Over time, the annual trip to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets easier. Once you get your footing — knowing what paths to take to what stages, what and who to avoid, shortest bathroom lines — you get wise (like how to spot passive aggressive crowd members, burnouts and bros). Now, thanks to Ian Hoch, creator of the most useful drinking guide to New Orleans since "This is a bar, go in it," those years of experience have been summarized in map form. Hoch unveiled his "Hit n Run" Jazz Fest map — you'll find "blunts everywhere" near the Congo Square stage, "windchimes and shit" in the crafts area, "cool shit you can't afford" and respective tents for drunk, high and sober visitors.
As a college lad, my first visit to Jazzfest confused me. I got turned around a lot, got stuck a lot, and I sometimes didn’t know what I was watching or why I should care. Why should you be eating hot food in the sun when it’s 90 degrees? How the hell do they get those flags in here? And why is that lady in that nutty dress making advances on that watermelon?