Thursday, February 28, 2008
‘Day in Life’
Staying awake 24 hours straight once a year for photographs across Marshall County is fun and very tiring. Hopefully, you will like the results again in 2008.
For the second straight year, photographer Ronnie Day and I met at the office around midnight and started our full day of photos shortly thereafter.
You can see the results of our work (mainly his) in next week’s Profile Edition of The South Reporter – along with several interesting feature stories about individuals, industries and towns in the county.
I lay down the Thursday night before we started – in hopes of getting a few hours sleep. Pam and the children were not at home – just me and the TV and our good Dalmation Lacey.
I can’t remember what I was watching while resting in the bed – most likely a ball game. I felt myself dozing off a time or two and then the telephone rang. I guess I should have unplugged that thing. Then they would have called my cell phone. I guess I should have turned it off, too.
But, to be honest, even without any distractions, I wasn’t going to sleep. It just wasn’t a part of my normal routine. I might have gotten 30 minutes of “shut-eye.”
By the time the family returned, I was wide awake and ready to go.
Ronnie and I started our 24-hour adventure at the Holly Springs Police Department and ended it Friday night with basketball games at both H.W. Byers and Potts Camp.
We took some short breaks along the way. I think I caught him snoring a time or two, but not me.
Our stops included farms, businesses, industries, trains, the hospital, the golf course, schools and more.
Last year after we did the first “Slice of Life in Marshall County,” we got calls.
“Why didn’t you stop here?”
It was good to hear those words. It means folks enjoyed the section.
Truth is, we can’t stop everywhere.
This time around our goal was to hit different spots.
But, believe it or not, Marshall County is a big county with lots of possibilities as far as photos for this special section.
Hopefully, if we can keep doing this, sooner or later we will get to you. Trust me, we want to.
But next time, we might start about 5 or 6 a.m. rather than 12:01 a.m. There’s just not a whole lot happening in those hours after midnight.
And, in lots of ways, that’s good.
We did catch a Holly Springs police officer using jumper cables to start a car at one of our convenience stores.
And we photographed all aglow Cargill facility near Byhalia at about 1:16 a.m.
But things really start getting busy when the work day cranks up a few hours later.
Then we photographed breakfast on the stove and potato chips being delivered.
And then we were welcomed at Lund, one of our county’s newest industries.
We met a most interesting character at a farm up on Cayce Road.
And youngsters at Galena School wanted to pose for our cameras.
We got stopped at the train crossing in Byhalia.
And we quickly realized that spring is just around the corner when we saw the Indians practicing baseball.
That’s just a sampling of our stops.
The best thing about this 24-hour tour is meeting people. Marshall County is filled with friendly folks.
And working on this special edition proves what I figured out when I moved here almost seven years ago – our county’s number one asset is its good people.
Be sure and check out “A Day in the Life” of Marshall County next week.
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