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It’s That Time Again….

February 12, 2015 3 comments

…time to put my day-to-day responsibilities on hold and make my annual trek to New Orleans LA to celebrate Mardi Gras 2015.

At the time this post auto-publishes, I:

  • will have arrived in NOLA with my best buddy Reno,
  • checked in to the Crowne Plaza hotel on the corner of Bourbon and Canal Streets
  • headed out into the night to join the party-goers on Bourbon St.

If you’re in NOLA anytime through Fat Tuesday, post a comment here or tweet me. Perhaps we can hook up for a fun time throwing and catching beads, eating cajun food, cruising the banks of the mighty Mississippi river, watching outrageously gawdy parades, and smiling our asses off. Life is too short for me to miss the greatest party on earth.

According to historians, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, an easier task than abolishing them altogether. As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”

Who Dat

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Difficult To Describe

March 12, 2014 2 comments

Last Wednesday, I returned home from a six day stint down in New Orleans as an active participant in the greatest party on earth: Mardi Gras! As I write this post seven days later, I’m still suffering from the well-known phenomenon of post-vacation depression. You all know this feeling. It’s the acute, but thankfully temporary, sadness that comes with the requirement to return to “normal” thinking, and doing, and being, after experiencing a glorious reprieve from the grind of responsible daily living.

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This year’s MG trip was the fifth consecutive year (and eighth overall) in which: I danced the streets, watched the spectacularly colorful parades and creative street acts, tossed and caught beads from balconies, ate Po-boys/Muffalettas/Jambalaya/Beignets, and joyfully bathed in the fabulous sights, sounds, and atmosphere that is unique to Mardi Gras.

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The Mardi Gras experience is difficult to describe to non-participants. It’s a time and place where 100s of thousands of people converge into one great big ball of intertwined happiness and generosity; and this includes the battalions of local and state police tasked to maintain a semblance of order amongst the cheerful, self-organized chaos.

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With all the booze and energy that flows, you would think that many incidents of malfeasance and ill-will take place during the festivities. But remarkably, there are very few. That’s because we travel the streets in the French quarter with smiles on our faces, free and unburdened minds, and we savor each and every present moment as it unfolds. Ironically, the only unfriendly and uptight people at MG are the small clusters of self-righteous Jesus freaks sporting annoying bullhorns and big, nasty signs. They march around passing judgement down upon people they don’t know anything about.

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I can’t wait till next year. I’ve already marked my calendar for Fat Tuesday: Feb 17, 2015. Perhaps you might want to mark yours too!

mg5Rainee, this post is for you 🙂

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Out Of Service

February 28, 2014 2 comments
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Sprint 0 Starts Today!

February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

With Fat Tuesday falling on March 4, Mardi Gras 2014 is coming up fast. Since BD00 will soon be making the trek down south to the world’s greatest party again this year, he downloaded the Mardi Gras Parade Tracker to keep on top of the situation. Think of the app as the greatest burndown chart ever concocted; providing 24X7 real-time progress updates to Scrum Master BD00 of each agile krewe’s progress from inception to final delivery.

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After downloading the app, BD00 scrolled through the parade list and counted no less than 50(!) time-boxed parades on the product backlog. Sprint 0 starts….. TO-FREAKIN’-DAY, February 15th, with the Krewe du Vieux kickoff. BD00 can’t wait to ask the last of the big 3 Scrum questions (you know, the one nobody normally likes to ask or answer): “Are there any obstacles preventing you from creating business value?

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If you, dear reader, will be down in the ‘Nawlins French quarter between the dates of 2/28 through 3/4, tweet me with a “Who Dat?” when you rumble into town. We’ll hookup somewhere and the first Hurricane will be on BD00. If not, then check my twitter feed ‘tween those dates for some wholesome, uh, family-oriented pix of the festivities as they unfold.

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It would be especially great to meet and interact with those reader(s) who strongly take issue with much of what BD00 writes in this mostly caustic blog, because:

I don’t like that man, I must get to know him better – Abraham Lincoln

Respectable And Family-Oriented

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment

For your viewing pleasure, here are some pix that BD00 snapped down in Nawlins‘ during Mardi Gras 2013. The scoundrel sent me many more pix, butt, uh, I chose not to hoist them on this respectable and family-oriented blawg.

Some MG Pics

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Road Trip

February 8, 2013 Leave a comment
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The Chairman Was Wrong

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Frank Sinatra was wrong. New York is NOT the city that never sleeps. Nawlins is the city that never sleeps – at least during Mardi Gras.

Woodstock Refugee

November 24, 2010 4 comments

I’ve taken some flak from some prim and proper people for the dorky, woodstock-refugee-like pic I’ve posted on my LinkedIn.com profile:

(In case you’re interested, that’s actually a pic of me on Bourbon Street down in Nawlins during Mardi Gras.) One of the comments that I’ve received on this totally “unprofessional” photo is:

Are you looking for companies who want to hire clowns?

LOL! Well, yeah, I am. If I do want, or have, to start looking for a new company to work for, I don’t want to draw attention from any big and stodgy institution whose HR department members think pictures are important. You see, I think those types of orgs are probably stuck in 1920’s FOSTMA mindsets and I’d rather not spend 40+ hours a week working for them. Of course, this tactic will drastically reduce the number of opportunities available to me, but so what. I’ll take my chances and change tactics if I absolutely have to.

Mardi Gras

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

On 2/12/10, which should be the date of this post if I queued it correctly, I will be embarking on a trip to the Big Easy to experience my third Mardi Gras. I’ll be making the sojourn with my best friend Reno and we’ll be staying directly on ground zero (that’s Bourbon Street for the uninformed) till the fat lady sings “syonara” at midnight on Fat Tuesday. One of the reasons I’m doing this is because:

The purpose of life is to fight maturity. – Dick Werthimer

The so-called “fight” is easy for me because unlike most people (you perhaps?) my age,  I’m perpetually told that I’m immature by those “in the know”. OMG, keep that dude locked up behind closed doors!.

Experiencing the sights, sounds, smells (well, most of the smells), and the people at Mardi Gras is like a breath of fresh air and a respite for the weary. Excluding the religious zealots who are constantly screaming “repent or burn” in their megaphones, every person, including each state trooper on horseback,  is in a festive and jovial mood. The creative costumes and innocently weird behaviors that emerge from the spontaneous state of being are sights to behold. Wish you were here!

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