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The Sarbers go to New Orleans




The latest Zero Alpha Group meeting was in New Orleans, and since I had never been there, I decided to bring Debbie and the kids.  If you have not been to New Orleans, it is a new recommended spot of the Sarber family


Things to do for children:  Debbie and the kids went to the National World War II Museum, also known as the National D-Day Museum, the aquarium, a swamp tour, the zoo, a plantation tour, a horse (mule) drawn carriage ride around the French Quarter, a city tour that included a walk through a cemetery and a lot of good information on the effects of hurricane Katrina.  We also took a free ferry ride across the Mississippi River for a great view of the city from the other side of the river.


Food:  The food there is fantastic!  Our ZAG group ate at Luke, Mr. B’s Bistro, and Le Foret.  All of these restaurants were fantastic. As a family, we also ate at Mother’s (shown on the tv show- Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives), Drago’s, and of course Café Du Monde for a famous Beignet.  Our favorite foods were the gumbo’s, po’ boy sandwiches, and pretty much everything seafood.  Caleb and Emily would prefer the beignets.


Mardi Gras Parades:  We arrived on Saturday the 19th of February, and there was a parade that we were warned not to take our children.  We did not go to that one, which we heard from locals was “over the top”, and will be left to our own imaginations.  We did attend two back to back parades on Saturday the 26th, which were a lot of fun. The floats were pretty amazing, and they threw lots of beads and other trinkets.  I think we brought home about 30 pounds of Mardi Gras blue, purple, gold, plastic beaded necklaces and distributed to all of the cousins.


CBS and others were setting up for the Super Bowl while we were there, so it will be neat to see the sites we visited during the pre-game Super Bowl hype.  Overall, it was a great city to visit if you like history, food, and music.



Matthew Petersen Joins the Petersen Hastings Team




We are pleased to announce that Matthew Petersen will be joining the Petersen Hastings team in January of 2013. Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in English Literature from the University of Oregon. He recently finished an internship with fellow Zero Alpha Group firm, Savant Capital Management in Rockford, Illinois. Matthew will be working with our financial planners to assist with providing comprehensive financial planning to our clients.


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