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Final Four


Fortunately for me (but sucking for him), my friend Scott had tickets to the Final Four Championship game, but wound up being out of town on game day.  I got to be Stacy’s “date,” and join the Merzes for a fun experience.  Congrats to the Huskies.

Mardis Gras and Bacchus

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I think this was about my seventh year joining Shane and Michele (and Shane’s enormouse Mardis Gras posse) in NOLA for the Bacchus Ball.  It never disappoints.  Scott and Stacy Humphries made their debut.

I always say that Mardis Gras can be great for almost anyone, because it is whatever you make it.   You want wild?  NOLA can surely deliver.  But there’s almost literally a parallel universe — just walk down Royal Street instead of Bourbon Street (one block over) and you’re surrounded by art galleries, antique shops, and fancy restaurants (in lieu of Bourbon Street’s bars, strip clubs and bead-solicitors).  It’s often surprisingly easy to get a table at the famous (civilized) restaurants (most Mardis Gras visitors go elsewhere).

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Ironman Kona 2010

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My friend Shane Merz  raced in the 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — even for me as a spectator.  I’d just bought my new camera (my first “real” camera in 20 years or so).  Not bad for a first outing.  Oh:  Shane did great, too, as his finish-line picture suggests.

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