I'm feeling a little bit nostalgic and homesick. My hometown has been in the news a couple of times this week, and I just had to share about it! Then, when my cousin posted a hilarious video of her husband, I just knew this would have to be a whole post dedicated to MY PEOPLE.
Speaking of MY PEOPLE...I've recently gotten addicted to the show Friday Night Lights. I've been hearing about it for ages, and when I saw that there were 5 (count 'em!) seasons on Netflix, I knew I'd get hooked. One of the reasons I love the show is because the characters talk like my people, and the town of Dillon reminds me of my hometown just a little bit. All in a very good--makes me miss my hometown--kind of way!
All right, good people, I give to you my hometown of El Dorado, Arkansas. (Please hold you applause until the end...)
House eye candy alert!! This story is about a house I grew up across the street from! For those in my hometown, this is the lovely old Breimo house. How fun that a family friend, and amazing interior designer, now lives there! I have seen first-hand some of the beautiful design of Andrea Brooks Interiors in my brother's house.
Have you ever heard of a company that paid for an ENTIRE TOWN'S college tuitions?
I've never been prouder of being from El Dorado, Arkansas, than in 2007, when Murphy Oil Corporation announced their $50 million scholarship program, which would pay for every El Dorado graduate's college tuition! (Or apply the in-state tuition amount toward any private university of the student's choice). A couple of days ago, President Clinton spoke to the 2012 Senior Class on their Academic Signing Day about The (AMAZING!!) El Dorado Promise.
Here's the story The Today Show produced about The El Dorado Promise:
Can you IMAGINE what our country would look like if more companies invested like this in an entire generation of young people?
I thought I'd leave you all with a little giggle. My FUNNY cousin videoed her husband coming out of anesthesia after kidney stone surgery. She is my HERO for posting this. However...after seeing this, my husband used his most serious voice and scrunched up eyebrows to tell me, "Don't EVER video me after surgery. I mean it."
But, honey, what if it's really REALLY funny???? Then, it's okay, right?
My favorite parts: Beef jerky for the first 80 hours...slushy water..."She sold me my stone"...the only-at-the-hospital cup and curtain...and thumping the IV at the very end. Oh my word--just watch it--ALL of it is funny!!
Thanks for indulging me in my little nostalgic trip "back home" today.
Happy weekend, everybody! We've got BIG PLANS this weekend...which include running a 5K (WOO HOO!!!!), a kids' choir performance, and an off-the-charts Broadway musical on Sunday that I can HARDLY WAIT TO SEE!!!! I'll tell you all about it on Monday.
What do you love about your own hometown?