Thursday, January 8, 2009

Geography Lesson

Kelly left today for Indianola, Mississippi. (I had him get me his life insurance information...just in case.) He is traveling for work, installing computer servers and meeting the people who work in the SuperValu Warehouses.

Dara lent her dad one of her teddy bears to take with him. So he packed it. This is the first time we have been separated since we moved to Minnesota. It is a weird feeling.

What is in Indianola? Indianola has several thriving business entities, such as Abraham's fine clothier, a clothing store of renown across several generations, the Crown, an award winning food distributor and restaurant, the Pecan House, a candy store and distributor, Dollar General, a convenience store whose warehouse is located near the city limits, and two blues venues, the historic Club Ebony,and the innovative308 Blues Club and Cafe,which hosts blues, rock, country, and hip-hop acts. The community is served by a weekly newspaper, The Enterprise-Tocsin. A Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in January 2006.

B.B. King was born in Indianola.

All but one public school have student populations that are at least 97% African American, but not Egyptian (Lockard Elementary School, 62%) (National Center for Education Statistics). Indianola Academy, a private school, has a student population that is 99% European American.

Races in Indianola:
Black (73.4%)
White Non-Hispanic (25.4%)
Hispanic (0.7%)

About 22.5% of families and 86% of the population were below the poverty line.

Doe's Eats: Located on the wrong side of town in the back rooms of a dilapidated grocery store, it does not look like a restaurant, much less a great restaurant. Many of the dining tables are in fact located in the kitchen, spread helter-skelter among stoves and counters where the staff dresses salads and fries potatoes in big iron skillets. Plates, flatware, and tablecloths are all mismatched. It is noisy and inelegant, and service -- while perfectly polite -- is rough and tumble. Doe's fans, ourselves included, love it just the way it is. The ambience, which is at least a few degrees this side of "casual," is part of what makes it such a kick. Mississippians have eaten here since the 1940s; for regular patrons the eccentricity makes the experience as comfortable as an old shoe. Newcomers may be shocked by the ramshackle surroundings, but Doe's is easy to like once the food starts coming. - Michael Stern

"Nelson Street, where Doe's is located, once was known as the bad part of town. Now, it's a culinary destination. The man standing behind the pickup truck is Doe's private security guard. Note the six-gun on his right hip." -Michael Stern


Erika said...

Oh, my. I hope he doesn't get food poisoning! And yes, it'll be good to know when he comes home without being jumped. Yikes! I'm mean. Can't help it.

Anners said...

Safe travels Kelly! All will be fine.

Jamie said...

Thanks for the geography lesson. Why does he have to go? Picking up some takeout from Doe's?