Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Vive le Vieux Carre!

The power is back on in the French Quarter, and signs of life are evident -- especially at Molly's (see photo), an establishment in which I once spent a few happy hours.

Molly's is happenin' again
Photo by and Sigmund Solares

And what do the cops think?

Shortly after 9 p.m., two New Orleans police officers pulled up to Molly's in a motorized cart. The crowd of about 18 grew hushed, and the jukebox stopped playing a Van Morrison song. Whether the bar was being shut down seemed an open question.

A moment later, the jukebox cranked up again and the officers were mingling in the crowd. Asked what time the curfew kicked in, officer S.M. Smith exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke, shrugged and said, "Whatever."
"Whatever"? Laissez les bon temps rouler... de nouveau!