Twelfth Night – It’s CARNIVAL time!!

Thanks to @yatpundit for the reminder, since I miss it every year if I'm not in New Orleans! Bangkok's malls are taking down their Christmas shopping scenes to put up the next shopping holiday marketing props [Valentine's Day - sticks finger down throat]]. But the holiday festivities are just shifting - Mardi Gras season begins today! Man I miss King Cake - we'll have to get ourselves over to Bourbon St off Sukhumvit Soi 22 and see if they have some! Happy Carnival! Here's a little background from NOLA History: Reveling on Twelfth Night: Christians all over the world celebrate on the Sixth of January. While some parts of the Christian world may differ on dates, January 6th is usually recognized as the Feast of the … [Read more...]

Oil Spill Politics and the US Energy Policy

...and the political posturing and spinning begins. The majority of primaries and gubernatorial races are still ahead of us. See the schedule here for each state: For one, I'm disappointed with the administration's slow response to this crisis. I'm surprised that Obama issued a statement last Friday still supporting the expansion of offshore oil and gas production in US waters, but I agree. I'm not surprised there was not a chorus of Democrats jumping on this statement. Here's a nice technical blow-by-blow of the Deepwater Horizon explosion by one of the workers on the rig: Welcome to the World of Deep-water Risk As I've said before, this accident is Mother Nature's wake-up call to everyone. Deep-water … [Read more...]

another blow to the New Orleans economy

Earth Day 2010 ironically kicked off with a blazing bonfire at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, 66km off the Louisiana coastline. The rig was contracted to a BP plc unit (who faces the brunt of bad PR), but it was owned and operated by Transocean Ltd, the world’s biggest offshore drilling contractor. After the initial explosion the platform burned for two days, then it sank into the Gulf of Mexico. WattsUpWithThat explains the drilling technology and below is a graphic from the Times-Picayune showing how difficult it is to shut off the leak. Images, like the one above, can be found on the site. Full-scale investigations are under way to determine the cause of this accident, with all parties using the event to advance their … [Read more...]

Ain’ts no more!!

This is a post so long overdue, a non-fan put up his own thoughts about watching the Saints in Phnom Penh. Thanks John! My interest in the Saints was piqued because after 43 years of solid mismanagement and dysfunction, this team is a study in how to lead a disparate group of "rejects" to success. Drew Brees was cast off from San Diego. Reggie Bush was passed over by Houston. Jonathan Vilma was expendable as a Jet. Pierre Thomas wasn't considered a draftable NFL prospect. Marques Colston was drafted... in the seventh round. Only so many bad breaks can happen to a group of young men. Right? I also found that unlike many sports where the sheer simplicity of a game is pure agony to watch for its lack of mental stimulation, … [Read more...]

Saints the Soul of America’s City by Wright Thompson

Because I need to preserve this beautiful piece by Wright Thompson, Saints the Soul of America's City, for later reading, in its entirety: NEW ORLEANS -- The soul of New Orleans is in a trumpet and a low-ceilinged bar. It's in the free red beans in the back. It's in the art hanging near the food that has two dogs howling at a New Orleans Saints moon. It's in the voice of Kermit Ruffins, two hours into his standing Thursday night gig at a packed club hidden in the neighborhood behind the French Quarter, the place weathered and peeling like the side of a workingman's boat. He plays a song he wrote, "All I Want for Christmas Is the Saints in the Super Bowl," and the crowd dances and sings all the words. When he takes a break, he … [Read more...]

Kermit Ruffins’ A Saints Christmas

Here's a great piece by jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. All I want for Christmas is the Saints in the Superbowl! Who dat wear that Black and Gold! Geaux Saints!! Here's a list of other Saints-inspired covers, including an awesome number by Hunter McGregor from MySpace, Here We Go, Soldiers of the Black and Gold. … [Read more...]

New Orleans Saints at the Superdome

It'll be almost five years that I've been working in Phnom Penh. Like other nomads there is no "home" for me. I miss the familiar comforts of family and friends and a community built around a settled life. I miss the food, the law and order, and the extensive range of entertainment and options. But while memories of my time in New Orleans is not as extensive as those of my husband's who grew up on its outskirts, of all places I've lived it is this much maligned, recently battered and often misunderstood city that inspired most my imagination. Here in this city was one of the more waking periods of my life - my greatest risks and biggest mistakes, and some very big decisions. Photos by Keith Kelly. This year on our visit back we were … [Read more...]

…hark the Twelfth Night revelries [sic]

Christmas is amazing for the fact that everyone-- even strangers-- gets caught up in the goodwill and cheer and carries it forward. But then that atmosphere fizzles after the New Year, and it isn't even a nice segue into calmness-- more like someone pulls the plug and abruptly the party's over so go home. Not so in New Orleans. The end of the holidays marks the start of another season also tied to the winter solstice, Mardi Gras. The trees and lights don't go down, they just get the green, purple and gold ornaments added in. Adults get to be kids again and it all starts with the Twelfth Night Revelers bal masque! Avoid the French Quarter frat scene-- where Mardi Gras is reduced to a tacky garish spectacle that metrosexual yupster … [Read more...]