Asides

Boating on the Bayou

We picked up the new boat on Saturday in Baton Rouge and drove it home (carefully… South Louisiana roads aren’t in the best condition) with a UHaul. We’re in the process of getting a dock built because when we bought this house our insurance company made us destroy the preexisting dock. Understandable, seeing as it was all but sinking into the canals. We got some quotes and who knew how insanely expensive this project was going to be?! Also awesome, I have to replace most of the roof on my old house in the Marigny, so I’m going to be doing some serious damage to my savings over the next month. In the meantime, our kind neighbor across the street is letting us dock the boat there. Let the adventures begin! We had to launch the boat across the highway and then drove her to her resting spot before dealing with returning the truck, parking the trailer and a host of other boring stuff when all we wanted to do is get back out there and explore. …

Revisiting Your Favorite Places

“You’re going to Italy… again?” I kept hearing when I told friends about my upcoming trip. The implication was why not go somewhere you haven’t been before and I get it, believe me I do. There’s a whole world out there and I haven’t even been to South America yet, no less Asia or Australia. But Italy is easily my favorite place to vacation and  I found myself just simply wanting to go back. Do I really need to explain myself? Italy is fucking amazing. Who doesn’t know this?  The food, the wine, the art, the history… all the ancient shit and intriguing Catholic morbidity! My friend, Carolyn, and I found super cheap tickets leaving out of Philly and I had enough points for a free round trip ticket to Florence, my favorite city. Sold. To be vegan while traveling in Italy is a pleasure. How things have changed since I first visited 18 years ago. In my wildest dreams, I don’t think I could have imagined this plate of pasta being served to me, dairy-free and smothered in …