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Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour Remains Bestseller on Amazon! – Video

Well, I never thought it’d happen to lil’ ole me but my new book, Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour, has been on Amazon for almost a year now and it’s still a bestseller, in the top 5 in its category!

Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour Remains Bestseller on Amazon!

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You really don’t wanna be without this book when you come to New Orleans.

 

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Check out this 7 minute video below to find out more about the book:

So here’s an interview I did with monster Internet maven Dion GeBorde about alla dat.

 

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New Orleans Hit By Major Cold Snap – It’s Cold As S**t!

My frozen fountain in New Orleans. No fish in this one and has already started to split and leak.

A lot of people wonder if it every gets really cold in New Orleans. Well wonder no more. For the last few weeks we’ve been hit by some pretty cold weather.

Is this unusual? well yes and no. I remember when I was a kid we had it go all the way to 18 degrees once, those we called hard freezes. It does snow occasionally and hard enough that it stays on the ground and we can make a snowman, at least when we were kids we did this.

Some people think that when we have this kind of cold weather than it sets us up for some major hurricanes in the fall. Well, I don’t know. We shall see.

Hurricane Katrina came in 2005 after we’d had some good snow during Christmas in fact I think it was actually on Christmas day. I can remember big flurries of snow coming down as I knocked on the door of my Aunt Eleanor’s house.

But to have this type of frigid weather come so frequently, heck, I can’t remember when it has been so.

When I woke up this morning it was 24 at our house although my weather app said it was 21 somewhere in the city. For some reason we are in a little pocket here close to the Mississippi River which I think helps to warm it up a few degrees.

When I went to bed last night I looked outside and could already see a bit of snow accumulated on the ground as the temperature was dropping.

I have two nice big aloe vera plants that I had stashed under the Japanese plum tree a couple weeks ago when we started having this frigid weather and they seemed to do OK. But when I checked them this morning although they looked really healthy and beautiful they were frozen solid. Oops. The fronds were like big popsicle sticks easily broken off.

I have a little fountain outside that’s got some big goldfish in it and I know they will be OK as long as the water does not freeze solid. But the fountain spigot froze and the top was frozen very thinly and having it against the house helps to protect it.

So now I have a lamp with a box over it to get the water flowing again, not that the fish really need it since they are kind of in a state of suspended animation. They won’t even bother to eat when it gets this cold.

Right now I got most of the shades drawn and the curtains closed with the heat to 66 but it’s not getting above 62. These old houses were not built for cold weather, although before the house was remodeled in the early 1960s there was a fireplace in every room and back then they used coal for heat.

My folks did keep one fireplace in the living room, but that was not used for heat as much as for decoration and when they rebuilt it it was poorly done so when we lit the wood it never really drafted well sending smoke into the house while the chimney heated up.

Now we occasionally light it during the holidays with one of those pressed logs that last for 3 hours. I got it lit now to see if it makes any difference.

So I sit here in a comfy chair in the living room in thermal underwear and sweat clothes and jacket. We got one more night of this. I could not imagine weeks of this or the months that folks in the northern climes have to endure. So yeah, it does get cold in New Orleans, really, really cold.

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Santa Buddy (Santa Baby) Southeast Louisiana Version

Eartha Kitt originally did “Santa Baby” decades ago and it was a sultry and sexy version. Madonna also did this, a faster version with a voice like Betty Boop. Then recently Michael Buble put it on his excellent Christmas album, but, of course, being a guy, you gotta change the lyrics. His is a nice slow version similar to Eartha Kitt’s without her steamy sexiness, and it works.

So I was getting ready a couple days ago to do my annual Christmas show at the famous Neutral Ground Coffee House in New Orleans and I wanted to do this song. Well, Michael, being Canadian, had some words in his version that would only apply to someone of that country. So I changed them, then I got the idea that heck why not change some more lyrics that would fit southeast Louisiana. I did. And the song was a hit when I performed it Thursday night.

So here ya go.

Santa Buddy (southeast Louisiana version)
additional lyrics by Richard Bienvenu

Santa buddy, slip a pirogue under the tree, for me.
I’ve been an awful good guy,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, some crawfish traps and outboard Evinrude, steel blue.
I’ll wait up for you dude,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun that have missed,
I think of all the dawlins’ that I never kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’d check off my Christmas list,

Santa pally, I wanna yacht and really that’s not a lot,
I’ve been a really good dude all year,
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, one thing that I really do need, the deed,
To dat nice big chunka land down da bayou,
Santa pally, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, fill my stocking with N’Awlins Saints tix, for kicks.
Throw me down dere on the first line,
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some nice decorations bought at Adlers you see,
I really do believe in you,
Now let’s see if you believe in me

Santa poppy, forgot to mention one little thing, cha-ching,
No, I don’t mean as a loan.
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Oh, hurry down the chimney tonight.

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My First Christmas Without My Beloved Mom

I decorated this year for Xmas and did it like I always do. This is the first year without my mom. For sixty-five Christmases my mom has always been here.

And there were only a couple to times I did not come home. I remember when I was living in Spain I even came home for Christmas. Oh and I was so sick, I probably had pneumonia and when I got home I took to bed for a couple days to recover from the trip home and then to get well. I might have had just a cold or something, bronchitis maybe, and I remember being on the plane sitting by the window swigging cough medicine and listening to Rocio Jurado on my big cassette player.

So my mom passed away in September on Labor Day. It was a quiet passing, she just stopped breathing. One moment she was here, the next gone. My mom, my mother, my companion and best friend. They say that caretakers form a special bond with the parent and when they are gone it is especially hard.

So for 15 years my purpose in life was taking care of my mom. And now I look for another one and have not landed yet, and maybe I never will.

I have a photo of my mom by the bed that I look at and kiss every night before I turn the light off. That is the last thing I do. It’s a photo where she is looking straight at me, a little smile, a knowingness and self-possession. There is a depth to her gaze and a warmth and love that emanates from it. It is comforting to me so see here face and that gaze. The last thing I see of the day. And how long will I do this? I don’t know.

Can’t imagine living so much longer, many many years longer without being with my mom. Strange. My Vedic astrologer in India says I will have a very long life. My mom lived to 103. Hm…

So I got the tree and at first I thought I would not go all out with the decorations. But as I put up the tree and put on the lights and all the ornaments my mom used to carefully unwrap and set out for me to put on the branches, and as it started looking more and more beautiful I thought, well, heck, you know, why not pull out all the decorations. And in honor of her and her life do the house up big.

So I did.

I enjoy decorating and creating so it was especially psychologically beneficial to me. I don’t feel that sadness so much that you hear about when a person loses a loved one and the Holidays come around and it’s especially depressing.

Yes, I miss my mom so so much, but I still have a sense of joy in the celebration of Christmas and the celebration of a wonderful life that my mom had and the wonderful mother she was.

The house looks beautiful and I believe my mom is here appreciating it all.

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New Orleans Now Top Ranked For Creative Folks

In New Orleans creativity abounds.

New Orleans has had its share of fantastically creative folks that have achieved world-wide fame. Just look at Louis Armstrong, one of the fathers of jazz, and the recently deceased Fats Domino credited to being the original father of rock and roll.

The city has become a mecca for artists as well and writers. Just think of the playwright Tennessee Williams and novelist William Faulkner although not from here, both lived and started writing here. Then of course our architecture is second to none.

So now what most New Orleanians already knew is being recognized by Smartasset, the personal finance website.

Of course we have tons of very talented and world-renowned musicians, but then we also have about 2000 full time actors and all those who are involved in Hollywood South. We got about 161 creative types for every 10,000 people.

New Orleans has the lowest cost of living compared to the other cities, and in my view because of our culture and festivals and genuine joie de vivre, we got the highest standard of living. I mean we actually have a functioning world-class culture of music, food, and customs that most cities in the US can’t even imagine having.

What’s interesting on this list is Los Angeles and New York aren’t even in the top 10.

Have a gander at the article on the NOLA.com site.

 

 

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Louisiana Agriculture: TWILA – My New Favorite TV Show

My new favorite program is about Louisiana agriculture, TWILA TV on Cox 4 at 9AM Saturday mornings. Some time last year I was aimlessly cruising the TV dial and happened upon this show. I was immediately taken in by the young attractive guy and gal hosting the show that’s all about Louisiana agriculture.

Louisiana Agriculture: TWILA – My New Favorite TV Show

TWILA TV Louisiana Agriculture

A.J. Sabine, Avery Davidson, and Kristen Oaks-White host TWILA TV.

TWILA stands for This Week in Louisiana Agriculture, produced by the Louisiana Farm Bureau with Kristen Oaks-White and Avery Davidson sharing hosting duties.

Not only did I find it interesting, entertaining and informative but was also impressed by the quality of the program, which is comprised of reports from the field. (Although I gotta say the quality of the actual broadcast on the Cox local access channel has a lot to be desired. C’mon, Cox, fix the quality so we can get the full HD broadcast of this.) The show’s focus is about bringing the Louisiana ag community and the consumer together.

They manage to chunk a lot of content into a half-hour show taking us around the state for stories about farmers and ranchers, their successes and challenges and all the innovative things they are doing. At least one segment of the show focuses on a Louisiana restaurant. They also cover national associations of the ag community as well. I didn’t know there was such a thing as the American Farm Bureau much less a Louisiana Farm Bureau.


Watch a clip from TWILA TV

So after watching for several months I realized that I could become a member of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. So I went online, signed up and plunked down a measly 40 bucks to be a member. All kinds of discounts and such comes with it which I will probably never use, but for me it’s just knowing that I am supporting the local ag community and being part of something that makes a difference.

What I like about this show is that it keeps me abreast of what’s happening out there with the people who supply us with our food and materials that helps us to not only survive but thrive in our day-to-day lives. It really is eye-opening to get a glimpse of the people who are so important, who are the real lifeline to not only our state’s health and well-being but to our own individually as well. Check them out, watch the show, become a member.

So every Saturday morning now I make sure I get up early enough to finish my morning duties, make myself a nice cup of coffee and sit in front of the TV just in time to see my new favorite show – TWILA. It’s a fun program. Check it out.

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