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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Ride around 

Just got back from a ride around Gulfport with fire chief Pat Sullivan. After helping get a homeless person to a shelter, and taking two people from one shelter to another to get away from some friction, we took a tour of Gulfport. It's terribly cliche', but it was definately the calm before the storm. Outside of a intense little downpour at the start, it didn't do much other than sprinkle the rest of the time we were out. Winds weren't up significantly more than a normal afternoon thunderstorm, but the Mississippi Sound is churning pretty good. In some places, it's about halfway up the beach. In Gulfport's Small Craft Harbor, water was just about up to the piers at 8:15 p.m. Ducks were bedding down just at the water's edge next to the bait shops on the north part of the harbor, although I'm sure they were going to have to move further up into Jones Park shortly thereafter. There were about 10 people hanging out at the end of Urie Pier, but a Gulfport police officer was running them off with only 30 minutes remaining until the curfew went into effect. Around 9 p.m., Sullivan rousted three kids from hanging out at Combs Pier, then turned away a line of kids in pickup trucks at the traffic light there, telling them to get to the house. The rest of the uneventful ride took us to DeBuys Road, up to Pass Road and back to downtown Gulfport. It's always spooky just how deserted the city can feel like, and just as spooky to wonder why folks are still driving around.

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