Alluding to an earlier time while describing
the present, Poppy Z. Brite wrote in Soul Kitchen (2006), “After a long prohibition that would surely have shocked Mark
Twain and his poker buddies…gambling was relegalized in Louisiana in 1991…Originally all boats had been required
to leave their docks and cruise several times a day. None of them wanted to, since gamblers disliked being stuck on the boat
for the entire cruise and would disembark before it set sail. Because the law allowed them to remain in port if sailing conditions
were dangerous, the captains came up with all sorts of creative threats to their vessels: mysterious debris in the lake, approaching
hurricanes as late as Christmas, large flocks of pelicans and other, even more fearsome seabirds.” The author is pictured
with Chris DeBarr at Camp-a-Nella on the lake.