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B-Rich last won the day on March 26 2013

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  1. - Don't waste too much time on Bourbon Street. It's basically a tourist trap. Locals don't drink or eat there except for Galatoire's. - Wander the rest of the Quarter between Bourbon and the river. DO go to Pat O'Brien's and have a drink in their courtyard. The Hurricane glass is a nice souvenir, and they give you a box for it. I'd also suggest Napoleon House as a quaint, quieter place to check out in the Quarter. - Check out Uptown for architecture/greenery-landscaping. A great way to do this is via the St. Charles Streetcar to Tulane & Loyola Universities/Audubon Park. - Visit a cemetery or two with all the tombs instead of in-ground graves. St. Louis #1 is oldest/most historical, but Metairie has better & more interesting "architecture". - Pass on the riverboat cruises and just take the Canal Street ferry (free for pedestrians, last time I checked) to old Algiers (worth a quick explore on its own) for a water trip and different vista of the city. -- Lots of art galleries and some museums in Warehouse District, including the National WWII Museum. -- Of course, partake in some food, drink, and live music. Suggest the $20.17 lunch special (with signature 50 cent cocktails) at Antoine's-- it's a great deal to eat at one of the country's oldest (and New Orleans' most renowned) restaurants. -- I'll PM you my cell number/email in case you have any questions before leaving or while here. Feel free to call or text me anytime.
  2. OH! one true bucket list thing that I COMPLETELY forgot about. I WILL go to The Masters at Augusta sometime soon. My oldest & best friend and I have discussed doing this in the next few years, certainly by the time we turn 60 (in 8 years) . My dad-- a big golfer and golf fan-- was able to go a few years back, albeit on the Wednesday practice round and Par 3 contest. My buddy and I plan to go for a real round (either Thursday or Friday) when we make the pilgrimage.
  3. For some reason, the "Cougars" name was removed from the original for this Getty shot. I remembered that same shot being in the ABA history "Loose Balls", and also found it online-- original looked like this: I have it from a very good source (former legal counsel for the Superdome Commission and former Hornets team executive) that around the time of the team's return post-Katrina, just before the Hornets re-branded with the "creole blue" instead of teal, and when they introduced the "fleur-de-bee", that the former executive had in fact worked out a deal with Larry Miller to get the Jazz name back-- but the price (which he knew was reasonable) was considered to be far too high by cheapskate then-owner George Shinn, who wouldn't agree to it. Damn, if only THAT would have happened.
  4. That's Henry Bibby, former USC head coach and father of Mike Bibby, wearing #21. Man, those New Orleans Jazz photos bring back some memories. The Jazz' existence in New Orleans pretty much coincided with my middle/junior high school years, and as my stepdad was a vice-president of a local grocery store chain, he often got GOOD free tickets from salesmen. Many were the nights he would come home and ask me if I had done all my homework, as he had tickets; and we would go to games in the Superdome (never saw them the 1st year). Here's a few more (non-Getty) old Jazz photos from my archives: First ever home game at the Municipal Auditorium. Rare shot of Pistol Pete with beard at the other 1st-year home arena, the Loyola Field House.... Those beloved warm-ups in a photo shoot at Jackson Square... The very '70s fashion sense of drunkard head coach Butch Van Breda Kolff... Yours truly at photo night with workman-like forward Paul Griffin....
  5. Damn, what a gorgeous looking uni.
  6. One more. We had a tribe of Mardi Gras Indians (The Wild Tchoupitoulas) march by during the day. They do all the work on their costumes-- detailed bead work, dyeing feathers, etc. -- BY HAND, and make a "new suit" EVERY YEAR. Here I am with their Spy Boy:
  7. Kudos for recognizing the day, but that just sounds BLECCCH. Tried cauliflower "mashed potatoes" once on my 1st go-round of South Beach Phase 1. Put it down the garbage disposal after a couple of bites. Here's my totally unhealthy and indulgent Mardi Gras food day: 1/2 can of Diet Coke Mimosas King Cake Moon Pies (caught from floats) More mimosas Popeyes fried chicken and biscuits (nap) Caesar salad, big-ass steak and baked sweet potato Bottle of Merlot and a fine cigar Ice Cream (Mississippi River Debris from New Orleans Ice Cream Company; a chocolate base with just about everything in it) And now it's a day of fast and abstinence.
  8. Only a few hours left, but now resting after our own family dinner of Bouef Gras ( 3/4 lb. ribeyes) and figured I'd wish everyone a happy Mardi Gras and share a few photos. Weather was near perfect for Carnival; first Friday was a rain out, it rained on the off days (last Monday and Tuesday) and the rest of the time it was warm.and clear. Good weather at night, too:
  9. The Last Great "'70s" New York Cop Movie Nighthawks For you kids or even older folks who might not have ever seen it, I'd recommend it. Great popcorn movie to catch online or cable. I first saw it as a high school junior at a mall cinema that no longer exists; loved it then and still love it today. It happened to be on TV today on HBO Zone when I went home for lunch. Wound up getting back to work a little late, but had to stay until the disco scene. Yeah, I know it was released in spring 1981, which is not the '70s calendar-wise. But as I have noted before, pop culture decades do not coincide with the calendar years. You can usual find a year or 12 month period of transition as to what we culturally associate with the change in "decades". And 1981 was the real transition year between the 70s and 80s-- Iran hostages come home, Reagan inaugurated, MTV begins, etc. Plus, look at the fashion styles in this movie-- Stallone's "Serpico" look with the long hair and beard-- his aviator glasses-- he and Billy Dee Williams' leather jackets-- Rutger Hauer's stylish well-dressed outfits-- the disco scenes-- and most importantly, the gritty urban look of New York City that we don't see anymore, common to such '70s movies as Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The Seven Ups, The French Connection, and The Warriors. This was New York back when Time Square was the crossroads of sleaze and before it was a mall-type atmosphere where you could bring kids. This was the New York of graffiti everywhere, before Ed Koch and Giuliani cleaned up the town and made it safe for tourists again. And "Nighthawks" was the last great "70s" New York cop movie. For those who might not have seen it, the brief synopsis is: concurrently we have New York undercover cops DaSilva and Fox (Stallone and Williams) acting as decoys and catching street muggers in dirty old New York City. Meanwhile, we have international terrorist "Wulfgar" (Hauer) going one step too far in Europe, compromising both his identity and funding support. Following some plastic surgery, Wulfgar heads to New York -- the center of the world's financial and press sectors-- in order to gain more notoriety and renewed respect and funding. DaSilva and Fox-- Vietnam vets-- are tapped by NYPD to serve in a joint anti-terrorism unit going after Wulfgar, led by a British anti-terrorism expert (Nigel Davenport). And the rest is history..... Nighthawks trailer from Youtube
  10. Me, too...
  11. Reminds me of the whole thing in the movie Diner, set in 1959/1960 Baltimore, when uber-fan Eddie not only makes his intended bride pass a Colts trivia quiz before marrying her, but insists on Colts colors for the wedding. At the end of the movie you see that the bridesmaids dresses are indeed royal blue and even the flower arrangements are blue and white: Our bridesmaids were in dark green dresses, guys were in black tuxedos. That's it.
  12. Why do you think they call them Counties? You will need to set up a user name and password. Once you get set up, you can go state by state with website-supplied Google earth and highway overlays to map which ones you have actually been in. I only count those I have been "on the ground" in-- changing planes in an airport counts, but landing and not changing planes doesn't. Driving counts, too. I had to ask my parents which routes we took on trips when I was younger; thankfully my dad and mom have a pretty good memory of those things. My dad also has a map account; but he cheats; he added EVERY county along both sides of Delaware Bay because he sailed up & down it on an aircraft carrier when he was in the Navy. Be careful or you'll wind up like me, mapping out routes and where you are going on Google Earth, and driving 5-10-15 minutes out of your way to catch a new county, and making sure that you don't miss out on easy ones like I did on these two (which I STILL don't have!): All I had to do was hike about 1,500 feet EAST from the edge of the parking lot....
  13. Bucket list? I'm like Jack Kerouac, or more appropriately, his character Dean Moriarty. I love to just go, man: GO! Love the road. Love to fly. Love to go out on my boat. Love seeing new things. Anything. Anytime. Anywhere. As I am up for anything, I can't really say I have a "bucket list". While I'd like to go to Europe, the Holy Land, Brazil, the South Pacific, etc., I can't pick one or two things. Maybe drive from Miami to Key West on US 1. Plus I've already done a lot of what I wanted to do already. About the only "bucket list" thing I have was that I wrote the following sometime in the early fall 1996, when I was 31 and before I had done a lot: ...I look at maps of Seattle and realize I've never been there. I dream of getting in my car and driving across the desert, through the mountains. I dream of just seeing the ruins of downtown Detroit . I did the desert/mountain drive thing in West Texas later that same fall. We visited Seattle two years later, and have gone back 4 times since. And just last year, I finally made it to Detroit. So, there's that. I also am a collector and list maker. A few years back, I found this wild site that allows and encourages you to document your places visited, but at the county level-- which I have also gotten into. Here is a map of my counties visited: Throw in Vancouver & Victoria in British Columbia, the Windsor area of Ontario, and Cancun in Mexico, and that's it for me for the whole world. And here's a neat personal list of places I've been that are notable or that I'm proud of: Been to 31 states; seen every NFL and NBA team and all but one MLB team play; been in 20 MLB ball parks (8 of which are demolished or are no longer used); visited 37 National Park units; been to the top of the Empire State Building and the Sears Tower; drove a boat in San Diego Harbor; hiked the Grand Canyon; zip-lined on Grouse Mountain north of Vancouver; drove straight from Philly to Atlanta and DC to New Orleans; have boated to and slept (camped) on every Mississippi Gulf Coast barrier island (and one in Florida); hiked all the way up to the end of the trail system on Mt. Rainier; walked through a redwood forest; drove the El Camino Real along the Rio Grande and got my Mazda MX-3 up to 120 mph just outside of Big Bend National Park; swam in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean; ate barbecue and shot pool while listening to blues on Beale Street in Memphis; rode a bike in Central Park and all over Block Island, Rhode Island; hiked the 8.5 mile Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park, drove a loaded moving truck 2 days from Green Bay to New Orleans; and coolest of all, rented and piloted a motorboat to visit Wallace Island in the British Columbia Gulf Islands, which I first read about when i was 12 years old in a book entitled "Once Upon An Island". Let me know if you ever get down this way in the fall -- can probably work on doing that LSU game with you; would be great to meet you in person.
  14. It's Buddy Hield, not Fields, anyway. Hmm. Not sure how I like this trade from a Pels fan standpoint. Every one on national and local sports media seems to think it's great; that we now basically have "twin towers", and speculating that if during the second half of the season we move up from the current 2.5 games back and get the 8th seed (which seems to be now generally conceded), we can really cause fits against Golden State in the 1st round with our two big men. Plus, with a PROTECTED first round pick being part of the deal, if everything falls flat and we don't make the playoffs and are in the lottery; if the Pels get the 1, 2, or 3 pick they get to keep it. And most of the 1st round will be freshman and a few foreigners, all of which will need time to temper and progress. I hear Tyreke Evans will be bought out and Langston Galloway will be cut, and while the Kings also get a 2nd round pick that draftee is unlikely to make the team. So the basic deal is Cousins (all-star) and Omri Casspi for Hield (#6 lottery pick rookie) and a #4 or later 1st round pick in the off-season. But there are two things: 1) I do not trust Alvin Gentry's coaching abilities. Monty Williams was bad enough, but we took a step back in hiring Gentry. Gentry is also a run-'n-gun, small line-up, fast offense oriented coach. Not sure he will be able to make the transition to a two big man oriented team. 2) No guarantees that Cousins will re-sign and stay longer than the one more season on his contract. This could be a rent-an All-star situation. Of course, a future of playing with Anthony Davis a couple of hours from his hometown of Mobile, AL may be tempting, but who knows. Pelicans will also have to re-sign Jrue Holiday, who finally seems to be past all his injuries and family issues, and playing well. If Cousins stays, Jrue stays, and everybody stays healthy -- look out for next few year in New Orleans.
  15. Finishing a two week Phase I of South Beach and dropping about 6-7 lbs. just in time for Mardi Gras parade season to start up. For those not familiar, that Phase I of South Beach is effective, do-able, but sort of brutal and tests your resolve and discipline. NO bread, rice, pasta; no carbs at all. NO fruit except for lemon or lime juice. Certain veggies are verboten (peas, potatoes, carrots). VERY limited dairy-- mostly fat-free or skim products. And of course, no sugar or BOOZE. I'm also transitioning nicely out of what Paul Lukas and I both referred to as "The Elixir of Life" -- Diet Coke-- and mainly replacing it with unsweetened (or Splenda sweetened) iced tea.