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Friday, January 16, 2004 :::

This is an actual headline that appeared today on Yahoo! news. And you get three guesses where I'm going with this (and the first two don't count). Yep, New Orleans is the only city in the United States of America worth living in. I used to just love the city I was fortunate enough to be born in. But over the years that early blush of affection has blossomed into a deep and abiding dislike of all Non-New Orleans American cities.

It's this time of year in particular that stokes these fires. We are a mere four weeks away from the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades. In the Northeast, well, just read the headline above. We've already celebrated Twelfth Night here on January 6th. As good Catholics, this is also known to the locals as the Feast of the Epiphany. The rest of the country calls it, uh, January 6th. It's the traditional start of Mardi Gras, the first day when you can buy a "legal" king cake, and the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride up and down the streetcar line, in a bit of an ad hoc first parade. They may be nerds, but they're our nerds.

We're heading into the season of marching bands, crawfish boils, Mardi Gras, followed six weeks later by Jazz Fest, and in between you get to pass Lent and collect $200. It's also the only three months out of the year in which you can absolutely count on not getting bad news out of the New Orleans Saints. And the rest of the world shovels snow. Tons and tons of stinky snow (o.k., maybe it doesn't stink).

You'll forgive us if we spin ourselves in circles, pour beer on our heads, and say "HA HA HA HA HA HA HA". And that's just our elected officials.



::: posted by robert at 8:53 PM


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