Sorry for not blogging yesterday. I was going to tell you about the party Travalon and I went to for Mardi Gras at Union South, but there wasn’t much to tell. It turns out the live music ended an hour before we got there, so all that was going on when we got there was mask painting. We did have crawfish po’ boys and Abita Purple Haze beer for dinner, and we found some beads sitting on a table so Travalon put them on, since I already had some on. Then we went down to check out the bowling alley. As we were walking to the car, a thunderstorm blew up and we got thoroughly soaked. We thought about going to North of the Bayou, but by then they were closing in a few minutes, and I forgot all about the Mardi Gras party at the Essen Haus that I have gone to other years. We just went home and got out of our wet clothes.
Since Mardi Gras had been such a disappointment, Travalon suggested that we go to North of the Bayou the next evening. We went to evening Mass for Ash Wednesday and saw Jilly Moose, OK Cap, and Richard Bonomo, but they were not interested in going so far afield. (North of the Bayou is on the far east side of town.) Travalon and I went and were not disappointed: the building is crazy and pink from the outside, and inside it is just as fun and really does look like a place in New Orleans. There is even an alligator on the wall! Of course it was not as lively as the night before, when there had been a band playing, but we had delicious catfish as our non-meat main meal of the day. Downstairs there is a beautiful nightclub that is open on Fridays and Saturdays. This place is a lot of fun!