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I Love New Orleans!

March 11th, 2009

When I saw that the crescent train continues through Georgia to new Orleans I thought it would be a good idea to visit my friends who live there before I headed out. Boy was it! This place is awesome! Ok, things I love about new Orleans:

  1. More people have said hello to me in one day here than people did in three months in Portland.
  2. The houses are all painted amazing bright colors and have huge shutters, that work!
  3. Many houses also have beautiful weathered exteriors complete with brightly colored peeling paint!
  4. Ornamental Ironwork.
  5. There are cats everywhere.
  6. It’s summer all the time.
  7. You can still smoke in bars.
  8. You can drink on the streets.
  9. 100% bikable
  10. In a lot of ways new Orleans is similar to Baltimore, only happier, more colorful, and there’s an overall go ahead attitude rather than a depressing one. There’s a good mix of Portland weirdos too. Good job NOLA.

    Oh, and my friends have an amazing studio deal through the Colton school.

Names + Places

March 9th, 2009

Well, I’m on my way! I’ve been thinking more about trail names. I wanted to go with something train related, as I’ve been taking so many trains recenty, but Gunzel (an Australian railfan) and Shunter (a short distance locomotive) just didn’t seem to fit. So I’ve been thinking about using Bender. I was think about Burning Tree too, but that would be unfair to Aimee and too generous to Portland.

Also a cool update! You can now follow my location and view photos in the sidebar by clicking the links under “Where’s Matthew?”


March 4th, 2009

I’m going to try to send post cards to everyone, but I realize people won’t be able to write me back! Which is aweful. So if you ever do want to send me something, send it to my normal Natick address but write “APPALACHIAN TRAIL” on it in big letters somewhere and I’ll get it.