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You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 23, 2006 11:09AM
I love these. I'm getting really homesick.

[www.gumbopages.com]

Let me know if you need any explained. smiling smiley






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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Donkey Hotay
Date: January 23, 2006 11:19AM
I hear you, Z. Here's a wish for better times: *

I know where I got my shoes!




=DH
Donkey (Ye Olde Farte of ye Internette) Hotay is a Tilted Windmill® enterprise.
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Furiously Stylish
Date: January 23, 2006 11:25AM
I feel your pain.

Hopefully you'll be home again soon.
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: dmann
Date: January 23, 2006 11:51AM
MMMMMmmmmmm. Abita Beer, po-boys, sucking the heads and tails...

Thanks for the king cake recs Zoidberg. I still haven't decided if I'll do that or Zapps but my friends will be VERY happy either way!

Like others, wishing better times ahead for you, Rain and NO-
DM
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 23, 2006 12:00PM
For King Cakes: [www.kingcakes.com]

What's a King Cake? [www.mardigrasdigest.com]

For Coffee: [www.communitycoffee.com]

For Chips: [www.zapps.com]

For Sauce: [www.tabasco.com]

And, yes, I *can* get the cap off one-handed.

Man, I miss home. I don't know if it'll ever be home again, but I will always miss what it was.

/Ralph









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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: dmann
Date: January 23, 2006 12:38PM
BTW- The Zapps chips were highly recomended on another thread (on another forum?) so I sent some to my potato-chip-loving-86-year-old grandmother.

You would have thought I had sent her bricks of gold she was so happy. She LOVES the chips! Best $20 I've ever spent. smiling smiley

DM
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: January 23, 2006 01:04PM
Quote:

"You can consistently be the second or third person to run a red stop light."
Howard Pink

I am glad Mr. Pink made that clear. Because I am sure there are quite a few multi-generation bordellos in New Orleans!
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 23, 2006 01:18PM
"Neutral Ground"?
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Donkey Hotay
Date: January 23, 2006 01:31PM
My guess: it's the "tree lawn", or open (hopefully, grassy) area of a boulevard that separates the opposing traffic lanes.






=DH
Donkey (Ye Olde Farte of ye Internette) Hotay is a Tilted Windmill® enterprise.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/23/2006 03:49PM by Donkey Hotay.
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 23, 2006 02:33PM
Short answer: It's where you stand during a parade.

Long answer (from local lore): Back when the city was first settled, it was done so primarily French and Spanish settlers who really didn't like one another. The Spanish occupied one side of the street, the French the other. If you walked down any given street, and happened to walk on the wrong side, the other side would label you sided with them and basically proceed to beat the crap out of you.

The City set up grassy center medians on these wide boulevards and streets -- if you walked on this "neutral ground" you were claiming allegiance to neither side.

Bogus? Not according to a few hundred thousand Old Wives in the city, eh?

BTW, after I typed this I went looking at Wikipedia to see if they've covered it; sure enough they've got some info, but not all of it:

[en.wikipedia.org]

"The name of the avenue [speaking of Canal Street here] comes from a planned canal which was to connect the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, but it was never constructed. The wide median which was to contain the canal was referred to by early inhabitants as the "neutral ground," a term still used by New Orleanians to refer to all street medians."

So they mention it, and link it, but don't really explain it.





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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 23, 2006 03:27PM
Ahhhh.... Thanks.

I thought maybe it was areas of land that were at sea-level or higher.
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 23, 2006 04:10PM
Taint no land in Nawlins above sea level.

Imagine my surprise when I read the specs for my Mac some years ago and realized I wasn't supposed to be operating it, as no Macs are supposed to be operated below sea level.

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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 23, 2006 09:53PM
dmann Wrote:
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> MMMMMmmmmmm. Abita Beer, po-boys, sucking the
> heads and tails...


sounds like a daisy chain going on.....
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Re: You Know You're A New Orleans Native If ...
Posted by: mjgkramer
Date: January 24, 2006 09:10AM
Thanks Zoidberg. Those are great. When I lived there one of the natives with whom I worked at Shell insisted that we had to go and see the Smoky Mountains. He told me that they were the most beautiful, spectacular things he had ever seen.

We had moved to New Orleans from California and had seen the Sierras as well as the Rockies. We thought the Smokies were pretty but were a bit disappointed based on the friend's description. I found out later that in spite of being a very capable computer programmer with a degree from Tulane, he had only been outside the state of Louisiana one time, which is when he went to the Smokies.
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