Thursday, October 13, 2011
Appliances, USM visit
It seems things always start breaking down at the same time.
A few weeks ago, it was past time to buy some new tires for Andy’s Ford Explorer Sport Trac (my former vehicle).
That’s a big expense, but we had to bite the bullet.
Then as luck would have it, the next week, I heard a loud, weird noise coming from the washing machine. It was about 12 years old, and based on the sound of things, not worth fixing.
Amidst all that stuff, we also noticed that our refrigerator was not keeping our food items cool enough. We had some repair work done – hoping it would function for several more years. It’s about 9 years old.
Then about a week after the washing machine had to be replaced, the refrigerator started doing the same thing again – slowly dying this time.
So, within about a month, we had new tires on a vehicle, a new washing machine and a new refrigerator.
When it rains, it pours.
I’m just hoping all the other appliances and vehicles and such hold on for at least a few months – maybe getting me through the holiday season.
I told my wife, Pam, that the washing machine and the refrigerator might be her Christmas gifts.
Maybe I’ll tell my 17-year-old son the tires are his present, too.
Weekend before last, we made our annual fall trek to Hattiesburg and the University of Southern Mississippi for Parents Weekend. It’s hard to believe, but our daughter Emma is now a junior at USM.
We left after a Friday night football game in Batesville and spent the night in Jackson, where we arrived about 1 a.m. Then we got up early Saturday and went to watch the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots play in the Class AA State Tournament at Liberty Park in Flowood.
We actually picked Emma up in Jackson, where she was attending a conference.
Our first stop in Hattiesburg was Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn in Hattiesburg for lunch. It was my second trip there, and once again, it did not disappoint. The food, the atmosphere and the service are terrific. I can’t wait to go back.
We then checked into our hotel, went to Emma’s dorm and walked around campus, including a stop at the bookstore on campus for T-shirts and such.
It was a beautiful day in South Mississippi – and a great day for football.
USM hosted Rice that evening. The football experience started with the Eagle Walk – featuring the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, the cheerleaders, football players and more. The wonderful tradition on campus definitely gets fans pumped up for the big game.
Emma and Andy made some tailgating rounds, another big part of the game-day experience at USM.
Andy joined Emma and friends in the student section, and I don’t think they sat down more than 10 minutes throughout. The students obviously love their Eagles and show them tremendous support at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Pam, Erin and I had great seats – just four rows up from the south end zone. We enjoyed the game, a big Southern Miss win, and the food, including hot dogs and pizza.
Emma loves USM, and so does the rest of the family.
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