Louisiana may be a vast state, but let's face it- Louisiana is one big small town. You've heard it before... How's ya mama 'n 'dem? Being from New Orleans, maybe I've heard that more than most.
I made my yearly visit to the optometrist yesterday, and two older folks in the waiting room struck up a conversation, and by the time my name was called, they both knew and had discussed the well being of seven mutual friends and two families they were both somehow related to. Try finding that kind of connection that happens all the time in Louisiana in New York. Hint: chances are slim. The encounter just struck me as the perfect example of the Louisiana phenomenon.
I know, I know. Why point out the obvious? Because through my time thus far in Internland, I've realized how much goes on every day in Baton Rouge.
If you look at the Game Plan, you'll see that every single day has at least several things going on in the city to do. I used to wonder how people knew about events, but that's the thing about Dig and, bigger picture here, Louisiana. It's so easy to stay connected with others. Family, friends, the city- it's all connected. Everyone, this whole state. That's why out-of-state visitors comment so much on the culture. We are the culture. There is always some sort of chance for us to get together and have a good time. Concerts, museums, art shows, open bar hour, poetry readings... you name it, it'll pop up sometime. A chance for more connections to be made and good times to be had.
The main reason I enjoy keeping up the Game Plan? The perspective it gives me and deepening realization that Louisiana is a big small town, and we're all two degrees from anyone.
Or maybe I should stop watching movies about how everything is intertwined.
I'd like to think that The Louisiana Phenomenon is as real to everyone else as it is to me.
Peace, love, and Dig, Lacie