This city gets in your blood

Someone I’m not sure who said “once you drink from that muddy water”…or something like that. I can’t say when I took my first sip, it may have been on the first day I was here, took a wrong turn, and ran into a second line, or the first bite of a hot sausage po-boy, or today when I heard a lone trumpet player belt out his version of St James Infirmary in the sleepy afternoon in Jackson Square, but its getting to me. And even though I still feel like a tourist, I can’t pronounce any of the streets/foods/names, and I have no idea how to get around, this is my city. I’m drinking that water.

Something is different for me now though. There’s blood in that water. The cities suffering seems so much more tangible now. When I can watch footage and see places that I drive by.

Its different.

I don’t think, if I stay here too long, that I’ll be able to live anywhere else. I’m invested.

Resting on top of the van in southern Mississippi at a rest area. Passing the time listening to The Tallest Man On Earth and being a dirty Hippy. I was offering drinks to all the people that came by and asked us if we needed help. Gotta love southern folks.

Ashokan Farewell at the rest stop of death in southern Missouri. 

Wilson AK. Took a pit stop here to see an archeological museum. In the video I said architectural but that was my bad.

Jam session at my going away party. 

How not to pack for a cross country road trip.

How not to pack for a cross country road trip.

Biggest spider I have ever seen outside of a zoo just chillin in southern Missouri at a rest stop. Travelers BEWARE!

Biggest spider I have ever seen outside of a zoo just chillin in southern Missouri at a rest stop. Travelers BEWARE!

po boys and marsh fires

So we arrived last night in New Orleans east to stay at the Olive tree village. I decided to take Matt out to get some authentic New Orleans food and just so happens there is a place called “We never close po-boys”. I got my favorite hot sausage poboy and matt got catfish. They were pretty good the bread was awesome and it satisfied my craving. So tonight when we decided to go back they were freaking closed! Its freaking called WE NEVER CLOSE for God sake! So we had to make due with things we brought with us on the trip. So we get back to the room and all of the sudden the room starts to get really smoky smelling which I get kind of alarmed about. so we go out side and theres just smoke everywhere. The whole of New orleans east is engulfed in this white smoke. So I consult google about it just to learn theres been a marsh fire burning since friday and only about a mile from where I’m presently located! The smoke just happened to shift this way about two hours ago. Go figure.

progress

So. I’m at a rest stop in southern mo. I stopped for 45 min here and before that an hour with my friend in arnold. I found a huge spider im talking tarantula size here which ill send a picture of later. Were doing really good on gas only like an 8th of a tank per hundred miles. So that’s better then I expected. Onward to Memphis!

Not all who wander are lost.