OK, so I guess I've just been lucky the last five football seasons.
The downpour that doused The Brickyard last Friday night as the Bulldogs battled Buford was enough to make even the most dedicated fan, photographer, player, cheerleader or Homecoming Queen candidate miserable.
And it was more than enough to nearly put all my camera equipment out of commission.
I thought I had it all figured out. A raincoat, baseball cap, waterproof boots, towel and plastic-covered camera bag would be plenty, I assured myself.
Not even close.
Even barging into the personal space of others under their umbrellas didn't help.
See, I missed something important: Rain that hits a raincoat has to go somewhere. In my case, it was down the front of my pants. Comfortable. Real comfortable.
By the time the homecoming candidates took the field, one of my cameras was in an electronic coma and the other was barely keeping its head above water.
Is it too late to include a retractable dome in those Brickyard renovations we've been talking about for the last couple of years? I'm sure the school system could find a couple of extra million for it, especially if they ask the state.
Now, excuse me, while I go lay down. Apparently, some of that rainwater settled on my brain.
We have our final town hall meeting this week. It's Thursday night at the Depot, starting at 6:30 p.m. We'll be quizzing:
- Paul Leroy and Bob Smith, the two candidates for Super District 2.
- Greg Derry, Frank Locklear and Martha Teemer, the candidates for Single District 4.
- Donnie Callaway and Dorothy Hart, the candidates for Single District 4.
The event should last an hour and a half or so.
We've already had one town hall meeting, which we held last Thursday at Dearing Elementary School. Audio from the event is available www.mcduffiemirror.com. Shortly after this week's meeting - which will be aired live on WTHO-FM, WTWA-AM and The Mirror's website - we'll post a copy for those who missed it live.
I've enjoyed the town hall meetings we've completed this year, and I hope they've been helpful and informative to area voters. While I'm at it, I need to thank the two Mikes - Mike Wall and Mike Carrington for helping pull the events together and making sure we were connected to the outside world. And, of course, Donna Branch. Donna has served as co-moderator at the events and done the bulk of the leg work behind the scenes.
I'm hoping we'll have more town hall meetings in the coming months. If you've got an idea that you think would be a good subject for a town hall meeting, drop me a note or give me a call. After all, these meetings are for you.