today we had a "brunch" at sonic (a sort of drive-in restaurant... and do tater-tots and hot dogs count as "brunch"??), then drove into new orleans.
drove around some, went into harrah's casino (the other day we went to the treasure chest casino, and had been wanting to go to harrah's as well). played some slot machines (the price is right slot machine is FUN!), spent about $40 and made $23 on the slots. also played roulette - minimum bid was $10 / round, and i started with $40 worth of chips... and turned that $40 into $255. the ladies working the roulette table got a kick out of me playing and having fun, so i tipped them a $25 chip and cashed in my two $100 chips and my one $25 chip i had left (i decided to keep the $5 chip as a souvenir). so, altogether, i left after winning $248.
then we walked through the french quarter (we did that the other day, but wanted to eat at this restaurant we found online), and had dinner at "cafe gumbolaya" where i ordered a sort of sampler platter where i could try crawfish gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and red beans and rice. good, but spicy the more i ate it.
afterwards we went into some shops and i bought a cd of mardi gras music because i heard a song from this album the first day we were in downtown and it was so catchy i had to get it, and then we drove back to our headquarters and are hanging out here for the rest of the night.
tomorrow, i leave for the rest of the trip (i changed my mind about memphis; the johnny cash festival didn't really sound that entertaining the more i read about it, since it was several small events going on all weekend long). i'm still going to louisville, though. gotta go see the world's largest bat!