- Louisiana Survey -
1. Do you have a Nick Name?
Not exactly, since Jackie really is a nickname. Some family also calls me "Jack," and my dad calls me "Girl."

edit: I just remembered that the cleaning ladies at the Borders I used to work at called me "Smiley," so I think that counts.

1b. If so, how did you get your nickname?
On that side of my family women's names are often shortened to their masculine counterpart, Frances becomes "Frank" and Jacqueline becomes "Jack." I have no idea why my dad calls me "Girl," he just always has; I suppose I'd be "Boy" if I'd been born one.

2. Do you remember the commercial about a company that was once located at 1825 Tulane?
Of course! I don't think I'll ever forget the Rosenberg's jingle.

3. Favorite Cajun Band?
I am not a fan of Cajun music or zydico; I can listen to it for a little while, but after about ten minutes it just gets on my nerves. However, I do love New Orleans jazz and brass band music.

4. Favorite Cajun Cooked Dish?
Probably boiled crawfish.

5. What is your favorite seafood of these 3: Shrimp, Crawfish or Crabs?
Crawfish! Then shrimp, but I don't care for crabs.

6. Ever swam in a Bayou?
I haven't swum in a bayou, but I have swum in the Mississippi

7. Ever been to Pat O’Brien’s?
Maybe once

8. Most embarrassing Mardi Gras moment?
I don't think I've ever has an embarassing Mardi Gras moment. I love Mardi Gras and costuming, so I always just have a great time when I march with the Mystic Krewe of Saint Anne and the other marching crews!

9. Ever got the baby in the King Cake and put it back because you did not want to be the next person to buy the cake?
No, I don't mind buying king cakes, because then I get to pick out the filling. Cherry and apple are my favorites.

10. Do you remember K & B's?
I didn't use a Rite Aid until five years after K&B had gone out of business and even now I try to avoid them; I tend to hold a grudge.

11. Have you ever heard of Mr. Bingle?
I don't think I could have avoided Mr. Bingle during Christmas in New Orleans. That adorable snowman used to be everywhere. I especially like his holly leaf wings.

12. Is Morgus still alive?
Morgus lives! But I prefer the strong silent type, like Chopsley.

13. Have you ever had a desires to find Jean Lafitte's Treasure?
No, I can't say that I have, but now that you mention it...

14. Favorite place in Southern Louisiana?
POPP Fountain in City Park or the Carousel Gardens

15. Do you speak or understand Cajun French?
unfortunately, no

16. If you could eat anyone's cooking, who's would it be?
I love K-Paul's, but honestly I prefer non-New Orleans cuisine on a day to day basis. Still, if I could eat home made fried okra every day, I would. The same goes for red beans and rice.

17. Do you like Beignets?
I love them, especially with a cafe au lait with plenty of chicory - I know, I'm a stereotype.

18. Do you drive the Huey Long Bridge?
Not if I can avoid it!

19. Ever heard of the Rougarou?
Since I was a child. I'm not Cajun, but my mom's first husband was, so she's familiar with many of the myths. I also know all about Coco Robichaux (the singer and the myth).

20. Ever ate Alligator?
Yes, unsurprisingly it tastes a lot like chicken.

21. Ever ate Snapping Turtle?
I don't think so, but it's possible.

22. Ever ate Poo Doo Bird?
I'm not sure what this even means.

23. Would you feed a bum on the street or give him money to buy beer?
I've given my leftover food to plenty of gutter punks, but only if they ask nicely.

24. Stayed for hurricane Katrina or got the hell out of town?
got the hell out

25. Would you stay or leave for the next hurricane?
I will be very reluctant to leave for any future hurricanes now that I feel I know what the worst case scenario is. That's probably a stupid outlook, but that's just the way I feel.

26. Ever been to a Saints game in the dome?
I've been for a carnival and a few other events, but I don't like football.

27. Ever been to a Saint's game in the Tulane stadium?
Nope, I think football is boring.

28. Do you think Gumbo should have Okra in it?
I love okra, but I don't mind if it's left out of gumbo.

29. Should former Governor Edwin Edwards be released early from his prison sentence?
No, he's an ass.

30. Do you eat raw oysters?
I love raw oysters

31. Do you know what "Makin Groceries" means?
Yes, and I actually use the phrase.

32. Have you ever crossed the "Neutral Ground" ?
Many times! I've also stood on it to watch Mardi Gras parades and been to the coffee house by the same name.
enduringplum: (Poppies)
( Jan. 9th, 2007 10:41 pm)
I don't know why, but I haven't felt like updating my LJ or journaling lately, but I really should get back to it.

The wedding on the twenty-second was a lot of fun! The rain cleared up long enough for our ceremony on the river and we had a good turn out. I did discover that RSVPs are fairly worthless, because plenty of people who didn't RSVP came and quite a few who did never showed; it didn't bother me and didn't even occur to me until sometime yesterday - I just thought it was funny.

Since we got the Crescent Ballroom at the Double Tree Hotel New Orleans at no charge, all the food at cost, and a great discount on both bands the most money my parents have spent on the whole affair has been on the photographs and wedding albums. I think Michael Caswell does good work and he also seems like a really nice guy, but most of all his prices were the most reasonable of the New Orleans-area photographers I looked into and my parents still spent more than two thousand dollars on the package we chose.

We received many generous and thoughtful gifts from all our friends and family, but the most beautiful gift was from Mischa and Cat! When I take a picture of it, I'll edit this entry and post it here.

I spent the day helping my dad prime the "master" bedroom of the little house; [profile] triple_phoenix helped, too. Tomorow I get to go back to help paint! :O Sometime today or yesterday all the plumbing in the house went out because the previous plumber did a shoddy job, so now it's going to cost around five thousand dollars to repair.

The good news is that our house is legally ours and we can now work on trying to sell it, then we can take out a new home loan and use the money from selling our house for our down payment and for any renovations which will need to be done, not to mention furniture. Our apartment is nice enough, but it will never feel like home because it belongs to someone else and I just hate that. Our lease doesn't expire until July, but I'm already beginning to look for houses again to get a good feel for what's available right now as opposed to what was available last year, when we first got back to the city. We're not opposed to having to work on the house we buy, because it seems like much of what's available in our price range has some storm damage - either a flooded downstairs or some wind damage. Sometimes it is very tempting to start looking for homes and jobs out-of-state, but we're too committed now to leave so soon after The Storm.
enduringplum: (Calm)
( Oct. 19th, 2006 05:25 pm)
So, we're getting married by a justice of the peace tomorrow at five after six. Then it's to an informal dinner at one of our favorite restaurants; I tried to get reservations at Jamila's, but I couldn't reach anyone there (I don't think they've reopened since the hurricane, unfortunately), and at Shogun, but apparently Shogun doesn't take reservations anymore— WTF?

My parents and his parents will be there, as well as the Hacketts, who I consider my second set of parents, and [profile] triple_phoenix.

I'm very fortunate that the [community profile] neworleansLJ community is so helpful and supportive! If it hadn't been for all the feedback I got from its members, I wouldn't have been able to find an offciant for the wedding in time.
enduringplum: (Mizumi Red)
( Aug. 24th, 2006 12:37 am)
"Hello All,
Have you wondered just what all is being done to commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans?  I have.  I've found all sorts of listing for marches and candlelight vigils and prayer circles and demonstrations and all sorts of things happening here in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.  Well, our fearless leaders have done a pretty good job of ignoring and turning a blind eye to our plight after making upteen empty promises throughout the past year.  I have a hard time believing they'll be paying attention to our breaking hearts as we come together to mourn this coming weekend.

So - as an effort to bring a few helpful reminders to their doorstep, I'm taking part in "Watering the Bushes".  The idea and execution are pretty simple. Mail a bottle of water to the White House with the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as the return address.   Surely you've been inundated with the facts about how long people waited for rescue - supposedly unbeknownst to Michael Brown - at the Convention Center.  First hand accounts tell us that they were without water and food for days.  Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" has excellent footage.  I highly recommend seeing it if/when you can.  Anyway, if nothing else, at least the White House will have supplies ready for the next disaster to befall American citizens.  You'll know you've made a direct contribution to emergency relief efforts, whatever they may be.  And if they are all returned - at least the Convention Center will have water!

No American citizen deserves what has befallen the hundreds of thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast.  Insurance refuses to pay, the SBA makes incorrect calculations and the rescinds its offer - and demands the money back weeks or even months later - after a person has used the money to start paying for repairs, FEMA refuses to pay, and everything has to be fought for.  Hardly anyone was planning to remodel their home last September.  Who has the ability, right this moment, to rebuild your entire home?  My neighbors are fiercely proud people.  No one wants to ask for charity - just a little help and understanding.  My drive to work takes me through the Gentilly neighborhood.  I see so many houses in various states of repair.  So many look like repairs were started and had to be abandoned.  Did the money run out?  I'll never know.  All I know is that an American city is dying.  And I'm realizing, this isn't the first, nor will it be the last, time our current administration has better things to spend its time and money on.

Pass it on friends. 

Here are the addresses:

President George Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans
, LA 70130"

I'm so happy that I just received my latest Bitch in the mail! I feel special, too, because the post office's official line is still that they are not delivering any bulk mail or magazines to New Orleans residents. While reading it I can feel my brain unfurling again and it feels good! I haven't finished reading yet, but so far my favorite article is about a Grace Lee who has done a documentary on a number of other Asian-American women who share her name and the stereotypes that seem to come with it; I'm only half way through the article and I'm already dying to rent the documentary. <br /><br />Speaking of documentaries <u>Hexing&nbsp;a Hurricane</u>, in which I took part, turned out really well and the reaction it received at it's premier was really positive. I'd like to share it with the world, but at the same time I feel shy about sharing it because I play such a big part in it. Despite my reluctance it should still be seen by everyone who doesn't understand what has happened and is still happening down here, because it does a good job of conveying just how much we've lost and how much confusion about Katrina there was and continues to be. Jeremy Campbell, the film's maker, is going to film a follow-up soon.<br /><br /><br />

<br />We're all extremely relieved that&nbsp;<span class="ljuser"><img style="VERTICAL-ALIGN: bottom" height="17" alt="" width="17" src="/stc/fck/editor/plugins/livejournal/userinfo.gif" />SwitchKnives</span> has moved back home after a lot of drama with her current boyfriend (unless she decided not to pursue him after he broke up with her last night via text message). One of her good friends is visiting, one who I think is a good influence on her;&nbsp;<span class="ljuser"><img style="VERTICAL-ALIGN: bottom" height="17" alt="" width="17" src="/stc/fck/editor/plugins/livejournal/userinfo.gif" />Switchknives</span> is a really intelligent, beautiful girl, but she's only seventeen and so is prone to making really stupid decisions. I recall very clearly the many idiotic decisions I made at that age and often wonder how I turned out as well as I have!<br /><br />My COBRA forms recently arrived in the mail, only three months after they should have and two months after the deadline to turn them in had passed. However, I called and received permission to turn them in after the deadline, so my insurance will be reinstated as soon as I pay the back premiums. I can't really afford it since my disability lapsed and I haven't begun received government disability payments yet, but I can't go without insurance because my medication expenses each month are astronomical. I'm doing my best to get everything in order as quickly as possible, but the various disability services systems are not easily navigated and I feel very overwhelmed by our struggle to buy a house and gain entrance to our FEMA trailer. It'll work out eventually; If nothing else I know that in ten years I will not be in this situation, I just have to keep reminding myself of that to keep myself calm and renew my patience.
That became crystal clear the first night I was back! I was away so long that I feel like I need to soak up the city as much as possible!

Things are different and things are still changing, but what's important has remained the same. There's no place I'd rather be and just being here has done a lot to heal the hurt.

Tonight I had red beans and rice while watching live music with my mom; We knew most of the musicians and my mom has worked with most of them. People were dancing, talking, and laughing. It was perfect.

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to try to get over to Kanno for a sushi lunch, but it depends on whether or not we actually make it out to Metarie.

Saturday we go to look at our house: I'm nervous.
enduringplum: (Timid)
( Oct. 15th, 2005 01:04 am)

Going back to New Orleans tomorrow, I can't wait. I'm not too thrilled about going to look at the house, but it has to be done; I'm going to see if there's anyway to salvage any of my clothes, but I'm not being too optimistic.

I'll still miss losing all my art, books, comics, and graphic novels the most, not to mention all the special, irreplaceable gifts I'd been given over the years. Next time I'm forced to run from a hurricane those will be the things I take with me.

Errands, Et Cetera )

enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Sep. 27th, 2005 03:30 pm)
Every time I look down
On this timeless town,
Whether blue or gray be her skies,

Whether loud be her cheers,
Or whether soft be her tears,
More and more do I realize...

I love Paris in the spring time,
I love Paris in the fall,
I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.

I love Paris every moment,
Every moment of the year.
I love Paris...
Why, oh, why do I love Paris?
Because my love is near.
enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Sep. 1st, 2005 10:07 pm)

I have so much to write about that I hardly know where to begin...

 News of Friends and Loved Ones )

My Misadventure, Presently )

enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Aug. 30th, 2005 10:15 pm)

We evacuated Sunday morning at nine o'clock and made it to our room at a La Quinta in Dallas around ten o'clock Sunday night. Right now I'm at my Aunt Joye's home in Houston where I'll stay with all the pets until I can go home. My boyfriend is here with me, but may have to go to Baton Rouge very soon to work with FEMA to restore cell phone service to the area. Both my parents are alive and well: My mom is in Tennesee with the dogs, staying with her sister, and my dad is at the Double Tree Hotel New Orleans where he's chief engineer. I am worried about a few of my friends, although I know most of them are safe; the only ones I haven't heard from myself are [livejournal.com profile] diabolicalsound, [livejournal.com profile] livetruth, and [livejournal.com profile] samothtiger 's brother. Needless to say, Dragon Con is off for all of us this year. To my close, personal friends: call me if you can at 504-610-9579, if I don't answer just leave me a voicemail so I know you're okay!

I've been through hurricanes more times than I can recall, but I never expected New Orleans to experience a storm this severe. Even now it's difficult for me to believe that so much has been lost or destroyed, even though intellectually I realize that my house is probably under water. It's frustrating not knowing just what's happening at home and having to go rumors. All I know for certain is that it'll be a while before I can go back to the city I call home, that it will be a long time before life returns to normal, and that it could have been a lot worse: My friends, family, and pets are safe, that's all that really matters.

I could have been one of the people unable to evacuate, one of those people I've seen on the news miserable because their husband or wife is missing, having been lost in the rising water.

Please, keep us in your thoughts and prayers, if you pray. It means a lot to me and I'm sure it means just as much to all the other refugees out there.

enduringplum: (Default)
( Aug. 27th, 2005 11:05 pm)

I don't know if it's cool or sad that I both understand and have actually done most of the items on the list behind the cut.

You Know You're From New Orleans When... )

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