…””HAPPY FATHERS DAY”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16Today is “Fathers Day”! To all of you FATHERS “HAPPY FATHERS DAY”! To both of my Fathers, Charles W. Gray (1953 R.I.P.) & my Step-Father Claude C. McGraw (2002 R.I.P.), I thank them for, both, the rolls they played in my life. My Father (Charles) passed away, in an accident, when I was only 20 months old. I really never knew him. I would also like to thank all of those “Neighbor Hood Fathers” who shared their time & leadership with me in my early years. To THEIR children thank you for sharing them with me, it meant more than you’ll ever know. To those of you who have lost your Fathers cherish your time & memories with them. To those of you who are lucky enough to still have your Fathers make sure you recognize them today. The day will come when you’ll wish you had. If you can’t be with them today CALL them, it’ll mean an awful lot. Folks of my age & older care NOTHING about getting a TEXT. DON”T DO IT!. Those are for you younger folks. As for Me, I’m blessed to have my Children & Grandchildren with me…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”as it was celebrated here”…

09-10-2016-watchin-bama-football“Another one in the books”! “MOTHERS DAY (Weekend)” is officially done. My son, his family & his Father-in-law just pulled out. My two granddaughters were both cryin’ cause they didn’t want to leave Papa & Gigi’s house. Yeah, I do Love That!  My daughter had to work this weekend. But there WILL be other times together. My sister & brother-in-law, & Special Friends/Extended Family joined us for Boatin’, playin’ in the water, & Perch Jerkin’/Bream Fishin’ with Willow Flys! We had a huge hatchin’ Friday night. Saturday mornin’ all we had to do was hand pick our bait as we needed it. The surroundin’ bushes, trees, & pier poles were all covered with’em.  It’s fun with the Grands. But to watch three grown men down there as well, fightin’ for “The HOT SPOT” really was funny. Grillin’ out with family & friends. Grilled Steaks, Cool Beer & sides. It was great. Friends, Family, good food & fun together. Folks, it just don’t get any better than that! Hope all the Mothers of the world enjoyed “their day” as much as it was celebrated here….”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #4…”Bein’ Prepared”…”carrin’ a shovel around”

Part #4: …”Bein’ Prepared”: …”carrin’ a shovel around”

“Bein’ Prepared is somethin’ that was always taught to & instilled in me from my Mother”.

One of my ole friends (the Lumber Broker) entered a BBQ Cook-Off contest in The Ham. It was a pretty big to do. I mean there were Professional BBQ’ers in from all over the country. The Cook-Off was open to all classes (Beginners, Backyarders, Intermediates, & Pro Class). Well another ole friend (the Lawyer) called me, told me it was startin’ on a Thursday (I think) to get set up. Then the Cookin’ would take place startin’ on Friday with the final Judgin’ on Sunday. Let me tell ya, it was an event. Hell, there was all day & all night Bands playin’ on a stage near by, cookin’ around the clock, & more Special Sauces than you could taste. What more could a bunch of Good Ole Southern Boys enjoy other than Three days of {{{ Cold }}} Beer & BBQ Tastin’ ? I checked with the “Powers That Be, my Bride” & she consented that I could go play with the Boys. For some reason durin’ the day on Saturday the Lumber Broker’s fire got too hot! He needed to do somethin’ to cool it down. I sat down my {{{ Cold ! }}} Beer & said I’ll be back in a few minutes. I went out to the parkin’ lot, to my truck, opened my tool box & retrieved the needed tool. When I got back I found the Lumber Broker, said here, & held out a small Military style Foldin’ Shovel. “Where the hell did you get a damn shovel”? he said. The crowd around us all looked on & started laughin’ as I responded “out of truck tool box”! He asked, somethin’ like, “what the hell are you doin’ carrin’ a shovel around” I asked “do you need it or not”? Long story short, it was a fun time had by all…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #3…”Bein’ Prepared”…”or Regular flavored”…

Part #3: “Bein’ Prepared”: …”or Regular flavored”…

“Bein’ Prepared is somethin’ that was always taught to & instilled in me from my Mother”.

On another campin’ trip to Wind Creek, yeah with the same ole group of families (the Marine, the Banker, & the Parts Man) we all got there early, well except for the Marine & his family, & got our tents set up & organized. We went about gatherin’ Firewood, with the Ski Rope. The kids all got a kick out of that. The truth be known, so did I! We were gettin’ ready for supper over the camp fire. It was after dark when the Marine & his family finally made it  but we all got our meals out, cooked’em all & were startin’ to relax for the evenin’. The Marine said he be back, had to get their tent up and unload their stuff. The rest of us started enjoyin’ adult beverages & realixed quite abit of time had passed, the Marine hadn’t returned. So we Dads/Good Ole Boys went lookin’ for our Marine. As we appeared on his camp site it would appear he was havin’ one hell of a time gettin’ tent up. After everyone laughin’ & makin’ all the required “Smart Ass comments” I asked “did you happen to read the Instructions”?, Marines quicklt snapped at me “Marines don’t need instructions to put a damn tent up”! I just couldn’t let it go. I asked “where are your your instructions”? He looked at me, & in the dark, I could see he wasn’t happy. Then the quite soft voice of his wife responded “I have’em right here”! The Marine was just grunttin’ a lot. The he responded, somethin’ like, “OK Smart Ass lets see you do it”! I asked his Bride for the Instructions & within just a few minutes we, the other “Good Ole Boys” had it up. I handed him back his Instruction, a hammer, & asked if he could finish it? Well after all the Smart Ass Comments, again, the rest of  headed down the hill to the fire & another adult beverage. As we were in the middle of tellin’ “Ole Fairy Lies” the Marine & his bride came to join us. He was still grumpy ans said something to the affect that he wished he had a Tooth Pick or some Dental Floss. I picked up my {{{ Cold }}} Beer & told my Bride I’d be back in a few minutes. I was asked, by someone, maybe the Marine, “where are YOU goin’ “? I’ll be right back I responded. Off into the dark I went. The Marine made a comment, somethin’ to the effect of, “if he comes back here with Dental Floss I’ll kick his ass”! Well as fate had it, I did come back with Dental Floss. I held out my hand to him & asked “if he wanted Spear Mint, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Strawberry, or Regular flavored”? And the laughter began…All in all it was a good trip…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #2…”Bein’ Prepared”…”Now, y’all gather up that Firewood”…

Part #2: “Bein’ Prepared”: …”Now, y’all gather up that Firewood”…
“Bein’ Prepared is somethin’ that was always taught to & instilled in me from my Mother”.

When my children were young we used to go campin’ with several other couples (the Marine, the Banker, & the Parts Man) & their kids to Wind Creek, a State Park in Alabama. Those of us that had Bass Boats would carry’em so we could fish & play. Now the Rangers & Grounds Folks used to keep the State Park, we went to, very neat & clean of debris on the ground. Trash, fallen limbs, etc. Well we all know you just don’t go campin’ out without havin’ a Camp Fire, right. Oh, if you didn’t happen to carry your own Firewood then you go around & pickup Firewood of of the ground, right again. Well, NOT it that State Park. After bein’ unsuccessfut finding any burnable limbs/Firewood, just layin’ around, I told, my ole friends, & the kids that were with us to “stay right there, I’ll be right back”. “Where are you goin’ “?, I heard one of other Dads ask. “I’m going to my (Bass) Boat to get somethin’ “. Off in the dark I went. A few minutes later I returned with a {{{ Cold }}} Beer in one hand, a Ski Rope in the other, & a big Flashlight in my back pocket. “Ok, we know what you’re goin’ to do with the {{{ Cold }}} Beer but what are you goin’ to do with the Rope”?, one of the Dads asked. I took a sip, yep & actually said “here hold my  {{{ COLD }}} Beer”! I took out my Flashlight, scanned the trees above, “what the hell are you lookin’ for” one of the Dads asked. Hey, y’all give me some room &  don’t look up. I got some slack in my Ski Rope, started swing it around, with the handle goin’ around in a circle, like a Cowboy would have, & launched it up into a tree. Well the laughin’ & comments started to flow “Whats your next trick” someone asked. I pulled the Ski Rope until it pulled tight. “Back up & look out” I said. I took my {{{ Cold }}} Beer back,  then took a couple of steps backwards &  {{{ JERKED }}}! Well I’ll just say it wasn’t “Manna form the Havens” but Firewood was fallin’ out of the Tree above! “Now, y’all gather up that Firewood”! Long story short, before I was thru, those kids gathered enough wood to burn all night long…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”there ain’t enough words”…

New Boat 004 - CopyThe BJCC (Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center) once again is loaded up with ((((( COLD BEER ))))), Fiberglass, Aluminum, Steel, Rubber, Electronics, Fishing Equipment, Outboard & Inboard Engines. Yep, it’s the Birmingham 2017 Boat Show. Today was our annual Saturday get together to check out all the New offerin’s for this year.

Every year there’s a group of us that gets together to attend The Boat Show. Each year the group changes some, dependin’ on our schedules, but every year we try to make it. No, none of us were plannin’ on buyin’ anything, this year, but it’s aways fun to sip a few {{{{{ COLD BEERS }}}}}, wander around amonkst the crowds, lookin’ at the Boats, talkin’ to some of the Vendors, but most importantly “The Lustin’ & Lyin’ with Ole Friends”!

My Bride & I met up with three (3) other couples, today, that we have known for many many years. My Bride has met’em thru the years since we got back from the Military in 1975. As for me, I have known all the guys since Elementary & High School years. We’re all “Ole Runnin’ Buddies”. Today the couples consisted of a Banker & his Retired School Teacher Bride, a Retired Rail Road Dispatcher & his RN Bride, & a Power Company Retiree & his Retired Postal Worker Bride.

After the Boat Show we all met up with another couple, an Ex-Marine & his Retired Social Security Worker Bride, to have a friendly casual Dinner over & few more {{{{{ COLD BEERS ! }}}}}. Folks, there ain’t enough words to describe what enjoyin’ time with Ole Friends does for the Soul. If  YOU don’t do it, well, YOU SHOULD! To borrow a phrase from a local company, in it’s commercials, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like’em No Where”! Yep, next year we’ll do it again, the group may change some, but we’ll all plan on doin’ it again…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>   

…”as it should be”…

Good Mornin’ & “HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2017, to you all. Recapin’ last night…

New Years Eve & What a night for Football…

In game one of the evenin’ The Pachyderms of Alabama got off to a slow start against the Huskies of Washington. But by the time those Huskies realized it those Pachyderms were {{{{{ ROLLIN’ }}}}} over’em like they never dreamed of. By HalfTime the Crimson Tide had {{{{{ Rolled }}}}} up a 17 to 7 score & I had hit my stride as well. I needed me a refill…

new-years-eve-2017Well, Two dead Soldiers @ Half Time. Let’s get ready for the 2nd half…By the time the 4th quarter ended it was 24 to 7 & those Huskies were just glad to exit the field, head back to the Left Coast whimperin’, with their hides still intact.

Ok, it’s set! The #1 & #2 Ranked Teams, The Alabama Crimson Tide & The Clemson Tigers, as it should be, will now play for the NCAA National Championship on January 9, 2017. Let me just say {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>