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Lesson: Madi Gras in New Orleans
Setting the scene:
The family takes a break in
They meet a black friend named Rose, who shows them local modern and historical sites.
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Well, it's about time
Hello to you, Rose. Thanks for meeting us. Please don't
take off my head.
It's my fault that we're late.
Now, if that don't beat all!
Should have known you'd be the slowpoke.
We might could get to
New Orleans on time if we leave right quick.
[Laughing] She's got your number, Dad.
Hah! Very funny. Everyone get in
the Land Rover. Rose will drive.
Darn right I'm driving!
This is my vehicle and no one else is driving it. Another thing--I better not hear any
[Rose points out
the Mississippi River
on their way to the city center.]
That must be the Superdome.
Rose, are the Saints [professional football team] any
good this year? I heard they stink.
You heard wrong. They're pretty good. Oh,
here we are at Bourbon Street.
It doesn't look very crowded now. I thought we were coming for
It's on "Fat Tuesday."
So, we have a couple of days more to wait. Whadder we gonna
[What are we going to] do before then?
I'll take you to Lafayette Square and ...
[Interrupting] And we have time to tour the
That was where Andrew Jackson whipped
a large British invasion force.
we should have known that Dad would find another battlefield to visit.
He's a real pistol.
let's get out and
That's a good idea. We should stretch our legs.
[They wander down side streets and later ride on a
before resting for the night. After the Madi Gras festival, Rose takes the family to New Orleans
Best wishes to y'all in those foreign
lands. Won't see me in such places. I couldn't get any shrimp gumbo or
crawdads to eat.
Goodbye to you also, Rose. We'll miss gabbing with you.
[Once again the family is scheduled to fly over the Pacific Ocean.
This time it is to Japan. Click here to see the following story:
Peaceful Garden in Tokyo.]
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