Friday, January 25, 2008

Krewe du Vieux 2008

Krewe du Vieux 2008
Originally uploaded by M Styborski.
I had a BLAST!

Thanks for having me, Krewe du Vieux and Krewe of PAN! I am honored and can't wait to do it again. It was an appropriate beginning, as I drank the Koolaid a long time ago and am a member of the Cult of Lafcadio to the core.

I just hope next year won't be quite as cold. (I can't remember the last time it wasn't cold for KdV.) I was fine and happy on the route with a brass band to keep me moving (how could I not be?), but it took me two days to warm back up after the party.

There are lots of fine pictures for your perusal in the KdV pool on Flickr and more bloggers in the parade than I can count. Among them were my fellow PAN-folk Ashley and Adrastos and their spouses, and in other krewes were Dangerblond, Maitri, Mark, Karen, Slate, Humid Haney, Hammhawk, and Ray pinch-hitting in the KdV Escort Service. (If I forgot you, please forgive me!)

Now, there's only one question. Can we slow the mules down next time? I heard and read lots of comments about how fast the parade flew by and I've made the same observation in the past. It must be possible because whenever I get behind one of those carriages in the French Quarter they seem to go half that speed.

NOTE: For you readers in the USA (which we're obviously not a part of) and abroad, here's a little primer on the *Not As-Seen-on-TV* Mardi Gras experience. Link: A Parade of One's Own: Marching to the Beat of Carnival's Fringe Groups. Kind of like Festivus, it's Carnival for the restuvus.
Now, some good news for us:
Warmer Ocean Could Reduce Number Of Atlantic Hurricane Landfalls

And some fun:
Just don't swallow it...

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Thanks, Dr.King.

This was on its way to being a long post, too long for the time I have right now, so I just want to take a moment to once again thank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for expanding the love in this world and in my own life.

We're not quite there yet, Dr.King, but we have come a long way. And I still have great faith that "we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."

PHOTO NOTE: This photo of me, my daughter, my son and his father was taken last summer at my former mother-in-law's 85th birthday party. A couple of people have nervously asked me if Rachel is WIllie's daughter, so I shouldn't assume that the answer is as obvious. She is not. Willie and I had been long separated and divorced when she was born. But Rachel and I are still considered very much a part of Willie's wonderful extended family.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tonight I Do the Krewe du Vieux. (Not that way!)

PAN Poster 2008
Originally uploaded by adrastosno.
After a handful of stints as an "undocumented marcher" in the Krewe du Vieux during the early 1990s, I am at long last a naturalized member.

It started with the debut of the Mystic Corpse of Comatose in 1991. The krewe was formed in response to the old-line carnival organizations' response to Dorothy Mae Taylor's Mardi Gras Ordinance. I'm not sure if this krewe was actually official at that time, but our proclamation based on the old-line krewes' reactiont to the ordinance is a real classic. I dressed as Miss Piggy Wilson, in honor of the old-line krewes' closest ally on the city council.

After that, I was part of the original Krewe du Jieux (that's pronounced "Jew" for you foreigners), which formed out of the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars entourage. I was managing this band back then and if you get your hands on the first CD, look inside and you'll see a tiny picture of me dressed as a hassdic guy, complete with beard and payos (side curls).

So tonight I make my official KdV debut with the Krewe of PAN, which I am delighted to report has the absolute most esoteric theme of any sub-krewe. Fellow krewe members have taken care of the important details for me. Adrastos explains PAN's theme in this post and Ashley gives a lesson on how to identify a relevant carnival krewe.

I'm looking forward to hitting the streets tonight with these fellow blogging PAN members and their wives and the gaggle of other NOLA bloggers in other sub-krewes. (Ashley links to some in his post.)

If you're local, dress warmly and come see us!

Oh, and I'll respond to those comments in the last post soon. (And no, I cannot define "soon" with any accuracy right now. Sorry.)

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year! 2008

Happy New Year! 2008
Originally uploaded by LisaPal.
Our magic hats kept is safe from falling bullets.

Actually, this is one of the few irrational fears I have, but less so out here at Mom's. (And yes, I do know that aluminum colanders and pots will not protect anyone from falling bullets.) I'm thankful that no one was killed or injured this year, unlike in years past,

Too tired right now, so I'll have to finish this tomorrow...

Stand By.