In my last column I related tales of the “Texas Golden Girls” — me, my BFF Deb and two of my Texas cousins, their aliases “Gee” and “Reen” — at Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas recently. This is the next chapter — the rodeo.
The rodeo, as one might imagine, is big in Houston. (Think Elkhart County Fair times 10.) It lasts for three weeks and anyone who is anyone goes at least once during that time. Outside there are carnival rides and food tents. Inside one arena houses vendor booths, food courts, exhibits and more. The other arena has the actual rodeo, followed by a concert.
As a fan of the show “The Voice,” I was tickled to see that all but one of the show’s judges was appearing at the rodeo. Blake Shelton was a no-brainer but Maroon Five and Usher surprised me.
The rodeo began just a couple of days before we were heading home, so we were lucky to see Brad Paisley.
But before you go to the rodeo, you have to have “the look” and it’s all cowgirl bling. No more plain denim and red bandanas for the modern cowgirl — oh no — the blingier the better from your hat to your boots.
So for two to three days beforehand we went “rodeo shopping” — looking for boots, shiny adornments to put on boots, earrings, etc. At last the big night came and I have to say this was not my first rodeo (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I’d been to a rodeo in Connecticut and here in Goshen but never to a Texas rodeo and Deb had never been at all.
The night of the rodeo it was cold, below 30 degrees. Normally, they’d have highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.
It was my cousin’s hubby’s birthday and he bought us really good seats for the rodeo and concert to follow. There was a surprise planned for him — and for us, too. We opened the door of my cousin’s house to find a waiting white, stretch limousine driven by my cousin’s oldest daughter (her newest job after leaving the police force) and one of her twin daughters who was joining us. Cousin “Reen” had already been picked up. The girls had the limo all decorated inside with balloons and birthday decorations and stocked with champagne and other drinks on ice.