I saw this for the first time way back when I started teaching here. A student would walk into class with dollar bills pinned to his shirt. Huh??? Turns out it’s a birthday tradition. Maybe you start with a dollar or two pinned to your shirt and people give you more throughout the day. See the blonde woman in the blue shirt in the foreground? See the dollar bills? It’s her birthday. Does anyone else out there know of this tradition, or is it another New Orleanianism?
Oh, and also note Big Sam’s Funky Nation in the background. Big Sam himself in the shades and black shirt. I took this photo at Lafayette Square a couple of weeks ago – there’s free music there every Wednesday evening in the fall to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. We’ll be going this week for another Only in New Orleans attraction: Bonerama! Is there a band anywhere else in the country fronted by three trombone players?
Yep. Don’t think I can live anywhere else. I would miss the craziness and quirkiness too much. And it’s not even Halloween yet!