Small Town Notoriety

Most of my life has been spent living in communities with populations of 19,000 or fewer. While there are downsides to the small town lifestyle, there are also some perks, including occasionally finding oneself in the local newspaper.

Yesterday, I shared a photo of my sister-in-law, Angie, and me from a recent edition of the Hereford Brand. That’s me clutching the bottle of wine at a Derby Day Gala held at the Senior Center in Hereford, Texas. I pity the fool who might’ve attempted to wrest that Cabernet Sauvignon from my eager hands.

This picture made me think of clippings I’ve saved from other newspapers over the years. Don’t ask me why I’ve saved them. Maybe I’m a narcissist or perhaps I just need confirmation that I’ve managed to accomplish a few things over the course of my 62 years.

I’m missing a few articles from my storied past, and I won’t bore you with the details of the ones above. I’m particularly proud, though, of the Bravo! headline and photo from the Bismarck Tribune, even though the photographer shot from below us, and I seem to have more than the one requisite chin in the picture. Plus, my permed 80’s style hair took up most of the frame, and we were four years into the 90’s.

I imagine the next time I’m featured in any publication it’ll be in the obituaries section. I hope they’ll use the photo of me hanging onto that bottle of wine.

Peace, people

College Mascots

Studly Doright and I have lived in five different states, and have adopted a “bloom where you’re planted” mentality.

When we moved from Texas to North Dakota we learned to enjoy knoefla soup and rivel. In Kansas we learned to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly, and in Florida we learned to value SPF 90. In Illinois we learned the value of a college mascot.

We’re Texans, Studly and I. Having grown up near Lubbock, I was convinced that Texas Tech was the best university in the nation and that Raider Red and the Masked Rider were the absolute best mascots anywhere. They’re still close to the top of my list.

   
 
Studly was more of a University of Texas guy, so I accepted Bevo, as well.

   
 When we moved to North Dakota I attended the University of Mary in Bismarck. So I had a new mascot in my life, the Marauder:

  
From North Dakota we moved to Kansas and fell hard for the University of Kansas Jayhawk mascot. Both of our kids attended KU and Big Jay is a dandy mascot. There’s even a Baby Jay:

  
After Kansas we ended up in Melbourne, Florida, but didn’t form an attachment to any of the Florida college teams during that four year period. But when we moved to Mahomet, IL, just outside of Champaign, we quickly adopted Chief Illiniwek, proud mascot of The University of Illinois.

  
Unfortunately, the Chief’s reign as the Illini mascot ended shortly after we moved to Illinois. I promise we had nothing to do with his demise. Eight years after the end of the Chief the U of I still has no mascot. That makes me sad. I understand that Native American groups found the portrayal of the chief disrespectful, but shouldn’t we have had an alternative in place? 

We currently live near Tallahassee, Florida, the home of two universities: Florida A&M and Florida State.

FAMU’s mascot is a rattlesnake.  

   
Not exactly a cuddly mascot, but I love it! 

Florida State has Chief Osceola and his faithful steed, Renegade.

  
I understand that the Seminole people have an agreement with Florida State University that allows FSU to use the likeness of one of the most famous Chiefs in history as their mascot. It’s sad that the University of Illinois couldn’t have worked out a similar agreement with the Illini.

At any rate, Studly and I are enjoying our new mascots. Soon I want to attend football games at both FAMU and FSU. I need to see what those mascots look like in action. 

Peace, people!