Today was another jaw-droppingly beautiful day in New Orleans. It was warm and sunny with a blue sky, and any plans I had to stay inside and work quickly went out the window. I hopped on my bike and rode down to the Bywater for the annual Mirliton Festival celebrating this local produce. It was a lovely day for a festie, and lots of folks were out enjoying the weather, the music, art and food booths. And beer, of course. This is New Orleans. I bought myself a couple of mirliton muffins and settled in to take in the views. And then I saw this goat on a leash. Dogs were not allowed in the park today, but this was not a dog, so technically, it was allowed in the park today. This is one of the things I love about this place. So there’s this goat. On a leash. And most people are just sitting, drinking and laughing and talking, as if a goat in a park in the Bywater is completely ordinary. Then again, maybe it is. I ate my muffin, saved the other for N., and felt grateful to live in a place that feels like this and is still celebrating things like that in November.