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crew for golf the next day.

Turns out I had for­got­ten he had cut off the tip of his fin­ger while gar­den­ing. “No power tools for Jeffie,” I texted.

I couldn't re­sist a mid­night slice of Smith County wa­ter­melon hand-de­liv­ered ear­lier in the week by Bo Ea­ton, whom my wife used

to babysit in Tay­lorsville. His last elec­tion as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive was tied so the state House, fol­low­ing its rules, had the two can­di­dates draw straws and Ea­ton won. But the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship re­ally wanted a su­per­ma­jor­ity so they went back af­ter the fact and threw out five af­fi­davit votes for Ea­ton. Ea­ton's sup­port­ers sued and won in fed­eral dis­trict court but the

ap­peals court said it lacked ju­ris­dic­tion to get in­volved in a state elec­tion mat­ter.

Bo was philo­soph­i­cal about it all. “As my daddy said, ‘The only bad clique is the one you're not in.' ”

And this is just a frac­tion of un­end­ing ev­er­weav­ing lo­cal con­nec­tions I ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­day. It makes life mag­i­cal. You know how it is. Like Wil­lie said, Mis­sis­sippi is not a state, it's a club.

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