Wake Up! Get Up! Today is the day! If you are a college football fan today is a HUGE day, if you live in Louisiana it is even BIGGER than that! It is the BCS National Championship and it is all happening right here in the New Orleans Superdome. Oh, did I mention that the home team LSU Tigers (Louisiana State University) is the number one seed and playing number two seed Alabama Crimson Tide. Yeah you right! The city has been gearing up for this match up for days and you can feel it in the air. In a few short hours we will have a new champion.
Both teams have extremely loyal fans who bleed their school colors and live on tailgates (and for the last few days in the New Orleans French Quarter). Add that to an amazing city that never sleeps and you have a got a recipe for a party. For some it is more than an excuse to party, college football is a way of life as deeply ingrained as any religion. There are rituals and superstitions, prayers and petitions and team pride is taken to the grave.
A friend of mine shared his thoughts about remembering Tiger Fans who are no longer with us. I thought it was worth sharing with you. He also posted it on Tiger Droppings where Tiger fanatics talk about LSU.
“In 2003, before the National Championship against Oklahoma, I began a ritual where I take a moment before important LSU kickoffs to remember Tiger Fans and friends who are no longer with us. My parents had a neighbor, Mr. Ed, who lived across the street from them, who was a huge Tiger Fan. I used to visit Mr. Ed when I’d come in from Texas and we’d talk about the Tigers every chance we had. Mr. Ed never saw the Nick Saban era. He was a huge Tiger fan and his widow gave me the honor to have his LSU hat and the tiger he used to put in the back of their car when they would go to LSU games. We’ll be taking the tiger with us for the drive to New Orleans for the National Championship just like we did in 2003 and 2007. Shortly before the kickoff of the 2003 National Championship, I thought of Mr. Ed and many other Tiger Fans and friends and even some who were not Tiger Fans, in respect of their passing and the wish they could be with us to view the game. I continued the tradition in 2007 for the National Championship game against Ohio State. Shortly before Monday’s National Championship kickoff against Alabama, I will think about Mr. Ed and all of the Tiger Fans, family and friends who have passed who I’d love for them all to be with us to see the game. I know they will be with us in spirit! Geaux Tigers! Beat Bama…Again!!!!” He also said “Check out the beautiful and amazing comments people made about their favorite Tiger Fans who have passed. From burying family friends with LSU hats to brining LSU wear to gravesites…The comments will help you understand how deep the love for LSU Football is in it fans. Geaux Tigers!”
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For all the LSU fans past and present “Let’s do it in the Dome, Tigers! Geaux LSU!!”
See you in NOLA! (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Sharon Denise Talbot
Hey Y’all! This is the time of year for haunted houses and ghost stories. Where better to indulge than in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. See you in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
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discover the history behind the vieux carré’s most notorious legends
“Historic Haunts” tour available for a limited time only
WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection
WHAT: “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré,”
a special Halloween-inspired guided tour of the Louisiana History Galleries
WHEN: Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–31 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 • 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
HOW: Admission is $5, free for THNOC members. This tour is intended for an adult audience. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.
WHY: The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again feature “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré” throughout the month of October. Introduced in 2009, the popular Halloween-inspired tour of The Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries explores the truth behind New Orleans’s more seedy legends and the French Quarter’s most infamous characters. The tour discusses the documented history and how it may have inspired the legends, allowing attendees to decide on their own what is myth and what is grisly truth. Including the likes of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, rumored sadistic slave-owner Madame Lalaurie and pirate Jean Laffite, the tour examines 10 “haunted” locations in the Quarter using research conducted at the Williams Research Center.
Tours are available daily Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, at 2 p.m. On Halloween Sunday, October 31, three tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Historic Haunts” is intended for an adult audience. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
The Historic New Orleans Collection—Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.
A silent musical comedy from New Orleans. . . if you can imagine that.
Duration : 7 min 35 sec
Dutch Swing College Band & Mrs. Einstein – Bourbon Street Parade
Burghausen (Germany), 2007 March 17
A popular saying goes: “There are two kinds of music, good music and bad music”. For the true fan of good traditional jazz music the choice is simple, because there is only one Dutch Swing College Band. The Dutch Swing College Band started out as an amateur-college combo on liberation day (1945, may 5th) and through the years it has grown into a worldfamous jazz ensemble that has toured all five continents to much acclaim. The DSC played a prominent role during the post-war period. At the time many youngsters fell under the spell of the original Amerian music: jazz. The band, which has existed for more than sixty years, has given concerts all over the world and the sounds have been registered on practically all types of sound recordings since 1945. The band also appeared frequently on TV and in film productions. Through the years many big names in jazz music were backed by the DSC, from Sidney Bechet, Joe Venuti and Rita Reys to Teddy Wilson. The expression “The Haque School” was born out of the big influence of the DSC on the Dutch jazz scene. Deservedly many jazz fans consider the DSC almost as an institution. Fortunately, the Dutch Swing College Band has never presented itself as a show or glitter orchestra. The musicians have always succeeded in capturing the public’s attention with their excellent jazz performances. Cheap show tricks were absolutely out of the question. In 1960, the DSC turned professional. Throughout the music’s evolution and in spite of quite a number af personnel changes (and contary to many imitators) the DSC remained the showpiece of Dutch traditional jazz music. Bob Kaper heads the current line-up, in succession to Frans Vink Jr (1945-’46), Joop Schrier (1955-’60) and Peter Schilperoort (1946-’55 and 1960-’90). From the very beginning the most striking characteristic of the band has always been its unique and recognizable sound. In other words, no recordings of American virtuosos were ever copied: the DSC created their own interpretations, arrangements or compositions. An entirely personal approach. The current line-up of the highly experienced band has proved that the old name Dutch Swing College Band still guarantees professional performances of traditional jazz music of international standard!
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Barack addressed a crowd of 3,500 supporters at Tulane University on February 7, 2008.
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Is New Orleans safe for tourism? Are most of the tourist attractions open for business again? What part of town would be the safest to stay at?
Are there any hotels in the French Quarter that have easy and free parking?
Yes New Orleans is definately back up and running and all the tourist areas are in full swing. In fact New Orleans was named a top 10 destination for 2007 by Orbitz and Travel and Leisure Magazine. The most celebrated and historic core of the city—including the Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Central Business District, Magazine Street, Garden District and St. Charles Avenue are thriving. Mardi Gras was a complete success and French Quarter Festival had a record crowd of 208,000 on the last day. Jazz Festival was also bigger and better than ever with 375,000 people—the highest since 2003. With all these record breaking crowds this year there is no question that New Orleans is back up and running.
With that said most tourist enjoy staying in the French Quarter. Its safe and surrounded by restaurants, activites etc. My favorite place to stay is Maison DuBois Bed and Breakfast. Its a great French Quarter location, large suites and a wonderful saltwater pool. Below is a link to their site and it has a lot of information about the B&B and the city.
If you live on the gulf coast hurricane season is a fact of life. Dealing with a hurricane big or small is not for everyone. Sadly and more often than not the effects last much longer than the storm. Loving where you live enough to go through it again and again is a hard concept for some to understand. I was blessed to ride out Isaac in the New Orleans French Quarter high and dry with minimal damage and electricity the majority of the time. Even so there are so many emotions that surface before, during and after a hurricane comes to visit. At least for me there is all this pent up stuff that I need to get out. It’s a roller coaster of highs and lows. But what rises to the top out of all of that is the pride I feel in knowing that in Louisiana, this place I call home the people are not quitters and never will be. I needed to share and vocalize that feeling. I dedicate this poem to all who have dealt with and are still dealing with the devastation of a hurricane and refuse to let it keep them down.
Hey Isaac. We need to talk. There are some things I just have to say.
You seem a little shaky. Having some trouble holding it together?
Face it. You can never be her just because you showed up on the same day.
The simple truth is around here we don’t like that kind of weather.
Your friend Katrina at landfall was one cruel 3 Cat.
That bitch knocked us down, but not out and the city still stands.
She got up, got stronger, rebuilt and she is still coming back.
Just know you are wasting your time whatever your plans.
It’s a given that your bullying tactics are designed to make us run.
Planning to use things like rain and wind? Go on then, bring it.
Fair warning, we will be back when you are done.
Broken glass, downed trees, power outages, nothing new there, already seen it.
The blood of those who settled here runs through our veins.
They overcame countless hardships and disasters determined to stay.
Proud, resilient people arriving from places like France, Haiti, Germany and Spain.
Isaac, we are stronger than we even know and we are not the one going away.
You can rip out our hearts making us watch suffering friends and neighbors laid low by your deeds.
But our spirits are stronger than you can ever comprehend.
We take care of our own, heal each other and rally around those in need.
You can’t break these people. They only bend.
Flooding the unprotected is a pretty low blow.
I’ve seen your kind. You don’t fight fair.
But tell me something I didn’t know.
Look let’s cut to chase here. I’m just about done with what I wanted to share.
Let me spell it out for you just as plain as I can
Real simple, so even you can understand.
Been there, done that and when it comes to it, will do it again.
You can take it to the bank we will still be here when you meet your end.
It doesn’t matter how often the nation, the world looks to see.
Down here we roll up our sleeves, put things back together and strengthen our shores.
That’s who we are, that is who we will always be.
Good riddance Isaac. You might have been a hurricane once, but now, well, you’re just not any more.
Sharon Denise Talbot
VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #2! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! Miss Marion demonstrates her New Orleanian attitude and bounce-back approach to life to TJ and Di: Shake the devil off your back! The secret wisdom for proper second-lining, survival, happiness in the moment and longevity. Miss Marion is a lifelong parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the country, the cornerstone of the city’s jazz music and second-line parade traditions. Miss Marion’s church has historical connections to nearby Congo Square.
At age 82, Creole lady Miss Marion remains the spirited queen of Jazz Funeral second lining, rejoicing and dancing back from the grave. Her effervescent spirit and magic were captured on film Easter Sunday — during her regular work day, with a little dancing weaved in amid her normal-routine duties and responsibilities.This clip was filmed onsite in the ladies’ restroom of the elegant and famed French Quarter Brennan’s Restaurant. (Audible toilets flush in the background.) Miss Marion has served as the establishment’s beloved washroom attendant for four decades, and she walks to work from her historical Tremé neighborhood.
Miss Marion is a living example of New Orleans ability to recover post-disaster, to triumph over sorrow, through a belief in, and a living testament, to the power of faith, hope, prayer, worship, music, dance, courage, collective memory, history, cultural identify, local customs and religious heritage.
Miss Marion says, “What’s life? Life is what you make it. A smile goes a long way.”
Miss Marion poignantly and proudly reveals her wisdom — the counsel of Father Jerome LeDoux, a beloved Afro-American priest — in post-Katrina New Orleans. During storm, Miss Marion lost her home and stayed with the masses at the New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome; post-Katrina her beloved grandsons Damon Brooks, 16, and Ivan Brooks, 17, were murdered in 2007 the 9th Ward. Her story was profiled in The New Yorker (New Orleans Journal) and elsewhere.
Despite breathtaking losses, Miss Marion perseveres and enjoys life, with a smile, joy and celebration, as she continues to take her own advice.
Miss Marion played herself in the Peter Entell documentary, Shake the Devil Off.
Miss Marion dances on video with VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) mischief-making provocateurs TJ Fisher and Di Harris!
Quirky French Quarter author/Bourbon Street resident TJ Fisher and style maven/artist Di Harris carve a unique niché among New Orleans eccentric notables and flamboyant characters. TJ previous dedicated an original New Orleans-based 2008 nonfiction book to Miss Marion.
TJ and Di are known for their offbeat sense of satire and signature panache — adventuresome hijinks, biting wit, high-octane passion and theatrical style. TJ drives a ’59 pink Caddy convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. TJ is the accolade-winning author of multiple works of New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction. Award-winning designer Di is the proprietor of where the stars shop, Zogwald’s of the French Quarter, an ever popular and famed international boutique. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.)
See outrageous Sandcastle Queen TJ Fisher and her idiosyncratic friend and partner in shenanigans Lady Marigny Di Harris in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings: http://www.youtube.com/user/Tanzmanianmudbug.
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The vintage-style clip of Miss Marion (an afternoon in the life of TJ and Di, and their intriguingly surreal real world) ends with unforgettable imagery of Miss Marion in motion. Miss Marion regularly doles out her inspirational secrets of life and pearls of wisdom to, and is beloved by, an endless parade of superstars, luminaries, VIPs, ladies of society, the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy, common folks.
The duality of New Orleans and French Quarter life seems extreme. Here the unlikely happens frequently; ironic situations and chance meetings are an everyday occurrence. In New Orleans, history is not merely something observed from afar by leafing through the pages of textbooks. The rich cultural heritage of the city’s forebears still shapes, pervades and surrounds daily life. Here the band plays on, and life goes on. Joie de vivre.
HBO and David Simon’s lush new drama series Treme “gets” New Orleans, they definitely get it, do you? Do you get the resilient heart, soul, spirit and humor of the people and places of New Orleans…?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?
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