…”let me just say”…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nAs I sit here on “The Deck”, enjoyin’ the peace & solitude of the early mornin’, caressin’ my 2nd Mug-O-Joe, watchin’ the little swirls of steam risin’ from it as I anticipate the magical elixir it’s about to deliver upon my taste buds, let me just say “I hope you enjoy your mornin’ as much as I am mine”. Y’all have a wonderful day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG> 

…”Nice way to start my mornin’ “…

About 9:20am this mornin’ my son & his family rolled out of the drive way headin’ back to “The Ham”. In, what seemed to be, just a short time I got a call. Papa, the girls forgot to release their bucket of “Water Creatures/Snails” they had caught over the weekend & want you to go & turn’em loose on the “Sandbar”. I consented to handle the chore. That meant a trip to the Water. And what does a “Trip to the Water mean”? I grabbed a rod & reel, with a “Lunker Lure” with white & red skirt on it, & down to the water I headed. First things first, I released the “Bucket of Creatures” as I said I would. Then the castin’ began. I missed two quick strikes. First thing I did was reel it in quickly, with that 6:3 gear ratio Abu Garcia, & checked the sharpness of the hook. Nope, couldn’t blame the misses on a dull hook. I guess I was too anxious & didn’t wait for the feel of the tug on the other end to “Set the Hook properly”!  Number 1 Rule when fishin’ “Top Water”! So I made a few more casts, caught two good tournament size Spotted Bass, released’em to fight another day, & headed back to my chores. Nice way to start my mornin’ though…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”But oh they’ll ALL be Talkin’ “…

THANK GOD IT WASN’T ANY WORSE THAN IT WAS!…

This mornin’ our Nation suffered from the actions of yet another CRAZY! At approximately 7:00am ET/6:00am CT a Stranger, I’ll refer to him as Stranger #1, on a street in Alexandria, Virginia asks another Stranger, I’ll refer to him as Stranger #2, about some men out on a Baseball Field in a local park, “are those Democrats or Republicans”?  Stranger #2 responds “Republicans”. Just a few moments later GUNSHOTS begin to ring out! A US Congressman lays on the ground WOUNDED! Luckily it wasn’t Life Threatening we later found out. And few others as well, including Protection Detail members. Also, Stranger #1, the shooter, was shot & taken down. After hearing the reports on the News, about all that had transpired, by the DC Police & Alexandria, Virginia Poilce, & as well as others, I predicted (@ approximately 11:00am ET/10:00amCT) “I just wonder if the “Shooter” will ever make it to the inside of a Court? Hum-m-m-m…”. I less than an one (1) I then heard the “Shooter had passed away”. I then posted a second comment (@ approximately 11:45am ET/10:45amCT) “I hate to say “I told you so, but, I TOLD YOU SO”!…“. Now, let the RUMORS Begin! ALL of the Talkin’ Heads are droolin’, as they rush for their microphones & cameras, to be the 1st to spew what little is STILL known about exactly happened & why. Hell, most of them will be Talkin’ just to hear themselves Talk! But oh they’ll ALL be Talkin’! You know it’s goin’ to happen…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”Future Leader of the this country?”…

As I sit here this mornin’ sippin’ my “Mornin’ Joe” and catchin’ up on the News from yesterday & over night I have seen & heard several snippets of a speech that a United States Senator, a DemocRAT, delivered. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, from the Great/Sorry Liberal State of New York, at a Personal Democracy Forum at New York University. This told me all I needed to know about Her, New York University, the Students in attendance, their acceptance & approval as reflected by their response/applause to her choice of words. I wonder how PROUD her Parents were of her at that moment in time? Total Lack of CLASS by all!

So is this where the DemocRATic Party is headed? Hum-m-m-m…DemocRATic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s command of “The F Bomb”. Impressive or Embarrassing? Mistake?-NO! Intended?-Oh YES! Strictly for EFFECT. Wasn’t she cute? Just “Playin’ to her audience. It was done too many times to be a “Slip Of The Tongue”. So, this DemocRAT has visions of being the Future Leader of the this country? So goes the The DemocRATic, Socialist, Communist Party Slide we’re on…”Hold’em Hook”!….BG>

…”all of us as a Family”…

MY Bride & I arrived back home last night safe, sound, & worn out. We spent the last week out in the Ft Worth, TX area with her sister & family (husband, daughter) @ their house. It wasn’t a “Vacation Trip” either. It was one of those “Family Get Togethers” about evaluating a elderly family member (NO not me, not-yet anyway) & their ability to live alone. MY Bride & Sister-in-Laws Widowed Mother is 89 years Old & currently lives by herself in Ohio. There are NO family members within a 11 hr drive or more. She is currently visitin’ with them as well. The days drug on as the Adult Children, family members, were observing daily activities, physical abilities, & conversation to evaluate memory skills, etc. of Mom. Fortunately she has not suffered any major health issues but she is startin’ to slip. And it is a slippery slope! There have been & are increasin’ “tale tale signs”. To openly discuss Assisted Livin’, givin’ up her Car, movin’ closer to or movin’ in with one of her two children (daughters), meets with a lot of resistance. I understand NO ONE wants to give up their Independence/Freedom and have to rely on someone else for most all of your/their needs. But, if we live long enough it usually takes folks in that direction. For those of you lucky enough to still have your parents livin’ it is not easy to go through. Love them all you can! My family has already lived through it & it takes a toll on all involved. But, they are Our/Your Parents & that is just what we do. No firm decisions were made but hopefully we, the family, will be able to convince my Mother-in-Law what will be best for Her & Her Family. She will be with my Sister-in-Law & her family for a few more days. So we’ll see how things go from there. While in the Ft Worth, TX area, I was fortunate to be able to separate myself from those issues to MEET & have lunch with a “FB Friend” who broke away from work for a short time. We shared only an hour together but it was enjoyable finally meetin’ & gettin’ to know him. I look forward to doin’ it again my next trip out, hopefully under better conditions. Also my Bride & I were able to breakaway, on another day, to meet an Ole Friend from our Germany days for lunch. It’s amazin’ how much you can share & catch up on in such a short period of time. I have other friends in that area but time was limited for OUR time. I hope & pray that all our efforts, as a Family, have a positive result for my Mother-in-Law. Because what ever the outcome of this “Family Get Together” is it will eventually effect all of us as a Family…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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

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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>

…”Ole Frijolies & Cold Beer”…

Today has been a relaxin’ laid back day. My Bride had the day off so there was no real rush to do anything. Oh, I took my daughter to pickup her car from havin’ Hail Damage repaired. A good job I must say. Then I took my Brides car to get it serviced. As the afternoon progressed my Bride & I made a trip to Wally-World for items. Then later went out for an early dinner, we’re becoming “Sun-Downers” you know. A local Mexican Restaurant fit the bill just fine. I enjoyed a COLD 22 oz. Draft Beer in a {{{{{ Frosted Mug }}}}}, & “The Mexican Dinner Plate”. It consisted of a Soft Beef Taco, Beef Burrito, Re-Fried Beans, Mexican Rice, & Guacamole Salad. Not to mention a bowl of Tortillas Chips & Salsa. Quite good I must admit. My Bride had her usual #M Plate. I hope those Ole Frijolies &  Cold Beer don’t kick in later on. Hum-m-m there is a slight rumblin’ goin’ on right now…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>