We used to live in Hammond, LA, on the north shore of Lake Ponchatrain. I loved it there. Even the weather with those intense thunder and lightning storms that blew in from the gulf. We lived in a shotgun house up on stilts owned by the local barber, Mr. Louie, who was cajun. Late at night the radio would broadcast wonderful zydeco and cajun music from Lafayette.
New Orleans was a different place. Sirens all the time. When we first arrived there before moving to Hammond we stayed in a motel where they had a donut shop across the street. Everytime a new batch of donuts were ready a strobe light would come on and cars came from every which way and they would be packed until they turned the light off. Made us laugh.
Hope everyone enjoyed Mardi Gras because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday the starting of Lent. A time when I was a child that was not my favorite.