Stories from Pine Bluff, AR
I have been in Arkansas (pronounced Arkansaw) since August 2003. My first stop was Pine Bluff, AR. I spent 2 years at the University of Arkansas. It was my first experience living in a predominantly African American city. It was the town of the "Home-Boys" or "Homies". I happened to be the only brown student mingling among them without fear (well atleast on the outside). A couple of years back, the city of Pine Bluff was in the news. It made the top 5 list in "America's most dangerous cities."
Most of the time, I did not understand half of what the people ever said. For me it was all Mumbo-Jumbo Bs. Once this huge African American guy walks upto me, and tries to pretend all cool. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:
At that point I was a little dumbfounded, and requested permission to leave hoping and praying to God that I dont get shot.
Our Conversation got interesting 6 months later when I met that guy once more. It was brief, and upto the point.
From my experience, if one can live in Pine Bluff, they can live anywhere in the U.S. Most of the homies were friendly with me. There are so many other stories to share and so little space and time. Maybe next time.
Arkansas, one of the south-central states, is near the geographic and population centers of the United States. The three national forests, Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River (the first designated national river in the country), 45 state parks, 13 major lakes, 2 mountain ranges and 9,000 miles of streams and rivers are just a few of the reasons 15 million travelers visit our state each year. Visit http://www.arkansas.com/ for more information.
Arkansas is famous for outdoor sports including camping, hiking, mountain climbing, hunting and fishing. Other attractions include the Arts Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Old Statehouse and the current State Capitol in Little Rock. Former President Bill Clinton is from Arkansas as well, and Arkansas is also supposedly famous for producing some of the biggest water melon's in the world.