This is a great city, but my legs are so tired from walking everywhere, I just had to take a sit-down break for awhile. Let's see if I can fill you all in with the highlights....
Al Fresco Dining Experiences
I've racked up a few more, although several were aborted due to sudden rain squalls. This is a city where you stick a sunhat AND an umbrella in your tote bag for the day. It's also a city where everyone wanders the streets with their beverage of choice in hand...and I do mean choice. I have finally been initiated into the ranks of those who survive a Hurricane of the liquid variety. No biggie deal, I'm here to tell you. Nothing like the Long Island Iced Tea I tried once years ago, and never again thank you very much.
Other Never Again Experiences
We went on a Segway Tour on Thursday morning. Segways are those motorized personal transports that you stand on and travel along city streets at up to 12 miles or so. The New Orleans tour is 4 hours long, and it sounded like a fun way to sightsee. Well. Let me tell you about it.
You need to understand that I booked this tour before leaving home, and cancellation meant forfeiting the $65 fee. Upon arrival at the Segway Tour office, you first sign a damage waiver that truly made me wonder if this was such a good idea. But all 7 of us in this tour signed anyway. Then they show us a training video for ten minutes. That absolutely convinced me that this was among my dumbest ideas ever. Just getting on and off the thing requires a balancing act. Smooth coordination of my body has never been my greatest strength, and I pictured me making a complete fool of myself. But Robin, our tour guide, assured me that the video was intended to scare us so we'd take it seriously, but it really would be easy to manage.
Robin was right. We each got to try a few basic maneuvers and then off we went. And it was fun. For a while. Here's the hard part. You are on your feet the whole time. Standing, not walking. This is hard for me. (I'm beginning to wonder if I have varicose veins?) The bottoms of my feet just hurt almost the whole time. It was a relief each time we got off the machines....to ride the ferry boat to Algiers Point, to stop at a voodoo museum, to stop for a cold drink, to ride the ferry back across the river.
And then there was moment I stepped off the contraption, and forgot to let go of the steering part of the handle. Robin had warned us about this. But Robin had warned us about a lot of things, and this one had kind of slipped my mind. This is why they make you sign that waiver. I stepped off, and my balance was fine, but my hand was still telling the damn thing to back up, so it did.....right into me. I tried to wrestle it upright, but I have wimpy muscles and I was a pushover. To the ground. With it still on top of me. People jumped in right away to grab it off me. Robin wouldn't let me move till I could assure her that I was really okay. And I really was. She kept saying.....does anything hurt? I said.....yes. My ego. Pride really does goeth before a fall.
And the bruises are fading already.
So this experience ranks right up there with river rafting. I'm glad I did it once...but I'll never do it again.
Yarn Shop Experiences
I'm so spoiled by Threadbear! (Hi guys; I miss you.) I made it to two shops. (Hey Amanda, I wish we could have gone together. Amanda and I had to settle for a phone meet-up instead of an in-person meet-up. What a sweetie!) Shop #1 was the Garden District Needlework Shop. It's a large store, with a nice selection, particularly of Cherry Tree Hill yarns, which no one at home carries. I decided on a skein of sock yarn. (Remember my DKYD-along? I've earned about $50 worth of yarn purchases.)
But there were two things about this shop I didn't like. The first is that one of the employees saw me looking at sock yarn, and asked if I knitted socks. Yes, I said. She asked if I used circulars or dpns. Dpns, I replied. She proceeded to lecture me about all the advantages of circulars and even dragged me over to demonstrate how she does them. I was being too polite, and didn't tell her that I wasn't particularly interested, but I was annoyed because I really wasn't particularly interested at that moment. I might have been more interested if I could have sat down (see above reference to possible varicose veins).
The other thing I didn't like about this shop is that they were having a sale. You drew a slip out of a box, and that determined your discount...anywhere from 10% to 40%. I drew a 10% slip. It annoys me when stores do this. Why should my discount be based on luck? If I want to try my luck, I'd go to a casino. There's a reason why I don't go to casinos. It bothered me to think that the next person in the store could get a 40% discount, just by being lucky. It offended my sense of equity.....which is easily offended I must admit, because we hardly live in a world where everything is fair. And I've probably had more than a fair share of good luck in my life, so I really shouldn't be complaining about this at all. But I am.
The Quarter Stitch is the other yarn shop I visited. Small, lovely merchandise, but nothing I felt I had to own. I bought a magazine, and wandered a few doors away to a bead shop where I did a small bit of damage.
Other Experiences in a Nutshell
Shopping. Eating. Dancing. Wandering up and down Bourbon St. Aquarium of the Americas. Walking. Lots of walking. And in fact, I have to get out again this afternoon and pick up a few goodies to take to Wichita tomorrow. So I will sign off and get back to you eventually. Whoops....gotta report on knitting progress, right?
Kimono sweater is taking shape. I'm done with the entire back and back of sleeves. I'm almost done with one front and front of sleeve. It won't be long now till I've finished the entire garment except for the neck and front trim. That will happen when I get back home.
No photos today. Lynn has taken hundreds, and I will post some wonderful ones as soon as he is able to isolate them for me. My camera has stayed in my suitcase and I've been traveling light.
End of Post Experiences
The sub-title says it all.