Yesterday was one of those days that just took me back. After gettin’ up a little later than usual, about 5:54 a.m., I headed to the Kitchen to get the “Joe Pot” to bubblin’ & gerglin’ in order to get that “Magical Elixir” ready to be consumed, by ME! As I got caught up on the issues of the day, both on-line & my favorite (Conservative) TV News Network, I polished off two (2) Mug’s-O-Joe. Then it was off to The Gym to try & keep this ole boyish figure as best I can. Comments NOT NEEDED! That hour was painful, buy I struggled thru it. Then on to various errands around town before headin’ home. As I walked in the door I immediately stumbled to the Joe-Pot to strain the remainin’ elixir into my mug, ran it thru the Micro-wave to the proper temp for my delicate palate. Ahh-h-h-h!! Checkin items off of my To-Do List.
I then moved on others around the house. As I started the second load of cloths in the washin’ machine, whites, I was addin’ some “Chlorine Bleach” in the mixin’ chamber & that distinctive smell caught my mind off guard. It took my wanderin’ mind back about 47 years ago (1971). The month of May & Early June before I left for Basic Trainin’, in The USAF. That sudden scent took me back to my last carefree days at my “Ole Summertime Hangout”.
I was workin’ my last few weeks doin’ what I enjoyed most. Workin’ as a Life Guard at Cascade Plunge, in Birmingham, AL, It was once a venue that acted as a magnet. It drew people from all around the City there. By foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, by car, & by Bus. Yes, it actually had a “Bus Stop” right in front of it! It’s roots go as far back as the mid to late 1920’s. Durin’ my “Hay Days”, from the mid/late 50’s thru 1971, it was Owned & Operated by “The Dickson Family”. And they did a fabulous job thru the years.
If you were lucky enough to spend any of your Lazy Summer Days there then you know what I’m talkin’ about. If you never did then you’ll never know what was so memorable to so many. The words “The TOWER” sent chills thru the minds of many. It was actually just a five (5) Meter high platform. Though there are those that will swear it was twenty five (25) to fifty (50) feet high. Mostly when they were lookin’ down for the first time! Yet many of us conquered those fears at very young ages. I was of the latter at age three (3) with my lovin’ Mother coaxing me on, down in the water patiently waitin’ on me. There were many that NEVER conquered it. Many felt the shame of fear, others didn’t really give a damn! They just weren’t doin’ it!
Suddenly the phone rang, snapped me back to reality. I slammed the lid on the washin’ machine as I scurried to grab the phone – DAMN WRONG NUMBER! Wouldn’t you know it. Oh well, it was time to fix me some lunch anyway. But it wouldn’t beat the Hot Dogs & Fries that came from “The Snack Bar” at Cascade!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>



…”This Great Nation”…

20160422_105144-1_resizedWith tomorrow bein’ The 4th Of JULY, here is a little History…

Their Blood flowed thru the fields, the streets, & the waterways. Yet they fought on, with their weapons of the day!

They came from the Towns & Cities, the Fields, Hills & Mountains. They came from across the Seas to fight by our side against a Tyrant! PATRIOTS…Yes, PATRIOTS! Each & everyone of them. Remember that! They knew it was wrong to be forced to support a King in a foreign land. And from this up risin, “This Revolutionary War”, rose a New Nation! In it’s beginnin’ only Thirteen (13) Colonies.

Now we are a Nation of Fifty (50) States! Each recognized by a STAR! “A white star on a blue canton with a field of 13 alternating stripes, 7 red and 6 white”, one for each of the Original Thirteen (13) Colonies. How proud & determined those Patriots were who gave lives for those they loved & what they knew was wrong. The Kings men fell & the remainin’ fled. In the end rose the United States Of America!

“The Preamble to The Constitution” says it all, “We The People…”. I remember as a child, in Elementary School, it was one of the First things we were required to learn about our History. We had to memorize it, & stand in unison as we orated what Our Forefathers had given to us. It was a Hand Written Document they gathered together to create. The Document that our Nation was to be, & to THIS DAY still is, governed by. IT IS NOT A LIVIN’ DOCUMENT” as some like to think! “The Preamble” was followed by The Seven (7) Articles Of The Constitution”. When it was completed each of “The Writers” signed it. Each of them knew if they were captured by The Kings Men it meant DEATH! Do you remember “John Hancock”? Do you remember WHY he signed it in such LARGE penmnship ?

If you live in This Country & have never read “The Constitution Of The United States Of America” YOU SHOULD! You should go & start readin’ it TODAY! Every American Citized should have an understanding of how & why we are governed. Thru the decades it has been Amended. There are, currently, Twenty Seven (27) Amendments to it. These too should be of interest to you!

So as You/We Celebrate our Nations 242nd Birthday, The 4th Of July, remember how YOU/WE were GIVEN (unless you have worn The Uniform) The Rights each & every CITIZEN of This Great Nation have. “God Bless The USA”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


…”Don’t Change Your Opinions”…

Once again, it is Sunday Mornin’ & a Beautiful one at that. I’m sittin’ here on “The Front Row” pew as is my custom…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
The water is still. The Flags are hangin’ straight down as the lack of a breeze is apparent. My Mug-O-Joe is on it’s 2nd fill, yet it’s just as good as the 1st. It’s times like this that help me keep “Grounded”. I realize, once again, that I am only One (1) in the Billions (1,000,000,000’s) of humans on the face of this Planet we recognize as EARTH. I know I can’t speak for others & TRY not to, most of the time. But at times like this I do realize that “all is right in My Life & My Little Place/Space in this World. There is so much discord among the people. Everyone has “an Opinion” about their little place in time & space around them. While OTHERS are so quick to tell them “they are wrong” because THAT IS NOT what they believe…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
Perception is a strange thing. It divides too many! We all interpret what we see, hear, & yes even read differently. That’s “Our Preception” based on what WE interrupt the Facts to be. So YOUR Right, because YOU think so, based on YOUR interruption! Am I wrong for not agreein’ with YOU? Or are YOU wrong for not agreein’ with ME! Hum-m-m…Some WILL be offended by that I’m sure…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
It’s as though we are not accepted into Groups/Partys, on the Left or Right, if we don’t fall completely 100%, into one or the other’s Group/Party. Is that because they/you are Smarted than I (maybe)? Are you better Educated than I (probably)? Do you have any Common Since about you? Ahh-hahaha! Have you ever heard someone say, to You, “You don’t have enough since to get in out of a shower of rain”! Well do you? Interrestin’ thought about some I know…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
I think the Sermon has come to an end. It seems as though the congregation is leavin’. Oh, remember, “Don’t Change Your Opinions based on  Someone else’s opinion”. Y’all have a blessed day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”most of you are already thinkin’ “…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nSittin’ out on The Deck this mornin’, with a fresh (#2) Mug-O-Joe, I feel myself driftin’ off into that “Wanderin’ Mind” mode. Some how I got hung-up on two small words, “What If”! Have you ever thought that?…

What If….all the birds sang the same song; the trees were all the same kind/color; siblin’s didn’t argue/fight (right!); the world really was flat (where would the water go); what separates Up from Down (other than that fine line in the middle); wild animals weren’t wild; people didn’t kill people (it’s not guns); Politicians actually did what they said they would do (Hum-m-m there’s no money in that); Men & Women thought alike (Naw-w-w left brain/right brain); you could change a decision you made early in your life (I wouldn’t be where I am now); we couldn’t/wouldn’t think for ourselves (politicians are workin’ on that); people were more understandin’ (then what would we argue about?); Dr’s were actually on time for the appointment they set for you (right!); does the light stay on in the Frig when the door is closed (don’t climb in one to prove a point); why does our Government borrow money to give/lend it to other countries (that NEVER pay it back); why do Politicians Steal from Social Security (cause they know No-One will hold them accountable); do you trust a Dr, that smokes, with your medical decisions (hum-m-m); you had to buy manners & respect (how much would they cost you); people didn’t lie about their weight & age (ahh-ha-ha-ha); honesty really earned others respect (what would skeptic’s complain about); Democrats & Republicans actually agreed with/trusted/believed one another (right!); we raised our children like our parents raised us (would the world be a better place); we really trusted people more (it has to be earned). I guess I could go on & on but my Mug-O-Joe is no more. But I’ll bet most of you are already thinkin’ “What If”…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


…”my “Pea Brain”…

Ahh-hhhh…It was another early start to a Sunday mornin’. After yesterdays Birthday Celebration here at The “Hold’em Hook” Hide Away for our Nine (9) year old Granddaughter, “my how times fly’s”. It was time to get an early start to put away all the water toys for another time. The Grands & their Parents are now & headed back to “The Ham” for yet another celebration for her today. So-o-o I fixed me another Mug-O-Joe & headed down to play with the Bream with a Fresh Willow Fly Hatch. It NEVER gets old for me doin’ that. Just a jerk on one end waitin’ for a jerk on the other end. It never takes too long to get that reaction. Ohh & the child hood memories just flow through my “Pea Brain”. And what memories they are! Hope ya’ll have as good of a start to your day as I have had to mine. “Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I am now PAPA”…

Nine (9) years & Two (2) days ago, today, was my last day at work. Yes, I retired May 29, 2009, @ 5:00 p.m. Me & My “Little Brown Cardboard Box”, with my few possessions from my desk in it, exited the Buildin’ & I haven’t looked back. I would be lyin’ to myself if I said “I don’t miss anything about the Job”. I mean, after 33 years with the Same Company it was tough to leave. There were many Friends made there thru the years, & they still are Friends to this day. The same about many Customers that became Friends, Good Friends, through those years. I can say that The Company I worked for was Family Owned & well run. It was a company/place that if you had the desire, the determination, & will power to work long & hard the opportunities/rewards were there to progress up to bigger & better opportunities!

I was lucky enough to be hired there at a time in my life where I REALLY needed a “Pay Check” (in the worst of ways)! I hired in as a Mechanic Trainee. I was fortunate enough to work up to various different positions. Includin’ a Mechanic on Over The Road Truck Engines (in the frame). Then to a Truck Driver, drivin’ a Truck & Lowboy Trailer for Six (6) years. Durin’ that time I learned to work on Lift Trucks when not out on the road deliverin’ & demonstratin’ them. I learned my products from “the inside out”. Unlike most of my competitors & even other Sales Reps in The Company. Next I was lucky enough to move into the Sales field as a Parts & Service Sales Representative (Rep) for Two (2) years. That was the beginnin’ of my “Sales Career” with The Company. I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to take over a Sales Territory when an Ole Friend decided it was time for him to leave The Company. He was really a Mentor to/for me. I have to admit “I learned a lot from him”. I accepted that opportunity & jumped right in! I know there were those that were against my selection. But I can say “in time I proved all of those Skeptics wrong”.

I was offered, after Sixteen (16) years in a Sales Territory, the opportunity to be The Used Equipment Manager for the Lift Truck Division. It was truly a challenge. A good challenge! The only problem was you can’t please everyone. Pricin’, availability, Management, they all had to be pleased. It was a thankless job by many, dependin’ on whether pricin’ decisions favored a specific Sales Rep on a given day or not. Then there was the Management always questionin’ profit margins, cost of inventory & volume or lack of volume of specific units. Never a dull moment…But after four (4) years in that position well, I’ll just say that things took a sudden turn…

I must say though “the last Three (3) years, of my career, had me on Pins & Needles on a day by day basis”. Would I have a job tomorrow/the next mornin’? When you have a fallin’ out (with one particular manager), over personal issues, there are no guarantees about tomorrow/the next day! Needless to say ” for the last thee (3) years it was no longer FUN to go to work”. But I can say “EVERY DAY I got up, earlier than most, went to work, & did my job to the best of my abilities”. I can’t say as much about others though. I was always committed to the Owners/Family of The Company not to “Short Sheet” them! They had been too good to me thru the years. NO hard feelin’s towards them.

May 29, 2009 came & I was gone. My Career, Successful Career, was finished! I can say “for me all the Stars & Planets lined up just right in my life”. My life was now gettin’ ready to take a New Turn/Direction. Twelve (12) days later my first (1st) Grandchild was born. I am now “PAPA” & lovin’ life all anew…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


…”May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All”…

Fresh refill on my Mug-O-Joe, the aroma waftin’ my way, comfortable in my swivel chair on The Deck, legs propped up on my fluffy pillow & stool (my Bride got for me), Ceilin’ Fan remote in arms reach (& turned on Low). Fish are bustin’ the surface catchin’ breakfast. Pete our resident Blue Heron walkin’ the seawall scoutin’ for his meal. Yeah, this is the RIGHT way to start my day, right here in the front row. Nothin’ to listen to but the sounds of Nature The Lord has provide me on “this day of Pentecost”. It’s a beautiful sermon, if ya just listen & let it sink in. Oh, Pete has company on the seawall, a White Heron. The/My American Flag, down by the lake, is hangin’ flat as there is NO breeze on the water this mornin’. “God Bless The Red, White, & Blue”! The ever changin’ reflection’s on the water are somewhat hypnotizin’, they seem to allow the sounds of the mornin’ to be better absorbed in my soul. Four Blue Birds are restin’ on the Power-lines runnin’ to the house. A lone Red Bird/Cardinal restin’ in the Large Oak down in the yard. So colorful they are. So vibrant! May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>