Williams: The Road to Houston

Chris Williams shares his feelings on Iowa State's trip to the Houston Bowl.


Usually at this time during finals week I'm thinking about one thing. That one thing is the book store buying my books back and cashing in one a hundred bucks. What a sweet feeling that is. Do you have any idea how many packs of Ramen Noodles you can buy with one hundred bucks?  By my calculations that's 142 packs but that doesn't matter this semester. Neither does Christmas Break. Nothing matters. The only thing I am thinking about right now is a little place called Houston.


I'm tired of cold weather. I'm tired of finals, and last but not least, I'm tired of Iowa. Don't get me wrong, I love my home state. Iowa is great, just not in the middle of December. You know what else is great? Seven of your best friends, one van and three coolers heading on a 14 hour road trip to the great state of Texas.


The thought of this road trip absolutely gives me goose bumps. This will be my first ever Cyclone bowl game. Honestly I don't really know what to expect. What I'm looking forward to most is hanging out with random Cyclone fans in the state of Texas. I'm looking forward to nights at the bars with people that I don't know and that I'll probably never see again.


When I was at the Kansas game earlier this year, I tailgated with some alumni that I was randomly parked next too. I bumped into the same guys at the Drake basketball game. I'm looking forward to meeting more people like them and having the time of my life.


Let's be honest. We all would have loved to go to sunny San Diego, or how about the River Walk in San Antonio? But you know what? I'm perfectly happy with going to Houston. I'm perfectly happy with spending my New Years Eve in one of the biggest cities in the United States with the greatest college football fans in the world. I've spent my last 20 New Years Eve's in the small town of Clarinda, Iowa. Do you really think I'm going to complain about Houston? I don't think so.


One major question I have while heading down to Houston is how do you treat a girl from Texas? I'm a brand new single man and I need all the pointers I can get. Feel free to leave some tips on the message boards if you please. But seriously, do you really have to refer to all girls from the south as "Mam?" Is everything really bigger in Texas? When I go to a restaurant in Texas, how do I order any type of pop other than Coke? If I wear a cowboy hat, will that be considered trendy or cool in Texas? I don't know. I'm just a young fawn searching for answers in this gigantic world that we live in.


Anyways, I hope to see you all in Houston. If you get lucky and we're at a cheap bar, I'll even buy you a beer. Anything over dollar draws and you're on your own. Have a safe trip and go Cyclones!

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