Archive for Category: "Events"

24Mar
2011

Mardi Gras Parades 201: New rules to live by

You may have noticed New Orleans marches to the beat of its own drummer. During Mardi Gras, that multiplies tenfold. Rule 1: Given the choice between cold hard cash and a necklace of plastic beads, there is no chance you will go home richer. Beads become the currency of the town this week of the year (and probably more). Even the military marching bands pride themselves in their bead collections! The best time we had was handing out every necklace […]

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23Mar
2011

Mardi Gras Parades 101: Setting up camp

There are worse things than getting caught in a group of tourists in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They’re usually nice people and Mardi Gras puts them in a good mood (read: they’re happy drunks). As fun as the French Quarter can be, if you want to get a real taste of Mardi Gras, camp out on the local side of the parade routes. We spent most of our time in Uptown, where the parades run straight through neighborhoods (and […]

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19Mar
2011

What I Learned at Mardi Gras 2011

After five days in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I have discovered: 10. I like my grits with cream and butter. 9. People will happily spend hours begging shamelessly for beer coozies, boas, plastic cups, bags of chips, furry harpoons, and plastic beads. 8. If Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa weren’t already BFFs, they are now. 7. Larger-than-life papier mache Michael Jacksons and Edgar Allen Poes really don’t become any less extraordinary the more you see them. 6. A liberal […]

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7Sep
2010

Hitting Up the US Open

If Wimbledon is dinner on a white tablecloth, the US Open is a well-planned barbeque. Tennis die-hards slathered in sunscreen line up promptly at 10 a.m. to watch Federer and sweat under the midday sun. After 6 p.m., the sun sets, the air cools and men in dress pants and women in stilettos slowly take over the grounds. No matter which crowd is your scene, expect plenty of booze with a side of rowdy. A Labor Day play-by-play For this […]

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3Aug
2010

Looking to the Sky in Wisconsin

Never seen an air show? You’re missing out. And you never would have guessed where you could fill this void: Oshkosh, Wisconsin. AirVenture began in 1953 as a fly-in convention, and still is. As a customer service rep at a private airport (otherwise known as an FBO) in nearby Appleton, I typically spend this last week of July swamped in invoicing, filing, fueling, getting ice, recommending hotels and restaurants and finding 15W-50 for the hundreds of pilots who land at […]

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10May
2010

Paris, Circa 2008

It’s been a rainy week in Evanston, and on top of that, it’s midterms season at Northwestern. After I found myself five episodes deep into the first season of True Blood (thanks to Comcast On Demand), I started thinking about better rainy weeks. In March of 2008, I attended Northwestern’s weeklong International Media Seminar in Paris. We heard from the legendary former Life photo editor John Morris, correspondents and editors at the International Herald Tribune, editors at Libération, one of France’s […]

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3May
2010

Weekend Recap: Kentucky Derby 2010

While Tara was at Mifflin, I was a five-hour drive south of Evanston with some friends in Louisville, “Kentuckiana” for the 136th annual Kentucky Derby. Mother Nature was a little against us for the day of the race — it was overcast and drizzly most of Saturday — but that did not stop people from getting done up in their Derby best for the big day.   It was our first time at Churchill Downs and the Derby, and we […]

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6Apr
2010

A College Passover

In honor of the Jewish holiday, a few of our friends hosted a Passover Seder for Jews and Gentiles alike. We both were in attendance at the event and relished the chance to share (Tara) and learn about (Karina) Jewish culture and traditions with good friends while indulging in delicious kosher food. (You can really do a lot without flour! Take our friend’s homemade matzo pizza, filmed below, as an example.) Below are some clips from the seder, including the […]

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