…”doin’ somethin’ similar”…

Down at midnight last night, up at 6 a.m. this mornin’. Looks like it’s going to be one of those dark dreary rainy type days, at least that’s what the Weatherman is  tellin’ us AGAIN. My Bride & I are enjoying the morning sippin’ on our Mugs-O-Joe. I have my pot of “Dunkin Doughnuts Regular” & she has her Fru-Fru taste of the month, made one mug @ a time. Later today we’re goin’ to meet up with my son & his family. We’re going to have lunch with the Grands at a restaurant in The Ham @ The Summit. I was gettin’ ready to leave lunch a little early. MY middle Grand was cryin’, as I was huggin’ her & trllin’ her bye-bye, cause she didn’t want Papa to leave. I was headin’ to attend the Funeral Visitation of a friend, who Passed suddenly last Thursday. Just a few months ago she had finally reached the ripe ole age of “The Double Nickel”, still young by today’s standards. I didn’t stay too long, just long enough to see a couple old friends. I decided to drive up through the cemetery, as that’s where my Mother and Stepdad are buried. Thought I would visit they’re graves, it’s been awhile. There are visitors & there are avoiders. Let me just say “I’m NOT a good grave visitor”, shame on me for that I guess. Hey, it is what it is. You know that’s one of those places you stand head hangin’, looking down, & you’re not really talking out loud but YOU ARE havin’ a conversation. I didn’t really know if I asking for approval or was I asking for forgiveness? I didn’t really get any answers but did realized I was standin’ there, in a light sprinklin’ of rain, cryin’. It’s kind of a strange scenario I guess. But, I’m sure others have found themselves doin’ somethin’ similar. Oh well, I’m now back in The Big Pell in comfortable surroundin’s. Ya’ll have a good evenin’…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


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>

…”livin’ in your town, on your streets!”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyMay 21, 2017 is a sad day in American History, for many reasons. One of which is, after 146 years, The “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus” is NO MORE! My mind takes me back to a song, by James Darren, “Goodbye Cruel World (I’m off to join the Circus)”. Who of you, as a child, ever dreamed of runnin’ away to join “The Circus”? How many of you, out there, as a child, got excited when you heard “The Circus is coming to Town”! I can smell the roasted Peanuts, in my mind, right now! “Cotton Candy! Get your Cotton Candy” echoes in my mind! I remember as a small child bein’ taken to watch the Elephants, Lions, & Tigers get unloaded off of the Train. We got to watch the Parade thru Birmingham, AL. I remember my Mother takin’ my brother & I to go see “The Circus”! THREE RINGS!!! More activity goin’ on at one time than my eyes & mind could really process. WOW! Did you SEE all of those Clowns? They were EVERYWHERE! They were {{{ FUNNY }}} back then. Now everyone is {{{ HORRIFIED }}} of’em! What changed? It was truly an EVENT! And now, It’s DEAD! Talk about Unemployment! Imagine HOMELESS CLOWNS livin’ in your town, on your streets! Think about!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

A Memory from May 19, 2015…”Thank you Coach Jimmy”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyMay 19, 2015
Today being “Boys Club Day” here is a memory of mine:

My brother & I used to ride the Bus to the Boy’s Club (in Birmingham, AL), which was across the old football field of Phillips High School, down town from East Lake. We couldn’t “afford” a membership to the Y.M.C.A (thank GOD). But out of the goodness of his heart an “Ole Little League Baseball (Assistant) Coach” from Wahouma Ball Park, who worked @ The B’ham News, paid for us to have a membership there. And three (3) times we got to go to Summer Camp, @ Camp Jimmy Goodwin (a week long Camp) all (to my knowledge) paid for by The B’ham News under a Sponsorship Program, on Smith Lake. It was fun and very entertainin’. Thank you “Coach Jimmy”…..BG>

The “Ole Camp is long now closed. The property is being/has been SOLD & re-developed. The memories will be for ever in the minds all of those Kids that were lucky enough to attend “Camp Jimmy Goodwin…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”Until next time”…

Today started out as “one of those days” none of us want to participate in. But, then, there is something deep inside of us that tells us, we know where we need to go. One of “The Ole Fourth Ave South Kids”, the older sister of two younger brothers, life long friends of mine, Passed just the other day. She/The older sister was several years older than me. She was always a very friendly person, just like her Mother was. We lived next door to their family from the time I was 20 months old until I was 11 yrs old. My Mother remarried & we (my Mother, brother, & I) left my Grandparents house & moved about 7 miles away. At that age it was a LONG distance. But we, the brothers & I, kept in touch through the Summer Swimming Pool/Cascade Plunge where we all hung out at & Wahouma Ball Park where so many of us played Summer Baseball. Anyway, the younger brother & I were the best of friends thru our High School years. I went in the Military, as had his older brother. We reunited after the four (4) years I gave The USAF. And as some relationships go we slowly sort of drifted (careers, marriage, & children) apart. But we ARE still Friends! Always will be! We, the three of us, got to  spend some time talkin’ after the Funeral today. I did enjoy it so, but just not the circumstances. And life goes on. Until next time, my friends, under better conditions I hope…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”It just does these Ole Hearts good”…

I had lunch with Five (5) Ole Friends today. Our lives intertwine in so many ways. We are all in our Sixties (60’s). Our careers have taken many different directions, yet we all seem to be drawn right back together. It’s great….

Our days go back to times & places such as Cascade Plunge, Wahouma Ball Park, Barrett Elementary School, Curry Elementary School, Woodlawn High School, Banks High School, {{{{ Thrill Hill }}}}, Kelly’s Hamburgers (both Wahouma & Eastwood Mall locations), Military days, & many many more. We reminisced the days & times from our past.

Many of YOU, that will read this, were talked about today, I promise! Gender was not protected! We were even rememberin’ (talkin’ about) many of those who are no longer with us as well, but all in good taste. After all, they were friends of ours as well. Yep, we told Fairy Lies about’em all. There were Fractured Lies/Stories told, & even many more Fairy Lies told on those of us there by others of us that were there & then many more told about YOU. Yeah, YOU know who YOU are, and had you been there YOU could have told your side of the stories!

It’s funny how these scheduled one (1) hour luncheons turn into a two (2) hour laugh fest. Of the Six (6) there today five (5) of us are retired and the other One (1) guy wasn’t in a rush. These type of get togethers do us all good. To look around the group & to see the smiles on  the faces & the gleam in their eyes tells the story. It just does these Ole Hearts good. Until next time…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”a date which will live in infamy”…

December 7, 1941

7:55 a.m. Pacific Time – Japanese War Planes Attack Pearl Harbor!!!!!

This is a day in our History that I hope we will NEVER ALLOW to be forgotten nor removed from OUR History Books by the Politically Correct (PC) Idiots we keep sending to Washington, DC. You know the type, those that feel we should forgive & forget everything that might offend others. I (Personally) DO NOT CARE WHO IT MIGHT OFFEND. {{{{{ WE WERE ATTACKED }}}}}! Our people were KILLED & Injured! WAR was thrust upon us. We should continue to teach our children, their children, & their children about this time in and about our history.

If you are fortunate enough to see one of these Veterans that survived WWII please walk up to them, shake their hand, & thank them for their Service. They have been known as “The Greatest Generation”. They stepped up and did what HAD to be done to defeat the “Axis Countries” to WIN WWII and bring the World back to Peace & a Safe Place to Live (for the most part) once again. Since then Our “Cowardly Career Politicians” have not WON any Military Actions they have taken us into. WAR is not easy to enter. But when we do we should go in it to WIN it. What EVER it takes. We are currently in a WAR on TERRORISM. Step up “COWARDS”! WIN this WAR! 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>