Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving and Iron Bowl

We had a small, very good Thanksgiving. We drove 35 minutes to my sister-in-law's and ate some of my mother-in-law's cooking. Morgan is always very happy spending time with her Honey, PaPa, and Tee Tee Ash, and seeing her happy was the best part of my Thanksgiving (and the fact that my MIL sent me home with some of her dressing -- frozen and uncooked -- so I can cook it later)!

The next day was when we saw more friends and family -- Iron Bowl! I always do a so-so job of taking pics at tailgates, so this time I made a conscious effort to get more. Also, I actually went in the game. I usually choose to skip going inside the game because the tailgates are so comfortable, but I tend to be a little more interested when it's a big game (so interested that two years ago, I went in the Alabama/Auburn game very pregnant -- nine months to be exact -- and didn't mind that it was raining).

I think I did a MUCH better job of taking pics...

But first let me share this pic of the monster -- curled up like a little burrito watching YGG at Tee Tee's  house. :)

Ash with her friend Kim.

On to tailgating...

This guy.  OMG, this guy...

George was SO FUNNY on the mic.  He picked on any Auburn fan that walked by.  He interviewed everyone from Pat Dye to Bobby Lowder to Cam Newton's mom and dad!  Not really, but there were Auburn fans willing to stop and talk to George and pretend they were these very people.  OMG!  I kid you not, people STOPPED and watched George's "show" and took pictures and videos and participated.  I. WAS. ROLLING.  I was trying not to because I like Cam Newton and I'm sort of tired of hearing about the little situation, but OMG, George made it so funny.

Here's a pic of some "Auburn boosters" dropping money in the "offering" for "Cam Newton's dad's church."  No, these people weren't fooled into dropping money in here.  They could read the sign on the front of the bucket!  They were being good sports.  :)  So funny!

Pretty much any older white guy in Auburn gear that walked by was either Pat Dye or Bobby Lowder and any middle-aged black man or woman in Auburn gear was Cam Newton's mom or dad.  Hilarious!

Okay, so what if they weren't older white guys or middle-aged black people, did he leave them alone?  No!  He picked on everybody!

Yes, my friends, these are KIDS.  These folks willingly came FROM ACROSS THE STREET when George called them out.  Yes, they brought their kids over to this nut on the mic (sorry, George, but you're a NUT!).  He was nice to the kids, of course, but called their mom out for putting them in this Auburn gear (you see what dad has on).

He pulled up some occasional 'Bama folks.

And Santa.  OF COURSE he was there. You think the color of Santa's outfit is a coincidence? 

George was A TRIP and provided entertainment and fun for many.

My friend Tia and her brother were there!  Tia went to Auburn for undergrad and came to hang out with us that day.  George should be glad that Tia had to leave after the game because she told me that she was going to take over the mic after the game.  She's just as quick and funny, so that would've been adding insult to injury.  Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have let her on the mic for that reason!

Ms. Annette and her grandgirls.

Derrick and Casey

Dancing in the street.  My mother-in-law said that the fun needed to happen BEFORE the game because the Bama nation may not feel as "happy" after the game.  She was right.

My Aunt Elida, who's also from the other side.

I have a major crush on this guy.

I even had a baby with him.  The little one in the pink who danced for everybody.


Mr. Jay and Family

Ms. Glenda (left).  Sorry I don't know the other girl (text/email me if you do).

The Monster.

More dancing.

My mom and Aunt Lida (sisters).

The Underwoods were there, complete with toddler and new baby!  Hate I didn't get a picture of the pretty mama.

KJ and Morgan being toddlers.

Latoya and Me

Morgan and her PaPa

Tia wanted me to take this pic so she can use it with her kids -- so she can tell them that she knows Santa personally.  Genius, Tia!

Dancing with Honey

Santa dancing.

Courtney and Casey

George ended the night with a little thank you speech to my in-laws, Ms. Pat and Coach, which I thought was so sweet.  They do so much to make tailgates happen every home game.  When I become wealthy, I'm going to buy them their own tailgate crew who will manage the food and tents and carpet so all Ms. Pat and Coach can do is relax from start to finish. 

We had a great time out there, despite the wet cold and game result.  Can't wait for Iron Bowl 2012!

Edited to Add: 2012 because that's the next Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. :)

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