Before the memories of the holidays fade, Party Girl has one more soiree to share from 2007 and it’s a perennial favorite: Richard and Crystall Young’s annual fete in River Ranch. I couldn’t imagine that it could be more festive than it was in years past but somehow they pulled it off. Giant helium-filled balloons were tethered at the entrance, flying like giant moons over the roof. Guests were greeted by belly dancers in glorious costumes with lighted candelabra balanced perfectly atop their heads. The food was fabulous (the mashed potato martinis are always a hit) and at the appointed hour, the curtains parted and guests hit the incredible dance floor — an acrylic deck suspended over the backyard pool with a built-in light system that synchronizes with the music. Needless to say, you have to see it to get the full effect. Among the many guests in the party groove were Seema and Amir Ibrahim, who fit right in wearing native Pakistani costumes; Kiki and Rick Frayard; artists Donald LeBlanc and Kelly Guidry; Beth and Michael Ardoin and many, many more — some of whom stayed until the wee hours of the morning. Happy holidays indeed!
Pamplona, the new tapas restaurant in downtown Lafayette, is open at last after what must be the longest rolling grand opening ever. Owners William Annesley and his wife, the fashionable Karina Annesley designated a rotating group of hosts to invite several couples each evening over a dozen or so nights to sample different combinations of menu items — and lots of Spanish wine. Thankfully Party Girl was invited to several of the parties and has a great idea of what’s good there — everything. Some favorites: the duck, the sweetbreads and the ostrich. Joining Party Girl at the many previews were Curtis Roy and Sharon Moss, Sarah and Coury Moss, George and Roxanne Graham, Bob and Sandy Giles, Cathi and Francis Pavy, and Flo and Jim Meadows. The renovation of the former Chris’ PoBoys is pretty amazing, and valet parking is available. On my way out, I had a chance to toast the chef for the fabulous feast — of course I have high hopes I’ll be invited again!
Party On! - PG
Seema and Amir Ibrahim
John and Karla Vinet and Kenny and Kathy Daigle
Karina Annesley, Marilyn Tarpy, William Annesley and Bob Tarpy
Cathi Pavy, Karina Annesley, Julia Price and Shelli Moore
Jerry Young, Karina and William Annesley, and Yasmin Moss
Karina and William Annesley, Ani DiFranco, C.C. Adcock and Dickie Landry
Shelli Moore, Cathi Pavy, Kate Frayard, Margot Malespin, Karina and William Annesley, Julia Price and Brendan Akers
Cathi Pavy, C.C. Adcock, Julia Price, Karina Annesley, Shelli Moore and Francis Pavy (front)
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Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer
DEC 8 - Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, after all. This post on the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's site says we're looking at oil prices that are tanking because there's so much oil coming out of the Gulf. Some are even predicting a glut. What's likely to be the result? Lower gas prices, higher refinery profits, and more pressure on the feds to loosen export restrictions.
DEC 8 Here's the latest from blogger Robert Mann, and it's on one of his favorite topics: Bobby Jindal. He's taking a look at Jindal's record and his current maneuvering, which of course is a ploy to position him for a run for the White House. "America Next," Jindal's current big idea, is just as vague about what it is proposing as Jindal usually is, Mann says. And it won't protect him from his "unimaginative record," as Mann describes it.
DEC 8 - Don't know what that is? Then run on over to LaPolitics and read this post by Jeremy Alford, which serves as a history lesson about the famed tonic and it's purveyor, Dudley LeBlanc. It's really a fascinating story and Alford's description of Dudley as an "icon of Louisiana politics and culture" is not an exaggeration.
DEC 8 In this editorial, the Picayune again urges Gov. Jindal to take the Medicaid money. But the piece's exhortation that Jindal "be sensible" is a little misplaced, isn't it? Because Jindal's not being stupid -- well, maybe he is -- but he's following orders from people he believes can get him into the White House. This editorial is engaging in the argument that Jindal is publicly making, without acknowledging what his true motivations are. Somebody send these guys a clue.
DEC 8 Columnist Mark Ballard is writing about the impact of Vance McAllister's defeat of Neil Riser in this post. He starts out talking about how McAllister's more reasonable approach was more attractive to voters than was Riser's hard-line (tea-party-ish) rants. Dan Claitor, a state lege from BR who is expected to run for Congress soon, expressed it best when he said voters aren't looking for candidates who are "throwing temper tantrums when they can't get their way."
DEC 8 It's always gratifying when a Louisiana son makes international headlines. And our son, David "former KKK grand poobah" Duke is back in the news, making us all proud. This (UK) Telegraph story, unearthed by the Dead Pelican, tells us that Duke has been expelled from Italy but is trying to return. The Italians say he is trying to "establish a pan-European, extremist neo-Nazi group in northern Italy." Huh. You don't say.
DEC 9 This is a kind of puzzling post from columnist Jim Beam, in which he discusses a recent appearance by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in Lake Charles. He said he's surprised by EWE's "grasp of current events." Did Jim never meet Slick Eddie? He's no dummy, and for Beam to assume he is -- well, given he covered the man for 50 years, that's the surprise.
DEC 9 A "suspicious package" shut down part of Zachary Sunday, WAFB tells us in this post. The package, which eventually was "rendered safe" (bomb squad lingo for blown up) was found in a storage unit that someone quit paying on. Other cop gear was found in the unit, so it is possible the thing was a training tool, police say. But they leave out the best part: who bought it? Barry, Jarrod or Darrell?
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