Postcard from the Big Easy

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It’s been a year-and-a-half since Hurricane Katrina, and downtown New Orleans, you can still see rings around some of the old brick buildings, marking how high the water rose. Driving from the airport to downtown on I-10, you can see stores and homes still boarded up and signs blown out.

We’re staying a block from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter is full of life. You can see the hospitality industry is trying to go the extra mile for big events, to show the city is back.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a road trip without letting off some steam. At the renowned karaoke bar Cat’s Meow off Bourbon Street, some of the Florida basketball press corps put their singing skills to the test. Mark Long of the AP and Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, two reporters who got their respective starts at The Sun, did a rousing rendition of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” I followed with an old singing standby, Bon Jovi’s “Wanted, Dead or Alive” with a surprise assist from Florida sports information director Fred Demarest.

Good times, indeed.