ID Help Please

ID Help Please

I rescued this off of a sidewalk in the French Quarter last summer, someone had dumped it because it was dying from overwatering. I took it home and repotted it, it has flourished ever since, it's about 3-4 times the size it was when I found it. It even survived a month without being watered and being left inside with no sun during Hurricane Katrina. It isn't that pretty, but it sure is hardy. :) It resembles some sort of palm, but I haven't been able to find a palm-type that matches this so far in my search. Thus, I turn to you lovely people. Any Ideas? The full view, height and all. Closer view of the spikes/leaves at the top. Close-up of the trunk? Stems? Stalks? It's more wood-like than anything.
Our Flower Show

Our Flower Show

Flower ID help

Flower ID help

WooHoo!

WooHoo!

Helppp!

Helppp!

Are orchids really plants, or are they like mushrooms or ferns?

Are orchids really plants, or are they like mushrooms or ferns?

Photos from this week’s adventures in gardening

Photos from this week’s adventures in gardening