Yeah. New Orleans is a pit. I was competing at the armed forces wrestling championships A LONG time ago and they wouldn't even let us stay on base. They put us up on the far side of that super long bridge on the other side of Lake Ponchartrain.
My girlfriend's cousin will be finishing a kayak trip down the Mississippi, coincidentally, at the same time so I'll be hanging out with him and her Aunt after the educational stuff is over.