Laughing in Louisiana

Trip Start May 08, 2009
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Trip End Jul 06, 2009


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bourbon St.

The first night in New Orleans, I went out right away to the French Quarter. At 5:30PM, some lady walking down the street casually throws her hair to the side and pukes on the sidewalk, still walking; I couldn't stop laughing. Pat O'Brians was having half priced hurricanes and happened to know Alissa and Lori by name....and hugged them like they were family....and had a reserved table at the front...lol. Its a famous piano bar with an older tourist crowd but a great time. We ended up next to some weird old ladies and good looking New Englanders that were even weirder. The guy was being a total dick to the young lady so I pulled her aside and informed her of the rude things he was telling us when she was in the bathroom. She then informed me she already knew this and its like a little role play they do all the time.... we left.
We also saw a Drag show at a gay bar where Alissa found a cute straight guy. We watched the show which was alright and then finally went home. Bourbon street was pretty crowded for a Monday night if you ask me!

Oh yea. Imagine this entire blog post Lori and I laughing.

Biloxi Beach

We decided to hit the beach because it was predicted to be the nicest day Tuesday. The Mississippi Biloxi beach seemed nicer than Miami Beach and also contained a great deal of wildlife. There was washed ashore some sting rays, snails, crawfish, and jellyfish. We tanned while we could and walked out in the shallow and warm Gulf water. Alissa, Lori and I also went to a $4.99 pizza buffet nearby. My mom told me later that she had come down to Biloxi Beach when she was in high school with her church for a mission trip. We also did something involving drinking but I dont remember...:).

Voodoo

Lori and I went downtown and started at a famous donought shop as you can tell by the picture. The powdered sugar got all over us! Lori and I walked around town and jumped into a "Voodoo shop". At first I was very skeptical because I've only heard of the negative aspects of voodoo dolls, etc. Lori informed me of its African and southern origins. I ended up talking to the store owner who showed me all the seven voodoo spirits. I got a doll explaining the seven spirits and am really excited to learn more about Voodoo. The man told me he was raised half Christian, half Cherokee but neither religion accepted him. Voodoo didn't care weather or not he was gay. I found all of this interesting; I consider myself agnostic but I don't have one specific God I would pray to. By default, the Christian God but I think a lot of spiritualities have a lot to offer.
Lori and I also rode the free ferry, pretended like we were going to buy something at Saks 5th ave, and rode the trolley to Audobon park. It was a great day in New Orleans!

Alligators!

Lori took me on a Swamp tour; this is her third time going and she still enjoyed it! The water didn't smell, there were no bugs other than dragonflies, and wow did we see wildlife. Great blue herons, turtles, watersnakes, some rare red canadian bird, kite birds, and alligators galore. Our tour got lucky and met the biggest alligator on the Bayou. He is over 70 years old, over 15 feet long, and will eat any male that comes into his territory. AHHH! We also talked about pre and post Katrina homes in which we saw both (ones rebuilt and ones left for ruin). Lori also showed me the lower ninth ward, talked to me about the corruption in New Orleans, and some of the houses Brad Pitt was working to build. It really explained why some people have decided to give up and move on while others are dedicated to their hometown.

Its my birffday!

For my last night, Lori and I started drinking at 6PM. I finally met their other roommate Katy who disappears after 2 minutes. We left at 8:30PM and went to some bar with dollar drinks. Then we walked to some bar with an amazing band. We met "Mr. Soren", another grade school teacher Lori works with. Both Alissa and Lori are teachers. We were there for quite a while until we decided to finally leave..... well... until on the way back Alissa and Lori met some men who were pretty cute (they prefer African Americans). So we jumped in their car and suv and drove to the french quarter! This guys SUV was awesomeness. Alissa insisted on staying with the SUV guy and Lori and I decided to go to the Regee lounge which, surprise surprise, smelled like pot. Lori went with "her man". I decided to go to the gay bars until I realized I didnt have my phone and didnt want to split up. Two nice people drove me to the regee bar, we picked up Lori and went to another corner bar..... ARE YOU FOLLOWING THIS?!?! Lori and I were wasted and hungry we so walked to a grocery store, picked up hummus, cheese and crackers, walked back to the bar and ate it on the bar. And then we ordered waters (the bartender was pissed). At this point it was 4AM and then Alissa picked us up. dont ask. Oh yea, while we were waiting, some guy named LESTER pinned $5 on me because thats what they do in New Orleans on your birthday? We kissed, ew, and then I waited by Lori. As Lester left, he hopped on his bycicle in which the seat and handlebars were raised more than 7 feet in the air! Oh what a birthday.

Leaving for Houston

Lori had never been on a train before and was very excited to be on one. This is all the things she got excited about on our 9 hour ride to Houston: The old man that thought we would reduce pollution by 90% if Amtrak were on time, all the cute little children, the conductor wearing a hat, that they said "all aboard" as we left a station, that the seats had foot rests, that they had a changing room which was huge, there was a big windowed observation car, the book sharing section, that we could and did have dinner on the train, and countless other things. lol It was a fun 9 hours for the both of us filled with beautiful sites, naps, people watching, and sleep. Here we come Houston!

Sidenote: New Orleans doesnt have recycling! It was so hard to throw away things like paper, plastic, glass.... it just didn't feel right.
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