Are the people of New Orleans happy people? and do they have happy expressions as they walk around? I find it amazing and wonderful if this is so because everyone looks so stressed and bad-tempered where I live. My friend who now lives back in Thailand (she's South Africian) uses the word 'hateful' not 'stressed'.
I like to think that New Orleanians have a particular "joie de vivre" that is unique to here. I have not done extensive traveling so I can't say for sure that this is not found elsewhere. But,I know from what people who come here from all over tell me. I think there are many reasons attributed to this,one in particular is the climate being so conducive to people being outdoors and therefore, in more frequent contact with one another physically.When I lived in colder climates,Boston in particular,I was struck by how insular and in a hurry people were. The heat here will also slow you down. We are referred to as "The City that Care Forgot" and more recently "The Big Easy". I'm sure Bixa could expound on this in many ways as well.
Let me see ........... I would characterize New Orleanians as fun-seekers with a gusto for life in general -- just another way of saying joie de vivre. Even religious festivals, such as St. Joseph's Day are exuberant, fun, and inclusive. Overall, it's a city full of brash, curious, outgoing people quick to offer casual affection and include you in the fun.
Hope it's okay to post this here. I think it gives a great, accurate look at the New Orleanian sense of humor and worldview. This is the statement of a very lively facebook group: ====================================================================
Welcome to the Mighty, Mighty NEW ORLEANS DEAD FRIENDS SOCIETY, if I haven't messaged you already. Please post pictures/obit/videos/memories of ANY of our DEAD FRIENDS from the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. We also gladly welcome any photos/video/memories of defunct New Orleans businesses and events. This group was created to help keep the memories alive of those that fate and life in the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS have pushed into the netherworld. Obviously these will include murders, suicides (police-assisted and otherwise), drug overdoses, illnesses, alcoholism, poison, too-rich food inducing heart attacks, bad seafood, fires, electrocutions, chemical spills, train crossing fatalities, alligator attacks, hurricanes, car accidents, and even the occasional ravages of time. If possible please list the date and circumstance of death. All are welcome here... that being said LET'S KEEP IT NICE. Any typical New Orleans gossip/bickering will disappear from N.O.D.F.S. quicker than a FEMA relief check from your bank account. This has been created to CELEBRATE the memories of passed friends, so morbidity really isn't an issue. Please feel free to post PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OBITS..anything related. Be sure to indicate the deceased party in photo (lest people think everyone in the photo snuffed it) by name and followed with a R.I.P. Also, PLEASE INVITE people who are connected to this, as more members equals more materials! Thanks in advance for all of your efforts!! Hope you are all well, and try to stay above ground (and by ABOVE GROUND I do NOT mean FLOATING around the City in a post hurricane SURF SESSION).
Oh my God!!!!!! Mr. T63 is soooooo jealous, what a wonderful post. I agree this is the most fun one since I have joined. !!!!!! Thank you!!!!
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Well,tomorrow is the day for this if you happen to be in the vicinity of Oak Street,NOLA. Sadly,I will be missing it while here still in NY. I have been told that it will be bigger and better than ever. I worked very hard this past year to keep it on Oak Street. Some people had wanted to move it to a nearby park,thus infuriating many of the merchants and residents such as myself. It was a long battle and we won.
I don't know about freezing po'boys,it really is the people and the event and being in my own backyard that is what I miss the most. True,I am being extremely well fed while here.
Yes,Bixa,some people had the bone headed idea of moving it to Palmer Park,and,get this,"recreating" Oak Street. Need less to say the idea fell flat but,due to some legalities, it took quite a bit of maneuvering to get it to say put on Oak Street. I spoke with my husband a little while ago and he said that it is huge,I could hear the people in the background. Next year...I'll hopefully be there.
Oh, of course ~~ it makes tons of sense to move the venue several blocks NE to a public park bordered by two busy boulevards in order to "recreate" a charming old but still viable shopping district -- a district that doesn't need recreating since it already exists! Also, Palmer Park is only two blocks long and one block deep, which means it is smaller than the space afforded by Oak Street.
The first estimate I heard of yesterday's attendance was 45,000. They did increase the area by several blocks,and,it incorporated some of the side streets as well. So,can you imagine Palmer Park with this many people?AND,they were going to charge an admission fee to get into the fenced in area. Reports of a good time had by all,I'm sure there will be many criticisms of it but,hey,aren't there always. The event was closed out by the New Orleans Radiators,our favorite local band. I was so homesick yesterday,I can't even begin to tell y'all.
It's 6 a.m. on Oak Street in the Carrollton section of Uptown New Orleans. I am out walking the dog and scoping it out Folks have been up all night setting up for the 5th annual Po-Boy Festival. While these streets may now look deserted,in about 4-5 hours you will not be able to see beyond the throngs of hungry and enthusiastic crowds of people. See you there!!
These folks have been up most of the night setting up the various stages,food and craft booths etc. The city of New Orleans allows for the strret to be closed off for 24 hours so it's a mad dash to get it all set up. Quite a production I assure you. As I live a half block away,I could hear the busy sounds of dozens of people,most all volunteers btw,the proceeds go to the Oak Street Merchant's Association.
NO Police Dept.on duty to protect and be served serve.
Here we all are, left in suspense. Did you go this year? This thread is making me so hungry!!! The grilled oysters, the breaded oysters and the Vietnamese specialty! Would love one day to come for this. I've only spent one week in New Orleans, a week in the French quarter, years ago. Fabulous. How lucky for you that this unique festival in just blocks away. Great thread, casimira, thank you!
Hi you guys!! I'm going to go ahead and start a separate thread for this years festival. That way one doesn't have to wade through all the previously posted stuff and seems to make more sense to me and the helpers here.
Good idea if you have the material! Speaking of material, I currently have a package of frozen shucked Korean oysters. I know that they cannot hold a candle to Gulf oysters, but I am trying to think of something to do with them. I am thinking that they absolutely must be cooked because they would be so totally inferior if I tried to eat them just thawed and raw. So I am wondering along the lines of either poached or fried. At the moment, I am leaning towards 'fried' because it is such a unique way to eat oysters that most other cultures simply do not understand.
Y'all please let me know if you would like a report or if it's the same ol' same ol' I'll just stick some pics in one of the food threads or Local Color. They do keep trying to improve and add new things each year I have to say.