Monday, December 31, 2007

jazz it up

the second half of oct brought much more travel, shows, and baseball - but most importantly, it bought us on a surprise trip to new orleans!

oct. 16th started our "southern renegade" tour, a tour we had no idea landed us so close to the city. we had a show in hammond coming up on the 17th, but hadn't really noticed that n'awlins was within 45 minutes, a delightful surprise as we rented our cars and headed directly in to the city. i had never been before and always wanted to go; i had not been in louisiana before except for during katrina at an evacuation hotel casino nearby (really something, another story for another time). needless to say, i was happy to be back. so many fun things came as a result of this trip:
*we drove straight to the thick of it, and had a "real" southern dinner - alligator soup, red beans and rice, stuff like that - at a place called frankie and johnny's. it was super fun, kind of a dive with real cooking from scratch. made our day.

*a carload of us (we had two cars) decided to drive right into the quarter instead of going straight to the hotel, since this was one of our rare travel days the day before the show started. i was jazzed to get to the city, so me, teal, chuck, shad, and sniffs all went in.

*this was a tuesday night, mind you, but things were pretty much still hopping. i was wasted within about an hour or so on hurricanes and juleps, as was the whole crew. sniffen slowed down and became our designated driver five hours later, and was amazed at how goofy we'd all become.

***when i say "wasted", i mean pretty much what i'm saying - i passed out in the car on the way back, but before that? i went to a live sex show with teal and the boys, and we paid 7 bucks for a miller lite to watch two girls not do things we all had. borrrrring. we took off from there and went to a strip club instead, at which i got more drunk, stuff some girls panties with dollas, and then proceeded to strip myself outside on a lightpost.

(there are not pictures of this, but should be.)

also, we went to a few gay bars then watched the red sox tank this night at the world's coolest old bar, a bar i don't remember the name of. (blue? help me out.)
the next day before the workshop i taught with shad back on site, aimee, sniffs, hasks, teal and i ventured back into the city to cafe beignet for - you guessed it - coffee and beignets. we stopped for a bit to check out an old mosoleum graveyard. it was pretty run down but still really charming; we couldn't decide what part was just weathered from time, and what had been hurt by 2005. in any case, it was a good time suck, walking around and seeing the graves of first-black-mayors and voo-doo priestesses. amazing.


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