A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #26 – 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? You’d have to take one of those government-insured “reverse” 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 couldn’t believe my luck: The “Daytona 500,” which was rained out the day before, was being broadcast that night!

Now, as you know, there are two religions in the “bible belt”: 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 “Shoney’s” sign seemingly “suspended” 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 – a race usually run in less than 3 hours – was entering its third day (if you count Sunday).

To complete this collage, I’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 “Creepy” theme. I wonder who uploaded that shot, and if he or she is still at JPG.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

32 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Most excellent night shooting Big Brother!! The reds really really pop! I will be seeing you in Saint Louis soon!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Terrific night shots, and it looks especially good in lightbox, where you can really see the white borders. I'm going to say that the person who posted that 'Creepy' shot is no longer on JPG--I just clicked on 'see another random selection' 327 times, and that photo never came up. (I really dislike unresolved questions!! LOL). However, it was kind of a cool trip down memory lane as I saw lots of photos from old JPG folks who haven't been on the site but still have accounts so the photos are still there. On another note, when I first saw the title of your photo I thought you were in the Caribbean....then I saw the 2nd line. But the view at night may have looked the same, right???

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    All great shots.... glad I am the fiest one here!!! (so far) That was a long nite, I was watching too!!! I fell asleep, and didn't know who won until the next day!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Haha, didn't make the first one, but I tried!!!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Great shots looking forward to the photos of St Louis my brother and family stayed there for a few years but I never made it to there.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (16 Mar 2012):

    Wonderful night shots and narrative! Expertly done!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Ah! The travelin' man strikes again.....good narative....and cool gathering of pix

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    All in all it sounds like a fun and memorable night.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    A wonderful night shot collage! Love the narrative.. didn't try watching the Daytona, but I heard it was one of a kind this time around..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    I see a Shoney's Sign in your collage...We always liked Shoney's food in a town not far from us, but unfortunately this restaurant closed down a few years ago...not sure why because they had a fair amount of business and the prices were reasonable. Good narrative and collage.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!! Fantastic shot Richard!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    Love the read and the collage!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    Excellent storry and montage! Like Susan, I have checked some "Creepy" entries last night! I didn’t find the one. Instead I had nightmares!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (17 Mar 2012):

    As usual scenes of real life, motivated and interesting. Your photos are always of small movies that tell your life in a simple and intuitive. Newhart, I believe that your actions in JPG are among the most anticipated and welcomed by us all.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    Great work on this one, Richard, excellent pov on these night shots, interesting of course as always !

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Another great collage, Dick! Such interesting information about them too. Thanks for sharing these.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    That is one intersting story about this cool collage. Do you use photoshop or another program for your creations?

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Cool story and photos!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Mar 2012):

    I miss seeing and reading you, Dix. It is great to "see" you again. Awesome collage and reads!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    On the road again like Willie Nelson! Neat collage.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    I love this story. We thought the race would never end too. This is such an interesting array of shots here and quite impressive. "Shoney's however, made me laugh! That sounds quite similar to what some of the hill people we know refer to their underwear!.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    As usual, your narrative and collage are a perfect match. Truly captivating.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (24 Mar 2012):

    What a story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol I bet you have seen just about everything..... great collage . hugs to you .....

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2012):

    Wow, what a night you had, Richard!! This is a very interesting collage and narrative on your night in Mississippi!! I love the creepy photo too. You have once again "wowed" us with your most interesting photos and the story behind them. Great job, Richard!!!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (26 Mar 2012):

    Fantastic Richard and I LOVE your stories...

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Great compilation.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    What an experience...

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    This new camera of your's Dick is a beauty; great captures mate and reading ☺

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    The end of the world!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (24 Apr 2012):

    Your narrative drew me in to your stubborness when watching and waiting for the Nascar to recommence. Sounds a very fustrating night for you Richard? Your collage also showed me you were hungry!! but it was the way you wrote your thoughts down which emphasised your incredible penmanship. Your 'creepy' shot drew the darkness, and drawn out length, of the night around your images. An expert to the Max, my friend.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    great shot......

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Lol! Just love this!......................vinny

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