Thursday, November 10, 2005
My blogging friend Se7en who lives in New Orleans took a walking tour of the French Quarter and posted some pictures on his blog. He also took a short video which you can watch at the end of the post. A couple of weeks ago, I saw some pictures of Jackson Square taken on a Friday and Decatur was deserted. It was very depressing. Se7en's pictures are a bit more uplifting and the video shows people and cars and you can even hear music coming from the bars.
The saddest part of the post for me is the picture of the Cat's Meow. Se7en mentions that although the Cat's Meow doesn't appear to be damaged from the outside, it's still closed. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that the bar in the middle of the Cat's Meow near the restrooms downstairs is actually in a small courtyard. I'm guessing the courtyard bar, the stairs leading up to the second floor bar and the downstairs restrooms probably had a lot of damage.
The funny thing about that courtyard bar at Cat's is that most people don't realize that it's a courtyard and that it's open to the sky. I had been to New Orleans at least a half dozen times when someone said something about the courtyard at the Cat's Meow and I said, "What courtyard?" When I bring people to the Cat's Meow for the first time, I never point out the courtyard. Then, the next day I tell them about it and they don't believe me. When we go back the second night they always say something along the lines of, "Well, I'll be damned. It is a fucking courtyard."