Archive for July, 2010

The Eggpire Strikes Back

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

At Tales of the Cocktail this year, media types like myself were guaranteed access to five seminars. I had exhausted my five — but there was one more I wanted to check out: “The Eggpire Strikes Back.” Yes, this was a session dedicated to the subject of eggs in cocktails. My fascination with this topic […]

Religious Spirits

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

How does one spend Sunday morning at Tales of the Cocktail? How about a seminar on “Religious Spirits”? This session was conducted by Garrett Oliver and a thankfully clean-shaven Allen Katz. Allen talked about spirits and Garrett talked about beer. I never thought I’d be drinking beer at Tales, but this session attempted to bridge […]

I Hate Vodka

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The world loves vodka, you may have noticed. Not me. I’m not a hater by nature, but I get tired of always playing the nice guy. It’s fun to hate on occasion, isn’t it? All the other kids seem to dig it, so I wanted to give it a try. I hate vodka! It’s a […]


Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I confess I didn’t know who Dale DeGroff is. I was probably the only person at Tales of the Cocktail who didn’t recognize his name. Turns out he’s a legendary bartender — the best in the world according to some. I didn’t know that when I came into the seminar he was moderating, but by […]

A Shot of Black Stuff

Monday, July 26th, 2010

My palate has shifted over the last year. I know this, because at Tales of the Cocktail 2009, I had my first taste of Amaro — and I didn’t know what to make of it. Amaro is a category of Italian liqueurs noted for their bitter flavor. The stuff I had, Amaro Averna, threw me […]

Gin & Prohibition

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The first seminar I attended at Tales of the Cocktail this year was called “Prohibition & Gin” but I think perhaps a better title might have been “Gin & Prohibition.” It was mostly a history of gin, with Prohibition as simply one chapter in the story. That was a minor disappointment, as I find the […]

More to Come

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

From this point on it’s going to be a challenge for my writing to keep pace with reality. I attended two seminars Thursday, and I fully intended to write about at least one of them Thursday evening, but I had a meeting last night — it’s tough to meet after a full day of drinking, […]

Toast to Tales

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Toast by Editor B Tales of the Cocktail kicked into full gear today. The seminars on this first day are all “professional track,” geared toward industry professionals, with topics like “Raising the Bar: Spirited Media Skills for Cocktail & Industry Professionals.” I’m anything but a professional, so I did not attend any of these, but […]

Twenty-Nine Months

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Dear Persephone, It’s finally happened. Your imagination has caught fire, and I’ve been drawn into your fantasy world on several occasions. Granted, you’ve had an active imagination for a while. I still remember the first time you took a block and said it was a train. But now you’ve taken it to the next level. […]

To Do

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I really need to get on top of this stuff before the list gets any longer. We’ve been living in our new house for almost three-quarters of a year now, and so far we’ve done very little. Of course that was the appeal of the place: a complete renovation. But every house needs upkeep and […]

Post Dance

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Perhaps I was inspired by all the art we saw yesterday, because when I got home I made a video by pairing a clip I shot Thursday night with a serendipitous musical track. I’ve embedded the video below, but I had to make it smaller to fit my rather narrow template. You’d do better to […]


Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I was leafing through Lagniappe today and came across an article by Doug MacCash, about a guy named Charlie Bishop who noticed a hunk of concrete in City Park and labeled it a sculpture. As far as I can tell, no one else has bought into this idea, except possibly MacCash, who labels Bishop a […]

“Which one did you use?”

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

We went to a release party for the new issue of The Trumpet last night. I remember attending some of the first meetings of the Neighborhoods Partnership Network back in 2006, but I’ve been out of the loop lately. So it was a great pleasure to take Xy and our daughter to the Community Book […]

Mandatory Ejaculation

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I’m sure my parents will be proud to know I’m now the number one result for mandatory ejaculation on Google. Or rather, one of my photos is. Of course, the real blame goes to the Krewe of Spermes, one of the many constituent subkrewes that make up the amazing Krewe de Vieux. All I did […]


Monday, July 12th, 2010

I was recently thrilled, honored, flattered and otherwise gratified to learn that I’ve been nominated for an Ashley Morris Award. I’m not worthy to actually win — besides which, the competition is far too stiff. But merely to be considered makes me feel warm and fuzzy. The award is of course presented at the Rising […]

Eyes Wide Open

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The mayor came to our campus yesterday to deliver a speech with the theme “Eyes Wide Open.” Strangely enough, few of my co-workers seemed to be aware of this, but I got an invite from the mayor’s office via e-mail. By another strange coincidence, I’d forgotten all about it until my memory was jogged during […]


Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I guess the official date is in April but I took my daughter to work yesterday. She was here about five hours, and we had a blast. We always call her daycare “school.” Xy is a teacher and I work at a university, so we all go to school. Actually my girls are both on […]

A Quarter of My Life

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sometime a few months ago this slipped past me: I’ve now spent a quarter of my life in the city of New Orleans, a quarter of my life working at the University. And it dawned on me that my experience of this city is very much bound up with my employment at this school. I’ve […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Tarballs

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Many months ago, we booked a condo in Panama City Beach, Florida. (I should say, my mother-in-law booked the place. We consulted, but it was my in-laws’ dime.) This was well before the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, long before oil started gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico. Needless to say of all the […]

IFBD 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Every year I exhort people to listen to the stirring inspirational lyrics penned by Dr. Paul of the Troublemakers for their famous anthem. But many people never do. So this year, I thought I’d transcribe them. I don’t believe these were available anywhere on the internet — until now. Maybe this will help people get […]