Plaquemine & Iberville Parish

These are just some digital shots, I also shot 2 rolls of 35mm in my LC-A+ and some instants with my Land camera–chocolate and B&W, the film was expiring so I wanted to use it–that came out BEAUTIFUL. One day I’ll get a scanner.

The weather has been GORGEOUS for the past couple of weeks, cold and mostly sunny. I’m one of those weirdos that enjoys cold weather–I find it exhilarating–and since I moved to south Louisiana I treasure cold days like rare jewels. It’s unusual to get such a long stretch so late in the winter, when we do get actual cold weather it’s usually in January. Tomorrow it’s going to be warmer and may rain; Wednesday it will be nice (to me) again; then it looks like a steady warming. So this week is probably the end of it, and before you know it, those ghastly stinging caterpillars will be swarming all over everything. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as VENOMOUS CATERPILLARS until I moved here. It seems like the farther south you go, the more poisonous and aggressive everything becomes. Maybe the late cold weather will have thinned the herd? Fingers crossed.

Saturday I spent the day in Plaquemine and the surrounding countryside. Plaquemine is the seat of Iberville Parish, but it’s only about half the population of Abbeville, Iberville is an even more rural parish than Vermilion. However, their downtown looks like it belongs to a bigger town; the Plaquemine Lock was in operation until 1961 and I assume that brought a lot of money into the town. It’s a historic site now, with a park and a museum. Anyway, I had driven through the town a couple of years ago on my way to White Castle and thought it was pretty, I’ve been meaning to get back.

I also spent some time driving along LA-405, which runs alongside the Mississippi. I love the River Road highways between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, you never know what you can find.

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I re-visited the “smallest church in the world”, the Madonna Chapel in Bayou Goula. I saw it a couple years ago. They leave the key in the mailbox for visitors, you can just let yourself in.

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I came across this cemetery in (I think) Point Pleasant. The oldest graves date to the 18th century.

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This was on a mausoleum. I’ve always thought cherubs were creepy, especially when they’re eyeless and crusted with dead bugs.

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It had some interesting monuments that were a little worse for wear.

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This obviously used to be a trailer park, you can see the old foundations and the bank of mailboxes was never removed, but someone’s using the land to graze horses now.

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This is the lock, the building is the old lockhouse and is now a museum. The Plaquemine Lock was designed by the same engineer who later designed the lock on the Panama Canal and was the first governor of the Canal Zone.

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Plaquemine for the most part still looks fairly prosperous–the town didn’t dry up and blow away when the lock shut down or anything. But there were a few creepy old buildings on some of the main streets, and this was the creepiest. How terrified do you think the neighborhood kids are of this place?

This Wednesday Trish and I are going to Mississippi and I’m so excited! Weather for the Natchez area is a high of 59 and 0% chance of rain, so it looks like a perfect day to shoot.

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rooster sauce, the tabasco of southeast asia

One of the first things I did when deciding I was going to move down here for reals was Google “Asian grocery stores Lafayette Louisiana”. (I didn’t figure looking within Vermilion Parish was even worth it.) There are 2 on Johnston Street, one of which — S&P Oriental Groceries — I went to today.

Calling it a grocery store is a little grand, it’s about the size of a 7-11. Used as I am to 99 Ranch, which is easily as big as a Safeway, it crushed my soul a little bit. And they didn’t have milk tea, because the predominant Asian group in this area is Southeast Asian, and milk tea is really more of a Taiwan/Hong Kong/Singapore thing. They also didn’t have Calpico (which is Japanese). 😦

But they did have Sriracha sauce, which I bought a bottle of, more out of nostalgia than out of any real need for Thai chili sauce. (Although if I have it, it will definitely get used.) And they also had Pocky! And flying fish eggs! Plus those tiny fruit gelatin cup thingies that can’t be sold under American labels, because kids here are too stupid not to choke to death on them, or something.

Like I said, the other one is on the same street, but it’s several blocks away, so we didn’t have time. I’m going to check it out at some point, though. Google also turned up one in New Iberia.

The main mission of today was to buy workout clothes at Target, so I can join the gym if my stupid unemployment check ever comes. (It takes twice as long, since I am no longer mailing the form from within the state.) I also looked for the automotive GPS I wanted, but Wal Mart told me it had been “recalled”, and Best Buy wanted $30 more for it. And when I checked on Amazon, it had suddenly shot up to $199, from $128.

Umm, okay, fuck this shit. I don’t know what is going on with this brand/model, and I no longer give a crap. I am walking into Wal Mart tomorrow with a fistful of cash, and then walking out with the best TomTom model that I can afford and that they have in stock. There’s no way I’m getting a Garmin, because my parents have one of those, and my mother never. stops. screaming at it.