Friday, March 26, 2010

Goodbye Shreveport

Kev's work in Louisiana appears to be over. Here are some things I'll miss about Shreveport.

  1. Shreveport is a city full of friendly people from a variety of backgrounds. Unfortunately, it appears to have an identity crisis. It's not really big enough to be a big city, but it's much bigger than a big town. I guess it's a small city. It's in the corner of Louisiana, with some Cajun-ness, but also a lot of Southern and Texan personality thrown in. I guess that's why it's doubled as so many cities in movies.
  2. needing to use my Southern dialect versus my Redneck/Hick dialect in order to be understood, which I'm proficient at thanks to a father from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. . .
  3. seeing Washaterias. My father always called laundry mats washaterias, but I've never seen them called that elsewhere. . .
  4. The food: steaks at Saltgrass (amazing!!), burgers at Whattaburger (yummy!), breakfast with *free* entertainment at Waffle House (including the guy with the money safety-pinned to his apron. . .), and various seafood munchies thrown in. [sigh]
  5. The hair cut lady at the mall. Her name is Kamey, and she cut my hair, Kev's hair, and Kyler's hair, and did a phenomenal job each time.
  6. listening to books on tape. I never do this at home, but it's such an easy way to entertain on the road.
  7. shopping. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed buying things for me and the kids when we were in Louisiana.
  8. The sales people at Cavendar's Western Wear. . . story forthcoming, I promise.

What I won't miss about Shreveport. . .

  1. The sales people at Cavendar's Western Wear. . .see above.
  2. the lack of family entertainment. We're not casino people, and there's not a lot for kids to do in Shreveport.
  3. educating my son on the ways of the world, which are significantly absent or at least well hidden in Paradise. . .
  4. The drive.
  5. especially if driven with 2 tired, cranky kids. . .
  6. Enough Said.
Soon enough, we'll be on to our next adventure. Who knows where Kev will be working next, so be on the lookout for our wild bunch in a city near you. (OH, the horror! Can you imagine seeing our bunch in your neighborhood blue giant store? I can assure you that we're every bit as loud and crazy in person. . .)


Anonymous said...

LMAO...hey my dad is from PB too. When did your dad grad? I havent been in several years, since we went to LA the last time when the boys were 2 and 3 I think.
How funny it is that every now and then theres another new lil connection and we havent even gotten to meet up yet???

Rachel said...

Can't wait to hear about the Western Wear clerks!!