Cold and wet travel wherever I go

The theme for the past week seems to be cold and wet. It has followed me every where I’ve gone.

Last Friday morning I drove through the pouring rain to Jackson for a meeting at the Godwin Group’s offices in Downtown Jackson for a meeting about an upcoming campaign many of us in the newspaper industry are rather excited about.

I’ll be sharing more about that in the near future, but what I can share from our visit was our lunch trip to the Mayflower. Pat Brown, publisher of the Magee Courier, Jim Prince, publisher of the Neshoba Democrat, and I were willing to take a good soaking to enjoy the classic lunch at the famed old Mayflower Cafe – the oldest operating restaurant in the capital city that has been passed down through the Kountouris family from generation to generation.

I opted for the lunch special of catfish, greens and cabbage, but the star of the show was the homemade lemon icebox pie.
The rain continued to pour all day until close to time to head to Calhoun City for the Wildcats’ game with West Bolivar. The rain stopped by kickoff, but the rain-soaked sidelines didn’t treat my boots very well. The Wildcats were even less hospitable to the visiting Eagles from Rosedale.

Perry Liles’ team dominated from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer putting them one win away from Jackson.
The rain slacked off a little Saturday morning but the cold stepped up a level as I made my way to Starkville to attend the wedding of Kate Salter, Sid Salter’s daughter, to Nate Gregory, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch.

Lisa assisted Kate’s step-mother Leilani with all of the pre-ceremony pictures, while I focused more on keeping the groomsmen entertained. It was a wonderful service, at First Methodist in downtown, and reception at the Hunter Henry Center on campus.

Reception highlights – aside from visiting with numerous old friends such as Bill and Amy Jacobs of Brookhaven, Charlie Mitchell of Oxford, Layne Bruce of Madison, Snooky and Mary Lou Williams of Water Valley, Jim Prince and many more – were spinach turnovers among the food offerings and Mississippi State milkshakes, mixed on the spot, at the dessert table.

I kept my Jeep’s seat heaters on high the entire ride home and kept them burning early Monday morning when I stayed in the road to follow the Ole Miss ROTC soldiers who were running, on foot, with the Egg Bowl game ball from Oxford to Calhoun City where they handed it over to soldiers from MSU to run it to Starkville for Thursday’s game.

The soldiers seemed rather impervious to the rain and bone-chilling wind as they jogged through Banner, to Bruce, up Gore Hill and into Calhoun City to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the square.

The weather is reportedly going to get warmer, if you call low 50s warm, and drier by week’s end. It’s a shame it was so gloomy Monday morning, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the soldiers running through the county.

My hat’s off to them, but not my coat. I think I’ll need it.

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