I’m in New Orleans for the first time, with a view of downtown and the river from the 18th floor of a fine establishment.

There’s an editors’ conference here I’m attending with some of my colleagues, and let me tell you, it’s a joy to see this place. My cab driver was full of passion for this city, and full of hope for its restoration. (He also didn’t waste time explaining that the funds for restoring New Orleans were severely delayed because the Bush administration is punishing New Orleans for voting Democrat in the last election.)

I’ve always wanted to enjoy a late dinner in New Orleans, and that’s where I’m headed, so… I’ll catch ya later.

(P.S. Stay tuned. I’ll have a few words about the new Sam Phillips album for you in just a few days.)

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