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(WWLTV New Orleans)   Actor Hugh Laurie, King of Bacchus, on New Orleans: "I didn't come for awhile, because you have this image of a place in your mind, and then you get there, and it's all banks and shoe shops. That's not the case here"   (wwltv.com) divider line 52
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2014-03-01 01:26:07 PM
What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.
 
2014-03-01 01:39:52 PM
Thanks, Hugh! Have a blast!
 
2014-03-01 02:15:12 PM

thamike: What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.


You mean Natchitoches, don't you?
 
2014-03-01 02:35:12 PM

gnosis301: thamike: What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.

You mean Natchitoches, don't you?


Yeah, I was trying to spell it phonetically for the unacquainted. "Nackatush" would've probably been more accurate.  It's just one of those words, you know?
 
2014-03-01 02:57:26 PM
Can't wait for Mardi Gras day... I basically get to party in the streets from 10am on while all my clients and vendors around the country have to work ;)
 
2014-03-01 02:59:05 PM

thamike: What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.


Indeed... New Orleans is great (I'm biased)... but much of Louisiana outside NOLA is totally something people should explore.  I'd add Breaux Bridge to your list... and if you haven't been there, its very nice.
 
2014-03-01 03:17:13 PM
I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.
 
2014-03-01 03:34:29 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.


Nah, probably lupus
 
2014-03-01 03:59:38 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.


Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.
 
2014-03-01 04:15:15 PM
You just have to act your age
Or wind up inside a cage
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobacky
and the women wicki wacki woo.
 
2014-03-01 04:15:36 PM

thamike: What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.


Except we call them crawfish.  And Sabine parish is really a piece of racist backwoods Texas.

I would reccomend Terrebone, Lafource, Orleans, and Lafayette parish respectively.  Nagadoches is in Texas proper.
 
2014-03-01 04:16:18 PM

FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.


Not if you do it past St. Anne Street.
 
2014-03-01 04:28:25 PM

theflatline: thamike: What I love is the backroads--Sabine Parish, Nagadoches, weeping willows and crawdad shacks.  That's what makes Louisiana magically terrifying yet sedating.

Except we call them crawfish.  And Sabine parish is really a piece of racist backwoods Texas.

I would reccomend Terrebone, Lafource, Orleans, and Lafayette parish respectively.  Nagadoches is in Texas proper.


Like i said.
 
2014-03-01 04:39:21 PM
I didn't come for a while. Fuskator was down.
 
2014-03-01 04:42:02 PM

theflatline: FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.

Not if you do it past St. Anne Street.


Ah yes, the good old Bourbon Pub and Parade.  Very nice walk up bar, cheap and efficient.  Friendly to us straights that walked a block too far, although generally the banners are a good enough giveaway.
 
2014-03-01 05:03:39 PM
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2014-03-01 05:16:55 PM
To be honest, you'll need new shoes after trolling the streets during Mardi Gras.
 
2014-03-01 05:34:15 PM
I'd love to go to New Orleans during non-Mardi Gras times.
 
2014-03-01 05:43:36 PM

FloridaWombat: theflatline: FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.

Not if you do it past St. Anne Street.

Ah yes, the good old Bourbon Pub and Parade.  Very nice walk up bar, cheap and efficient.  Friendly to us straights that walked a block too far, although generally the banners are a good enough giveaway.


I am straight and the Pub has always been one of my fav bars in the city.
 
2014-03-01 05:53:02 PM

StrikitRich: To be honest, you'll need new shoes after trolling the streets during Mardi Gras.


I'll bet you $20 I can tell you where you got those shoes.
 
2014-03-01 06:13:09 PM
i went to New Orleans back in January for the first time ever. It's exactly like I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised by that fact. I want to go back immediately as I didn't get to explore nearly enough. Food was sublime.
 
2014-03-01 07:21:57 PM
Indeed. New Orleans is one of the few that grew to be a large city without losing its culture and identity. Probably due in large part to how they preserved the French quarter and didn't just sell to whichever developer was willing to write the biggest check. One of the few places in America that has this sense of history. From being French, to Spanish, to American, a lot of the original buildings are still standing.
 
2014-03-01 07:38:41 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Indeed. New Orleans is one of the few that grew to be a large city without losing its culture and identity. Probably due in large part to how they preserved the French quarter and didn't just sell to whichever developer was willing to write the biggest check. One of the few places in America that has this sense of history. From being French, to Spanish, to American, a lot of the original buildings are still standing.


Actually, I bet it's more due to the termites and fungus than some kind of sense of history.
 
2014-03-01 08:00:08 PM

theflatline: am straight and the Pub has always been one of my fav bars in the city.


ditto, good, friendly peeps

And afterward head over to Clover Grill (corner of Bourbon and Dumaine) for the fluffiest omelet, a damn tasty hamburger,  some hash browns, a decent cup of joe, a damn fair price for the French Quarters AND
some free entertainment from the fabulous counter/kitchen staff and the usual late night suspects.

www.neworleans.com
 
2014-03-01 08:32:08 PM
I'm going to NOLA for 4 days in April. I cannot wait.
 
2014-03-01 08:53:35 PM

empres77: I'd love to go to New Orleans during non-Mardi Gras times.


I did two Mardi-Gras during college, and it they were both great and terrible, because unless I was a college student, I'd never want to do it, nor be able to live through it.

So go do Jazz Fest.  It's right before the weather gets truly horrendous, adults make up the majority of the tourists, and you can take in N.O. nice and slow like it's meant to be appreciated.  I've been to three so far, and they were always great.  There's still enough inappropriate behavior to let you know you're in New Orleans, but the music is great and the crowds are thin enough that you can make your way around with ease.  If you don't have a room on Bourbon street, then make sure you're with a crowd - got mugged in 1996 on a side street.
 
2014-03-01 09:16:02 PM
I just wish I could find a gorram paczki somewhere in Baton Rouge, but nooooo, it's all king cake and babies.
 
2014-03-01 09:33:28 PM

FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.


Being blah and having three joints will get you there even faster.
 
2014-03-01 09:52:24 PM

theflatline: FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.

Not if you do it past St. Anne Street.


TRUE DAT!!!
 
2014-03-01 10:07:14 PM

Lsherm: empres77: I'd love to go to New Orleans during non-Mardi Gras times.

I did two Mardi-Gras during college, and it they were both great and terrible, because unless I was a college student, I'd never want to do it, nor be able to live through it.

So go do Jazz Fest.  It's right before the weather gets truly horrendous, adults make up the majority of the tourists, and you can take in N.O. nice and slow like it's meant to be appreciated.  I've been to three so far, and they were always great.  There's still enough inappropriate behavior to let you know you're in New Orleans, but the music is great and the crowds are thin enough that you can make your way around with ease.  If you don't have a room on Bourbon street, then make sure you're with a crowd - got mugged in 1996 on a side street.


Cool, thanks!
 
2014-03-01 10:20:48 PM

redmid17: I'm going to NOLA for 4 days in April. I cannot wait.


JazzFest?  If not, JazzFest.


/Happy Mardi Gras to all my fellow NOLA Farkers
 
2014-03-01 10:22:48 PM

empres77: Lsherm: empres77: I'd love to go to New Orleans during non-Mardi Gras times.

I did two Mardi-Gras during college, and it they were both great and terrible, because unless I was a college student, I'd never want to do it, nor be able to live through it.

So go do Jazz Fest.  It's right before the weather gets truly horrendous, adults make up the majority of the tourists, and you can take in N.O. nice and slow like it's meant to be appreciated.  I've been to three so far, and they were always great.  There's still enough inappropriate behavior to let you know you're in New Orleans, but the music is great and the crowds are thin enough that you can make your way around with ease.  If you don't have a room on Bourbon street, then make sure you're with a crowd - got mugged in 1996 on a side street.

Cool, thanks!


For the record, you'll overpay for this year if you hit it.  Plan for 2015.

Otherwise, stay outside the city and bus in.  Parking will kill your budget.
 
2014-03-01 10:37:25 PM
Sorry I'm missing the fun this year. See you next year
 
2014-03-01 10:50:41 PM

mooseyfate: redmid17: I'm going to NOLA for 4 days in April. I cannot wait.

JazzFest?  If not, JazzFest.


/Happy Mardi Gras to all my fellow NOLA Farkers


*waves from Camp and Foucher*  Yay!  Nola farkers.  You guys ever do FARK parties?
 
2014-03-01 10:54:39 PM
Been quite a while since we've had a Nola fark party (not including the World Fark Party, of course.)
 
2014-03-02 12:37:39 AM
Ya you right! I'll be at Camp and Napoleon. Cold drinks, Popeyes, and hubig pies.

/you got them on ye' feet.
 
2014-03-02 01:35:45 AM
I really want to head back when the Seahawks play the Saints again down there.....which might happen in 2015.

/My first/only trip there was for a bachelor party in September 2011.
//Our trip almost took place during Southern Decadence.
 
2014-03-02 01:46:59 AM

vicejay: Been quite a while since we've had a Nola fark party (not including the World Fark Party, of course.)


MetryPapi: Ya you right! I'll be at Camp and Napoleon. Cold drinks, Popeyes, and hubig pies.

/you got them on ye' feet.


Hitting Bacchus tomorrow in front of the Arcadia building on St. Charles tomorrow evening.  Be safe, everyone!
 
2014-03-02 04:24:37 AM

Pumpernickel bread: Indeed. New Orleans is one of the few that grew to be a large city without losing its culture and identity. Probably due in large part to how they preserved the French quarter and didn't just sell to whichever developer was willing to write the biggest check. One of the few places in America that has this sense of history. From being French, to Spanish, to American, a lot of the original buildings are still standing.


St. Louis was also built by the French, but the only things French here anymore are street and place names, which are generally not correctly pronounced by us St. Louis natives.
 
2014-03-02 08:06:23 AM
Great food.
French Quarter is great.
Smell of 3 day old rotting seafood dumpsters mixed with the stench of fratboy vomit, not so nice.
Watching fratboys trashtalk one tranny only to overtaken by a horde of tranny's friends and getting curb stomped - priceless.
 
2014-03-02 08:10:06 AM

Alphax: Pumpernickel bread: Indeed. New Orleans is one of the few that grew to be a large city without losing its culture and identity. Probably due in large part to how they preserved the French quarter and didn't just sell to whichever developer was willing to write the biggest check. One of the few places in America that has this sense of history. From being French, to Spanish, to American, a lot of the original buildings are still standing.

St. Louis was also built by the French, but the only things French here anymore are street and place names, which are generally not correctly pronounced by us St. Louis natives.


Heh.

Lived in North County. Had a girlfriend from KC drive in for a New Year's thing. At the time, I lived off Bellefontaine and 270.

She calls me from 70 & Grand, all piss and vinegar. I answer the phone and she says: "Bell-a-font-aine.". I said, yea, Bell-foun-tan. She'd driven all the way into lllinois and turned back around, stopping where she did for who-knows-what reason, only white girl in a city block I'd bet. Passed right by the exit because of pronunciation.

Evidently she took French in highschool.
 
2014-03-02 08:26:41 AM

Lsherm: empres77: I'd love to go to New Orleans during non-Mardi Gras times.

I did two Mardi-Gras during college, and it they were both great and terrible, because unless I was a college student, I'd never want to do it, nor be able to live through it.

So go do Jazz Fest.  It's right before the weather gets truly horrendous, adults make up the majority of the tourists, and you can take in N.O. nice and slow like it's meant to be appreciated.  I've been to three so far, and they were always great.  There's still enough inappropriate behavior to let you know you're in New Orleans, but the music is great and the crowds are thin enough that you can make your way around with ease.  If you don't have a room on Bourbon street, then make sure you're with a crowd - got mugged in 1996 on a side street.


There are two Mardis Gras. The one that's primarily tourists who feel the city is an elaborate set for Girls Gone Wild, and the one the rest of us celebrate. Don't get me wrong - I love titties. But after you do MG in the French Quarter a few times the novelty burns off real quickly. Everyone should do it at least once, just for the bizarre spectacle of it all. After that you realize just how many assholes descend on the city. NOLA is definitely permissive, but for many folks Mardis Gras is an excuse to treat the city like a whore and do disrespectful sh*t they'd never contemplate in their own towns.

I'm sorry you got mugged back in '96. While crime in the Quarter hasn't been entirely eradicated, it's a far, far cry from the wild West it was in the 90's. You can't swing a cat without hitting the NOPD or the state police. I lived in the Quarter for years, walking in various stages of inebriation at very late hours, and about the only trouble I had was getting into a fistfight with the rednecks who drive in from Mississippi and Texas. Of course, everyone's results may vary, but don't listen to the whole "stay on Bourbon St." crowd. If anything, stay OFF Bourbon. That street is many things, but it's about as authentically New Orleans as Fisherman's Wharf is to San Francisco.

You're right about Jazz Fest. It's just farking awesome. The sheer scope of the lineup is almost too vast to even contemplate. I don't care if Gregorian chants are your favorite style of music, you WILL find something to enjoy at the 'Fest. It's coming up soon and I already have ants in my pants anticipating it.
 
2014-03-02 08:56:12 AM

mooseyfate: /Happy Mardi Gras to all my fellow NOLA Farkers


You, too! Let other cities have their more stable economies and cul-de-sacs. Let people laugh at us or insult us. What we have here is special, and I feel blessed to live in such a quirky place. Also, crawfish season is upon us. AAAAAAWWWWWW YEEEEEAAAH.

www.bloomlegal.com


ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

 
kth
2014-03-02 09:08:53 AM
I went to NO in December, even then Bourbon Street was a bit much for me. No I do not wish to drink your vat of booze. Too many people (I'd implode at MG). Too many people trying to sell me things. I started at Canal, and by St. Peter was a bit too stabby to keep going. I turned right, and beam of light came down, a choir of angels sang, and Boondock Saint was around the corner, where I had a lovely whisky and chatted quietly with the bartenders and other assorted patrons.

I'd love to go back. It was so much fun, even though I was by myself (my husband was at a conference, and I, being a supportive spouse, went with him). Every day I'd get up, have breakfast, decide the general direction of my day, then walk to the streetcar. I'd walk and shop and have a cocktail. Then when I got hungry, figure out what was near, go have some lunch, then repeat in the afternoon. I'd walk back to the hotel, meet my husband for dinner.

Decatur > Bourbon

Highlights were: Luke, Tableau, Bayona, some oyster bar that I can't locate again but that had a bartender who is referred to in our household as "my boyfriend Steve."

/downside: no matter what time of day it is, if you trip and fall, people assume you're drunk.
 
2014-03-02 09:18:57 AM

FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.


I did that when I was younger. Yes, it was dumb and I regret it. Two cops basically told me to fark myself and that only reason I wasn't going to jail was because their shift was ending.

God help you if you go to jail during Carnival. See, a lot of those whimsically festooned float riders are judges and lawyers. If you're lucky you *might* be released by Thursday or Friday. But the implied rules are very simple: Have fun, but don't pull your dick out. Not even on St. Ann St. If you absolutely must piss and don't have the time or money to buy a cocktail (the only way to pee in New Orleans), try to be subtle and pray for leniency. That, or you can just piss your pants. I had to do it once. Don't laugh. It was that or whip it out in full view of about 15 Louisiana State Police.

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-02 10:46:16 AM
Being a Tulane alumnus, I have had enough Mardi Gras celebrations for a lifetime. I rather go back for Southern Decadence, aka "the gay Mardi Gras." Less vomit, way more fun and less groping for me.

I try to go back to New Orleans to recharge 1-2x a year. I buy artwork, shop on Magazine, walk in Audubon Park, visit the Creole Creamery, hit up the art museums in the warehouse district...  Usually I gain a couple pounds stuffing my face with shrimp tchefuncte, poboy from Crabby Jack's, beignets, rock n' rolls from Kyoto, and pizza at Domenica... It's a solid weekend.
 
2014-03-02 11:23:08 AM

pueblonative: FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.

Being blah and having three joints will get you there even faster.


As a Colorado resident that's farking horrifying. How can a state be so cool and backward simultaneously?
 
2014-03-02 01:20:10 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: pueblonative: FloridaWombat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I remember being massively drunk during the day among many, many in a similar state and asking a police officer "What does it take to get arrested in this town?" and he replied "When you get there, you'll know."

A true Moment of Zen.

Whipping your junk out in public will get you to the Orleans Parish Jail really fast.

Being blah and having three joints will get you there even faster.

As a Colorado resident an American that's farking horrifying. How can a state be so cool and backward simultaneously?


FTFY
 
2014-03-02 04:00:22 PM

kth: I went to NO in December, even then Bourbon Street was a bit much for me.


Yep, if you're of drinking age, you're already too old for Bourbon Street.
 
2014-03-02 04:04:55 PM

StrikitRich: To be honest, you'll need new shoes after trolling the streets during Mardi Gras.


Hugh Laurie, as a Brit, probably brings wellies with him at all times.

/wellies.
 
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