…”Timin’ is everything”…

Thank God the Senate Race here in Alabama is over. MY Party, the Republican Party, didn’t win. So be it! That’s a big disappointment for me. I wasn’t especially proud of the Republican candidate, a former Judge & The Chief Justice for The Alabama State Supreme Court. But he was the Party Candidate. He had a lot of Political Baggage in his past. He was twice removed from “The Bench” durin’ the “Obama years” for defyin’ (Democratically Appointed) Federal Judges on issues not yet ruled on by The US Supreme Court! But the biggest issue was that 4 weeks prior to the “Special Election” all of sudden women from his past, I believe 4 or 5 of’em, it was hard to keep up with “the count & the amount”, some from as many as 40 years ago just appeared with rumored unwanted sexual touchin’s & such. Nothin’ was ever proven! 40 years ago or recently? The accusations were enough to get press, Bad Press. Oddly enough there had NEVER been charges brought up on him in his past. And this man had been thru many political races & won most of’em. That’s rather odd I think. Now, could it have been attributed to all of the “Out-of-State-Money” showing up to fund the opponent, huntin’ any dirt they could find/buy on the Republican? It raises too many questions. The DemocRAT candidate was a former Federal Prosecutor runnin’ on his past history, which isn’t especially impressive (to me) either. But bein’ the DemocRAT candidate the DNC was really funnelin’/spendin’ money, by the MILLIONS, tryin’ to snatch a Senate Seat from Alabama. As Alabama is prominently a Republican State. Several of the accusations brought froward were quickly shot down & the people that brought them forward just seemed to vanish as quickly as they appeared. Hum-m-m-m? The main one finally admitted she ALTERED some “Evidence” she produced, on her own, that was 1st reported to have been written in an old year book, that her “Female Shyster” wouldn’t let anyone see, by the Republican candidate. The DemocRAT won in the end. “Timin’ is everything” I guess. I’ll close by simply sayin’ “God Bless America”! Cause we’re goin’ to need it…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”A date that will live in infamy”…

December 7, 1941 – “A date that will live in infamy”!

Seventy-Six (76) years ago we were Attacked @ “Pearl Harbor” by the “Japanese Empire”. Thankfully we do not speak Japanese here today. If you are fortunate enough to cross paths, on this day especially, with a Veteran of “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” {{{{{ Please }}}}} go out of your way to “Thank Them For Their Service”. We are slowly losing these Heroes. The day will come when when you can’t. Don’t take a knee. Stand tall, show Pride for what they did for YOU, Salute them or look them in the eyes while you shake their hand & simply say “Thank You For Your Service”. Because of them we still, well most of us, speak English in this country…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Someone HAS to know!”…

Watchin’ the News this mornin’ I am again reminded of a question I have asked many times, of many people, & NEVER gotten an answer to it. It seems as though NO ONE wants to talk about it! Oh, and YES I am an ALABAMA Fan. But NO I’m not a “HATER”! So, I’m goin’ to ask it AGAIN! “WHO PAYS for the Clean-up @ Toomer’s Corner” after Auburn wins a football game & then Fans ROLL The Trees there with all of that Toilet Paper (TP)? On the News this mornin’ it showed someone pushin’ a Powered Blower, a couple of people/men with rakes werea rakin’, a Street Sweeper runnin’ along the gutters of the street there with one man walkin’ along pointin’ down at the mess, & several standin’ around watchin’. They must have been the Supervisors or Stand-by Rakers waitin’ their turns. And just by circumstance, they were ALL wearin’ those Reflective type Safety Vests.Which I guess is a good thing. Either way I’m sure they’re bein’ PAID! BUT BY WHO? Do The City Tax Payers (pay a hidden Tax charged on purchases)? Does The University (in the form of a Tuition increase for a slush fund)? Does the University add a $2.00 (+/-) increase on the 100,000 (+/-) Game Tickets Sold? Is there a surcharge on every Roll of TP sold within a 50 mile radius? Are the Local Businesses around town required to kick in a % of their Sales Profits? OR is it a combination of ALL of the above? WHO PAYS FOR THIS! Someone HAS to know! An inquirin’ mind wants to know…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Folks, let me tell ya”…

Just Chillin'Today I was the recipient of a “Beautiful Lovin’ Letter”. Let me give you a little background here. My Middle Grandchild, a six (6) yr old 1st grader, was havin’ sort of down day a couple months back. I don’t remember the exact situation but it revolved around her bein’ the “Middle Child”. She was feelin’ sad & I told her I understood. I explained to her that “I too was a Middle Child”. And trust me it does make a difference in the life of a child. Many of you will recall “no you’re not old enough/ready for that”. Or “No he/she is the baby leave them alone or let them have it”. I explained to her the “First child” will always be the first to get to do things. “The Youngest” of three will always get by with more than the first two because they’re “The Baby”. “The Middle Child” is expected to learn from the older siblin’ & to help teach the younger siblin’. That’s just life! I said “just always remember You’re just as Special as the 1st or the 3rd child”. And always remember “you & I both are Middles & that will always be our special bond”. We will always be “Middle-Middles”. With tears in her eyes she said “I love you Papa” as she hugged me! Yes, yes, my eyes too were waterin’ up! Now to today. As my son & his family were packin’ up to leave, after havein’ been here the last few days, for Thanksgiving, “My Little Middle-Middle” comes out of their room & said “Papa I have somethin’ fpr you”! I asked “what is it? And she held up a letter she had written to me. Well, I was washin’ some dishes in the sink. {{{{{ YES I DO DO THAT FROM TIME TO TIME ! }}}}} So, I asked her to read it to me. Gigi told me to “stop & read her letter”, or somethin’ to that affect. I said “no I want Her to read it to me”. Well she did! Yes, I was wellin’ up with tears AGAIN! So everyone stopped in their tracks as she began to read. These are her (written) words.

“I love you so much Midl Midl. You are my twin. Win you told me you wr a midl child it sprised me with joy. I love how you play with me. It is like you are my bruther. I wish you livd with me. But you just dont’. (signed)…Midl Midl”.

Yep, you guessed it! I was wellin’ up with tears & my heart wasa thumpin’. Mom, Dad, & Gigi were all Ooooin’ & Aaahin’. I was holdin’ back the tears as best as I could! Folks, let me tell ya “Life just don’t get much better than that”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”So, yes I did!”…

It’s that time of year again. The “Holiday Season”! Turkey/Thanksgivin’ Day is this Thursday. I’m slowly gettin’ my chore list, I have been assigned, completed. Everything got vacuumed last Thursday. So when I took an “Ole Friend Fishin’ ” on Friday I didn’t get in trouble. Yesterday while my Bride was workin’ of some hand stitchin’ to try & get her New Fall Quilt finished I was takin’ care of the Washin’, Dryin’, Foldin’, & everything put away. Today’s agenda consisted of gettin’ all Six (6) of the Ceilin’ Fans upstairs vacuumed & cleaned off & replacin’ some of the light bulbs in the attached fixtures as needed. Got the ladder & vacuum cleaner put away & I didn’t even fall off of the ladder once. “DONE”! After scroungin’ around for somethin’ for lunch I just happened to find the last four (4) eggs in the frig. “Plop” went the butter into the skillet, cracked all four (4) of’em eggs gently, & got’em all in there without breakin’ any of the Yokes! After gently gettin’em rascals “over easy” in the skillet they platted up perfectly. A dash of Salt & Pepper to taste! Got me a couple of pieces of “White Loaf Bread”, for soppin’ up the runny yokes, like I did as a child, & a glass of Lemonade to wash it all down with. Remember how ya used to “lick the remainin’ runny yoke out of the plate, when your Mother wasn’t lookin”? Well, I’m home alone & No Body was lookin’. So, yes I did! Lunch is done, cleaned up & gotta head to the shower to defunk-a-fy myself. Hope you all have a wonderful day…”Hold’em Hook”!…BG>

…”Naw, I don’t think”…

As I sit here this mornin’ lookin’ out the window I see many things. There is no breeze outside, at this time. As a result of that, the calm water, of the Slough we live on, is like glass. “The Beautiful Colors of Fall” takin’ it’s toll on the leaves of the trees, before they fall from the trees & then I have to deal with’em. But it’s times like this that really make me think about life. It won’t be long before I turn 66 yrs of age, & I feel blessed to be here at this point in my life. It makes me think of the popular phrase folks are now usin’ about “Their Bucket List”? I, personally, can’t say I ever heard my Parents or my Grandparents throw that phrase out in conversation. Where did it come from? Who made it up? What does it really mean? Is it a Make Believe Bucket or a Real One? I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone ACTUALLY walkin’, joggin’, or drivin’ around with one. Have YOU? I consider myself to be pretty observant. But I must admit “I’ve totally missed’em”. Or is it a List? A list that folks, maybe bored with their lives, wish they had taken action to actually do things in their lives they were either too nervous to step out there & do or weren’t willin’ to spend the money it would cost them to do what they dream about? Or is it a combination of the two? That would mean they would carry around with them a said “Bucket” with a said “List” in it where ever they go, just in case, they think of or see someone else doin’ somethin’ they (themselves) would like to do, so they could write it down before they forget what it was. Then they can carry it, their “Wish List around in “Their Bucket” with them & remember, or regret, all the things they wished or wanted to do. Hum-m-m-m? Do You or Others attend “Bucket List Parties” to compare your/their Lists in you/their Buckets? Maybe that could be a NEW activity? Maybe while I’m out doin’ my errands today I’ll go by a Hardware Store & buy me a Small Bucket (Galvanized or Plastic?) & then by a Stationary Store & by me some List Paper & a #2 Pencil (cause that’s what we were always required to have to write with) & start carrin’em around with me. This could be interestin’? Or I could look like a bigger fool that most that know me already think/know I am. Naw, I don’t think I need “A Bucket (&) List” to tote around…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I was completely shot!”…

WOW! What a day it was in the Game Of The Pigskin! My day started with “The Game Cocks” of The Lower Carolinas who survived their encounter with “The Gators” of Tallahassee. Seems the Gators found their way outta the Swamp & up to Columbia, SC. There they found more than they bargained for. Seems those “Carolina Game Cocks” got a little more of those Gator Tails than was expected! Those Gators slithered back to their Swamp after a close one, 23- 20 the Game Cocks of So. Carolina!This got me cranked for the day. The my focus shifted to Plains of Lower Alabama where the #1 Bull Dawgs from “The Peach State” sauntered into Jordan-Hare Stadium (check the pronunciation of that word “Jordan”) to gnaw on that Ole War Eagle, & yes it did fly. Well, that didn’t quite happen. ‘Em Ole Big Cats did some gnawin’ of they own! When all was said & done’ em Ole Puppies left the Plains ah squealing, havin’ lost that #1 rankin’, 40 -17 Tigers! As my day progressed I learned that The Trojans of Troy, AL (all found their way off of the shelves &) gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC to do some Bird Watchin’. As the game progressed & Ole “Chauncey the Chanticlee” (what ever that is?) lost many a feather durin’ that pluckin’ as he went down, 42-17 Trojans! Next up, the news broke that some Skyawks, from UT Martin, flew into the hen house of the Game Cocks of Jacksonville State, in the small little community of Jacksonville, AL. Well “Ole Cocky” was havin’ none of that! As “Ole Cocky” rounded up his flock & they began to peckin’ & spurin’ the hell out of’em Skyhawks. The whole time they was’a shewin’em back into the Hills of Tennessee, 14-7 Game Cocks! Now down near the Gulf Coast there was rumors of some hungry “Red Wolfs” from Arkansas St. (I ain’t never seen one of’em) was a creepin’ in for a fight with the “Jaguars” of South Alabama. And a fight they did get! That was a mistake on their behalf. Seems as though they lost that fight. Them Jags sent dem “RedWolfs” headin’ back to “Clinton Country” in need of some strokin’ & lickin’ (Easy Now!) of their wounds, 24-19 “Jags”! Then came the News outta San Antonio, TX that the “Dragons” of UAB, outa “The Ham in Alabama, went huntin’ for sump’en’ to roast. Seems like Ole “Rowdy the Roadrunner” had been doin’ some tauntin’. Now he can get by with that kinda behavior against an ole wore out “Wiley Coyote” but not a hungry “Dragon” (the Board of Directors tried to kill off AND FAILED!). Oh yeah “The Dragons” are now “BOWL ELIGIBLE” {{{ AGAIN }}}! As it turned out “Ole Rowdy” got his feathers scorched & his butt roasted! ‘Em “Dragons” just upped their stock even more (how’bout dat you rich ole foggies!), 24-19 UAB! Later in tha day came word of an invasion by “The Buccaneers” outta East Tennessee, (Johnson City to be exact) on that quaint Baptist College campus, Samford University, over there in “The Brook” (a burb of “The Ham”). But as it turned out the “Bull Dawgs” of Samford were have’n none of that. They got their hackles raised up & commenced to gnaw’n on the draggin’ butts of’em “Buccaneers” as they headed for their boats & sailed down Shades Creek, huntin’ their way to the Tenn-Tom Waterway, for a quick escape back hills of North East TN., 42-7 “Bull Dawgs”! It was now/then time for the LAST game of the evenin’, as far as I was concerned! Em “Ole (Nasty) Dawgs”, of “Hail State”, brought their “A Game” to their field. They let it be known from the git-go they were there to win!  But, “The Pachyderms from T-Town” had come to play too! It was one hell of a game. There was “Slobber Knockin’ ” takin’ place through out that game. Hell, ’em ole men in them Stripped Shirts even got run over a few times. They was a lotta hollerin goin’ on in my house, & the {{{{{ COLD }}}}} Beer had been flowin’ all the day long. I’m now out’a my easy chair, on my feet pitchin’ a fit, amongst others in my house! But!, as that ole Game Clock was’a windin’ down & that final Wave was’a ROLLIN’ in “The TIDE” bested ’em Dawgs from MS State, 31-24 BAMA! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}. I collapsed into my Lazy Boy for the last time, swagged down the remnants of my last {{{{{ COLD (now room temperature) ! }}}}} Beer of night. I was completely shot!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>