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The Ugly American
Sunday, January 20, 2008
  I wasn't even gonna write about this...
I did a really dumb thing about a week ago...so dumb I didn't even want to embarrass myself writing about it.

I was down south in Mississippi and Alabama for the last two weeks and I had gone to a couple Mardi Gras Balls. I had my camera with me...my really nice camera...my really nice expensive camera...and I left it behind the night of the second Mardi Gras ball.

I didn't realize it until Sunday morning and my friend and I took a ride over to the Pascagoula Civic Center where the ball had been the night before. The place was still a mess and the camera wasn't under the table where I was sure I'd left it.

There was an old black man working there...it was about eight in the morning...we walked up to him and I told him what I had done...

Now you know I like to keep this blog pg rated, but i have to quote here, so try not to be offended...but the old black guy says to me in this slow Mississippi southern drawl, "Oh man...you shoulda strapped dat mu' fucka 'round yo neck." At the time it actually made me laugh and I repeated it a bunch of times that day.

He was right, I probably should have strapped it somewhere! But I used to live down there in Mississippi and I really loved it. The people are so cool and so damn friendly. I mean really, really friendly. Even the transplants, it kinda rubs off on you. Life moves at a different pace on the Gulf Coast, one I always liked. I figured if I had a chance of getting it back, the one place to do a dumb thing like this was right where I had done it. I honestly thought I had about a 90% chance of getting it back.

Last night, about 8 o'clock, I get a phone call. I have caller ID, I can see it's my friend Mike in Mississippi and I knew right away why he was calling me! "Andy, how you doin' buddy?" he says to me over the phone, "how's it going Mike?""I got great news for you and I just had to call you!" he says back, "We found your camera!"

You see, there was another Mardi Gras Ball last night and I knew that too. Sure enough, one of the good folks from the Saturday night party had found it and was holding it and now I'm getting it back.

When I lived in Gautier, MS for a year, about 17 years ago, I actually went to the Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Ball. The ball I went to Saturday night was the Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Ball. The gentlemen that found my camera for me is a member of...you guessed it, the Gautier Men's Club. I still love Gautier, MS. I loved it when I lived there and it hasn't changed much.


I tell ya man...Life is Good!

I'll have some Mardi Gras pics in a few days...and then...stand by...I'm going to Alaska in a couple weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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