Living In Biloxi, Mississippi

January 1, 1970

by The Sassy Traveler

I was born in Hawaii which is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I was ever so lucky because my dad was in the Air Force and stationed at Hickam Air Force Base at that time.  My mom, dad, and sister had already been in Hawaii a few years already so, it just happened to be that time for us to PCS to another base about a year or so after I came along.  Guess where they sent us.  Bingo!  Biloxi, Mississippi is where we landed and never left during the rest of my dad’s military career.  How do you go from Hawaii to Biloxi, Mississippi?  Regardless, Biloxi became my home and that’s where I lived most of my adult life in the Magnolia state where you can find great food, great people and right now, the coast lined with Casinos.  But, let’s talk about that a little later.  I, however, no longer live in Mississippi, I moved to Georgia due to a job promotion in 2004, a year before Hurricane Katrina hit which was one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes in American history.  I have experienced many hurricanes in my life, but I am glad that I was not there to experience that one.

Experiences In Biloxi, Mississippi

When people ask me where I am from and I tell them, Biloxi, Mississippi, they seem to look at me with pity in their eyes.  They think that everybody is uneducated and can’t string two sentences together, has rotten or no teeth at all, walks around in overalls and no shoes on dirt roads.  They also think about the movie, Mississippi Burning and any other movie that portrayed how it was, and maybe still is in some areas, in Mississippi back in the day.  Yes, Mississippi is the poorest state with the highest poverty rate and the schools are ranked next to the bottom in national rankings.  The state of Mississippi does have some marks against it, but that is where I am from and I happen to love it and miss it dearly.   On top of that, some very famous people have come out of Mississippi like Elvis, Oprah, BB King, Jim Henson, and Walter Payton who was the first football player to be on a Wheaties box.  Also, some other facts about Mississippi that you may or may not have known is that root beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by Edward A. Barq, Sr., Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula is where they build the US Navy’s most sophisticated ships, Pine Sol was invented in Jackson, the state capital and the Delta Region was the birthplace of blues music.

Mississippi was not bad at all to me during my years there.  To tell you the truth, I never experienced any of the racial issues or any other issues for that matter, while living in Biloxi, Mississippi.  I went to a great school where the majority of the kids were white, but I didn’t care.  I was friends with everybody.  No matter if they were white, African American or Asian.   I didn’t see color, I just saw people.  Life is too short to be ignorant and to have hate in your heart for someone because of the color of their skin.

Military Life In Biloxi, Mississippi

Anyway, after high school, I went to college for a little while at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where another famous person, that I am sure you heard of, named Brett Favre also attended.  I was roommates with my best friend and I believe we partied just a little too much.  I decided that I needed to do something else and joined the Air Force Reserves.  After I completed basic training and tech school I went back to USM for a semester and then headed back home to Biloxi where I went on to get an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.  I have yet to work in that field.

Being that I was in the military and stationed at Keesler AFB like my dad, that was great for me.  I was home, working on a consistent basis with my unit which happened to be the World Famous Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.

Hurricane Hunter Sean Cross 2012
Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS
Colonel Spring 2013
(Photo by MIsty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

It was amazing to be in a unit that was one of a kind and the only Department of Defense organization to fly into tropical storms and hurricanes.  It had its perks but, it was also very draining. I was traveling a lot and missing my boys.  That’s why I decided to transfer to a unit in Georgia that was a training unit which meant I would not have to travel nearly as much but, that soon changed when the mission changed and that’s another story.

Biloxi, Mississippi Has More To Offer Than Great Seafood And Casinos

So, let’s get back to Biloxi.  Biloxi has grown so much.  They have casinos everywhere along the coast.  It’s the new Vegas away from Vegas.  If you happen to be in that sort of thing then make sure you visit these top casinos in Biloxi: Beau Rivage Casino, Hard Rock Casino, IP Casino, New Palace Casino, Golden Nugget Casino, Boomtown Casino, Treasure Bay Casino and Casino at Harrah’s. You will have the time of your life.  The food is unbelievable, the entertainment and accommodations are wonderful and so are the people.   If you like to eat and want to enjoy some great food that is not inside the casinos then you need to try:  Half Shell Oyster House, Taranto’s Crawfish, Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, Sal & Mookies and Slap Ya Momma’s.  All good eating!

So, what if you don’t want to go to the casinos, what else is there to do?  Well, there are plenty of things.  You can enjoy the beach and take a tour of the Biloxi Lighthouse.  Take an hour-long ferry ride out to a National Park Beach at Ship Island where you could see bottlenose dolphins along the way.  When you get there you can hike, do a little bird seeing, take a tour of Fort Massassachuetts or just enjoy the pristine gulf waters.  It’s very beautiful and you can spend a whole day out there with your family and friends.  Once you get finished with the beach, take in a baseball game at the MGM Park.  Biloxi is home to the minor league baseball team, Biloxi Shuckers.

There you have it.  Biloxi, Mississippi is not bad at all.  It’s actually a wonderful place.  There’s great food, great places to visit, great people and don’t forget the casinos.  Lots and lots of casinos to satisfy your gambling needs.  Just be smart about it because they will take your money!

The Sassy Traveler

By The Sassy Traveler

I am from Biloxi, MS and now reside in Atlanta, GA with my two boys and fiance. I love to read, watch movies and I'm an avid Saints fan. Who Dat!! I love to cook, bake and every chance I get, I try to make my way home to Biloxi and New Orleans to get away from traffic, eat some great food and be around some down to earth people that don't look at you crazy when you say, "Hello".


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