This Is The Story Of A Football Friday Night Farm Town

This Is The Story Of A Football Friday Night Farm Town

Football and farming are what your town is all about, it's just a lifestyle.

Farmin' and football are what your small town is all about. Monday at school and work, that's what everyone is talking about. It's on the radio, in the newspaper, and posted on every hometown store window. The local Mcdonalds has the team's record spelled out on their billboard, the local car dealer hands out little footballs with the team logo on it throughout the week, and everyone has a tee-shirt. The town is close-knit, we're a big family.

Throughout the week we go to school, then to practice and to other activities. FFA chapter meeting, volunteering at the local homeless shelter, getting the bare minimum in when it comes to studying and school work. Last stop is the family farm to take care of the animals and then home for the night.

During the week we're focused on taking care of our animals for the summer county fair, hanging out with our friends, and finding something to do in our little town filled with corn and beans.

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Thursday comes and everyone is talking about who they're bringing, what they're wearing and the opposing team. After school and work, everyone goes home to prepare for the next day.

Friday at school comes and you hear your principal on the announcements say "It's football Friday night, London against West Jeff rivalry game." Everyone is talking about how we're going to beat our rivals. Class doesn't matter on Friday's when we have a football game, we're all too worried about going out to support and cheer on "our boys."

Next thing you know there are 15 minutes left of school and the principal gets back on the announcements to call everyone out into the hallway. The band marches the halls along with the cheerleaders and football players, yearbook staff is snapping pictures and the entire high school is singing the fight song. The bell rings and we race out to our cars and trucks, blaring music as we pull out of the school.

First to Walmart to get a few extra bottles of face paint, beads to match the theme, and whatever other accessories we feel are necessary. Next, we all meet up at a friends house to get ready. We do each other's hair and makeup, paint each other's faces and reassure each other that our outfits look okay.

Now to the game.

We carpool to the game, blaring our favorite music all the way there. Wait in the line that the rest of the town is waiting in to get their tickets, and then go straight to the student section.

“Seniors in the front! Then it goes juniors, sophomores, and freshman all the way in the back! Don’t screw it up!” -Senior student section leader

The kick-off cheering begins — “ohhhhh” — and the ball is punted. The crowd gets loud, everyone is yelling, the cheerleaders are leading chants, the coaches are yelling, the photographers are snapping pictures, and in that moment everything seems perfect.

You’re a high school senior, you’ve worked your whole life to lead the student section or stand on the front row. You never want to leave this moment. You want to live in it forever and never let it go. The entire town is one big family and you are just now realizing it.

After the game, we all meet up at the hometown pizza place or waffle house to celebrate the win.

That’s the story of a football Friday night farm town.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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Thomas Hames Is A New Face In The Music Scene Worth Checking Out

Meet the future grammy winner that's going to charm his way into your heart.

When all of the faces in the crowd blend together, all of the music sounds the same, and all of the parties feel the same, it's time for a change. That change starts with Thomas Hames, Tallahassee resident and up and coming musician. With his upbeat sound and endless charm, Thomas is a new face in the crowd that you should know about.

Born in Bogota, Columbia in 1994, Thomas was always known as the "foreigner" around his group of friends. When he moved with his family to the states, he moved around in Mississippi and eventually made his way to Bradenton, FL, until his second year of college where he found himself at Florida State.

It was around the time in grade school that Thomas realized he had a passion for music. His friend, a guitar player, had backstage passes for Green Day, and he was so excited to hear all about the concert.

"My friend going to see Green Day was a huge deal in middle school," said Thomas, "he made it into the yearbook with a picture of Billy Joel Armstrong's guitar and everything." It was then that he found his love for music.

Thomas's mom, a Columbian native, is a latin guitar player, so naturally, he was exposed to music at an early age. "She'd come out and play the guitar at family parties and I was fascinated by it."

He bought himself a guitar when he was young and began to watch videos of how to play guitar, as well as performing in music classes at school. Upon enrolling in college, his major was none other than Music Theory.

His first show was during his high school years at the Truman Bar & Grill in Bradenton.

When asked what it is about music that he enjoys, Thomas couldn't help but smile. "It's the creative aspect of it and being able to do things with my hands," he said, his fingers tapping away to a made-up song in his head. "Being the foreigner in my group of friends, it was nice to have something that helped me fit in."

Aside from playing guitar, upright bass, and learning to play the harmonica, Thomas is a great cook and can mimic quite a few accents with ease.

His favorite genre of music is classic rock because of its influence on other genres, and he's now getting into blues because of its story-telling. "I don't like electronic music as much because it doesn't tell a story," Thomas said.

"When I make music, I want people to be able to play it in their cars, listen to the lyrics, and relate to it."

"I want people to know that they're not alone and they can connect to my music."

Thomas gets his lyrical inspiration from various sources, such as the lyrical content from rappers like Eminem and Lil Dicky, country music for the stories, and bands like Guns n Roses for their sharp lyrics.

For his own songs about love, people often ask Thomas who the female inspiration is. "There is no girl, I've never been in a real relationship, so I write how I want it to be, and what I want to be going through my mind," Thomas said.

Between being a Kitchen Gentleman for the Phi Mu sorority house, Thomas spends countless hours in the studio, working on new songs to be released soon. His first Tallahassee show, set for March 30th, will be held at the Pub House at the Strip.

"Expect some acoustic guitar, some covers of classic songs, and even a few of my own songs," he said about his upcoming show.

If you attend the show, please make your acquaintance with Thomas! He's a humble guy with a big heart, but will often forget names! So make sure you repeat your name several times and befriend Thomas, and of course, enjoy the show!

For more on Thomas, his whereabouts, and all the happenings, check out the links below!

Instagram: @thomashames

Twitter: @BigPapiTom

Soundcloud: @ThomasHames

Snapchat: @ThomasHames13

And a special thanks to Thomas for allowing me to do this interview, and featuring my boyfriend on drums on one of his tracks!

(photos by Sarah Cagle, @sarahcaglephotography )

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13 Times Kris Jenner Perfectly Summarized/Predicted Your Friday Night Out

She's not a regular momager, she's a cool momager.

For some reason, I have always liked watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Whether it be the clothes, the drama, or their family bond, I really do enjoy the show. I've watched them all grow up since the beginning. Although the family has dramatically changed, Kris Jenner has always remained the most brilliant manager mom ("momager") that the family could ever dream of having.

So, here are a few Kris Jenner moments that actually perfectly describe your night out on the weekend.

1. Making the plans

You may not be sure what you are doing yet, but either way, it will be fun.

2. Picking out the perfect outfit

It is the best feeling when you find the perfect outfit and you feel like a million bucks.

3. Struggling to get out the door in a timely manner

For me, something always goes wrong when I'm trying to get ready. Whether it be a messed up winged eyeliner or you can't find the other shoe, it can be a struggle to finally leave.

4. Pre-gaming at your friend's place

5. Taking 1,000 group pictures

You have to make sure you get everyone's good side.

6. When everyone finally gets into the Uber/Lyft

7. Finally getting your first drink at the bar

Time to really get the night started.

8. When your jam comes on

9. Taking Snapchats of your friends' sick dance moves.

Your friends know how to work it and they will want to see the snaps in the morning.

10. Losing your ID/money/phone/keys at some point during the night

We've all been there and losing something while you are out is definitely stressful.

11. When your friends try to get you to flirt with someone

Flirting isn't easy, man.

12. Getting some late night food

Carbs become your best friend.

13. Finally getting home after a long night

The feeling of finally getting into some comfy sweats and crawling into bed is like no other.

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