Monthly Archives: May 2017

Saturday Cajun Music Show 10am at Fred’s Cafe in Mamou, Louisiana

Every Saturday morning, this little bar attracts locals and people from around the world.  Sorry for the video quality, but getting used to my new DSLR camera.

A good time was had by all!

VIDEO- CAJUN BAND AT FREDS’

GREAT RT.66 RETRO MOTEL JUST OFF i-40 IN NEW MEXICO

Met someone today doing the NC-California driving round trip—her first time.  She’s staying in hotels, not camping, and concerned about travelling as a single woman.  Understandable, but from my experiences,  staying in small family-owned motels is as safe as you can be.   THE SUNSET MOTEL in Moriarity, NM, is a great example.

It’s right in the middle of NM, just off I-40 on one of the few remaining sections of Rt. 66. This is a great choice for a safe, comfortable, clean, friendly, and affordable motel.  Built in the 1950s, it has  the homey furniture and other touches of old-fashioned family-run motels.  Dog friendly, and a free continental breakfast with fascinating owners who are writers and film producers, and happy to chat.

Many of these amazing hotels still exist, but I don’t think there’s a real directory you can use.  So sometimes you don’t know if it’s a gem, or a cheapo flop.  My best test is,  if it’s old, and has a pretty  flower garden out front, it will be a great place to stay.  Warning, if you need everything in your life up-to-date, and embrace the conformity of franchises, it’s probably not for you.

For those travelling I-40 in the West, THE SUNSET is highly recommended by many.  The owners will clue you in on the best locally owned restaurants too!

http://www.sunseton66.com/Home_Page.html

Updated Route West. Leaving May 22!

Here’s an updated Part 1 of my cross-country exploration in my Roadtrek Camper Van.  This is a plan, and the only deadline is to meet Catheryn in Denver on June 3. She’ll be doing Part 2 with me, across Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California for the next 12 days (map to come).

I start Tues. May 22 from Davidson, NC.  First night will be spent in a state park outside Nashville.

Next day, drive down the ancient Natchez Trace Parkway for a couple hundred miles, take a slight detour to Mussel Shoals, Alabama, and visit two of the world’s most famous recording studios there.

Spend the night near Clarksdale, MS after touring several famed Delta Blues museums and night spots.

Then meander down Hwy. 61 to camp in park near Natchez.

Friday, I take a short drive to Eunice, LA, checking out Cajun country, going to a famous Cajun music jam and the Rendez-vous des Cajuns live radio show at the Liberty Theater in downtown Eunice.

Next, I drive along the Gulf Coast south of Houston, continuing along the beach into Galveston, taking a ferry or two.

At Surfside Beach, TX, I finally turn North and spend the night in Gonzales, TX about half-way between Houston and San Antonio.

Then northwest to Mexico.  I’ll stop for a night or two at the border towns of Del Rio, TX and Acuna, MEX to have a look at Acuna—my first time in Mexico!

The next day, it’s north through barren deserts to Marfa, TX, a ‘famous’ artist colony/ghost town, about as middle of nowhere as you can get.

After Marfa, I continue north through Roswell and Tucumcari, NM—one of my favorite towns.  From Tucumcari, it’s about 6.5 hours to Denver.  I might stop about half way, if I find something interesting.  Or, I might need to scoot up I-25, because I’m behind schedule.

Most nights will be spent in the camper in national, state, and county parks—cheap.  In a few places there are not-to-be-missed-off-the-beaten track private campgrounds.  I ’m avoiding Interstates wherever possible, once I get to Nashville.  Some of the roads look a bit sketchy… that’s good.

That’s the plan.  Will I stick to it?  That’s debatable.  I have a few non-travel days built in, and generally max driving to just 3-4 hours a day, and that’s good too.

 

“Werner Herzog Discovers John Waters is Gay” 185,000 views on YouTube

German New Wave director, Werner Herzog, in a gag shot, though he has been threatened by some.

As a Werner Herzog fanatic, I discovered this hidden clip, from what is probably one of the least known films about Herzog, “On the Ecstasy of Ski-Flying: Werner Herzog in Conversation with Karen Beckman.”

It is a must for anyone who admires Herzog’s frankness as a creative filmmaker and cultural commentator.

The number of views of this clip seems to accelerate, since I posted it on YouTube.

The non-profit producer/distributor of the documentary allowed me to post it, with the hope that it might give their work more visibility.  It think it is a success for them!

See the whole film:
“On the Ecstasy of Ski-Flying: Werner Herzog in Conversation with
Karen Beckman”

Produced and edited by Aaron Levy and Nicola Gentili, with the
2007-2008 RBSL Bergman Curatorial Seminar, University of Pennsylvania

Published by Slought Foundation

http://slought.org   and   http://www.microcinemadvd.com/product…

 

Controversial Confederate Memorials vs. Slavery Memorials

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A recent story from THE GUARDIAN featured recent conflicts in New Orleans stemming from the city’s decision to remove many monuments deemed to celebrate the ideals of the Confederacy– mainly slavery– as offensive to modern concepts of human equality, justice, and opportunity.

https://www.theguardian.com/…/gun-shoot-civil-war-statues-n…

This reminds me of the 2015 flap in Cornelius, NC, about it’s very own Confederate Soldier Monument. It was erected around 1910, after most Confederate vets had died.

Many believe these statues were erected in Southern towns and cities– so long after the Civil War, to reinforce the spirit of the new Jim Crow laws, and inform Yankees that the ‘South’ (or at least the people who had money for such statues) had not

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