July 24, 2012

Louisiana Expectations vs Reality

Things I knew or thought I knew about Louisiana before coming down here:
  1. Hurricane Katrina devastated this place.
  2. It's hot and humid all year long.
  3. Everyone talks like the guys on Swamp People and are impossible to understand.
  4. They cheer for the Saints.
  5. Bourbon Street is where it's at.
  6. There are alligators everywhere, and they will eat you.
  7. Food here includes: po' boys, gumbo, jumbalaya, crawfish, and beignets
Things I've learned about Louisiana since coming here:
  1. People are buried above ground because of the flooding
  2. There is no such thing as a drainage system. When it rains, everything floods.
  3. It rains a lot. Most afternoons it storms really hard for about an hour or two.
  4. It's hotter and more humid than I assumed. The air conditioner in my car has a hard time keeping up sometimes.
  5. Most people don't have garages. Instead, they park in car ports. I'm still getting used to locking my car doors every time I pull in. 
  6. Cockroaches are a part of life. And I don't mean the little ones that infest your house. I'm talking about huge, creepy ones that can fly. They're called tree roaches down here, and they're the most disgusting things in the world. I would attach a picture here, but I can't even bear the thought of looking at them on the Internet. They're so gross. Nothing keeps them away. They'll die in your house after they eat your insecticide or whatever your boyfriend and the exterminator sprayed, but those suckers can't be deterred. For about a week (before the exterminator came), we were finding one every morning, dead or slowly dying in our house. I may have cried when I saw the first one. Everyone down here shrugs it off and tells me I'm supposed to just get used to it. I don't see this happening. In my 30 years of life, I still scream at the sight of the tiniest spider, so I don't think I'll ever be okay with roaches.
  7. I can, in fact, understand every single person I've met. Babe has encountered more of the Swamp People variety, but he travels out into the country for work. I think I'll stay in the city.
  8. Much to the dismay of Babe and his brother, none of us have seen any alligators yet... probably because we live in the city, not the bayou.
  9. I assume people cheer for the Saints in New Orleans. Here in Baton Rouge, though, it's all about LSU. It's like a cult down here, ya'll. Car decals, bumper stickers, house paint (no, I'm not kidding... even our carport is painted yellow, and we have purple doors and shutters), flags, aisles of merchandise in every single store. It's commonplace to see people walking around in head to toe LSU clothing, and every restaurant in town has a Tiger special. Alumni must be required to stay in the city upon graduation or something because they're everywhere. And we're talking about a city of a million people here, not some small, college town. 
  10. 99.9% of churches are southern baptist. And there are a lot of them. I'm not sure why Mardi Gras is so big down here because honestly, I don't think I've seen a single catholic church.
  11. People here can't drive. Seriously. They're all idiots. Stay tuned to my next post for more on this...
  12. You can't get good pizza down here. And I'm not even holding it to the Chicago-style standard. 
  13. Po' boys are delicious, but that's all the creole food we've tried so far. I know... we're lame.
I'm sure I'll come up with more things, but that's what I have for now. :)

1 comment:

  1. YES - When it was raining everything floods! I was shocked at all the standing water my friends trekked through just to go out!