I was thumbing through the November issue of Travel and Leisure magazine when I came across some enlightening information about how the rest of the country regards that city to the south of Baton Rouge.

The magazine did a poll on “American’s Favorite Cities,” asking travelers to rate 35 favorite domestic destinations.

Nearly 44,000 voters gave their opinion on where to find the best restaurants, architecture, culture etc., in the United States.

Under “People,” New Orleans took the top spot in the “friendly” category.

Under “Food,” New Orleans won for best cafés and best fine dining, and came in third for ethnic food, behind San Juan and San Francisco.

Under “Shopping,” New Orleans won for best flea markets and antiques shops.

And under “Nightlife,” New Orleans scored a trifecta, winning for best cocktail hour, singles/bar scene and live music/concerts and bands.

I think sometimes we take our proximity to this great city for granted.

We think nothing of popping down to Port of Call for a burger and a tropical beverage served in a coconut.

We splurge on breakfast at Brennan’s on a weekend.

We drive down to catch a musical act at House of Blues on a weeknight.

And we routinely make trips to the city for Carnival parades, Jazz Fest and Saints games.

According to Travel and Leisure, the rest of the country wishes for that kind of proximity to the city.

To which I say, “Eat your heart out, rest of the country. …”

The Bama beat

Karen Martin, of our People section, is doing an article on how LSU folks are dealing with The Game of the Century on Nov. 5, when No. 1 LSU plays No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

She wants stories and photos about:

• Creative signs for the game.

• Creative decorations.

• Creative ways that mixed couples (a Tigers fan involved with or married to a Tide fan) deal with their differences.

Contact her at kmartin@ theadvocate.com.

Thank-you note

Carolyn thanks the considerate folks working at the polling place in Broadmoor High.

She’s in a wheelchair, and says on Saturday morning they offered “help above and beyond the call of duty.

“They even lowered the voting machine so I could vote without having to stand (which is very difficult now), and saw that my vote was registered.”

Hit the campus

Keith Horcasitas says he’ll have a busy Saturday morning on the LSU campus.

He’ll take part in the Walk to Defeat ALS at 9 a.m. at the Vet School (says Keith, “I have a cousin in New Orleans who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.”)

Then he’ll help at the Downtown Kiwanis Pancake Festival in LSU’s Pete

Maravich Assembly Center, which benefits Kiwanis charities.

The Pancake Festival is from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but it might be a good idea to do the walk first and consume pancakes later. (Just a suggestion.)

Worthy causes

• Easter Seals benefits from a “Sporting Clays Challenge” at Hunter’s Run Gun Club, with registration at 8 a.m. on Saturday, shooting at 9 a.m.

Contact Melinda Priest Sykes at (225) 635-9088, (225) 245-1525 or msykes@laeasterseals.com.

• A “Take Down Blindness” wrestling tournament 9 a.m. Saturday at Live Oak High School in Denham Springs benefits Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank.

Contact Chris Collier at (225) 665-8858, (225) 931-4214 or christopher.collier@lpsb.org.

Tater talk

The West Feliciana 4-H Club is selling 40-pound boxes of sweet potatoes for $20 a box. They will be delivered to the old 4-H barn in St. Francisville the week of Nov. 7. Sales benefit the West Feliciana 4-H Foundation. Call (225) 635-3614.

Special People Dept.

• Morris Daigle, of Belle Rose, celebrates his 92nd birthday Wednesday.

• Lena Martello celebrates her 91st birthday Wednesday.

Thought for the Day

From Harriet St. Amant: “The difference between a church bell and a politician is the church bell peals from the steeple.”

The Invisible Kid

Celeste Myers says, “My grandson William, 4, was trying on his grandfather’s caps, and put a camouflage hat on.

“He walked out on the porch and said, ‘Hey, Paw Paw, I have on your camouflage hat and you can’t see me!’

“A few days later William came over to our house and had on camouflage shorts.

“Paw Paw said, ‘Hey, William, I can only see half of you!’

(William didn’t think it was too funny, but we all had some good laughs.)