DRAFT: Houmas House / April 2015
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|Houmas House masters, Keven Kelly, Mother Kelly and Sugar Baby |
at Media Party, Saint Patrick's Day 2015.
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on Saint Patrick's Day
|Riverboat, Mississippi River|
Houmas House, Louisiana
Cold Man Winter loosened its chilly grip on the bayous, rivers and swamps of Louisiana. Finally! Promptly L. A. Norma and I headed out for parties, parades, and music festivals umpity thump-thumpin' from Laughingyette bayous to Big Swamp City bar rooms!
"Jindal prens for his out-of-state handlers, a lapdog to the Koch Brothers," Norma snorts, blowing smoke out the driver's side window of her little red rental "No child left behind, my ass," she snorts. "No child left a dime!"
We Crossed The River at Baton Rouge singing Al Capps' ode to bad leadership from the 1959 film, music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer,
When we fought the Yankees and were left with utter defeat
Who was it who burned the crops and left us nothing to eat?
Why it was Jubilation T. Cornpone ... Ole toot your own horn Pone ...
University presidents and state administrators wring their hands on television over Jindal's foolish budgets. Designed to show he could run a government without taxes and services. He could not. He may, or may not be off to Washington, but his replacement will inherit a hard task announcing school and bridge closings.
"Already, entire departments at the University of New Orleans have closed," Norma says, "and drawbridges tremble in fear for their maintenance."
David Vitter, present US Senator and Republican governor-expect is said to care little for the "Magic Maharaja from Mumbai," as Norma calls Jindal.
"Would you, in Vitter's shoes?" Norma says, and crushes her cigarette into a little tin box she carries for the purpose.
It is sometimes said by detractors that Louisiana is built along the Mississippi and organized around Mardi Gras. "O. K. by me," Norma says. "You'd prefer Senegal or Cincinnati?"
On to Houmas House, the grandest sugar plantation on The River. It is on the East Bank, near Burnside, above New Orleans an hour and fifteen minutes by hard road (by River more).
Lord of the manor is Kevin Kelly, a baronial Irishman (with dogs!) who also
|Kevin Kelly with beard, Kyle Edmiston, Doug Bourgeois and|
Nippon News delegation
|Jim Blanchard and Bonnie Warren|
Kelly attended his NOLa Mardi Gras party this year, costumed as the man who carried word to D. C. that the British had been turned back at New Orleans.
"Damn those detractors who claim the war was over!" Norma snorts.
"As owner of Houmas Plantation, Burnside knew: Had the Brits got to the steps of Gallier Hall we might still be flying the British Jack!
"The Yanks did, and we're still flying theirs."
|Lorinzo Bergen, New Orleans artist|
and Leonard Earl Johnson, an elderly scribe
|Proper early fenced garden, Houmas House|
|Properly unfenced radio stars: Bob and Jan Carr, WDSU - NOLa|
|Garden with small fountain|
| The Gardner:|
Craig Black Artist at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
|The Chef, Jeremy Langlois|
|The things you gave up for Lent.|
|The Master's table on Saint Patrick's Day!|
Paul Arrigo and Kevin Kelly
All Photocredits thanks to Margarita Bergen, Janis Turk, Houmas House
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