Not much going on out on Canal Street outside the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, where Mayor Ray Nagin is skedded to be fêted this evening with the Award of Distinction for Recovery, Courage, and Leadership. Travers Mackel of WDSU-TV is out there with a crew, waiting to go live at 5 and 6, but the rumored protestors? Nowhere to be seen.
"You think anyone is going to show up?" said Travers. I dunno.
Meanwhile, there's some confusion over just where the event is being held. It's listed on the hotel directory rather tersely as Juneau Event rather than its proper title "Excellence in Recovery Host Committee" or the "Award of Distinction for Recovery, Courage and Leadership." And it's shown as taking place on the Ritz-Carlton's second floor Iberville Suites rather than the location specified on the invite, the penthouse home of developer Stewart Juneau.
Travers and I had both heard it had been moved, so I went up to the Iberville Suites and asked the desk clerk just where the party would be.
She took my name, called someone, went through several uh-hums and I wills, and then told me "The hotel doesn't know anything about a party."
"Really?" I said. "Because I'm a guest, and I need to know where I'm going."
"The hotel doesn't know anything about a party," she repeated.