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Mardi Gras '12


“Laissez les bons temps rouler”…….
I’m glad to be typing those words to you instead of trying to speak them! In my mind’s ear they ring lyrically in the air as they pirouette across the page in my mind’s eye. Were I to speak them, however, you would hear the mutterings of a native Appalachian gal awkwardly attempting to speak in French! The meaning of those beautiful French words? It is……“Let the Good Times Roll”. It’s the traditional Mardi Gras slogan, but a sentiment understood in all languages.

As I write about letting the good times roll, I do roll; literally. I’m rolling down the tracks aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans bound for Mardi Gras 2012. This afternoon I will be greeted with sweet southern hospitality by new friends whom I made at last year’s Mardi Gras experience, and we will begin celebrating a week of Carnival. On Sunday I rendezvous with my sister-in-law (a Mardi Gras virgin) who is flying south from Jersey. The two of us, along with a few hundred thousand other kindred spirits, will go forth through Lundi Gras (Monday) and Mardi Gras (Tuesday). We will also be there for Ash Wednesday when New Orleans will abruptly go into repentance mode as has been customary since about the 1700’s. I’m not sure what Michelle and I will be doing on that holy day (hopefully not having too much to repent for), but up to that day we fully intend to do what people have done for decades this time of year in this unique American city where frivolity is officially proclaimed, where one’s extreme imaginings are materialized, and where citizens are literally ordered by law (well sort of) to cease all normal behavior and go forth to create fun!

I have not blogged about a trip in quite some time, but feeling inspired by the muses that will most certainly be bountiful this week, I think I’ll try to do occasional blogging. Finding the time to write may be an issue, but we shall see how it goes as I would like to bring you along with me on this trip.

Welcome aboard The City of New Orleans, my friends…….
“Laissez les bons temps rouler”…….

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Very excited that you are writing again!

by jennybruce47

Delightful to be along in a small way. Keep writing!.

by KlaraD

I luv traveling with you this way. Your writing is soooooo descriptive that I feel like I'm with you....and watch out...someday I will be. Luv ya.

by e212cdp

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