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Clinton Cocktail Hour- Somewhere between a Tiki bar and Margaritaville

parrotheadsAre there any Parrotheads out there? Come on, ‘fess up. I’ve heard that Jimmy Buffet concerts are a blast. My cousins in Pittsburgh go whenever he’s in town. There’s dancin’ and drinkin’ and more drinkin’. And lots of good food in the parking lot tailgate parties. Plus, audience participation, singing along to “Margaritaville” and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk And…”

Did I mention there was drinkin’?

And besides Margaritas, what else would you drink at a Jimmy Buffet concert but a Hurricane? The home of the Hurricane is Pat O’Brien’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Last time I was in New Orleans to attend a professional conference, I took my Mom with me and we stepped out into the French Quarter a couple of nights. If you’ve never been to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, let’s just say that Mardi Gras in New Orleans is never *completely* over come Ash Wednesday. There’s a lot of people meandering down Bourbon street with their Hurricanes in their hands and stupid smiles on their faces.

We met up with some friends and new acquaintances at Pat’s and then went to Preservation Hall not far away. Even before Katrina, the French Quarter was premeated with the strong sense of decay and things falling away. It’s shabby chic, peeling paint and drapey old trees. Contrary to what you may expect, Preservation Hall is not like the Carnegie Hall of Dixieland jazz. It’s more like the living room of some decrepit old southern shotgun mansion. The place is dark and dank and you have to sit on small wooden benches and it smells a little like pee and liquor. But the music is jumping and the musicians sit back in their wooden chairs and play like “ain’t nobody’s business if I do”. Each one takes a turn while the others take a break to wipe the sweat from their faces or sit patiently with their trumpets on their knees. Then they all join together for one last cacophony and musical gumbo. It’s divine.

That night, my Mom was accompanied everywhere by a nice looking man her own age that my friends and I had met during the conference. He had his left arm stuck in his pocket and I sometimes got a glimpse of the stump that was at the end of it. We drank some Hurricanes and bar hopped to hear some Zeidico. On the way, the man lured my mother into one of the ubiquitous adult toy stores on Bourbon Street. I tried to warn her before she went in but she was paying no attention to me. So, I waited outside for her. A few minutes later, she flew out of the store clearly shocked by what she’d seen. I asked one of my boy scout friends to take her back to my hotel and we partied without her.

The next morning, I asked her what had gone on in the store and she said the man said he would buy her anything she wanted so she bolted. I laughed and said something about I never expected that from such a shy guy with one hand. She looked at me funny and said, “He only had one hand?”

Did I mention there was drinkin’?

Hey, here’s the recipe for the Pat O’Brien Hurricane. This is an easy one to make virgin for those of you in recovery. It sounds like it would be just as tasty with iced tea instead of dark rum.

Hurricane Recipe

1 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice
Orange slice
Maraschino Cherry

In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and crushed ice; shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes and then strain into a tall glass or hurricane glass.

Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously. (Didja see Rico’s flair?)

PS. If you feel so inclined, the good people of New Orleans have a project you might like called, Make It Right. Show Brad a little love.

10 Responses

  1. Rico, show me some flair and gimme one of those Hurricanes. So windy here lately.

  2. you are fun! I think I’ll pull uppa chair and have my dinner here, if you dont mind.

    so, I had to work today, too. but it was so great to take few breaks and see all the wonderful, fair responses to Frank Rich et al by some super people. It made me feel a lot better.

    All this anti-Clinton hysteria reminds me of the rush to war hysteria – how ironic that so many of those on the front lines who fought against the media brainwashers then have been so sucked in by the same thing now.

    It’s that deja vous thing all over again, Yogi!

  3. Judith: you are so right. They share many of the same characteristics. It’s the pressure of group dynamics. So many people are jumping on the bandwagon. If you don’t like Obama, there must be something wrong with you and you don’t deserve to politeness. It’s like an online genocide except they are the Hutus and we are the Tutsis. We are being exterminated from the public forum. When the firestorm is over, I think a lot of people will look at the devastation and regret it. It’s going to be tough to put together another coalition. The evil ones are very good at this stuff.
    My BFF is about to arrive at any minute. Nothing like a late night visit to make you clean. I hate to clean. That’s it, this year I’m hiring someone to do it for me.
    Have another hurricane, my dear?

  4. surrrrre. I’ll have another.

    But I am very glad some dopes drove you to your own site. This is a nice place. Mich better than bunking in a crowded dorm.

    Have a nice night with your friend….

  5. ps – please consider Lance Mannion on your blog roll – his website is refreshing. More creative than political, though he goes there too at times. Found him through James Wolcott – the same way I found Tom Watson.

  6. I am so boring cuz I am drinkin beer. Went to LSU for a couple of years and had some great times in the Quarter back then. Hey Riverdaugher, thanks for recommending In Treatment the other night over at Taylor’s place. Watched the first episode last night and plan to catch a couple more tonight. Fun stuff. Anyway, I am glad you got out of the other place since I did not know you until you left. I have been stopping by, but not commenting cuz I’m a little shy. But here supporting you nonetheless.

  7. hey, abycat. I’m the same here as I was there. Even on DKos I was an outlier.
    Thanks for your support. (Now I feel like a Bartles and James commercial.)

  8. I used tor eally enjoy Jimmy Buffet. Then a few years ago we went to a Jimmy Buffet concert with some friends. I never saw so many really drunk people and the guy behind us was so drunk he peed on us… the back of our raincoats so not too terrible. Ever since then I just can’t get enthused about Jimmy Buffet… you never know when you;ll be peed on by a parrothead!

    Well, its late and the bar seems to be closed… but I’m drinkin’ some very fine bourbon tonight (Jefferson Reserve)… SKOL!

  9. dragoneyes that is funny…and gross. pavlov’s bell/dog with a twist.

  10. Jimmy Buffett is the BEST…

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