…”The Ole Grey Lady Ain’t What She Used To Be”…

Just Chillin'Bein’ raised in Birmingham, AL, I have many wonderful memories of Legion Field, “The Old Grey Lady”! And some not so wonderful. I attended many many High School & College Football Games there. The Old Cripple Childrens Clinic & Dental Clinic Games were held there in my younger years. Many of you won’t remember those. I ran many many laps around the Old Cinder Track there in Track Meets, both in Elementary & High School years. It may still be there, that was a long time ago. I love, respect, the interest that is being shown to keep Legion Field open & active. But it always come down to The Tax Payers. It seems every time The City Of Birmingham tries to bring a New Sports Entity to “The Magic City” to occupy that facility, that will probably be gone in just a matter of a few years due to a lack of support, Tax Dollars HAVE to be taken from other projects to bring them to town. For some strange reason this also seems to happen during Election Years. Locals won’t & can’t talk about it as it is “Hot Potato” & NO ONE wants to be the last to be caught holdin’ it. The sad fact is that the Area of Town around “The Old Grey Lady” has decayed to a point that most of the spectators, that are needed to support those activities, are uneasy about gettin’ to & from the events held there, in recent years. Yes The City Of Birmingham DOES increase Security at events, at a COST to WHO? But there is still the uneasy feelin’ of gettin’ both into & out off the area that hinders those who might otherwise want to attend those events. There are limited/few Restaurants to enjoy a nice meal before or after the events, as many like to do. Parkin’ becomes very limited if the even draws the crowds the promoters anticipate. Patrons become concerned about their vehicles as well as gettin’ back & forth to their vehicles. Deep down, I hope the “Old Grey Lady” can survive. I truly do. It would be sad to see such a facility, with so much History, die as so many other Sportin’ Facilities, of her age, have across the nation. “The Ole Grey Lady Ain’t What She Used To Be”….BG>

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…”Yep,The Eyes tell it all”…

Ya know, life deals us all those “FUNNY moments” we have NO control over. The next time you’re among a group of people notice their faces. Their eyes especially! The Eyes tell it all. Ya have the stare, the cuttin’ side to side, the slight squint, the bulge, the slow blink, the closin’ with that long pause, & on & on & on. You know what I mean. Now the question is “who was it” that committed what ever the action was? These are tale tale signs that the one you’re lookin’ at just reacted to somethin’ significant!  Yeah, you know I mean! Then it’s the sudden shiftin’ of bodies, as everyone, in close proximity, reacts to what you too have noticed. The wrinklin’ of noses, the step backs from someone, then the quick exit of The One! Yeah, you picked’em out first! Then, after those few uneasy moments pass, you walk by The One, tap’em on the shoulder, & quietly whisper “Good One”! Now there are only two possible responses that individual can have. They turn & wonder “what are you talkin’ about”?, as an act of denial. Or They know that You know that They are “The One” that just FARTED! Yep, “The Eyes tell it all”…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”the Freedoms we enjoy still today”…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA! Today is the 241st Birthday of Our/MY Country. The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was under way. But on July 4th, 1776, in the midst of a War, The Thirteen Colonies declared independence as the United States of America. Many have Fought & TOO many have DIED, thru 241 years, fighting to preserve Our/MY Country/These United States of America. I hope that ALL YOU AMERICANS, today, will take just a few moments out of your celebrations of this day to remember all those Men & Women. For without their sacrifices, and all that fought alongside of them (even today), the Freedoms we enjoy still today would not exist. THINK about that. Think long & hard because too many are tryin’ to give those RIGHTS away. God Bless you all & God Bless The United States of America.” Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…””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>

…”get thru tomorrow”…

09-10-2016-watchin-bama-footballOk, so with the evenin’ windin’ down we’re watchin’ The Tigers of Auburn, AL playin’ The Sooners of OK. “SEC, SEC, SEC”! The Holidays officially come to an end at midnight. For the most part College Football is done. The Last Major Game of the year, The Championship Bowl Series Final is next Monday. The Pachyderms of T-Town, AL {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}} will face off with The Tigers of Clemson, SC. For the most part everyone will be returnin’ to their “slaving jobs to get your pay” (thanks for that one BTO) tomorrow. Yeah, I can tell you’re all lookin’ forward to that aren’t you. Hahahaha… Well, except for those of us who are Retired! My Bride goes back to her’s & I’ll be put my daughter on a plane bound for Minot, ND. They’re a few RN’s shy of a full crew there. It will be 62* here tomorrow  &  a Balmy -9* there. Talk about {{{{{ Cold Shock }}}}} ! The good part is she only has 2 months (+/-) left there. Ya’ll enjoy the rest of tonights’ game and rest/sleep well tonight. Cause you know you’re all goin’ to be needin’ it to get thru tomorrow…”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>

…”Oh, I may snore tonight”…

img_2006Well, it’s been a good day in the SEC today. Em’Gawga Dawgs beat dem Horney Toads from Texas by a score of 31 to 23. Now them Hounds from Ole Rocky Top are bout to close out their day over’em Corn Huskers 38 to 24. I’ve spent the day in The Cave whilst my Bride & daughter been cuttin’, ironin’, & layin’ out pieces & parts for another quilt. I thawed us out a couple of Ribeye Steaks, soaked’em rascals in some Dale’s Sauce for a couple of hours. Mean while I got the grill fired up and let it burn off, fixed a can of Peas & some Sweet Nibblet Corn as a couple of sides. Finally I got them thangs on the grill, sizzled’em up on one side then filpped’em once & snatched off the grill & plated em’thangs up. My Bride & daughter shared one, yep I consumed the other. Supper’s done,  as are’em Hounds from Rocky. I guess now I’ll watch em’Seminoles play wiff em’Wolverines. Don’t know if I’ll make this whole game or not. Now I’m just kicked back, enjoyin’ me some, 3 fingers worth, of Maple Crown Royal over some cubes of ice. Aahhh, now that’s some smooth sippin’ whiskey. I’m sure this will be just the first of several afore this nights over. Oh, I may snore tonight. Hope y’all had a good day as well…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>