The purpose of the trip was simply to see how mother and father are doing. Dad has had a couple of brain injuries and mother is the primary care giver so you don't want too much time to pass without checking in and evaluating the situation. Given it was basketball season I also thought I would go to some local games. So on Tuesday morning I checked and the Murray State game Saturday was sold out. SOLD OUT! WOW. That is just great. Then I learned my high school was playing in the State A Classic tournament, so I wouldn't see them. I settled on a Mid Continent University game scheduled on Thursday night. Mid Continent is the old Mayfield Bible College which is really the old Clinton Bible College founded in 1947. I actually had forgot it existed until sometime in the 80's when I drove by their new campus in Hickory. Very nice. Very nice indeed and the skylight that shoots up to the heavens is a nice touch as well.
So Thursday night rolls around and I time the drive from Concord to Hickory to arrive just at tip off. When I got there, this is what the gym looked like.
|Mid Continent Home Floor|
|There isn't much seating at MC|
So I watched the game or at least the first half since it didn't start until nearly nine pm. Enjoyable game. The opposition was Blue Mountain College from Mississippi. I had never heard of them and they apparently are far and away the worst team in their conference and it appears MC is the next worse team. Oh, did I mention who coaches MC? Well here is a photo.
|Do you recognize this man?|
One other thing about this game. As the players were warming up I looked at a kid and thought wow he looks familiar so I grabbed a program. This is the kid.
|This kid caught my eye.|
Next day we read about this ship smashing into the bridge on 68. Great photos in the Sun. Wow. Dark rainy foggy night. There had been issues with the navigation lights. What a mess. I bet the bridge is taken down. We drove to see the accident that day but couldn't and stopped at Broadbents where they gave me a tour of the meat packing and smoking areas. Very nice.
Saturday afternoon we watched the Cats and at halftime I left to drive to South Fulton to see a 90 plus aunt and uncle and their youngest daughter who I had not seen in 33 years. We are about the same age and while I would not describe her as beautiful, I have described her as the most pleasant looking person I have ever known. She is pretty, but mostly she just pleasant to look at. Anyway she has lived in eastern Tennessee all the years I have lived in Colorado so our paths didn't cross. and I wanted them to. I wanted to know if she was as pleasant now as she was when we were kids.
To go to South Fulton from where my parents live, one drives to Mayfield to get on the Jackson Purchase Parkway and this route takes one right by Chow 45. Chow 45 is a fabulous restaurant ( as far as I know the only restaurant in the JP worthy of that description) and has great desserts so I thought I would get some cake to celebrate my aunts upcoming 91st birthday.
Upon entering the restaurant this is what I saw.
|Murray Fans Inside Chow 45|
So I asked a few questions about parking and headed off to South Fulton. My cousin was there and we spent a very short 45 minutes catching up on the last 33 years. I hectored my uncle about being such an Obama fan (he isn't , but he did have cold and I told him he got it from tearing off his clothes which watching the SOTU earlier in the week because of all the free things he was going to get) and told him how much I admired him. Which I do. Then I left.
I drove from South Fulton on State Line Highway, to Dukedom, then north to Water Valley and Pilot Oak, then to Tri City, Lynnville and then Murray. Parked at the stadium and walked to the arena . I never found the folks that gave me the ticket, but I did find some other folks from Chow 45. Murray is really good and I had a great time. Here is a photo.
|Murray with the ball attacks EIU|
After I left I drove home through Brewers just to see the sign. The next day I drove to Nashville and flew home. Another great trip to the JP.