As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, I went to the rodeo while I was in Houston. Turns out it was a lot of fun -- and I didn't feel like as much of a fish out of water as I had expected. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of folks in super-blingy cowboy-wear, but it seemed like there were almost as many people in regular jeans-and-shirts attire like Eileen and me. The the food tents and rides areas were pretty much the same as any field days or other local fair I've been too, just bigger and with more barbecue. (And I am never, ever against more barbecue.) The rodeo itself was interesting, but I found myself wishing that we had better seats. As big as horses and steer seem up close, they're really quite tiny when in a giant arena, so it was kind of hard to see/understand what was going on. Although, it might be better that we were far away -- some of the events looked so painful for the cowboys that I am not sure I would have wanted to watch them close up. (Suffice to say that I can't imagine there's an athletic cup on the market that could possibly provide adequate protection from a bucking bronco or steer.)
Of course, my real goal in going to the rodeo was to see Lady Antebellum, and I thought they were pretty good overall, though the sound in the arena was not ideal. Occasionally one of the microphones would cut out, which made the duets not work so well. They also still seem a bit new to performing, at least to a venue that big, as their stage patter was almost exclusively of the "Hello, Houston!" variety. And since the rodeo is the main attraction and not the music, a lot of the crowd (at least where we were sitting) didn't seem to know their music very well, and therefore were not very into it. I'm hoping to get to see them again this summer when they swing through the DC area, and will be interested to see if there is any difference when they're the main attraction.
Here are some photos from my rodeo adventure:
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