|Picture I took of two |
crawfish wrestling. The one
on the right is winning.
Anyhoo, LG is married to The Boss (no, I already told you, not Bruce Springstein, pay attention). The Boss does have several nicknames that people actually call him, but LG said she thought we should call him this for blogging purposes; she thought he would like it. Done. The Boss (TB) it is.
So, back to the trip. If you haven't been to New Orleans, you should put it on your list. We had a very fun time. Below are the reasons I think anyone (well, anyone who likes fun) would want to go, as well as some interesting information and helpful tips.
1. You can have a walk around beer (or other alcoholic beverage). As you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, there are any number of street-side bars where you can just buy a drink without having to go inside. You barely have to break pace if you have your money ready to go. Who cares if it's 11am and you're not really in the mood for a drink? How can you not when you are allowed to drink it right there on the street.
2. I assume people besides just me see it as a plus that there appear to be way less fake boobs in New Orleans than there were in Las Vegas.
|See. No one looks|
angry or wet.
4. The Mississippi River, which butts up against the city, is not what flooded the city. Lake Pontchartrain, on the other side of the city, is what broke through the levees and flood walls. Also, Lake Pontchartrain isn't really a lake. The Boss said it was an estuary. I looked it up and he's right! The Party just informed me it was he who said it, but I don't really think so. And, let's just remember, The Party did have a walk around beer or two during our stay.
5. The houses that Brad Pitt helped build after the flood have solar panels, are raised in case of future floods, are eco-friendly and are extremely energy efficient. That said, they are a little ugly, on the modern side, and don't match any of the existing architecture. Just saying.
6. City Park is the most awesome city park/recreation area I have ever seen. You should look it up and read all about it. Extremely cool.
7. New Orleans reminded me a little bit of Vulgaria, the imaginary town in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where the giant elf-looking guy captures all the children and puts them in some underground cave because the Baron of Vulgaria hates children. Aside from an occasional toddler being strolled about, there were no kids anywhere. It was dreamy.
|Probably should have|
waited in line. It looks
9. Pick the right people to travel with. Pick.the.right.people.to.travel.with. I am not kidding you. If you have friends you find a little annoying in real life, you are going to find them a lot annoying on vacation. We are very lucky because Party and I love LG and The Boss. We love them in real life and on vacation. We have traveled as couples and with families. Perfect fit. Also, it doesn't hurt if you have a person (TB) who is all about the reconnoiter (it's a word, look it up). TB was up before everyone and would go out in the morning to figure out what was where. You also need a Party. Party and his iPhone were right there any time we were wondering about something. Most times I didn't really need to know, but as you recall, you cannot pose a question to The Party and think he's not going to need to know the answer.
10. You cannot get a bad meal if you try.
11. Lastly, in New Orleans, you can just decide to have a parade. You can even be a one person/ one car/ one float parade. No one cares. If you act like you are leading a parade (even one that exists only in your head), people will step aside or stand on the curb and watch and cheer. I soooooo want to decorate my car and play music and just drive around my neighborhood conducting my own parade.