Travel should take you places... it took me to Hawai'i last year. Beautiful!
Favorite American Idol, past or present: Officially, it's Diana until another one (read: Kelly Clarkson) will be in a picture with me.
(MOBILE // Source: wikipedia.org)
Back in March, Julie Zeveloff wrote that Mobile is the #3 most miserable city in America. In her defense, the writer for BusinessInsider.com based her info on the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, which also ranked us third worst -- in well-being. We never got terribly upset about being told our "well-being" wasn't all that, um, well. But it's rankles to be called "miserable," and Julie heard from more than a few perturbed Mobilians. Not only did she call ours the third most miserable city in America, she didn't bother to rank Montgomery and Birmingham #1 and #2. We're kidding about that last part (sort of).
The rankings take emotional well-being, work environment, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities among other critieria into account. Okay, we have issues. Mobile needs to be more bike friendly, more pedestrian friendly, and we need to eat less and drink less. In a word, we could stand to be healthier.
But we're not miserable. And Julie is about to find that out. At the urging of mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson, she's coming to town to experience Mobile first hand. Hopefully, she'll notice some of the great things CNN's Erin Burnett noticed about our city while covering the Carnival Triumph story. Because you can't call a city with a canopy of beautiful live oaks miserable. You can't call a city with easy access to some of the world's best beaches miserable. You can't call a city with mild winters and perfect spring and fall weather miserable -- ok, it gets a bit hot in summer, which can be miserable at times. You can't call a city with great Gulf seafood miserable.
Mobile has its share of warts. It's got scars, including that recent scar in midtown where the tornado hit on Christmas Day. And maybe we're biased. No, Mobile isn't Chicago or New York or LA. Well, it is LA but we mean "Lower Alabama." But we like it that way. We like that a bad day on the Bayway is still probably better than a good day in that other LA's traffic. We like not freezing to death in the winter.
We like where we live.
We're glad Julie's coming to town later this week, because we think she'll like it too.