Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
- Two-tone denim outfits: When the top shirt is a few shades lighter than the jeans.
- Cut-off denim: For when it gets hot
- American Pride denim: Flag, eagle, flag and eagle. They all work on the back of your denim shirt
- Upper arm hair matching denim: Just what it sounds like. Dude had a lot of fur going on, but he wore a dark denim shirt that matched the color of his hair. It was like camoflauge for over-pubescent men.
- 2004 denim: It fit then; it doesn't fit now
And I also got to sample the local flavor...
The folks down there were actually shocked (and perhaps offended) by the fact that I had never really sampled 'Mud Bugs' before. The ironic thing is that the serving shown above is not nearly enough to constitute a full meal. I had to go back for another serving, err, I mean shovel full (her words, not mine). I literally imagined a man dying of starvation as the person who discovered this 'delicacy.' If you get a thimble worth of meat out of one, it's a keeper! I love seafood, so it all tasted fine to me, but it made crab look like an endless supply of goodness compared to these little suckers.
The community feel and genuine happiness of the people down there will stick with me for a while. There is something so comforting in going to an area where community togetherness is a big deal. I always feel alienated on the East Coast compared to the Midwest, but then you get to the south, and Midwestern hospitality has been given a triple shot of Red Bull. Nothing wrong with that. Good food, good drink, good people. It makes the job completely worth it.
However, it felt good to get home yesterday. With spring arriving, you just don't want to miss any day of the best season to be in Indianapolis. Golf league starts this weekend, and the weather should be approaching perfect in time for May. And, of course, while I heard there were a lot of stories involving Grace, why do I always imagine her waiting for me at home like this...
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
We ate the authentic food, we mingled among the people and we drove the authentic cars. Seriously, who knew flying down a Mexican highway in a third-world Nissan (anybody heard of the brand Tsuru? I hadn't!) with no rear-view mirror and a very violent shake if you get the thing going faster than 80 kmph could be so much fun! After all of that was over, we needed authentic drinks. Don't ask about that night! All in all, it was another tremendous vacation for us and something we hope to be a part of for a very long time to come!