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.
The Apartment at 61!

The Apartment at 61!

Azaleas

Azaleas

Our living room!

Our living room!

Gecko and entertainment center pics…

Gecko and entertainment center pics…

ladies and gentlemen…

ladies and gentlemen…

An overview for Helenatroy.

An overview for Helenatroy.