Friday, May 13, 2005

Celebrity Mississippi!

Yes, I did actually see a celebrity in Mississippi today/yesterday (Thursday). I'll get more to the sighting a little later, but I wanted to share a few anecdotes from my trip. I left on Tuesday morning for Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi and stayed until earlier this afternoon at the Beau Rivage. The Beau Rivage is a hotel and casino owned by the MGM/Bellagio group. The hotel and the place where I visited for work was right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. A somewhat odd area in that there is a combination of casinos, condo being built, random beach-type shops, at least 4 Waffle Houses and a few "adult" stores right along a 10-mile plus stretch. I forgot to mention there is also some beautiful Antebellum (if that's the word I'm looking for) homes along with Jefferson Davis' summer (or possibly winter) retreat. Anyway, here are some thoughts:

- Mississippi is in the Central time zone. Maybe someone in Chicago can help me with this. Scrubs, which is on at 9:00pm Eastern is on at 8:00 Central. However, Good Morning America and the Today Show are on at 7:00am in both time zones. I don't get it.

- The local weather forecast for Wednesday said 83 degrees with 98% humidity with a caption that said "summer-like." Um, that's not summer-like; that's summer.

- Funniest line from the trip and I can't remember the exact quote. When I checked into the Beax Rivage, I talked to the woman about the various entertainers who perform there. Apparently, Diana Ross was there for a show within the last few weeks. The hotel employee said she was amazed at how many people came to see someone who is washed up! I wonder if the other Supremes were smiling.

- It's nice going out for supper instead of dinner.

- Listed as hobbies on a resume I reviewed: Own and raise purebred horses for site and show with wife. Hmmmm.

If you made it this far, thank you. I haven't written anything for 3 days, so bear with me. As for the celebrity sighting, I saw Vanessa Williams today. You may know her as former Miss America, actress, signer (the song from Pocahontas) and former (I think) wife of former NBA player Rick Fox. Anyway, she was at the cabana area of the hotel pool today with four or five other people, and is performing at the Beau Rivage on Friday. I never expected to see a celebrity on the trip.

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