Me Again

Beyond Bourbon Street

  Here we go. The home stretch. The final week. The sprint at the end of the marathon. All the parts, parcels and parades – the ways and means – of the last wild days and wicked nights of the…

A Man Without A Portfolio

  When folks around here get upset about local street musicians playing too loud, too late or too close to something, they generally work to pass a law. Several years ago, the Archdiocese convinced the city to create the St.…

The Sunny Sunset Years

  Over the decades, I've been one of those prone to bleak forecasts about the future, sometimes wondering if I even wanted to be a part of it. But I have found my reason at long last to go on.…

If They Only Had An Access Road

  In November, I posted here a story about the “issues” at the Louis Armstrong International Airport. (See: myneworleans.com/terminal-trouble ) No doubt you've heard, read about or experienced the brand new state-of-the-art facility in Kenner which – at a cost…

A Neighborhood Story

  She's behind me in line at the corner grocery. I don't recognize her. She doesn't look local, not Mid-City at all. Black skirt, fashionable pumps, ironic hair cut. I'm guessing she's staying at a nearby AirBnB. This neighborhood is…

A Winning Team

  Let us now pause to bask in the glow of young men and their athletic feats and glory. No, no, no – not those guys. Not Joe Burrow and all that LSU stuff. I mean – well done and…

Doom of the Dome

  Maybe I'm just not Who Dat enough. Because, although I pledge as much fealty, allegiance – and many words with even more syllables – to the Bless You Boys as anybody else...I'm over it. Truth is, I was over…

Mr. Chill, More Than Just A Barber

It seems that death is a recurring theme in my writing these days. Chalk that up to the price of getting old. The people you know, love and admire start kicking off. That's…

Dustan Louque and Papa Noël

I’ve got a friend, a musician from Louisiana you might never have ever heard of, mostly because he seems determined to keep it that way. His name is Dustan Louque, of the St. James Parish Louques and let me tell…

Drew Brees, a GOAT's Tale

  Drew Brees. What's left to be said about him? Probably not much, but I'm gonna try. For starters, I hate the term GOAT. Greatest Of All Time. It really chaps me, but maybe that's because I grew up being…

Eli's Last Stand?

  Maybe it's too early to write the epitaph for Eli Manning's football career. Maybe not. Given a chance to redeem his flagging career on Monday Night Football, his flagging coach put Eli in as the starting QB for his…

A Louisiana Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Thanksgiving is over. Most of it, at least. All but the lingering heartburn and resentments from the very difficult dinner table discussions with siblings, in-laws and other necessary relatives. But forget about all that. Until Christmas, that is. With the…

Busk or Bust

  Street performers are the life blood of New Orleans, our famed celebratory culture writ large. They provide the visual soundtrack of the city: Music falling from the sky like rain, fulfilling all the romantic notions a visitor to our…

Are You From Here?

  It happens all the time, especially if you're in the service/hospitality business, as I am, and the people you encounter day-to-day comprise an ever changing roster of people from out of town. “Are you from here?” they ask. I…

Terminal Trouble

I've been thinking about the Louisiana World Exposition a lot lately. I have a feeling I may not be the only one. But it's not necessarily warm memories tinged with wistful nostalgia. It's because it was an event touted throughout…

J'adore Boudin

  I don't usually write about food. There's a reason for that. It's because I don't really know all that much about food. In fact, that was the reason I got hired by Rouse's Market several years ago to write…

Do you Voodoo?

  As of this writing, the mud hasn't yet dried and City Park is still littered with branches and fronds and more than a few random clothing and Halloween accessories – a lonely sandal here, two socks that look like…

Hard Times at the Hard Rock

And the walls came tumbling down. Mostly. And so goes the story of the very soft Hard Rock hotel. You know the story. You probably saw the video. You might have even been there. A lot of people were. On…

The Elevator That Won't Go Down

  Tired of crappy news? Me too. So let's take two really bad current events – Fort Worth (cop shooting) and buildings falling down (our own not-so Hard Rock hotel), and try to find some light. Tough call, I know.…

The Taunting Tower

This is a true story about a New Orleans architectural landmark. It sounds like the kind of tale embellished by age, time, memory loss and…

It Happens In Threes

  OK, me says to myself. You don't have to write about the Saints in this spot every week. It's too easy. Too predictable. So...two points on that: First, writers write about what people are talking about. Well, People are…

Bridge(water) Over Troubled Waters

  In the NFL, the grunts on the line of scrimmage – the guys who actually get paid to overeat; good work if you can get it – are not traditionally put through the rigors of long distance sprints during…

Fasten Your Seat Belts, The Saints Are Coming

  It's not yet been a full news cycle since the Saints football season began and it's already a side winding, master blasting, nail biting, heart beating, gully washing, teeth gnashing hurricane party. In other words, just another Season of…

Root, Root, Root No More

  For me, as I suspect for many, the beginning of end of professional baseball in New Orleans began when they changed the name of the team. Some traditions you simply don't mess with. And you sure as hell don't…

In A League Of Their Own

  It took all summer – all year, actually – but it looks like we finally found a subject we could all agree on, a common cause we could all support, a result we could all cheer. The truth, unabridged.…

Telling The Whole Story

  The story of Nancy Parker, the stalwart, standard bearing reporter and news anchor at WVUE-TV – Fox 8 News – is well noted by now. She was beloved. Dedicated. Kind. Fearless. And, out on an assignment last week –…

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot

  Damn this heat. No, seriously, DAMN this heat. That said, is there anything possibly more mundane, more predictable, more pedestrian, more picayune – than talking about the weather? Answer: No. Then why is everybody talking about it? This is…

Home Again

  I'm home. Home again. It took a while. This has been, for me, an unusually busy summer of travel. For someone who doesn't travel much (anymore), it has been disconcerting and disconnective at times, bouncing from place to place,…

Infested With Culture

  I'm originally from Maryland. My first state. My first place. My first people. And I love it. It's got the best seafood in the country outside of Louisiana, and sometimes even better. (The debate over steamed versus boiled crabs…

Big Easy in the Big Apple

  I've just returned from a trip to New York. I love that city. I hadn't been there in years. It's so...New York. And so...challenging. Particularly if you are from New Orleans. It's our Easy to their Apple. Simon &…