New Orleans @ 08:23 pm
Current Mood: pleased
Current Music: Rufus Wainwright- Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
New Orleans was amazing as always. I thrive in that city. Its so alive with music and color. Anyways I was down there on a mission trip during Mardi Gras. We hung out with the gutter punks and other homeless people trying to help them out by providing them with back packs full of food, socks, flashlights, etc... I was able to give away two blankets I had made. IT felt really great to be there helping people and it changed my views on gutterpunks b/c the ones we met were incredibly grateful and entertaining. One of them told us the beautiful sunset over New Orleans was caused by chemicals and we were all gonna die in four years from cancer just from being here. He also said the scarecrow sitting in the rocks on the bank had been a man three days ago who had swam in the river.
Derrick and Jeb bought a carton of cigarettes for the homeless which I strongly disapproved of but it worked in a way that we were able to easily connect with them.
In between helping we went to Cafe Du Monde and ate benigets (sp)? *overrated funnel cakes*, ate at House of Blues, and Bubba Gump's where I had an amazing bucket of shrimp, lobster, crab, mussels, and oysters. Mmm...
I spoke to a lot of different street preachers who although were nice when approached in the right way but their views were a little extreme. One of them was dressed up as Jesus or John the Baptist *one of them* and carried a big cross. He didn't seem so bad but apparently there was something about him that attracted people to him. So many people were yelling at these preachers. I didn't really understand why b/c if you just ask politely what their views/messgae is/are then its really easy to communicate with them. I don know..
Anyways I had a really great time and I can't wait to go back next year.
Ooh and we watched an awesome band called The Hail Seizures.
Next year I may go early with some friends and try out the whole street performers thing.