I can still hear my mother saying “Sit up straight, shoulders back, quit slouching.” Mothers do not nag so I won’t even suggest that she would engage in such uncouth behavior. Now I find that after going through back surgery (I had an open laminectomy), that sitting up straight during this somewhat lengthy recovery period is not recommended. Gee, what comes around goes around. Yes, it is true that sitting up straight puts pressure on that part of the spine where I had the surgery. I almost fell over when I learned that reclining (ah yes, “slouching” in my mind) is preferred. The much-frowned-upon recliner chair (many wives detest them) is suggested over one that makes you “Sit up straight.” Hard to believe that my early slovenly habits are currently being promoted and sanctioned. My dearly beloved mother would be absolutely horrified.
Try Something New
Lake Charles’ growth has brought in an influx of new restaurants. Now, we can try various ethnic dishes that we have not had the opportunity to feast upon before these new establishments opened. They come from around the world, presenting an opportunity to broaden our palates while in our own backyard. I have made a concerted effort to try some; I have always been kind of a foodie and welcome new tastes. I realize that some of the more exotic ingredients in these dishes may not be available locally, but the proprietors are diligently working to find as close a match as they can get around here to present their home recipes as accurately as possible. I am not saying that everything I’ve had is a home run, but how will you know what you like until you’ve given it a try?
Happy Mardi Gras!
I love the Mardi Gras season! I have had the pleasure to partake in just about every aspect of Mardi Gras in Lake Charles. I have been a longtime krewe member, a guest of various other krewes’ balls, and have been a King, a Duke and an escort for a debutante. I’ve ridden in many parades and have thrown my share of beads. I’ve watched a ton of parades (both here and on New Orleans) all the while catching throws and beads. I’ve paraded in 12th Nights and the Royal Galas and have loved every minute of it. I never have been a behind-the-scenes participant like my dear departed wife, who really enjoyed doing those things. She was widely known for her participation, and our ball this year was dedicated to her memory. Krewes do have a heart.
Mardi Gras is so easy to be a part of and whatever your age, there is a place for you. There is still time this year for you to get involved. Our big parades are yet to roll. Many krewes are looking for new members and there is probably a krewe that reflects your kind of attitude and level of participation. Some are formal; some are about as informal as they can be. Find one for yourself and your family and laissez les bons temps roulez!