Another weekend has gone by, this time with us traveling to New Orleans, where the only shots in the streets were the Bourbon and Jim Beam going down in a blazing toast to our good friend Mark, who is soon to become an official part of the family.
Not that he hasn't been a part of the family for some time now. In fact, he's been a part of the family for longer than I have. But not on paper. Wanna wrestle it out?
On Saturday, Mark's brother Tim let us hooligans down to his home in Mississippi, which was a beautiful house overlooking a canal. After listening to LSU lose to Auburn, we had to take turns talking each other out of throwing ourselves into the canal. I actually made it over the party's goal line defense, going head-first into the water, but I was okay - fat floats.
On Sunday we hit the D-Day Museum, now dubbed the WWII Museum. After recently reading a couple of books on the Pacific Theatre, notably Cryptonomicon and Flyboys, I was anxious to see the part of the museum dealing with the war in the Pacific. I had been to the museum once before, but after spending 3 hours there, I only saw the parts dealing with the invasion of Normandy. You could spend an entire day there and not see everything. Check it out the next time you're in New Orleans and are not boozed up, flashing for beads or being shot at - it's great!
My father-in-law was an engineer in the Navy, onboard the USS Oriskany. This wasn't during WWII, but it was very interesting getting to talk about the battleships and planes with someone who really knew all about them. The Oriskany was also the plane that John McCain lifted off from when he was shot down over Vietnam. See, the Tanory Tantrum is not only entertaining, but it's educational as well! If you get that question right on Jeopardy or Millionaire, be sure to mention the Tantrum.
We also witnessed the museum loading up a C-47 Skytrain. We didn't think it would make it through the front doors, but after they took off the wings, gathered 20 crewmen, and edged it in very carefully, it finally made its way inside. It still had to pay for a ticket.
In conclusion, LSU will beat "Tulame" this weekend by a score of 52-3, and the Saints will extend their lead in the division until Hell has officially frozen over. Also, New Orleans still remains covered in chocolate.