New Orleans is a fascinating blend of cultures, music and people. They dance and drink at funerals. They close shop early, leaving a note on the door to explain that they cut their finger and they've got a gig to play that night. An exotic dancer sees herself as a healer, a burglar sees himself as a collector, and most see outsiders as the ones who are missing the big party. It's a place where you can sit on the banks of the whiskey-brown Mississippi River all day, watching its secrets float by and not feel guilty about anything.