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Well, since it seems that everyone in here, especially me, can get off the set topic of a thread very easily, I think an off-topic thread is something good. :D Discuss anything you want in here, that is, as long as it complies with the rules of UrbanPlanet.

To start it off, does anyone have any ideas for a more creative and Louisiana related name for the thread? The first thing that popped into my head was "The Gumbo Pages," but I'm not sure if I like that yet. What y'all got? ;)

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I like that name! Its one of the many things that pop into my head when I think of Louisiana. I remember seeing a shot with your Morton's Steak House, so I went down to Shockoe Slip this weekend and got a shot of ours :lol:

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Shockoe Slip is similar to you all's Bourban Street. Ours is all old factory warehouses that have been renovated into restaurants. Its quite a collection. Even cobblestone streets! But nothing can compare to Bourban Street, from the pictures and Mardi Gras, youre years and years ahead of us :shades:

For My own Personal Photo Tour of the Slip, click here. Let me know what ya think :)

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Shockoe Slip is similar to you all's Bourban Street. Ours is all old factory warehouses that have been renovated into restaurants. Its quite a collection. Even cobblestone streets! But nothing can compare to Bourban Street, from the pictures and Mardi Gras, youre years and years ahead of us :shades:

Thanks for the info Tommy! I've never checked out Shockoe Slip, but that will probably change over the summer as I'll be stopping by Richmond for a little while on my very long trip to Washington D.C.

I checked out your photos, too; great job! A very nice tour of parts of Richmond! :D

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I like that name! Its one of the many things that pop into my head when I think of Louisiana.

This got me thinking :D ...

When people in Virginia hear "Louisiana," what do they think of first? What about New Orleans?

I'm interested in knowing what the perception of Louisiana, New Orleans, and other cities in LA is in Virginia. To me, it's always seemed like people in one historic Southern city(in this case Richmond) are able to relate more to another historic Southern city(New Orleans) even if they aren't very familiar with the city. Sometimes it seems like that could be said for entire states too. Is that the case at all up there?

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This got me thinking :D ...

When people in Virginia hear "Louisiana," what do they think of first? What about New Orleans?

I'm interested in knowing what the perception of Louisiana, New Orleans, and other cities in LA is in Virginia. To me, it's always seemed like people in one historic Southern city(in this case Richmond) are able to relate more to another historic Southern city(New Orleans) even if they aren't very familiar with the city. Sometimes it seems like that could be said for entire states too. Is that the case at all up there?

Very much so! When I hear New Orleans, impaticular, I think of wrought iron gates, barges coming down the Mississippi, cobblestone streets, AMAZING SEAFOOD, and jazz. I think in the big scheme of things, cities like New Orleans, Richmond, Savannah, and Charleston can all be grouped into the same category of classic Southern cities. They all have the same baseline of true southern cities. When I look at Charlotte, I see steel and glass lacking little resemblance of what comes to mind when I think of Southern cities in general. New Orleans has class! Being one of the few cities that holds on to it's rich southern background. :shades:

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Very much so! When I hear New Orleans, impaticular, I think of wrought iron gates, barges coming down the Mississippi, cobblestone streets, AMAZING SEAFOOD, and jazz. I think in the big scheme of things, cities like New Orleans, Richmond, Savannah, and Charleston can all be grouped into the same category of classic Southern cities. They all have the same baseline of true southern cities. When I look at Charlotte, I see steel and glass lacking little resemblance of what comes to mind when I think of Southern cities in general. New Orleans has class! Being one of the few cities that holds on to it's rich southern background. :shades:

Is that what most people around there think about New Orleans? I hope so, because people in many parts of the country seem to think of New Orleans as just some giant party, where the only thing going on and worth doing is drinking, which of course is not at all true. And I agree with you about New Orleans, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah. They could all be grouped together as true classic Southern cities who have not completely lost their souls to modern times. And New Orleans and Richmond can be grouped together as two cities that have done what many could not; move forward and progress with the times as two major American cities, without losing what makes them special and different from a city like Charlotte or Tampa.

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Is that what most people around there think about New Orleans? I hope so, because people in many parts of the country seem to think of New Orleans as just some giant party, where the only thing going on and worth doing is drinking, which of course is not at all true. And I agree with you about New Orleans, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah. They could all be grouped together as true classic Southern cities who have not completely lost their souls to modern times. And New Orleans and Richmond can be grouped together as two cities that have done what many could not; move forward and progress with the times as two major American cities, without losing what makes them special and different from a city like Charlotte or Tampa.

Id like to think that's what most people think about New Orleans. I guess it depends on the ages. Youger people here definitely associate New orleans with Marti Gras, getting wasted and boobs for necklaces! The older people look at it as more of a place to find some of the best seafood around, listen to a local jazz band, and kick back and watch boats go down the Mississippi. If I ever visited (which hopefully will be soon :D ) my reason for going would be the second one, why? Because when I visit places, I love to eat at the local places, Im not into the touristy locations. I wanna find that hidden cafe tucked away in some side street. That's my kinda vacation, something off the beaten path. New Orleans, has that to offer.

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Well, since it seems that everyone in here, especially me, can get off the set topic of a thread very easily, I think an off-topic thread is something good. :D Discuss anything you want in here, that is, as long as it complies with the rules of UrbanPlanet.

To start it off, does anyone have any ideas for a more creative and Louisiana related name for the thread? The first thing that popped into my head was "The Gumbo Pages," but I'm not sure if I like that yet. What y'all got? ;)

How about Lagniappe? And then in small text underneath, in the descrpition of the thread, "A little something extra" for those who don't know what Lagniappe means. But those of us from Louisiana know what it means... even those of us from that other state... you know, North Louisiana!

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If I ever visited (which hopefully will be soon :D ) my reason for going would be the second one, why? Because when I visit places, I love to eat at the local places, Im not into the touristy locations. I wanna find that hidden cafe tucked away in some side street. That's my kinda vacation, something off the beaten path. New Orleans, has that to offer.

Trust me man, you're gonna love New Orleans. The food, the people, the history, the architecture, the music, the nightlife, the sports, the Mississippi....whatever you're into, we've got it. And that's one major reason why New Orleans draws over 8 million tourists per year from all over the world with completely different ideas of how to have a good time. If all you want to do is party and get wasted, you're sure as hell in the right city. Or maybe you want to kick back, relax, and enjoy the softer side of life, New Orleans is the right place for you. It's a city for everyone, and I know you're gonna love it. :D

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How about Lagniappe? And then in small text underneath, in the descrpition of the thread, "A little something extra" for those who don't know what Lagniappe means. But those of us from Louisiana know what it means... even those of us from that other state... you know, North Louisiana!

As you like to say Brian, you da' man! :thumbsup: Great idea! I think everyone will be happy with that one.

And yes, I've heard of that other Louisiana up there...is Terry Bradshaw still playin for you guys? ;)

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As you like to say Brian, you da' man! :thumbsup: Great idea! I think everyone will be happy with that one.

And yes, I've heard of that other Louisiana up there...is Terry Bradshaw still playin for you guys? ;)

He's been chosen as our lifetime quarterback. Yeah, he's old now but our contract won't allow him to retire. The North Louisiana Texouisianians. Yep, that's us.

Anyway, wasn't sure if you'd like the Lagniappe idea, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of an off-topic Louisiana forum. And with a simple description, everyone would understand what Lagniappe meant.

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Anyway, wasn't sure if you'd like the Lagniappe idea, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of an off-topic Louisiana forum. And with a simple description, everyone would understand what Lagniappe meant.

I'll go ahead and make that the name for the thread. Even if it really only relates to New Orleans, "Lagniappe" is unique to Louisiana, and that alone makes it a good idea for the name.

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I wanted to get some opions for my signature.

Do you guys think I should keep my current signature, or change it to this?

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A City Like No Other

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Ok, you guys totally threw me off with the Lagniappe :lol:

NCB, Im a sucker for night skylines, so that would get my vote :thumbsup: The only reason my signature isnt night, is because there were no impressive shots of Richmond at night.... ^_^

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Ok, you guys totally threw me off with the Lagniappe :lol:

NCB, Im a sucker for night skylines, so that would get my vote :thumbsup: The only reason my signature isnt night, is because there were no impressive shots of Richmond at night.... ^_^

Haha, yea Lagniappe can throw you off if you're basically just outside of south Louisiana. Though true true Louisianaians like Brian here, know what it means no matter what part of the state their from. :D Here is an exert from Wikipedia on the word:

Though lagniappe is included in English dictionaries it is used primarily in the region influenced by New Orleans (and therefore Louisiana French) culture and so may be thought of as being more Cajun French or Louisiana Creole French than English. This is especially so since the spelling has been influenced by French.

Mark Twain writes about the word in a chapter on New Orleans in Life on the Mississippi (1883). He called it "a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get"

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This summer I may be going on roadtrip across parts of the South. I may be able to head up to Washington D.C. with my cousin, who will be there on business. If it happens, we would spend probably 4 days driving, and 4 or 5 days staying in D.C. If it happens, (and man do I hope it does!) I'm definately going to try to meet up with Tom. :thumbsup:

Here is some info about the route we would take from New Orleans to Washington D.C.

Major cities along the way(blue indicates we would be spending the night there)

  • New Orleans,LA
    -------------------------
  • Birmingham,AL
  • Chatanooga,TN
  • Knoxville,TN
  • Roanoke,VA
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  • Washington D.C.

And here is some info about the route we would take on the trip back

Major cities along the way(blue indicates we would be spending the night there)

  • Washington D.C.
    ---------------------------
  • Richmond,VA
  • Durham,NC(and possibly Raleigh,NC)
  • Greensboro,NC(and possibly Winston-Salem)
  • Charlotte,NC
  • Spartanburg,SC
  • Greenville,SC
  • Atlanta,GA
  • Montgomery,AL
  • Mobile,AL
  • Gulfport-Biloxi,MS
    ---------------------------
  • New Orleans,LA

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Bule-Trip There

Red-Trip Back

I can't wait! :yahoo:

Washington D.C. is one of my favorite cities in the country, and I haven't been up there in over 6 years. And so, I've got more family and friends to visit with than you could imagine. We were originally planning on coing further north, to, or maybe past Memphis, and turning east at that point, but we couldn't go over the hour limit for the trip up if we were driving, so we had to go the current way. Though I'm still very happy to stop by Birmingham, even if it's only for a little while, because I haven't been over there in years.

I'll tell you one thing, I'm gonna have to buy about 100 new memory cards for my camera! If I can take over 500 pictures in New Orleans in a 3 hour time period, I can't even imagine what I'll do on a 8-9 day trip, in over a dozen cities! :blink:

Anyway, I posted this because I was bored, yes, but I was also wondering if you guys had any interesting trips planned for the summer, and if so, could you share some info about them, and what you'll be doing?

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Haha, yea Lagniappe can throw you off if you're basically just outside of south Louisiana. Though true true Louisianaians like Brian here, know what it means no matter what part of the state their from. :D Here is an exert from Wikipedia on the word:

Hmm, cool! Even Louisianaians is a mouthful to me :lol: Do you guys have a New Olreans Live camera? Usually when a new building goes up, they put a camera on a nearby building to show the construction. Richmond has one of Vistas on the James. It's really cool, its a live camera on one of the buildings downtown and you can control it and stuff, it shows tons of the city. Very cool to look at it at this time of night :thumbsup: It shows the James River Bridge and even Main Street Station all lit up at night. I know SBCMetroguy showed interest in that ;) Anyways, do you all have something along the lines of that? It would be awesome to see NO live, since thats the closest I can get at the moment.

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Anyways, do you all have something along the lines of that? It would be awesome to see NO live, since thats the closest I can get at the moment.

Here is "Cams Central" from Nola.com, which has multiple cameras in the Quarter, a Crescent City Connection Camera, and a River camera, which is cool in that you can watch the barges go by. Link

The only major tower that is under construction is the 26 story Harrah's Casino Hotel(though that will change very soon), and if I find a a live cam for it, or any other cams, I'll post it! :thumbsup:

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Ohh, the link is here: Vistas LIVE!

I just caught that vacation NCB, thats gunna' be awesome for you! Tons of places to go and things to see. Reminds me of my move from Texas to Virginia, 3 days long one way. Thats when I passed through New Orleans for the first and only time. I didnt have time to stop because I had to meet that movers in Georgia for a checkpoint on my stuff. But hey, hope you have an awesome time in all the cities! Be sure about that upgraded memory card, youre definitely going to need it!

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I just caught that vacation NCB, thats gunna' be awesome for you! Tons of places to go and things to see. Reminds me of my move from Texas to Virginia, 3 days long one way. Thats when I passed through New Orleans for the first and only time. I didnt have time to stop because I had to meet that movers in Georgia for a checkpoint on my stuff. But hey, hope you have an awesome time in all the cities! Be sure about that upgraded memory card, youre definitely going to need it!

Yea, it's gonna be one hell of a trip! :D

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I wanted to get some opions for my signature.

Do you guys think I should keep my current signature, or change it to this?

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A City Like No Other

That new one, if not shrunken, will get your behind kicked my monsoon. I had a banner not much bigger than that when I first came on, and he quickly deleted it for me. And just as quickly, I went and read the rules on signatures so as never to do that again. Just a warning, since that's a big image. I like it, though. If you could shrink it and still retain the integrity and clarity of the photo, it would be pretty cool. Your current one is impressive, simply in the fact that it shows the overall length of the skyline.

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That new one, if not shrunken, will get your behind kicked my monsoon. I had a banner not much bigger than that when I first came on, and he quickly deleted it for me. And just as quickly, I went and read the rules on signatures so as never to do that again. Just a warning, since that's a big image. I like it, though. If you could shrink it and still retain the integrity and clarity of the photo, it would be pretty cool. Your current one is impressive, simply in the fact that it shows the overall length of the skyline.

Yep, and I'm not changing it because of that. I reviewed the rules on signatures again, and the one I had would be to big. I like my current one very much, but I wish the picture was clearer, and it had been taken on a clear day.

BTW, I really like your new avatar and signature, Brian! I sort-of coppied your avatar in that I have "NCB" in it, but I didn't make it any fancier. I previewed it as it is now, and I liked it, so I decided to keep it simple, white on black.

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Yep, and I'm not changing it because of that. I reviewed the rules on signatures again, and the one I had would be to big. I like my current one very much, but I wish the picture was clearer, and it had been taken on a clear day.

BTW, I really like your new avatar and signature, Brian! I sort-of coppied your avatar in that I have "NCB" in it, but I didn't make it any fancier. I previewed it as it is now, and I liked it, so I decided to keep it simple, white on black.

Thanks, man. I was playing around with my odl signature image and came up with that. I added the glow around the skyline and the rest was history. The text had to have the same glow, and I needed colors that all looked decent together. In the end, I was pleased. But then I realized it would look funny with my avatar, so I changed my avatar to match it. The background color is actually the same on both images, because I matched it with the eyedropper tool, but for whatever reason it looks slightly different from one image to the other. I can only assume it has something to do with the size difference between the images.

Anyway, your new avatar looks cool as well. Nothing wrong with getting ideas from other people. I do it all the time in home design. :D

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^Did you use imageready to create those? I'd like to figure out how to put a glow like that around stuff in GIMP.

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^Did you use imageready to create those? I'd like to figure out how to put a glow like that around stuff in GIMP.

Yep, I did it in ImageReady. The glow is very easy to create, but applying it to the skyline was pretty tricky. I had to actually cut the skyline out of the photo it was in and copy it onto my banner image, superimposing it over the colored background. Then, under the Layer Management toolbar, which lists all the image's layers, I was able to create an outer glow by right-clicking on the layer and selecting 'Image Style' and then 'Outer Glow.'

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