Posts Tagged ‘Mardi Gras’

Humor pervaded the featured portion of this evening’s Writers Guild “First Wednesday Spoken Word Series” at local tavern Bears Place (cf. February 5, et al.) with storyteller Nell Weatherwax opening with two pieces on her first amateur comedy club presentation and an up-coming radio gig morphing into the eccentricities of her father; stand-up comedian Shanda Sung on the everyday challenges of being a 35-year-old woman and mother of three kids; and Mary Armstrong-Smith with “I Teach at the Walgreen’s” and “Watering the Flower,” the latter concerning a childhood memory about family relations and an incident with her mother and grandmother and a pet puppy, all presentations extremely funny but with their serious sides as well.  Then, along with musical guest Trillium, a well-populated open mike portion brought nine readers, with me number four with another in my “Casket Girls” series, “Fit for a King,” with the irrepressible Claudette and more poetically-minded Yvonne discussing the pre-Mardi Gras carnaval tradition of sharing a king cake.

Actually Triana has celebrated the entire “Carnival” season which lasts from Epiphany, January 6, to Mardi Gras itself, the day before Ash Wednesday and the starting of Lent, the period of fasting and atonement leading up to Easter.  Triana will not be celebrating Lent.  For a bit on New Orleanian Mardi Gras tradition, she recommends that one press here, while for the traditional Mardi Gras parades (most over by now, of course, that run all through Carnival from the first one as early as 6 p.m. January 5), with routes and times, press here.  She also notes that the French Quarter proper, with its narrow streets and sharp corners, only hosts marching parades, while the major parades with their multiple floats mostly run just upriver (southwest) on St. Charles Avenue in the Uptown and Garden District.

For Mardi Gras or, more to the point, this was a six-month royalty for the last half of 2016 and one pretty generous as these things go.  But — how to say it? — perhaps more than one thing has been disappointing about the nether partindexs of the past year.  As the editor/publisher herself put it (as is my custom, to avoid embarrassment on both sides the actual publisher/book[s] will remain anonymous), [w]e hope it rebounds in 2017, and are redoubling our promotional efforts to that end.  Unless you object, we will simply hold your royalty over through this royalty period in the hopes that it grows substantial enough to pay you at the end of the summer.  And fair enough, say I.  Actually this one would buy a small meal at a discount restaurant, but why not let it slide for now and maybe, by Labor Day, have enough for dessert as well!

Laissez les bon temps rouler, eh?




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