We’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to fit a probably group of six people, not including Wesley and I, into our one-bedroom apartment.
So far, our ideas are to empty one of the closets and use the shelves in it for luggage. I’m not sure where we’ll put the stuff that is now on those shelves…
We also have two air mattresses, so we finally have enough cushions for people to sleep on.
Now, we’re just hoping it will not be cold because our apartment is super old and has no insulation. If we have to leave that gas heater on in the living room, I just know someone’s going to get drunk and catch on fire.
Other than that…everything’s under control.
My mom’s coming up this weekend to experience real Mardi Gras for the first time. We have parades in Pensacola, but they’re nothing compared to these.
Something else I’ve noticed: everyone associates Nola Mardi Gras with flashing and Girls Gone Wild videos. However, the only place I’ve ever seen someone flash is at the Pensacola Beach parade.
Nobody flashes here, at least not at the main parades on Canal.
This will be my third year and my millionth parade and I’ve never seen any one flash in New Orleans.
I almost want to say that the people here have too much class, but that’s not necessarily it. I think they just realize that the world is judging them because this is their big show and they want to look good.
I just hate flashing. I mean, not only do they then get all the beads, but there are children! And I’m not a child, but I don’t really want to see their private areas either!
Anyway, I think that people elsewhere just flash because they think it’s what everyone here does.
I’m not sure why people here don’t flash much, but whatever the reasoning – I’m glad.
Anyway, back to my mom coming over this weekend.
I think we’re going to head down to the Quarter for the parades, but I just saw my first NORTA advisory saying that the trolley will not be running all the way downtown. That means we’ll have to take a cab. I guess it will be good practice for next weekend.
Another problem I came across last weekend when watching the Krewe du Vieux: bathrooms.
Last year, we had a hotel so bathrooms weren’t an issue. This year, I’ll have about eight people downtown with no free bathroom within a 10 mile radius.
I’ve accepted that fact that we’ll have to pay to use the facilities – but any suggestions as to where is the cleanest or cheapest? Advice will be greatly appreciated.