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oh no nola
I swear I hate New Orleans. Every time I go there it sucks. Then a few years go by and we go back, and it still sucks.

We went on a cruise to celebrate D's graduation (visiting my parents at Christmas was NOT a vacation), and since NOLA is only a five hour drive from here, we thought it'd be easier sailing from there than down in Tampa. Ha ha, it's never that easy.

His mom and her husband went with us (to NOLA, not on the cruise), and none of us had any idea that Mardi Gras parades started in the middle of January, and all the roads were shut down, and we couldn't get to our hotel until almost midnight, even though we arrived in the city before three in the afternoon. After sitting in traffic for two hours, following our GPS which couldn't help us given all the streets were blocked off, and finally calling the hotel asking for alternate directions which also didn't work because that guy told us the same thing our GPS did (and we paid effing roaming charges on our cellphone for no reason, because we were asking him for an ALTERNATE route, which ultimately he couldn't give us), we finally paid to park in random downtown parking, left our bags in the trunk and walked several blocks to the hotel just so we could at least check in and eat dinner and stuff.

At least coming back yesterday wasn't so bad. We got in early enough that we were off the boat before eight and could get the hell out of there before they started closing all the roads for the game.

And the actual trip part was fun, but I swear, I'm going to think really seriously about going out of Tampa if we ever do it again.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: chase the sky--pk

5 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
serena_b From: serena_b Date: February 5th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Only been to NOLA once. I didn't think it was bad, in fact it reminded me a lot of Baltimore (except with slightly more humidity). Probably because we weren't driving it wasn't quite as much of a pain in the arse. I hate traffic and having to find parking. Worst I've ever experienced? A tie between evening rush hour around the Boston beltway (It's like a half a beltway, I think it's part of 95) and the morning rush hour traffic on 85 in Atlanta.

We really need to get to inventing flying cars or something.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: February 5th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd say yes to flying cars if it weren't for the fact that people can't even drive regular cars properly. We hate flying so driving is our only option until they develop a proper rail network in this country, which is never going to happen.

Atlanta traffic is terrible, I agree, and we go there once or twice a year--park at the hotel and take the MARTA everywhere until time to leave.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: February 7th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
When I went to Atlanta with my brother we were only there for one day. Traffic in the city wasn't so much killer as it was trying to get the heck out of the city during rush hour. I don't understand how people can commute in traffic like that every day. (I say this and yet the Baltimore/Washington traffic is notoriously awful, anywhere going south on 95 in the morning or north in the evening generally sucks. Luckily I don't have to deal with that!)
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: February 5th, 2013 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Suppose I can take that off my "American Cities to Visit" list. Which hotel?

A colleague's wife won the Superbowl lottery. They flew into Houston and drove to New Orleans. Sad. It ended up being a good game but I left at halftime to go to the gym.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: February 5th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Embassy Suites. It was right next to the cruise terminal, so we picked it for the convenience. Joke was on us!

I've been there five times in my life and never really enjoyed it. I guess I'd say like most things in life, it's worth seeing once just so you know.
5 pathetic excuses or justify your existence