Last weekend we got the opportunity to attend the Southern University football game, an experience that needs to be seen to be believed 🙂 It was a really fantastic day and the energy of the crowds before the event was palpable. Since we are here to talk with folks about transportation, we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to engage with at least some of the folks attending the game. And so we went walkabout, as the Australians would say.
I will admit that our initial “Can we ask you some questions” was received with some suspicion; I’ve no doubt they were asking themselves what the heck these folks are looking for 🙂 However once we explained why we were in Baton Rouge they were universally warm and very open and honest with their feedback. We got lots of great feedback on topics ranging from bridges, road widening, public transit, but my favorite suggestion was that we build a fence on the interstate median to stop folks from rubber necking 🙂 Although all joking aside, coming from Ireland I can attest that we have the same issue; so I’m guessing that there is a universal human instinct to want to see what is happening over the other side of the road.
In addition to getting to chat with some really nice folks, we also got to see the Southern University marching band perform. They were outstanding, and I’d strongly recommend catching them if you ever get the chance. And on that note, I’m going to sign off.