Above: A Dixieland jazz band plays at the New Orleans airport.
I was in New Orleans for four days (Thursday through Sunday) working at the North American Bridge Championship. I did the Daily Bulletin for the Youth NABC part of it. You can see a sample of one here. The kids were awesome. Adult bridge players look like they've just had a root canal, but the kids look like they were having a ball.
Seen on a youngster's tee shirt:
Parents for sale
Buy one, get one free
The tournament was at the Marriott on Canal Street. They had something I've heard of, but never seen: smart elevators. When you approach the bank of seven elevators, there is a keypad, and you enter the floor you are going to. It dings, then tells you which elevator to take. When I got on, I kept trying to punch a button for my floor, but there were no buttons to push -- the elevator already knew where to take me.
Because the elevator traffic is controlled by software, it makes the system run more efficiently. Even though it's faster and better, the bridge players griped about it. Most of them swore it was slower. I say that shows something about how grumps approach life -- big negative.
I took a bunch of photos of the kids. Somebody told me there were some good ones. My reply: It's impossible to take a bad one. The kids are so cute.
The guy on the plane sitting next to me had an iPad. He gave me a demo, and it's pretty sharp. The display is beautiful with such vibrant colors. My regular computer is seven years old, and, when it conks out, I'll make my laptop my working computer. THEN I'll buy a tablet and use it to travel. Or maybe I'll give in and buy one anyway -- they are amazing. Any reader have one? How do you like it?
Image by MOJO and taken with my P&S.