Too often in life we become complacent. It's far too easy to take the beauty of our surroundings for granted and I guess it's human nature to just adjust and go on with our busy lives and forget to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Well, that's against my basic philosophy, and the best way to be reminded about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to prowl the waterways of Louisiana at work, is to do it with folks who don't often have the chance. I love going on the River or back in the swamps with folks who don't get to see it like I do. It reminds me how blessed I truly am. Anyways, that's how I found myself on a rainy Wednesday, following family and friends around as we had lunch, took a cruise on the NATCHEZ, then topped it off with cocktails at Pat O'brian's.