Wright Stuff: From Red Tide to Crimson Tide 

roll tide

By Michael Wright 

The only thing that’s constant is change. 

We go on vacations to be somewhere other than where we are. Sometimes we like the getaways to such a degree that they become the new “where we are.”  

My March came in like an alligator and went out like an elephant. How so? Over the past weeks, the Joy of my life and I abandoned our parents’ Florida dreams and moved to Huntsville, Alabama to live dreams of our own. 

We’d visited Huntsville previously to visit some very special friends who have always been more like family. Word count constraints prevent me from detailing the story of Jim and Shelley, a one-in-a-billion couple.

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During our first trip to Huntsville, we visited various local attractions and gift shops. While moving from display to display, I commented on the obvious theme of many of the items. “Shelley, what’s up with all these silly little elephants all over the place?” 

I thought she was going to jump down my throat, grab my heart with her teeth, and pull it out still pulsating and dripping. Those “silly little elephants” happen to be the mascot of the University of Alabama. Now wash your mouth out with soap and never say anything like that again! I begged for mercy, and she finally released my heart. 

Kirk, a Tampa friend who’d moved back to his hometown of Huntsville reminded me that “football is not just a competition to these people, it’s a religion!” So now I find myself often listening to a favorite song, Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues:” 

They got a name for the winners in the world 
I want a name when I lose 
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me “Deacon Blues…” 

Roll Tide! 

Mike couldn’t care less about football and hasn’t watched the Super Bowl in years. If you have any survival tips to suggest, contact him at micwrighthamo@gmail.com.