Category: Travel

The wrong time to cancel

Been refining (redoing) plans for my trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest — which now includes a detour to my dear cousin Ted’s wedding in Puerto Vallarta. It’s getting a little crazy. The process has reminded me of the various ways you can fall into potholes during the booking process. And one, in particular, I’d like to…

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Still carrying guns on a plane

  What part of  “no firearms” is unclear? There may be some blurry lines in the TSA rules — or at least in their implementation at various airports (do I take my shoes off if I’m under 11 or over 65?), but “no firearms” in carry-ons  is pretty clear. Or am I missing something? Maybe…

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Gonna have big fun, I think…

Arrived in Lafayette, La., last night (after three connections from NYC), and headed straight for dinner (do not pass hotel) at the Olde Tyme Grocery, a local institution and perfectly located to catch both the first parade of Mardi Gras here, and the  after-party. You could just pop in and grab a bag of Zapp’s…

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OK! Bayou at the Grammys

Saw Dwayne Dopsie and the (aptly named) Zydeco Hellraisers along with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at BB King’s Blues Club yesterday — it was the “Only in Cajun and Creole Country Celebration” thrown by the tourism folks of the Lafayette region, in southern Louisiana, west of New Orleans. “What’s this? Cajun? Creole?” my friend asked…

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Please go to Jazz Fest

The lineup for New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018 (April 27-May 6) was just released, and (as usual) I am psyched. David Byrne, Aretha Franklin, a special Tribute to Fats Domino – featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack White are among the headliners. It’s not just about big-star musicians (well, OK, sorta). It’s more that,…

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Hot ticket turnaround

I usually talk about tickets in terms of airfare. But today, let’s stick closer to home and talk about those tickets for performances.  Broadway, arenas, that kind of ticket. The ones, when you actually snag them, feel like you’ve snagged some holy grail  (“Hamilton”? Foo Fighters? Chris Rock?). Those same tickets can be a disaster…

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