Day 155

Court Square

New Orleans, I had an absolutely wonderful weekend with you. The ride was long, but the experience was well worth it. And even though I wasn’t able to find Boz Scaggs or Eric Clapton, I did happen upon the Bourbon House for some crawfish and caught a jazz performance at the Little Gem Saloon. I hope to visit again someday, because you really know how to throw a party. I'd have a lot more to say about my time with you, but some things just shouldn’t be blogged about. So, let’s move on shall we?

After 2 days of non-stop travel, I officially arrived in Memphis on Saturday night. While this is stop 6 of #TGAA, it also stands as the first city on my journey I’ve never visited before. I have high hopes for my time here, but I should admit that night one did not go well… at all. My train arrived an hour late and while walking to the apartment, I got caught amongst the hordes of Beale Street partiers, fresh off night 2 of the Beale Street Music Festival. Once I finally made it to the AirBnB, I was met with broken Internet, a towel-less bathroom and a bed that lacked any sheets whatsoever.

I called my host, only to find they had seemingly fallen off the grid, even though we were chatting as I walked up to the building. Since I was unable to shower, sleep or surf the web, I finally contacted AirBnB to weigh my options. I have to say they really won me over with their response. After sending out a single tweet, they asked for my phone number and called me up within 5 minutes. They arranged a hotel room and offered to put me up there until I could get things under control. So around 2am, I got checked in and managed to catch a few hours of much needed rest.

Anthrax @ The Beale Street Music Festival 

When I awoke the next morning, I received a call from my host who apologized for everything and promised the issues would be taken care of immediately. Having now been able to breathe a sigh of relief, I set out to explore the city for a few hours. If there’s one thing I can tell you from my stroll through town, it’s that this city truly loves and celebrates music. Its presence is everywhere you go and it fills the city with a unique and powerful vibe. That afternoon, I headed to the final day of the Beale Street Music Festival, where I got to see bands like The Dandy Warhols and Anthrax take the stage. I even had some time to check out the various stands, shops and tents that gathered as part of the festivities. The park itself is a beautiful green space and it’s only a short walk from where I’m staying. So, I can already tell you that I’ll be jogging through it at least a few times while I’m here. Honestly, there are a lot of awesome places nearby, including Court Square, Main Street and Autozone Park. I feel like I really hit the jackpot with my location, as it looks like I’m going to enjoy a true downtown experience.

In addition to all of the other great sights in the area, I’m also only a 5-minute walk from RedDeluxe, my agency for the month. While I can’t wait to begin my tenure there tomorrow, I’m also a bit nervous because I’m not sure what to expect. Out of all the agencies I’m visiting, I think I’ve had the least amount of contact with them. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but it does leave me very interested to discover what kind of culture they have and what the office is like.

As for today, I plan on walking around my area to check out some more of those awesome places I was talking about. If this weekend was any indication of what my time here is going to be like, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings… as long as there’s towels.

-Steve-