Dec. 30th, 2003
Respect the ladies  
In unloading the random pictures I took of my day, I found another shot I'd taken on my trip last week:

It's nothing uber special — just an odd little neighborhood restaurant we went to. I wish my cell camera took better pictures so you could fully appreciate the atmosphere. It was quaint and surreal, in a time warpy sorta way. First off, restaurants in New Orleans still actually allow smoking indoors. It's kind of odd hearing someone ask you "Smoking or non-smoking?" when you enter a restaurant in 2003. This particular one doesn't even ask that, however. The entire restaurant is "smoking!"

The bar in the distance goes on quite a bit down, and a number of patrons had plopped down just kickin it. Everyone seemed to know everyone. And a very large sign mounted beneath the neon clock, behind the bar read:


I had to chuckle at that.

A group of elderly men sat at a table behind us. "Hey, Senator!" Yelled one man as a white-haired gentleman approached their table to sit. I wasn't sure if he was currently or formerly a senator, but you could picture this being a place where the "good ole boy" network met, and deals were made.

It was weird.

But I will say this: the food was hella good!

Lastly, I find it weird that I'm starting to find myself in a bit more of a festive mood (now that the holidays are just about over). ::shrugs:: Oh, well.. I can probably get a Christmas tree on the cheap this time of year.
Mood: bouncy
Listening to: Simple Plan - My Christmas List
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Ben Copecopeless on December 30th, 2003 - 09:00 am
Smoking or Non
Have to say in my area (Allentown,PA) you usually are asked this question, unless you are going to one of the chain restaurants. It is still common practice unfortunately in PA they will be one of the last to phase that out.
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Steve: drinksteeeve on December 30th, 2003 - 12:51 pm
The one question that's asked at restaurants...
Everywhere else - Smoking or Non?
Here - Indoors or Out?
... only in California, eh?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on December 30th, 2003 - 08:03 pm
as it should be!

..except when they allow smoking outside. Then it's just annoying. If I want to be outside, it's for the fresh air! :-P
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