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TulaneLSU
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TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
I have missed some of you. Encouraged by the many letters, emails, bouquets, and other gifts from my dear friends on Tigerdroppings, I have decided to give an update on my latest happenings.

After graduating from Delgado, I worked a few jobs some might call dead end. True to form of a liberal arts major, I struggled finding work that allowed me to pay rent. I worked for a long time at Bud’s at City Park. When I learned of the drama between Buds and Cyborgsaint, I could not, in good conscience, continue working there.

I thus embarked on a career in the tourism arts. Twice each day I would take groups of 8-25 on history tours of the city. This was quite fulfilling and I thought I had discovered my calling.

Two things happened that made me strike a new path. First, management began taking a portion of my tips. Due to my charisma, urbane manner, vast knowledge of both the clandestine and profane, and, to some, I was told, prepossessing appearance, my tips were quite generous. Management believed that a tour guide should not be making over $200 in tips daily and forced me to share. I found this a great injustice. Had the tip money become community property with my fellow proletariat and not gone into the owners’ coffers my objections would have been muted. Second, I was separated from one of the great loves of my life, one that had been quenched by working the flame grill at Bud’s: food.

The Great Omnipotent One came to me in a dream, much as he did when he told Jacob to go home to the land of his fathers. TulaneLSU’s Poorboy Tours.

Combining my encyclopedic knowledge of food with neighborhood and general New Orleans history, what better way to serve this community than to bring the interested to my favorite poorboy haunts? I have been in contact with the management of over 20 poorboy shops.

I intend to finish the restoration of a 1997 Ford 350 Super Duty tour bus (any mechanics here who could help please contact me) and do two tours daily. I will roll six days weekly, closing for the Sabbath. Each tour will last 2.5 hours and visit 3-5 poorboy shops in no less than three discrete neighborhoods. Along the way, locals and tourists will be dazzled with intimate details of a place few know better. Topics like the history of bread and why poorboys and not pizza and burgers will be dissected.

Geography, race, world and U.S. history, economics, religion, politics, medicine, and of course, professional food criticism will fill these hours. I am genuinely excited for the first time in some time. I have even considered doing some oddball tours once a month like “The history of gas station poorboys” with stops at Danny & Clyde’s and Chateau Super Mart among others.

I admittedly am bad with money, so pricing is uncertain. I am thinking $50 per person to cover fuel, food and a driver, as I plan to dangerously stand and speak on the bus as we slice through the streets. For my dear friends on the Food Board, if you mention the FB, I will let you join at no charge.

Thank you for reading and God bless you! Give me the courage to follow through with this idea.
This post was edited on 9/8 at 11:58 pm


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Just curious who your target audience will be. If it's going to include tourists, you'll need to figure out a way for them to know who you are.

Gotta figure on the gas and said driver to cost about $50 per outing, so you're already in the hole by one paid admission without even addressing food costs or vehicle insurance yet, which doesn't sound like a money maker, but if you're in it for the love, by all means, go for it!

It also got me thinking...would I want the same poboy at each place to compare or would I mix it up with an oyster at one and a roast beef at another? Perhaps a poboy flight or sampler could be arranged at each venue. That would be cool.


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I don’t know you, but I can tell that you’d probably be really good at this. I’d make a date of this. What a unique idea. Market it well and I think you’ll do well. Good luck.


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fightin tigers
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re: TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
Finally, something to make this board interesting again.

Welcome back Ignatius.


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TulaneLSU


How have you been?


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Matisyeezy
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re: TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
I came to make an Ignatius crack and I was beat to it, so I guess I’ll just show myself out. But I’ll definitely be following.


jbgleason
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I am down for this.


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Big Chipper
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re: TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
What's a poorboy? Do you mean po'boy?


OTIS2
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So, you never got the recommended psychotherapy, correct?


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hungryone
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Assuming you’re really gonna do this, I have a few suggestions for ya. Food tours are a typical part of my vacations, and I’ve been to plenty in multiple countries.
—don’t make the tours too long. Ppl have incredibly short attention spans these days. Add in a few kids, some ADD adults, etc and you’re talking ppl who can’t sit still or pay attention. Think about interactive activities, not just you talking, for the travel segments between the poboy stops.
—music can be a fun addition to this sort of tour. Have a poboy or neighborhood related song to kick off each segment of the tour...a piece of music by someone who lived nearby or mentions a food you’ll be sampling, for example.
—pick your departure/drop off point carefully. Ppl will arrive early, and NO is hot and wet. Ppl don’t want to be standing in 90 degree heat or in the rain waiting for the bus to arrive. If a bar is your pickup spot, make sure kids can enter.
—for $50, Americans on the tour are gonna be expecting quite a bit of food. Have the food prearranged for your timetable/arrival, and think about whether you will eat on the bus or in the restaurant. Most shops won’t tolerate you showing up week after week with 30 ppl in a herd who take up seats and don’t buy whole meals. You can’t treat sit down spots as “fair game” for your group to linger while snacking unless you arrange w management. Expect to be charged a fee or to be asked to spend a minimum amount if your group lingers for a while.
—maybe forget the bus aspect and focus on small group/private tours with this team. Bus adds a layer of complexity that you don’t appear to be prepared for at this point.

High end hotel concierges will steer excellent business your way if you cultivate them. But be aware that they’re used to getting free stuff or compensation in exchange for the referrals.


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re: TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
I came to make the same crack. But if this guy is legit, I'd like to belly up to a sandwich with him and both taunt him and enjoy his fleshy knowledge and enthusiasm.

PS. Don't eat up all the profits, porky.


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MorbidTheClown
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Damn! i thought this was going be about your tour of po-boy places with reviews.


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Y.A. Tittle
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Along the way, locals and tourists will be dazzled with intimate details of a place few know better. Topics like the history of bread and why poorboys and not pizza and burgers will be dissected.



So, no stop at Whole Foods?


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re: TulaneLSU poorboy tours of New Orleans
First thing that came to mind after reading OP was Ignatius Reilly


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I intend to finish the restoration of a 1997 Ford 350 Super Duty tour bus


You rolling up to the downtown hotels in this thing to pick up the hapless unwitting souls?


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TulaneLSU


FML


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hungryone
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ou rolling up to the downtown hotels in this thing to pick up the hapless unwitting souls?

He will never, ever be able to keep to a schedule if he's making multiple pickup stops on Canal St in a bus. Better to run this as a "we pick up everyone at Spot X" otherwise routine traffic snarls will derail everything.

Again, OP better not just "drop in" to your average neighborhood joint with 20+ ppl. Imagine walking into Guy's or Domilese, or even a Bonnie & Clyde's with 20 ppl. You will take up most of the available seating at your average neighborhood place, and you will quickly become management's least favorite person.

Like I said earlier, the concept works better as a small-group/private tour. Ditch the bus sized groups and go for higher dollar personalized tours.


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I haven’t seen you post on here in years. I’ll get behind this.


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Front9Bandit
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You rolling up to the downtown hotels in this thing to pick up the hapless unwitting souls?


They have an Infiniti doing that around district donuts looking for crack head hoes usually


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Cold Drink
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TulaneLSU
HOLY frick



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