War Horses

Screenshot 2018-04-15 at 10.18.40 AMWhen the children of a certain ten Republican senators down in Louisiana ask them what they were up to during the Syrian Crisis of ’18 they can proudly look back and point to their valiant, but futile attempt to uphold the right to have sex with animals as their contribution to the nation’s safety.

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Best of Mississippi

Best of Mississippi and a Farewell Kiss GoodbyeWinter Golfing in Dixie

I did a best and worst of Iowa series while visiting my sister up north, so I figured I’d attempt to recapture that again in my final blog post from deep down in Dixie. I’ll be heading out of town next week to continue on my “Pike’s Peak or Bust” Mystery Tour.  I’ll refrain from a “worst of” entry for Mississippi since there’s entirely too much of that on display in mainstream media already.

Special Thanks to Mike ParkerPower Couple

Bandit and I have been staying with a long-time and dear friend in the suburbs.  We’ve been extremely well cared for by my good buddy Mike Parker.  Mike is a successful restauranteur here in Jackson.  Mike and his late partner Larry were highlighted in a local magazine article in 2012 as a Jackson area “Power Couple” and as the article above notes, their pizza business has received multiple awards since it’s opening in 2006. Sadly, Larry passed away of cancer a couple years before my wife Rita followed him to the great beyond.  Mike has since found a new and loving partner to help him pick up the pieces of his life.  I’m not ready for that kind of commitment again at this point in my life since I’m still mourning the more recent passing of my beloved mate (and best friend).  Even though Mike has remarried, I know there’s still a void in his soul from the passing of Larry that will never be filled.  It’s good to be staying in a house with such love and understanding of what I’ve been through in the last six months.  I cannot say enough good things about the quality of support my friends here in the South have provided for both myself and my furry travel companion.  Such blessings are hard to come by.

Fond Memories of Mississippi

Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights my hairy beast and I enjoyed here in Dixie during the last several months.  Even as we make our way forward and on to new and exciting adventures, I will always cling to the pleasant memories of my stay here in Mississippi.  There are others in my sphere who have also been essential in keeping our spirits high and our bellies full.  I shall respect the anonymity I know they desire but I shall not fail to make note of them here in passing.

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Winter In Dixie

Sunpocalypse down South

I’d put the overhyping of mainstream media on the ‘failed’ Snowpocalypse of 2015 on par with Geraldo Rivera’s prime time debacle on the opening of Al Capone’s vault.  Both of those pale in comparison to the granddaddy of all mainstream media fails which was burnished in both the blood and treasure of the nation (WMD’s in Iraq).

Here’s what it looked like in Dixie during the worst of the crisis up north.

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Bandit Vet Blogging

It’s a Dog’s Life

Worm Check

“You’re checking for worms where?”

Bandit had his first visit to the vet since arriving back in America today.  I didn’t expect there would be any problems (there weren’t) because he had been scanned, probed and microchipped for his international doggie passport just a few short months ago before we left Germany. The attentive and caring staff at the Jackson Animal Clinic are now engaged in buffing and scrubbing him up to make him even more adorable.

Jackson Animal Clinic

1740 South Gallatin Street  Jackson, MS  39201

There’s a reason the Jackson Animal Clinic has been one of the most successful vet clinics in the Jackson Metro area for decades. Caring professionals and top quality service instills confidence in all who seek assistance here.  Highly recommend you seek care for your pets at this location. Affordable ID chipping is available at this location.  I was extremely impressed that they were able to read the ID chip Bandit had implanted before departing Germany.

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Best of Dodge

Today’s Top Retailer – Homespun Collection

Homespun Collection

The Past

It’s been almost forty years since I graduated FDSH (Class of ’76).  In between then and now, I have had an exciting and prosperous life.  The last five years I’ve been in Germany running a business teaching English to eager Germans with my loving and lovely wife Rita.

My Lovely Wife

Sadly, Rita passed away in September of this year after a losing bout with cancer and I found myself a widower in a foreign land.  To be honest, I’m more than a little homesick and a lot heartbroken, so I’ve returned to the land of my youth (and family) to reclaim my spot in the land of milk and honey.  I stepped away from our business and returned to the US with little more than a few suitcases and my faithful dog Bandit to begin life anew once again.

Band and Four Bags

I’m optimistic that my enthusiasm for life, my education, and my broad life experiences will see me thru to another successful chapter in my life.  Many of my former high school classmates have already departed this Earthly plane just as my lovely wife recently did so I’m also keenly aware that it’s likely to be my final chapter.  As tragic a consequence as it is to lose my best friend and business partner of twenty five years, I cannot roll over and give into the grief that would consume me if I stopped moving forward and mired myself in the pain of her loss.  I would not honor her wishes or my future by doing so.

The Present

Sears

Fort Dodge seems to be in a state of flux, having lost a huge number of jobs on the closure of the packing industry back in the 80’s. As I view my old stomping grounds with aging, yet fresh eyes, it seems to me that it’s long past time for Fort Dodge to regain the economic viability I remember from my youth. As long as I am part of this community,  I shall attempt to promote those businesses that mirror the high standards of customer service that I have always brought to my clients/customers over the decades.  Even as Sears goes the way of the dinosaurs, I am proud to see that there are still quite a few remaining successful businesses here that hold to those standards.  Each day over the course of the next several days I shall highlight local businesses in my BEST OF DODGE series that showed me the same level of commitment to customer service and merchandising that we brought to our business.  A rising tide raises all ships and as long as I’m anchored here I will do my best to see the tide rise one again.  Today’s endorsement after the jump.

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