We have just returned from a long weekend visit with Megan in Aggieland. It was great to see Megan and a very busy few days. We went on a football game weekend, so there were even more activities than usual.
We started at the Aggie tent sale. They set up a huge tent in a parking lot and have rows and rows of Aggie T shirts, sweatshirts, and most anything else Aggie you can imagine. Your Aggie T shirt is the fashion of choice for most every event in College Station, so you can never have too many.
Megan and Rick at the tent sale. Yes, for those of you looking closely her hair is no longer the blonde it has been her entire life. College is a time for new things, and I guess that includes your hair color.
Many of the businesses in town are decked out with Aggie colors and flags.
After the tent sale we had a barbecue at Megan’s house. She invited all her “fish” (fish is Aggie for freshman) from summer camp.
She had a total group of thirteen, but only a few were available. Gabe, Sean and Josh joined us for dinner, along with Brandon (her boyfriend) and his roomates Kyle and Alex.
Alex is enjoying the chips. Funny how you mention food and hungry college boys appear.
After the food, Megan’s cat Lucky makes a pest of herself as Brandon tries to use the laptop.
And then it was time for midnight yell. For those of you not familiar with Aggie culture, Aggies do not cheer, they yell. They practice these yells before home games at midnight on Friday night before the game Saturday. This was the last home game of the season, so it was a poignant moment for the seniors. Half the stands are full, which is about 40,000 people.
The band plays and the Aggies yell; it is quite a spectacle. You even see fans from the opposing team who come to Midnight Yell just to see what all the excitement is about.
Saturday is game day, and the Aggies go all out. These are the guys in charge of the cannon that they shoot off every time the Aggies score.
There is live TV coverage.
You get to the stadium at least two or three hours before the game to take in all the festivities.
Aggie fans come in all ages.
Fans line the streets to watch the band (made up of cadets) and the rest of the corps of cadets march through campus towards Kyle Field.
The cadets pass the reviewing stand – this day former President George H.W. Bush was there – and circle the field.
Aggies take their football very seriously. They are the original home of the 12th man.
Neither the students nor the corps sit down during the game. They stand and yell during the whole thing.
When you look up into the stands, all you see is maroon. Maroon out they call it.
The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at half time. They are truly amazing to watch. They do the most intricate marching maneuvers I have ever seen.
Though the game didn’t turn out quite the way we had hoped, it was still quite an experience. And as they say “Aggies never lose, they just run out of time.”
Even if your team doesn’t win, you still need to go out for dinner. Megan and two of her roomates, Lindsey and Amy.
Megan’s roomate Amy was the employee of the month at the deli where she works. She’s a very sweet girl and will be a great nurse.
Brandon and Megan.
A visit from Mom and Dad isn’t complete unless they treat you to a pedicure. Yes, her toes are polka dot.
And then it was time for us to fly back to Washington. It is hard to leave our baby, but she will be home for Christmas.