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Why I love/hate Louisiana

A fellow Bayou State expat sends along this editorial from today’s Times-Picayune, concerning drive-thru daiquiri bars. When I was courting my Texan wife, and told her about these fine institutions in my home state, she thought I was joking. She has since learned that any crazy story I tell about the Great State is true. Here’s how the editorial starts:

Louisiana should tighten up its open container law by requiring drive-through daiquiri shops to use lids that can’t be punctured by a straw.
Doing so wouldn’t prevent a customer who’s determined to drink and drive from breaking the law. It’s pretty easy to peel off a plastic lid and take a swig, with or without a straw. But the change would make alcoholic beverages a little less accessible and make the state’s ban on open containers of alcohol in vehicles more meaningful.
Unfortunately, the Senate Judiciary B Committee unanimously voted down a bill by Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge that would have made it illegal to drive with an alcoholic drink in a receptacle that “permits access by a straw.”


I can’t decide if this is appalling or charming. Both, probably. Just like Louisiana. To paraphrase the great Randy Newman, “She may be a fool, but she’s my fool.” Bless her heart. When I was growing up in the Seventies, among the useful things south Louisiana kids were taught to do was to mix Daddy’s toddies before a road trip, and to clean the beer cans out of the back of the fambly pick-up.

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posted April 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

There are drive through daquiri bars in Louisiana…??? And I haven’t known about this before now because why?
I am so there.

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Brett R.

posted April 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

My state, Wisconsin, isn’t that far behind. Wisconsin is the only state where a first-time OWI is only treated as a moving violation– a fine and no driving restriction. Drinking while driving or riding in a car is unfortunately all too common here.
“You’re gonna make me spill my beer / if you don’t learn how to steer…”
Wilco, “Passenger Side”

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posted April 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm

It’s not just Louisiana. When I was attending my beloved Texas A&M, there was a Daquiri barn outside the Bryan city limits–conveniently located on the way to the lake. No ID check and they put the straw in the styrofoam cup for you. This was in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Ah, good (but not very safe) times.

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Siarys Jenkins

posted April 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Louisiana is simply too hot and humid for my metabolism and taste, but there is a lot to admire from a distance. Then again, it was the Times-Picayune which denounced the original People’s Party as “the Negro-Populist Social Equality Ticket” and, after massive fraud, announced that “white supremacy has been saved by Negro votes.” The fact that so much fraud was necessary only proves that there were many really good, brave, admirable people in Louisiana, of every shade human skin comes in. Too bad their votes weren’t counted.
I could say something similar two-sided about Louisiana’s native son, Huey P. Long, the namesake, although few know it, of Huey P. Newton. I love much of Long’s public rhetoric and speeches, and he did a lot for the people of the state, while doing very well for himself also. But he would have been a disaster had he lived long enough to become president. Like Hugo Chavez, he was too much an egoist to truly do what is right.

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Chuck Bloom

posted April 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Mixology is always a useless tool and skill to use as a fall back option.
No if they can keep that damn BP oil off the Louisiana shores, things would be better.
BTW, these Captcha word combos are often a hoot.

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Life lover

posted July 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

The only thing good about Louisiana is the food….that’s it.

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