Cody Morse, 28, hails from Perry County, but headed to the Hub City once his persona grew larger than life. Morse is a bartender at The Porter Pub in downtown by trade, a trendsetter by nature. He enjoys guest-hosting Tuesday night trivia at The Porter, dressed to the nines. A member of Hattiesburlesque and a friend to all, Morse enjoys promoting Hattiesburg and hopes to make it a lil more glittery. Morse says he has a beautiful family of friends and enjoys dancing, sewing, and just being out in the Pine Belt.
What is your idea of happiness?
Wearing a fabulous outfit and going to an even more fabulous party with friends. Oh, and my themed birthday parties.
What is your greatest fear?
Birds. I got flogged by a rooster at age 8 and it literally scarred me for life.
What is your most prized possession?
A bejeweled bumblebee my momma gave me that was part of Joan Rivers’ final jewelry collection.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to do math. Yes, it's a talent and I don't have it at all.
What is your greatest regret?
Not being true to who I was sooner in life.
What do you hate the most?
When people dislike another human being for being who they are.
What is your idea of misery?
Never being able to talk to people or socialize again. I am a social butterfly and love being around people.
How would you like to die?
Thelma and Louise style, vintage outfit, vintage convertible, and just drive into the sunset.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and honesty. I want friends who are themselves and always tell me what they truly feel.
What is your favorite quality in a woman?
Attitude. I love women who know who they are and don't ask for permission to be it.
What is your favorite quality in a man?
Sense of humor. If you make me laugh, you have found the way to my heart.
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind. She is Southern through and through.
Who is your hero in real life?
Roy Windham, who is my boss and father figure; my best friends, Amy and Mel, who always love me; and Abi Allen and Rebecca Chandler, who gave me the best stage to be me, Hattiesburlesque.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I take everything on myself and do not admit when I need help. I never want to bother someone.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Fakeness. Just be who you are and if someone likes it, that’s awesome; if not, then just keep being you.
Who are your favorite authors?
Margaret Mitchell, who wrote Gone with the Wind, Kenneth Graham, who wrote The Wind in the Willows, and Charlaine Harris, who wrote the Sookie Stackhouse series.
What is your motto?
Life is a technicolor lollipop and I want a lick.
What was the worst day of your life?
The day I lost my biological family for being who I am and was sent out on my own.
What was the happiest day of your life?
The day I was taken in by my family of friends who love me every day for who I am.
What words would people use to describe you?
Funny, outlandish, caring, and always wild. At least I hope I am those things.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I always lose my house key and crawl through the windows of my home to get in.
If you could have dinner with anyone - dead or alive - who would it be?
Dolly Parton. She has been the biggest influence in my life. Also Lady Gaga.
Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?
I love New York for the fashion and parties. I love Key West for the relaxation.
What would you eat for your last meal?
A sandwich that consists of dill pickle pork rinds as the bread, with a dill pickle slice, mayonnaise, Vienna sausage, and spray cheese on the inside. Perry County all the way.