Father’s Day Part 1
June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
In honor of Father’s day last weekend, Huffington Post ran this article, “11 Hipster Trends Your Dad Started.” It was so spot on, I had to share it with y’all. Admittedly, my dad rocked several of these trends. He has a special affinity for a good mustache and mom purchased him many a Bill Cosby sweater. He even rocked the short shorts. The funny part is I have a pair of his old shorts that I wear as pajamas. The scary part is they fit me, and they should have never fit him.
This Father’s Day, mom booked dad a trip to NOLA. The original plan was for her to come too, but her “I really want to shampoo the persian rug. I think I can do it myself” project got in the way. Needless to say, she was a little over her head, the Rug Doctor was called, and she never made it to NOLA. Next trip mom.
With no one to come up with a project to work on (i.e. let’s power wash the house), Dad and I took advantage of the situation. On Saturday, we checked out the National World War II museum. I highly suggest it on a summer day when you want to beat the heat and venture out of the French quarter. The curators have done an excellent job telling the story of WWII, separating the museum into two permanent galleries for both Normandy and Pacific D-Day. The museum has artifacts ranging from soldiers’ letters to loved ones the day before they stormed the beaches of Normandy to the old military tanks and planes.
The museum is currently expanding and will include a more in depth look at Louisiana’s role in the war. Andrew Jackson Higgins who manufactured shallow water boats that supported oil and gas exploration in the Louisiana bayous, played a key role in the Allied Powers’ success. Higgins adapted his boat designs to meet military specifications and were used as a landing craft for soldiers as they stormed Normandy’s beaches on D-Day.
Even in its current state, the museum is large and takes some time to go through if you want to experience everything. Our feet were hurting by the end. If you have the time you can break up your visit with a stop at John Besh’s American Sector for some grub. Piece of advice, the corndog is not just for the little ones. I enjoyed it last time I was there. Any given day of the week, you can run into a WWII veteran, many often hang out at the wrap-around bar sharing stories. Another bonus: they have happy hour with 50% off drinks and .75 sliders. There’s also the Sodashop for those who prefer a sweet treat. “We will have a chocolate milkshake with two straws, please!” I’m kidding. That would be embarrassing…
If you have some time to spare, check out Brad Getty’s blog: Dad’s are the Original Hipsters. The pictures are hilarious! And to Dad: Getty said it best, you are the original hipster…and you’ve been “killing is since back in the day.” I’m so glad you were able to make in town for a visit!