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SEPTEMBER 2014, VOL. 12 ISSUE 7

Publisher / Editor Mike Strong Sales Manager Dottie Godberry Staff Photographer Jimmy Dunkley

Contributing Writers Bill Delaune Marilyn Bowman Linda Melancon Calvin Bessonett

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Goosie Guice Orhan McMillan Kellie Seymour Tanya Stilley Roland Doucet Jimmy Dunkley Meredith Conger Tracy McKee

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BRAND CHARITY GOLF

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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TESS STROMBERG

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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USELESS RANDOM FACTS

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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KIDS OF SUMMER

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Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services recently hosted its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

recently hosted its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services recently hosted

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services recently hosted its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Pelican Point Golf Club in Gonzales. The tournament benefitted Combat Marine Outdoors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding in the rehabilitation of Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen recovering from traumatic injuries sustained in combat.

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of Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen recovering from traumatic injuries sustained in combat. 4
Fifty-seven teams participated in this year’s tournament, which raised $65,000 for Combat Marine Outdoors. There
Fifty-seven teams participated in this year’s tournament, which raised $65,000 for Combat Marine Outdoors. There
Fifty-seven teams participated in this year’s tournament, which raised $65,000 for Combat Marine Outdoors. There

Fifty-seven teams participated in this year’s tournament, which raised $65,000 for Combat Marine Outdoors. There were also 20 food and drink tents. Brand would like to send a special thank you to the Geaux Seven Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Blue Star Mothers of

of Blue Star Mothers of America, Blue Star Mothers of Thank You Ascension Parish for Supporting
of Blue Star Mothers of America, Blue Star Mothers of Thank You Ascension Parish for Supporting
of Blue Star Mothers of America, Blue Star Mothers of Thank You Ascension Parish for Supporting
Thank You Ascension Parish for Supporting Our 4th Annual Golf Tournament Supporting Combat Marine Outdoors.
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Louisiana — Chapter 1, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Sgt. Michael Gibson with
Louisiana — Chapter 1, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Sgt. Michael Gibson with

Louisiana — Chapter 1, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Sgt. Michael Gibson with the Glen Oaks High School Color Guard and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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By Tracy
By Tracy

Parents, Teach Your Children To Lie.

In generations past, loving parents taught their children the simple and unnegotiable lessons of conduct necessary to ensure a fulfilling life and to maintain a civil society - Do not lie, cheat or steal. Respect the land, the law and each other.

Following such rules of conduct would instill sound ethics and a strong character- both of which are honorable traits we’re told and would promise us a valued place in our society. Equally, not following such rules of conduct would promise punishment in the home or arrest in public.

These lessons were so valuable they were passed down through the generations and in many homes are still practiced today.

Decay and depreciation enter a society when any one of its members refuse to participate in the rules of conduct and instead behave uncivilized by harming others by way of stealing or even killing. And as a means to avoid the penalties for their actions that they know the civil world will impose, they instead and without shame demand defense of their own civil rights. They expect the civil world that they never participated in to offer them mercy. And if their wishes are

not granted and their freedom restored they will protest unfair treatment.

This land of ours is governed by law to regulate the actions of its members and is enforced by imposing penalty. Justice is to ensure peace and a genuine respect for all people. A lack of fairness or justice for all is in fact defined as injustice.

Justice and the judicial system are fair by design. Injustices arise when an offender of a society seeks for and receives more compassion than a victim. And by way of American law and American rights educated professionals who are sworn to defend all the people through its courts must hear the case.

When we the people are no longer “we” and instead “I”, the mindset of having a civil society is changed. When peace and respect are granted to the offenders it is injustice and teaches us that the rules we are held by have in fact reversed.

This is a confusing message for our children of present day unless we teach them the new truth about civil living- do lie, do cheat and do harm to your neighbor and simply scream foul play and the world will grant you mercy. Or, maybe the squeaky wheel has had enough grease and instead needs replacing.

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Ascension Chamber Holds Business Expo The Ascension Chamber of Commerce held their Third Annual Business
Ascension Chamber Holds Business Expo The Ascension Chamber of Commerce held their Third Annual Business
Ascension Chamber Holds Business Expo The Ascension Chamber of Commerce held their Third Annual Business

Ascension Chamber Holds Business Expo

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce held their Third Annual Business Expo on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Lamar Dixon Trade Mart from 2:00pm-5:00pm. This networking event included over 85 local businesses ranging from restaurants, to health- care, to banks and insurance companies. Including vendors and guests, approximately

300 businesses were represented at the expo. Carlico Café and Don’s Seafood provided food and drink tastings and Jambalaya Festival Association’s very own Wally Taillon served his famous jambalaya. Over 100 door prizes were given away throughout the event. Waguespack & Associates Insurance and All Star Ford teamed up to sponsor a chance to

Insurance and All Star Ford teamed up to sponsor a chance to L to R Sponsors

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win a new car. The Ascension Chamber would like to give a special thanks to

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Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Dow La Federal Credit Union,

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EATEL, St. Elizajyhtbeth Hospital, United Community Bank and Waguespack & Associates Insurance.

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Text Tethering Know When You’re Being Served! I recently read an article, written by a

Text

Tethering

Know When You’re Being Served!

I recently read an article, written by a guy that clearly explained one of the easiest and most successful text strategies. It’s done by (hopefully!) single men and quite often done to multiple women at once. It’s a high reward, low risk strategy.

women at once. It’s a high reward, low risk strategy. You see text tethering is all

You see text tethering is all about one guy keeping many women on the hook with perfectly timed and tactical text

women on the hook with perfectly timed and tactical text messages. In this tethering strategy, there

messages. In this tethering strategy, there are no phone calls, no real relationship, and only last minute dates.

See, typical text tethering may come after a date, perhaps a week or so later, and a text might say something like this:

“I can’t wait to see you again,” or “I miss you,” or “Wish you were here”. All very kind things to say, but not via text message especially when there is

no other form of communication happening within the “relationship”.

This is something my girlfriends and I have discussed for quite some time now. If a guy wants to talk to you or go out with you, then he will make a legitimate attempt to do so. He will call you regularly, he will ask you out on dates, and he will make a sincere attempt

to get to know who you are and what you are about. An occasional text message just doesn’t stand up to a genuinely interested guy.

So, ultimately, if you feel like you’re being served a tethering text message, don’t go for the volley when there’s an ace player in the midst. You’ve been served!

Does

Fantastic

Fade?

I was recently talking to a friend of mine that said the state of his relationship wasn’t, well…“fantastic”. So, I thought he must mean that the excitement of the new relationship fizzled. Then I asked myself, “Does Fantastic fade”?

Does the passion sustain throughout a couple’s relationship? I think the obvious answer is no, but

Fantastic fade”? Does the passion sustain throughout a couple’s relationship? I think the obvious answer is

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when you dig a little deeper, the answer is more complex than you might think.

How long does the romantic high last? Some experts say 2 months to 2 years, but I’ve personally witnessed couples whose romance never waned. I’ve also heard of couples that never had sparks initially, but developed chemistry over time.

It’s proven that there are stages of love and relation- ships. Of course the first stage of a relationship is the romantic stage, where many feel good hormones, similar to a drug high, are pumping through your body!

My personal opinion is that initially chemistry is great in a relationship, but after a few years couples lose that feel

good hormone and then go through a power struggle. If a couple resolves conflict in a healthy and respectful manner then the couple moves on to a deeper kind of love.

At this point different hormones are produced. Instead of getting that “in love” hormone high, these new types of hormones give us more of an attachment feeling with our partner.

So, if you realize you can’t actually stay in that giddy, in love stage forever, and can get past the power struggle stage, the reward of a lasting relationship can be far better than you ever imagined!

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Pearls: A Perfect Choice with Layne Gautreau Today’s pearl jewelry is not something your grandmother

Pearls:

A Perfect Choice

with Layne Gautreau

Today’s pearl jewelry is not something your grandmother ever dreamed of having. The exciting new designs available these days are no longer limited to plain strands of round pearls in different formal lengths.

Pearl jewelry today comes in dozens of eye-catching new combinations for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins. There are classic round pearls blended with brightly colored gemstones, pearl designs made up of many different strands of pastel pearls,

and elegant pearl and diamond combinations of exquisite beauty. There are also many new styles featuring freshwater pearls in round, semi-round, and oval shapes with gold or silver spacers, and there are richly colored, high gloss Tahitian pearls in fascinating

richly colored, high gloss Tahitian pearls in fascinating dark shades including purple, green, peacock blue, bronze,

dark shades including purple, green, peacock blue, bronze, beige, and silver.

Among the many fashion trends this year are white gold lariat necklaces with rainbow pearl accents, pearl station necklaces with individual pearls separated by different lengths of gold chain, and lavish torsade necklaces and bracelets made of twisted strands of multi-colored pearls.

Pearls have always been one of the most popular gifts. Now they’re even more alluring and appealing than ever.

Now they’re even more alluring and appealing than ever. Birthstones Jewelry Doctor Is your watch really

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Is your watch really waterproof?

Going Swimming?

Most watches are not actually waterproof. In fact, all watches sold in the USA cannot legally be called waterproof. Instead, the term “water resistant” is used to describe the ability of a watch to withstand some exposure to water. And the degree of water resistance is usually marked on the watch’s face.

of water resistance is usually marked on the watch’s face. September – Sapphire. Wisdom and clear

September – Sapphire.

Wisdom and clear thinking are the personal traits of those born in September. A gift of brilliant blue Sapphire symbolizes loyalty, sincerity and faithfulness. The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, classified by their hardness which is second to diamond, the hardest mineral on Earth!

How much water resistance you need depends on your level of activity. A watch that is water resistant to 30 meters can be

splashed with water but not submerged. A watch with 50m on the dial can be submerged (such as in the shower) but not for any length of time. A rating of 100 meters

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A rating of more than

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TMJ

Problems

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

More than fifteen percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, or even headaches and neck aches.

Two joints and several jaw muscles make it possible to open and close the mouth. They work together when you chew, speak, and swallow. These structures include muscles and ligaments, as well as the jaw bone, the mandible (lower jaw) with two joints, the TMJ’s (temporomandibular joint). The TM joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. Located on each side of the head, these joints work together and can make many different movements, including a combination of rotating and translocational (gliding) action, used when chewing and speaking.

Several muscles help open and

close the mouth. They control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward, and side-to-side. Both TM joints are involved in these movements. Each TM joint has a disc between the ball and socket (see diagram). The disc cushions the

the ball and socket (see diagram). The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to

load while enabling the jaw to open widely and perform rotating and translocational movements. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.

Diagnosis & Treatment

A dentist can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough exam and appropriate x-rays. Often, it's a sinus, toothache or an early stage of periodontal disease. But for some

pain, the cause is not so easily diagnosed. The pain could be related to the facial muscles, the jaw or temporomandibular joint, located in the front of the ear. Treatments for this pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding. They've been successful for many and your dentist can recommend which is best for you.

Several conditions may be related to TMD, but they can be quite varied, and they are often difficult to pinpoint. TM disorders can result when the jaw muscles or jaw joints are affected.

The joint, ligaments, and muscles used for chewing and grinding food may all be involved. In some cases, it is not possible to clearly determine the causes. In some complex cases, where more than one doctor is involved, it may be difficult to get a consensus on treatment.

Some TM problems result from arthritis, dislocation, and injury. All of these conditions can cause pain and dysfunction. Muscles that move the joints are also subject to injury and disease. Injuries to the jaw, head or neck, and diseases such as arthritis,

might result in some TM problems. Other factors that relate to the way the teeth fit together—the bite—may cause some types of TMD. Stress is thought to be a factor. TMD affects women of childbearing age more than men, or older men and women.

There are several ways the TMJ disorders may be treated. Your dentist will recommend what type of treatment is needed for your particular problem or rec- ommend that you be referred to a specialist. Treatment may involve a series of steps. The step-by-step plan is in your best interest because only minor, relatively non-invasive treatment may be needed.

Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. Part of your clinical examination includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Your complete medical history may be reviewed, so it is important to keep your dental office record up-to-date. Your dentist may take x-rays and may make a “cast” of your teeth to see how your bite fits together. Your dentist may also request specialized x-rays for the TM joints.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Estate Planning: Not Just for the Rich and Famous The recent tragic and

Estate Planning:

Not Just for the Rich and Famous

The recent tragic and unexpected deaths of Robin Williams and Joan Rivers have put a spotlight on celebrity estate planning. Following Robin Williams’ apparent suicide, and Joan Rivers’ unexpected passing, questions were raised as to how their families would fare financially. While the topic of one’s own passing is difficult to both consider and discuss, these tragic and unexpected deaths demonstrate how quickly circumstances can change, and how important it is that everyone have an estate plan in place.

At his death, Robin Williams owned

By Linda Melancon

two large properties in California, worth nearly $25 million in equity, placing his net worth at an estimated $50 million. Joan Rivers was also worth a significant amount of money, with recent estimates pegging her net worth at about $150 million. It seems an obvious fact that individuals with such large estates should engage in extensive estate planning. However, individuals with much more modest estates should also engage in extensive estate planning, for many of the same reasons that those with large estates do so.

For instance, it is important to most people that their hard-earned legacy is passed on to their heirs in a particular way. In order to ensure that one’s wishes are realized, some formal, legal document outlining those wishes must be executed. This can take the form of a will or a trust, depending on what it is that the particular individual is trying to accomplish.

For example, after Robin Williams’ passing, it came to light that he had established at least one revocable trust during his lifetime. A revocable trust is a trust that can be altered at any time during the life of the trust’s creator. Assets can be transferred into that trust during the creator’s life and will then pass to the designated beneficiaries following the grantor’s death, without the necessity of succession proceedings. Avoiding

succession means that the trust documents remain private, and do not become a part of public record.

The two very valuable pieces of real estate owned by Robin Williams are held in the name of his revocable trust, allowing those pieces of property to pass to his designated beneficiaries without any succession proceeding. Creating a revocable trust and transferring a significant amount of his estate into that trust was likely important to Robin Williams because it kept the process out of the public eye. Estate planning of this kind can also be beneficial to everyone as succession proceedings can often become a contentious, complicated, and long process.

The existence of Robin Williams’ revocable trust gives his family one less thing to worry about in the wake of his sudden, tragic death. Instead of having to worry about complications with the estate, or long, costly, and possibly contentious succession proceedings, the family can instead focus on their grieving. The value of this piece of mind cannot be overstated, and applies to all individuals; famous or not, with large or modest estates.

Another important consideration when engaging in estate planning is the existence of a living will. Joan Rivers’ passing demonstrates how unpredictable life can be. The seemingly healthy 81-year-old was placed on life support after going into cardiac arrest during what was supposed to be a routine procedure. In an instant, Ms. Rivers’ family was

faced with a number of difficult decisions. While it is known that Ms. Rivers executed a legal document appointing her daughter Melissa as her healthcare agent under her Power

of Attorney, it is not known whether

Ms. Rivers also executed a living will to guide her daughter in making the difficult decisions required in end of life decisions.

A living will is a document that

explains one’s wishes regarding what you want to happen if you are being kept alive by artificial means. Living wills typically include a provision that clarifies one’s feelings about life-pro- longing treatments in the event of incapacitation. Making decisions of life and death with regard to a family

member is no doubt a difficult, painful process, and having a living will in place can certainly help to make that process slightly less painful for your loved ones.

Regardless of the type of estate planning that is chosen, it is undeniably important that everyone, regardless of fame or wealth, engage

in some sort of planning. By doing

so, you are not only ensuring that your legacy pass to your heirs according to your wishes, but you will be also making things much easier for those loved ones you leave behind.

things much easier for those loved ones you leave behind. Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the

Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Louisiana for the past 17 years. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning, special needs planning, elder law and probate. She is also accredited by the VA to give advice regarding veterans’ benefits. For more information, please contact her at 222-744-0027 .You may also visit her website at www.LegacyCenterLa.com.

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And while such a scenario might seem far-fetched -- or, at least, expensive – it’s possible due to the increasingly connected world we live in. It’s the Internet of Things: the virtual representations of real objects in a connected structure. It’s your weather app “talking” to your thermostat to ensure your home is as comfortable and efficient as possible. It’s motion sensors detecting movement and turning on hallway lights so you don’t trip in the middle of the night. It’s pulling up your home automation app and shutting the garage door that you accidentally left open. In short, it’s what makes home automation a reality.

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Rotolo’s Launches Family Night in Ascension Parish Weekly Family-Friendly Event Goes Over Big! Rotolo’s Pizzeria

Rotolo’s Launches Family Night in Ascension Parish

Weekly Family-Friendly Event Goes Over Big! Rotolo’s Pizzeria launched Family Night Monday August 18th at its two Ascension Parish locations (Gonzales & Prairieville), featuring new Kid’s Menu, make-your-own pizzas for children 12 and under, as well as children’s entertainment and new Fruit Sparklers. The entertain- ment varied from location to loca- tion and was a hit with both kids and parents alike.

“My three little ones had a great

time at Family Night. The balloon artist kept the kids’ attention so well and they loved their bal- loons.” said Lee Stromberg.

“It was really fun seeing my kids making their own pizzas and mak- ing faces with the pepperoni they chose. I might have a couple of future chefs on my hands!” said Christy Baker.

The all-new Kids Menu includes many other favorite entrées such as:

• Make-your-own Personal Pizza

• Baked Macaroni & Cheese

• Crispy Chicken Tenders with a side of Zapp’ s chips

• Plate of (penne or spaghetti) Noodles lightly tossed in butter

• Famous traditional Spaghetti with an Italian meatball

The kids really loved the new Fruit Sparklers drinks, too! These fizzy treats come in three flavors:

• Rotolo Razzle – Sprite, cranberry juice

& a splash of cherry juice

• Rotolo Fizz – Sprite, orange juice and

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• Rotolo Berry-Licious – lemonade

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If you’re a fan of flavored milk, they’ve got you covered there too with chocolate or strawberry Nesquik.

Rotolo’s Pizzeria invites families throughout Ascension Parish to participate in Family Night, avail- able every Monday from 5 pm – 9 pm at the Prairieville (17530 Airline Hwy., Ste. C) and Gonzales (1402 N. Burnside) locations.

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Gram Theft Parsons

…”20,000 roads I went down, down, down-And they all led me straight back home to you…” from “Return of the Grievous Angel” by Gram Parsons.

I saw where Baton Rouge played host to Don McLean a few weeks ago-the singer-songwriter forever associated with the 1972 Song of the Year “American Pie”. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died”-that February 3rd day in 1959 when a plane crash killed teen idols Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”). I’m surprised that no creative soul ever bothered to write a copycat version about the events of the early 70’s when rock lost three members of the “27 Club”- Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Every guitar player who ever picked up a Fender Stratocaster tried valiantly to emulate Hendrix’s wild psychedelic solos- even though he was playing them left-handed on an axe strung upside down.

Likewise, every blues singer wanted to wail like our Port Arthur neighbor Joplin when she lost her “Bobby McGee”. And every William Blake mystic-“The roads of excess lead to the palace of wisdom…” -wanted to “Break on Through to the Other Side” with Morrison and The Doors. But the drugs of those times took their toll and all three died at the age of 27 within 10 months of each other in 1970-71 leaving us children of the 60’s wondering where the next legends would come from. The Beatles had broken up so they weren’t coming back to save our musical souls like they had in

1964. But there was a glimmer of

hope from Southern rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd who claimed fans throughout Dixie when they answered Neil Young’s scathing “Southern Man” with “Sweet Home Alabama”. And from out West, groups like the Eagles were starting to incorporate elements of country music into rock-a strategy that had worked for several artists in the 60’s including Ray Charles. For us sons of the South who had grown up on Hank Williams but could also pick out “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin, it was a welcome change. And leading the charge was a charismatic, long-haired country

boy from Waycross, Georgia, named Gram Parsons. Parsons was the classic “walking contradiction” when he signed on with the Byrds to play keyboard. He was now a member of one of the most popular rock bands in the country, yet he often wore a Nashville-style Nudie suit and cowboy boots. The Nudie suits popularized by country singers often had individual designs-Porter Wagoner’s had a wagon wheel, for example. Gram’s suit had some 5-leaf marijuana plants and numerous colored pills stitched into the outfit and red flames roared up from the bell-bottomed pants. After September 19, 1973, some remembered it as an eerie omen of

realized these “hippies” could really play and sing. A Merle Haggard cover was supposed to follow but that’s when Parsons shocked the Opry establishment by stepping up to the mike and announcing, “My grandmother’s been listening to the Opry all her life and this is a song I wrote for her.” He then launched into his haunting classic “Hickory Wind” to the dismay of the Nashville establishment that banned the band for life. However, several performers waiting in the wings including Opry regular Skeeter Davis were seen applauding the Byrds as they left the stage. Years later after leaving the Byrds, Parsons and bandmate

Years later after leaving the Byrds, Parsons and bandmate things to come. Parsons was a huge

things to come. Parsons was a huge fan of George Jones and Merle Haggard and he persuaded Byrd’s front man Roger McGuinn to move the band to a more country style. After the band scored a big hit with a distinctively country version of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”, the Byrds were even invited to appear on the sacred stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The long-haired youngsters endured the catcalls raining down in Ryman Auditorium and won some moderate approval with “…Nowhere” when the rednecks

Chris Hillman would write a song about Nashville’s iconic radio and TV host Ralph Emery called “Drugstore Truck Driving Man” to commemorate the event. A modified version of that song directed at then-governor of California Ronald Reagan was performed at Woodstock by Joan Baez. Parsons and Hillman formed a new band-“The Flying Burrito Brothers”-which was met with critical acclaim but little financial success. That just seemed to fire Gram up as he pushed even harder to get the world to accept his

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self-proclaimed Cosmic American Music (He hated the term “Progressive Country”.). After the demise of the “Burritos”, he hooked up with a female singer who looked like a goddess and sang like an angel-one Emmylou Harris. The duo hit a harmony with George Jones weepers and Parsons’s originals like “Las Vegas” and “Grievous Angel” that struck a chord with all the “truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels…” who had one foot in the rock world of the 60’s and one foot in the Southern country world. Parsons even influenced one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time-the Rolling Stones. On a visit to England, he met Keith Richards and stayed with him after refusing to go to South Africa on a tour because of the apartheid policies. There, the two played guitars together-among other things-and one of the Stones’ biggest hits- “Honky Tonk Woman” was originally recorded as a country song (Check out “Country Honk” one day when boredom overtakes you.) apparently thanks to Parsons’s influence. The strange trip that was Gram Parsons’s life does not even compare to the strange set of events surrounding his death. Gram was obsessed with UFO’s and would often go out to a place in southeastern California known as Joshua Tree with McGuinn, Hillman and Richards to look for flying saucers and get high. In fact, a song called “Mr. Spaceman” was a hit for the Byrds-and clearly a country-inspired record. On September 19, 1973, Parsons returned to Joshua Tree with some friends to celebrate the completion of a new album. After day-long drug and alcohol use, he was found unresponsive in a modest inn and taken to a local hospital. He died in the Hi- Desert Memorial Hospital at the age of 26-two months short of the “27 Club”. Now the story-be it myth, legend, exaggeration or any combination of the three-really gets weird. Gram and his manager Phil Kaufman had made a pact at the funeral of a mutual friend that whoever died first, the survivor would take the other guy’s body out to Joshua Tree in the desert, have a few drinks and burn it. Enter Gram’s stepfather Bob Parsons who had pulled some

shady deals in-where else-New Orleans-and believed if he got the remains back to Louisiana, he could lay claim to Gram’s money using the Napoleonic Code. When Kaufman learned of Bob Parsons’s plans, he did what any ex-con who had served time with Charlie Manson would do-he took to drinking and devised a plan. After downing a fifth of courage, Kaufman recruited Michael Martin-an old hippie with a hearse he used for “camping” and headed for the airport. The drunken duo arrived at the loading dock just as a flatbed truck with Gram’s casket rolled up. Kaufman somehow convinced an airline employee that the family had changed its plans and wanted to ship the body on a privately, chartered flight. While Kaufman signed a phony name to the paperwork, a policeman pulled up outside threatening the entire operation. But incredulously, the officer helped the body snatchers load the casket into the unlicensed, liquor-filled hearse. Despite hit- ting a wall on the way out, Martin and Kaufman left the airport with the body of Gram Parsons. They stopped at a service station and filled a gas can with premium fuel (“I didn’t want him to ping,” Kaufman later said.) and headed out for Joshua Tree.

When they reached a place called Cap Rock, a formation near the Joshua Monument, they unloaded the coffin, doused it with gasoline and lit it. A giant fireball erupted into the desert night sucking Gram Parsons’s ashes into the starry sky. Soon, the highway patrol was in hot pursuit, but according to one officer, “encumbered sobriety” prevented the law from catching up with the cremators. Kaufman and Martin laid low for a couple weeks and then turned themselves in on November 5, 1973-Gram’s 27th birthday. They were fined $708 in damages for the coffin and $300 each for body snatching and released. Kaufman then threw himself a party to raise money to pay the fine-“Kaufman’s Koffin Kaper Koncert”, it was called-with music by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers of “Monster Mash” fame. Bob Parsons never made a dime off Gram Parsons and died a year later. Gram Parsons-like Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and so many others-was so far ahead of his time that he could shake, rattle and roll the status quo and get away with it on sheer talent. Unfortunately, these geniuses got caught in the same

sticky web of drugs that took away so many of their peers. Gram’s buddy Keith Richards (How is he still alive?) gave a fitting eulogy-“He loved country music, but he really didn’t like the country music business and didn’t think it should be angled just at Nashville. The music’s bigger than that. It should touch everybody.” If you happen to be reading this on or around September 19, pull up an old Gram Parsons’s song on YouTube and see what you think. Then find some of those bands like Synyrd and see what you get when you combine Southern rock and country. Maybe Cosmic American Music.

Epilog-

A few closing notes…There was

a movie called “Gram Theft Parsons” made in 2003 starring Johnny Knoxville as Phil Kaufman.

Some of the accounts of Gram’s death in this article were stolen-I mean –borrowed from excerpts from Kaufman’s book.

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I’ve heard some dumb things.

After 12 years of publishing this Bully article I wonder where the next inspiration will come from and everyday life provides it without fail. It befuddles me everytime as to how much human fodder there is out there to exploit.

This month the news media broke the news the day before the 4th of July. The very popular pinic favorite, watermelon, is also a soothing pleasant enhancement to a relation- ship with the same effect as Viagra. The only catch is that you don’t need to eat the red juicy part. A person needing this personal lift needs to eat the rhine. Now I love watermelon and I didn’t need any encouragement to enjoy the flavor of the fruit but now I am going to be like Popeye and jump on the rhine like Popeye loves spinach.

I can see me eating a melon like a

squirrel eats a hickory nut. I’ll eat it from the outside in. Can you imagine couples asking questions like, “Did you chill the melon? No. “I left it out on the porch to keep it HOT!!!!!” Now what do we do about thumping the melon to determine the melon’s ripeness. Are ripe, hollow sounding melons the best or should we grab the stiffest, greenest rhined melons available. “The greener the rhine, the better the time,” I say.

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be planting melons like I plant tomatoes. I don’t necessarily need these melon rhines but why look a gift horse in the mouth. This past month I had the opportunity to take a bass fishing trip with one of my best compadres, Mike Rambin. Now Ram claims to be a great fisherman but he can be a pain in the butt sometimes. I remember one time I went fishing with him and he was so obstinant that I’d wanted to jump in the water, swim to the bank and drive my own car home. If I’d only taken my keys!!! It’s really sad to look at his fishing poles. They are black. They look like they have been dipped in tar. I believe he got them in a garage sale or found them and strengthened them by dipping them in tar. Either way I feel sorry for him. On this particular fishing trip the subject of fishing license came

particular fishing trip the subject of fishing license came up. I had just purchased my license

up. I had just purchased my license because as all Louisiana fishermen know fishing license expire on June 30th and need to be renewed after June 30th. Ram said, “I purchased my license in October of last year. I ain’t buying another until my year is up.” Inspection stickers last 1 year, bowling dues 1 year, most everything that a person needs to purchase as a liscense for last for a 1 year cycle. As I spoke to him and pointed out that the law was the law and a new license was needed as of July 1st. He asked the profound question, Why?” Who decided that July 1st was the beginning of “FISHING SEASON”. A resident fishing liscense cost $9.50 for 365 days of fishing in Louisiana unless you purchase it after July 1st. He then said, “All of the 49 states of America follow a common sense approach that a license purchased for 1 year, lasts 1 year.” Only in Louisiana you can buy a yearly license that cost $9.50 for 365 days and also cost $9.50 for 1 day if you want to go fishing on June 30th, the day before July 1st. There is no ‘FISHING SEASON’ and unless the Wild Life and Fisheries CAN’T read simple numbers indentifying when 12 months is up. I believe he’s right. I love this state but quite frankly we must be stupidest state in the union. I guarantee the Wild Life and Fisheries has computers tracking our hunting license, which corresponed to seasons. Can’t their

computers count 12 months. I doubt it. It would require someone to have a brain and to actually use it. Common sense requires that we look at today’s system. Seems a little hinky. I bet someone is getting paid on the side !!!!!!!!

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Although hunting and fishing can be very enjoyable sports there are certain fears and dangers that go along with the two. It could be that because of risks the sports are so exciting. Some hunters are fearful of the dark and really don't care to be out in the darkness by themselves. I spend a lot of time by myself in the darkness. Darkness does not stop me from doing my thing, but I must admit that concerns of my surroundings amplify as the day begins to lose light. It's amazing to me how many people go into the woods without a compass or GPS. I don't own a GPS, but I will always bring a compass with me into the woods. Knowing my way in and out allows me to venture far away from my starting point. There are plenty of hunters that are afraid to get off the beaten path for the fear of getting lost. Rightfully so. If you ever get lost you will experience one of the most uncomfortable feelings of your life. Getting lost will turn a man into a wild animal instantly. My dad found two people that had spent the night lost in the Tensas woods one night. When they saw him in the woods the next morning they refused to leave him and let him hunt. After my dad got them to the road and many thanks had been given there was one last sentence uttered by the lost hunters and it was "I'll never come back here again!" If there's one thing most people are afraid of in the woods it would have to be snakes. I'm not really scared of snakes and they don't keep me out of the woods. That's not to say that I don't look carefully for them and the right species will sure enough send me in the opposite direction quickly when I almost put my foot on it. It's amazing that more hunters don't get bit by snakes than they do. When traveling through the woods I look only directly in front of me. I don't care to look all around me for snakes. A snake that's several feet from a person that doesn't feel threatened as far as I know has never tried to chase a man down. While hunting I try avoid going through particular spots such as tree tops, water holes or thick cover where most snakes will hide. I'll usually go around those spots if I can to avoid a confrontation. Believe it or not, more

people get bit by snakes around their house gardening than hunting or fishing. Naturally I've ran across and will continue to see my share of snakes in the woods. I've been struck at several times and I almost kissed a rattler in a tree top while trying to drive deer out of an area on a warm November day. Although I was only a couple inches away from him, he never attempted to strike or rattle at me. To this day I've never seen a copperhead or rattlesnake get aggressive with me unless I've stepped on it. I can't give the same credit to the cottonmouth. They definitely have a different temperament. Those snakes can be very mean and will very often hold their ground. There's been times when I've seen that big white mouth open from a distance of ten or more feet away. There's times I'll kill poisonous snakes and there are times I'll just turn and walk away. Let's face it, if you kill one you really haven't done a whole lot because there's plenty more out there. One thing for sure, I'll never harm a non-poisonous snake. I hear too many people say they kill them all. That's really not smart because snakes have their place in the environment and a non-poisonous snake is no more harmful than a butterfly. I don't fault anyone for killing a poisonous snake, but every woodsman should learn to distinguish between a venomous snake and a non-venomous snake it's really not that hard to do

Till Next Time,

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Robert Ambeau Rising to the Challenge

Robert Ambeau, a local resident of Gonzales,

Louisiana, has been a Commercial Hot Air Balloon

Pilot for over 28 years and counting.

over 1,800 hours as pilot in command. He has won numerous hot air balloon competitions throughout the years. The 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon State Championship was Ambeau’s fifteenth State Championship, he is also a three time winner of the Mississippi State Championship, and the Southeast Region Champion. His ballooning achievements also include four Key Grab competitions, 1988 Rookie of the Year, and BFA National Champion Points Leader. These competitions have taken Ambeau across the entire country and Puerto Rico.

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Ambeau across the entire country and Puerto Rico. He has A true born daredevil, Ambeau says

A true born daredevil, Ambeau says he has enjoyed heights ever since he was a small child. He has skydived, flew ultralights and powered parachutes. As a young adult he worked as an ironworker on tall buildings and bridges. Ambeau says this fascination with height has led him to where he is today, flying hot air balloons around the country.

Ambeau got his start in ballooning by being approached to be a sponsor at a local balloon rally being held here in Gonzales. He decided to participate and invited his friend Coy Casso to join him. They were to get a ride, but as the weather

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wasn’t cooperative they were not able to. They heard from a Pilot at the event about a large Balloon Event held in Albuquerque, New Mexico and decided to go.

They went to Albuquerque and Ambeau was so excited at being around 600 balloons that he knew he wanted to do this. The next day, he bought a balloon shipped it home and started taking lessons, and loved every second of it.

Ambeau says he was approached by Coca-Cola of Baton Rouge in 1989 at the Nationals in Baton Rouge to fly for and represent them in their

advertising program.

honor to this day to represent such a professional

group of people. John Miller of Coca-Cola of Baton Rouge and all the marketing staff have been a Great Supporter of the balloon activities throughout the years. Ambeau will be flying the Coca-Cola Balloon at this year’s 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival as he has in previous years.

It has been an ongoing

Ambeau says that flying in a hot air balloon is a thrill that few have the opportunity to experience in their lifetime and he is excited to be able to take people up to experience this thrill. His favorite part of flying is taking people up for their first flight and seeing the excitement and thrill on their faces. They will remember this thrill the rest of their lives.

Ambeau also enjoys the competitive aspect of competition in the balloon events. He says that flying to heights of thousands of feet in order to drop down on the target is a thrill he never tires of. Ambeau says he has never lost the excitement because every flight is different.

Ambeau is looking forward to seeing everyone again this year at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on September 26th and 27th 2014, for the 2014 Ascension Parish Balloon Festival.

If you are interested in a hot air balloon flight, Ambeau can be reached at his email at trambeau@cox.net .

Dreams Come True Dance

Dreams Come True of Louisiana held its 18th Annual Na Na Sha Dance at Lamar Dixon Expo. When preparing for an event you have no idea what the out come will be. We were all surprised this was our best year ever for this event. The band, as usual was great, the crowd of close to 1000 enjoyed their evening and showing the DCT video really

event. The band, as usual was great, the crowd of close to 1000 enjoyed their evening
showed everyone just exactly what Dreams Come True is about and was the highlight of
showed everyone just exactly what Dreams Come True is about and was the highlight of

showed everyone just exactly what Dreams Come True is about and was the highlight of the evening. So many people came up to thank various DCT members for doing what we do. Every year the Iron Warriors puts on their event “Blessings of the Bikes” and Dreams

Come True is their chosen charity and gives us a nice donation. This year DCT received $15,000 from Iron Warriors and $2,000 from (the wives) Side Arms.

Once again we had dream kids who were of age working the

$15,000 from Iron Warriors and $2,000 from (the wives) Side Arms. Once again we had dream
$15,000 from Iron Warriors and $2,000 from (the wives) Side Arms. Once again we had dream
$15,000 from Iron Warriors and $2,000 from (the wives) Side Arms. Once again we had dream
$15,000 from Iron Warriors and $2,000 from (the wives) Side Arms. Once again we had dream
concession stand. They want to give back and help future dream kids to receive their

concession stand. They want to give back and help future dream kids to receive their dream, because who better than a dream child knows exactly what receiving a dream brings to the individual!!!

The Jambalaya Festival Association organized and cooked their World Class Jambalaya. We can’t do what we do without our great supporters: LeBlanc’s Food Stores, Mockler’s Beverages, and Lamar Dixon Expo along with so many other great supporters, to many to name. Dreams Come True extends our warmest and most grateful

name. Dreams Come True extends our warmest and most grateful thanks to everyone who was involved

thanks to everyone who was involved for making the night so successful.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

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Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Cajun Stuffed Peppers Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cajun Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

6 minutes

Ingredients:

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Ingredients: 15 jalapeno peppers (cut in half length

15

jalapeno peppers (cut in half length wise – seeds and pith removed)

1

cup small diced white onion

¼

cup small diced red bell pepper

½

cup green onions (sliced)

8

ounces cream cheese (softened)

10

ounces pepper jack cheese (shredded)

Executive Chef

Ben Jarreau

1 lb baby boiled shrimp – rough chopped (90/110)

15

slices of bacon (chopped)

15

slices of bacon (cut in ½)

1 tsp fresh minced garlic

¼ cup bread crumbs

Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper to Taste

Method:

In a pot, bring water to a rapid boil and blanch the jalapeno halves for approx. 2 minutes then immediately scoop them and place them in an ice bath to cool. While the peppers are cooling, in a large mixing bowl, add your cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, garlic, green onions and shrimp. Sauté the onion and red bell pepper until tender then add to the cheese mixture. Next, sauté your chopped bacon until crispy and add to the cheese mixture. (Grease too… YUM) Add the bread crumbs to the cheese mixture and mix well. Generously stuff the peppers with cheese mixture then wrap the pepper with ½ a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Now decide how you want to serve them…

If frying, pre heat oil to 350 degrees. Dust the peppers in flour then into and egg wash, then back into the flour and fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Grilled, fried, baked….?????

If grilling or baking, cook peppers for about 8 minutes or until bacon is to your desired doneness.

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