From the Rails #2

Greetings from New Orleans!

I just made it to my hotel room and I’m so happy I can finally stretch my legs a bit. I love riding the rails, but a 16+ hour train ride can certainly begin to wear on you. I know I’m only in town for the evening, but I can already tell tonight is going to be nothing short of magical. After hitting the hotel gym for a little bit, I plan on visiting Bourbon Street to see what kind of trouble I can get into there. I don’t know much about this city, but I do know they have great food and I’m pretty sure you can drink in the street, which all sounds good to me. I even learned you can rent your own four-piece jazz band here, so I might have to look into that too. After all, Hannibal Buress made it sound pretty fun.

I honestly didn’t have much planned beforehand, but while I was still on the train, one of the Amtrak attendants gave me a list of some music venues I need to check out. She told me that a number of the Jazz Fest performers tend to pop in and do secret shows after the festival closes for the day. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I happen upon a Boz Scaggs or Eric Clapton show. As for tomorrow, I plan on getting an early start to the day, so I can grab some authentic Louisiana brunch, before I hop on another train for 8 more hours of travel.

I know a lot of people will be asking if the endless train rides were worth it, just to visit a new city for one night. I guess things like this are only worth it if you make them. Sure, I could stay in my hotel room all evening and relax. But, I made the journey here and I plan on getting the most out of it. Wish me luck and I’ll see you in Memphis.

-Steve-

Day 151

Today's my final day at BooneOakley, so I want to begin by thanking Dave Oakley and the entire team for being so wonderful to me over the past month. I had the privilege to working alongside a great group of creatives, who treated me like one of their own. They’re all amazing individuals, even if my cubicle mate, Mary, did yell at me a lot.* I got to work on some intriguing projects for the likes of Cheerwine and Bojangles, in addition to experiencing them both for the very first time (spoiler: they’re delicious). All in all, I can certainly say that Charlotte continued the project’s steak of extremely positive experiences.

So, what’s next? Well, at approximately 2:45am, I board a train to my next stop—Memphis, TN. However, this journey comes with a one-night-only detour to New Orleans…. during the New Orleans Jazz Festival… which is during Cinco de Mayo weekend. Sure, I could’ve taken a flight to Memphis, rather than the 2-day, 21+ hour Amtrak ride, but I figured it might be my only chance to visit Louisiana and as the kids say, #YOLO. Although I’m only there for a total of 19 hours, I plan on making the most of my time in the Big Easy. So, if I don’t eat a Po Boy, while listening to a 4-piece brass band tomorrow, I’ll be rather disappointed.

When I finally arrive in Memphis, #TGAA will take up residency at the magnificent RedDeluxe. I’ve heard a lot of good things about what they’re doing over there and I’m thrilled to be joining them, if only for a brief moment. I’ve actually never stepped foot in Memphis, so I’m also curious to see what the city—and the famous Beale St.—have to offer. In fact, to kick the month off right, I purchased a ticket to Day 3 of the Beale St. Music Festival, which is part of the Memphis in May celebration. It should be a perfect opportunity to meet some new people, encounter the vibe of the city and partake in some local culinary delights.

That’s about it for now. I’m keeping today’s post a bit short, as I plan on writing another “On the Rails” entry from New Orleans; so keep an eye out this weekend. I’ll see you in Tennessee and thanks for following along!

*just kidding Mary... kind of

-Steve-