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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mardi Gras is a season

© Photo by Jeff D. Johnston

cj Sez:  
Mobile, AL, has an ongoing debate with New Orleans, LA, about which is the first U.S. city to celebrate Mardi Gras. Hmm. Well, we know who that is.

This year the Mardi Gras season started with parades on Dauphin Island, AL, February 4, and in Mobile, AL, February 10. And all the parading and Mardi Gras balls won’t quit until Fat Tuesday…Feb. 28!

When I lived in Detroit, Mardi Gras was a one-day affair that many in the area called Paczki Day. Paczki (pronounced "punch-kee" or "ponch-kee") are Polish fried pastries with a variety of possible fillings (shape is similar to a filled doughnut) that every Detroiter must eat each year on Fat Tuesday. Someone in my office would make a 6 a.m. Paczki run to a bakery in Hamtramck where he might have to wait in line for up to an hour to bring back several boxes. Hamtramck is a city located entirely within Detroit city limits and is the go-to location for paczki because it’s been home to thousands of Polish immigrants through the years.

What do you think? Is there a story in there somewhere? A duel between the mayors of Mobile vs. NOLA?  Piotr partook of a poisonous paczki pastry?

Tomorrow, that’s Feb 20 on my calendar, I’m doing another interactive event with Mystery Thriller Week. I’ll be live 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. CST (that’s 10 to 11 a.m. EST). If you have time, stop by and chat a bit. I’ll be giving away a prize or two. And I’d be real happy if you signed up for my quarterly newsletter.  

For all you fans and authors, MTW (which is 500+ strong in 2017) just posted the 2018 sign-up form ….go get it while it’s hot!

The Posse authors gave away a bunch of gift cards and books to some lucky visitors to the cover reveal on Feb. 15. Now we’re gearing up for the actual eBook launch. Mark your calendars for March 15 and come by to see if you can claim a prize.

That’s it for today folks. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


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