ew Orleans' French Quarter is teeming with musicians, artists, tarot card readers and the like.

Insider was checking out the scene, when one artist made an offer that she couldn't refuse.

The deal was: "Special $5, Black & White Profile."

A peculiar sign in the French Quarter.There was one catch, however. The charge for ugly people was $1 extra.

The artist beckoned Insider to hurry and get a caricature now -- before the ugly set in!

How could Insider refuse a gallant offer like that?

Log on, take out

Insider recently dined with Travelocity chief executive officer Terry Jones at a Manhattan steak restaurant. Fittingly, the subject of food came up.

It turns out that this major dot-com travel and technology company puts its money where it's mouth is when it comes to employee dining.

Travelocity.com is based in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas, and areas like New York City's famed Restaurant Row are not around the corner. So, what to do?

Jones said his employees have the option of ordering their lunches on line.

From their computer screens, they can peruse the daily offerings of three restaurants -- two of which are mainstays and one that rotates -- for lunch.

The restaurants deliver to Travelocity.com's headquarters and a bell is rung when din-din (in this case, lunch) arrives.

Perhaps 15 or so employees a day take advantage of the service while others dine out at, ahem, bricks-and-mortar restaurants.

That's a morsel or two about the dining habits of Travelocity.com workers.

Watch out for that car!

The Swatch Swiss watch company (try saying that three times fast) makes a great timepiece, in Insider's opinion.

She's worn one for years. The bands are colorful and replaceable; the watches are reliable and waterproof.

Swatch's Le Smart car, seen here in Paris, takes up little parking space and uses very little gas. Even cuter than a Swatch watch is Le Smart car by Swatch, a two-(skinny) person automobile with bright colors, teeny wheels, a gas tank the size of a Swiss milk container and a top speed that most bikers can exceed uphill.

The Swiss immediately fell in love with these cars. So, too, did the French. Smart cars have been spotted on boulevards in Paris and on rues in St. Barts.

Everywhere, that is, except the U.S.

Apparently, the mini-machine just doesn't meet the tough emission standards in this country.

Insider did hear, however, that talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael managed somehow to slip (or bribe) a bright red one over the border or through customs.

Insider would love to toot down the New Jersey Turnpike in this little number.

The drive could take days but the looks from the other drivers would be so worth it.

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