May 2024


Whatchamacallit 90: Accordion Player by Randy Leblanc

Back in the summer of 2001, I visited one of my friends who was, for that summer, doing an internship (I believe that is the correct word) with an organization near Lafayette, Louisiana.

While visiting we did a number of cool things, including going to the 13th Annual “Le Cajun” Cajun Music Association Festival […]

Whatchamacallit 43: Erzulie Freda Ritualized Vodou Doll

For those of you who have Zoomed / Google Hangouted / WebExed / GoToMeetinged with me, over my shoulder there has been Erzulie Freda, a vodou doll I bought in New Orleans.

It is today’s Whatchamacallit after a friend asked about it during cocktail hour earlier this week.

The bottom of the work is […]

Whatchamacallit 12: Café du Monde by (Geri) Haywood

This painting represents New Orleans and is on the wall of my kitchen.

In my few quick minutes of googling, I cannot find any information about the artist, Haywood – other than the fact that her first name is Geri. She works in New Orleans, which makes sense: this is clearly New Orleans – […]

A Few French Quarter Snaps

Aunt Tiki’s – I passed this at noon. Looking in the door I noticed two shirtless guys at the bar. This was almost enough to get me to pop in — but I kept wandering.

I spent Monday in the French Quarter – wandering randomly, evading rain, and then meeting up with one of […]

I’m in New Orleans

If I had to pick a spot to live in the USA, New Orleans would be near the top of my list, along with Portland, Oregon. New Orleans’ advantages include a dynamic interesting city (equal to Portland) with a diverse culture (different from Portland). The real strength of NOLA comes in its Cajun and Creole […]

48: The Eleven in the Middle

Ah… time to bore you with 11 states in the middle of the country, now that I’ve cleared the 12 in the West. I’m en route to talking about the 48 Contiguous United States – and in the near future I will have visited all 48, leaving only Alaska and Hawaii to visit.

North Dakota […]

Greetings & Salutations

Greetings from sunny Louisiana, cancer alley of the United States. Adam asked if I would fill in for him during his upcoming trip to Armenia. Look forward to my comments on life in the Deep South, the crazy people I work with, and the absurdly large numbers of penises that have been appearing in the […]

Tom Coverdale

I just googled Tom Coverdale, and he’s now “Director of Basketball Operations” at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

I still think he’s cute.

Will you please marry me Tom?


So, the gumbo is made.

I got the recipe straight from Louisiana, but due to some technical difficulties, I wasn’t able to follow it exactly: No filé is available here in Germany, and I wasn’t able to get some of the seasoned ham that was suggested (tasso).

That said, I hope the improvised recipe works. […]