Quest for the Mississippi Brings Adventure on the Way

Wednesday 12th February 2020

The more elusive the Mississippi, the more I was determined to see it. I went to Walmart to buy some Stain Devils (yes, the same range as here, same packaging but different names). In the car park was a wall and behind it was the Mississippi. That river of legend, Old Man River. But always walled off, because the city below sea level. I also bought a bucket because there wasn’t one in the house so no hope of soaking. Uber conveyed me to and from Walmart, which is very like one of our own dear marts, but more vast, whiter and more glaring and dream-like in a bad way.

On the Sunday it turned chilly and blowy as here in March with good crisp sunshine. An improvement on the awful stew of the day before. I put on my Zara coat. On Magazine I was stopped by an elderly man: ‘It ain’t that cold,’ he goes. ‘Well, you know in England we’d have a day like this in March and certainly we’d be…’ ‘You’m New York!’ he goes as if that would explain any alien behaviour. On the whole I sensed that my coat was disapproved of in New Orleans…letting the side down.

There was a stationery shop displaying sample invitations. Incredible names. I wonder if made up. Lauren Ritta was to marry Michael Louis Postlewait at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, State Street. Nuptials also to take place between Aimee Theresa Noto and Kyle Edward Kindle as well as Whitney King and Brandon Thrash.

Do you know any of these people? Prompt Succor – quite right! I believe the Virgin has been on occasion tardy with her succor.

All this on the long trek to the Mississippi… also a branch of Whole Foods like the one in Kensington used as a watering hole by Beamish O’Halloran and all those Red Top heroes. At last at last, right at the end of Magazine, miles and miles, I get to Audubon Park but there’s still a considerable American distance to go, uphill of course to the river bank. And there it is, after a lifetime, the Mississippi, slappy and bushy at the edges with water birds, then a grey expanse and industrial buildings and empty land on the other side. Lonely but not exactly dreary. The meagre numbers walking beside the great river took remarkably little interest in it.

Walking Along Magazine towards the Mississippi

Walking Along Magazine towards the Mississippi

Still on Magazine

Still on Magazine

Magazine: its Vista

Magazine: its Vista

The Wedding Invitation Shop Window

The Wedding Invitation Shop Window

More Wedding Invitations: Do you Know Them? Were you There?

More Wedding Invitations: Do you Know Brandon Thrash and Whitney King ? Were you There?

O to have Attended at Our Lady of Prompt Succor

O to have Attended at Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Whole Foods on the Way

Whole Foods on the Way

And at last - the Ippi

And at last – the Ippi

Old Man River Himself

Old Man River Himself

 

 

 

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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