Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Patrick's on The Biggest Loser!

I don't normally watched The Biggest Loser but I did last night because we have Patrick House from my hometown of Vicksburg on the show!  Patrick is a native of Brandon but lives here with his wife, Bradley, and two sons, ages 2 and 4.  According to his bio on The Biggest Loser he didn't realize he had any health issues before being on the show, but soon discovered he had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic. It wasn't until Patrick was in college that he really started putting on weight. While pursuing his degree in business management at Delta State University, he was an offensive lineman for the school's football team and consumed large quantities of food to maintain that position. An injury forced him to stop playing, but he continued to maintain the same diet. He now weighs 400 pounds and that affects every aspect of his life - from choosing restaurants with seating that can accommodate his large size, to being unable to go on rides with his sons at the state fair. Determined to have a better, healthier life with his wife and family, Patrick looks forward to riding roller coasters at amusements parks, playing with and coaching his sons, and not using seat belt extenders on the plane.

A month or so ago there was a big write up in the paper and film crews were here with his family and friends down at the waterfront for his homecoming.  This was the first time I had heard about him being on the show.  

In last night's paper was a really nice write-up on him and said that since much of the show is filmed far ahead of its broadcast date, House and his family have been sworn to secrecy about his progress.  He said, Being in California, away from my family for three months, it's been pretty tough.  But coming back to this -- I know it's been worth it."  At the ranch, House had worked with trainers, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper.  He returns home to continue the work in the second phase of the competition.  

The sad part is...he recently got laid off from his job from a food service firm.  I do hope Patrick went all the way with the contest and that he will be able to find work soon.

Patrick House

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