Five years ago, 243 Alabamians died from tornados. I hate that day happened. I hate I turned on the TV and saw my sweet home ripped up. I hate that I wasn't here to help. I hate I couldn't talk to family for days because there was no cell service. I hate I kept reading about the Crimson Tide football player's girlfriend who was here until she wasn't. I hate the stands and the fields are still ripped up in places. I hate I have a day blazed into my brain that hurt a lot of folks back home. But that day showed me how homesick my heart was. And that day led to Old Try. I can't hate it for that.
That's @ernapier and @scotsman.co of #HGTVhometown. And that's my boyhood hardware store in Athens, AL. They were swinging through the hood en route from Tennessee to Mississippi and fired off a shot of my hometown. Cause that's just how they roll.
There are a lot of new folks here, so I thought I'd take a second to properly introduce myself. My name is Micah. I'm from Alabama. I went to Ole Miss. I married a gal from North Carolina and therefore I've got a basketball school. We moved North, to Boston. We have a two year old daughter who will just about melt your heart. I love Jesus, though I spend way more time thinking about myself and my family than bringing his Kingdom to earth. I need to work on that. I love bourbon, and I spend way more time talking about that than I should. I occasionally over-imbibe. I need to work on that. I started Old Try because I always felt that I was a mutt from Alabama and the rest of the world saw us Southerners as slow and backwards and that there was a truth about home and a beauty about our part of the country that was misrepresented. I wanted to show how proud of her I was. That pride is checked when I see, from a distance, how hurtful she can be in her politics, her economic disparity, her misrepresentations of the Gospel of Grace. She can be strong, but she can be cruel. I feel that I'm a good representation of my home. There's a duality that battles against itself every day. I just try to win more of those battles than I lose. I'd love to hear about you. 📷: @misterximenez