The World As We Know It… Thursday, May 24 2012 


As a lot of you may know the world of the Internet has pretty much evolved into a much higher speed, we want it now, product of research and news forums. We use the Internet for everything in our daily lives. If you think about it when was the last time you went a day without being on your computer or smartphone. You have your social media, news outlets, shopping, gaming, videos, iBooks, and ect. I am one you uses the Internet as part of my job and for personal use. Today, in the headline news in New Orleans only daily newspaper it was stated the circulation of the Times Picayune News Paper will only be delivered on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This was very disappointing to read, because I kind of suspected that this would soon happen. See, my boss is old school, he’s 62 years old he reads the paper every morning at the office, he doesn’t use the computer, if he needs a document sent to his office it’s only in a fax no email. If he needs a phone number or address to be looked up, he uses this book called “the phone book”. I guess in a sense I’m the same way, I love reading the daily paper in the morning, reading each section of the paper, doing the crossword puzzle, and it’s not the same as the Internet. It just doesn’t feel like you are getting all the news, even though you are. I feel the same way about magazines and books, my family knows that I love to read, you should see my library of books. I love the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages, and having my books in my sitting area. That’s why my family wanted to get my a reading device that I can read or purchase books and magazines. I just can’t commit to such a device when the world of publications of books, magazines, and newspapers is at the end of the world as we know it. It’s a sad day but I guess it’s slightly hypocritical of me to be out raged by this as I am writing my blog from my computer. Oh well, I guess this was going to happen sooner or later and I will hold out with my favorites as long as possible.
xoxo

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Happenings in Nola Saturday, Aug 13 2011 


Well, there is a lot going on in Nola this weekend. First off, it’s my favorite time of the year, that’s right it’s Football season. We in New Orleans take our football very seriously. It is great seeing our city participate in all the action and brings the community together all for the sake of football. The Saints had their first pre-season game in the newly renovated Superdome, with a win. On that note WHO DAT! So, here’s what else is going on….

Get your red dress and attire for the Red Dress Run. The Harriers, who style themselves as a “drinking club with a running problem, ” have recruited thousands of guest runners, walkers and layabouts to wiggle into crimson gowns and make their way from bar to bar in the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny on Saturday.

Now in its 17th year, the New Orleans Red Dress Run has soared in popularity since its debut, growing from an initial field of about a dozen to a sprawling romp that draws participants from as far away as Chicago. About 7,500 men and women registered for the 2010 event, raising close to $200,000 for charity. Proceeds were divided among 50 local nonprofit organizations.

“We like to drink beer, sing bawdy songs — and do good in the process” said Bill Healy, one of 16 local “hashers” who organize the benefit and help to arrange the smaller, weekly runs that the group stages for members only.

The idea for a red dress run originated elsewhere — some say San Diego — and has spread to many Harrier clubs around the world. But the New Orleans run dwarfs the frocked footraces in other towns.

“This is a natural event for New Orleans, because we like to party, but that’s not the only explanation for the success of our run, ” Healy said. “New Orleans men are simply less terrified of appearing publicly in a dress. We have costuming in our blood. Almost everyone I know has closets packed with years of Mardi Gras stuff.”
Participants will gather in Washington Square Park starting at 9:30 a.m. for a day of live music, beer and food. The race begins at 4 p.m. — if anyone is still standing.

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Dirty Linen Night
Various galleries, 6 p.m.
Royal Street, French Quarter
Tickets: Free
Resources: Official FB page

The French Quarter’s answer to the Julia Street Arts District’s event. Galleries along Royal Street in the French Quarter stay open late and feature art, music, wine and more. The official after party, featuring dirty martinis, is held at the Royal Street Oyster House.

So have fun today at the Red Dress Run, see ya there…

I missed the meaning “us”… Wednesday, Aug 10 2011 


So, I am really bumming tonight! I did something I should’ve never done, I googled ( stupid google with your powers of the search engine ) the ex-husband and saw that he’s still married to the whore that he left me for ( which they have a kid now ) and they are now living one state away from me. Weird because they were up North but in the military there are no choices of living, you basically are going where they decide.
I feel so many emotions right now, especially seeing an actual picture of him just made me wonder… what was it all for. I mean I feel like a piece of crap because I wish I never searched him. You know that feeling like if you could see the future for 10 seconds, would you or like reading a book or watching a movie, instead of reading through the story, you just skip to the last page, and you really wish you didn’t. And of course, like the crazy I am, ( you know it’s coming ) I searched the whore as well. I mean she is on the Book ( Facebook ) along with all my ex- in laws and old friends that go with one of a broken couple ( so I guess they all chose him because I have never heard from them since the divorce ). You spend 11 plus years with this person, their family becomes your family, friendships are made and just like that I don’t exist to any of these people that I formed relationships with so long ago.
It’s funny when you watch a movie and at one point there is a couple that breaks up and what do the mutual friends do or pick as on going friendship goes. Do you stay friends with both or drop one and stay with the other. Well, I must’ve lucked out because I got nobody, just the clothes on my back. Literally, all I got from 11 years together was my clothes I packed when I came back to Nola! I mean where the hell are my stuff! He left me, broke our marriage and kept everything that was mine! He got the girl ( or whore as I call her ) and a child, he could’ve at least give me my belongings! Where the hell is all the karma in this, he screwed me over, I had a great life, and now it’s all bullshit! I have been through the ringer the last 7 years and he’s got everything going for him. Ok, so I am slightly angry but when you 22 years old and marry the person you see yourself growing old with, the person who loves you and will protect you, just end everything right out of left field, you tend to have a lot of unanswered questions. I guess I will never get those answers.
I’m so angry, sad, and hurt. You think you know a person after 11 years and in a snap of a second they change before your eyes. I guess I’m just pissed because if he wasn’t the one then why am I on this ridiculous collision course of bad karma. It is one bad thing to another and I try to do the right thing so that way I know some sort of good should come my way.
When I saw his picture, he looked the same as the last day I saw him ( at the airport, I flew from Nola, to fix it, but he moved on in only 5 days that I remember us crying before my flight, walking away was the hardest thing in my life, because I knew in his eyes he was not mine anymore, so I walked to my gate in the airport, turning around one last time to see him ) at the airport. Gosh, I remember crying the whole flight back home, it felt so surreal. He looks as if he hadn’t aged in all these years, he still had the same military cut, his eyes looking away from the camera as always, and yet a part of me missed him. Its crazy, after all this time, don’t get me wrong I’m not carrying a torch for him, but i missed the meaning of him and I together, I missed us! I wonder what the gods had in store for me, why me? I just want to know why, I want that love and relationship that I had before with someone. I miss the old “us” but maybe the greater powers that be meant for me to come home and be with my family. I do cherish my family but when will it be my happy time again. I’m just waiting for that moment, you know, when you have all your crap together and you can finally breathe aloud to say now I get it! But, still searching or at least following whatever path I’m supposed to be on right now. I guess it’s true what they say ” you never know what you got, until it’s gone”. Maybe I didn’t appreciate the things I did have and took it for granted. Whatever, it may be I am home, in Nola with my family and friends. Who knows, maybe what life really has in store for me, was to begin now, now that I’m 40 years old and my perspective has changed due to all that I have gone through the last 7 years. I guess we will have to wait and find out…stay tuned! I think I will cry myself to sleep and hope that tomorrow will be a better day and a better hope for me.

Happenings Around Nola Saturday, Jul 9 2011 


San Fermin: Running of the Bulls in New Orleans The run starts/ends in front of Ernst Café, 600 S. Peters St. Runners will take to the streets pursued by “the bulls,” members of the Big Easy Rollergirls wielding plastic bats, an homage to the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, 8 a.m. Anyone may participate. Runners must wear a white shirt, white pants or shorts, and have a red scarf tied around their waist and necks. Ernst Café will be serving wine and food with music by Vivaz! before and after the run. An evening party, “La Fiesta de Pantalones” (The Pants Party), begins at 8 p.m. at 12 Bar on Fulton with Spanish food, and music by Los Po-Boy-Citos and Dr. Gumbo’s Spanish Soundsystem. Admission: Race participation is free. $5 for evening party

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San Fermin: Running of the Bulls in New Orleans The run starts/ends in front of Ernst Café, 600 S. Peters St. Runners will take to the streets pursued by “the bulls,” members of the Big Easy Rollergirls wielding plastic bats, an homage to the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, 8 a.m. Anyone may participate. Runners must wear a white shirt, white pants or shorts, and have a red scarf tied around their waist and necks. Ernst Café will be serving wine and food with music by Vivaz! before and after the run. An evening party, “La Fiesta de Pantalones” (The Pants Party), begins at 8 p.m. at 12 Bar on Fulton with Spanish food, and music by Los Po-Boy-Citos and Dr. Gumbo’s Spanish Soundsystem. Admission: Race participation is free. $5 for evening party

Patrick Van Hoorebeek finally opened Patrick’s Bar Vin, his long-awaited wine bar in the French Quarter’s St. Louis Hotel.As the name implies, Patrick’s Bar Vin is winecentric, with temperature-controlled wine lockers available for rent. There also is a small plates menu overseen by Agnes Bellet, a longtime chef with the St. Louis.
Patrick’s Bar Vin is at 730 Bienville St., 504.453.3026.

The word “joint” has multiple meanings. Cowbell brings to mind three of them.

There is joint as in a cocked elbow, which is what the Mississippi River looks like on the map not far from where Cowbell resides in the Riverbend. There is also the illicit joint, whose consumption one imagines could influence a diner’s reaction to the shabby fun house décor of Cowbell’s dining room, where the sign for the men’s bathroom reads “Meat and Potatoes” and the women’s “Dairy and Eggs.”
Judging by the evidence at Cowbell, Brack May, the chef who opened the restaurant earlier this year with his wife, Krista Pendergraft-May, has patronized more than his fair share of joints through the years. You can tell by how at home he appears strolling through the place in a tie-dyed T-shirt, lugging a jug of watermelon margaritas out of the kitchen or carrying a cutting board of seasoned rib-eyes into it. His demeanor is less like that of a business owner than of a buddy who decided to throw a barbecue to celebrate having just won a box of Omaha Steaks in a raffle.
Hamburgers are the calling card at Cowbell; if the restaurant stands to live or die by them, it should be around for a while. Every element of the most basic burger available stands up to close inspection: a flavor-rich beef patty of rational thickness that surrenders juice on impact; salad-ready lettuce, tomato and onion that add color, texture and counter-balancing temperature; a toasted potato roll that’s soft to the touch but tough enough for the job.

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Happenings around Nola Friday, Jul 1 2011 


What to do this holiday weekend:

Will be for seeing some fireworks in the city among other activities:

Maison Dupuy opens courtyard for cocktails

In the French Quarter, behind the antique facades and elaborate iron balconies, hide interiors that are pockets of calm. The courtyard at the Maison Dupuy Hotel, with its pool, tropical plants and white marble fountain, is one of the city’s most soothing retreats. Through September, the hotel will open its courtyard on the weekends for afternoon cocktails.

The outdoors menu features classic summer coolers, such as hurricanes, margaritas and piña coladas, for $5 each. Chef Michael Farrell of Le Meritage restaurant has also put together a menu of snacks and light lunch items.

The courtyard opens for cocktails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Maison Dupuy Hotel is located at 1001 Toulouse St.

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Uncle Sam Jam
Where: Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie
What: The patriotic celebration in the park features “It’s a Spider’s Thing” with DJs Behlar Brothers in the afternoon and live bands at night, with a fireworks display. Musi by Ghost Town (5 p.m.), The New Orleans Concert Band (7 p.m.) and The Yat Pack (9:20 p.m.). Bring chairs and blankets. Concessions sold. No outside food or beverages. Fireworks at 9 p.m..
When: Sunday, July 3, 3 – 11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Information: http://lafrenierepark.org/activities/upcomingEvents.asp

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Go 4th on the River, with the dueling barges fireworks extravaganza
Where: New Orleans Riverfront from the French Market to the Riverwalk Marketplace
What: The annual Independence Day celebration with food, vendors and outdoor concerts, leading up to the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza over the river with a huge display choreographed to patriotic music at 9 p.m. At the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza, the performers are Ken Swartz and the Palace of Sin (noon), Coco Robichaux and the Swamp Monsters (3 p.m.), The Victory Belles (7 p.m.) and the Navy Band-Rock Band (7:30 p.m.). Other musical performances take place at the French Market Performance Pavilion in Dutch Alley. Both the Steamboat Natchez and the Creole Queen will offer evening cruises with music and food to view the fireworks.
When: Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Information: http://www.go4thontheriver.com or frenchmarket.org

>La Thai Monday, Jun 13 2011 


>Come experience the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia. Savor the delicious and tantalizing flavors of Thai cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. From the traditional to the contemporary, our dishes will invigorate the senses and delight the soul.

I love this place, but wish they delivered!

>Happenings around Nola Monday, Jun 13 2011 


>French Market Creole Tomato Festival- I love this festival because mama will be coming home with some Creole Tomatoes and fresh produce.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival- then of course sit back and do a little 2 stepping to the music of Cajun-Zydeco, in the French Market.
Louisiana Seafood Festival- maybe learn some new seafood recipes at the cooking demos, of course I will have to do some quality taste on the seafood.
610 Stompers Ball Crawl- Join your favorite all-male krewe for the 610 Stompers Ball Crawl, a second-line-pub-crawl love child spawned by New Orleans and the year 1984. You and hundreds of new friends will dance, drink and crawl across Mid-City behind the Stompers, outfitted in your best (worst?) ‘80s gear. Your $35 ticket gets you registration goodies, five pub stops of free beer, and uncountable “memories,” also referred to as “blackmail opportunities,” should you remember your camera, and remain sober enough to use it.