Like Tom T. Hall says in his song, I like beer. I learned to like it when we lived in a non-air-conditioned garage apartment in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 1959. We were trying to save money when we moved there. Little did we know that the way the apartment was situated attached by a breezeway to a two-bedroom house owned by our landlords, the Pezdirtz's, that the place would be very close to an oven in the hottest months. One could look out into the tree tops and see there was a breeze moving the tree leaves while not receiving any of it inside the large one-room apartment. That's when I finally learned to like beer.
Saint Patrick's Day seemed like an appropriate day to share this with my readers.
Downtown Jackson will be having its St. Paddy's Parade and Festival next Saturday, with the Sweet Potato Queens leading the way. This parade is similar to the Mardi Gras parades in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi and more about welcoming spring and raising funds for local charities than it is about St. Patrick. Many's the time we had our spot across from the Governor's Mansion, viewing this special annual event. You can see some of our photos from past parades at:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!