Tahlequah Daily Press


May 14, 2012

Sights, sounds of Big Easy sometimes come in pairs


I’m probably too old for outdoor music concerts, especially those spanning several days. But sometimes I can’t help myself. And judging from the crowd at the New Orleans Jazz Festival last weekend, I’m not alone. There are still plenty of other Half-Century Club members willing to suffer setbacks on their aches, pains and pocketbooks to have a good time. Even if physical recovery takes a week or so, and financial recovery even longer.
My sister Lisa and I and our husbands made the trek to the Big Easy, accompanied by my son and a friend of my sister’s and mine since grade school, Diane (Stotts) Yarnell. All of us are members of the Half-Century Club, except my brother-in-law, who’s on the cusp, and my son, who’s 23 but doesn’t mind hanging with the old folks if we’re picking up the tab.
We believe the woman with the ogle-worthy augmentation is also a member of the club. More on that later.
I had told several friends we were going to JazzFest, and even invited a few. Some threatened to join the fray, but backed out, possibly because they are offended by the excesses of Bourbon Street. I saw no nudity this year or last, but perhaps the possibility of such an experience was what prompted one acquaintance to warn me that people who spend too much time in New Orleans will earn themselves apartments in Hades. I’ve been told I’m “going to hell” before, and such pronouncements lead me to believe hell will be a very crowded venue, but I’m not sure it will exceed the sea of people at the Acura stage last Saturday evening. That’s when The Eagles were to perform.
New Orleans is always worth your time and money. Uniquely in this country with its pervasive British roots, the Big Easy is a vestige of French culture, and when it comes to cuisine, it’s like Paris: Even a bad meal is a good meal. You can always be assured of good stories to take back home to your friends. And sometimes you’ll have photos to boot.

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