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Things That Cause People To Look At Me Oddly At Meals (aka I Swear I’ve Lived Here My Whole Life Really):
—I can’t stand tea. Sweetened or unsweetened, flavored, plain, whatever, iced tea and I have no business together. (I don’t like that hot stuff people apparently only drink from teacups while wearing sweaters either.)
—I don’t like spicy foods. Actually, I like only the barest hint of fire/pepper/spiciness, but because I live in South Louisiana, that’s a literally impossible thing to get anyone to understand, so “no spicy” is easier. This means, unfortunately, that
—I don’t eat crawfish at crawfish boils. I like crawfish just fine in crawfish pasta, crawfish bread, crawfish dressing, everything except GIANT VAT OF ALL THE SPICES EVER TOPPED WITH FIRE. I can’t eat anything that comes out of the fire vat, sorry. (Yes, that includes the potatoes. The potatoes are hotter than the crawfish. And let’s not even talk about the mushrooms.)
—I don’t drink Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Pepsi. Sole redeeming preference here is that I love root beer.
—I’m not a big fan of okra. It’s a texture thing, I think, because I can eat fried okra, I just prefer not to. (You would not believe how old I was when I found out okra was a plant that some people just ate. Without frying!)
—I kinda despise grits. It’s definitely a texture thing. I’ll take oatmeal if I require a mushy hot breakfast, thanks.
—I’m not wild about garlic, and I definitely don’t ever want to actually bite into a chunk of it in my food. Again, South Louisiana. This becomes a problem sometimes.

The end result is that I look really picky if I’m at big public meals, because I don’t eat the vast majority of what’s on the table. I’m not that picky; it’s just that the things I don’t like eating are 80% of the food served here. And then I feel bad. Saving graces, though? I can and will happily eat any amount of macaroni and cheese anyone ever puts in front of me. Also, fruit. Like, all of it. Give it to me. Also also, delicious bread. Om nom nom.

OMG, how have you survived down here!!! I have the opposite problem, lol.  While Memphis food isn’t spicy like Southern Louisiana, it’s still pretty spicy a lot of the time.  Having lived in Appalachia for 10 years now (I still can’t believe it’s been that long), I crave spice SO MUCH.  Even when getting Asian food around here, when I ask for spicy, I ask for it made like the cook would eat it.  People look at me like I’m crazy (until I become a regular) and then come check on me every 2 minutes until they realize I really am ok, lol,  

Filed under Southern Food Appalachia Louisiana New Orleans Memphis Tennessee Knoxville

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I have this problem where I go to look up a picture of New Orleans for some reason — a particular neighborhood, a specific landmark, a certain kind of picture — and I end up looking at Katrina photographs. And this has never not once failed to be depressing as fuck and yet I still keep doing it

I can relate to that on the “never quite been there” level. Memphis obviously didn’t face the destruction that New Orleans did, but it certainly sill has a lot of progress to be made. And despite the recent occurrences in my life, I feel as you do in that I will work to make this city a better place til I’m blue in the face.

Filed under New Orleans Louisiana Memphis Tennessee The South Hurricane Katrina

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Louisiana House votes 27-67 to keep unconstitutional anti-sodomy law on the books

How is this even an issue, Louisiana?  Literally, the ruling is in.  Your law is unconstitutional.  Period.  I love you Louisiana.  Get it together! 

Filed under Louisiana LGBTQ The South LGBTQ In the South

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In the realm of reality, Carcosa is better known as Fort Macomb, a 19th-century brick fortress that once guarded the waters of Chef Menteur Pass in New Orleans. Fort Macomb, originally known as Fort Chef Menteur, then Fort Wood, was completed in 1822. (The Americans had just fended off the British in the Battle of New Orleans and figured a few extra forts around the place couldn’t hurt.)

Fort Macomb saw some action during the Civil War — Confederate soldiers camped there until the Union captured New Orleans and took the fort for themselves. In 1871, Fort Macomb was decommissioned and has sat idle ever since. Crumbling, overgrown, and battered by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, it is too hazardous for the public to visit. But just hazardous enough for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

The Real Location of True Detective’s Carcosa, Fort Mccomb

Filed under New Orleans Louisiana The South Fort Macomb Urban Decay Urban Decadence Natural Reclamation Abandoned Building Abandoned Buildings

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Shreveport is doin its part to show that we aren’t all bigots dow South.  It’s so great to have a positive LGBTQ story to report.  I couldn’t get the embed code to this, so I just ripped the video.  Here’s a link to the written story and here’s a link to the local KMSS station that covered this story

Filed under Shreveport Louisiana The South LGBTQ Trans* Trans Transgender Anti-Discrimination