Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

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Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Ran­dom, loose thoughts this week:

I went to see Star Wars Sat­ur­day. Con­fes­sion: I’ve never seen any of the other Star Wars movies. But, my son wanted to go and so I took him. I liked it. I prob­a­bly won’t go back and watch all of the oth­ers but I did enjoy this one. When John asked me to take him I said, “I’ll be lost as a goose – I won’t know what’s going on!” True enough, but it was still good. I have friends who are fans of the series and you pretty much can’t escape know­ing some­thing about the gen­eral story if you ever read a news­pa­per, mag­a­zine, Twit­ter, or oth­er­wise get on the Inter­net. That being said, I found Car­rie Fisher’s scenes espe­cially poignant and loved see­ing her on screen.

Where I live, in Shreve­port, we have not seen a white Christ­mas since 1929. In all prob­a­bil­ity we won’t this year either, although for a day or two the weather folks were actu­ally sug­gest­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of snow next week. It’s just as well. Snow down here is a real mess; nobody knows quite what to do and it’s always a wet, heavy snow which then turns to ice and makes an even big­ger mess. But, for a moment, I was hoping…

Oh, and Jin­gle Bells is now racist. So, there’s that.

The Detec­torists is over. I wrote in this space last month about the charm­ing British series about a cou­ple of metal detect­ing hob­by­ists and their quirky friends. The third, and final series (sea­son) just aired in Britain and will hit the U.S. after the first of the year. I was lucky enough each week to stream all six episodes and can now con­fess that I got misty-​eyed at the end. If you have not caught up with this series, Sea­sons 1 and 2 are on Net­flix – you have time to catch up before the third sea­son airs. The entire cast is strong and Macken­zie Crook is a genius. The show is so beau­ti­fully writ­ten and so sub­tle that you can watch it over and over and catch some­thing new each time. I can not rave about it enough. Go watch.

Our local ani­mal shel­ter con­tin­ues to be a dis­grace. It just gets worse and worse. Shame­ful and sad.

Christ­mas cook­ing: I’ve got to get my rum cake made today. I have to make one more batch of Chex Mix (my fifth, or sixth…I lose count.) I need a good recipe for cheese straws – I’ve lost the one my mother used. I’m hav­ing a spi­ral cut ham for the fam­ily Christ­mas party and then gumbo on Christ­mas Day. And it won’t be snowing.

Christ­mas cards: we have a neigh­bor at the end of our block that writes a Christ­mas card for every per­son on the street and then she and her grand­son walk the street every year and deliver the cards. I think this is such an awe­some lit­tle tra­di­tion and it does bring the neigh­bor­hood together. So sweet.

I’m off to make a rum cake. Have a good week!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Random, loose thoughts this week:

I went to see Star Wars Saturday.  Confession:  I’ve never seen any of the other Star Wars movies.  But, my son wanted to go and so I took him.  I liked it.  I probably won’t go back and watch all of the others but I did enjoy this one.  When John asked me to take him I said, “I’ll be lost as a goose – I won’t know what’s going on!”  True enough, but it was still good.  I have friends who are fans of the series and you pretty much can’t escape knowing something about the general story if you ever read a newspaper, magazine, Twitter, or otherwise get on the Internet.  That being said, I found Carrie Fisher’s scenes especially poignant and loved seeing her on screen.

Where I live, in Shreveport, we have not seen a white Christmas since 1929.  In all probability we won’t this year either, although for a day or two the weather folks were actually suggesting the possibility of snow next week.  It’s just as well.  Snow down here is a real mess; nobody knows quite what to do and it’s always a wet, heavy snow which then turns to ice and makes an even bigger mess.  But, for a moment, I was hoping…

Oh, and Jingle Bells is now racist.  So, there’s that.

The Detectorists is over.  I wrote in this space last month about the charming British series about a couple of metal detecting hobbyists and their quirky friends.  The third, and final series (season) just aired in Britain and will hit the U.S. after the first of the year. I was lucky enough each week to stream all six episodes and can now confess that I got misty-eyed at the end.  If you have not caught up with this series, Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix – you have time to catch up before the third season airs.  The entire cast is strong and Mackenzie Crook is a genius. The show is so beautifully written and so subtle that you can watch it over and over and catch something new each time.  I can not rave about it enough.  Go watch.

Our local animal shelter continues to be a disgrace.  It just gets worse and worse.  Shameful and sad.

Christmas cooking: I’ve got to get my rum cake made today.  I have to make one more batch of Chex Mix (my fifth, or sixth…I lose count.)  I need a good recipe for cheese straws – I’ve lost the one my mother used.  I’m having a spiral cut ham for the family Christmas party and then gumbo on Christmas Day.  And it won’t be snowing.

Christmas cards:  we have a neighbor at the end of our block that writes a Christmas card for every person on the street and then she and her grandson walk the street every year and deliver the cards.  I think this is such an awesome little tradition and it does bring the neighborhood together.  So sweet.

I’m off to make a rum cake.  Have a good week!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.