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01:29 PM on 05/15/2012
Thanks for writing about your recent visit to NOLA, I always have found it interesting to hear different views of the city. So many stories come out of Louisiana. My stepfather was born there and he lived there as a child. His family is very proud of being from there. They all mostly moved away long before Katrina moving (jobs) to Ca and NY. It's like the rest of the southern states except La is romantized more by Hollywood. Thanks for sharing your experience.
01:18 PM on 05/15/2012
"To me, man's inhumanity to man is scarier than the supernatural. But it's also endlessly fascinating."

This is why 'River's Edge' froze me to my seat the first time I saw it, years ago. The ghoulish apathy of the teens who visited more than once the corpse of a girl killed by someone they knew and yet none of them reported it. The movie was based on a true story, making it one of the scariest things I've ever seen.
12:57 PM on 05/15/2012
The news media attracts readers just like this article: ..."If it bleeds, it leads".
Graphic Artist/Amateur Photographer
12:00 PM on 05/15/2012
I've only be to San Francisco and Wisconsin, so reading about your tour was very interesting. You told it so well too. Thanks.....
11:41 AM on 05/15/2012
I've spent a lot of time in NO.The haunted tours are amusing,but sadly,the story is like any other gossip ,or folk tale.It changes from person to person,retelling to retelling.
Tell nana,the two places I have spent the most time,outside of my native city,are Japan,and new Orleans.They are the only two places i think I could live,besides my hometown.
Japan ,countryside,is probably more haunted than any one place on the planet,but as far as a whole city goes,NO,is a close second.
All of it.From the FQ to Algiers to the Garden District.
It's all over.
Ive had experiences probably in every place I've ever stayed in NO,but I'm "sensitive".
And it gladdens my heart to see it in movies.
Few and far between ,in the past. I went last August,and at least 2 major shootings were going on.
I'm going next week. In and out quick,just for a show at the HOB with my nutty British mates.
As long as I can hit mothers for breakfast at least once,I'm happy.
Check out the cemeteries next time,as they are in severe disrepair,and much of the history is being lost.
St Louis one and two.There is also a cool one just across from Commanders Palace (fabulous Sunday brunch BTW).
And its coming back business wise,but many locals have not come back.It's owned by outsiders,so the soul of the place is not the same ,in my opinion.
Something is missing,but I will always love NO.
Xxoo M
Saucy strawberry blonde
11:06 AM on 05/15/2012
Just after graduating from Kent State with my bachelor's degree,
I lived and worked in New Orleans for a year in the late 90's to live
with my gay male BFF and his partner. Ahhh... sooo many good
memories of sipping mimosas with strawberries & cream waffles at
Sunday brunch while nursing a hangover from Saturday night festivities...
02:39 PM on 05/15/2012
Nice story! Thanks for sharing.
10:42 AM on 05/15/2012
I cannot imagine living anywhere else! I've never loved a city before..but this one? Ah!
We have hundreds of different shades of green-just in my backyard. We have food and music that will make you spin with joy. Our people are brave and loving and loyal and will invite you home for local seafood cookout and then show you where t hear the best live local music.
There is crime, yes. And we have potholes..left over from the Federal Flood of 05. But we also have Leidenheimer Bread, Kermit Ruffins, WWOZ, Lake Pontchartrain, MissiSsippi River, Camellia red beans, Dr. John, Jazz Fest, picnics on the Fly behind Audubon Zoo, City Park, Harrison Avenue restaurants, Esplanade Ave., NOMA, Streetcars, Botanical Gardens, Armstrong Park, concerts in the sculpture garden, children walking home from school, playing trumpets as they go, second line parades, crawfish. And we have the best living on earth because in spite of our challenges, we have New Orleans.
10:15 AM on 05/15/2012
I have found those ghost tours to be a lot of money for a lot of nothing. An example is the LaLaurie Mansion, which you spoke of and lived in by Madame Delphine Y. LaLaurie. This happened in the 1830's, not 200 years ago. All of the "haunted" buildings profiled in the tour are privately owned so all you can do is stand on the sidewalk and look up at them. Which you could do for free. New Orleans is not haunted. I've stayed in most of the supposedly haunted homes and hotels and seen and experienced nothing, and all the voodoo shops and ghost tours is done for one reason: to keep the tourists coming.
01:36 PM on 05/15/2012
You're a mom of three, and I can understand your desperate need for entertainment to be as subtle as a Pixar film, but you're entirely wrong about most of what you said. Everyone here knows LaLaurie house was built in the 1830s, so I don't know where you got your "200" years old. Delphine was actually born Marie Delphine, so "Y." as a middle initial? Of course the homes are privately owned - I know it's probably hard to imagine, but unlike Disneyworld, our buildings actually Are old, and we live in them; accomodating tourist-mother demands to be constantly entertained by allowing them to traipse inside aren't really high on our list. Because you've seen and experienced nothing means buildings aren't haunted? Seriously? Perhaps you're as sensitive as one of the Chinese-made plastic toys that no doubt litter your suburban home. The "voodoo" shops actually do supply many things that are used by practitioners of the religion. That you don't know what you're looking at means nothing other than the link between humans and livestock is perilously close from wherever you originate.
Ghost tours: yes, indeed they're a business, one of the most difficult, as people like yourself are the majority of tourists nowadays. Still, we generally live for the person with a lively curiosity in the history and culture of our once smouldering and still vibrant home, and a bit of imagination not stamped and approved by the latest marketing procedures of television and commercial entertainment companies.
03:01 PM on 05/15/2012
No reason to be hateful or to make presumptions about other people's lives or what they do simply because they have children. I have been to NO many, many times and am going there in November for a family wedding. If you enjoy the hokey, overpriced "ghost" tours I say go for it. But, mostly NO is a ripoff that caters to tourists and what they think it should be like. If paying $20.00 to walk around and look up at building is your definition of "lively curiosity" then I say go for it! You're the one with the boring life, sweetie!
03:12 PM on 05/15/2012
If paying $20.00 to hear "ghost stories" satisfies your "lively curiosity" I say go for it.
09:13 AM on 05/15/2012
I loved the ghost tours when I was there years ago, and savannah is the same way. You walk on bodies because everyone is buried under the street. Love James Franco :)
07:46 AM on 05/15/2012
New Orleans is interesting enough without the ghost tours. I'm not sure that many denizens believe in ghosts per se, as they do in spirits. There are still people there who practice an ancient mixture of Catholicism and voodoo. Seriously. Black candles and hex bags and the whole bit, right out of a Dr. John the Night Tripper album. It's not just for the tourists.

I grew up in a creaky old historic Louisiana Delta house, where every little puff of wind caused all the windows to rattle and if you stepped out of bed in one corner, floors would creak in another. All my overnight guests used to stay awake, gasping at sounds we all learned to ignore. When it was a nightclub, 2 men were killed inside our house. One in the basement, one in what became the dining room. But we never encountered their ghosts. Maybe they liked us?

In Louisiana, the past is not gone, it's not even past. We live with history, and in history, every day. People get into heated arguments about stuff that happened a hundred years ago.

Louisiana's certainly not for everyone, but I love it. Glad you do, too, Mr. F.

Come by for a bowl of gumbo.
What ever happened to common sense?
06:46 AM on 05/15/2012
Could be there are a lot more "ghosts" and not just the historic kind, considering post-Katrina and the people that lost their lives as a result. Sad to know our government left these people to their own devices, ignoring their plight as if on purpose, and one would have to question why. I've seen some recent programs that give a hard glimpse into the devastation that still remains in the poorest areas, and it's hard to imagine how they're coping with the loss of one's ancestral home and property, all swept away. New Orleans died that day, and except for the city's well-known tourist center, nobody seems to give a damn.
World traveller, bon-vivant, writer..
09:51 AM on 05/15/2012
I am a New Orleanian and nothing you write is true. I am sorry you fell for the hype.

Hit: Ignore Spike Lee.
My micro-bio is teeming with biodiversity.
12:09 PM on 05/15/2012
I'm a New Orleanian and we are very much here and alive and loving our beautiful city. Those of us who endured the levee failures are only more resolved in our passionate love for this city.

I sincerely appreciate your concern. The federal government failed us but the citizens of this country really stood up for us. Come see us sometime.
05:05 AM on 05/15/2012
I'm not familiar with james franco, other than to know that he's an actor. It does amaze me the lengths people will go to nitpic something to find something to criticize . It's a little light hearted piece about New Orleans. I think he probably used the term 'posse' toungue in cheek.
10:06 AM on 05/15/2012
I thought he gave that ghost tour a good piece of publicity. I liked it.
01:49 AM on 05/15/2012
I don't know what you all guys are talking about in fact i am not getting exactly but its seems you all enjoyed a lot and i enjoyed your discussion...:P:P

Tell the Truth
12:50 AM on 05/15/2012
Cotton Age gives NO a intense and rich History, mixed with Katrina and you have a spooky
and Dramatic sense of dark feelings and fear.

Empty buildings always bring out the sense of fear, at night especially.

Many large buildings are still empty ! Ditto, Baton Rouge.
World traveller, bon-vivant, writer..
09:54 AM on 05/15/2012
Whatever, "cotton age" means, however New Orleans was around for a hundred years before cotton.
I don't want to belong if you'll have me....
11:32 PM on 05/14/2012
. Then again, don't news stations just cover the stuff that will bring in the ratings?

Yes--and Mark Twain knew this when he'd make up crazy tales (at the start of his career to get published)--he knew people wanted to read about the macabe and morbidity of life--he'd create fictitious stories of death, mayhem and plundering--so he could get his words published.