Friday, August 17, 2007

Bad Craziness

Recommended to us by friends, we checked out Pal's Lounge in New Orleans on our drive down to Mexico last year. It immediately became our favorite drinking establishment in a city famous for them, partly because both the layout and the general vibe reminded us of the Brooklyn Inn. The early afternoon crowd in any bar is pretty eccentric but unlike most rambling drunkards, these folks actually had interesting stories to tell, mostly about escaping from their attics by rowboat with two or three dogs in tow, that sort of thing. Good times. An island of sanity, so to speak.

So this is disturbing:

A brooding man sat on a blue barstool Wednesday at Pal's Bar, a Mid-City neighborhood joint where, as usual, a dozen or so people drank and swapped stories.

An hour later, the man stood up without a word, whipped out a knife and slashed the stranger next to him. Then he walked methodically toward the door, grabbed a woman, another stranger, and fatally slit her throat.

"It was fingersnap fast," Novak said. "He slashed, walked a few paces, slashed and left. There was nothing, no emotion."


The [alleged] killer only moved to N.O. a month ago, so it's hard to consider this part of the general "Lord of the Flies" descent into madness poisoning so much of the city, but it's still pretty fucked up.

3 comments:

Stacey said...

I recommend that you switch watering holes....try Phillips' in the St. Charles neighborhood....good crowd, no knife play......

Burro Hall said...

The aftermath of a multiple stabbing is when you stand by a watering hole. It's right there in the Drinkers' Code, Stacey.

Stacey said...

I misplaced my Drinkers' Code when I moved a few years back....the upside of the multiple stabbing is that it's probably easier to get a seat at the bar....