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AUGUST: THE BOOKEND OF A HOT SUMMER THINGS TO SAVOR, THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Someone asked me recently what my favorite thing about August was. I said, “It’s too hot for anything to be my favorite.” That isn’t completely true. August is the sweltering bookend of the Louisiana summer that seems long, but we miss it when it’s gone. You could chalk my momentarily cynical attitude up to the heat of the day.
the Fourth of July, and the little adventures they went on with their friends. They’ll think fondly of those lazy afternoons on the riverbanks with their lines in the water.
Of course, they have evenings and weekends to keep that up, just as we do. But when I was a kid in school, I certainly daydreamed about those quiet afternoons by the water, impatiently waiting to catch a crawfish or two.
When I really reflect on August, my mind goes to the upcoming months when we’ll miss summer the most. We’ll have periods where the wind and rain will sting, and the temperatures will cool down so much that we can’t let our screen doors filter the chilly air. Even though the heat can be suffocating, we ought to make a final note of the joys of summer.
The kids accept their fate, but summer doesn’t always go so quietly. You and I both remember how bad the
floods were last year; the rain seemed relentless. They say the floods cost $10–15 billion in damages. Likewise, August finds us in the peak of hurricane season. I pray that whatever comes, we can be safe, and that our law firm can do its part to help the community in times of crisis.
One demographic is particularly skilled at appreciating summer and everything that comes with it. At the end of August, the school bells ring and class begins for the young people of our community.
Whatever happens, at least we have football to look forward to. It seems to me that Ed Orgeron has put together a great team this year that can compete against other strong SEC teams. We also have the Warriors of Oakdale and other area high school teams to tailgate for and support. There’s nothing like a good game of football to bring a community together.
Just as I miss the warmth, I also find myself missing the steady noise of children playing around the neighborhood. Their laughter, often confused for ruckus, is one of the little things that makes our town feel like a community. If they’re anything like me, the pupils will spend periods of their class time daydreaming about the freedom of summer. In their minds, they’ll replay the pool parties, the sights and tastes of
From us to you, enjoy the rest of your summer!
– J. Cra ig Jon e s a nd Cra ig Ra y Hill
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THE BEST WATER SPORT YOU HAVEN’T TRIED YET Why You Should Get Into Stand-Up Paddleboarding Today!
It’s the end of summer in some areas of the country, but if you live down south you can still take
paddleboard, and Maui surf legend Laird Hamilton was the first person to bring SUP to the continental United States.
Most stand-up paddleboarders aim to battle the waves to challenge their balance and core strength, but you don’t need to live by the ocean in order to enjoy paddleboarding. Wide lakes, lazy rivers, and even fierce rapids can all be perfect places to paddleboard. Basically, if you can bring a canoe, you can SUP there, too. Many outdoor gear providers across the world rent out SUP supplies now, so you can try it out with your friends before fully investing in the sport. Part of what makes SUP so fun is how the simple premise has been adopted into so many other activities. SUP enthusiasts created specially designed paddleboards for fishing, yoga, racing, and even touring the open ocean. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy these last days of summer and have some fun out on the water!
advantage of the warm weather and jump into the world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). This sport
is exactly what it sounds like. You stand on a paddleboard — like a surfboard but wider and more buoyant — and use a long paddle to glide across water. It sounds simple enough, but with a 200 percent boost in gear sales in the last year alone, SUP fans can tell you how much fun “simple” can be. Stand-up paddleboarding has ancient roots in African, Peruvian, and Hawaiian cultures. Thousands of years ago, each independently developed traditions of traveling across the water while using a paddle and a longboard. However, it was the Hawaiians who surfed the big waves with a
Summer Striped Bass With the Right Bait Strategy, You’ll Catch ’Em All
Striped bass are seldom thought of as a summertime fish, but with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster fish! The following are Bass Pro Shop’s four live bait fishing strategies for summer striped bass. PLANER BOARD TACTICS In the summer, striped bass tend to prowl shallow bars, shoals, and flats early and late in the day, and they retreat to their holes once the sun gets high. These fish are highly catchable even midday when planer boards are used. When fishing with shad, use a standard offshore planer board, and add a large split ring to the trailing end. Hook the shad upward through both lips, peel off 6 to 12 feet of mono or braid, and pinch the release to the line. The split ring keeps the board on the line when the striped bass strikes, which means you won’t have to chase your board downstream after you reel in your bass. FLOAT FISHING Suspending a lively bait beneath a cork bobber or balloon is a great river technique. Sometimes the fish won’t take the bait the first time you pass by, so remember to be patient. Also, don’t be afraid to cast a baited float
line into any good-looking striped bass spot you come to, whether or not you’ve raised fish from the spot.
DOWN LINES Bluff banks, popular haunts for striped bass in hot weather, are best fished with
downlines — a bread-and-butter striped bass presentation method that slackwater reservoir anglers use when targeting fish suspended in open water. Make sure you keep your bait positioned above or at the level of the striped bass. BOTTOM FISHING Striped bass feed on baitfish on or close to the bottom, which makes bottom fishing a great option at night. Using a heavy sinker, anchor above a hole and cast your bait on a stout hook. Allow your line enough slack so that the bait can move and attract the attention of a striped bass. If you crave fast action, bottom fishing isn’t for you.
Use these techniques to reel in a massive striped bass this summer. Happy fishing!
Wrongful Death What Are the Next Steps?
Deaths resulting from defective products such
Last month we talked about offshore injuries and just how many injuries happen on the job. But what if what happens is worse than an injury? Offshore oil and gas workers are seven times more likely to die on the job than the average American worker, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you lose a loved one, your grief may be compounded by frustration and anger. You have to deal with external problems including medical bills, legal arrangements, and other things having to do with wills, trusts, and the funeral — all on top of coping emotionally. You also have to make a decision about seeking financial compensation for wrongful death.
as auto equipment, pharmaceuticals, or appliances rushed to market or poorly designed
As you go through this, you’ll need help establishing negligence, deliberation, or recklessness. Then you’ll need to determine the worth of the case through net accumulations. In this difficult time, it will be
Wrongful death is defined as negligent, deliberate, or reckless behavior. Examples of this include ...
• Negligence of a maritime company in launching unseaworthy vessels • Medical Malpractice, including cases where highly paid obstetricians and hospitals cause birth injuries • Car accidents caused by drunk drivers or negligent commercial truckers
comforting to have the help of a professional who can be sensitive yet practical. We have experience
in these cases, and we’re hard-pressed to think of anyone who could ever need our support more.
Make the most of these last few summer weeks and wrangle the kids for this fun, easy dessert! You can even save the leftovers in the freezer for those busy back-to-school nights. Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches
4 ounces dark chocolate pieces, melted
24 Ritz (or generic butter round) crackers
1 pint of your favorite ice cream
1. Melt chocolate pieces in a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir until smooth and drippy. 2. Arrange crackers, bottom side up, on a cookie sheet. Use fork to drizzle melted chocolate over crackers, then place them in freezer to cool quickly.
3. Remove crackers from freezer and place small ice cream scoop in the center of 12 crackers. Press remaining crackers, chocolate side down, onto the ice cream scoop. 4. Freeze at least four hours before serving. Wrap individual sandwiches in plastic wrap to store in freezer for up to seven days — but they’ll never last that long.
Recipe inspired by joythebaker.com.
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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
August 1914 may be the most important August in history. Tensions had been simmering in Europe for years, and in August the first shots were fired — the beginning of World War I. Patriotic jingoism amongst European nations soon turned to horror as the full picture of mechanized slaughter became clear to all. By the end of 1914, a million European soldiers and citizens had been killed in the trenches and city streets. The war would claim the lives of 15 million more — and the souls of a rapidly globalizing world. The war put immense pressure on lines of supply, pressure that was intensified by intentional blockades of civilian food supplies by both sides. Historian N.P. Howard writes that these blockades “spread death and disease, as famine encroached upon the civilian populations of Central Europe.” Blockades on some countries, especially Germany, were not lifted after the war ended in 1918. These punitive measures resulted in needless death and more tensions between Germany and the rest of the world — which led to the Second World War a few decades later. Some countries fared better. America and Canada, untouched at home across the Atlantic, found what Canadian Lieutenant Timothy C. Winegard describes as “a context of nationhood and a sense of pride
in an achievement” as new-world nations testing their mettle. This was particularly true in America, which entered the war relatively late to topple the German alliance. It was the United States’ first European intervention.
But in August 1914, nobody knew any of that. Not
the world leaders, not the men and women back home, and certainly not the millions of soldiers headed for the trenches. It was a lesson the world would never forget, even when war broke out again two decades later.
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