YatPundit’s Pub 25-April-2019 Teen Expectations and Trains

YatPundit’s Pub 25-April-2019 Teen Expectations and Trains

Talking about teens, high school, expectations, and guitars in the first segment of YatPundit’s Pub 25-April-2019.

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YatPundit’s Pub 25-April-2019

I’m in-between books in a sense at the moment. I finished the Rebus novel, but not ready to do a full review of it. I started Mitch Landrieu’s book, but not into it enough to talk sensibly about it. So, there wasn’t much to go into with respect to my personal reading. I thought we’d talk about two writing themes.

Teen expectations

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Progressive Guitar Studio on Canal Blvd.

Tweens entering eighth grade, particularly here in New Orleans, have interesting expectations. As they approach their senior year, however, things change. Parents foster expectations. Therefore, a dad who was on the football team in high school wants his kid to play that sport. Maybe the young man wants to wrestle, or run cross country, or (heaven forbid!) join the Debate Team! Some kids will start out doing what the parents push, move on.

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Some expectations are more subtle. So, an eighth grader may start in marching band. By tenth grade, kids with a lot of talent “outgrow” the school band. They join after-school orchestras, bands, and other projects (like musical theater). Conflict arises when they do less for the school. Then there are the musicians who, while they enjoy their horn or wind instrument, want to play guitar or bass. They invest in lessons and practice, putting aside growth on the band instrument. It’s called growing up.

Trains!

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The old Louisville and Nashville passenger terminal on Canal Street

I’m a train nut. Y’all know that, I’m sure. As old passenger cars from the 1940s and 1950s die off, we lose a part of mid-century culture. I want to write about those railroad days. So, a story arc about a Pullman Porter in 1940-1941 interests me. Europe is already at war, but the US hasn’t made the move to actual combat. Spies and intrigue abound! I keep seeing an African-American man who wants to defend his country in a unique way.

Dragon’s Danger

The Pullman Porters of West Oakland

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YatPundit’s Pub 22-April-2019 Hot Dogs and Dessert

Hot Dogs and dessert in YatPundit’s Pub 22-April-2019.

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YatPundit’s Pub 22-April-2019

Welcome into the pub! Thanks to everyone who came out to Art in the Bend on Saturday! It’s always fun to chat with folks browsing through the wonderful pieces, photos, and paintings at the art market. So many talented artisans sell their work there. Art in the Bend is a monthly market at Nuance, 728 Dublin Street, in Riverbend (hence the “bend”). I hang out with these wonderful folks, talking history and dragons. It’s flattering when people come in and buy my books!

Hot Dogs at Ben’s Burgers

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Traditional hot at Ben’s Burgers on Clearview

Pouring a story about Ben’s Burgers on Clearview in #themetrys today in the pub. Some background, first. Ben’s Burgers operated for years as part of the Bud’s Broiler franchise. I grew up with Bud’s Broiler. When I was a kid, daddy would take us to the Bud’s on Pelopidas Street in Gentilly. My grandmother lived off of Franklin. So, that Bud’s wasn’t far away. At Brother Martin in the 1970s, the Gentilly Bud’s was a go-to. Even later on, when Bud’s returned to Gentilly (at the old Luigi’s location), we stopped in regularly.

Of course, there are other Bud’s locations. At some point, the Clearview Bud’s left the franchise. Ben Collier struck out independently. He changed the name of the place to “Ben’s Burgers.” The burgers reamained the same.

Hot Dog on a Hamburger Bun

Bud’s Broiler departed from the classic hot dog. They served their dogs (grilled over charcoal, like the burgers) on a hamburger bun. I got my hot dogs with chili, cheese, and onions. Others get the smoke sauce instead of chili. I opened up the bag from Ben’s Burger’s I brought home Saturday afternoon and found a regular hot dog container inside, rather than the sleeve they wrap around the hamburgers. When I asked after this on the NOLA.com Facebook group, someone replied that it was a legal thing. Sure enough, Mr. Ben himself confirmed that, as part of the agreement to leave Bud’s, he doesn’t do hot-dogs-on-hamburger-buns.

Turns out it was no big thang. That hot dog was excellent. Not sure how often I’ll go back to Sonic now.

Dessert at New Orleans Restaurants

We went to Vincent’s in #themetrys on Saturday night with friends. Our friend Kara wondered if their spumoni ice cream was house-made. I said, doubtful, they probably get it from Angelo Brocato’s. I was right, and that got me thinking about dessert. Come listen to te second pour in the pub today.

Do you stay for dessert when you go out to eat?

Last Week’s Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019 – Churches and Books

Welcome to YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019 – it’s time to talk books and writing!

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The shock of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris weighs heavily. A few introductory thoughts here, then we’ll get on with getting on.

Writing about churches

Let’s talk about other churches for a moment. So, sticking to “write what you know,” I focus on New Orleans. There are two stories that may turn into a full-blown Talents book, set in Europe. While one can write about well-known places, it works to write about the cities I walk around. Vienna is a setting in Trusted Talents for that reason. Utrecht, Stockholm, and Copenhagen figure into the in-progress cities. Work cities for me. I”m comfortable there. Oslo as well!

American cities, too

Same goes for American cities. The Orthodox church on High Street on Columbus calls me. It’s easy to visualize the great, potentially evil Nationwide Plaza. Transporting to Midtown Atlanta clicks. Switching to Manhattan Beach is easy.

When travelling, I stop in not only the Big Church. It’s fun to explore the parish church blocks away. Take time to check out the synagogue. When a character tells me something, I know exactly where they are. While I could make a Notre Dame scene happen, it’s more likely going to be a scene set in Nice.

Books

Edinburgh

Reading for YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019. So, I’m finishing up the 21st “Rebus” novel by Ian Rankin, Rather Be the Devil. John Rebus is retired. Therefore, he’s sticking his nose in the cases of DI Siobahn Clarke. Malcom Fox figures prominently in the story as well. There’s another “retired Rebus” book out, but I’ve got a ton of stuff to get to first.

IRA

Something that will jump the line, however, is Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. As I flew up to Columbus a couple of weeks ago, a friend messaged and said, read this book. So, last week, Pesca had the author, Patrick Radden Keefe on his pod, Slate’s The Gist. The book is fascinating! Two recommendations move it up to read-now.

Don’t forget Art in the Bend on Saturday!

Last Thursday’s pod.

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

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YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

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Enterprise Storage in a data center

Back in the “pre-World Wide Web” days, we used to have a small, informal group of programmers, sysadmins, BBS sysops, and other nerds who got together occasionally for pizza and beer. We hung out at Godfather’s Pizza, out on Veterans Blvd. The pizza was OK, and they had a big back area. We pushed a few tables together an talked tech. Occasionally, someone would present a topic. Most of the time, it was just beer and casual talk.

So, YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 invokes the spirit of those gatherings! We’ll have a topic or three, some covering Enterprise Computing, some Personal Computing.

Enterprie Cloud

The term “the cloud” focuses on specific needs of businesses and individuals. While we do have definitions, It’s still confusing to some. We work in the Enterprise Cloud with more confidence in 2019 than a few years ago. It’s easy to go to “the cloud.” Companies exercise care what goes up there, though. Public cloud options work for some. Others require more security and reliability. It’s one thing to say, “our stuff lives on Amazon Web Services.” It’s another to maintain business continuity and compliance with regulators while doing so. Some enterprises opt for a “private cloud” as a compromise. Public or Private, either way, the data physically resides somewhere, on hard drives. So, the folks I teach make that happen.

Personal Cloud

Things change at the personal level. Individuals worry less about government compliance. We focus on maintaining backups. Folks want solid copies of their data from Microsoft Office and other personal tools. We want our photos, videos, recordings, and other stuff from their phones stored off the device. If the phone is stolen or ruined, the data lives elsewhere.

That’s not the full story. So, your data may be backed up away from your phone, but can you easily recover it? Things to think about and plan for.

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

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YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

Pre-Game

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Meyer Lemon Margarita at Bakersfield Short North in Columbus, OH

Welcome to Yatpundit’s Pub 15-April-2019! Somebody make this happen in New Orleans!

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Wine me, Dine me! 

Two segments for the Pub today, both related to NOLA Brewery, on Tchoup.

The Food

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Pulled Pork Sandwich by McClure’s at NOLA Brewery Taproom

Three of us at the NOLA Brewery Taproom, where the food is brought to you by McClure’s BBQ. Wife and kiddo had their usual, pulled pork sandwiches. Mrs. YatPundit usually has the Kansas City BBQ Sauce, while kiddo is like me and gets the N.O. East. It was a nice, sunny day, so we ate on the upstairs deck. The view isn’t the most scenic in the world, being the wharves, but the trains are fun to watch go by.

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“Philly” by McClure’s at the NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had McClure’s Philly-style cheesesteak, which is essentially a pulled brisket sandwich with onions and peppers. Good sandwich, much better bread than the hoagie roll or whatever you usually get for a cheesesteak. The cheese was better, also. That’s the N.O. East sauce on the sandwich. I usually get a two-meat combo, like sausage and chicken, but they didn’t have sausage on this outing, so I thought I’d try something new. It was worth it.

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Mac n Cheese at NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had mac n’ cheese for the side with the Philly, fam had fries.

Poutine!

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Poutine

We also got an order of Poutine. It’s obviously a variant of what you’d buy in Canada, with fries, cheese curds, and pulled pork. I ended up taking some of the sandwich home, because I forgot how big the order is.

Beer

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Vanilla Coffee Stout

A flight of four, four-ounce pours, first Boil Advisory, a variant of NOLA Blonde

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Boil Advisory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then two special/limited stouts, from the NOLA Brewery/Sucre partnership: Sucre Blackberry Stout and Sucre Chocolate Stout

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Sucre Blackberry Stout

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Sucre Chocolate Stout

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McClure’s BBQ

Thursday’s Pod

The Bayou Brief and Grits! – YatPundit’s Pub 24-July-2017 #podcast

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Two segments today at the pub. We’ll talk about the new progressive news site for Louisiana, The Bayou Brief, then we’ll talk food, grits and the Holy Trinity.

The Bayou Brief

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The Bayou Brief – Nevertheless, we will Progress!

The Bayou Brief is Louisiana’s news site for long-form stories with a Progressive focus. There are three basic types of stories produced by The Bayou Brief (my categorization, not theirs): Cultural/Louisiana, Goverment, and “Red Meat” for Democrats/Liberals. FULL DISCLOSURE: Lamar’s publishing the first chapter of my forthcoming book, Krauss: The New Orleans Value Store, on Wednesday. The concept for The Bayou Brief dates back to December, 2015. Lamar organized a group of progressives involved in media/communications to kick around ideas, in the wake of the election of John Bel Edwards as Governor of Louisiana. Yes, we’d chosen a Democrat, but the media in Louisiana was still overwhelmingly conservative The Bayou Brief offers progressives in the sate a place to read solid news and features, coming at issues from a progressive perspective. This is a Big Deal, and that’s why we discuss it today.

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Bayou Brief Coffee Mug, along with a Blue Dot Donuts orange donut at Wakin’ Bakin’

You know you need a Bayou Brief coffee mug in your life. While you may read other sites, your support progressive journalism in Louisiana is essential.

Grits Bowls at Wakin’ Bakin’

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Wakin’ Bakin’ on Banks Street in Mid-City New Orleans. Wakin’ Bakin’ is by far my favorite breakfast place in New Orleans.

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“Holy Cluck!” (Wakin’ Bakin photo)

“Holy Cluck!” – a Breakfast bowl with grits, swiss cheese, the Holy Trinity (sauteed onions, green pepper, and celery), topped with two eggs.

The Breakfast Bowl is the most popular item on the WB menu. So, they start with a base: grits, hash browns, or black beans. Add a meat (bacon, breakfast sausage, hot sausage, chorizo, chicken. Add cheese if you like, cheddar, swiss, pepper jack (occasionally they’ll use brie on a daily special bowl). Top with two eggs, any style. This bowl has grits, chicken, swiss cheese, the Holy Trinity, and two eggs. Delicious!