Bridgitte Quebedeaux, Melissa Curry, Jan Elmore and Louise Lambert
Jan Elmore and Michele Ezell
Her Saints themed cake
Becky Morvant and Trish Trahan
(front) Taylor Broussard and John Morvant and Amber Laviolette and Jason Willis
Kat and Valerie Varino
Nancy and Kenneth Henke
The new turf
Todd Melancon and Shari Dronet
Jan Elmore was checking into the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans with her mom and sister Super Bowl weekend, preparing for a nice birthday with her family while her husband Jeff went to the big game in Miami. Little did she know, Jeff hadn’t gone to Miami at all and was about to surprise her in the lobby of the hotel with their children. Also, upstairs in a suite were Jan’s close friends ready to surprise her even further with a 40th birthday party! The group had dinner at Domenica, the latest endeavor of internationally acclaimed chef John Besh, before heading out to the party in the French Quarter until the wee hours of the morning. While many of the partygoers moseyed on home the next morning to be back in Lafayette to watch the Super Bowl, Jan and Jeff stayed in New Orleans to partake in the now legendary festivities.
The cold weather could not keep Party Girl away from the first UL baseball game of the season! Besides, I couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of the new artificial turf they installed on the field. Blanket in tow, I joined 2,605 fans as we packed Moore field to watch UL play Nicholls State in the season opener. We did not leave disappointed, as the Cajuns made us proud by playing an amazing game. Jordan Poirrier’s double in the eighth inning was the beginning of five runs that put the Cajuns over the top, leading them to a 6-2 win over Nicholls. The Cajuns won the Saturday and Sunday games as well, giving them a three-game sweep against the Colonels and a great start to the season.
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Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
DEC 11 It's the holiday season, and that means you can count on seeing some pretty crazy stuff going down at the Wal-Mart, but this story out of Marshall, Texas takes the cake. A man went in and attacked a couple of people with a hatchet. Who stopped him? A customer who started launching soup cans at him -- and connected with his noggin. The story tells us that while some folk were injured, everyone's been released from the hospital.
DEC 11 Blogger Tom Aswell joins the ranks of those looking into the "Fund for Louisiana's Future," which of course is not really aimed at improving our future. So far, it seems aimed at getting Louisiana to remove its $100,000 cap on campaign contributions, he tells us. Also, it is overseen by the same guy who tried to give us President Mitt Romney -- and he seems bent on picking our next governor.
DEC 11 Here's a post on NOLA Defender from the chef de cuisine at Delmonico's about gumbo. Chef Anthony Scanio shares childhood food memories that aren't quite a warm and fuzzy cliche -- but they certainly sound authentic. His personal story isn't just about food, it's a true New Orleans boy's upbringing. It's a cool story, and it ends with recipes for seafood gumbo and red beans.
DEC 11 Blogger Lou Gehrig Burnett writes here on Bayou Buzz about GOP efforts to mount a candidate against Sen. Mary Landrieu -- "a" being the operative word. So far, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are both in the race, and as long as the ultra-conservative Maness remains he poses a threat to the Republicans' hopes to unseat Mary. There's also a bit on what's up in Texas -- where Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of Medicaid money is causing other lawmakers some trouble.
DEC 11 Qualifying for New Orleans municipal races opens today, and Gambit's Clancy DuBos is most interested in people running against Sheriff Marlin Gusman, a frequent topic of Clancy's posts -- and a lot of other media posts as well. So far, the most interesting candidate expected to qualify is former sheriff Charles Foti. But Gusman's biggest enemy may be himself, given his 33 percent approval rating.
DEC 11 It may be the season of brotherly love, but John Maginnis is not falling for David Vitter's Christmas story. In this post, he poo-poos the very idea that Vitter and his family will spend the holidays in prayerful reflection so that they can decide if the Senator will run for governor. He also gives some predictions on what could happen if Vitter did get elected, throwing in a cautionary reference to the big ole egg laid by the GOP up in North Louisiana's recent Congressional race.
DEC 11 Well, knock us over with a rainbow-colored feather. The Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance granting equal protection to LGBT folks, this KSLA story reports. It basically forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. According to the story, city workers already have had that protection, since 2009.
DEC 11 That nice lady over in Denham Springs must still be mad at her neighbors for stealing her dog, because she's back up on her roof, making a big ole "one finger salute" in Christmas lights. This story in the Advocate even gives us a picture of the process underway, in case you are experiencing a similar situation and would like some finger-display-creation tips.
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