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A Newfound Holiday: Mississippi Part 3-February 24, 2009

This is the third in a series of six entries that I wrote over the course of the Campus Ministries Spring Break Service Trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi in February of 2009…

 

Today, as you may have learned from my previous note, was Mardi Gras, and it was rather interesting, becuase all my life, I’d never really commemorated it at all back home. But before I get to all the gritty details on that account, quick recap of today is in order. First we headed off to the worksite, when we noticed that aside from us, the only people on the road were the cops! When we reached the site, we then started work on the house. If you remember from yesterday, we had destroyed 3 rooms of this woman’s house. Well, today’s task was to put new insulation in on the walls and ceilings of the aforementioned 3 rooms. However, the going was quite slow at first, since we needed a specific kind of staples from the camp, then when that box ran out, we had to go to the local hardware store(turns out that there IS a Lowe’s in Pascagoula, Mississippi; in case you were curious or anything) and get more of that kind of staple. During that time, our crew just sat outside talking, which led to me getting a pretty respectable tan. After we finally got the right staples, we set to work putting up insulation. After we finished laying it on the walls, we broke for lunch. For the second day in a row, we didn’t even touch the lunches that we had packed that morning, as our resident made us spaghetti (any illusions that I had about possibly working off a few pounds were dashed as soon as my resolve ran into old fashioned Southern Hospitality). After a very filling lunch, we went back to work, finished up insulating the ceiling, then we called it a day at around 3:00 to get back to the camp to change, shower, and then pile back into the vans to head off to the Gulfport Mardi Gras parade. At this time, I’d like to clear up some confusion. In my last note I might have come off slightly sore over the fact that we weren’t hitting up the Big Easy tonight, but really I quite enjoyed Gulfport, especially since this was the first Mardi Gras parade that I’ve ever been to in my life. I find it funny that while for 19 years, this day has meant to me nothing but another day off the calendar, it’s been this massive affair on caliber with any respectable Holiday on the Gulf Coast. After that, we went to this pizza place called the “Mellow Mushroom”  When we’d gotten our fix, we meandered back to camp and proceeded to shoot the breeze, then I ran into some of the Canadians(I’ll probably talk about them more in tomorrow’s update, but no promises…) who HAD gone to the Big Easy all day, and the stories that they told me correspond with all of your worst impressions of the place…After that, I proceeded to dominate at cards, then I wrote this note, and now it’s off to bed…

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