Tuesday, February 7, 2017
NOLA Holiday Pics and Interviews with Grandkids
Duct tape portraits of V and L by their dad
We flew down to New Orleans on the day after Xmas for a family visit. We traveled on the new discount airline at our airport. Bare bones, fees for everything, narrow non-reclining seats, and $2 for water. But it still was a bargain of sorts. J picked us up at the airport. His father-in-law, Ted, had experienced a mild stroke shortly before our arrival, and K was spending a lot of time at the hospital with him. Ted did make a strong recovery though and joined us at the house soon after.
“Be Nice to Bees”
We were greeted by our granddaughter V’s “Be Nice to Bees” sign in the front yard, just another indication of her love for the animal world.
Iko and Little Paws
Our family had acquired a new dog, Little Paws, since we were last there. Little Paws is the smaller dog in the picture. As I understand it, V found her online and convinced her parents. Iko was peppy enough to begin with, but, with a new puppy in the house, the two dogs have endless high-energy fun.
L and J play chess
L has become an enthusiastic chess player, and he will probably be a master before we know it.
J took the children to the neighborhood drug store for flu shots. It was a less than enjoyable outing.
L and V practising
L and V’s regular instructor cancelled their tennis lesson, so J worked out with them instead at the City Park courts. The children like to try to hit the ball over the fence. They also liked to sit at the bottom of the backboard while J bounced balls a foot or two above their heads.
At the Sculpture Garden
On Friday we returned to City Park and visited the Sculpture Garden. It’s one of New Orleans’ many highlights, and we return each visit.
Back from the groomer
Iko came back from the groomer and was miraculously transformed into a Schnauzer (see earlier photo above).
The Princess Leia parade
On Friday afternoon I joined J and the kids at the Princess Leia parade at the Bywater. Carrie Fisher had died three days earlier, and local groups held a second line in her honor.
On New Year’s Eve day we began the celebration with a visit to Extreme Air Sports and its many bouncy bounces for kids.
At Crescent Park
Then we went to Crescent Park, a new city park on the Mississippi, and enjoyed views of the downtown skyline and the harbor.
We tried the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on the day after New Year’s, but it was closed, and we settled for the nearby Confederate Memorial Hall Museum next door instead. I liked the photographs and the rifles the most.
J and Katja at Peche for lunch
We toured the Julia Street art galleries and wound up at Peche for lunch. Other culinary outings included Desire, Zoe’s, Ming’s Chinese Restaurant, Mandina’s, and Morning Call.
Once again our trip went too quickly. Katja had a touch of pneumonia which put a damper on her running around. On our last morning I interviewed the children (see below), and then we were off on our two-hour flight home.
INTERVIEW WITH L (1-2-17):
HOW OLD ARE YOU NOW? Eight.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AGE SO FAR? Seven.
WHY IS THAT? I was young. There aren't that many years that I'm young.
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO BE A TEENAGER? Kind of fun, kind of boring.
HOW IS YOUR NEW SCHOOL? I like it.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? Elevators, a church, less kids.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT? Math.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST SUBJECT? I don't think anything is.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Dumplings.
WHAT IS THE MOST FUN THING THAT YOU FAMILY DOES TOGETHER? Go on vacation.
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Pokemon cards.
HOW MANY POKEMON CARDS DO YOU HAVE? About 900. I think 958.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT NEW ORLEANS? It gets hot in the summer.
WHICH OF THESE IS YOUR FAVORITE: ZOO, AQUARIUM, MUSIC FESTIVALS, MARDI GRAS PARADES? Mardi Gras parades.
WHO IS A FAMOUS PERSON THAT YOU ADMIRE? Barack Obama.
DO YOU LIKE GOING TO THE DENTIST? I don't.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO ON A TRIP? I like to go everywhere.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP? He's going to be bad.
WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE MORE SERIOUS OR MORE FUNNY? More funny.
MORE CAUTIOUS OR MORE BOLD? More cautious.
DO YOU GET AN ALLOWANCE? Yes, five dollars every Friday.
IS IT ENOUGH? Five dollars every day.
TELL ME WHETHER YOU DO OR DO NOT LIKE THESE THINGS:
FLU SHOT? Yes and no. Medium.
FLYING ON AIRPLANES. Yes and no.
DOING MATH. Yes.
VIDEO GAMES. Yes.
TESTS IN SCHOOL. Yes and no.
RIDING A BIKE? No.
WALKING THE DOG? Yes, because I get to go Pokemon.
WHAT IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU DON'T LIKE? V annoying me.
IF YOU FOUND A GENIE IN A BOTTLE, WHAT WOULD YOU WISH FOR? To have all the Pokemons in the world.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE? My age.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT TO? Nine.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE IN LIFE? A nice person. And a mean person to V. WHICH WOULD YOU WANT TO BE: A MOVIE STAR, A POLITICIAN, AN AIRPLANE PILOT, A POLICE OFFICER? A movie star.
WHAT ANIMAL ARE YOU MOST LIKE? A lion.
WHICH WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE MOST: END POVERTY, END CANCER, END WAR, END BLINDNESS? End war.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? Tennis.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT YOURSELF? Being nicer to V.
INTERVIEW WITH VIDA (1-2-17)
HOW OLD ARE YOU NOW? Eight
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST AGE THAT YOU'VE BEEN? Four. WHY? Because there are not that many rules.
WHAT DO YOU THINK BEING A TEENAGER WILL BE LIKE? Awesome.
WHY IS THAT? Earn our own money and spend it on ourself.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL? Probably art.
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Nana's gong to mail me those bunny rabbits.
WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE MORE FUNNY OR MORE SERIOUS? More serious.
WHAT IS THE MOST FUN THING YOUR FAMILY DOES TOGETHER? Watch movies.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Nothing. Wait, I have something. My hair. Longer.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR EARLIEST MEMORIES AS A LITTLE CHILD? When I was four. Going around on a swing. I fell, and my pumpkin's head broke.
HOW MUCH IS YOUR ALLOWANCE? Five dollars. WHAT DO YOU SPEND IT ON? Stuff at the Dollar Store.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO DO IN 2017? (long pause) I want to start my garden.
DO YOU LIKE HAVING TWO DOGS? Yes.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT? I take care of one, and my dad takes care of the other.
TELL ME IF YOU LIKE OR DON'T LIKE THESE THINGS:
GETTING A FLU SHOT? No.
DOING MATH? Medium.
TESTS IN SCHOOL? Yes and no.
RIDING A BIKE? Yes.
WALKING A DOG? Yes.
DO YOU LIKE TO GO TO THE DENTIST? Yes. Because I get a sweet lollipop.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU DON'T LIKE? I don't like my brother annoying me.
IF YOU FOUND A GENIE IN A BOTTLE, WHAT WOULD YOU WISH FOR? To have every animal you could possibility have as a pet.
WHICH DO YOU LIKE BEST: ZOO, AQUARIUM, MUSIC FESTIVALS, MARDI GRAS PARADES? Zoo.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT YOURSELF? Nothing.
DO YOU EVER GET MAD AT YOUR BROTHER? Yes. WHY? When he annoys me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Mashed potatoes.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE IN LIFE? A vet.
WHAT ANIMAL ARE YOU MOST LIKE? A squirrel.
WHAT WOULD LIKE LIKE TO DO THE MOST? END POVERTY, END CANCER, END WAR, END BLINDNESS. All of the above.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? Softball.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE A TRIP TO? New Mexico.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP? Poop.
WHO IS A FAMOUS PERSON THAT YOU ADMIRE? Ruthie B. WHO IS THAT? A singer.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT NEW ORLEANS? All the animals.