Hattiesburg Mississippi

#TravelThursday continues, and in this edition we visit “The Hub City” of Hattiesburg Mississippi.

It got its nickname “The Hub City” because it was a hub – a central point – of several railroad lines at the time (1910s) with a thriving lumber industry. Nowadays it’s known as “The Hub City” because it’s where old U.S. Routes 49 and 98 meet at the south end of the city. U.S. Route 11 also passes through the core of the city. It extends southward to near the Gulf Of Mexico, and northward to the Canadian border with New York. I-59 bypasses much of the city to the west. It is definitely “The Hub City” in the southeastern part of Mississippi. It’s a little less than 100 miles northwestward from Mobile Alabama, and it’s a little more than 100 miles north-northeastward from New Orleans Louisiana.

I’ve driven through Hattiesburg several times en route to and from North Texas. I’ve even spent a couple of hotel nights in Hattiesburg. On one of those hotel nights I had driven 657 miles from Wichita Falls Texas. I checked-in to my hotel room, and I looked at my iPhone. I had a voice mail from my Pastor. He told me to call him. I did. He asked me if I wanted to preach on Sunday. (That was a Thursday night.) An exhausted me gladly accepted. On that Sunday (October 02ND 2016) I preached my very first sermon to my church family. I was ready for that day. I had plenty of time on the road to think about and to pray about that first sermon.

I really want to spend more than a hotel night in and around the Hattiesburg area. There are lots of places to see and things to do there. The Hattiesburg Zoo and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum would be on that list. #VisitHattiesburg.

Hattiesburg is a young college and military town with about 45,000 residents within the city limits and about 170,000 residents within the metro area. It is the home of the University Of Southern Mississippi and the black and gold Golden Eagles.

Join me next #TravelThursday as we visit another location on the face of this earth.

They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear. You will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. (Proverbs 3:23-26 NLT)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1996

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 10TH 1996:

  1. “Head Over Feet” – Alanis Morissette
  2. “One And One” – Robert Miles
  3. “Do You Miss Me ?” – Jocelyn Enriquez
  4. “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” – Bryan Adams
  5. “If It Makes You Happy” – Sheryl Crow

I’m gonna do this “Mini-Thoughts” style. Longtime readers of my blog know what that means:

  • Alanis was HUGE back in the mid-to-late-1990s.
  • She scored with 9 hits on my chart through 1999.
  • “Head Over Feet” was her 3RD (and final) # 1 smash (for me).
  • Everyone remembers “Children” from Robert Miles.
  • It was a European dance smash that broke-through the U.S. market.
  • But “One And One” was less successful.
  • It did break-through here in Miami; hence, it’s # 2 peak on my chart.
  • British Trance singer Maria Nayler performed the vocals on “One And One”.
  • “Children” could be considered as one of the first trance hits on my chart.
  • “One And One” – the 2ND trance hit.
  • Trance music would later explode and take over my chart in 2002. #EDM
  • “Do You Miss Me” was a regional hit in dance-favored U.S. radio markets.
  • It was a long-lasting smash here in dance-friendly Miami.
  • I think Y-100 played it 10 times a day for more than half-a-year.
  • It spent 21 weeks on my chart – including its first 19 in my Top 10.
  • Like myself – Jocelyn Enriquez is part Filipino.
  • She was only 21 when “Do You Miss Me ?” was a hit on the radio.
  • Nowadays Jocelyn is a born-again Christian !
  • In fact she’s a Worship Pastor alongside her husband of 22 years.
  • They serve at Calvary Chapel Of San Antonio (Texas).
  • It’s awesome to discover that a mainstream pop artist follows Christ now.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to November 1991. “I’m so glad you’re my girl. I’ll do anything for you. Call you every night, and give you flowers too. I thank the Lord for you, and think about you all the time. I ask Him everyday that you’ll forever be mine.” That Top 5 hit will be featured next week. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

This is the end of an abbreviated blog weekend, as #SundayScripture and #Top10Monday are on hiatus for the rest of this month of November. They will both return during the 1ST weekend of December. I’ll be back next Thursday and Friday with 2 more blog posts.

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Honoring My Fellow Veterans

It’s Veterans Day here in the U.S.A.

This week marks the 36TH anniversary that the United States Air Force shipped me off to a foreign country solo for the first time in my life. As an 18½-year-old I flew from Washington Dulles Airport nonstop to London Heathrow Airport. It was an overnight flight from November 09TH into November 10TH of 1985. From there I took British Rail westward to Swindon in Wiltshire, and then from there I hired a cab to take me up to RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire – my home for the next 2 years. (It was my first permanent duty station.)

I remember “Road To Nowhere” from The Talking Heads playing on my cab driver’s radio, and I certainly felt like I was on a road to nowhere, but I was really on a road to somewhere – the official start of my lifelong career.

I’ve been a member of the United States Air Force for the past 37 years now – going back to when I first signed on the dotted line of the delayed enlistment program near the start of my senior year in high school. I was hesitant in joining the military way back then, but it all turned out just right, and it’s become my career. I’d do it all over again.

To my fellow Veterans – this is our day. From one Veteran to all of you – I thank you for serving your nation so that we may be free indeed.

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