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I feel like 2011--my first complete year in Louisiana--was a pretty good year for me. I still feel positive about my decision to move down here, and the Lomography meetup group has been going well. We picked up another member--our first male member--last month. He's been living and working in South Korea for the past few years, and he made a Shaun of the Dead reference like 10 minutes after we met, so I think we're going to get along.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I got a Christmas bonus (a week's wages--gross, not net) and told that I'm getting a raise. I bought myself a Nook Tablet today, as a post-holiday reward to myself. I'm still going to get most of my reading material from the library, but I can see buying new releases that have waiting lists, or obscure titles that can't be obtained through interlibrary loan. Plus there's magazines, music, games, movies, TV, web browsing.

Jamie and Greg went back to Los Angeles today, and Rian returned to Chicago on Tuesday. I have tomorrow off, then it's back to the grind. But I have the next meetup--in Morgan City this time--next weekend, and Hope and I have discussed doing a Lomography road trip in March. I was thinking either north Louisiana, the Galveston/Beaumont area of Texas, or Mississippi. And by a weird coincidence, she mentioned a restaurant in McComb, MS. That's the town that my father's family was originally from, although he mostly grew up in North Platte, NE. So it's probably going to be Mississippi this time, although I'd like to do more in the future.

One thing I'd like to do different in 2012 is that I'd like to do something for Mardi Gras. I didn't last year, and I kind of felt like I wasted being in south Louisiana. I think I'll probably go see the Krewe of Muses parade in New Orleans. That's an all-female krewe that rolls through uptown the Thursday before Fat Tuesday. Since it's all women, and not in the French Quarter, and not on Mardi Gras the actual day, there's a minimum of the obnoxious shenanigans I associate with Mardi Gras in New Orleans going on: namely, drunk college girls flashing their tits and drunker frat rats trying to date rape anything with boobs.

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