We left Jackson for Taylor, Mississippi to visit friends for the weekend. We knew that they lived out in the country a bit but we figured we'd be fine with our iPad directions. We didn't leave as early as we'd hoped and I texted along the way that we would just stop for lunch before arrival since we hadn't eaten breakfast. Then came the search for a place to eat and we finally were forced into a row of fast food places off the highway, settling for a Waffle House where I could still get some kind of breakfast food. Okay, seriously, if a place calls itself "Waffle House," shouldn't it have super great waffles? Waffle House--where you get the flattest, saddest, most tasteless waffles you'll ever meet. :)
It was great fun to be reunited with my dear friend Susan, also known here as fellow blogger Suzassippi, her husband known affectionately as Randoman, and their son known on her blog as J. We go way back to our days in Texas, before they took off for Mississippi and I took off for Alaska, when we had young kids and were young social workers and peace activists in a town not-so-friendly to left-leaning folks . We've shared many adventures over the years and she is the one friend who has consistently kept in touch with me since I moved away. We still email each other several times a week and discuss everything from current events to family life to the fact that getting older sucks pretty badly sometimes. Although we have seen each other in TX for brief get togethers when we both happen to be in town, this is the first time in several years we've had a couple of days to visit and hang out.
Our southern road trip was turning out to be a chilly and rainy one and our arrival date was probably the coldest and dreariest of the drive so far. Where was our sunshine??!!
The first night our friends treated us to a lovely dinner out at a place called The Ravine. The food and the company were great and we had a nice time catching up.
Since we have been in Oxford before, and the weather was pretty nasty, we did not tour around too much this time. We did visit the Ole Miss campus, where both Randy and Susan are employed, and went to see the statue of James Meredith, the first person of African American heritage to enroll in the University of Mississippi in 1962, amid violence from segregationists that necessitated the calling up of the National Guard and US Marshals. Two people were killed with many more wounded and the Governor was fined and found in contempt before the rioting was done. Read much more about these events here.