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Night Out with Shirley
December 30th, 2005 under Food, Friends, Katrina, New Orleans, New Orleans Music, Politics, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: 7 ]

BoneramaShirley and I had a wonderful night last night. It really began with a trip to the Esplanade mall after dropping her mom off at the airport. Shirley’s mom is the sweetest person I know. It’s really hard to say goodbye to her. When she lived in Memphis and drove down to New Orleans, we could usually talk her into staying a few extra days. Shirley bought a sexy top for our special evening. SHE’S SO HOT!

We started off with dinner at Dick & Jenny’s at 4501 Tchoupitoulas St. It was almost as good as Jacques Imo’s! We found out yesterday that Jacques is opening today. It was so good to eat fine New Orleans food! The Crescent Cafe in Nashville does an excellent job with Gumbo, Red Beans, and Po-Boys, but I was ready for some Alligator Sausage Cheesecake. (The only thing that it resembles in a traditional cheesecake is the richness of the flavor.) The food was unbelievable. It reminded me that New Orleans has the best food in the world…period.

We missed the Zion Harmonizers, but saw all of Bonerama and Cowboy Mouth. Bonerama is so-named because the band consists of a drummer, an unbelievable guitarist, a tuba player (haven’t heard a tuba solo that good since Galactic. As a matter of fact, I haven’t heard a tuba solo since Galactic.) and four trombonists! They were very cool! I’ve got to get their CD.

I got to tell Fred how much I appreciate his music and he gave me a hug! I also got to tell Chris Rose, the T-P columnist, that his post-Katrina articles inspired me while I was in Nashville and made me feel a little at home too. He hugged me and said, “Welcome home brother!” That was cool!

Of course, Cowboy Mouth tore the f-ing walls down! Their new songs really are great, but if you’re not from here you really won’t understand them. Fred’s promise to send us home “hoarse, horny, and happy” was realized!

Nights like last night make me want to stay in New Orleans forever. A total stranger walked up to us in the House of Blues and said, “I’ve noticed you and your wife sitteing here and I want you to know you’re the luckiest man in the f-ing world! I can tell you guys have been together a long time and your wife is f-ing beautiful man! Have a happy New Year!”

Only in New Orleans!

I took Shirley Jr to our favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch today. It was great to eat at Lan’s Palace again! However, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. They were looted during Katrina. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for them to know that they might deliver their wonderful food to someone who looted them.

Cowboy Mouth Wednesday!
December 27th, 2005 under Friends, New Orleans, New Orleans Music. [ Comments: none ]

FredEver wonder what would happen if the Neville Brothers and The Clash had a baby? Me neither, but according to Fred Le Blanc, it would be Cowboy Mouth.

Shirley and I are going to see Cowboy Mouth at the House of Blues Wednesday night. Also playing will be Bonerama, a New Orleans Brass Funk Rock Band and the Zion Harmonizers! Buy your tickets here and join us!

Fred Le Blanc of Cowboy Mouth demands that the audience joins in the fun. He will curse you, scream at you, and berate you until you are screaming at the top of your lungs and going crazy. I can’t wait to hear the two songs they wrote after Katrina. Paul Sanchez, who lost his home during the flood, will sing Home and Le Blanc will sing The Avenue, a song about several streets in New Orleans. I’m sure tears will be shed as we sing the chorus of Jenny Says

Jenny says turn off the radio
Jenny says turn off the light
Jenny says turn off the video
You beat yourself up to bring yourself down
Let it go, let it go, let it go!
Let it go, let it go, let it go!
When the world keeps coming down on me
I let it go!

It’s amazing to see Le Blanc sing his lungs out and play the drums like a madman at the same time! I think Cowboy Mouth is the best live band I’ve ever seen.

According to Cake magazine, their live performances can be described like this: “…on a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night, they’ll save your soul.”

Christmas In New Orleans
December 26th, 2005 under Holidaze. [ Comments: 1 ]

St Bernard
My trip to St Bernard was really depressing, but the folks in St Bernard have a good sense of humor.
Beatles Lunchbox AmpBeatles Guitar Amp
Here are a couple of pics of the guitar amp I made for Howie Jr. for Christmas. I built it inside a Beatles lunchbox.

Way to Go Southern Baptists! Really!
December 24th, 2005 under Baptists, Katrina, New Orleans, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 1 ]

sbcI know I give Southern Baptists a hard time, but they deserve it. However, when they do good things, I also want folks to know about it.

I was shocked when I got back to New Orleans last week and saw the Southern Baptist Relief team STILL at Calvary Baptist Church on General DeGaule on the Westbank!

They’re still giving away ice, water, and lunches! Great job folks! There’s a group from Florida coming in today to stay all next week! No one was there when I drove by to take pictures today, but I’ll be back.

Thanks Southern Baptists! Some of you understand that New Orleans will take years to recover. Thanks for not abandoning us!

God bless you! Merry Christmas!

Guess That “Christmas Spirit” Crap Is Asking Too Much from Victoria Osteen!
December 24th, 2005 under Christian Crap, Hypocrisy. [ Comments: 8 ]

osteens Thanks Paul for this one! Seems Victoria Osteen, wife of Super-Mega-Pastor Joel Osteen might not be the one to count on for spreading Christmas cheer! For Victoria, it appears that Having Your Best Life Now means that when you say jump, flight attendants have to ask “how high?”

While aboard a Continental Airlines flight, a fellow passenger observed:

“She was just abusive,” said Sheila Steele, who said she was sitting behind Victoria Osteen. “She was just like one of those divas.”

Steele said Victoria Osteen was upset about liquid on her pull-down tray and asked a flight attendant to have it cleaned. When the attendant, who was carrying paperwork to the cockpit, told her she couldn’t do it immediately, Osteen replied, “Fine, get me a stewardess who can,” Steele said.
She said Victoria Osteen pushed a flight attendant and tried to get into the cockpit. Passengers quoted in the Colorado paper did not address those details.
Soon after, authorities were called to the plane, she said, although it was not clear Tuesday whether they were airline officials.

The Osteens were kicked off the plane and fellow passengers were forced to wait two hours while the Osteen’s luggage was removed.

Guess those WWVD bracelets would have been hard to sell anyway.

“Friends” or Foes? Flippin’ Quakers! We’ve Got Our Eyes on You!
December 22nd, 2005 under Christianity, Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

Quaker According to a recent MSNBC report, Quakers are posing a huge threat to our country. Thank God our Defense Department is keeping tabs on them! Of course, according to Quaker.org they have been engaged in being “religious witnesses for peace since 1660.”

These “Friends,” as they call themselves, are clearly a threat to our national security. I’m also suggesting that you write to president Bush and ask him to put wire taps on all their phones. While he’s at it, demand that he do the same for the Amish. I bet those bastards are up to something too!

I’m so glad our government is on the ball here! I feel so much more safe knowing that they are keeping track of our “Friends!”

Check out this quote from George Fox:

Why should any man have power over any other man’s faith, seeing Christ Himself is the author of it?

An Anarchist Commie Liberal if I’ve ever heard one!

Xmas: Don’t Get Your Panties in a Wad
December 21st, 2005 under Christianity, Holidaze, Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

When folks write “Xmas” they’re not necessarily trying to take Jesus out of Christmas (Santa already did that). The “X” is an abbreviation of the Greek “Xristos” (no Greek font-sorry Bible geeks) or Christ.

A Very New Orleans Christmas
December 21st, 2005 under Holidaze, Katrina, New Orleans, Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

Abita Christmas
Merry Christmas from Howie’s Family!

We’ll be listening to Benny Grunch’s Twelve Yats of Christmas CD and I’ll be supporting Katrina victims by drinking Abita Beer’s “Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale” given to me by my friend Michael Homan. OK, I admit it. That’s already gone, but I bought more today. It’s not the greatest beer I’ve ever had, but I feel it’s my Christian duty to support Katrina victims like myself.

I haven’t written much lately because I’m in New Orleans now and I’ve been sick the last few days. Hang in there. Some really cool stuff is coming soon! On the trip down to New Orleans, I sat next to Rice Broocks the co-founder of Every Nation Churches and a lawyer that successfully sued WalMart.

Top Ten Movies I’d Watch Over and Over
December 18th, 2005 under Top Ten Lists. [ Comments: 3 ]

These are not in any order:
1. North Dallas Forty
2. 48 Hrs.
3. Napoleon Dynamite
4. Crash
5. The Sting
6. Beauty and the Beast (animated Disney version)
7. Cool Hand Luke
8. Toy Story
9. Hoosiers
10. Seven Samurai

Crazy Christian Crap of the Week
December 15th, 2005 under Christian Crap, Christianity, Holidaze, Politics, poor, Rant, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 2 ]

Oy JesusI was looking at more information on the “War on Christmas” stuff (Thanks Becky!) and decided to take a look at the American Family Association Website. I clicked on the “Activism” button and saw that the AFA is telling folks to buy Christmas trees at Lowe’s because they are supporting Christmas.

I find it interesting that the first public words of Jesus recorded by Luke were:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

How can Christians label supporting Lowes as “activism”? If the above statement was used by Luke to set the stage for Jesus’ ministry, how could “Christian activism” not include the poor? How could Christian “activism” not deal with oppression? Sad!

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