Here's Columbus, Mississippi
|Downtown Columbus, MS, heading east on Main Street|
|This is just one of hundreds of historical houses in|
The drive between Columbus and Starkville (along the highway where the regional airport and the community college is located) is a modern, clean, and pleasant area. This is all west of the Tom Bigbee River, and the view is a little more open to those who want to see farther than you can along other tree-lined highways. Starkville and home to Mississippi State University is only twenty miles from Columbus, and there you can enjoy big league college sports. When there are major games in town, many people prefer to stay in Columbus, and during those times, Columbus, which is usually busy downtown any night of the week, is especially busy, and you might as well give up on getting into one of the many fine restaurants without a reservation—or go very early.
Hmmm...I sound like a travelogue, but that's what two years of research on this small city has provided me. Now that I've been here a month, I feel an intimacy with Columbus that just continues to grow. Stepping outdoors in the evening when the humidity is higher than the temperature feels like I'm being enclosed in a warm, wet glove and, really, one just has to accept it before it has a kind of womblike (or so I imagine, hahaha) feel. I might be screaming "Stella-a-a-ah!" like Marlon Brando before the summer is over, but I'm taking this one day at a time.