nolabucket , @nolassoul) and I live in lower Algiers.  My husband and I have two Basset Hounds and an entire room dedicated to Mardi Gras costumes and accessories.  I love cooking, growing things, organizing and exploring the historic above ground cemeteries.  Music is my religion, so I’m living in the right place. I first fell in love with the city when I smelled the terrible stench of the French Quarter and swore my undying love that day. I have a scooter named Blanca and she’s a great way to see the city. I take photographs, chase Mardi Gras Indians and always tip the street performers in the Quarter.

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My name is Tracy (@nolabucket , @nolassoul) and I live in lower Algiers.  My husband and I have two Basset Hounds and an entire room dedicated to Mardi Gras costumes and accessories.  I love cooking, growing things, organizing and exploring the historic above ground cemeteries.  Music is my religion, so I’m living in the right place. I first fell in love with the city when I smelled the terrible stench of the French Quarter and swore my undying love that day. I have a scooter named Blanca and she’s a great way to see the city. I take photographs, chase Mardi Gras Indians and always tip the street performers in the Quarter.

My name is Tracy (@nolabucket , @nolassoul) and I live in lower Algiers.  My husband and I have two Basset Hounds and an entire room dedicated to Mardi Gras costumes and accessories.  I love cooking, growing things, organizing and exploring the historic above ground cemeteries.  Music is my religion, so I’m living in the right place. I first fell in love with the city when I smelled the terrible stench of the French Quarter and swore my undying love that day. I have a scooter named Blanca and she’s a great way to see the city. I take photographs, chase Mardi Gras Indians and always tip the street performers in the Quarter.

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I’m Zach. I came to New Orleans for college in 2008 and stuck around. I was in Thailand for a while but now I’m home again and it’s THE BEST. I live in Broadmoor with my girlfriend and a roommate and the world’s chillest dog. I sell comic books at @cccomics on Freret Street. I like loud music and fried oysters. Please enjoy my internet tweets.

I’m Zach. I came to New Orleans for college in 2008 and stuck around. I was in Thailand for a while but now I’m home again and it’s THE BEST. I live in Broadmoor with my girlfriend and a roommate and the world’s chillest dog. I sell comic books at @cccomics on Freret Street. I like loud music and fried oysters. Please enjoy my internet tweets.

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Hey, I’m Tara Jill (@small_affair), and I’ve lived in New Orleans since 1999. I’m a writer and artist and captain of the Guise of Fawkes Mardi Gras Krewe. I started using Twitter to raise awareness about social justice causes and am committed to prison reform and political prisoner support. I teach college writing part-time, love art markets, junk shops, and odd roadside attractions. I live with my fiance, a Chihuahua, and a kitten who’s really a ninja. I don’t drink but still go to bars for the music. I’m writing a bunch of books including an encyclopedia about oddities and still play scrabble with real wooden pieces. Finally, I’m starting a new job during my @BeingNOLA week, so I’ll be tweeting from the French Market at times.

Hey, I’m Tara Jill (@small_affair), and I’ve lived in New Orleans since 1999. I’m a writer and artist and captain of the Guise of Fawkes Mardi Gras Krewe. I started using Twitter to raise awareness about social justice causes and am committed to prison reform and political prisoner support. I teach college writing part-time, love art markets, junk shops, and odd roadside attractions. I live with my fiance, a Chihuahua, and a kitten who’s really a ninja. I don’t drink but still go to bars for the music. I’m writing a bunch of books including an encyclopedia about oddities and still play scrabble with real wooden pieces. Finally, I’m starting a new job during my @BeingNOLA week, so I’ll be tweeting from the French Market at times.