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!