A few weeks ago, I found myself at a place I thought I'd never be -- down on the Strand in Galveston for Mardi Gras. Being a long-time Galveston guy I've always resented having to pay to get on the Strand for Mardi Gras. Or maybe I'm just cheap. But on this particular day, Luke Boor -- an old friend -- was performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park. It was Friday before the large Saturday parade so we ventured down to see him play. Luckily, Kim and I made it into the area before they started charging admission. As we were leaving near dusk I snapped this picture of the Railroad Museum. As you can see, the crowds were thin ... a calm before the storm.