Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Me Oh My Oh



My siblings, their partners and I are fixin' to take a nice little road trip to New Orleans for a long weekend.
Let's pause now for a little Louisiana flavor:

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have good fun on the bayou

Jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher a mio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Thibodeaux, Fontainbleau, the place is buzzin'
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style, go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.


Yep, we're getting our ridiculous economic stimulus checks pretty soon, so why not do the right thing and go stimulate an economy that Bush's neglect has left in such disarray?
NOLA is like a sweet old grandma in a wheelchair, with a gun under her lap blanket.
She's got stories to tell, amazing recipes to share and she stays young by overindulging in all that life has to offer.

Mmm.
Cafe DuMonde with beignets.
A Central Grocery muffalata.
Shrimp everywhere.
Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's.
And of course, Harrah's Casino, with an ice bar in the middle of the 110,000 square foot casino. Rum and diet Coke have no carbs. Set me up, bartender!

I wish all of you had siblings as cool as mine.
My big brother is making a mix-tape for the trip. We all get to play our own CD's when it's our turn to drive. I'm going with either Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" or a funk compilation.
Big Bro and I already have discussed our gambling strategies. I've never visited a casino with him, but it's a love we both share. I am so looking forward to sitting next to him at the slots.
He's a retired environmentalist with a specialty in water. He's drooling at the prospect of visiting the amazing aquarium in NOLA. He actually knows what each fish is and what they do for a living.
My big sister and I have been to Vegas together and I like to think I taught her the rudiments of fearless slot play. But this time she's going to try the tables. Unlike me, she has a quick mind for math and I suspect she'll find a way to make some serious blackjack dough.
She's also given the green light to dining anywhere we want--damn the cost!
She found us a lovely hotel in the French Quarter, with big rooms and rustic brick walls behind the king sized beds.
I'm meeting a friend there on Saturday, a genuine Cajun girl who was reared in NOLA and used to live in San Antonio. She'll be the perfect tour guide.

It's only a long weekend, but my family has the ability to cram a month full of fun into one lil' weekend.

See you when I get back, y'all. :)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will there be time for to campaign for Mrs. Clinton up and down Canal Street? or up and down Burbon Street wiht hurricane in tow?

queerpoet said...

Have a great time. I was there in February for a long week (long only because I had to attend a conference during the day) and it was wonderful. Hope you win some serious cash.

Suzy

MJ said...

Jealous! Have a huge ass beer for me ;)

dguzman said...

I love your description of NOLA--makes me want to come along. Have a blast, man!

Distributorcap said...

have a great time --- have a bignet for me

Lulu Maude said...

Must be nice to have sibs who are great playmates. And there's no place on earth like the Big Easy.

kzip said...

It's great to have siblings I like to be around. It wasn't always that way, believe me.

kzip said...

It's great to have siblings I like to be around. It wasn't always that way, believe me.
We've never actually had a road trip together before though. But I think it'll be fun.

karenzipdrive said...

Ooops sorry about the double post.
Pre-trip jitters!

Sonia said...

I want to go too !!! I was in New Orleans for X mas but in ... December 1988 , a long time ago:-(
And Louisiana is special for me since it is the French-est state of the USA !
bon voyage et bon appetit !!!

Karen Zipdrive said...

Merci, Sonia. You'll be able to read the review of the trip now and decide for yourself whether you'll want to come with us next time.
:D