Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Orleans and AGU (final)

While waiting for the airport shuttle, I took a walk to Bourbon Street. At one of the bars, there was this tribute to three well known jazz musicians. “Fats” Domino, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain. This was one of the few places open in the afternoon. I found K-Paul's Louisianna Kitchen, one of the restaurants I had heard about back when chef Paul Prudhomme had a PBS cooking show back in the '90s. There was a sign in the door that said "Gone Fishing".

Bourbon Street itself was barely passable as it was being torn up. Not only the street but in many areas, the sidewalks as well. It’s kind of sad to see the stone and brick sidewalk surfaces being removed. So you need to move from one side of the street to the other depending on what was being worked on. After a couple of blocks of this, I headed a couple of blocks to the south and headed towards the hotel (roughly). I passed a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant that had a line outside the door. There was a sign stating no parties of one. Moving on.

For these posts, I just thought that I should include at least a couple pictures of this iconic street even in its current state. I suspect that there won't be a trace of construction in a couple of months for Mardi Gras. Some businesses were cleaning the area in front of their door. Others were full of trash and garbage. I overheard some tourists asking others why everyone is so rude. Like many other places, there are some but I don’t think it was the norm. Maybe in the more touristy areas such as the French Quarter. My flight home is leaving this evening getting into Fairbanks in the middle of the night.

There was a lot of discussion about the NOAA Arctic Report Card. Kind of a depressing end to my experience at this AGU Fall Meeting.


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  1. A restaurant not allowing parties of one? The same thing happened to me once when in Quebec City, and I had been thinking this attitude to be a French Canadian thing...

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    1. No parties of one. I am guessing that they don't have very many tables inside. I don't have much experience with the French Canadian thing. I spent a long weekend in Ottawa. That's about the extent of my experience.

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  2. Seems odd that a restaurant doesn't allow a part of one, they could just put a few of the singles together at one table.

    The video is depressing. I feel so bad for the animals and people that are affected.

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    1. The video is pretty depressing as were many of the talks on climate change in the Arctic. There was not much speculation as to the cause as that is a politically charged topic. At least not as much as there was a couple of years ago. It'll be interesting to see what the world will look like in a couple of years...

      But like you said, depressing.

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  3. Richard - Depressing indeed. The current political climate along with a "Well, what can you do anyway?" attitude means it will get worse until such time as DC, New York, Miami, etc. are all under 3 feet of water. Maybe then they'll wake up.

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    1. They are pretending that it's not going to happen until after they sell their oceanside properties.

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