I am finally back from New Orleans, after a long weekend and a couple of days of meetings, tours, and even a trip by Lil’ Wayne’s old apartment. (No, not on purpose). This was my first year attending Rising Tide, an annual conference of New Orleans area bloggers, and I am pleased to report that RT IV was an absolute blast.
Harry Shearer was both insightful and hilarious (we were even treated to Montgomery Burns), and he is, undoubtedly, a true champion of the City of New Orleans.
Hopefully, I was only underwhelming as a panelist on the politics panel, but I learned a great lesson: If you’re ever on a panel with John Slade, don’t share a microphone. In all seriousness, Mr. Slade was great, as were Clancy DuBos and Ethan Brown (whose new book looks chillingly awesome). I hadn’t done much homework on the New Orleans Mayor’s race, which was the most popular item on the agenda, but it definitely appears as if this race will soon be on hyperspeed.
And I would recount the other topics we discussed, but I’m really not in the mood for a protracted debate.
That said, it was a real pleasure to finally meet, in person, Adrastos, Clancy DuBos, Oyster, E., Loki, Mominem, Jeffrey, Liprap, Karen Gadbois, Greg, sophmom, Tim, Michael, Blake, Maitri, and the rest of the gang, some of whom shall remain anonymous.
I second Eli: A Rising Tide IV.5 (or at least another blogger’s roundtable) is an awesome idea.