Monday, October 20, 2014

{The Tide Rolled...}

And rolled. And rolled.  And rolled.  To the tune of 59-0.  

Let's just start by addressing the elephant in the room. Ha! Get it?? =)  I don't need to go on & on about how bad we sucked this weekend.  Nor do I need to be reminded.  I know...I was there & witnessed it in person {which is way worse than watching it on tv because you can't change the channel}.  I don't know who or what is to blame, but I certainly hope the issue is being addressed as we speak.  I didn't think that we would win on Saturday, but I also didn't expect us to be humiliated quite that bad.  I thought we would score.  At least once. 

Enough about that...onto the FUN part - the ROAD TRIP!  Debbie, Lynn, Gail, Connie & I left Thursday afternoon and headed to Shreveport/Bossier City, LA.  These trips can get LONG so we decided to break it up this year; do 1/2 the trip on Thursday & the other 1/2 on Friday.  We have talked about flying, but the road trip part of it is what we enjoy most.  We pack enough food, clothes & alcohol to last us a month if we would happen to get lost in the swamps of Louisiana or backwoods of Alabama.  We always say we are going to pack lighter the next time.  We never do.
We arrived at the Horseshoe Thursday evening, checked in & headed to supper around 8:00.  If you ever stay there - I highly recommend the Four Winds restaurant!  After supper, we hit the casino & gambled for a few hours.  I broke even so I considered it a good night {and yes, I spent most of the night at the penny & nickle slots...I just bought a house, remember?!?}
We got up Friday morning & started the 6 hour drive to Tuscaloosa.  Since we were driving right thru West Monroe anyway, we decided to make a quick stop at the Duck Dynasty shop.  I have only watched the show once or twice, but it was cool to see. Unfortunately, none of the Robertson's were there at the time.  Three states in one day...I was HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY when we finally crossed the Alabama state line!
We arrived in Tuscaloosa around 6:00 & stopped first to check into our hotel.  It wasn't the greatest, but what do you expect for $91 a night on game weekend??  Most hotels are $200+.  It served it's purpose & none of us got bedbugs so it's all good. =)  We drove thru campus to see where the stadium was & where we would park and then made the 45 minute drive to Birmingham for Midnight Yell!
Midnight Yell was being held at Chuy's so we decided to just eat supper there. The restaurant was awesome!  It sat on the side of a hill with a patio area overlooking the city.  The view was gorgeous; I so wish we could have seen it during the day.  The turnout for Midnight Yell was ok & we had a good time...just not sure if the 10 minutes of actual "yelling" were worth the 45 minute drive over & getting back to the hotel and to bed at 1:30am. 
Saturday was GAME DAY!!  We got there early so we could do a little tailgating & check out the campus...which is beautiful!  The Alabama fans were really friendly & welcoming and those people have their stuff together.  They have air conditioned porta potties with attendants in them!  Take note A&M.  Take note.
The atmosphere inside the stadium was ROCKIN'!  Those people come to have a good time for sure {and clearly their team came to play football...just sayin'}.  The weather was beautiful {although HOT!}...FINALLY no rainy, cold weather...guess we got that in exchange for a good game. =(  But at least I got to work on my tan in October...just trying to see the positive in all this people.
We all know what went down over the next 60 minutes.  I'll just leave it at that. I think the Alabama fans even felt sorry for us.  We stayed 3 1/2 quarters & then just couldn't bear to watch it anymore so once again - I admit - I was a 2%er and left the game early.  
We decided to drive back to Bossier City that night to get 1/2 of the trip home out of the way {plus, we wanted to get as far away from there as we could}.  For 6 hours, we talked football.  I am certain the 5 of us solved all of A&M's football troubles in that vehicle...if only they would listen to us. =)  We arrived back in Bossier City around 1:30am & got up Sunday morning and headed home.  

The game, well - wasn't a game at all - but I don't regret going for one minute.  The road trip & spending the weekend with these fabulous ladies more than made up for it!  Win or lose, we are Aggies & always will be.  No more road trips this year but plans for 2015 are already in the works!

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