Mardi Gras is right around the corner

I just made a last-minute decision to head down to New Orleans next weekend for Mardi Gras. This will be my 7th Big Easy Mardi Gras in the last 8 years.

Unfortunately, I missed it last year — my first miss in 6 straight — and felt that my attraction to the city was slowly fading. But as this year’s festivities grew closer, I found myself missing it even more. Luckily my trusty Mardi Gras pal (and cousin) was interested in making the drive next weekend, so we’ll be there — if only for a few days.

My most recent trip wasn’t the best in memory. It was only a few months after Katrina, I was sick with the flu, and it rained the entire time. Things just weren’t the same, and I’m hoping this year will make up for it and get rid of the bad taste in my mouth.

Anyway, look for some on-the-scene coverage straight from NOLA next weekend, and if you’ll be in town too, let me know — we’ll meet up for a beer.