Category Archives: Carnival

Meemaw’s Comeback/New Mayoral Candidates: Egos On Parade

Sat, 18 Feb 2006 16:48:36

It’s the first day of parades in Debrisville and we live right near where they line up so Carnival is inescapable. It’s usually noisy an hour before they roll but it’s eerily quiet right now. I better enjoy that feeling while it lasts: it’s bound to be a fleeting sensation. On to the Looziana political follies.

Item-1 Meemaw’s ComebackThe Special Session was on the verge of a meltdown in the middle of the week but Governor Meemaw got *some* of what she wanted. Instead of one levee board the pols passed a measure for 2 boards in the metro area: one on the West Bank and one for us non-Arabs on this side of the river. <mild rim shot> This wasn’t quite what Meemaw wanted but hey it wasn’t a total failure either. We will still apparently qualify for the federal money to study Cat-5 levees.

On other issues Meemaw won some and lost some but the biggie did pass so she can take a deep breath and enjoy her Adrastos grade of  B-. Most of these issues will pop up again at next month’s regular sesson so she can go bobbing for legislative apples again then.

Item-2 New Mayoral Candidates: Egos On Parade Rich white guy Rob Couhig and fiery black minister Tom Watson have both entered the fray against C Ray. Fat cat lawyer and Repub Couhig is already on TV with an allegedly zany ad poking fun at Mitch Landrieu Gorilla Ron C Ray and the rest of the crowded field. It’s mildly amusing. Less amusing was Rev. Watson’s calling himself a “heavenly son. ” These Prots drive me crazy I tell ya. They oughta don a cassock grow a beard and grab an incense shaker like a proper Holy Joe. Better make that a Holy Yiannis…

I’ll have more on Couhig and Watson later but the folks who got the tree off my house are coming over for parades so I gotta go.

CRAWFISH & LOONIES

Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:12:46

It’s been a gray and gloomy day here in Debrisville. I’m feeling UV withdrawal cravings.  It’s supposed to perk up tomorrow but we really need the Candyman to bring us a sunbeam or two.

Item-1 Crawfish Shortage: A Picayune front page story delivered some bad but not unexpected culinary news: we’re facing a serious crawfish shortage. Katrina and Rita wiped out an estimated 80% of this year’s crawfish crop which could make peeled Louisiana crawfish tail meat cost up to $30 per pound. That is *if* you can find it at all. Now some folks are willing to eat Chinese and Vietnamese crawfish but I think they taste fishy and I’m talking bad fishy.

My non-Debrisville readers need to understand how important crawfish is to our local culture. The crawfish boil is to Louisiana what barbecuing is to North Carolinians or cooking lamb on a spit is to Greeks or cooking chili is to Texans.  Woe is me no crawfish boils. I think I need a beer…

Item-2 The Raving Monster Loony Party Of NOLA?: There was a swell op-ed piece in the Picayune by a non-journo named Lizette Wroten wherein (a word that all lawyers even lapsed ones use) she concludes that the “we’re all in this together” feeling of the early post-K era is going going gone. Ms Wroten quite accurately writes: “It’s become apparent to me that people have divided along two lines in this post-Katrina backstretch. There are the gloomies and there are the loonies. It’s the loonies I’m taken with.”

I’m trying hard to be one of the loonies but there are times when I misplace my sense of humor and become a gloomy. (Today’s weather was so gloomy that it drove me loony.) The reaction to C Ray’s Chocolate City gaffe was split along gloomy and loony lines as well: the loonies giggled and the gloomies screamed in either support or indignation.

Perhaps it’s time to establish a branch of the Raving Monster Loony Party here in Topsy Turvy Town. Why should we let the Brits have all the fun? Of course we do have our College of Clowns the City Council so the loony tradition is *already* part of our politics; not to mention the Krewe de Vieux. Btw that satirical parade’s King this year is Walter “Mr. Bill” Williams. (Not to be confused with ex-major league player Walt “No Neck” Williams.) It’s uncertain as to whether Sluggo will appear to stomp on the King’s float during the parade. Ohh nooo. Hmm I wonder if Katrina is Sluggo’s evil twin sister; it could explain a great deal…