What’s happened to “my little town”

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Living in Starkville, Mississippi, has been one of the great joys of my life.   Just big enough to have great sports, a wonderful community theatre and fabulous artists passing through.

We have great eateries and a huge sense of community. I thought it was the perfect place to live – until today. About 4:30 p.m. I ran out of olive oil and needed to go to the store.  My street was backed up to Canada.  I have not seen that since the MSU Bulldog’s basketball team made the Final Four.

I was stuck in a traffic jam which boggled my mind. It would have been unbearable if I hadn’t been stopped beside my neighbor, Beverly Smitherman, who was going the other direction. We rolled down the windows and exchanged pictures of our children.

I don’t know what to think about this.  I heard Mississippi State will have 20,000 students registered  this fall.  Add that to the 20,000 people who already live here and some 35,000 Harleys which were here for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and you have a humongous traffic problem.

Still, I love the energy of a college town.  I’ll just have to do my shopping at dawn from now on – or walk to the store.  It would be quicker.

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