Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: Hayne

Posted By Google on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

I was writing this on the night of August 28, but the power went out. Stupid Isaac. Rather than scramble around looking for electricity and Internet access, I figured I'd post it a week later. Hope y'all don't mind. Here's what I had before the power went out.

Since I know it won't be my best, I've been putting off posting this installment of Public Transit Tuesdays. The threat of Hurricane Isaac pushed my print deadlines up and therefore truncated my bus adventure with Liprap on Monday, and not being able to see out of the bus thanks to the wrap-around advertisement and stupid little fleur de lis decal on the window made it worse. I thought I might be able to ride alone today and take some pictures, but RTA has suspended services.

While convincing myself that I'm "just about to post," I've eaten two hamburgers that my fiance cooked, made tuna burgers, eaten week-old Tuna Helper, snuggled with the cat and had a good bit of champagne (orange flower water doesn't expire, by the way) — but not nearly enough — in hopes that I'd get excited about posting this.

Not working, but I want to get this in while it's still Tuesday. And so begins the shortest installment of Public Transit Tuesdays...

Young man skateboards on levee on Hayne Boulevard.
  • Young man skateboards on levee on Hayne Boulevard.

To meet Liprap at the cemeteries, I had to cross that intimidating Canal Street, Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue intersection again. While waiting to cross the Canal Street part, a girl darted across the street and was almost hit by a car. In her defense, the walk/don't walk sign is broken and it's a long and confusing light. A man next to me saw this and said, "You know reading is fundamental and she didn't read that sign! Ignorancy will KILL you!" Indeed, sir.

I know I keep saying it, but getting from the Canal streetcars end to the cemetery transfer point takes guts!
  • I know I keep saying it, but getting from the Canal streetcar's end to the cemetery transfer point takes guts!

Fellow Gambit contributing writer Kat Stromquist Tweeted that she rides the Hayne bus regularly and that it's usually on time, which was true. However, I should have followed up to her Tweet by asking her if she can usually see out of the bus windows, because I sure couldn't. Growing up riding RTA, I remember there being several ads inside the bus and three on the outside, none obstructing riders' views. These wrap-around ads make it difficult to see street signs and the names of businesses and the ridiculous decal on all the the new RTA buses almost completely covers the back right windows. Who made such an awful decision? JeT buses don't have the decals, but they are also notorious for wrap-around ads. The St. Bernard Parish bus is only bus with nothing covering the windows — thank goodness. It's such a pretty ride.

Violet, from the SBURT bus.
  • Violet, from the SBURT bus.

While riding the Hayne, Liprap told me that she used to ride public transportation to document the blighted schools in New Orleans. This is her Flickr photo set of my elementary school, McDonogh #39. When McDonogh #39 was built in 1951, it was unique for being only one story, with sunlit halls and pastel paintunheard of in '50s New Orleans. Sadly, it's since been demolished.

The McDonogh #39 auditorium, during demolition.
  • The McDonogh #39 auditorium, during demolition.

My McDonogh #39 days!

Liprap and I wanted to stop at Castnet, my favorite place for seafood po-boys and one of my favorite places for gumbo, but they are closed on Mondays, like a million other local restaurants.

Luckily, our trip wasn't a total bust: I remembered a place that my Mom and I went to back in 1996 called Deanie's on Hayne (7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700) — no relation to Deanie's in Bucktown or in the French Quarter. The only thing I remembered about Deanies was that they made their own salad dressing. My order was a little expensive, but the food is so good, I really didn't mind spending my last $40 on it. It's also locally-owned and family-operated with friendly service.

Overheard at Deanie's

"I live in Chilly Gentilly and I ain't goin' nowhere [for Hurricane Isaac]!"
"[If the power goes out] you can get hot and romantic, nekkid in front of candles."
"If Isaac comes, I hope he comes and wipes me out because I'm sick of dealing with this damn Chinese drywall!"

Delicious food at Deanies on Hayne!
  • Delicious food at Deanie's on Hayne!

Banana bread pudding with rum sauce? Dont mind if I do!
  • Banana bread pudding with rum sauce? Don't mind if I do!

Update: Liprap called me over the weekend and suggested a Castnet outing for her, her son, my fiance and me, since they were open. Yay!

Castnet (10826 Hayne Blvd., 244-8446) was as busy as always — you'd have no clue a hurricane just whizzed through the city. I'm a Castnet pro, but my friends were newbies, stunned by my concentration while ordering and waiting for my food. You can't pussyfoot around over there. You order, listen for your number and leave!

Castnet is always busy, but its quick.
  • Castnet is always busy, but it's quick.

Shrimp and oyster po-boy with a pineapple Big Shot from Castnet.
  • Shrimp and oyster po-boy with a pineapple Big Shot from Castnet.

Our food from Castnet
  • Our food from Castnet

Afterwards, we went next door to Brain Freeze Etc. for snoballs, since summer Public Transit Tuesdays are nothing without snoballs.

Strawberry cheesecake snoball with condensed milk!
  • Strawberry cheesecake snoball with condensed milk!

How its made: Pralines & Cream snoball with condensed milk
  • How it's made: Pralines & Cream snoball with condensed milk

Thanks for reading this installment of Public Transit Tuesdays, even though it was late. If you had power last week, you can always lie to yourself and say that you didn't and that's why you were late reading it. It'd be a good story for the grandkids.

Here are some Public Transit Tuesdays updates:

Last week I tried putting outtakes on Facebook instead of in a slideshow at the end. A friend said that she liked it better the old way, so I'm going to put the slideshows back but keep putting the photos on Facebook so we can interact with them more.

I'm going to ATL on the Megabus doing next week's installment of Public Transit Tuesdays, shawty! I've only been there before for AirTran layovers, so I'm excited!

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