A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #26 â€“ A Night in Grenada, Mississippi
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[Grenada Mississippi, February 27, 2012]
I had a business trip to Jackson, Mississippi, and I decided to drive. (Have you ever tried flying to Jackson, Mississippi? Youâ€™d have to take one of those government-insured â€œreverseâ€ mortgages just to afford the airfare. Now that I am over 62, I gave it some serious thought.)
I reached Grenada at sundown, and there I decided to spend the night. And, I couldnâ€™t believe my luck: The â€œDaytona 500,â€ which was rained out the day before, was being broadcast that night!
Now, as you know, there are two religions in the â€œbible beltâ€: SEC football (six consecutive national championships) and NASCAR. And you can practice both.
So, I settled in and began to watch . . . and watch . . . and watch. At about 9 P.M. Central, after what felt like dozens of caution flags, a fuel truck exploded on the track causing yet another delay, this one for two hours!
About 11 P.M., I began to seriously wonder whether this race would ever start up, let alone finish. So, I opened the curtains and looked out into the black expanse. I was startled by the giant â€œShoneyâ€™sâ€ sign seemingly â€œsuspendedâ€ right outside of my window. Farther away, I could see the faint impressions of two familiar logos.
To my right, I saw a diner whose sign said that it featured an All Star Breakfast that was Open All Day Every Day . . . at 7. That didn't sound like "all day" to me. I let it go.
And now it was midnight, and the Daytona 500 â€“ a race usually run in less than 3 hours â€“ was entering its third day (if you count Sunday).
To complete this collage, Iâ€™ve added a shot taken from the 46th floor of the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, in the French Quarter, on Halloween 2009. Do you see that shot on my laptop? I think it was the best shot ever entered in the â€œCreepyâ€ theme. I wonder who uploaded that shot, and if he or she is still at JPG.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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