Being with them for their first Mardi Gras will make you glow like a new parent.
After those salad days, however, they will inevitably declare themselves an expert on all things New Orleans and begin to second-guess everything you say and every decision you make, so enjoy the newness while it lasts.
This person is all about the hunting and fishing, of which we have tons in the Pelican State, and if the KC lights on their 4x4 don't tip you off to their country ways, the Browning logo tattoo on their shoulder or their freezer filled with venison and boar sausage should do the trick.
If you ever wanted to go to the annual Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle or spend hours in a frigid duck or deer blind in the woods or out on the water, and if you have no qualms with “smokeless tobacco,” this is your soulmate. Wake and bake in the morning, then off to work, with a J on the lunch break and a spliff when they get home to relax. Local restaurant reviewers are like prophets to this person, and they keep a running list of every new place they need to hit before everyone finds out how good/bad it is.
They’ve finally learned how to properly and quickly peel crawfish.
They are best off dating their own kind: not a native, not a newbie, but somewhere in between. There is no game too small, nor any statistic insignificant.
They know the names and careers of all the Saints and Pelicans players, and most likely own at least one custom throwback jersey from someone like Archie Manning, Ricky Jackson, or Pete Maravich (bonus points for being signed and framed). ” College ball on Saturday and NFL on Sunday will be their entire weekend in season, so if you don’t care much for football (and, to a lesser extent, basketball, baseball, even golf), be prepared for a difficult relationship.
They hate it when people call them “hipsters,” but still refer to young people with full-time jobs that require a suit as “yuppies.” You can find them watching flicks at Indywood, drinking at the Hi Ho Lounge, or painstakingly crafting your latte at Byrdie’s, when they’re not making art, clothes, or jewelry from recycled materials for the Frenchmen Art Market (and of course their Etsy shop).
They’ll date corporate types out of sheer curiosity and free meals, but don’t expect it to last unless you’re cut from the same (vintage) cloth.
Louisiana is not a fully legal “green state” quite yet, but you couldn’t tell that by the amount of herb enjoyed by NOLA locals, this one in particular. There are so many restaurants in New Orleans, you could eat out three times a week for an entire year and never hit the same place twice... Counterintuitively, this person is not a Yelper, although they might have a small local food blog.