On the road again!

Bowling, Cooking, Gambling, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, Vacation, New Orleans, USBC

For the first time since 2008, the USBC Open Championships ("Nationals", for short) will not be held in Nevada.  This year, the bowling tournament will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the first time since 2005.

The last time that Nationals was in Baton Rouge, we bowled in February, and My-Sugar-Na and I hit the New Orleans French Quarter the weekend after Mardi Gras.  Even though the party had passed by four days, the Quarter was still a rockin' place.  Before the tournament announced its return to Baton Rouge, I had vowed to myself (and everyone who listened) that some time in the future, I want to be in New Orleans in Mardi Gras (Side note; I had bowled Nationals in Mobile, Alabama in February 1994 during the Mardi Gras season, and went to a couple of Mardi Gras parades with (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten - who was almost two at the time - and his mother. Even back then, the pageantry intrigued me.  Just missing it by a week 11 years later just ratcheted up the jones a few notches).

So even though the group that I bowl Nationals with prefers to bowl in May (and when the tournament moves back to Reno next year, we will almost certainly move back to our May dates) I talked most of them into taking a winter trip to the Bayou.

I am addicted to trip planning, be it Las Vegas, Reno or somewhere new.  This trip is no different, and here is what is on the agenda...

So once again, bowling is just the excuse to take a vacation.  Sure, I've bought three new bowling balls since May, learned about Dual Angle Layouts from Joe Cerar, created a spreadsheet of all of my equipment and how it reacts to which lane condition, bowl two leagues with lane conditions more challenging than a "house shot" and so on and so on.  But I know that I'll never win the tournament, so I'll have my fun first, focus my mind next, and see where it leads me.

I can't wait.  And I am sure that YOU can't wait for the compulsory trip report about a week after I get back. Till then, you can follow me on Twitter @mjames1229, as I expect that I will have posts and photos from New Orleans.  You can also watch the parades live on this webcam (though we will be nowhere near this location, so you won't see us).

Saturday's weather looks clear all the way from Milwaukee to the Gulf Coast, so nothing should get in the way of a great vacation.  

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