04/01/06 WE'RE IN INDY!!!! WHOO-HOO!!

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 1:53 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

All exhaustion from the last 36 hours of traveling and working on scant sleep lifted the moment I saw the swarms of Gator fans milling around outside the Radisson Airport Hotel. We are officially in Gainesville, Indiana -- our hotel is a home base for orange-and-blue-clad Gator fans, and there's not a sign in sight that would suggest there are three other teams in the Final Four. I love it!!! Who needs sleep or caffeine?! I'm running on sheer Gator-fed adrenaline (and Amy looks a little frightened).

As part of our ticket package, we got these great orange and blue strands of beads. They're not your average beads...they actually have little hoops and basketballs on them! That was just the icing on the cake. I'm wearing mine now, and if we win tonight, there's a good chance I won't take them off again till Monday. Go Gators!

Shortly, we're planning to catch the (Gator) shuttle bus to the (Gator) pre-game party at the Hyatt Regency downtown. I'm looking forward to meeting lots more fellow Gators. It's funny how seeing orange and blue makes me feel at home even after driving for two days and nearly 900 miles. I just want to go up and high-five everyone! I'll have to restrain myself (somewhat).

We'll check back in later! GO GATORS!!!

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