Just this past Friday night (2-11-2011) I was able to take my son Tyler to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I have long been an fan of this traveling basketball team of skilled players and comedians. I just loved to see these guys perform when I was a a kid. They had a cartoon that I used to watch. I remember believing that they never missed a shot because they never did on the cartoon. Anyway, Tyler has always been a big basketball fan and I knew he would enjoy this if we went and I was right.
After a dinner at our local Raisin' Canes here in Denham Springs we hit the highway and got off on the Government exit at about 6:15. Plenty of time to make it into the parking garage right? Wrong! I was very frustrated at the lack of progress we made in the right hand lane to try to make it up to the parking garage. I don't know what the policemen were doing but it was 7:15 before we made it into the garage and the show had started at 7:00. Of course to make things worse, the construction caused us to go way around out of our way to make it to the entrance. Worse yet, my tickets were at the will call window. This should have just taken a minute but the will call window was the same as a regular ticket window which had plenty of people waiting to buy tickets at the last minute. The mistake was not leaving earlier I guess and certainly coming in a different road would have been better. It was very frustrating and we ended up finally in our seats after missing most of the first quarter.
Despite these troubles, once seated and settled down and seated we had a nice time. Our seats were down low on the side so they were pretty good. W had to boot some people out of one of them when we got there. Anyway, Tyler was truly amazed at all the things that the Harlem Globetrotters were able to do. The high flying dunks and amazing dribbling skills were thrilling to watch. The cast of characters though different from when I was a kid was essentially the same winning formula that I remember. The Globetrotters play a game against the Generals and stop every once in a while for a comedy skit of some sort during the game involving the referees or the fans. It is good family fun and I enjoyed this time with my son. He's getting to be older now and I am treasuring all these moments that I can with him. We both had a good time seeing the Harlem Globetrotters in Baton Rouge and I would sure recommend it as a fun thing to do in Baton Rouge for you and your family the next time they are in town. Just be sure to leave early enough.