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Due to the approach of Hurricane Ivan, normal home delivery will not be possible.

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-- The Editors

Eye on Ivan

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The scene in Jackson 

Thanks to Debbie Player for this look at what's going on in the state capital with the influx of folks from this neck of the woods.

It's 12:00 o'clock noon on Wednesday, September 15th--lunchtime for those of us who are still working. The sun is shining and the wind is picking up. Ivan the Terrible is on his way to reek havoc with our everyday lives, like my habitual trip to Northpark Mall.

I need to pay my Dillard's bill--it's the 15th of the month, after all. County Line Road is bad enough on a weekday, but with the influx of refugee-visitors who have nothing to do but drive around aimlessly, the trip is comparable to the Demolition Derby.

Apparently, sightseeing is better than staying glued by the TV to watch the latest Ivan the Terrible update on the Weather Channel. I certainly sympathize with that notion. However, bumper-to-bumper traffic going at a snail's pace is a sure way to test the patience of a local, particularly if your lunch hour has almost expired

As I cruise through the Mall parking lot looking for a parking space, I see mostly Louisiana or Alabama, or Jackson County, Mississippi license plates. The unusually packed parking lot doesn't prepare me for all of the children running amok inside. For a brief moment, I wonder if it's still summer and all of the schools are closed. Then, it occurs to me that worried mothers would want their kids to expend all of that hyper-energy so they could sleep through the night on a hard floor of a motel room with nothing more than a blanket, or anxious fathers would want to block out their fears of the future and what will be left when they return home.

Hell, I'm lucky I have my own bed to sleep in tonight, and God willing, tomorrow I should still have my own home. It is my fervent prayer of hope that Ivan the Terrible will fizzle out into a Category 1 hurricane, and everyone can go home to nothing more than the aftermath of a little thunderstorm.

Don Hammack

Don Hammack is a staff writer for the Sun Herald. He can be reached at or
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