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Day 60 – Stupid Hurts

October 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Dwayne Phillips

Some break in the weather today – no rain. We had the next worst thing – heavy fog in the morning. Everything becomes wet, but slowly and surely, not quickly and surprisingly. The temperature ranged from 75 in the fog to 85 and cloudy. The sun didn’t come out on us while walking.

I walked 19 miles today. I walked through Ellisville, Moselle, and Eastabuchie. Don’t ask me how to pronounce the names of the latter two places. I don’t know.

Wall Mural in Ellisville

Wall Mural in Ellisville

Ellisville is a town. It has a downtown that looks pretty good. Here is a mural from one of the buildings. Several of the buildings in downtown have been repainted and remodeled. It is pretty and nice. Ellisville also has a Golden Mile to I-59, so it has plenty of those types of business as well (McDonald’s, Sonic, Pizza Hut, and so on).

Ellisville also has Jones County Junior College. My sister-in-law teaches nursing there. They have over 5,000 students – that is a lot of students for a junior college. I put a photo of what you see of the college from Route 11 on the Wikipedia page for the college.

The Howard Technology Park south of Ellisville

The Howard Technology Park south of Ellisville

South of Ellisville is part of Howard Industries. I don’t know the history of Howard Industries, but it is tied closely to this part of Mississippi. Here is a photo of the Howard Technology Park. The photo isn’t too good as it was taken in the fog. This is a high-rise, glass office building. This isn’t supposed to be here. It looks like the building where I work in Herndon, Virginia, but it is out here in the middle of Jones County Mississippi. Someone needs to explain this one to me.

It is about 20 miles between Ellisville and Hattiesburg. There isn’t much in

Twin Water Towers of Moselle

Twin Water Towers of Moselle

between. One place is Moselle. There isn’t any road signs that say you are there. A few houses cluster on Route 11 as do a few industrial businesses. I saw these two water towers to the east of Route 11. Twin water towers are unusual. I put this water towers photo on the Wikipedia page for Moselle.

Next is Eastabuchie. We ate a good lunch at a General Store there. I should have taken a photo, but wasn’t thinking at the time. I was too busy eating smoked (not grilled) chicken. Good stuff.

North of Hattiesburg is all industry that is fed by rail roads. There is a lot of oil and gas work in this area of Mississippi. Much of that industry is based here north of Hattiesburg.

Question: If you rearrange the letters in “cap and trade” can you spell “higher unemployment”? I don’t think so, but I fear that one will lead to the other – at least here.

The title of this blog comes from this photo. It is a large safety sign outside on of the industrial businesses north of Hattiesburg. Click to enlarge and read the top line of the sign.

Stupid Hurts

Stupid Hurts


I know it is about safety, but I can think of all other sorts of places that it applies.

Tags: Forrest County · Jones County · Mississippi

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Jerri Harrington // Oct 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Ummm…..I’m going to print this sign and hang it on my refrigerator! You can draw your own conclusions. We’re missing you here! 🙂

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