Cuban Liquor which is a quick five minute drive from our hotel or with traffic up to half an hour, is quickly moving up the ranks in regards to my fav liquor stores; which is saying something, given my travelin' ways and intrigue with the "spirit" world.
When I started this show, one thing that everyone told me was that there weren't a lot in the way of local resources.
I'm not going to say its been easy and that the prop houses compare to those in Los Angeles, however after lots and lots of driving and getting pointed in the right direction, every now and then, I have been able to find most everything I need.
It's been challenging, but that makes the job interesting.
Who would have thought that the stainless steel cryogenic tanks the designer had requested would be found out in the swamps?
Getting in from the Rain
I was shopping in New Orleans the other day and on my way back I had to drive through a torrential downpour.
Apparently they had tornado warnings in Baton Rouge. I decided to check out Cabela's and let the storm pass.
It's about half the size of the Bass Pro shop, which means its still enormous.
My favorite area was their gigantic aquariums with all sorts of fish and fauna that can be found in the local waters, including Alligator Garfish, which can get up to 10', and Alligator Snapping Turtle,
getting up to 250 lbs.
You Never Know What You're Going to Find
I went in to Cabela's primarily to check out some of their boots, particularly the high, "snake-bite" proof ones. We have two snake wranglers out at the location. They find and move a few each day, including a rattler that looked to be about 5 or 6 feet long.
And they did have a nice selection, although only in camo and a bit pricier than I was expecting.
What they did have that I wasn't expecting was beef jerky that came in big strips. I had been looking for something like this for a while now, going to several meat stores, talking to hunters, even looking a food dehydrators to do it myself.
And then I stumble upon Arizona Jack's Super Giga Beef Jerky, just what I was looking for, or at least close enough so that I won't need to be slicing and drying meat; more time for gourd carving.
I turned it up a notch, in regards to my physical fitness regime, managing to fit in a couple of days training Brazilian Juijitsu and early 5:30 a.m. yogalates.
So I knew I would be feeling sore, that good kind of post-work out sore, but on Saturday when my bicep muscle kept bouncing around for a good hour with a rather disturbing twisty spasm I was a little perplexed.
And then I remembered my "work-out" at work.
We were making a few fire pits, stone ovens etc., including one for a big bonfire.
Even though I had shopping I needed to be doing, stuff back in the office, lists to make and a bunch of other decorator duties, I couldn't resist getting in there with the guys and moving some heavy rocks.
There were some real good heavy awkward ones, perfect for hitting one's core and stabilizing muscles, as well hitting the forearms and yes the biceps got a good burn too.