Day of the Skulls!

Don’t tell my wife!

I’m married to the Queen of Halloween.

Every year all her efforts point to decorating, costuming, and cooking for Halloween. As soon as the day is over, everything returns to what passes for normal around here. If she ever found out about November 9th being Day of the Skulls in Bolivia it would not be good. At the least, it would expand our celebration by ten days. (I can hear the song; “On the tenth day of Halloween my true love gave to me…”) At the worst, she would want to move to Bolivia. Currently, we have no Liquor Barns in La Paz. I’d wither…and then she would decorate my skull.

That’s what this celebration is all about. Dia de los Natitas (Day of the Skulls) is an ancient Bolivian ritual where skulls are decorated with flowers and pampered with cigarettes, coca leaves and alcohol…and serenaded by street musicians. There’s even skull-decoration judging. You gotta wanta party with these guys!

Brad (resident spirit-master of the Barns) has a tequila in the stores named “Kah” that comes in brightly and gruesomely decorated skull-shaped bottles. He must have had today in mind.

My idea of decorating my skull is to comb my hair and slap on my “Robicheaux’s Bait and Boat Dock” baseball cap. I probably wouldn’t win any prizes.

Interesting birthdays today;

–          It’s a big day for actors. Dorothy Dandridge (1922), Ed Wynn (1886), Hedy Lamarr (1914), Mabel Normand (1937), Marie Dressler (1869) and the Incredible Hulk’s buddy Lou Ferrigno (1951) were all born today.

–          My favorite “space” man, Carl Sagan (1934) shares this birthday with folksinger Mary Travers (1936) of Peter, Paul & Mary fame. She was Mary.

–          Baseball gives us slugger Adam Dunn (1979) who probably would not be able to hit pitcher Bob Gibson (1935), but if he did, it would go a lo-o-o-ng way.

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You’d think Kah Tequila would be our drink recipe for Day of the Skulls, but not so fast skull-buster! Today was the day in 1967 the first issue of Rolling Stone was published. This ol’ hippie/geezer can’t let that pass.

Rolling Stone Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Cachaca

½ oz. Ron Diaz Coconut Rum

3 Lime wedges

3 tsp. Vanilla sugar

6 Blueberries

½ oz. Crème de Cassis

Muddle limes, sugar and berries

Add cachaca and rum

Stir with crushed ice

Drizzle with crème de cassis

Slice of lime and blueberry on a cocktail stick for garnish

Serve in a rocks glass

Crank up Mick and the boys!




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