Day 27: When The Saints Go Marching In

New Orleans has to go down as a close runner-up to Las Vegas for the title of “City I Would Have Never Wanted To Leave If I Was Still Drinking.” That being said, I’ve very much enjoyed my time in The Crescent City and would love to come back when I have time to breathe and soak in the remarkable culture that just oozes from every corner of this place. On the other hand, I wouldn’t go back to Vegas unless you paid a grand to do so and let me knock David Copperfield unconscious by dropping a tub of jello onto him from atop the roof of The Bellagio.

And so, on to pictures:

 

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Pretty much says it all.

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A look at the 17th Street Canal Wall from the New Orleans side. Flat-footed, I can place my hand on the top of the wall, and I’m not the world’s tallest guy.

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An abandoned house in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward

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Aside from the graffiti, I honestly don’t know if some of these houses have been touched since Katrina.

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And then, not 100 feet away, you have this: one of the 90+ houses built by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation since 2007. It’s bizarre, especially when half the roads around these gorgeous post-modern masterpieces aren’t even paved.

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Some people have faulted Pitt for concentrating too many resources on too few houses in a thinly populated area like The Lower 9th Ward. You know what I say? FEMA distributed ramshackle trailers that broke down as soon as you got ’em and gave their tenants formaldehyde poisoning. Brad Pitt 1 – FEMA 0

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This might be the best creative vandalism I’ve seen on my trip so far.

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I try to imitate Ignatius’ pensive bemusement, but I could not find any Dr. Nut and, as a result, my valves became clogged.

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The Natchez Steamboat, floating down the Mississippi.

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The NBA’s Utah Jazz originally played in New Orleans, but were relocated to Salt Lake CIty in 1979. Just thought I’d share that with y’all.

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