I was walking up Decatur Street this morning towards the Central Business District when a man walking towards me yelled "Yo! I like your shoes! I bet I know where you got 'em!"
I laughed. I had heard about the "where you got your shoes" scam several times, but, in the 3 years I have been going to New Orleans, nobody had ever asked me. And, really, I was wearing some pretty awesome shoes.
"I got 'em on Decatur Street", I said.
"Oh, so you know that joke", the guy responded, a little dejected. He'd be getting no money from me.
I almost felt like a local. At the very least, getting hit up for the New Orleans shoe scam is a tourist rite of passage.
I walked up to the National World War II Museum and realized pretty quickly that my shoes were inadequate for all the walking. I was blistering all over. Thankfully, there are a lot of media presentations throughout the National World War II Museum, so I was able to sit and rest quite a bit. I had paid for an all-inclusive ticket, which got me admitted to both the Beyond All Limits 4D movie and The Final Mission experience.
Beyond All Limits is an intense 4D movie that summarizes American involvement in World War II. The narration by Tom Hanks provides the basis for what ends up being an amazing experience. At the end, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. It was well worth the extra five dollars.
The Final Mission exhibit puts you on the U.S.S. Tang as one of its crew. The interactive exhibit takes you through a fast-forwarded version of the submarine's final mission and you get assigned a station and are allowed to work the control accordingly. The replica of the U.S.S. Tang felt way too roomy to be an accurate representation. And, I'm sorry to say, acting as one of the crew isn't as fun as it sounds.
All things considered, I had a great time at the National World War II Museum despite the fact that my feet were killing me the whole time.