Goin' downsouth.....  

nstantkarma 58M
89 posts
5/8/2006 8:50 pm

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Goin' downsouth.....

Well how is everyone? It was a busy weekend. I spent a lot of it in the road. I had to go downsouth this weekend. Got in my truck and made the trip to my hometown.....

If you leave Memphis going south on I-55, you will run smack dab into my hometown in about 45 minutes. A small, quaint little town stuck in a 60's mentality, although, bless theys lil pea pickin' hearts, they's have a golf course and a McDonalds now.

It really is like stepping back in time when I go down there. There has been some change, but basically it's still the same dead ass town. Only worse now because all of my friends are either moved away or in the cemetary there.

My daughter is getting married in a couple of weeks and Karma has to give her away, so I had to get measured for a tux. I get down there and this old guy has this old store on the town square. It's a men's clothing store and he does formal wear rental also.

Have you ever walked into one of these old stores....The air in these places even seems old...it smells...old. The owner leafs thru this handwritten ledger and finds my name with the wedding party and begins to measure me. He tells me how he knows my folks and how sorry he was about my Dad. We talk as he measures. I ask him how he competes with the Walmart on the outskirts of town. He just smiles and said he was there before they built Walmart and his would still be there when Walmart is gone. I liked the old guy. I bought a very nice black and silver leather belt before I left. I wonder how many other people come in there and do the same thing?

I leave and head towards the lake. I find a bench by the spillway and strike up a conversation with another guy on the bench. We talk about fishing, Ole Miss and Mississippi State football. I had my Ole Miss hat on and he was a BullPup fan. He was nice and didn't have a cowbell in his hand so I tolerated him.

As I was driving to the lake I pass this sign advertising " BLAH BLAH BLAH ESTATES "...I have this thought...Only in Mississippi can they provide a place to park your "manufactured housing" and you call it an "estate". Although, these trailer homes have gotten high fallutin' lately. Why, I have even see'd a 2 story double wide trailer/mobile home! For real!! A redneck castle if there ever was one. For those of you that have never lived in a tornado trap, it is a different place for sure. Yeah, I am part "neck"...ceptin I been learned some of that "boolean logic". Don't rightly see the logic part of it. I was raised up with some manners so I can act ok, though at times I be morally bankrupt and socially unacceptable.

My daughter finally meets me and I follow her to their soon to be home. You know how you always want better for your kids? Well, I'm no different, but I also try to let my kids live their own lives, but sheeee-it, gosh damn they are going to be living way out in the boonies. They were given this house by his parents, as it used to be his grandparents. Well, it does qualify as a house...a fixer upper for sure. Beautiful ride though. A canopy of trees so low and thick, it was a virtual tunnel back in time

We worked in the yard, hung siding outside and paneling inside. We re-wired the house and wired up the new junction box outside. I was beat when it was over with. The whole time, I'm thinkin about this old house and my daughter and grandaughters...I had my doubts. Later on, as we were all working, I started watching my daughter and her beau and it dawned on me, they didn't see the same thing I did. I realized, that years from now, they would look back on all of this and remember how hard they worked on it. It's where they are starting their family. If you love someone enough, and you wanted to be together, a mud hut might even look good.

I'm ok with the boonies now. I hope they leave the outhouse up...I have a great idea for a blog pic, lol.....

ArgosPlumyKooky 46F
3902 posts
5/9/2006 6:41 am

interesting post.. .yes i agree we see what our persepctive gives us to see. . . the stores lol. . . the air nothing changed. . .funny

nstantkarma replies on 5/9/2006 4:37 pm:
Hey there!! yeah, sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same. I love going into those old places like that.

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