One year ago today, my mother died. I wish a could write a lengthy tribute to her, but words fail me. I miss her all the time. Here is a picture of us together when I took her to a Blue Wahoos game. Fond memories.
The purpose of this blog is to give me a forum where I can write about the people and places that make up my little corner of heaven, also known as “The South.”
I have lived all my days in the Southeastern United States. I have lived in 4 of the 12 states and visited all of them, except Arkansas. Currently, I live in one of the region’s largest metropolitan areas, Atlanta, but I have lived in one of its smallest, too. (Monroeville, AL pop. 6,500)
A few things I love about this region include sugar white sand beaches, crawfish boils, Mardi Gras, SEC football (Go Gators!), Mint Juleps, fried mullet, raw oysters, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, deviled eggs, pimento cheese sandwiches, Barq’s root beer in a bottle, wisteria, confederate jasmine, azaleas, pink dog wood trees, and bourbon.
When writing, I will select topics that make me smile and reflect warm light on the subject matter. I will only write about politics when provoked.
I named it “Classic Seersucker” because in my mind the quintessential Southern Gentleman is in a Seersucker suit.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies, writes about the idea that school, work, marriage, and childbearing form a sequence that leads to success. She claims that growing up in the Asian culture this sequence was common knowledge. She urges that we share this secret with poor and working-class communities here in the US. I heartily agree. Spread the word.
Last night my wife and I watched Steel Magnolias (1989). I became interested in the movie after listening to a Garden & Gun podcast that featured it. The movie was released in 1989, but I can’t remember watching it. I always considered it a chick-flick. It was a cute movie. As a parent I found it sad, because your worst nightmare is always having one of your children die.
Last night I enhanced my bar tending skills by making my first Sazerac at home. I found a recipe for the quintessential Southern cocktail at Thirstysouth.com. I settled on this recipe after doing some research on the web and realizing that it was the best match for my bar tending abilities.
I spent an hour on Friday night at my local Total Wine store purchasing the ingredients. I chose a nice rye bourbon and splurged on the Lucid Absinthe because I read a good review about it.
Considering first attempts always leave room for improvement, I enjoyed the results. To me a Sazerac is a very aromatic drink. Every sip has a different flavor and smell than the previous. I enjoyed it and I look forwarded to enjoying many more in the future.