"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

another summer song…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on July 12, 2004 at 4:51 pm

ahhh..what a weekend…at least once a summer i try to take a 3 day vacation up in oxford to see lucky and bear and have some good lazy southern small town fun…it’s somewhat a loosely observed memorial holiday for the 2 months that i lived in oxford the summer that i graduated from college, where i quickly learned that it is possible for me to be lazier than i already am…needless to say that stay didn’t last very long, but i now consider it a 2 month senior trip, and what a trip it was…

i got to oxford on saturday afternoon and not finding lucky @ home, left a note then headed for murff’s…after a couple of beers and a game of darts lucky and i found each other and we were off to tom and beth anne’s house for tom’s birthday party…and what a fine party it was…i got to meet some new writers, neal walsh and matthew brock (who is coming to lemuria for blue moon iii in august) and see some great ones that i hadn’t visited with in a while…i spent a lot of the evening with suzanne hudson and joe formichella talking baseball and alabama…tom’s good friend david wright was also in town and barry hannah and jere hoar both were there as well…tom had the croquet court in prime shape and after he gave us a reminder on the rules neal, matthew, and i had 3 spirited, keg beer infused games…shish kabobs were the culinary fare for the evening and they did not dissapoint, nor did the red velvet cake for tom’s birthday…

saturday’s party was mighty fine and i was looking forward to a country ride with lucky on sunday afternoon but other plans awaited…after having brunch @ proud larry’s (where we got to bug ashleigh @ the bar) we stopped back by tom and beth anne’s to pick up my prized LSU hat, which i had somehow neglected to depart with earlier that morning…i certainly trust tommy with my favorite lid, but you can’t be too careful with your prized LSU hat in oxford, especially after last year’s game…what began as a hat retrieval turned into tommy’s birthday party, take 2…he and david were out on the patio finshing off the previous evening’s libations, so after getting my hat securely on my head we stuck around and had a couple of beers and shot the shit on authors, books, movies, and football…the next thing i knew there was another round of skish kabobs on the grill and a no-holds-bar doubles badminton tournament in full effect…whoever wasn’t playing got the privilege of talking and swinging with claire on the swing set…the sun was out, the breeze was blowing, the shuttlecock flew true, and all was well with the world…

every now and again i try to replicate the wondrous feeling that is a lazy social sunday in oxford here in jackson, but it just isn’t the same…i can’t really describe it save to say that when you wake up in oxford on the right sunday morning, you feel your first heartbeat out of sleep and it rings as clear and as perfect as a fine bell, and you are in harmony with the entire place and its people for the rest of the day…

we were in the middle of another badminton contest, tommy and i versus lucky and david i believe, when beth anne called time-out for home-made peach pie…and it was QUITE the pie, chock full of tasty peach slices with a dollop of rapidly melting ice cream on the side…beth anne had already earned her ‘hostess with the mostest’ stripes for all the great food she’d fed us the whole weekend, but the pie put her in the hall of fame for many summers to come…i don’t think i can ever play badminton again unless i know there’s peach pie and ice cream waiting in the wings…it would be disrespectful to sunday’s memory, i’m afraid…

after pie it was time for tommy’s tennis date and claire’s swimming lesson, so lucky and i met up with ashleigh and went over to a friend of theirs pool for a quick dip…it was a fine way to spend the end of the day, and sealed the deal on one of the best weekends i’ve ever spent with our friendly neighbors in north mississippi…

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