First-ever trip to Austin and first-ever SXSW experience was mind blowing

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

As I walked into the lobby of the hotel, I passed this group of guys and thought, “these must be musicians.” 

Then it hit me. 

It was CeeLo Green – singer, produer, guest judge of The Voice and one-half of the Grammy Award winning soul duo Gnarls Barkley.

The past few weeks have been a blur. 




Making Groceries

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

I’m a big fan of grocery stores. When I was growing up in Meridian, my mom would take my brother and me shopping on a regular basis. 

Now, when I visit my mother in Tennessee, I am always eager to go shop with her at the Kroger, Fresh Market, or Whole Foods. 




Ready Player One

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

In a dark room, there is a child playing video games. The glow from the screen reflects from his face as he moves his character across the screen. His eyes beam like giant orbs of light when his character achieves the goal. The game's music echoes through his ears, carving its way into his memory. 



Party in the Back

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

I was watching the Clemson and Notre Dame football game on TV last week when I saw something that I was not expecting. 

With Clemson dominating the game and Notre Dame having to punt on nearly every single drive, the cameras focused on Notre Dame punter Tyler Newsome. 




Progression

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

I stood there in an empty train station. Confused. And scared.

When I was in my early twenties, I took a trip to visit some relatives that live outside of Atlanta. 

Instead of driving, I decided to take Amtrak. I had never experienced riding on a train before and thought it would be a fun way to travel. 


Big Dreams

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

When I was growing up, I loved to play soccer. It just so happened that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and I were on a State Championship-winning soccer team based out of the Jaycee Soccer Complex in Meridian.

The year we won the Under-12 state championship was actually the same year as World Cup ‘94, which took place in the USA. 


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