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Web Geeks on the Bayou · Some words and pic­tures about ApacheCon 2008 in New Or­lean­s ...
Nawlins Then · Oh, this is aw­ful. I’ve noth­ing to of­fer but hap­py mem­o­ries: Item: Peter and I, both grey­ing, scruffy, and geeky, walk­ing down some ran­dom street, and the hook­er, young and with movie-star make-up, mur­mured “Oh, pret­ty men”—we snick­ered for the next two block­s. Item: Round mid­night, some club way off Bour­bon street, warm in mid­win­ter, Char­maine Neville and Maria Mul­daur trad­ed off vers­es of San­ta Ba­by, out­ra­geous­ly lewd and in­tense­ly mu­si­cal. Item: At some con­fer­ence par­ty I danced and danced with a wom­an I’d nev­er met, we had fun, she lit up the dance­floor with a fast shake dur­ing the sax­o­phone break, then we talked about stylesheet­s. Item: Some­where in the quar­ter, two cops had this guy backed in­to a cor­ner and were giv­ing him a hard time, I was think­ing “That’s got­ta be a crap­py job, a cop in the number-one place in the U.S.A. where peo­ple go to get drunk and stupid” but then they walked away laugh­ing, side by side. Item: Some­where else in the quar­ter, un­der twinkly lights in a love­ly old court­yard, espres­sos and cognac af­ter a lot of re­al­ly good food, a block-away elec­tric back­beat drift­ing faint­ly over the wall­s. Hey New Or­lean­s: when you get your­self back to­geth­er, I’ll come down and spend a bunch of mon­ey on booze and mu­sic, that’s a promise.
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