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February 28, 2023

March 4, 2023

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I arrived in Alabama looking forward to my speech at a meeting of The Fairhope Rotary Club. I walked away with three interviews from that presentation. It was also a time to reflect on a book I read as a kid about legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, the former University of Alabama football coach. Unfortunately, I did not make it to Tuscaloosa.

While in the Mobile area, I got together a couple of other times with one of my interviewees, Kate. We had the opportunity to take in a remarkable sunset and a dinner afterwards. It is always a special joy for me whenever I travel and get to know someone beyond the interview. It happens with my Airbnb hosts on occasion.

Speaking of Airbnb’s, my host’s home was the most remarkable shrine to Star Wars that you can imagine. My host, 50, started it and she passed the affinity for everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, Star Wars, along to her two sons. It was out of this world (pun intended).

I actually stayed near Fairhope and got to know the town a little. The people were very friendly exhibiting that famous southern hospitality. The south is a very tranquil place although am fully aware of what can happen later in the year. It’s why I am in Alabama in March.

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