Clayton’s birthday is mid-October and just so happened to be the same weekend as the LSU vs University of Florida game. So his brother Austin, who also happens to be a Gator, flew into town for the weekend and we road tripped to Baton Rouge. We arrived late Friday night and wanted to treat Austin to his first Louisiana daiquiri so our gracious host, Russ, took us to a neighborhood bar and we spent the night playing skee-ball, darts and ring toss.
The next morning we arrived at the tailgate around 9:30 am … for a 6:00 pm game. For my first SEC game, it’s was a little intimidating to be rockin’ the visiting team’s colors but the heckling wasn’t as bad as I expected — we received the occasional “Tiger Bait” and a few “Gator Bait” calls from drunk fans that couldn’t remember how the chant went.
Death Valley lived up to the hype. Not only was the game exciting until the last minute but the energy in the stadium was contagious. Although we were surrounded by LSU fans, they were incredibly welcoming and didn’t give us too much grief – probably helps that they came out on top.
The following weekend we had to make a trip to Atlanta, Texas because that is where the closest Wells Fargo is. Atlanta is also Tex’s hometown. We contacted his breeder and asked if we could stop by so Tex could see his momma, Piper and poppa, Booger. I am not sure that they knew who each other were but they definitely had a blast running around and playing. Booger (chocolate) is a tank, 20 lbs heavier than Tex and not nearly as tall, when he comes barreling through it’s all you can do to get out of the way. After he accidentally ran into Debra (the breeder) while out on a walk, she injured her knee so bad that she now “runs” the dogs via 4-wheeler.
We closed out the weekend with a visit to the DixieMaze Fall Festival and let me just say, corn mazes are much harder than they seem. Tex can smell a treat from a mile away but his nose was no help in finding our way out.