|Rolling Fork, Mississippi: You'll find these unusual yard ornaments on the west side of Highway 61 about 3 or 4 miles from Rolling Fork. My next trip up or down the Blues Highway, if I have time, I'll stop and chat with the folks who live in that house. There's a story there for sure.|
|Clayton, Louisiana: I've been telling folks for years that the Mississippi Delta is the ground of truth. This sign proves it.|
|Ferriday, Louisiana: This is me and my buddy Bernard Nicks. He's the clean up man at ZZ's juke joint, and he's one of my favorite people. We're singing something, but I can't remember what it was. Probably a Jimmy Reed song. Bernard's T-shirt says DON'T WORRY! BE HAPPY! |
Do I look happy?
Rural North Louisiana: I took this photo because that particular bit of graffiti was in the place it belonged–on the garbage. |
Y'all know what? The person who painted that graffiti will never experience the joy of knowing Bernard Nicks.
|Rogers (Possum Point), Louisiana: Taken Easter weekend 1999, these 2 photos show my fishing camp neighbor Tommy Nugent in his airboat. Hey, Florida ain't the only place with swamps and airboats! Look closely and notice something unusual about the photos. |
Did you see it? Well, if you didn't, the airboat ain't in water–it's on the ground. In fact, in the top photo, it's traveling about 15 or 20 mph. Now if you're wondering what an airboat is doing racing across somebody's yard, it's like this: let's imagine for a moment that you're a good ole redneck boy like Tommy. You've got a yard full of dead leaves, and now it's spring and you need to do something with all those leaves. Time to break out a rake and get busy, right?
Wrong. You crank up your airboat and you scoot it around your yard and you blow those dead leaves away!
In the bottom photo, Tommy has raked his back yard and he's headed for his front yard. The airboat is going uphill on a gravel road.
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