Cruise ships are weird things, like a cross between a resort hotel and an airplane. It serves the purpose of being your method of transportation, lodging, dinner, and entertainment, all rolled into one. They are also vessels of pure gluttony and relaxation, yet it somehow maintains a sense of adventure.
I just got back from one, my first actually, last week. I was leery of going on a cruise, no doubt. About 8 years ago I found David Foster Wallace’s book A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments in a used book shop. In it there’s a detailed account (in an essay of the same name as the book) that perfectly sums up the cruise experience, albeit in the most cynical of ways. It’s a hilarious, accurate, and a damn good read. Since I can’t top what Wallace wrote, I’ll leave you with my travel diary to peruse instead.
Political punditry has been turned into a hazardous occupation by the ups and downs of the Republican presidential primaries.
Just a month ago, it seemed pretty safe to speculate that Mitt Romney was on his way to locking up the Republican Presidential nomination and that Newt Gingrich was toast. Now, after the South Carolina primary, a victorious Gingrich is riding a wave of momentum while Romney is struggling to regain his credibility.
But amid so much growth, the prospect of a second attempt to take over a failing New Orleans school in 2013 provoked rare dissension within the International School’s governing board.
Tulane will add six NOPD patrols and expand the area they cover, Tulane University Police Superintendent John Barnwell told Meg Farris of our reporting partners at WWL-TV.
Craig Giesecke and his wife, Kimmie, closed the kitchen of J’Anitas at the Rendon Inn for the last time Tuesday, he wrote in a post on his personal blog.
Each Carnival I approach parade routes with glee and caution. As such please find the below pointers, tips, alerts, and otherwise whacks to the back of heads as the 2012 Mardi Gras season kicks off. We all want to embrace the revelry, so let’s all do our best to help each other enjoy, shall we? Let’s!
The budget for repairs to major structural issues at Lusher Charter School’s two campuses has been reduced by more than $7 million from what was originally planned, based on an Orleans Parish School Board vote on Tuesday, leaving officials wondering how the cuts will affect the scope of the renovations.
Freret Neighbors United’s most recent service project was its third neighborhood tree planting, held Jan. 21, according to volunteer Ed Vail.
Police are seeking the public’s help finding three people they’d like to question about the 2010 shooting death of a 77-year-old man whose body was found in a car on Toledano Street.
My last call for service before leaving my post with the NOPD Crisis Unit was a 24-year-old hanging from the rafters of his apartment, a clear and tragic sign that my advocacy work with the mentally ill was far from over. In my 10 years with the crisis unit, I was exposed to a large world of chronically mentally ill who live in our city, and their needs continue to be great, as witnessed in this last call.
In its first public hearing on a plan to effectively double water and sewer rates over the next five years, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans faced an audience skeptical about the agency’s efficiency and worried about the impact of such a large increase on residents with fixed incomes.
Things at Whole Foods are starting to get real.
Last week, on January 11th, a man met his wife for lunch at Whole Foods on Magazine Street. Apparently, he committed the grand, obscene offense of parking over the yellow line. As a result, when he returned he was confronted by a watchful Samaritan who proceeded to engage him in a calm, fruitful discussion on the subject of proper parking etiquette and its role in civil society.
A man was found with a stolen gun last week at a repast for the victim of this month’s fatal shooting at Jackson and Tchoupitoulas, and he was arrested after a brief pursuit down Chippewa Street, police said.
Empires rise and fall. Nations abide with the tides. Even glaciers and mountains shift their positions over time. In the grand scheme of things, there are certain forms of change about which we can do little, and which we must learn to accept. But then – sometimes – there are presences whose passage is worthy of our closest attention. After a brief break for the holidays, one of those has returned.
His name is Wheels.
A Tulane student was robbed of her cellphone Thursday night on Willow Street near State by a man with what appeared to be a gun, police said.
The Ladies and Men of Unity second line will roll through Central City and Milan starting at noon Sunday at the Turning Point Lounge on Washington Avenue, according to Gambit’s Red Cotton, who also provides turn-by-turn directions and a video from 2010.