Fun in the Bayou

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

LaFayette, Louisiana

Quite an interesting start to quite an interesting trip I daresay. I stayed with a kind lady named Jerie Oliver (pronounced Oh-liv-e-ay) and learned more about the history of Cajuns and Louisiana during dinner than I would by taking a class on it. The heritage of French and irish people in this town is incredible. Downtown LaFayette is possibly one of the most beautiful places I've seen, the houses are incredible. Especially the one I sit in while I write this. It's not that old of a house, but Mrs. Olivers sense of decoration is great.

To speak some of my host, Mrs. Oliver, she is freakin' amazing. Keep in mind I've never met this lady in my life, and I'd only met her on the phone 2 days ago. She's taken me in, fed me Cajun dinner, given me a place to sleep, forced me to let her do my laundry, and entertained me to no end.

This is seriously the coolest lady in the world.

She has more incredible stories than anyone I've ever met. Just the few things she told me were truly awesome, for instance about when she went to France on an expedition to preserve French Cajun heritage and got invited to the Mayor of Paris's Chateau in the hills for dinner. Also her trip to New Zealand for a family reunion where she met her 6th cousin who was 80, Irish, and died while she was there for the reunion. I could listen to this woman talk for hours.

Later in the night we decided to go watch the fireworks over LSU LaFayette (or U-la-la as It's called round here ((for university of Louisiana at Lafayette))). Already thinking this lady was cool enough as is, we get in the car and she has a Nina Simone CD playing (jazz pianist/vocalist). So for the next hour we talked about jazz, and music in general, and it was good. She told me about her husband who had died 30 years before, who just so happened to be a jazz set player that regularly played with Louie freakin' Prima's nephew AND was the timpani player for the major symphony down here.

We talked about so much, too much to put on here, I guess there will be a lot of stories for when I get back, eh? This trip has definatly started out right, and hopefully it'll get better from here.

In other good news, FEMA is paying for my food for the trip, because in addition to my freeze dried foods I have about 2 months worth of MREs that Dad was given after hurricane Katrina but never ate. So that saves a good deal of money.

I'm deciding now whether to go to church with Mrs. Oliver in the morning to meet this chick that just graduated from the Manhattan School of Music to talk about how the scene is up there or just getting right on the road. I don't think I'll be able to go diamond hunting if I go to church, so I'm weighing my options here.

Hopefully many more stories to come, and many more amazing people, so keep checkin'.

Oh and i forgot to mention she's an accomplished stage actress.

Pictures to come, i don't have strong enough signal now.
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jimho on

I spent 2 weeks for work training in Lafayette in the early 90's. It is an interesting town. I worked at the LSU campus. I like how they say Lafayette it more like laffyette. Are the drive through bars still there?

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