Not so very long ago, Lone Star state representative Dennis Bonnen made the mistake of comparing Katrina evacuee children to those now coming into Texas from Central America. The unfortunate Bonnen made the comment during a government hearing that, “There’s a significant difference. We had to have a teacher who could do coonass in English but here we have to do Spanish and English maybe, and there’s a higher marker.”

Mais la, the language war still wages. Coonass, a word derived from the French conasse, is not what you’d call a society term of endearment. It’s just that the French have always had the magic ability to sound sophisticated while uttering the roughest of terms. And like many cultural terms of familiarity, insiders have greater leeway to fling it around than outsiders.

But in the interest of parley and peace-keeping, we may all want to consider the following:

Texans drive pickup trucks with gun racks; Cajuns drive pickup trucks with gun racks. Texans love their football; Cajuns love their football. Texans love hot, spicy food; Cajuns love hot, spicy food. Texas men are hard-headed and known for their willingness to fight; Cajun men are hard-headed and known for their willingness to fight. Texans like to go bass fishing; Cajuns like to go bass fishing. Texans are big on oil; Cajuns are big on oil. Texas women are renowned for their beauty and Cajun women are renowned for their beauty. Texas is hotter than hell’s basement in the summer; South Louisiana is hotter than a summer day in hell. Texas was originally settled by Spain; Louisiana was originally settled by Spain.

Sounds like Texas might be a coonass.

Victoria Parties at Petroleum Club

The Krewe of Victoria partied with pomp and circumstance on a recent Saturday night. The occasion was their royal announcement of Queen Victoria Sue Lein and Prince Albert David Romagosa. While the VIPs sipped champagne upstairs, members enjoyed the Petroleum Club treatment downstairs. Being social were Sharon Yeoman, David Landry, Dr. Chuck Lein, President Teresa Meza, longtime Victoria lady Ann Knight, pretty Susan Slocum, Betsy Benoit, and Mary Romagosa, who said “This is not his first crown; he’s seasoned.” What we loved: Carolyn French’s new and improved minaudière, Her Majesty’s regal white, and Lynn Crochet’s Maleficent-like headdress.

Dancing at the Beaux Arts Ball

This event just went to the head of the class. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of the Arts chose water as its theme and the rest just flowed. River Oaks hosted the annual fundraiser, which singled out architect emeritus Edward Cazayoux for accolades in addition to showing off its talented students and faculty. We gave the student models an absolute A+ for their masks, and the prize-winning submarine centerpiece put Das Boot to shame. Further proof that we need the arts more than ever was Wesley Saucier, Pam and Ray Stroup, “God of the Sea” Gordon Brooks, associate dean Michael “Mr. Atchafalaya” McClure, point man Hector Lasala, PR czar Aaron Martin, Katie LeLeaux, Kayla Rutherford, and photographer Philip Gould. So many costumes, so little time, but it was tough to beat the Life Aquatic Brad and Mary Landry, Ryan Duplechain, the Heather Spallino quartet or Raoul Blanco’s improv Black Swan.