Hey y'all, finally rested enough to post after about 48 hours of transitional time and rest. NOLA is as sleepy and cold as I've ever seen it, but today the temperatures finally broke 50 and everyone's coming back out.
The social center of Marigny (or "The Marigny" as peeps call it here,)is the alt coffee shop Flora's. When Johnny went over for our morning coffee today he reported that the counter was being womanned our favorite employee - a bearded, mustached lesbian, who was serving a fully tattooed man (including face) while nearby a thalidomide guy with the flippers was sipping his.
Other social center is Frenchmen Street, where at the veggie cafe we just stumbled in on a liquor licensing class being given to the staff, which included every permutation of the rather amazing Louisiana liquor laws. These included -
Liquor can be sold 24 hours including Sundays.
Liquor can be carried in anything but glass within the quarter at any hour on the street, or in a car, including by the driver. Rock on!
Bars may not employ "b-girls" to hustle customers into buying them drinks.
The guy teaching the class was hilarious as he added his own commentary to each letter of the law, and even included some tip freak admonitions like
"Don't rush at the end of your shift to close out an obviously wasted customer's tab, leave with your tip, and leave him to vomit on the bar for the next shift. Offer to get him a cab instead."
Tomorrow night Sylvain is playing here so we'll probably do our first late night in his honor.
more reports soon - love to all-