So Templeton, briiiiian, and I made it back to Templeton's apartment at three a.m. We'd just made the drive from Jackson in good time, but at that point, it had been a long day for all of us, so instead of partaking of the nighttime wonders of New Orleans we all just crashed.
I was awakened firstly at around seven by the light coming in through the window--and promptly turned over so that it didn't hit my eyes and went back to sleep. At around nine they began to set up the stage. Templeton's apartment is right across the street from what I think is some kind of church, based on the fact that the building has a cross on it. Behind it, there is a large open area--a parking lot, more or less. And evidently, they were going to have some sort of concert in it. The stage itself was unremarkable, as I recall, although I only saw it briefly. I was drowsing during the setting-up process, and the things that it entailed. Occasionally, I would wake up totally, but I was soon drowsing again.
Around eleven, I decided to get up and take a shower. So I did. (I just put this paragraph in so that you would all think of me wet and naked.)
I lay back down, and drowsed some more. But at around eleven-thirty, they began the sound check.
ONE. ONE, TWO.
ONE, TWO. TWO, TWO.
ONE, ONE, ONE, TWO. TWO.
It was loud. And it lasted at least until the three of us finally left for the Voodoo Music Festival an hour and a half later. This was, to say the least, annoying. How long does it take to check a fucking mic? The damn thing sounded fine to me the first time. Grr.
And then the festival! It was absolutely wonderful, I must say. We got there a bit late, and so missed the local bands that played first, but we were quite in time for Blues Traveler. The only problem (and that soon went away) was that it was ickily hot, so I went off and got a couple of bottled waters, one to drink, and one to pour over my head. When I came back, Templeton and briiiiian were both like, "Oh, yeah, I'm thirsty too." So they wandered off to grab drinks. I never saw them again within the festival.
Blues Traveler soon finished, and I waited around for the other two, but we'd evidently lost one another. Not really a big deal, but I kinda wish it hadn't happened--I didn't know anyone else there, and concerts are always more fun if you're jamming with people you know. Which is not in any way to say that the whole thing didn't rock anyway.
After that, the day moved quickly, including (for me) the wonderful music of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Live, Cowboy Mouth, Counting Crows, and Stone Temple Pilots. After the next-to-last, I actually did run into some people I knew, Jeremy and Christie, who'd both graduated from Ole Miss this past May. Jeremy's in law school at Tulane, and I wouldn't be at all suprised if the two of them get married--and rightfully so; they are so beautiful as a couple. But anyway, I digress.
briiiian and Templeton were worn out, and went back to the car after Counting Crows, I found out later. I stayed for most of STP, but cut out a bit early to avoid the mass exodus, and found the two of them waiting. And the day having tired us out, what with the sun and rocking, we just went back to the apartment and crashed again. I was asleep within five minutes.