On the levee


saxtrumWalking on the Mississipi levee this morning, we bumped into a lone saxophonist who goes by the moniker ‘Dr. Saxtrum,’ who also plays, rather expertly, the trumpet. Listen to his rendition of St James Infirmary – be sure to find him on the levee behind Cafe du Monde and pick up his CD.

Linda and he struck up a conversation, and it turned out he had lived in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, playing in North Beach clubs. We chatted on for a bit, I snapped a few shots of his beautiful old trumpet, and then we set off. He warned us about a scam artist we would be passing on our way up the levee (aka the Moonwalk) to the Algiers ferry.

Sure enough the scammer pounced, but chose two men walking the other way, rather than us. “I will bet you $20 I can tell you the city and state where you got your shoes…’


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to On the levee

  1. Jim Graham says:

    Chris- Susie and I were there a few months ago. Loved it. Commanders Palace was great and the Benjamin Button House was around the corner- I heard it is for sale after movie guys were done with it. Two recommendations- Magazine Street for a walk…funky shops and then there were some pretty good street performers- hand stands walking down stairs, etc. right in front of the main square on Miss. edge of French Quarter

  2. David Rockel says:

    Chris, Happy Birthday, It sounds like you guys are having a great time, enjoy.
    Thomas was very happy last night when we got home, UPS dropped off the kindle. Thanks again, should be getting the wine next week for you.

  3. Ha – that’s hilarious about the scammer. I’ve been to New Orleans once in my life, and I got asked that exact same question:
    “I will bet you $20 I can tell you the city and state where you got your shoes…”
    And the answer to the question…?
    “You’ve got your shoes in New Orleans, LA.” which translates to “Your shoes are currently in New Orleans, LA”. Get it? Yeah – I know. Not that funny.

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