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Ramble All Around

Deeper South,The Water — d-ashes on January 6, 2008 at 6:40 pm

It’s been quite a relaxing weekend in Baton Rouge, much needed after spending Friday night in New Orleans at the Willie Nelson show at the House of Blues. It was a fun show, eventually, but not being able to hear over a pretty drunk and surly crowd was a challenge until we were able to find a spot, in a jam packed HOB, that we could hear well and get our Willie groove on.

My dad came into town to go to the show with the plan for us to spend the rest of the weekend goofing off together. We’d thought to go back to New Orleans to absorb some of the craziness in the lead up to the national championship game, but Friday provided plenty of that. Instead, we spent almost all day yesterday wandering around Baton Rouge on our bikes, a ramble that started with the exciting discovery that the pelicans had returned to Baton Rouge. I don’t know what it is about those birds, but even though I’m not a native Louisianian (though I’m half one by birth) it is a great feeling, for whatever reason, to welcome them back to town. There is something so ancient and dignified about them, while at the same time something so damn goofy, as you watch them going through their group perambulations around the lakes.

All the relaxing, though, has left me feeling completely unprepared for the fact that my Louisiana State Fighting Tigers play for the college football national championship title tomorrow night. I’m not nervous, I haven’t read a single thing about how Ohio State matches up with us and today, when riding my bike to Mike the Tiger’s cage to see how he was handling preparations for the game, I passed a Ohio State fan who’d taken the time to come up from New Orleans to check his team’s opponent’s campus and I didn’t even give him a “Tiger Bait!” but rather gave him a warm welcome to Baton Rouge instead.

Perhaps my lack of urgency can be blamed on having been here in this situation before when we played for the title back in 2003, but I would hope that I’m a bit more fired up about the whole thing by the time I leave work tomorrow.

With that, all that’s left to say is G-E-A-U-X TIGERS!





    Comment by yeaux seux — January 7, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
  2. What? WHAT!?!?!?!? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, my ears are drowning in the sound of victory.

    Really, though, it was a game that was on the brink of going either way for a long time. The sell-out safety blitz that allowed Chevis Jackson one of the most beautiful one-on-one interceptions I’ve seen was where I think it turned.

    Now I’m just thankful to get to watch football for the fun of it. Go Packers!

    Comment by d-ashes — January 8, 2008 @ 12:07 am
  3. DVC, did you actually get to go to the game? If so, awesome.

    Comment by yeaux seux — January 9, 2008 @ 9:16 am
  4. I, uh, I mean, my friend wrote those posts. Um.

    Comment by gorjus — January 9, 2008 @ 9:16 am
  5. Well, it looks like you’ve got your alter ego for the Spanish Towne parade squared away almost a month in advance. Do I need to find you a pair of shrimp boots?

    I watched the game in BR. I’d been in the Quarter enough over the last week that BR was just my speed.

    In honor of finishing ‘Love in the Ruins’ I sat down with a bottle of Early Times the other night and read Sandusky Review, vol. 2. Great stuff. More to come on ‘the state of the Southern novel’ shortly.

    Comment by d-ashes — January 9, 2008 @ 9:51 am
  6. I’m glad to see you are blogging more this year, exciting!

    Comment by natalie — January 9, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

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