I was not landing in Monroe to stay, however. I needed to drive up into the Delta to a distant town for which the airline connections were less easy than Monroe. I passed through Wilmot, the home of one of my Livejournal friends, and crossed into Mississippi. Today I had a very busy day, and then drove back to Monroe. I found the rural delta places very interesting. In many ways I feel like the kind of small town fellow who understands and feels at home in places like these.
When I got back to Monroe, it was too late for my flight. I already had arranged to fly home tomorrow morning. I checked into a Courtyard by Marriott, watched Heroes, and then went next door to Appleby's. Appleby's has a "weight watchers menu", which allows me to plan my meal without the calculations I sometimes have to perform. I am particularly motivated this week, because I crossed the "80 pounds lost" point. I am now less than 2 pounds from my goal. I hope to achieve this goal in the coming few weeks.
The public radio did a feature on "how do people live in Mali on nothing". Mali fascinates me lately. I think a lot lately how even palpable problems of a certain middle-class sort are luxuries, compared to real hardship.