Missing New Orleans

I was offered a place at an artist’s residency called Soaring Gardens for the month of September. I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to finance a month of writing without a source of income, so I launched a GoFundMe campaign. While I haven’t yet hit my goal amount, I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the generosity and support of everyone who’s donated and that has made me more determined than ever that this is going to happen.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share a list of what I’ll miss about New Orleans while I’m gone for the month. I’ve picked 6 things for the 6 days left of the fundraiser, which wraps up next Wednesday, August 20th.

1. My communities of friends, fellow writers and artists and other tango dancers. All the coffee dates, writing meetings and tango events that I would otherwise attend were I here. This includes one regular Peauxdunque Writers Alliance meeting and a special tango workshop with amazing teachers.

2. Saints games! I’ll miss the first 4 regular season games, unless I can find a local bar and convince them to show the games. The house is very rural, so this could be touch and go. But even if I do manage to watch them while I’m gone, I’ll miss the experience of watching them with friends *here* at places like Pelican Bay.

3. Speaking of Pelican Bay, one of my favorite things to do lately is pick up one of their daiquiris and take it to Indywood Theater (they’re close to each other on Elysian Fields and Indywood is BYOB). I’ve seen so many amazing movies there recently and their August calendar looks great. I’m afraid to even see what I’ll miss in September.

4. While this isn’t technically a New Orleans thing (or in Sept), I’m going to miss the So You Think You Can Dance tour at the Saenger on October 1st. I’ll be driving back from the residency then, unfortunately. Darn!

5. Whenever I’ve left Louisiana in the past, I’ve craved good red beans and rice as soon as I cross the state line. So I’m sure that will happen now. And I’ll miss the roast beef po’boy at Parkway Bakery. I’ll miss a lot of other favorite restaurants/dishes, too many to name, but I know I’ll miss being able to get those red beans and that roast beef po’boy. It’s only a matter of time.

6. I’m not sure what I’ll do without the New Orleans Public Library. While the house has a library, I have been so spoiled by our wonderful library system and librarians. Books, movies, music, all at my fingertips. They just had a wrap party for their summer reading program and had adult summer reading activities all summer as well. But, in any season, the library is my mainstay. I’m going to be very sad when I take all my borrowed books back, and when I suspend all my holds. That will be the moment when I’ll know this dream I’ve been working toward has become a reality.

I know I’ll miss so much more than this (and people will be the biggest part), but I think I’ll be surprised by what I’ll miss once I’m at the residency. Luckily, it’s only a month and I’ll be back for the Louisiana Book Festival and Words & Music and… It will be a lot of fun to enjoy those six things (and everything else) once I’m back, having missed them for a little while. I hope you’ll enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer in the meantime.

There will be a going away party/celebration this coming Sunday the 17th, starting at 2 p.m. at Pelican Bay. If you’d like to contribute to the campaign, send me off or just enjoy brunch and daiquiris, you should swing by.

an abominable ruling

So the NFL drops the gauntlet – but its more like a guillotine

WWL-TV reported at noon today that the ruling on the pay-for-performance hits on opposing team members – one year suspension for Sean Payton, beginning April 1, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended immediately for an indeterminate length of time, and GM Mickey Loomis suspended for 8 regular season games. Not to mention the Saints have to pony up $500,000 fine and will also lose 2 second round draft picks in 2012 and 2013, and 22 or more players have yet to be sanctioned.

All this despite Payton and Loomis admitting culpability, and the franchise gets slammed with huge, mind blowing punishments. Some may say that the responsible parties deserved it: many will think its grossly unfair that the Saints appear to be the victim in the twisted practice of scapegoating. All this coming down while Drew Brees remains unsigned and New Orleans is hosting the Super Bowl in 2013. And to add insult to injury, the NFL delayed their announcement until right after Saints season ticket holders plunked down their deposit on 2012 tickets this past Friday…

The ones who will ultimately suffer are the fans. But wouldn’t it be oh so sweet if the Saints rally, make it to and win Super Bowl XLVII and everybody outside the Who Dat Nation gets to eat a big ole bowl of crow gumbo…

UPDATE: Doug Mouton on the 6pm WWL-TV news just reported that the alleged whistleblower in this pay-for-performance was Jeremy Shockey. I’ll bet there will be many a #88 jersey put out with the trash tonight…

Monday Night Menu


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With a side of FRIED Stephen Godfrey YUM YUM.

Update: The link above to a story called “ The Falcons-Saints Rivalry: Hating America’s Team After Hurricane Katrina” has been disabled. I tried a search & the story has completely disappeared.


Who Dats Gone Wild

As you can imagine, this city is wild today anticipating the NFL season opener against The Vikings in our iconic Superdome. Schools and businesses are closing early so everybody can get their game face on.
For those of you unlucky enough to not live here, here are a few links to put you in the loop:

Game day preparations for the pre-game concert in Jackson Square.

Facebook Page for Farve’s Retirement Party

(Props to my friend, Toma, for the funeral photo.)


These Are Strange & Beautiful Days

As a New Orleanian when you’re faced with a person that just doesn’t get it (as we inevitably are), link to this video.  It just doesn’t get any clearer or more heart-felt than what you’ll see and hear in this video.  Oh, and my favorite quote?

“New Orleans doesn’t have a place for people that are luke-warm.”


The Soul of New Orleans