How I decided to move to Mississippi
(It was not a difficult decision. I was seduced.)
|This is Waverly Mansion outside|
of Columbus, Mississippi
|Columbus is in Lowndes County, in the|
upper top-right quadrant
And so, after we spent our three days in Aberdeen, we sailed down Highway 45, skirted Columbus, and made our way to Natchez, Mississippi, where we would spend the night and then complete our trip back to New Mexico. We didn't know it then, when we barely skirted through the big-box store area of Columbus, that we were passing one of the most exciting, historic, and culturally rich small cities in all of Mississippi. What happened after our trip in October 2014 is another postcard. Watch for it.
Continue on to Part II after the video...
Part II Embracing Mississippi (How could I not?)
Fast forward to February 2016...Once we got back home, even my partner could not quit researching Mississippi, and he finally gleaned that there was this town that we had skirted on our first trip that bore taking a closer look at. Columbus, Mississippi. He selected several properties he really wanted to look at and we arranged for him to fly there, talk to the realtors, visit the houses—and then in a last minute decision, I also decided to return. It was a burden for us to travel again so soon, but I drove and picked him up at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport between Columbus and Starkville, Mississippi (home of Mississippi State University).
|This is a street that runs through|
my neighborhood in Columbus
The irony is, of course, that a siren's song and embracing it has sinister consequences—at least for the ancient mariners. Maybe...I'm enthrall to Mississippi. Yes, the rest of the US looks down on this state. I intend to show that, like anywhere else, Mississippi has a lot more to offer than people might think.
Once I get to Columbus, I will continue sending dispatches on this blog. My goal is not to wallow in the many negative issues that affect Mississippi and its citizens but to present what's good about it. I've lived off and on in the desert all my life. In a real sense I love the desert and the panoramic vistas that one can see, from the far off mountains that rise up out of the desert to the endless sunlight. But I have also lived in lush climates, and one thing that draws me to Mississippi is its languid, syrupy warmth and greenery. I know it comes with bugs, but so does the desert. But I'm ready for the change.