So Rich and I are walking along a deserted street in New Orleans, and this tall, good-looking young man comes up to us and remarks, in a charming Southern drawl, that he hopes we are enjoying his fair city. A bit warily (we’ve read a lot of stories about untoward events that start this way) we agree that yes, we love New Orleans. The young man gets a twinkle in his eye.
He says to Rich, “I bet you five dollars I can tell you where you got your shoes.”
Obviously, this is a bet we can’t lose. Obviously, there is a catch.
“OK,” says Rich. “It’s a bet.”
The young man grins. “You got your shoes on your feet.”
Rich is laughing so hard he can barely extract the five from his wallet and hand it over. It’s the best bet we ever lost.
1/31/2012 04:42:01 pm
I love New Orleans and I love this story... a perfect depiction of how Rich is a laid-back guy that truly enjoys life and a good laugh. And there's no better place to viva la vida and go with the flow than in Seville! Speaking of betting, how about betting on my Patriots in this weekend's Super Bowl?? Now there's a bet you can't lose! (knock on wood)
2/1/2012 07:56:58 am
Right now I'm in 49er country, where fans are in deep mourning for Super Bowl hopes. Of course, nobody beats the Sevillanos for football mania, even if their football is played with a round ball. I almost hate to hear they've won a game, because it means the entire city will be up all night shooting off fireworks and honking horns. But you gotta love the team spirit.
1/31/2012 09:05:40 pm
I'd pay five bucks anytime, any city, to hear Rich laugh!
2/1/2012 07:50:49 am
2/6/2012 08:15:01 am
Yes, the guy in New Orleans was obviously a genius! My financial advisor wrote: "I think we can get Rich a tax deduction on that $5 bet=)" which I assume meant a tax deduction for Rich's detective agency.
Jackie and David
3/9/2012 01:22:38 am
Lovely stories Karen, we enjoyed them. I'm sure you know the New Orleans one wouldn't work in England? Another difference in our language use!
3/9/2012 08:09:12 am
The best way to hear the story is spoken aloud in a true New Orleans drawl. It loses something in writing, even to Americans. But it's still one of my favorite stories, and I couldn't resist including it here.
6/13/2015 08:59:57 pm
My husband also fell for that gag,back in '93, only the punchline was a bit more embellished: "You got your shoes on Decatur St. In New Orleans, LA!" (which is where we were standing, so it WAS true.) My husband loved it, too, so didn't begrudge him the fiver. Then a couple years ago, a guy strolling by me as I rested on a bench on Decatur St. started chatting as he passed by, saying "I bet I can tell you something you don't know 'bout New Orleans....", to which I replied with a grin "Oh what, like WHERE I GOT MY SHOES!?!?". He stopped, with a startled expression, then we both howled with laughter as he went on down the street. Great, fun moment! Just finished reading you book, (Railway Nomad), and LOVED IT! Am now working my way thru your blog since the beginning. I've been beset for the last couple of years with the same type of leg problems as your husbands, and had already been eyeballing the same boats and trains-type travel you two did in the Experiment, so it was a fortuitous find to run across your book just now. We've traveled in Europe (mainly around Italy by train), but that was several years back, so it was heartening to read that it can be done with a glitchy leg. I've perfected the 'walk and sit' routine pretty well so far, so feel even better about future prospects now that I've read your book! Keep'em coming, in case my next trip is awhile in the planning!
2/14/2013 10:07:26 am
I had a guy pull that one on me at Fisherman's Wharf. I also deemed it clever enough to give him a buck or two. I could've sworn that I mentioned it in my blog post about that day, but apparently not. It's a good one alright.
2/14/2013 11:28:44 am
Yes, we've been telling this story for many years...We certainly got our money's worth out of it!
6/18/2015 08:59:12 am
Debra, I just want to say that Rich and I are still chuckling over your wonderful comment – which I read aloud to him and then reposted on Facebook so everyone can enjoy it. Good luck with your travel plans and please keep me posted! Rich is determined to travel, no matter what, and as we've learned, it's amazing what you can do even when you are not 100%.
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