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  • Jim Sutton
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    Hope you are enjoying NOLA. I spent June working on the CAPE KENNEDY and July over in the Beaumont reserve fleet,on the CAPE VICTORY with another NATCHEZ alumni,Jim White (who was decking when I was striker back in 1979) and is permanent 1st A/E and relieving as C/E. The CAPE KNOX was turbo activated the other day so there may be some shifting around of the ships.
    I see you have been hitting some of my favorite eateries! The decimation of a healty diet is one of the pitfalls when I am working over there!

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  • Bob Reynolds
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    Thanks, Judy, for your posts. I am in Destrehan, LA not far from the airport. While I don't wish a hurricane on anyone, I really hope Isaac will come ashore and march up the Lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys and put some water in this river!

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  • Judy Patsch
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    Doc and I tried the new Ruby Reds in the CBD but found it closed, so we headed over to the Belle Chasse location. The CBD one is open only for lunch. I wonder how long that will last, with the high rent there.
    After returning my golf clubs and bike to 1113 and packing the rest up, I rode the 11:30 NATCHEZ trip. Ominously dark clouds surrounded us most of the upbound part, but it wasn't until I was on the interstate heading to the airport when the skies opened up. When we left MSY for Atlanta, we circled back over the city, the first time I've ever seen the boat from the air. Of course I didn't have my camera available... I'm hoping for a return to NOLA in early November.
    For now it will be watching the Weather Channel for the tracking of Isaac. They were gathering supplies just in case the boat has to go upriver to Bayou Goula. The last report I saw showed NOLA in the range, but they'll stay at Toulouse St. if its a Category 1 or 2, even with a direct hit. Time will tell, but it's eerie that the predicted landfall of Tuesday or Wednesday would be on the 7th anniversary of Katrina... my thoughts are with my friends and the NATCHEZ.
    1) Look carefully and you'll see Capt. Steve on the roof taking down the flags prior to the storm.
    2) An ominous view at Toulouse St.

    I see one pix posted yesterday after I gave up, so here's the last one. it looks like Isaac is going to miss NOLA now, other than some outer remnants of rain. I forgot to mention that the sandbar had disappeared by the time I left since the river rose about half a foot and the winds were pushing the water over the area too. So another sojourn to the Crescent City is in the books. November looks like the next visit, if hotel and airfares coordinate...
    Well, now the second pix I just added posted first... computers!
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Thursday afternoon

    Its been a busy steamboating day. After my FQ stroll I rode the 11:30 trip and then packed up my cameras and drove over to the Westbank to snap the NATCHEZ underway. Back in the day, I rode my bike down this 7 mile stretch, today it was by car. Capt. Troy C. did me wrong - he turned shorter than on the 11:30 trip and the turn was blocked by willow trees. So my pictures have only side shots, no turns. I'm going to post them on a separate thread because there are probably people interested in seeing pix of the NATCHEZ without having to read my daily log.
    Here are 2 pix prior to my Westbank safari:
    1) I had the Main Deck to myself until the first turnaround. Because the river is so low, this deck is completely hidden at the wharf and very few people wander around and explore the boat before we get underway. This is on the starboard bow looking aft.
    2) Debbie Fagnano playing the 1:45 calliope concert.

    No evening cruise tonight for me as Doc and I are going to hit up Ruby Red's. There's a new location in the CBD, but I'm not sure if we'll find parking. If not, we'll head over to their Westbank location. Oh for the days when they were just over on Esplanade!
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  • Lexie Palmore
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    Aha!

    All this reminds me of the DQ layup that caused me to gain 20 lbs.

    At least you have given me an idea of what to do with the bananas my husband left behind. He is on a trip to see his mother. He went into the airport with one. But I still have 2. I don't usually eat bananas, so I was trying to come up with some delicious use for them.

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  • Judy Patsch
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    The old homestead

    While LeRichelieu is a great place to stay, nothing beats your own FQ apartment. I was passing by the Beauregard-Keyes House and there was my neighbor Ott out on the front porch. Ott still lives in the slave quarter apartment and works for the foundation.
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Some French Quarter shots

    Here are some pix I took this morning as I wandered over to get some beignets.
    1) the corner windows on the top floor of LeRichelieu are mine. I'm on Barracks looking back at the Chartres Street side.
    2) one of my favorite balconied buildings on Royal St.
    3) Other than Green Bay, there is no NFL town which is as involved in their team as NOLA is with the Saints. This banner refers to the year long banishment of the head coach in the Bounty investigation mess.
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Wednesday in NOLA

    Not a lot of steamboating to report - Capts. Don and Troy and I played golf out near the lakefront and then dined at an Italian restaurant nearby. I made the evening NATCHEZ trip as usual, and as usual clouds covered the sun so no pretty sunset. But it still was a beautiful evening to be outside. Roddy always said that was his favorite trip of the day because it was more relaxing than the daytrips, with the sunset and the band playing.
    With Don and Troy on the golf course, the pilothouse was manned by Capts. Steve and Steven Nicoulin. This combination works together regularly since they've rearranged schedules because they have 4 people available for the two positions. Worse than realizing the young guys when I started in 1984 are now 50, young Steven wasn't even born yet then...Time flies...
    1) Another view of the NATCHEZ at the dock as much of her is obscured at this river stage.
    2) A little more of the sandbar is showing. I'm guessing by the time I leave tomorrow it will be out all the way to Gov. Nicholls so people will be able to walk out on it.
    3) The view from my room up Barracks. Doc's place is the high brick walled building with the flag out on the balcony.
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Shorter stacks

    I miss the double spreader bars but don't mind the shorter stacks. Back in 1982 when she came up to Louisville for the race, they made shorter stacks to put on about a third of the way up the base section. This was to get under the lower bridges on the Ohio. They put the regular tops back on upon returning to NOLA. Then for the relief trip in 2005, they merely cut about 10 feet off the top sections, including the second spreader bar. Once again this was for the bridge clearances on the Ohio. Since she was planning to return to Cincinnati the following year for Tall Stacks, they just kept the shorter stacks on. After they returned from Tall Stacks, they just decided not to return the taller sections. Alan Bates always said he thought the originals were too tall. The spreader bar is still around, but I don't think the taller sections are - and they are NOT in my possession...

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  • Kevin Brem
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    Judy, do you know the reason for shortening the stacks, and, are the any plans to heighten them. NATCHEZ is such a beautiful boat in either aspect, but, I did prefer the double spreader and tall stacks.

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  • Judy Patsch
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    Restaurants

    There was a seafood place on Elysian Fields named Andrew Jaegers. Don't know if it is still there. There are several restaurants run by the Brennan family, but you are probably referring to the Brennans on Royal Street, famous for their bananas foster, and yes it is still there.
    We just got back from playing golf at the newly reopened Bartholemew Course at Pontchartrain Park and we had a wonderful lunch at Two Tonys, a restaurant out near the lake. There are many good restaurants out there, easily accessible by I-10 and West End Boulevard. Deanies is the famous seafood restaurant in Bucktown, parallel to the 17th St. Canal and a couple blocks off the lake.

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  • Tom Schiffer
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    Judy: Is there still a restaurant in or near N.O. by the name of Yaegers, or Jaegers??; another down town by the name of Brennans??? ...Fond memories of 32 years ago! Cap'n Walnut.

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  • Judy Patsch
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    From the rooftop

    1) The view of the rooftop from the keyboard. The painted NATCHEZ on the pilothouse was put on in March 1988 for the Dolly Parton TV special. They wanted the name visible when the calliope piece with Vic was done. It was originally red, now black. The liferafts were moved from the main deck, where they were accessible, up to the roof by a Coast Guard order years ago. The CG was afraid they'd float away from the main deck. This will probably be the last year for them, as the inflatable bin-type will be in next year. The little blob on the deck next to the stack of rafts is a spotlight which is aimed at the pilothouse at the wharf. They haven't had them on lately, due to mayflies - just like Dubuque and environs. Off the port side you can see 2 large gray ships: 2)
    2) The stern of the two MARAD ready reserve supply ships CAPE KENNEDY and CAPE KNOX. These are known as ro-ros. Roll on, roll off. You can see the large ramp, one up, one down. A semi loaded with supplies rolls right onto the ship over this ramp, thus quickly delivering the loads. Jim Sutton has posted that he's working as engineer on these on occasion. Haven't seen him this week.
    3) The city skyline from downriver.
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Around the NATCHEZ

    1) The 32 note calliope
    2) The Lunkenheimer whistle
    3) The stacks which have remained shortened, about 63 ft high from the waterline.
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  • Judy Patsch
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    Tuesday wrapup

    It was neither shrimp creole nor jambalaya - I went to the Verdi Mart and got a muffaleta. The VM is a hidden gem on Gov. Nicholls and Royal - a full deli with sandwiches and hot entrees. If you're ever down here and don't want to spend big in restaurants, hit the Verdi Mart and Croissant d'Or.
    It was a small group that met post trip at the bar, but we indeed did toast you, Capt. Dow.
    Rain struck part of the area last evening during our trip, but it had passed by the time we got upriver. It did dump on City Park, where we have a threesome planning to play golf this morning. Its going to be a bit soggy, unlike the rock-hard surfaces I've been playing on all summer.
    1) The view of the NATCHEZ with the river stage 2.2.
    2) The sandbar beginning to surface at the Moonwalk.
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