There's plenty of excuses given for being late to work, or a function, but there's some that only people that live in Acadiana can use!

 

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    The Johnston St./Camellia Blvd. Intersection

    If there's any other intersection, or road workings around Acadiana that are as confusing, or more, I have never heard of them. This intersection, though, I have heard plenty, and seen the confusion happen in person.

    One time, I witnessed a little old lady crossing Johnston onto Camellia (you probably know where this is going). Since all of our lives we've been told to stay to the right while driving, she tried to do that...right into the oncoming turning lane. She just took her hands off the wheel and pulled a Home Alone pose while slowly coming to a stop. If I could have stopped, I would have, but I was in the correct lane, now two lanes away, with giant tire killers in the way.

    That being said, people that live in Acadiana, can definitely use this tiny piece of hell as an excuse for being late.

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    Mardi Gras Barricades

    I've heard this used as a legitimate excuse before. A friend of mine was on her way to class at UL. She even prepared for the traffic that was to come by leaving her house an hour early. Turns out, that wasn't enough. She still missed her class due to the Mardi Gras barricades that were set up on Johnston St.

    I don't think that it's people in Acadiana not knowing how to drive around these things. I think it's the fact that they're there, and take up a full lane on one of the busiest streets in the area.

    I get that they are there for safety purposes during the parades, but there's got to be a better way to store them when parades aren't going on.

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    Funeral Procession

    While other places could possibly use this excuse, Acadiana does it a little different than what I've seen elsewhere.

    Not only are we respectful of the dead in pulling over ourselves, even though we're not in the procession itself, but the police actually run ahead of the procession to stop traffic at lights and such. And it's not just for someone famous...it's for everyone.

    I've even seen people pulling over, getting out of their vehicles, and removing their hats when a funeral procession is passing.

    It's part of our culture, and knowing about respect.

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    I Swallowed The King Cake Baby

    Here in Acadiana, especially around the Mardi Gras season, we can definitely use this as an excuse for being late.

    I'm no doctor, but I'm guessing you'd have to wait until you've passed said baby, to be sure that you're in the clear.

    And seeing that (at least up until a few years ago) the babies are put into the cakes, that probably wouldn't be all that hard to do. Hence why they don't put it in there themselves anymore.

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    I Was Stuck Behind A Sugarcane Truck

    During sugarcane harvesting season, you'll notice traffic backing up due to so many of the sugarcane trucks running the roads.

    This is definitely a legit excuse for us in the Acadiana area to use. If you're coming from New Iberia, or Youngsville down some back roads, there's a great chance that you'll be stuck behind one of these monstrous trucks that can't go very fast.

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