FYI: Back in town and blogging

The Eagle has landed. Translation: The Alford family van made it back to Tupelo last night about 9:30, culminating a 13-hour trip that began in Harrisonburg, Va. That’s the home of James Madison University, by the way. I kept thinking of the Eagle, because we spent three hours at the Air and Space museum on Wednesday.

We actually started driving back from Baltimore’s Camden Yards about 10:08 eastern just after the batter, whose name escapes me, grounded out to end Detroit’s 6-5 victory. It was a great game to see. Four home runs, three by Detroit, and a fifth home run robbed when Baltimore’s Jay Payton made a great leaping catch to grab the ball about three rows into the left field seats. Had some action in the ninth too. The O’s scored a run and almost won on a grand slam that turned out to be a fly ball caught at the wall.

Washington was a neat experience. We covered a lot of ground, saw the biggest memorials, missed some others, toured the capitol but couldn’t get into the White House. All in all it was great. It was my first real visit to DC since 1984 and was certainly the first where I did all the planning. You don’t take a trip like this and get it all right the first time. We had a great time and also compiled a mental list of things we really want to see next time.

We didn’t get to see the American History Museum or Ford Theater, both of which are currently closed for renovations. They will be high on the list for the next trip.

I am officially back at work on Monday, but I’m trying to get back into the mode with regular blog updates beginning today.

I appreciate Gregg helping me with the blog the last couple of days.

I was on vacation but kept a phone to my ear much of the time Tuesday and Wednesday dealing with Jerrell Powe stuff.

It looks like no official announcement will come on that before SEC Media Days, which begin Wednesday in Hoover. It wouldn’t surprise me to see commissioner Mike Slive make Jerrell Powe the primary subject of his opening address, the slot in which he normally gives us the “state of the SEC.”

— PA

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17 Responses to “FYI: Back in town and blogging”

  1. ripleyreb Says:

    Glad you and family made it back to T-Town safe and sound. Welcome home.

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Glad to see you back, PA. Hope, you and family had a great vacation.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Thanks guys. It was really a good trip. Had to help the kids through a minute or two of whining when it was hot, but we were able to adapt and overcome. It was neat to see so many things about our capitol, and there is much left to see.

    — PA

  4. Jeff Jolly Says:

    Glad you’re back PA. So many take for granted all the great historic sites in our Nation’s capital. I spent about 9 weeks up there in 1986. I still don’t think I saw everything. Our Gov. was political director at the White House at the time, so I spent several hours there on two different Saturdays. It was truly a great experience.

    But glad you’re back here….we’re ready for Rebel Football.
    Jeff Jolly

  5. bigdraws Says:

    Glad you made it back PA. That’s one place I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m a huge history buff, and I know I’d love it.

  6. djrebel Says:

    You need to get up there Draws. Like Jeff says, you really don’t see it all, and the stuff you see you don’t have time to stay as long as you’d like.

    We did the capitol tour on Thursday, which was the day we were checking out and driving to Baltimore. We were in the senate gallery for a few minutes, and a North Dakota senator was talking about oil and drilling. I could have stayed there all day, but we were on a tight schedule.

    — PA

  7. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Eli, made news in the USAToday, Friday: Top draft pick 2004 – burdens of being Peyton’s younger borther, son of Archie. Now, a Super Bowl and MVP trophy winner. Great going Eli. Another of Ole Miss great football players who have made good in the Pro’s. GO REBELS!!!

  8. rebelfan38652 Says:

    If anyone missed “football saturdays in the south” about the grove. I have link and would be happy to mail it to ya. Good Stuff

  9. djrebel Says:

    Leave it here, and I’ll get it posted. Thanks.

    — PA

  10. ripleyreb Says:

    rebelfan38652, I missed it and would to see it. Thanks.

  11. ripleyreb Says:

    would love to see it. sorry

  12. rebelfan38652 Says:

    http://spiritreplay.com/media/video/080712_thegrove.wmv

    Hope yall enjoy it!

  13. bigdraws Says:

    I know I sure did!! Just kidding. They did a fine job on it. Saw it yesterday. BTW, the bama guy they showed was an idiot. Just sayin.

  14. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Thanks, rebelfan, for this great video. That’s what I call really chowing down at those tail gating feast. The Ole Miss fans put on a great one here, but I bet they can’t outdo Draws and gang when they do theirs down in stressville. Living “high on the hog”, nothing wrong with those celebrations, enjoy yourselves.

    The Rebels are on the way back as that arch states “champions”. They are champions just a few rough spots in the road that they travelled last few years. I fell that these rough spots will be left behind and much better travelling ahead. GO REBELS!!!!

  15. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Emeril Lagasse was at the Grove tailgate thing not too long back. I remember seeing it on one of his cooking shows. His wife maybe from Ole Miss.

  16. bigdraws Says:

    Hopefully he cooked something better than cheese balls and dip.

  17. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    BAM!!!cheese balls and dip. BAM!!!

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