I have heard many people in the Mobile, Alabama area talk bad about the city of Prichard, which is located just north of Mobile. But many of the negatives I have heard about this city are just simply untrue. I work in Chickasaw and every time I go to or leave work, I have the pleasure of driving through Prichard. So why does Prichard get a bad reputation around the Mobile area? Well, yes, it is true that corruption in the government has sapped the city fund dry and they no longer pay out pensions and sometimes can't pay the police or fire fighters (wait, do they have fire fighters?). But is that really such a big price to pay when you have the pleasure of driving past more abandoned buildings then operable ones?? I don't think so. Plus, where else can you say that the favorite restaurant in town had the ceiling fall in and then had the building condemned? R.I.P. Tice Cream. One cool thing about working in Chickasaw is that we are a part of the Prichard water system, which means it comes out of the faucet looking like tea. You just have to add sugar, and instant sweet tea! Then who can forget the two Country Bears homes on the main drag. That's right, these old style shacks are lacking running water and electrity and you can watch as the crackhead residents scavenge the streets for wood to burn. Don't forget that most of the neighborhoods are project housing. That means that the sidewalks running through them actually make for really good lunch runs. But be careful of the occasional hypodermic needle that is laying on the sidewalk, excellent agility training!
But, I have to say, my favorite part of Prichard is the hookers. Yes, now that the police are not always getting paid, they don't seem to mind the hookers running the street. So you can spot this odd form of wildlife near where the Tice Cream used to stand. It is usually the same two or three, but sometimes you see a new one. The new ones are sometimes hard to distinguish from normal crackheads. Yesterday, I actually saw one wearing a livestrong bracelet. That's right, a crackhead, possibly even a hooker, standing on the corner with a livestrong bracelet to complete the outfit. Ahhhh, crazy characters! So to celebrate these denizens of the dark (well, not just the dark in Prichard), I have now added a Hooker Tracker to my side bar! Yep, you can now count hookers along with me every day of the week! Enjoy!