"Make Starkville Weird"
I found these new faces on spray painted on a bridge along Starkville’s University Drive near the Cotton District. Here’s another of Stormtroopers on an old bus stop in town: I can only hope these are just one more step made in the town to make it a more interesting, creative and art-embracing community. In Austin, Texas, there’s an expression “Keep Austin...
“Thirteen” - Wilco (Big Star cover)
Day 8 - Recap (or "Almost there")
Snow. That’s what we woke up to in our last morning in Iowa. As a guy from Mississippi, I was totally amazed and enthralled by the wonderful white powder. Everyone else? Not so enthused. This is what we saw: Pretty amazing to me. Anyway, we said our goodbyes and headed home, but not before driving through a blizzard. I’ve barely seen much snow ever, let alone drove through it at 70...
Day 7 - Recap (or "final day in Iowa")
Last day in Iowa. Well, more accurately, this was our last full day in Iowa. Today was pretty low-key also. I had lunch with Marcus, Chinese more accurately, and it was delicious. More interestingly, the restaurant is in a building that nobody will let me forget used to be a vetrinary office. This, of course, is a very, very unfortunate coincidence. After that we frequented all of the dollar...
Day 6 - Recap (or "the steak escape")
Today was a day of travel. We made two separate trips: one to Sioux City, Iowa (the nearest large city, which is about 45 minutes away) and to Anthon, Iowa (where a family friend and steakhouse owner lives, about an hour away). In Sioux City, Dad, Matt, Marc and I visited some stores including Best Buy, Scheels (a big sporting goods store) and Barnes & Noble. Honestly, there wasn’t...
Here’s Jake playing baseball with me in the basement. Somehow, he’s remarkably good at hitting a baseball for a 2-year-old. Is this raw talent or complete circumstance ?
Day 5 - Recap (or "The Sickness")
Forgive me. I’ve committed the cardinal sin of blogging (if there is such a thing) by not updating regularly. But, like any good sinner, I’ve got an excuse … I got sick. Seriously. Yesterday I spent most of the day with my brothers Matt and Marcus (oldest and middle) and for dinner we got tacos. We all got a bunch of tacos and I proceeded to eat them probably a little to fast....
No blog tonight. Maybe I’ll fill in tomorrow.
Royale with Cheese - "Pulp Fiction"
Vincent: and you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system, they wouldn't know what the f*** a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: What do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a "Royale with Cheese".
Jules: "Royale with Cheese".
Vincent: That's right.
Jules: What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: A Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it "Le Big Mac".
Jules: [in mock French accent] "Le Big Mac." [laughs] What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I don't know, I didn't go in a Burger King.
Movie: "Pulp Fiction"
Day 3 - Recap (or "The NCAA is ... Out of My...
Dreams were dashed today. We had lunch with family today while simultaneously watching the SEC Tournament final featuring my Mississippi State Bulldogs versus Kentucky. The game was epic. State basically led most of the game, but in the final seconds of regulation Kentucky tied us. Then we lost. In overtime. Again. Crushed, we went to see a movie. While I would have preferred almost any...
Day 2 - Recap (or "The Frozen North")
The day began early - 5 a.m. actually. During the 6 hour drive north, we saw the gradual change from soggy ground, to patches of snow, to wide patches of snow and ice-covered lakes, to full-blown snow drifts. We also saw lots of birds, including this HUGE flock of geese: In Omaha, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of me and some of this amazing white stuff. Oddly enough, all of the...
Why does he have a girlfriend? He doesn’t have a job … He...– Russ, family friend
Alright, boys, this is the last shot we got! We’re gonna run the picket...– Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch, town drunk - “Hoosiers”
Day 1 - Recap (plus "The Trouser Mouse")
“Hoosiers” is on. I was just talking to dad about how “Hoosiers” created the mold that all inspirational sports movies follow. One could probably argue that “Chariots of Fire” did that before “Hoosiers”, but it’s also probably more of a period piece. We’re having this discussion in a hotel room. It’s in Missouri and we’re in...
We’re gonna call this ‘Dan and Kyle’s awesome adventure....– My Dad
Somewhere in Missouri...
This is the first of several entries about my spring break trip to Iowa. My father and I loaded up around 7 a.m. to head to the frigid northern tundra. We’ve braved Arkansas and are now in the Show-Me State. We’re listening to John Perkins’s “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” It’s gripping, fascinating and a little terrifying. Number of the Post: 5. The...