Monday, February 1, 2010

Special Event Walks: The ‘Who Dat’ Saints Man-Up in a Dress Walk

Journal Entry 1/28/10: Weight = 171.4 lbs; Coinage = $1.88, 43 pennies, 7 dimes, 3 quarters; Glass bottles retrieved and deposited = 7; Ground scores = 2.

Journal Entry 1/29/10: Coinage = $1.11, 26 pennies, 2 nickels, 5 dimes, 1 quarter; Glass Bottles = 6; Ground Scores = 7.

Journal Entry 1/31/10: Weight = 172.2 lbs; Coinage = $2.53, 113 pennies (big penny dump in the alley of a car detailing shop), 3 nickels, 5 dimes, 3 quarters; Glass bottles = 6; Ground Scores = 2 (One ground scores was a new pull over shirt with the ubiquitous stick-on shirt size marker still attached).

Journal Entry 2/1/10: Weight = 173.4 (With Mardi Gras, Saints parties, and week-ends with family members, keeping that weight heading south is a challenge); Coinage = $1.31, pennies = 71 (the 17th street canal friend is back after a long absence), 1 nickel, 3 dimes, 1 quarter (all street/curb finds); Glass bottles = 5; Ground Scores = 2.

Feature Entry: Special Event Walks: The ‘Who Dat’ Saints Man-Up in a Dress Walk

Occasionally, we walkers are invited to join special event walks—Cancer pledge walks and Million Man March comes to mind. Last Friday, the MoneyWalker’s Son-in-Law gave the MoneyWalker a call and asked if I would join him in joining an all man’s walk in drag starting at the Louisiana Super Dome and ending in New Orleans’ French Quarter and Bourbon Street. The walk was to honor the late N.O. sports-cast legend Buddy Diliberto who said he would wear a dress if the New Orleans Saints ever made it to the Super Bowl. Buddy is dead now, but his replacement Saints great former quarterback Bobby Hebert led a movement to complete the pledge.

Although heavily promoted, I expected about 300 men crazy enough to join Bobby. Wrong, approximately 3,000 men accepted the challenge and another 2,000 women and children joined the throng. And then about 80,000 parade watchers came out to cheer us on. Seeing that many men in drag at one time was scary. What a walk!

I glanced downward a few times looking for coinage to no avail. It didn’t matter; the men’s dresses and ensembles arrested most of the attention. Win or lose, this town is going crazy celebrating the Saint’s first Super Bowl


Note: First photo Son-in-law Patrick on the right, Grandson Jackson, and the MoneyWalker on the left.

Second photo, Patrick holding a Saints football with the MoneyWalker with his red hat.

Remaining photos, random shots of some of the walkers.