Tamales, a finely grilled steak and two road trips make for a superb start to the football season. It all began last Friday when Dr. Bruce Longest, Jim Beckett and I got an early start on the long trip to Mound Bayou for the Bruce Trojans’ opener.
Jim Beckett, Mike Jones and I set out last week on a motorcycle quest for curvy, mountain roads and cool temperatures. We found both in West Virginia.
I can close my eyes and still hear my mother singing, “It’s time to get up.” I can sense the smell of the brand new sneakers, the stiffness of the new backpack, the crisp, clean spiral notebooks, and remember every step of that dreaded first walk to the end of David Drive to catch that big yellow bus.
If you’ve never experienced the Neshoba County Fair for yourself, it’s really hard to explain. The fairgrounds are located approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Philadelphia, only reachable by a curvy, two-lane highway.
The 2012 Calhoun County Fair was filled with lots of attractions, from pig scrambles to pony pulls, but the most fascinating may have been a Calhoun County Fair booklet shared by Wade Kimbrell from the 1927 Fair.
It was late Friday night, but I got my funnel cake at the 2012 Bruce Sawmill Festival. I had just completed my shift in the Rotary tent with fellow Rotarian Sheriff Greg Pollan around 9 p.m. We were selling chances on a rifle that was given away Saturday. I shared in the disgust of many when Sawmill Queen Nicole Duke drew Gwin Longest’s name from the giant tub – so much for my brother’s Christmas gift.
Trying to pick a favorite highlight from the Southeastern Press Convention in Destin last week, a gathering of journalists from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, would be like choosing the best meal at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. You can’t whittle it down to just one.
If I had been born a girl I would have been named Jill, at least that’s the story my mother shared with me. I’m glad it worked out the way it did. I’m kind of partial to Joel.
The look on the face of my 3-year-old granddaughter Addi Claire Bailey was priceless. We were the first two to hit the beach this particular morning as her parents, Marshall and Whitney Bailey, along with my wife Lisa were still getting ready in our Orange Beach condo.