Cell phones help people locate each other at spread out entertainment events like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (the first weekend of which I just attended for the tenth or eleventh time in the last thirteen or so years), but it can be hard to hear what someone is saying into your phone with a loud electric guitar or amplified saxophone or gospel singer’s voice in the background.
This year, for the first time, I ended up sending and receiving a lot of text messages from friends looking for recommendations or telling me where they’d be next.
Here are some of the incoming messages
G'morning we're in jazz tent. U? Hot pix 2day? Sure - meet @ the meters Bye - please bring chair tomorrow Hi - danza quartet - econ - seats 4 u in middle G love - avoid! Food - then sacred steel Talking is so 1999 - mebbe see u in the blues tnt I am sitting middle-rght 3rd row Vappie Caught some of irvin mayfield - wow great - now hanging in jass tent
…and here’s a sampling of the messages I sent:
Not sure possibly lagniappe Heading to economy hall now We s still in contemporary crafts but in theory s headed to Congo Sq now pix include New Leviathan charles teony fishbone ellis marsalis deacon jon and the Original METERS reunion ! Ok now we are at the jazz and heritage stage watching Charles Teony of Recife Brazil. But soon we are going to Economy Hall for Leviathan. We're getting refreshments and then probably deacon john buddy guy the meters After meters what? Ok how we rendezvous there? We are out on the track roughly between the jester flag and the red black and yellow flag divided in quarters with two maltese crosses, near the stage I wanna hear everybody out there say Zigaboo!