Scenes from going to lunch:
- Highway sixteen in Mississippi is either kudzu, farmland that was carved out of kudzu, or meth labs.
- I drove past a beaten down shack that was flying an even more beaten down flag out front: a combination of the rebel flag next to a portrait of Barack Obama. I assume the flag has flown there in protest since 2008, the owner having bought it from a white supremacist website the day after the election for however much a combination rebel / Obama flag goes for. A hundred yards further down the road, I ran over a rattlesnake that had been crossing the road when he’d been mowed down by whoever had passed that way just before me.
- I rounded a bend in the road to find a school bus abandoned at the bottom of a gulley, vegetation growing around it, and a trailer standing at the top of the slope. The easy joke here is to say it represents the state of education in Mississippi, but there’s a story here somewhere of how the bus made it to where it is, and why the powers that be decided it was too much trouble to retrieve it. Or maybe it was sold to the folks in the trailer who put it down at the bottom of the hill as a playhouse for their kids or something.
- Like many churches, Hillcrest Baptist Church flies the Christian Flag in front of the building. Unlike most other churches, the Christian Flag is flown at a higher elevation than the United States flag next to it. Hillcrest Baptist Church also has three twenty-five foot crosses in the backyard, only the cross on the right is only twenty feet tall, because the top of it has broken off so it forms a capital T instead of a lower case one.
- As I got back from lunch, I got behind a truck towing a boat with an outboard motor MUCH larger than it needed to be for the size of the boat. The extra weight was putting a serious strain on the trailer tires, which were causing the boat to bounce around haphazardly on the highway.