Travel Journal of Cadet Sergeant Major Corinne LeFrancois

Day 2 - Feb 27, 2003

shock platoon practicesWe woke up at 830 and awaited the arrival of the Commandants in the lobby of our hotel, then headed to breakfast at the Tiffin Inn, where our waitress, Darlene, managed to handle all 22 of us at once.

With breakfast out of the way, we headed to the F. Edward Hebert Naval Supply Station so Matt Angoy could buy shoes for the upcoming competition. Shoes in hand, we boarded the vans and returned to the hotel to practice in a soggy field among fire ants and the gentle humming of the five-lane highway beside us.

After some hard drilling, we got back on our trusty vans and headed to the French Quarter. shock platoon practicesThe residents were very colorful and unabashed in their calls to Major Holden and us from the surrounding balconies. Good food and good scenery summed up our short time in the oldest New Orleans neighborhood.

Once again braving the intense Mardi Gras traffic, we returned to our hotel, full of Creole food and adorned with beads, and spent the rest of the evening ironing, cleaning and testing one another's knowledge. With the big event scheduled for tomorrow at Tulane University, sleep may or may not come to all tonight; some of us are too excited. Keep your fingers crossed for a good competition and performances from the Shock Platoon!

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