New Orleans & Hashtags

“Your dreams to catch the world, the cage, the highway sets the traveler’s stage” – The Avett Brothers

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Holy Humidity. Holy Heat. If Charleston and New Orleans had a sweat baby, this is what it would feel like – a Southern steam bath appaloosa. Wowza.

Even in the heat, we moseyed around the city for a lazy NOLA day. We walked past Jackson Square to see the local artists in their element and to soak in the artwork on display. We caught up with our favorite artist to snatch up a gift for a good friend and headed on through the quarter. We bypassed the folks walking as though they were trudging through molasses – I mean it’s hot folks, but keep the line moving. You can always pick out the non-Southerners in the 900% humidity as they are the slowest walkers in the pack. Completely fine to meander at a snails pace, but I’m here to tell you that you will sweat like a pregnant nun in church regardless of how slow you walk. So move with a smidge of a purpose please.

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We stopped into a few galleries (that had AC) along Royal and made a stop by Alice’s favorite pet store, Chiwawa Gaga – which was closed until about 1pm when the owner strolls in. So we continued on, grabbed a very light lunch (at which we shared a salad and I took down some sweat tea like it was the last beverage on planet earth…and waited until the end of time for my free refill – our server, bless his heart, completely forgot about the refill although profusely apologized for the oversight while I existed in a severely parched state), and headed to the hotel for a dip in the pool during the heat of the day. So the pool was about 90 degrees, so not terribly refreshing, but it was nice with the breeze! After the pool we sauntered back to the pet store to pick up some bandanas and items for the Danes at the rescue (some of which the owner so kindly donated to the rescue to help the pupsters get adopted) before getting ready for the rest of the evening.

Some back story for the next segment – I used to work for Textron Systems and one of the HR groups my team supported works for the Marine & Land Systems business line located in Slidell (which is just on the other side of the Lake). Some of the best people I had the privilege of working with over the last few years work in that office. And today I got to see and catch up with their wonderful HR Director, Allison, and her fantastic husband, Joel.

warehouse district

warehouse district

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Alice and I met up with Allison and Joel at Sac-A-Lait in the Warehouse district for an early dinner before going to see Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers. Words do not describe how delicious the food and cocktails were – and the pictures don’t really do it justice either….but I am including them to brag a little! Not pictured is the gumbo, grilled okra with bacon, grits with goat cheese (be still my chubby, goat cheese loving heart), and purple hull peas. For dessert, aged banana pudding and bread pudding (less raisins…the only way it should be served in my honest food-loving opinion). Totes amaze as Allison would say! Dinner got way more entertaining with the introduction of the fried chicken feet to the table. Yes. Fried Chicken Feet. Toenails included. And there began the evening of hashtagging. More on that to close out the post…

Sac-A-Lait restaurant

Sac-A-Lait restaurant

#spicytoenail

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southern fried quail + grilled spicy watermelon

Deviled crab

Deviled crab

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Damn Thistle

The Horse's Ass

The Horse’s Ass

It was a hilariously wonderful dinner and evening out with Allison and Joel – and they were kind enough to take us on a tour of their new place in an old warehouse with by far the best view in the city. Which we almost didn’t get to see since there was nearly a show-stopping predicament involving an incorrect door code. Thank goodness we went with a 5:30pm dinner reservation (that was for you Allison)!   After checking out the new digs – which is a phenomenal place – we headed over to Champions Square next to the Superdome to catch Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers. And apparently the hula hoop dance troop of the South. Who knew hula hooping was the latest craze at concerts. Made for some excellent people watching. You had those with less than beginner level experience…giving it their all…bless their hearts….all the way to the other extreme of those who had mastered the skill to the point they were basically doing their taxes (quote of the night from Joel) and fixing their hair while at the same time hula hooping. We tried our hand at it….I mean why not. As you can see from the pictures, I ranked 4th of 4! Great music, great friends, and great hula hooping…

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

Allison - such a show off

Allison – such a show off

Joel - excellent effort

Joel – excellent effort

Alice - alternative hula style on display

Alice – alternative hula style on display

Sarah - major hula fail

Sarah – major hula fail

So happy to be able to catch up with my nola friends, and will get to see more tomorrow for brunch!

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In closing…below are some highlights of the hilarious hashtags that commenced at dinner and ran through the rest of the night. Enjoy the conversation:

#spicytoenail

#crustacianandbirdlegs

#stupidwine

#nastyraisins

#gettheraisinsoutofthebreadpudding

#everygrapehasthepotentialtobearaisin

#zipitjoel

#aussiegreyroots

#waterboardingalternative

#doublefiberbreadisforoldies

#nutskinnotraisin

#1721not1722allison

#commitmentorcontribution

#thimbletosawdust

#thimbledanger

#dontbuymegreenbananas

#smarestgirlontheshortbus

#bubbleintheeyeball

#lettuceturnipthebeet

#hulafail

#icancount

#icanteven

Until next time…

– traveljunkE

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