23.04.2008 - 28.04.2008 26 °C
So having had a bit of a moan about the hurricane I am happy to report that the people in New Orleans seem to be carrying on as best they can. The things that we all associate with New Orleans, music, food, beads and girls flashing people in the street appear to be back on track. I got the impression that the locals who stayed and did the best they could have a sense of community that we would all benefit from. Terrible events, when shared, appear to bring people closer together and forge stronger ties and relationships than humdrum 9 to 5 ever would. Admittedly a thin silver lining to a pretty dark cloud.
So. Jazzfest. Basic idea is a lot of people in the middle of a racetrack with a few beers, great food and lots of music. Very cool. Met up with some of Mark's friends. Super bunch.
Be careful though, they party like rock stars. More evidence of that later. They did do a wonderful job of looking after Mark and myself so ta very much etc. They even found me a large breasted tall chick which was nice.
Not much conversation though so we swiftly moved on.
Some people make an effort clearly. There is a tradition that it rains during the first weekend of Jazzfest but we figured that it was unlikely. As such a few of us were completely unprepared for...
Which soon after resulted in...
Which was probably overflow from the sewers but lets not dwell for too long on that.
The evening centres around the French Quarter (although do not try to pronounce the street names in anything other than southern drawl) and of course Bourbon street.
Bars and music as far as you can walk before you pass out drunk.
We even got to hang around inside a tour bus. Well, a tour winnebago in any case.
They were called LiquorBoxx. Get it? Thought so.
I cannot accurately impart how much music there is in New Orleans at any one time. Sure there is the jazzfest but there is a plethora of bars, clubs and other random venues with live music all night every night. Basic human rights of shelter, food and cable tv have live music added to them in New Orleans. Your average pub band here is probably better than most live acts you can see for under 20 quid (thats 40 American pesos for those of you who don't follow currency markets).
I recommend anyone to come and see it. Its lively, fun, occasionally raucous and the food is out of this world. I wondered what "shock and awe" felt like and I found out in New Orleans.
(Naked hotties not pictured).
So we all had much fun and if I had a calender it would certainly have New Orleans jazzfest in it for 2009.
Moving on again. Back to San Diego and then not sure. Going to hang with Sasho for a few days and think it over. Be well one and all. And to add a degree of responsible blogging please see the below notice regarding safe sex.
p.s. happy birthday dad -will call you tomorrow.