Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pi Day

Today, March 14th (3/14), is Pi Day

Celebrate it by having a piece of pie. Chocolate is my favorite, but pecan, cherry, apple, and I-40 pie rank up there too.

Actually, to celebrate today more precisely, have your pie at 3:50 AM. (Pi to five decimal places is 3.14159).

Monday, March 5, 2018

National Absinthe Day

Today, March 5th, is National Absinthe Day. Absinthe is a spirit that had been well-associated with artists and writers in the Nineteenth century. It has been referred to as The Green Fairy (La Fée Verte).  It was banned for almost a hundred years in France and the United States; but has again been legal since 2007. 

There are several myths about absinthe. However, these are not supported by evidence. It's not a hallucinogenic. Ii doesn't have to be flambéd on a sugar cube, or any of the other bizarre notions that have come up. 

It has a licorice flavor.

Absinthe has been associated with New Orleans mixology with the historic Old Absinthe House, where General Andrew Jackson met with the pirate Jean Lafitte and enlisted the Baratarian Battery of cannoneers toward the end of the War of 1812. 

It was originally an ingredient in the Sazerac, the original New Orleans cocktail.

Edgar Degas, The Absinthe Drinker

Friday, February 9, 2018

How to Communicate that You Want to "Do It" . . . .

Like clockwork, the demoiselles of St. Cletus's Parish were having their biweekly coffee get-together when Clotilde brought up a tricky question: How to demurely communicate to your boyfriend that you desire a nice roll in the hay? Now everyone knew what she meant; no reference to any visit to the barn or haystack here though it would perhaps be a new adventure! But, still, everyone eagerly waited for the suggestions, even the members of the group who were not really sexually active yet.

Suzette Picou, in her forthright fashion, suggested coming out starkers in front of him. But others demurred; saying that this was too overt and not sporting.

And Clotilde Badeaux confessed, "Once I answered the door for my boyfriend while wearing a see-through nightgown. It turned out to be the U.P.S. guy! But the plus side to it was that he hand-delivered packages to me."

Everyone, including Clotilde, laughed.

Marie D'Aquin said that she communicated desire by wearing her red bra under a sheer blouse. She indicated that worked.

Hilda Walspurgis indicated that, when the Saints won, her husband tended to become amorous. She also commented that he had a brother who lived in Cleveland. The girls connected the dots. So much for Hot in Cleveland.

But in a practical vein, Clotllde Badeaux said, "I just put out a bowl of green M&Ms for when he comes over." (Trading on a belief common among Gen-Xers.)

Missy Chauvin commented, "Isn't that what Van Halen demands before any concert?"

Clotilde corrected, "No, they demand that there should be no brown M&Ms with the dressing room munchies; and that's just so to prove that the promoters read the contract!"

All of the ladies liked this very practical suggestion of putting out green M&Ms. But Madeline piped up, "You can buy a bag of green M&Ms in time for Valentine's Day if you order on-line!"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

So Who Gives a Damn, Anyway?

Some people from Alabama have a billboard erected in Slidell, LA with the claim that Mobile, Alabama was the original Mardi Gras; hoping to siphon off a few tourists, I guess. Maybe it was; maybe wasn't. We're getting a little trolling from the Yellowhammer State, I guess. Oh well, Mobile has been singing this song for a long time.

But whatever they do in Mobile, they do it in a half-assed way. If you can imagine a purely family-oriented Mardi Gras! And OMFG: they throw Moon Pies there; and boob-flashing is not expected and probably discouraged by the High Sheriff or whoever does the law there.

Here's a little ditty, "In Mobile." 

Two years ago, USA Today had an article listing the ten best Mardi Gras celebrations. The ones in Nice, France, Quebec, and Rio sound like fun.

Actually, some towns in Acadian Country have their own Mardi Gras! They can be fun, and are high octane, too.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Et in Arcadia Ego

There's a noble painting by Nicholas Poussin thus entitled that involves two shepherds and a goddess contemplating a tomb with that inscription. The meaning is straightforward: even in Arcadia, where the natives were said to be happy, there is the presence of death.

Back in 2001, students of Beaver College in Pennsylvania were treated to a surprise: the college changed its name to Arcadia University. Perhaps the re-namers wished to evoke that blessed region of Greece in the name change.

But why?

Juliet observed, "What's in a name?" Well, the old name for Beaver College was too often ridiculed through derogatory remarks pertaining to the rodent, the TV show Leave It to Beaver, or a vulgar reference to the female anatomy.

!950's punch line: "Ward, you were rough on the Beaver last night."

So, effectively, did the college undergo a Brazilian waxing as well as assuming university status?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

How Many Dates Before Sex Is Acceptable?


A Global Dating Survey of 11,000 participants conducted by Time Out in 24 cities asked the intriguing question: How many dates should have occurred before it's reasonable for a couple to couple? That is, to engage in sexual relations?

The bare results indicated that, on the average, people who responded said it was 3.55 dates. Or, as the Time Out 2015 article put it: "mid-fourth date. After the main has been cleared and the crème brûlée arrives."

My thought to this is, "On which planet are these 11,000 participants to be found?" Followed by, "What will the server and other diners think about that particular restaurant uninhibitness?"

Anyway, for the impatient, one-tenth of the respondents in Time Out thought that it was acceptable to end the first date by sharing a bed. Nighty night! No data was provided on how many must occur before couples advance to second or third base, but some of us wonder.

Obviously, particulars about the sample should be intriguing: the ages of the participants, their religious status, the representativeness of the sample.  The statistical devil is in the details, you know!

Part of the process of dating, from the woman's perspective, is to present oneself as desirable. And to avoid the negatives. 

To put it negatively, that means, first of all for most of us is don't dress or act like a slut. 

The first part is relatively straightforward.  The second part involves not appearing "too easy."

But maybe the standards of easiness vary from place to place. What might play in NYC or L.A. might not in Omaha or Duluth.

Of course, I came from a place known for its lack of inhibitions. Some girls I know even wore their Mardi Gras beads to church on Ash Wednesday! (You all know how those beads were come by; they're regarded as trophies for alcohol-based lack of inhibitions.)

But I would say that the going number of dates before sex in the Crescent City probably is at least twelve. At least among people I know who alluded on that topic. Orleanians and prudishness -- sounds like an oxymoron come to life!