Doctor Jim Gray is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. He is one of the leading Diagnostic Radiologists in the country. Years after graduation from Northeastern Ohio University he continues to be a member of the American Board of Radiology.
Jim Gray MD Mississippi has his bachelor’s degrees from Mississippi State University and Southeast Mississippi State. He attended medical school at Northeastern Ohio University. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi and his fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
From school, Jim Gray MD Mississippi began working as a diagnostic radiologist. It didn’t take long before he joined a small team that enabled him to work in multiple aspects of radiology. As a diagnostic specialist, he is able to operate and read PET scans, fMRI, CT, and X-ray scans. As a team, they strive to make a greater impact on the community around them.
His free time is spent on the water. He takes his family boating on local lakes and at times visiting elsewhere to share in new experiences. For Jim Gray MD Mississippi, boating is only second to spending time with his family.
What is your hobby?
Boating is the single outdoor item I enjoy the most. We really enjoy being outdoors whenever possible anyway, but boating is my favorite. I love being out on the lake. Getting out on the water is like getting away from everything.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Being outdoors was something my family has always done since I was young. It’s such a pleasure to know that you’re free to enjoy the moment with no pressure from daily life. That and each lake has a personality of its own. Something you get to learn and enjoy while you’re out there. Being the captain of your own boat, small or otherwise, is like holding destiny in your hands.
Tell us what you love about it.
Like I said, I love being out on the lake because of the freedom of the time spent. I also love the family time and experience we get to share. It’s irreplaceable. Time is fleeting, but it feels like it is standing still when you’re on the water. There is nothing like it.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
You know, I haven’t really gotten involved with any groups or events. It was recently suggested that I do. There are some small town boating events that organize trips around lakes, or on calmer rivers which would be enjoyable. I’m considering looking into one of those and learning what is involved therewith.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
You always have to invest in your boat. That’s often the biggest single cost item you invest in, however, there’s always upkeep, the trailer to move it, and docking fees. All of that is before taxes and licenses. Both of which can vary but altogether it typically doesn’t cost more than 8 thousand dollars annually.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I talk to dealers when I’m looking for a boat. I do some research online, but I prefer to find a privately owned location and talk to the salespeople. They can ensure I’m getting the boat I’m looking for while also allowing me to purchase upgrades prior to delivery.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Very good question. I really didn’t read a book for beginners. If I had to suggest something though, I always suggest safety manuals. Also, now that I’m thinking about it, I believe one of my children read Boating for Dummies in the ‘for Dummies’ series of books. It was a good resource for asking many of the right questions while on the lake.
How has this changed your life?
It has been a part of my family for so many years it really hasn’t changed me. It has been a constant companion and part of my search for personal peace and happiness. It is also one of my favorite ways to share new experiences with my family.
My children have all spent time learning to drive the boat and share in the opportunity to learn new things. It’s wonderful.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
First things first, find out everything you need to know about legally driving a boat in your state and county. That could include contacting the local DMV to inquire about getting a boating license. Around us, you go through the Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Department. You’ll have to complete a boating safety course and get approval through them before you can legally drive your boat.
That’s the case in many states these days, but not all of them. Once you know what laws your states have mandated you should look into local costs, such as where you’ll likely dock the boat or where you plan to store it. Find out how taxes are handled for boats in your locality as well.
If you do all of this before you begin your boating ownership, you’ll be better equipped both fiscally and otherwise to not only own your boat but enjoy it as well.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
In truth, beyond the time we make to go out on the lake together, we are usually pretty busy. We travel the competitive sports circuit with our children. That may have us in any part of the state on a given night depending on the sports season. That being the case, additional hobbies would be very difficult to pursue or develop.
I guess you can say my other hobbies are my children and everything they enjoy doing. I certainly invest enough in gear, time, entry fees and the like for all three of them. I love it. I really wouldn’t change a thing. I spend my days helping people, my nights helping my family, and my weekends enjoying time with them all. There is nothing as amazing as the life I enjoy today. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
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