…”maybe ya just had to be there”…

There was a time, way back when, when we , our family, would every now & then go on a day trip to different places with another family. Friends of our. Our kids were just a couple of years apart. In each family there was a son & daughter. So the trips & days went well. On this particular day we were headed to Tallapoosa, GA. Our destination was for two stores right next door to each other. One was a Golf Supply Outlet & the other was a Year Round Christmas Store. Now, I’ll let y’all guess who was headed to which stores. The other family just happened to have a Mini Van & we all fit in it just fine. The bad thing was the other Father, he’s an “Ole Tater Chip Salesman”, would drive. I always questioned his “Man Hood” as he just looked too happy to be drivin’ a “Mini Van”! The highlight of the day happened as we were approachin’ downtown Tallapoosa, GA. It ain’t a real big town. We came in on GA Hwy #100, crossed over the ole Rail Road Tracks, turned on to US Hwy 78 & were slowly easin’ down main street. Now Tallapoosa, GA. is an OLD COUNTRY TOWN. The Ole side walks were elevated, had roofs extendin’ out over the ole sidewalks for shade & to keep the rain off of ya I guess. They were real narrow. With everything in such close proximity there, ya know, really made things reverberate underneath’em, pretty damn loud (remember that). Folks were leisurely  strollin’ along lookin’ as though they had no where to be in a hurry, as ole Country Folk do. As we eased along I noticed an Ole Dog, “Ole Blue” I called ’em, & he was just followin’ is nose along the side walk. Now “Ole Blue” was a TRIPOD! He was long legged, ribs was slightly showin’, he was just lopin’ along & had a pretty good gait goin’ too, for an Ole Tripod. I guess he was either sniffin’ out who all had been cruisin’ his territory as dogs do or he was sniffin’ for a tasty snack, dropped from some of the Saturday Strollers. Well I was ridin’ “Shotgun” & spotted “Ole Blue” bout a 1/2 a block in front of us. Well, I don’t know why it did but a strange hankerin’ was comin’ on me. The closer we got to “Ole Blue” the more excited I got. I kinda felt like a Cat, crouched down gettin’ ready to pounce. The only difference was my tail, cause I don’t have one, wasn’t twiitchin’ the closer we got to’em. There were conversations goin’ on inside the Mini Van so everyone was preoccupied & not payin’ any attention to me & they hadn’t seen “Ole Blue” yet. As I eased my window down, the attention shifted to me. A couple of folks was askin’, in unison, “why are you lettin’ the AC out”? The whole time I was easin’ my arm out the window, I sat up tall in my seat & {{{{{ WHAM! – WHAM! – WHAM!!! }}}}} I beat on the side of that Mini Van, scarin’ the hell out of everyone in it. The guy drivin’ didn’t know if he’d hit somethin’ or someone had hit him! At the same time I was doin’ my best imitation of a “BIG DOG” barkin’, {{{{{ Arrrr! – Arrrr! – Arrrr – Arrr!!! }}}}}. My Bride & my children figured it out pretty quick. They know me! The driver’s wife & kids were still tryin’ to figure out what their Dad/Her Husband had hit!. “Ole Blue” flung his head around, tucked his tail between his legs, as though there was a BIG Ole Dog about to take off part of his ass! He was tryin’ to get some traction to get the hell out of there. It was kinda like his clutch was slippin’! His ole long lanky legs were goin’ thru the motions but he just wasn’t gettin’ no where. Bout that time his ole paws caught traction, he flung his ole head back to the left & {{{{{ WHAM ! }}}}}. Right into the side of the buildin’, face first! {{{{{ Rrr – Rrr – Rrr – Rrr!!! }}}}} the whole time & down he went!. He finally got up, still just a hollerin’ {{{{{ Rrr – Rrr – Rrr – Rrr!!! }}}}} & took out around the corner & he never checked up!!! I laughed so hard my ribs & throat were hurtin’. Like a chain reaction, from the others in the “Mini Van”, all began to break out in laughter as well. Except for “Ole Tater Chip Salesman” he was still tryin’ to figure out what just happened to his “MiniVan”. I don’t know, maybe ya just had to be there. We didn’t buy anything that day but it was pretty entertain’ for me I must say…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”My mug was empty”…

Blue Heron

The early mornin’ temps, out on the Deck this mornin’, were in the mid 70’s as I sat sippin’ my “Mug-O-Joe”. No breeze at all, so my remote control {{{ click – click }}} to the ceiling fan, changed that. As I sat there enjoyin’ my breakfast of a banana, a cup of dry Honey Nut Cheerios, & my mornin’ “Joe” there was quite a ruckus goin’ on down at the water. “Ole Pete”, our resident Blue Heron, was tryin’ to enjoy a calm mornin’ of fishin’ for his breakfast of Shad. Then suddenly there appeared another Blue Heron  who decided to try & run “Ole Pete” off of his spot at the boat launch. The culprit, I believe, was who we recognize as “Re-Pete”, quickly learned that he wasn’t near as bad as he thought he was. The squawkin’ got to be rather loud as the two exchanged insults, in Heron talk. Then the body posturin’ began & the flappin’ of wings almost seemed dangerous. It really didn’t last too long but, in the moment, it seemed to last quite a while. “Ole Pete” ended it by runnin’ “Re-Pete” off squawkin’, at the top of his lungs, or so it appeared. Just wish I could’ve understood Heron talk. Things finally settled down, “Ole Pete” went back to his spot on the boat launch & continued catchin’ & enjoyin’ his breakfast of fresh shad. As for me, well, it was time for a refill of “Joe”. My mug was empty. Hope y’all enjoyed the start of your day as much as I did…”Hold’em Hook!…..BG>

…”Seein’s Believin’ “…

The US Postal Service (USPS) has the motto “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. United Parcel Service” (UPS) has long patted themselves on the back as bein’ able to out perform the USPS. And UPS is a MAJOR competitor of the USPS. Thru the years UPS has really taken a lot of business away from the USPS. I say this all because I am HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED with UPS right now. OH, did I say “HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED” with UPS right now”? As I posted yesterday I was expecting delivery of my “NEW “Computer”. After bein’ given three (3) different delivery dates for my “NEW Computer”, all MISTAKES on behalf of UPS, & yesterday, YESTERDAY, bein’ the FOURTH (4th) delivery date, IT DID NOT GET DELIVERED yesterday! Well last night, after waitin’ all damn day, then late into the night, & finally turnin’ my driveway lights off at 10:15p.m. we finally get a very nice (BS) update, via email, on the Non-Delivery of said “NEW Computer” due to “WEATHER CONDITIONS in The Ham” earlier in the day. Oh, so that tells me they don’t operate by the same motto, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”, as does the USPS! Well, just let me say they have one PISSED OFF Customer! I wonder if they’ll make it here, waaaay out here in The Big Pell, today? “Seein’s Believin’ “…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”NO MORE HAND ME DOWNS”!…

After THREE different “Delivery Dates”, via an on line order, I’m supposed to be gettin’ My NEW Computer today. Yeah, I know, many of you out there thinkin’ “What’s the big deal, it’s just a computer”? It’s a BIG deal for me! I’ve NEVER had a NEW Computer. Every computer I’ve ever gotten has been a “Hand Me Down”. I got what wasn’t good enough, anymore for another family member, because THEY needed the NEW one with all the “Bells & Whistles”. Ole Bill/Dad doesn’t need all that technology! He could be dangerous! Hell, even at work, I NEVER had a NEW Computer. It was a “Hand Me Down” because some Manager, at the top, thought they needed the NEW one, more, so that they could occupy their busy days by checkin’ the Stock Market, watchin’ their 401K, playin’ Solitaire, shopin’ on Ebay, or what ever their personal mission of the day was. It started the “Trickle Down Effect”. When the New one came in they would get their old one scrubbed down by the IT dept. Then the next level Mgr would decide he needed the “Ole Bosses scrubbed unit” & so on until it got to me, or who ever else was in need of one. I grew up on “Hand Me Downs”! NOT this time! “All  the Stars & Planets have lined up for ME”, again! The day is HERE, MY NEW Computer will be here TODAY! I feel like a child on their Birthday or @ Christmas. The anticipation is killin’ me! I’ll be lookin’ out the window every-time I hear the sound of what I think could be “The Delivery Truck” comin’ down the driveway {{{wait a minute! Nope!}}}, all 200 ft from the road! Now I’ll have to learn a lot of new systems & processes, but I’m lookin’ forward to it. “NO MORE HAND ME DOWNS”! I need another Mug-O-Joe…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Ok, I’ve drug this out too long”…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nSittin’ out on The Deck this mornin’ my mind, as usual, goes to wanderin’. And as it takes off, on it’s own like that, well, I just have to let it go. All I can do is sit here, sip my Mug-O-Joe, & see where takes me. Oddly, this mornin’, Visions of Movies pass thru my head, titles & scenes. All kinds. Oscar Winners, BIG Money Winners! As well as the biggest FLOPS ever filmed. I mean BIG MONEY Losers! Love Stories, War Movies, Comedies, Documentaries, (& I think) Educational (I usually missed those), & even PBS. True Stories, Historical, Children’s, Adult, & Fiction! Now, let your mind wander, for just a second, now pick one! I imagine many of you are sittin’ there with that DUH thought goin’ thru your head. Hell, maybe even two you’re Entitled (according to The Liberals). Now, they all use Artistic Freedoms, to stretch both Fact & Fiction, & they all have Play Like People (call themselves Actors/Actresses), like you did when you were young, in them to play like they are someone they aren’t. There are both Fast & Slow Beginnin’ as well as the same thing for the Endin’s. Yes all, somewhat, have Story Lines too. But they all have something ELSE in common, some times TWO things but not always. Any of you have a clue yet? No? I’m surprised? Don’t you pay attention? They either get your attention to what is ABOUT to happen or help explain to you what JUST happened. Ok, I’ve drug this out too long. “The Prelude and/or The Postlude”! Now think about THIS! Which one will best describe YOUR Life (as it did in the movie YOU just thought about) & what would it say?…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”we’ll see it all again, on TV”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16I am so sorry for all of my friends that live in the Birmingham/Jefferson County areas that are prone to FLOODIN’. Havin’ grown up in the East Lake area of Birmingham & worked in the Tarrant City area (Jefferson County) I have experienced my share of FLOODS there. Think about this for a moment. The areas that have a tendency to FLOOD are NOT NEW. Most of these areas have been FLOODIN’ for over 40 to 50 years. Over the years how much construction/building has taken place in these areas. Remember, for every foot of ground that gets paved over it is one less foot of ground, now multiply that out, that can absorb run off water. Now I know there are times when it comes so fast odds are there will be FLOODIN”. Just not as often or severe. But think about this, how much improvement has been made to relieve this FLOODIN’. Yes, there are NEW drain pipes put in as the buildin’/construction takes place. But, just WHERE does all of that water go? Where is it funneled to? Into the exact over stressed Creeks & Small Streams that all of a sudden become Ragin’ Rivers! As trash floats into narrow areas it gets lodged, causin’ waters to back up, causin’ what? FLOODIN’!  Have you ever thought about askin’ the Leaders of said communities about the Creeks & Small Streams bein’ dredged out? From the head waters ALL THE WAY to the Major Rivers they flow into? Just how often should this be done? WHERE should the Tax Dollars come from to do this? No, I guess not. Those Tax Dollars need to go to develop decayin’ neighborhoods to make the citizens feel good, See What We Have Done For You! Not that they don’t need it, but which would be the BEST long term investment? Yep, they feel real good & thankful to their Leaders.Then on comin’ waters start to BACK UP/FLOOD again! The MORE RAIN that falls the more the BACK UP/FLOODIN’ occurs. Then there are the ROADS we ALWAYS SEE, the same ones over & over & over again, on TV, that are UNDERWATER! What do the {{{{{ CRAZIES}}}}} do? Try to drive thru the FLOODED ROADS that are underwater? What are they thinkin’? Then they need to be RESCUED for bein’ STUPID! They should be charged for Stupid Actions! The TV Stations waist time on showin’ it all on TV because apparently there’s nothin’ more important happenin’ around the world to report about. Or its something that the MSM doesn’t want the viewers to see & know about. Oh well, it’ll probably rain again tomorrow. If it does, in the same areas as it did the day before, well, we’ll see it all again, on TV. Until next time…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”There’s always a lesson learned”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16Sittin’ here this mornin’ just thinkin’ about yesterday. I was headed into “The Ham” for an afternoon appointment @ The VA Hospital. Just gettin’ these Ole Knees checked out. Let ME just say “I have never had a bad visit there”. I had Knee Surgery there back in 1976 and it all went well. With all of the Negative Press the VA Hospitals get I just want to share my Positive, personal, opinion with the Folks I have encountered there. Nuff said! On my way in I was goin’ to just drop in @ a friends office to pick up some financial print outs my Bride & I had requested. Well, we got stared talkin’ about financials of course & other issues. “My drop in” turned into about 1 1/2 hours. But I must admit I always enjoy visitin’ with my friend & discussin’ Global Issues & the effects they have on my financial investments. There’s always a lesson learned when I chat with him. My thoughts are with you my friend…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>