The two in the picture below on either side of Jade are a couple of masters of costuming. Del, on the left, is dressed as “Fairy GaGa”. I didn’t capture a decent shot of it but at one point he had lit sparklers coming out of his, um, chest area. They made sure David, the firefighter, was nearby with a bottle of water and something to smother the fire if things got out of hand. Fortunately all went as planned. It was a short-lived bit of excitement but pretty impressive. You may not be able to tell from this photo but Beth, on the right, is Harry Potter and she had a pretty amazing handmade wand.
One of my favorite shops in the Quarter is The Kitchen Witch. It’s a quirky little place crammed full of cookbooks, both new and used. In the back they also sell some vinyl albums. Jazz music fills the air and a couple of sweet dogs snooze on the floor. It’s the sort of place that makes you want to stay awhile. I bought a book and noticed that the man who waited on me looked familiar. I asked if he might be the one who told me about a legend several years ago. He was. Shortly after Katrina I was in The Kitchen Witch and got to chatting with this man (turns out he’s the owner). I told him how much we loved New Orleans and he told me about an old legend which says that if you walk barefoot in the city, you will one day return to live there. Ever since, I make a point of removing my shoes for a short walk each time we visit. He and I had a very nice conversation about New Orleans. Turns out that he’s lived all over the country but like me believes that nowhere else compares.
“Just another day in paradise”