Wow. That’s all i can say to fellow alumni who haven’t been back in a long time. Here’s the story: A few years ago, Flo and Eddies (a restaurant where we would hang out to drink beer on Thursdays) burned down, which sparked this crazy "let’s rebuild Starkville! movement". I always knew that restaurant was the center of life in Starkville. Around the same time, the MSU engineering department got a 25 million dollar donation (can’t remember the exact figure, but very very large). The CS department said they would rename the dept after me for a much less figure. =) Starkville, or should i say Starkvegas, and MSU got caught up to the 1980s in just a few years.
But The 1987 Highway Program Sign is still going strong! (the entire reason why i drove from the coast up to MSU was to get a picture of this sign. It’s a long story that you don’t want to know.)
Some major changes in Starkville
Some major changes at MSU
okay nation, let’s move on…
I gave the following presentations in my little "visiting speaker" tour:
I also enjoyed seeing former professors, like stopping by the French department. Of course, they were sad to hear that I haven’t spoken french in about 8 years now, but at least i got to tell them i was able to read a section of a license sent to me that happened to be in French. That and getting to do entire transaction at Walt Disney World over ice cream in French have really put my minor in french to the test! =)
and of course, a picture is worth a 1000 words… this was on my way back to Seattle…