By Ann Maloney
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
"It has its issues as any family does, but there's nowhere on Earth I'd rather live," writes Millie Ball, retired Times-Picayune travel writer in a feature on New Orleans in The Los Angeles Times.
If you get so tired of reading feature stories about the Crescent City -- its attitude, its food and its foibles -- that just don't seem to get it quite right, this one might be the antidote. It comes from a seasoned travel writer and a seasoned New Orleanian.
The Los Angeles Times travel feature celebrates the city's history, quirks and riches.
A few excerpts:
* "Sex, life and death are celebrated as are the New Orleans Saints, a passion often mentioned in obituaries."
* "Three months after Katrina, Ricky Graham, a popular playwright-actor, opened a show called 'I'm Still Here, Me!' Audiences cheered when he walked onstage wearing a hat shaped like a roof covered by a blue tarp.
"'Thank God for Valium and beer, I'm still here,' he sang. The show ran a year."
* Most New Orleanians are fluent in Carnival speak. For example, a cousin told me, "I'm riding Chaos, fourth float, second position, neutral ground side."
Find the feature here.
And, as Ball notes: "... just as you don't have to understand a person to love him or her, you can embrace a city without fully understanding why."