THE DART: Life is a road trip
Published 12:01 am Monday, November 16, 2015
NATCHEZ — When The Dart landed on State Street, Floridians Andrew Turner and Christina Rivello were getting ready to visit Magnolia Bluffs Casino.
It’s just another trip as they continue to explore their temporary home.
“It’s a never-ending road trip,” Turner said.
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Turner’s job as a pipe supervisor for Spirit Construction took him to Natchez approximately three months ago. He’s been with the company for 10 years, but has been in the construction business since he was 15.
In the past, Turner has lived in a number of places including New York, Arizona and Washington, D.C.
“Nothing’s permanent,” Turner said. “You’ve got to keep moving. It’s tough.”
Rivello said she’s used to moving around too. Rivello said she likes seeing new places, even if Natchez is a little different than what she’s used to.
“It’s a lot slower-paced,” Rivello said. “Living here is way different.”
Right now, the two live in their second-floor, State Street apartment, along with Rivello’s 12-year-old son, Gabriel Rivello, and Ava, a Chihuahua mix.
From the living room, they can access their second-floor patio, which faces away from the street.
“It was a work in progress,” Rivello said. “He got started over the summer and then it got cold.”
Although Rivello said the apartment is a little smaller than she would like, she prefers living in small houses to big ones. Rivello said she would hate to have to clean a house the size of Melrose.
But the historic houses still hold an attraction for Turner and Rivello.
“We’ve toured a couple of the older homes around here,” Turner said.
The two said they also like exploring downtown Natchez, which is right outside their doorway.
“We’re going to miss the downtown area,” Turner said. “Just everything about it.”
And moving day isn’t too far away. Turner said he expects they’ll be out of the area sometime in the summer.
It’s an old, but familiar pattern.
“I’ve travelled with this company for the last 10 years,” Turner said. “Every now and then it does bother me a little, but not too much.”