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Judy Patsch 03-28-2017 12:21 AM

Live from just a few blocks from the levee
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After 7 months I am finally back in New Orleans. I am on a protruding 4x6 balcony on the third floor of LeRichelieu, on the Barracks St side. Just flew in at noon, rode 2 trips, heard Matt Bubba Dow play the 5:30 calliope concert, and narrated the dinner trip during the Dukes' break. Spring break, so good crowds everywhere. Capts. Don Houghton and Troy C Delaney presided today. Troy and I have golf set up for Wednesday, should be interesting as I haven't played since December. I saw Doc sitting in the sun on his balcony as I drove over to retrieve my bike and golf clubs from the storage unit, but haven't talked to him yet. Busy river today, lots to narrate. Later this week I'll get a chance to visit the former CRI,now the CNO..This is a new iPad mini so I'm going to try to post pix, but considering how long it took to get signed on here, I don't know.. Capt. Matt Bubba Dow at the keyboard, a wind blown 'Grandma' observing. Not windblown enough to be upside down though..that's now on my second glass of wine on this small balcony !!

Ron Anderson 03-28-2017 09:19 AM

I like it! Thanks for the report!

Rob Hermann 03-28-2017 11:12 AM

Thank you!
You know I've been waiting for this! I really appreciate the posts and the pictures. I also check the Natchez out on the web cam in the afternoon as she comes and goes (when it works). I'll keep checking for updates, thanks again.

Judy Patsch 03-28-2017 11:04 PM

Day 2 between the levees
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A beautiful day, good crowd and congenial people and on a steamboat to boot! I spent the first trip out on the roof and missed the pilot house guests. But I caught up with them and also with CCH, as you'll see in the picture. Then to the golf course for 9 holes, a shrimp Caesar salad at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, a favorite of Roddy and mine, and back to the boat for the dinner cruise, which I narrated on the down-bound. It got cool enough for a windbreaker tonight. A land oddity here in the city of famous restaurants and chefs: the front desk clerk phoned this a.m. And said the manager had eaten one of my cookies for the first time and wanted my recipe! Now to the picture: that is Capt. Dave Williamson now of Magnolia Marine, but former DQ, MQ, AQ mate talking with Doc, who had been signing his book in the office, but who wandered over for lunch on the boat. Oh yes, a Dutch schooner is docked at Bienville, failed to get a pix today.

Ron Anderson 03-29-2017 02:51 PM

It's snowed here today.


Frank X. Prudent 03-29-2017 03:02 PM

For those that might be wondering, "Doc' co-wrote the book with Kerry McCafferty whom also took most of the photos that fill up the coffee table book's pages. The full title is "Steamboat NATCHEZ, New Orleans & The History of Mississippi River Steamboats." It was first published last year, and in my opinion is well worth the $29.00 price tag!

Judy Patsch 03-29-2017 11:14 PM

Day 3,after having to reset password yet again grrrrrr
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No Natchez today, as I played golf on the Westbank, then had dinner with Doc. I've actually spent some time in my hotel room tonight too. While Doc dines at fine old establishments with Frank, we have always done the dives, from Ruby Reds to Rocky and Carlo's. since last summer we have frequented a BBQ place in Bywater, called The Joint. That it is, but with great food. Pix 1 is from my little 3rd floor balcony looking up Barracks. Doc's place is the tall brick on the right in the background. Pix 2 is looking toward the river. The green building at the end is the Gov. Nic wharf. Pix 3 is Doc in the ambience of The Joint. Tomorrow I'm heading to the shipyard to see the former CRI, now the CNO. Ok this is a new one, no clue why pix posted upside down. Sorry but I've spent enough time trying to get resigned on, not going to fool with this. They are posted correctly on Facebook, if you can't stand on your head!,,

Judy Patsch 03-29-2017 11:19 PM

And here's Al
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A water hazard we encountered today, not on the river.

Judy Patsch 03-30-2017 09:09 AM

It looks like a dark and stormy day approaching.
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After 3 beautiful days it looks like the weather is turning. Here's the view from my balcony as I eat a ham and cheese croissant from the bakery down the street. On the agenda today is a visit to the former Casino RI, now being renovated by New Orleans Steamboat into a dinner/charter boat. Then a 2:30 Natchez trip, followed by dinner at Jack Dempsey with Matt Dow. Sorry but again the pix is posting upside down, no clue why or how to correct this.

Bob Reynolds 03-30-2017 10:19 AM

Many (I'm sure) not responding to your posts, but we're enjoying them, even if we do have to stand on our heads to see the pix. Anxiously awaiting pix of the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS!

David Dewey 03-31-2017 02:41 AM

Oh, upside down, I thought maybe a thick fog was forming!!

Judy Patsch 04-01-2017 10:09 AM

Back near the Rock Island levee
I got home late last night, after getting in one more ride on the NATCHEZ Friday morning. The weather was beautiful and hard to leave...while its sunny here, its also 40 degrees cooler. I didn't post about Thursday: I went out in the deluge to see the former Casino RI now being turned into the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS dinner/charter boat for N.O. Steamboat Co. I got the grand tour by Matt Dow, and I in turn showed him a few things from her gambling days, including my two favorite slot machine spots. The best was on the top deck where I could look out the window over at the PRESIDENT docked straight ahead in Davenport...As the casino people wormed their way into the river industry, changes were made to make the boats completely casinos and so there were alterations from the original boat/fun gaming concept. These didn't all get included in what plans NOSC got and I was glad I could explain some things. One of the most impressive things about her, besides her sheer, is that she has real windows all over the boat, something I think no other gambling boat had. The Diamond/Emerald Ladies did, but their main deck windows were small and up at ceiling level only to let light in, not afford a view outside the gambling area. Anyway, the CNO is a work in progress and she won't be out until sometime in '18. Thursday evening Matt and I dined at Jack Dempseys', a long time seafood restaurant down in the 9th ward and finished with a drink at the hotel bar. So it was a fast paced 5 days in NOLA, and now I'm hurrying to prepare for the arrival of our new furry friend Cally, a 4 year old calico from Clinton who will hopefully blend in with these 3 boys who currently own the place. I'm looking to August for my next NOLA sojourn. Hotel rooms are cheaper because nobody in their right mind goes to NOLA in August!

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