Day 2: We are too old for this


Day 2 started out with the American Library Association conference. Wow, I was blown away by the amount of people and the size of the trade show. I had to stop halfway through to rest my feet! It was huge! And I got a lot of cool buttons. Apparently librarians like buttons!


Library Trade Show

Library Trade Show


Buttons

Buttons


The best thing about the conference was getting my pic taken with the hungry caterpillar(s)! We just read this book to the kids last weekend at the bilingual story time!


Caterpillars

Caterpillars


After several hours at the conference, I went back to the hotel and took a short nap. Then Lt. came and got me and showed me where he lives. It is a super cute area with shops and cool old homes. Next we went to a late lunch. He took me to a dive for po boys. Awesome. I had roast beef, he had shrimp. After that we went to a couple antique stores where I bought a sterling silver pin shaped like a guitar.


Lts. House

Lts. House


SisterV & Lt.

SisterV & Lt.


Next we hopped the streetcar for the French Quarter. We walked down to the river walk and went in several shops. After working up an appetite we went to the Oceana for oysters and dessert. Then we walked up and down Bourbon Street a few times before heading back to the river walk. There we sat and enjoyed the evening. By then it was about 11pm. We stood there staring at each other wondering why we couldn’t party a second night, and decided we are just too old for this! I am tired and happy, but ready to go home.


Fountain

Fountain


Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street



Day 1: Bed Bugs


I thought Day 1 in New Orleans would be short and quiet, since I expected to just fly in and go to bed. Nope.


So, I show up to get on my Continental flight, and find out the plane is smaller than my truck. I don’t really like to fly much anyway, but I really don’t like it when they balance us for weight. THEN to make matters worse, as I am flying along I see an insect on the wall! I freak out! What if it is a bed bug? Can you get bed bugs from airplanes? I immediately squish it and wait an hour to get off the plane so I can look it up on Google.


Waiting for the next flight in Houston I did just that, and thank goodness, it was just a beetle… Also waiting for my flight I started listening to the announcements over the intercom. They went through the normal “don’t leave your baggage unattended” spiel, and then was surprised at the end. They announced that anything we said that remotely suggested terrorism or harming anyone, even just a joke, would immediately get us arrested. Wow.


Airport

Airport


When I got to New Orleans my buddy Lt. picked me up. He said he would take me to the hotel and then to eat and I could go back to the hotel to get some sleep before my long librarian fest today. So, I checked in and we headed down the street to the first open kitchen we found. We ate pizza, which was awesome. When the waiter asked me what I wanted to drink and I responded water, he looked offended. Somehow I ended up with a glass of wine. And when we were ready to go and I was just going to leave the rest of my wine, they tried to give me a to go cup.


Lt. then shamed me into walking down through the crowds of people on Bourbon. We purchased a couple daiquiris to go and played “spot the librarians.” It wasn’t very hard to pick them out of the crowds. Needless to say I had a little more to drink than I should, and my head hurts a bit this morning. However, I will soon be joining the ladies (and men) at the American Library Association conference, where I am dying to find out what could possibly be in this big ass trade show. More to come.


SisterV and Lt. on Bourbon Street

SisterV and Lt. on Bourbon Street