We were up at 5 am and out on the balcony with ccolor around 6 am. Soulcat joined us shortly thereafter…both Soulcat and Den were now contaminated with my Superbug so I fed them DayQuil in jiggers (only in New Orleans!) Cathyjp7 joined us around 9 am and we headed up to Pat’s for a drink before going to the Jazz Mass at St. Augustine’s. It was beautiful, and we had all intended to stay longer when I suddenly said “Okay guys, we’re outta here”. A beautiful little girl about 8 feet over got very sick and threw up a MAJOR heave. I could see it, and wanted to go before I could smell it! Cathy heard it (I think Den, ccolor and Soulcat were too into “Oh Happy Day” to notice!) So off we went to Bar Tonique to meet up with bcla and DH and wait for the 200th anniversary Treme Second Line to come down Rampart.
Bar Tonique was still closed, and we were all in need of a bathroom, so we found Dreamy Weenie on Rampart, across from Louis Armstrong park gates. What a lovely little place! Opened about 3 months ago, and Nasr (the owner) was as nice as he could be. So back to Bar Tonique, which finally opened. I don’t know if the girl there was just having a bad day, but she was very standoff-ish and surly (like we were putting her out of her way). The bar wasn’t ready (ice, lemons, whatnot) and she ignored us while she set up the bar. We finally ordered after about 5 minutes. Den, Soulcat, bcla, and I got Dark and Stormy’s for Rodent. They were bad. Cathy got a Corpse Reviver 2 which was so bad she didn’t drink it. Ccolor stuck to wine (kinda hard to screw that up) and I think bcla’s DH had a beer. They were the smart ones. It’s a quaint little bar, but both the service and drinks were poor. I may try it again (with a different bartender) but suffice to say—I’m in no rush to return!
Suddenly, we heard music and rushed out (leaving our drinks on the bar). The Second Line was…how can I say this…disappointing. The costumes and bands were great, but the entire thing passed by us in less than 5 minutes. They had made it out to be so huge. I turned to ccolor and said “Is that IT?!” I took a whopping 11 pictures and it was gone. So we headed back to the hotel and then down to the French Market to shop some. (slim pickings for me, but then, I hate to shop).
At 4 pm, we met up at EGN for our Meet and Greet. Joaquin, the manager, said he would host it for us, but I had apparently passed my superbug to him on Friday and he was off sick, so the wonderful owner, Juan, came to replace him, and gave us our favorite server, Kevin. We ended up with 13 people, including Skimmy21 and her friend, Melissa, Cathy and her partner, 2 of their friends, (Sarah and Melissa??? Someone correct me if I’m wrong!) hoodlumdandy, bcla and DH, and Den, Soulcat, ccolor and myself.
We stayed for 3 hours and ate, drank, laughed and just had an all-around great time!
At 7 pm, we headed back to the balcony where we carried on the party with more laughter and drinks until around 8:30 pm. I had re-medicated heavily and really couldn’t hold up anymore, so we all said our farewells until tomorrow, then Den and I took our nice hot LUSH baths (yes, we were still keeping our room at “meat locker” temps…maybe not so good considering our physical states!) and then I re-medicated again before finally going to bed around 10:30Edited: 30 October 2012, 13:03