“Laissez les bons temps rouler”-New Orleans Part Deux

…Part Deux of NOLA for NODAC over Halloween…Leggo:

This is going to be really random.  And there are lots of pictures so get excited.

On Sunday, a small group of us explored the city–Which, by daylight, is absolute gorgeous and so rich with a unique culture…Makes my heart flutter.  I loved turning a corner to see a group of musicians going Ham (<–Jason would appreciate that reference).

Below is the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter–It is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in America.  Absolutely gorgeous.

Halloween snuck up on us quickly…I don’t really think we knew what was in store.  However, I convinced JJo to purchase a Mardi Gras mask and boa for our walk down Bourbon on Halloween.  Aren’t we a cute trio?

I also have to mention that during this New Orleans experience I was beyond PUMPED to be reunited with my PIC (partner in crime) Danny.  He’s in his first year of grad work at Oklahoma State University and came to the conference.  He brought me some sweet OSU shirts that I will gladly rep for the National Championship game 🙂

On All Saints Day, we explored the city in the afternoon and stumbled upon a cemetery.  Since New Orleans is so close to the water and sea level, all the graves are on top of the ground instead of buried under.  We explored the Lafayette Cemetery.  This cemetery may look familiar because it was used for scenes in movies like Double Jeopardy and Interview with a Vampire.

After walking through the graves and the gorgeous neighborhood surrounding the cemetery (with houses worth millions of dollars) we ate at a local restaurant.  Sweet potato fries, french fries, fried pickles, fried shrimp po boys, french fries with gravy, chicken fingers…we’re pretty health conscious.

Why is there a picture of the revolving door of the hotel below?  I’ll tell you:  We got back home to refresh before heading for the French Quarter for that night’s festivities.  The hotel lobby was full of people meeting for dinner and drinking at the bar.  I began my journey through the revolving door into the hotel and as I was about to exit, the door suddenly stopped and my head smacked into it.  Rick thought it would be funny to stop the door while I was mid-way through it.  Don’t worry, I fell into the lobby laughing/snorting.  A few groups of folks even gave me an applause.  Oh, and I’m not bitter….but you better watch yer back Rick…

That night we went to the Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras museums.

The next day our plane departed around 9am so we had to leave the hotel super early.  We landed in Charlotte around lunch time and Rick was adamant about getting BBQ (OK…so was I).  But instead of waiting to eat at the gate, Rick proved his incredible talent by walking through a busy airport, dodging suitcases and eating his entire meal.  I was amazed.

Overall, the trip was great.  I had a fantastic time catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging out with the VT NSP crew.  Next year’s conference is in Las Vegas…I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for that yet…dear gussy.

Anyways, my next big adventure is a marathon in Richmond in 5 days.  Get PUMPED!!

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