Gulf Revisited – 2011
Driving from Gulf
Shores, to Pearl, MS
May 10 – 19, 2011
- Updated June 9, 2011
Several photos of the
interior of our condo at Gulf Village,
Ala., are posted on the website
of our property manager, Kaiser Realty, which also has pix of the exterior of
the complex as well as area beach shots. There are additional pix mainly taken
by Betty Nolan during our trips to the area in recent years. They are posted at
www.kodakgallery.com in various
albums registered under Lewis “Buzz” Nolan’s email address. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions
how to access the Kaiser pictures and also the Nolan pictures.
By LEWIS NOLAN
May 18, 2011 –
Wednesday – Drive from Gulf Shores, AL, to friend’s home in Pearl, MS
We arose in our Gulf
Village beachfront condo at Gulf Shores, Ala.,
about 7:30 a.m. I had a quick breakfast of leftover pecan-fried chicken on
bread and finished packing Betty’s Ford Focus station wagon. We pulled out of
our complex about 9:30 a.m., and stopped by the town’s Library to return a book
and to fill the car’s gas tank plus buy some gift flowers to give to our
hostess we planned to see late in the day at her home in Pearl, Miss., near the
Mississippi State Capitol of Jackson.
We drove north on Highway 59 to Robertsdale, Ala., where we
made a customary stop to buy fresh farm produce – mainly bananas plus a case of
special salad dressing we like - at Burris Farm Market. We arrived at the modest but tasteful home of
longtime friend SuAnne Turnage single family in Pearl, Miss.,
about 3 p.m. She had hidden a key to the locked front door and told college pal
Betty of its location. So Betty was able to gain entry into her home so SuAnne
could continue working in her office for the balance of the afternoon.
Meanwhile, I napped in a guest room while Betty unloaded some of our trip gear.
Just before 5:30 p.m., SuAnne’s good friend Charles, who
lives nearby, showed up at her home, as did her daughter, Katie, with two
children. Katie’s visiting kids were year-old daughter Victoria and teenaged
son, Christian. We had a nice conversation while Betty took candid photos of Victoria crawling around
the carpeted floor. I checked my email and the day’s action in the stock market
on SuAnne’s Dell computer that is nearly identical to my desktop Dell at home.
Shortly after SuAnne arrived home from work at a nearby
hospital facility, her daughter and grandchildren departed for their home in
the neighborhood and the remaining four of us departed in Charles’ new Kia auto
for a relatively new Mexican restaurant a few miles away.
I enjoyed a bottle of Mexican beer while Betty sipped a good
margarita on the rocks. We all ordered full dinners of varied, pretty good
Mexican specialties served by natives of our neighboring country to the South.
As tasty as expected, eating the enchiladas and tortilla chips and enjoying a
second bottle of beer was a big change in my long-running, low-carb, reduced
alcohol diet I’ve been on for some months. While I enjoyed our evening out with
friends, I paid a big price with a mostly sleepless night later.
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