Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Annual Conference — 40 Comments

  1. Congratulations to you on the awards! Great job. And you look fantastic, too! 🙂 Too bad you didn’t get those cute boots.

  2. Congratulations Wendy! You work tirelessly and deserve those awards and I’m so happy for you! Glad you were able to enjoy yourself and learn a little too. That jar of oily mud, I’m unhappy about…wish there was some way to get rid of the stuff in the marsh…all the organisms are being affected by it…thus leading up the food chain. 🙁

    $480 for a pair of boots??? Better be trimmed in gold-leaf, ROFL!!!

  3. Congratulations on your awards Wendy! It sounds like you had a great time. I used to live near Chalmette and had spent quite a bit of time there back in the 80s. It sure looks different now. Rocky and Carlos was one of my favorite places. I’ve been paddling in the Caernavon Diversion back about 10 years ago. I hope it is still doing it’s job! I recognize the names of the people you fished with from my WWL listening days. Too bad you didn’t win those boots! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kim. What amazed me most was when the tour guide said all but 4 structures were flooded during Katrina. It’s amazing how much they have recovered AND all the new business construction just blows my mind.

    • I wanted to be in the boat with C.T., who caught limits of specks that morning. That’s the kind of fishing I thought I would be doing. However, I was impressed with the valet service at Sweetwater Landing! Thanks for the great hospitality. By the way, my photos show just how beautiful the food was at the Islenos reception. Please pass the link on to all those who worked so hard to welcome us, will you? Thanks!

  4. I guess I’m just cheap, but for the cost, I’d rather have about 32 prs. of “Cajun Reeboks” than just one pr. of Le Chameau. Glad you had a good time. Did Termite submit anything, or is he too busy being a teen for stuff like that now?

    • Poor thing, once I joined the group, he was excluded from entering, although I didn’t know that when they recruited me for membership. BUT he could have been submitting an essay every year for the “Hunter of the Year” award, but he was too lazy, I guess! He’s not busy being a teen, he’s busy being sullen, and I just don’t get it.

  5. Congratulations on the awards BW! You worked hard for those. I picked out my choices on the menu while I was at it. I’ll take the Oyster Dinner with a side of eggplant dressing (love that stuff & I have the recipe from Wyatts Cafeterias manager before it closed) and follow it up with the spumone ice cream cake!:)
    I enjoyed the article. Looks like you have really been busy. Hope you take the time to get a bit of rest.

    I’m with Steffi on those boots. I have the cheapies too. Who knows, it may rain again and I might need them.:)

  6. Always a pleasure to see your excellent work acknowledged! Looks like ye had a grand time in Chalmation land…though those boots don’t hold a candle to Ms. Ashley’s Pyrate Bling Shrimp Boots!

  7. Oh, I’m thrilled you received your just recognitions on your accomplishments! You look so petty and happy in the pics. I wish you’d caught fish but glad you had a great experience.

    I thought my in-laws were nuts the first time I saw them put gravy on their mac and cheese….until I tasted it! Their version is more of a daube gravy (like Grillades and Grits). I’ll make you some next time you’re here. It’s one of my favorite recipes to cook.

    The jar or mud (?) is truly worrisome. It is obvious much, much more needs to be done.

    • I think they picked one of the most saturated spots to dig that sample from to prove a point. But that’s okay. Sec. Barham also said that he sure hopes we don’t get a storm to stir up the bottom, because the oil is down there, sitting, waiting . . . . God forbid.

  8. Congratulations, Wendy, you are so beautiful. Love that dress!
    The jar of mud that looks like oil needs more exposure.

    Last night I attended a meeting in lafayette and heard the BP event referred as a minor oil spill blown out of proportion by news media.

  9. Congratulations on your much deserved recognition. The jug of oil is disturbing. Is this from one isolated area?
    Finally found the TV episode online. You’re a natural.

  10. Congratulations on your awards! You surely do deserve them! You look wonderful, and all of the events sound great. I can’t figure those boots, but they must have something really special going for them.

    The baked macaroni sounds a lot like the Greek dish called “pastitso”. It’s just wonderful, although the doesn’t come with a gravy. I would have just skulked off with a big bowl of paella and a spoon.

    What I envy is that trip out to the flood gate. Engineers are cool, and big piles of concrete are pretty amazing. I can hardly figure out how to stack my dishwasher – the fact that they can figure out how to control a river is amazing.

    • Appreciate it, Linda! The boots were fur lined and about as comfortable as a hunting boot could be. I didn’t try them on, so I can’t vouch first hand. You’d be right to skulk off with a Jethro-sized bowl of paella, as it was delicious! I only had a modest portion, as there were only two pans and tons of folks, and sure enough, they scraped the pans clean. I’m not much on Sangria, but with the fresh fruit floating in it, it was actually quite refreshing. And the blueberry flan was melt-in-your-mouth overly-sweet delicious!

      • You need to send Termite out with his gun, shoot a few Nutria, skin them, cook some of the meat, turn in the tails for the bounty and use that fur to line your boots! Then your boots would truley be Cajun Reeboks. LOL!

        • That’s a great idea, except he doesn’t have a license for that. GOT TO HAVE A LICENSE!!!! But I have an idea that’s been brewing, but I need a friend with “painting” abilities. Acrylics, I think. It’s an idea I’ve had for a few years, but I think it’s time to act upon it. It has to do with sprucing up a pair of shrimp boots, and making them customized/personalized! Know anyone? Oh, and can’t wait to see the new BW bookmarks you’ve designed!! I LOVE you talented women!!!

  11. Just saw flan in magazine. Seems to be sorta ice cream ingredients baked in oven, no? Got to be bad for the blood sugar.

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