Welcome to Oxpatch
A couple of the notable landmarks:
||When I first came to Ole Miss, I thought I was in hell. Well, I was living
on what was later to be called the worst dorm floor on campus (some guys
once emptied 11 fire extinguishers in one room). I thought I hated it so
much that I tried to transfer out. It wasn't until my second year that I
began to explore the town and really find out what it had to offer.
Oxford is exactly what a college
town should be... It has low unemployment and crime, very little traffic, and
that true southern friendliness. Like a lot of small towns, Oxford grew
around the town square, which surrounds the courthouse and contains many of
the shops (and bars).
- The Hoka. Named after a local Indian princess, the hoka has tasty
but healthy food. It's known for its great fudge pie, avante garde
movies, the local movie expert named Barton, and games of spades and
chess. It's also a favorite hangout for Dick Waterman, former manager
of Bonnie Raitt and the man looked for and rediscovered Son House.
It was here that, while hunched over some nachos, I saw John Grisham
walk in and stare up at the tv, which was showing O.J. Simpson's
bronco fleeing the police. It was also here that I debated the role
of religion in society, the idea of universal truths, and proved on
a napkin that 45 degrees is indeed the angle to throw something to
get the best distance.
- Square books. Called one of the best book stores in the nation,
one can wander in, grab a cup of coffee, and plop down in a comfy
chair with a book you haven't bought. It also has a great balcony
on the square. (That's it in the photo above.)
- The Gin. At one time this bar once was an actual cotton processing
center. This was a place I would go with some buddies for happy hour.
After that, the local frat boys would show up with their dates and
pollute the place.
- Frenchman's Bend. A good coffee shop with a lot of lighting and
a great selection. (That got rid of a lot of high schoolers.) It was
also cool because you could have control over the CD player.
- Proud Larry's. Another eating establishment that happened
to sell mostly beer (that's the law in Oxford). It is known for its
great music. At one time or another it has hosted Gatemouth Brown,
John Hammond, Junior Brown, and a whole slew of other acts.
Back to my personal stuff.