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mark and amanda took me out to "white linen night" here in the city, and as the night concluded and we were sitting in a cafe eating beignets, mark made a remark about how white linen night was such a unique part of the culture here that you don't find anywhere else in the united states.

basically what happens is that the whole town gets dressed up in white linen (or as close as they can, and some just ignore that particular tradition and just go out dressed nice) On the main walkway area (a closed off street), music is playing and there's a few huge stations where you can buy beer, wine, vodka tonics, or mohitos. The point of the whole thing is that about 20-25 art galleries are open to the public for people to walk through and look at the art while they're drinking.

and as we sat eating beignets and i reflected on the white linen experience and the experiences i had in the past half week, i realized how right he was, that new orleans feels more like a foreign country than it feels like a different town of the united states. Moving form Pennsylvania to Oregon was a culture shock, surely, but after i got used to less black people and more hippies, i could say to myself, "although there are variances, this still feels like the US."

But New Orleans? Seriously a different world. It must be. Not only is it just a different sort of atmosphere, the culture is so different, more european - e.g. you're allowed to have open containers of alcohol whilst driving so long as there's one less open container of alcohol than people in the car who are old enough to drink.

Tell me any other state that can pull off a rule like that.

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lacoste38
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
mojito!!!!!!!!
edrake
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
wait...mendel in all white?? *my* mendel in all white???

thinkin' about you lots, dear friend. *loves*
lifeofmendel
Aug. 4th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
*warm smiles*

my erica.

*hearts*
koocheekoo
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a blast. What a fun way to get introduced to a new city.

Btw - it is Mojitos. :) It is a traditional Cuban Highball drink - so the "h" sound is from the "j". Very yummy - well, when well made and not using a mojito "syrup" yuckers - for a hot summer night.

Sounds like your new town will intrigue for some time. That's great. Speaking of working around laws - I believe New Orleans was one of the few places that could legally sell beer during prohibition since they defined it as a food item - grain - and not an alcoholic drink. Smart folks.
miss_skillet
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
That is so incredibly charming :)
hellomrhieu
Aug. 10th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
yeah, what gives? all white? first the move, now this!
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