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…

Happenings Around Nola Friday, Jul 15 2011 


I’m so sad that I will not be at Brittany tonight but life will go on….

Friday, July 15, the ninth annual New Orleans Beatles Festival features The Topcats, Chuck Credo IV, Thaddeus Richard (who toured with Paul McCartney’s Wings as a member of its horn section), the Molly Ringwalds, Beatin Path, Rockin Dopsie Jr., Jimmy Robinson and more at the House of Blues.

Britney Spears New Orleans Arena, 1500 Poydras St. The pop star performs on the “Femme Fatale” tour with Nicky Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37.35-$368.15, through Ticketmaster.

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I am pretty excited to check this out:

Savor rum cocktails and desserts at Old New Orleans Rum distillery

What do cupcakes and rum have in common? They both can be traced back to fields of sugar cane. On Saturday, July 16, Old New Orleans Rum weighs whether sugar is better baked or distilled at the Summer Rumble.

Sample rum-flavored desserts from NOLA Rum Balls, Bee Sweet Cupcakes and New Orleans Ice Cream Company. Sip seven Old New Orleans Rum drinks from area restaurants and bars, including the Bombay Club, the Phoenix Bar and the Monteleone Hotel. The crowd’s favorite cocktail will be featured on WGNO-TV’s “News with a Twist.”

If you prefer drinks that began as grain, NOLA Brewing Company will also provide beer.

The Summer Rumble starts at 8 p.m. and takes place at Celebration Distillation (2815 Frenchmen St.). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with proceeds benefitting the Metropolitan Bicycle Coalition and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Visit onorsummerrum.eventbrite.com for tickets.

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I have wanted to try this place and finally it was worth the wait. Very quaint, cool, clean, atmosphere. Food and drinks were excellent. If you’re looking for a place to hang, eat, drink, music, and relax this is it!

The vast wine cellar at Oak, in New Orleans, houses an impressive selection of varietals. Our wine list – grouped by palate rather than region – offers dozens of wines by the glass and nearly a hundred hand-selected bottles. Or choose from our signature cocktail menu and let our bartenders serve up something unforgettable. Of course a robust beer list is also available at Oak.
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Indulge in irresistible small plates created specially for Oak by acclaimed chef Aaron Burgau of Patois. Inspired by international flavors then refined for a New Orleans palate, our food is sophisticated without being fussy. Let the Oak staff pair a glass of wine or cocktail with any of your food choices. The full menu is available until after midnight.
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An intimate setting for local talent, Oak proudly hosts a variety of live music. Jazz, acoustic folk, or even R&B, our stage is the perfect setting to take in the soul of New Orleans music. Here, the atmosphere is always cosmopolitan but never pretentious.
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Relax and let Oak host your next event. Private catering available for parties of almost any size or occasion. We offer flexible menu and service options. Choose from our established food and beverage party menus or have our experienced sales staff create a custom menu designed to exceed your guests expectations.
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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

>Eye for an Eye Thursday, Jun 9 2011 


>I am so disappointed in the recent turn of events that is happening in our society. Especially, here in Nola the crimes that are occurring on a daily basis is out if control. And it’s not just here but, it’s everywhere. What the hell is wrong with these low life’s running amuck, shootings, killings, theft, and rape. A local chef was held at gunpoint, when asked for cash he was shot 3 times and left for dead. We have police officers milking the system out of money, raping individuals ( man, woman, and child ), basically breaking the law and getting away with it. Random killings happening because the accused are supposably mentally incompetent. There are mothers and fathers killing their children and loved ones. For unknown reasons or whatever it maybe, how is it that these people are not suffering the consequences. I am outraged because why aren’t there more people done with these criminals ruining lives, when will it end.  Where is the justice in these crimes, how is it that we have this so-called judicial system and these criminals are not paying the price. I used to think our laws were here to help and protect those in need but just the opposite its helping those criminals go free. We as a society need to stand together and make a change and make a difference. We need to stand tall and show that these crimes will not be tolerated. Maybe my views and opinions differ from most, but I believe an “eye for an eye”. Why should the good suffer because of the bad. I feel strongly that if you commit a crime: ex.)  kill someone, and go to prison, you should be held accountable for your actions, serve the fullest and maximum time allowed. You turned your life around, well good for you, but you killed someone, you took someone’s life away, so you deserve to not have a life. Prisoners want Internet, email, candy, mail, and t.v., I call bullshit, why should you have any type of life’s necessities. You did the crime so you deserve to do the time! All of it!