“Uhuht, Uhuht. Society! Society!”

Finally, after days of unusually cold temperatures, we walked outside in Lafayette LA to some beautiful sunny weather and temperatures of about 70 degrees.  Hopefully this means we broke free of the cold gray cloud that has been hovering over us.

Lafayette, LA

A couple of nights ago, we happen to catch a show on CNN about America’s Toxic Towns while eating our dinner in the hotel (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/?/video/health/2010/02/26/gupta.toxic.towns.cnn).  Ironically, the town they were covering, Mossville, LA, was only about an hour away and directly in our path.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed how they had unusually high cancer rates and the people of the surrounding area attributed this to the numerous chemical plants that occupy a huge portion of the area.  We wondered, do we stop and see first hand what the situation  is all about, or take a huge detour?

Approaching Mossville, LA

Not realizing how close to Mossville we were, we stopped and had lunch at Popeyes Chicken.  Crew B, this meal was dedicated to you guys.  I really miss those quiet weekend shifts eating Popeyes in the Control Room.  Is that the creepy statue again?

Lunch Next Door to Mossville, LA

As we rode through Mossville, we were following behind a school bus.  It was difficult to watch young children being dropped off at their small humble homes located practically adjacent to these huge chemical plants spewing out carcinogens.  Doesn’t seem fair that these kids health is being jeopardized so early and they have no control over their living situation.  These huge plants are located all throughout Louisiana and at night have the same appearance as a large city from all of their lights.

Mossville Elementary

Conoco Philips Jet Fuel Refinery

We crossed the Louisiana/Texas state line and started looking for some food.  As we drove across the Bolivar Peninsula we came across The Tiki Bar; looked like a good place to grab a bite to eat.  As we ate some burgers and tater tots, we caught a portion of the Sugar Bowl (Ohio State vs Arknsas).  Our friend Ryan is the world’s biggest Ohio State fan, so we rooted for Ohio State.  We didn’t catch the whole game, but later that night I was excited to learn that they won; Go Buckeyes!!

The Tiki Bar

Go Buckeyes

To get to our destination, Galveston, TX, we took the Bolivar/Galveston Ferry across the Galveston Bay.  I was shocked to learn that this fun long ride was free?!

Bolivar/Galveston Ferry

Bolivar/Galveston Ferry



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10 Responses to “Uhuht, Uhuht. Society! Society!”

  1. JLAG says:

    Galveston! I used to work there long ago. It has changed alot since the hurricane a few years back. Wish I could remember the places I used to go for food….all dives and all great. Have fun in Texas!

  2. crissykid says:

    Keep on goin, guys, (er, I mean……..y’all!) This sounds like a VERY cool ‘cation!!! Kisses and hugs from Rochester where it is NOT CLOSE to 70 degrees! Enjoy!!!!

  3. lisa says:

    ooooh….im not sure he is the world’s biggest fan of the BUCKEYES, i might be right there with him…what a game! so happy for the win. 5am came way to early though, darn games are on sooo late. ” O ..H…” go buckeyes! love that you guys watched the game..safe travels!

  4. Cuzin Katie says:

    I know what you mean about feeling for the kids that live across from the chemical plants… We have them all over St John Parish where I teach. They call part of the parish “cancer row”. AND, when I first started teaching, I was told NOT to drink the water at school. The same water that my kids drink every day when they come in from P.E. or when they are trying to take a break from a boring class…. It’s really sad. But I’m happy to hear that you were cheering for the Bucks and that you have made it into TX! Safe travels!

  5. Daniel Siciliano says:

    life is in the colors of scarlet and grey….

  6. Aunt Bo says:

    Creepy guy is scaring me…he is everywhere.
    I always wanted to go to Galveston…ever since that Glen Campbell song (Bret, Shannon and Jeff–you are all too young to remember that one) but I bet Betsy remembers!! 🙂
    70 degrees sounds so nice. The sun is shining here today but it is cold. Hope you get another motorcycle day today.

  7. Debbie says:

    Howdy Ya’ll! (isn’t that how they say hi in Texas?)
    So glad to see that the glorious sunshine is beaming down on you guys. But I’ve got to ask while you’re there…
    The stars at night–shine big and bright–deep in the heart of Texas!–Do they really? We need a report.

    I see that the gastric exploration continues and Popeyes Chicken was on the menu. I’m a big fan of Popeyes dirty rice. Yummm. But we want to hear more about those killer 32 oz steaks, or amaradillo pancakes they supposedly serve in Texas. We need pics of that.

    Hoping that the sunshine follows you for a very long time–looks like you guys are also getting a tan!

    Love you so much!


  8. HP says:

    For the record, I believe in TX it’s “y’all” – a contraction of you-all (perhaps some stray mid-west types made their way down to the Lone Star state early on). 🙂 Bienvenidos a Texas! Hope you’re having a great time. As you are now close to Houston – where I spent 8 years of my life with the fun of grad school and post-doc-ing, I have some suggestions for Houston eats:
    1. Lupe Tortilla on I-59 at Kirby (or Buffalo Speedway, can’t remember which). Best fajitas in the world. Get the beef.

    2. Goode Company BBQ (Kirby at Bissonnett). Yummy, yummy, yummy. Even by Carolina standards. 🙂

    There is also a great beer place downtown Houston. Called something like “World of Beer” or something like that – they have like 250 beers on their menu, 100+ on tap or some other such craziness. Yes, everything is bigger in TX. If you’ve had your fill of things meat and/or fried (is this possible?!), they have great Thai at Nit Noi, which is on one of the side streets in “the Village” near Rice U.

    And one recreation recommendation, given the emerging amphibean (reptile?) theme… South of Houston (down Hwy 288) is Brazos Bend State Park – great for the bikes, but beware the alligators. They’re everywhere – though at least the park provides warnings to keep pets and small children close by.

    Hope the weather holds out for you and you get some good riding in! Thinking of you all every day.


  9. Michelle, Mario, and Simona says:

    Let me know if you head Dallas way! Have fun!!!!!

  10. Ryan B. says:

    Bret & Shan,
    I was honestly a little flattered you guys cheered for Ohio State on my account – hope you had a good time for a night as “honorary” Buckeye fans.
    For what it’s worth (and just so it’s not all about the football), I’ll briefly share with you one of the more inspirational figures in my life was Ohio State’s legendary coach “Woody” Hayes. A few favorite quotes:
    “You win with people”
    “You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward”
    “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” http://www.wosu.org/archive/woody/index.php

    Take care. We’re all thinking about you.

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