42: Confessions of a Baseball Convert

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by FLBravesGirl

Bradenton, FL. – I never liked baseball as a kid. It was just that game my dad watched incessantly every summer. I think he got cable just so he could see the Braves, terrible as they were, on TBS. The game would start and I would stick my nose in a book. More often than not, he would start yelling and cussing at the TV and I would take my book and myself off to my room. Why did he watch this if it made him so mad?!

Then in ’91… something happened. He stopped yelling at the TV and started cheering. I had to see what had brought about this miraculous change. And just when I started paying attention those sneaky Braves grabbed hold of my heart. Suddenly I was watching every game with him while he explained what was going on. I was staying up for West Coast games and taking notes so he would know what had happened before he went to work in the morning. I nearly died of nerves during the ’91 Series. I was a FAN now.

Now came the first test of my fanhood: the offseason. Would this last or was it just a summer fling? But there I was, checking out spring training reports and counting down to Opening Day. This was the real thing. This was love. And they repaid that love in October with the single most exciting moment I have ever seen in a ballgame. I think I achieved human flight leaping off the couch when Sid slid.

Since then there have been times when the Braves have frustrated me, ticked me off and broken my heart. But it’s all been worth it for all the times they’ve made me so happy. They’ve given me something special to share with my dad and brought me many friends I would never have known otherwise. I’m so grateful I looked up from my book that day in ’91 and started this love affair that I hope lasts the rest of my life.

GLORY DAYS


~flbravesgirl~

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761 Responses to “42: Confessions of a Baseball Convert”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 10:19 am

    FBG, I am so proud of you!!! Ya done good, girl!! Many thanks for taking this huge leap; we all appreciate it! :-D

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  2. 2 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Good morning y’all. Thanks, CL. :oops:

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Another blog talent has been revealed. Great lead FBG and a great story to boot.

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  4. 4 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Sorry, I didn’t know MLB had caused that video to be removed. What. A. Shame! :-(

    To all who have no idea what I’m talking about ( :lol: ), I had originally posted a link to the Glory Days video which ties directly into what FBG wrote about. No longer available, per MLB. booooo hisssss

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  5. 5 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 10:40 am

    FBG, excellent lead! I knew you could do it!

    CL, I hope you’ll put FBG in the lineup. No more sitting on the bench for her!

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  6. 6 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Shhh, Chris! It may take another 6 months for me to come up with something to write about. This is not easy for me.

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  7. 7 Salty May 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Wow…FBG! From baker to scribe…well done! Sheesh…one man wasn’t enough…you gave your heart to the whole 40-man roster! :razz:

    We’re proud of ya…keep it up!!!! :wink:

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  8. 8 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Wow… I return from some early morning work/travel, catch up on the overnights, see that a new blog is posted…

    …and BANG! There’s FBG bringing the goods. Way to go girl. Awesome story. Thanks for the “feelgood”.

    Oh, and good morning everybody! :D

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  9. 9 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Niece, I’m so proud of you I could bust! Now, about that cake and milk… :P

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  10. 10 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Thanks, everybody. (imagine “squirming in my chair” emoticon here)

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  11. 11 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Well, I asked how far you were from NE Georgia yesterday, uncle.

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  12. 12 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:11 am

    When I “squirm in my chair”, thank goodness the Chief knows what to do. :evil:

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  13. 13 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Unfortunately niece, it is too far for a 3-wheel “bicycle”. :P

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  14. 14 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I read the very sad account of what happened to Grinch’s friend. I’m afraid, however, in the times that are acomin’ that more of this type of thing will happen. People with families unable to put bread on the table, turning to unthinkable(in normal times)”solutions”. God help us.

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  15. 15 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Isn’t it sad, uncle? Too often we don’t know about people’s troubles ’til they do something out of desperation.

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  16. 16 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Niece; That is one of the reasons that I have posted things like the frozen infants, etc., to try and show what a scary world we now live in. Now, closer to home, a honor high school student hired a hit man to kill her mother so she could collect the 2mil insurance on her. And I’ll bet that if she had been successful that the 2mil would not have lasted long. Further, since she was not successful she will probably get a legal slap-on-the-wrist and probation as her mother pleads that she is really a “good” girl. Jeez!

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  17. 17 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Re: The above. I wonder if she will send her mother a Mother’s Day card?

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  18. 18 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Yeah 008… With a request that she up her insurance coverage… :-)

    Oh what a warped and twisted world we have created… :-(

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  19. 19 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    8-O What is wrong with these people?

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  20. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Speaking of warped….. A little speculation on Tex from Jersey…

    http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2008/05/mark_teixeira_seen_him_in_hobo.html

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  21. 21 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I truly wonder if there are really more “awful” things happening in the world today or if perhaps we just aren’t more informed due to the internet and 24 hour news stations.

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  22. 23 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Actually I know what’s wrong with them. So many people have the “it’s all about me” attitude that other people mean nothing to them. You see it on a small scale everyday. Inconsiderate drivers, no customer service anywhere, people who ignore you & block the aisle with their cart no matter how many times you say “excuse me”, general rudeness.

    That’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to living in a small Southern town where people are still friendly & polite.

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  23. 24 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Chris, the Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s all been done before. But there are billions more people to do it and more news outlets to report it. Other factors, as well, but it still shocks me that there are ‘humans’ who readily engage in this stuff. Horrendous.

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  24. 25 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    That too, Chris. Bad things have always happened. We just hear about all of them now.

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  25. 26 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I gotta get some work done! :-)

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  26. 27 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    :mad:

    Some moron is posting derogatory comments under my “Voice of Reason” moniker across the street at CC’s blog.
    :evil:

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  27. 28 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Good for Bob Watson!

    I don’t think it matters that Tex grew up in Baltimore, went to school in Atlanta, has a sister in Jersey or has a buddy in Timbuktu. He’s going to the highest bidder.

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  28. 29 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Omar Infante has been recalled and should be in uni for today’s game. BPena has a “mild back strain” and is expected to be put on the 15-day DL. How convenient…

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  29. 30 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    “That’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to living in a small Southern town where people are still friendly & polite.”

    Niece; That is one of the major reasons that I live in a small Southern town. And it is infinitely better than Atlanta, but not totally without flaws. The kids are the main problem and why? You guessed it…the internet. They get the same crap here that they get in LA, Chicago and NY. And, they want to be like their “contemporaries”. And their parents–worshiping youth–are not setting an example, they are right in there with them. I hope you find what you are looking for, but Opie don’t live here anymore.

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  30. 31 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Tex will be a Yankee. Bank on it. They have already stated that they want him, and that they will not allow him to end up with their sisters to the east, the Muts. It’ll happen…

    We might as well hope he heats up and gives us 5 months of productivity. I get really rankled at the apologists who constantly point to his career numbers and say, “He’s always a slow starter. He’ll progress as the season does.” So what?!? I would like my players to give me the whole season, not just the latter portion. It woulda been nice for him to produce a little in April. It might have made a difference in a few of those 9 one-run losses…

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  31. 32 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    With 1 out in the top of the 9th, and Acosta coming in from the pen, my satellite started flickering (small bit of rain) and eventually went black. All three receivers quit working and this morning they’re still not right. One in the bedroom was working, but the one in the living room was not. I switched the receivers and now neither of them work. Anybody got any tips on how to reset these things(DirecTV)?

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  32. 33 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Uncle, we have taken extended vacations in Rabun County for more than a decade. We know the area well. Yes, people are still nice there.

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  33. 34 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Hooray!! I found a great copy of Glory Days at fandom.com and have reposted the link at the end of FBG’s terrific lead.

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  34. 35 Salty May 8, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    And, FBG, there are really nice folks not far away in Jefferson, Woodstock, Jonesboro and the ATL!!! :mrgreen:

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  35. 36 Salty May 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    And…where Paladin lives, it could be nicer, too, but…well, Paladin has to live somewhere!!! :razz:

    BTW, Pal…looks like nasty weather near you…yes? Keep yer head down!!!

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  36. 37 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Re: Southern politeness. I’ll never forget my first trip to NY and after purchasing something in a store saying to the salesman(anglo-saxon in those days)when he gave me my change, “Thank you”. He looked at me like I had just called him a SOB!

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  37. 38 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Hillbilly, the easiest way to reset those things is to get cable if it is available in your area. Best thing we ever did.

    FBG, I agree that Tex will go to the highest bidder (probably NYY). While I’ll root for him this year I have absolutely zero faith that he’ll be back next year. He’s nothing more than a soldier of fortune or a mercenary. If he got the biggest offer from the Nippon Ham Fighters he’d take it. Sayonara!

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  38. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I wonder if Pittsburgh could be enticed to trade Nady to the Braves for some spare parts??? I think the Braves have another left handed first baseman they would like to be rid of… He would be cheap and could hit at least as well as the Buc’s current first sacker.

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  39. 40 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    The solution to smartasses regardless of where you live is to pour salt(y)on their tail. Thanks for the heads up friend, got the root cellar well-stocked with chianti. :P

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  40. 41 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    …and Savannah & Charleston & somewhere in NC & Palmetto (is “nice” the word for Grinch? maybe not but he’s my buddy & he’s good to me) & Mechanicsville…

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  41. 42 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Home for a Tex:


    :D

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  42. 43 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to hear a player say, “Since I was a little boy, I’ve always wanted to be a Ham Fighter”…so I could puke on his shoe.

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  43. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Hillbilly… Unplug the cable box to cut power and let it restart….

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  44. 45 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    These folks have some nice Braves videos:
    http://braves.fandome.com/videos/

    Now, I’ve really gotta get to work! :lol:

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  45. 46 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    It’s almost game time so I need to get prepared, catch up with you folks later…

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  46. 47 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    OK, I’m off to lunch, nap and to let a new supply of bile build up in me. When it does, I’ll be baaaack! :evil:

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  47. 48 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    You’ll miss the game, uncle!

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  48. 49 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I’m still ticked that someone hijacked my moniker on CC’s blog. Not only did he take my name, he is using it in a very disparaging manner. :mad:

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  49. 50 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Omar is playing 2b and leading off today. Corky is catching. Am I the only one that has a really hard time calling a professional athlete “Corky”? Also, Kotsay is batting 8th again. Why? He’s really hot! Why not lead off Yunel and bat Kotsay 2nd, and Omar 8th? Whatever… I’m ill and in a really bad mood… :evil:

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  50. 51 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    According to a “report”, Smoltz’ pain has subsided significantly. He still has soreness and stiffness in the trapezius muscle area, but he’s feeling much improved. He may start playing catch by Sunday or so.

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  51. 52 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Raisins, I’d be ticked too. My guess is that this individual is not intentionally ripping your name off, but that is just a guess. I don’t ever read CC but I did today after your earlier post. Man, is she taking a beating! It’s too bad the ajc doesn’t require/allow specific user names. It would eliminate a lot of problems.

    Corky’s given name is Abraham Philip Miller. I like Corky better than Abe or Abraham, although I agree calling a grown man (athlete or not) is kind of funny sounding. I wonder where he got the nickname. You think he uses cork in his bats? If so, it hasn’t helped!

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  52. 53 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Raisins, I’d be ticked too. My guess is that this individual is not intentionally ripping your name off, but that is just a guess. I don’t ever read CC but I did today after your earlier post. Man, is she taking a beating! It’s too bad the ajc doesn’t require/allow specific user names. It would eliminate a lot of problems.

    Corky’s given name is Abraham Philip Miller. I like Corky better than Abe or Abraham, although I agree calling a grown man (athlete or not) is kind of funny sounding. I wonder where he got the nickname. You think he uses cork in his bats? If so, it hasn’t helped!

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  53. 54 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Couldn’t he have gone with Phil?

    VOR, I don’t blame you for being upset. I never liked that about the AJC. Anybody could use any name. Here & on my skating board you have to be a member & sign in. Much better.

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  54. 55 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    How about “Milly”? Nevermind…

    Go Corky!

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  55. 56 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Y’all see the Reds’ mascot lose his head? Small children are now traumatized.

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  56. 57 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I guess I shouldn’t really be mad since I abandoned that blog a while back, but this guy sounds anything but reasonable, you know?

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  57. 58 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    FBG: I saw the Reds thing. Funny…

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  58. 59 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    A bad video, but here it is:

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  59. 60 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Perhaps I should clarify. Not funny that the guy in the suit kinda got shook up. Funny that the mascot’s head goes rolling away.

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  60. 61 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Oh, my! Weird play for Kotsay. 2-0 bad guys early!

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  61. 62 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    And sorry, but I cannot give play-by-play today. My daughter’s home sick, and I’m backed up with work…

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  62. 63 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    So, apparently Tex opens with an error, and the 1B ump misses a check swing call on the next guy that woulda been strike 3. Next thing you know, it’s 2-0. 8O

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  63. 64 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    That stinks. Terrible luck for Jo-Jo. He should have had 2 out, nobody on. Nice DP start by Omar though.

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  64. 65 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    And my blog domination ends here. Going back to work…

    C-ya!

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  65. 66 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    OK… Corky is better than Callix.

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  66. 67 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    He’s named after a part of a flower & a crustacean & they’re both spelled funny.

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  67. 68 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Statler & Waldorf reference from Boog. Does he read our blog?

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  68. 69 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    What the h-

    I stepped away for a few to check on my daughter. Did we just lose another pitcher? What happened? 8O

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  69. 70 Salty May 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I would love to hear a player say, “Since I was a little boy, I’ve always wanted to be a Ham Fighter”

    No doubt, there are plenty of players that have said just that; however, you don’t speak Japanese, do you? :?

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  70. 71 Salty May 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Blister, VOR, a blister!

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  71. 72 Salty May 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    FBG…I wasn’t leaving the ‘out of staters’ off the list for a bad reason. I was just goin’ with the ones that can reach Rabun on a tricycle, if willing to endure the hills! :lol:

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  72. 73 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    It’s a good thing Frank’s hair is already white…

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  73. 74 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I don’t know if a trike would make it up my driveway. I live on top of a hill. It’s a good cardio workout walking up.

    Poor Jo-Jo. It just wasn’t his day, felled by a blister.

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  74. 75 Salty May 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I think making it up the driveway would be the least of the worries! :-)

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  75. 76 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    http://www.ajc.com/braves/content/sports/braves/stories/2008/05/05/braves_0506.html
    Carroll Rodgers has some good lines in her article on the Big Three at the same park:

    “Usually the last couple years when we’ve played against each other, I’ve seen [Maddux] in the weight room and we’ll talk a little bit,” said Glavine, who, like Maddux, keeps up more with Smoltz.

    Wait, Maddux, in a weight room?

    “I think he goes in there just to see what’s in there,” Glavine said.

    Maddux’s offseason workouts, or supposed lack thereof, have always been good for a chuckle, even though he has apparently been taking it more seriously lately, adding yoga to the mix.

    “That’s what I heard,” Glavine said. “Yoga and a personal trainer this winter. What’s with the personal trainer? He or she went to Burger King and got the Whopper for him?”

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  76. 77 Salty May 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    What kind of work are you doing today, CL? :razz:

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  77. 78 Salty May 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Maddux in a weight room…that’s a vision!

    OK, Chipper…time for a 3-run ‘tater’!

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  78. 79 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Frenchy goin’ for the 5 run homer… :neutral:

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  79. 80 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    :mad: A single woulda been nice…

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  80. 81 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    You gotta love the ajc headline writers:

    Jo-Jo Reyes left the mound in the third with an injury Thursday afternoon as the Braves were attempting to reach their sixth-straight win at home.

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  81. 82 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Abraham, Joe, Abraham!

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  82. 83 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    :lol: Salty, I’m supposed to be deep into my research project, but I keep getting sidetracked today! And I keep finding little tidbits here and there to share….. sigh…… :lol:

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  83. 84 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I laughed at that too, CL.

    …sigh… Jeff, just get a hit there. Don’t flail away trying to make the ball explode.

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  84. 85 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Larry Dierker?

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  85. 86 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Corky, uh, uncorks a great throw! :D

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  86. 87 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Couldn’t resist, VOR?

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  87. 88 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    You go FBG!

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  88. 89 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Yeeaahh! I got it & Joe & Boog didn’t. Usually I don’t have a chance to think about it. My dad is the king of baseball facts.

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  89. 90 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Well when I got home for lunch, all 3 DirecTV receivers were working, so there you go. I guess it just needed me to leave it the hell alone.

    Anyway, if anybody’s watching on SportSouth, the clips of Smoltz mic’ed up and messing with McCann were priceless. Have they showed anymore of the dugout conversations since Jo Jo left? I’m back at work now, so I’ll here be looking for game updates.

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  90. 91 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    What was the question, FBG? I’ll see if I know it. Boog usually nails them.

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  91. 92 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Nevermind, I see your answer already.

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  92. 93 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    He’s ragging on Joe again.

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  93. 94 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Yeah, Tex ain’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball right now, but at least he plays a great defense.

    DOH! 8O

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  94. 95 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Yaaaiiiieeeee!

    Another pitcher goes down! Unbelievable!

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  95. 96 Bob, journalist May 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    What a wonderful lead story, FBG … yet to see one better … I’ve often commented that something is lost in translation when converting feelings into words … but not in your case, sweetheart … delightful, simply delightful!!

    You could quit you day job, methinks!

    On a sad note, the great Eddy Arnold died early this morning … owned ’bout half of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, methinks … a neighbor of some old friends, I used to seem him occasionally … drove an old Buick.

    Sounds like Buddy C may be hurt.

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  96. 97 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Look out Jorge! It’s dangerous out there!

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  97. 98 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    8-O Oh my gosh, what is going on? How did Buddy have the presence of mind to hold onto the ball? That looked bad.

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  98. 99 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Howdy Bob. Eddy Arnold was my Mom’s favorite.

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  99. 100 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    It’s ugly today… :neutral:

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  100. 101 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you, Sir Bob!

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  101. 102 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Bob J, Isn’t that “Make the World Go Away” –Eddy Arnold? Great voice.

    What happened to Buddy? Don’t leave me hanging.

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  102. 103 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Buddy put his head into the path of one of Kouzmanoff’s very large thighs. Guess who lost that battle…

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  103. 104 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    More specifically, the ball was dribbled up the 1B line, Buddy makes the play on it as Kouz runs through the space where Buddy’s head was. Kinda rough lookin’, actually. I could see a concussion resulting the way his head snapped.

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  104. 105 Salty May 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    It looked similar to Giles and Prior’s trainwreck a few seasons back.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Eddy+Arnold/_/Make+the+World+Go+Away
    Rest in peace, Eddy.

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  105. 106 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Official word on Buddy is a muscle strain to the left side of his neck.

    Trainer: “Buddy… You OK? What day is it?”

    Buddy: “Atlanta…”

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  106. 107 Salty May 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Uh…Gil or CL…I’ve been dumped in the filter….AGAIN! :mad:
    [CL: Ransom has been paid, Salty. You're a free man! :lol: ]

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  107. 108 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Norton’s a pretty big dude himself…

    (If y’all could see the result of my horrible typing before I proof it… :lol: )

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  108. 109 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I think I like Norton! :)

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  109. 110 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    C’mon, Tex. It ain’t April anymore!

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  110. 111 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Tying run on 2nd, nobody out with Chipper and Tex comin’ up. CAn’t get him in. Now we got 2 out and Frenchy up. Crap…

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  111. 112 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Ow! Frenchy nailed in the arm…

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  112. 113 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, hit batsman and wild pitch. Tie game. Weird…

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  113. 114 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Hello… hello…,hello

    Echo… echo…,echo

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  114. 115 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    So, VOR, how’s it goin’?

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  115. 116 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Well, it’s been one of those days, but really I can’t compain, I don’t guess…

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  116. 117 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Yeah, what good would it do anyway?

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  117. 118 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    You’re boring!

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  118. 119 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Oh, yeah? Same to ya!

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  119. 120 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, now I’m not conversing with me either. Perhaps I should consider switching deoderants…

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  120. 121 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Quit whinin’!

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  121. 122 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I’m outta here…

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  122. 123 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Me too…

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  123. 124 Salty May 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Aww…you’re just warmin’ up, VOR! Jes wanta see how long you’ll ‘self-dominate’! :razz:

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  124. 125 Salty May 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Kotsay’s working the pitcher over…eleven pitches. Made him struggle for that out.

    Un-cork one, Miller!

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  125. 126 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    FLB!!!!!!!!!!! You faker! :P You just didn’t want to write, I get it! :)
    Seriously, we are most often the ones that tell ourselves we can’t do something… never forget that fact.

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  126. 127 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Yunel bunts for a hit!!! He came up from the braves organization??
    Chipper has a single!!!

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  127. 128 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Paladin is sleeping so he can stay up for the game later! :lol:

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  128. 129 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    At least Tex didn’t hit into a double play! :? Perhaps he shouldn’t listen to Andruw and try to pull every single pitch….

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  129. 130 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Matty!!!! Braves win, braves win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

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  130. 131 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Details?

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  131. 132 Salty May 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :cool: :cool: :cool:

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  132. 133 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Braves win! Braves win!

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  133. 134 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Yunel bunts for a single, Chipper singles to left,(Wait, a double, since it was 2nd and 3rd???) they walk Frenchy to have a double play in order….and Matt swung at darn near everything, but got a pitch and singled to left….

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  134. 135 Salty May 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    5-4 Braves…came back from 4-1 down. Matty delivered a bases loaded single in the 9th. Norton came through with a big 2-run pinch single to get it to one…I think in the 7th. Braves tied the game in the 8th on a wild pitch. Escobar was in the middle of everything offensively today. I think he scored three times. Pitching was by committee…everyone used ‘cept Resop (why’s he on the roster?). Reyes developed a blister in less than three innings; Carlyle got knocked loopy in a collision with Gonzales, but got the out. Weird game…but a W. How’s that for a synopsis?

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  135. 136 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    It sure peeves the ump when he tries to throw a new ball to the pitcher and Matt swings at it.

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  136. 137 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I actually meant “details on the last play” but thanks for the valiant effort guys. Beautifully done.

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  137. 138 Salty May 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Oh, TMI! Sorry! :oops:

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  138. 139 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    No, it was appreciated Salty.

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  139. 140 Salty May 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    And, lost in the hoopla…a one-run victory!

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  140. 141 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    And, lost in the hoopla…a one-run victory!

    They DO exist!

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  141. 142 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    There can never be too much info on the braves! Besides, I was asleep till the 8th….well, that’s when I found out a day game was on! :oops:

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  142. 143 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Hey, you’re right! We won a one run game!!! 8O

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  143. 144 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, quit trying to look like your embarrassed. When have you ever been able to give too much information? Healed!

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  144. 145 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Hillbilly, they are showing some of Smoltz’s in game chatter, asking McCann if he and “Boog” could reach their arms around each other, McCann walks away and Smoltz said he didn’t mean that in a bad way. Was that what you heard earlier? :lol:

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  145. 146 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Two really precious and exciting gifts: To see Disney World through the eyes of a child. To see afternoon through the eyes of Berigan. I’m so humbled.

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  146. 147 Hillbilly May 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Yeah, B-6, that was the portion that I saw. They should mic him up more often. You could tell he was laying it on thick, knowing that Boog and Joe were listening. Good stuff.

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  147. 148 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Having won a bottom-of-the-ninth-one-run-game could we now hope for a victory to which Tex contributes? Surely Boras will let him do one or two of those during a rental period, don’t you think

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  148. 149 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    P-Din, he did contribute! I forgot what I wrote above, he grounded out so slowly the runners were able to go from 1st and 2nd to 2nd and 3rd. He’s better than Andruw, he didn’t ground into a double play or strike out! That’s worth 25 Mill a year! :roll:

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  149. 150 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    By DAVID PORTER
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A rare international alert seeking a man shown in dozens of raw child porn images quickly led to the arrest of a small-time actor, who painted faces at children’s parties and performed as “the best Santa Claus anyone has ever seen.”

    Wayne Nelson Corliss told authorities he had sex with three boys in Thailand six years ago, an experience he described as “euphoria,” a prosecutor said Thursday at Corliss’ first court appearance.

    Ho Ho Ho! Come and sit in Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Xmas. Then, he’ll let you know what HE wants. Sick. Sick. Sick!

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  150. 151 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest – dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain.

    The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that are similar to pressure cookers.

    And now we commit the soul of ____ to God and his remains to the “deep”. Flush!

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  151. 152 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    And now having read the news during which I have developed a severe case of depression, I’m going and eat and drink. Probably more of the latter than the former.

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  152. 153 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Paladin, you need to read the more cheerful crap, than this stuff!!

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  153. 154 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Good game today, very entertaining. Rough on the pitching staff though.

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  154. 155 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Morning, all! Great lead, FBG.

    I just made the mistake of getting on a steak blog on the AJC. Now I’ve got to go get one. Was that you over there VOR, or an imposter?

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  155. 156 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Grinch; There is a 7 o’clockl in the morning, too. :P

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  156. 157 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    If there is someone across the street posting ugly things as “VOR”, it ain’t Raisins. He is the most g-rated(and I mean that as a compliment)person I know. If you need someone to go over there and kick ass and take names, call on me.

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  157. 158 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Uncle Bob beat me to the recognition of the passing of Eddy Arnold. Many of you youngsters probably don’t even know who we are talking about. But he paved the way for Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Buffet and many others to go across the street and appear on pops charts. He had a comfortable voi8ce and he was a gentleman. That is the highest compliment I can give someone. RIP, Mr. Arnold.

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  158. 159 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I’m fading. Any of yhou gutless wonders that want to take me on Mano-e-mano better bring it on.

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  159. 160 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    yhou? I don’t understand that language, either.

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  160. 161 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    RIP indeed.

    It was a g-rated post; perhaps it was the original (plus stinky was posting as someone else right alongside).

    I know there’s a 7 am; it’s my bedtime! Silly man. :-)

    I just picked up some t-bone’s for 5.99/lb at the local grocery. Yummy yum.

    Off to the grill.

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  161. 162 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Grinch; Can I come over? I’ll bring a 6-pack of choice.

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  162. 163 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Tasters choice? Man, you are indeed an early bird. :-)

    You’re always more than welcome, and as always (at least of late) there is plenty. I’ve actually taken a break from alcohol; trying to lose some weight. I can always make an exception, however.

    Now, back to grill.

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  163. 164 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Ah, you ain’t no fun no more. I’ll go over to my rowdy friends house.

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  164. 165 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Did anyone notice that I am Schlitz-faced? Well duh?! The fortunate thing is there is no offense for B-W-I(blogging while intoxicated). And, when necesaary, you just go to bed. Soon!

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  165. 166 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I just SAID I’d make an exception, @#$-%$#$.

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  166. 167 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    It left off the smiley for some reason.

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  167. 168 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Grinch; You are not a smiley person, and neither am I. We understand each other better than that. Have a nice dinner.

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  168. 169 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Almost there!

    You’re right; I suppose it was mainly for the benefit of others who might wrongly view my comments as snappish. It’s easy to confuse tone when you can’t hear it.

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  169. 170 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Where is SG? Probably grubbin’ worms. I’ll answer to him(and his insults) tomorrow morning. I’m going to ged in 5 minutes. Last chance.

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  170. 171 Salty May 8, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Good night, 008!

    Good morning, Grinch! :lol:

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  171. 172 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    ged?! I am drunk!!

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  172. 173 Salty May 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    CL…why am I being kidnapped so often? I’m really not worth the ransom! Really, I’m not! :?

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  173. 174 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Salty; Who was your benefactor that lifted the rock?

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  174. 175 Salty May 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    CL…she likes me! :-)

    Go to ged…you’re drunk, remember! :lol:

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  175. 176 Skyhawk 008 May 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    You’re right, for once. G’night :lol:

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  176. 177 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Hey, Salty! Of course you’re worth it!!! Important to us and we’re all that count, right? :lol:

    Lord, I don’t know what’s with that filter. It seems to randomly pick an IP address and do it’s best to be aggravating. FBG wasn’t able to blog at all for several days until it finally released her. And there’s nothing either Gil or I can do except keep as close a check on it as possible and pay the ransom. :-D

    Have finally made a major breakthrough in the genealogy research project! One thread solved. 216 to go. :lol:

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  177. 178 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Paladin finally getting his ged? I guess it’s never too late after all. Never graduated myself.

    Howdy, Salty!

    Man, am I full. I keep eating like that I might as well drink.

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  178. 179 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    And don’t worry about the ransom money. We’re rolling in money what with all the Lotteries (all over the world) and stuff that we get in our BravesAnd Stuff mailbox every day. I lost exact count, but there should be somewhere around 2 or 3 hundred billion there now. Which league shall we buy? :-D

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  179. 180 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    The Justice League, of course! I want superpowers.

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  180. 181 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Justice League? David has his own league? :shock:

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  181. 182 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Good evening y’all.

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  182. 183 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Hmmm… Ok, Grinch, pick one superpower.

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  183. 184 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Will we all have to wear funny-looking spandex outfits?

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  184. 185 Salty May 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Spandex outfits? Uh…I’ll pass…thankyaverymuch!

    Grinch thinks he is a superpower…why pick one? :lol:

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  185. 186 Salty May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Oh…and ged…quite obvious, actually. It’s that ‘teach an old dog new tricks’ thingie! :roll:
    That oughta get 008 rollin’ in the AM. :lol:

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  186. 187 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I don’t know what everybody looks like but that couldn’t be a good look. I’d have to stay wrapped in my cape.

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  187. 188 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Salty, you bad! :lol: :lol:

    FBG, I’m with you! Wouldn’t leave the house!

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  188. 189 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Can you imagine? Spandex, boots & a cape. 8-O

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  189. 190 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    would you be cape woman FLB??? What superpowers would you have, since you have a cape and all….

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  190. 191 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Invisibility.

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  191. 192 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    That would be a cloak, not a cape FLB! ;)
    Shocked, shocked I am….you LIKE being shy! :P

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  192. 193 Carolina Lady May 8, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Spandex. I think we better find another league. All in favor? :lol:

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  193. 194 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Spandex…American League, right?

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  194. 195 morpheus45 May 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Y’all I just came back to say g’night. I’m exhausted. Everyone behave.

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  195. 196 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Grinch started it. ;-)

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  196. 197 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Maybe buy a Sally League team so we can raise’em right. Teach’em to bunt, play small ball, stay in shape in the off season, stay off steroids and such.

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  197. 198 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Grinch=Old

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  198. 199 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    B, it would keep anyone from actually seeing me in the purple spandex.

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  199. 200 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Just got back after a long, long, lon… oh, I don’t even want to think about this day anymore. Then, just read the whole nine yards of posts and gracious… it took quite a while. Must be a record day for posts.

    Yours was such a nice lead FBG. Heartfelt and chill bump raisin’ good stuff. 1991 was a great year to come on board with baseball and Braves.

    I could just picture FBG and her dad jumping up off the couch and screaming at a play at the same time. Hope mom’s a fan too… or has and ipod. :lol:

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  200. 201 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Missed the game too… didn’t even know who won until I checked the Braves site. Winning a one run squeaker is a nice “monkey” off the back, like Diaz said. Lost another two pitchers… one with blister and one with neck strain. Hope Buddy is OK. Sounds like it was a bad hit to the noggin.

    Trainer: “Buddy… You OK? What day is it?”

    Buddy: “Atlanta…”

    Raisins, that cracked me up. :lol:

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  201. 202 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    SG, Mom had given up & gone to bed, Dad checked the door lock & was patting my shoulder saying”They had a great year, it’s OK” & I was sitting there feeling down. Next thing I knew Dad & I were jumping up & down in the living room & Mom ran down the hall saying “what?! what?!”

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  202. 203 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    That last line was not coded for italics… ghost in the machine.

    Either that or Paladin is operating the behind the scenes blog operations.

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  203. 204 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?

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  204. 205 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    SG, if you get SportsSouth, the game is being rebroadcast. Just started, in fact.

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  205. 206 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks Klobber but I am bushed. Well, maybe an inning or two. If I had some Chianti I’d just have a pop and go to bed.

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  206. 207 Savannah Guy May 8, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Where is SG? Probably grubbin’ worms. I’ll answer to him (and his insults) tomorrow morning.

    Sometimes it’s best for Paladin to just go to “ged” and not go all Foster Brooks on us.

    Could not resist. :mrgreen:

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  207. 208 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Uh, sorry SG. I’m holding the chianti for someone else. Private stock, you know. Hope you understand.

    Whiskey?

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  208. 209 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Got any chocolate milk, Chris?

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  209. 210 chrisklob May 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Does it go with Red Velvet Cake?

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  210. 211 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    On the rocks at least FLB, ! :lol:

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  211. 212 flbravesgirl May 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Or a Coke.

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  212. 213 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:09 am

    chocolate milk is better….watching 13 Hours by Air, Fred MacMurray film from 1936….

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  213. 214 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Let’s see… Berigan likes old cars, old music, old movies…

    Do you like anything new, B?

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  214. 215 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:19 am

    20 year olds!!!! :P

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  215. 216 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Wait, still not that new…..

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  216. 217 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Um, how old did you just turn?

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  217. 218 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I like Megadeth! Still old…not as old….

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  218. 219 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I’m Jack Benny’s age…

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  219. 220 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:23 am

    As if I would know what that means.

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  220. 221 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Puddle of Mudd, like some of their music….that’s about as new as I get, I guess…they have a song, Psycho…..it’s getting some play…I have my finger on the pulse of the youth, by gum…

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  221. 222 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Ask you pop FLB! :oops:

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  222. 223 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:24 am

    If he’s too young, ask your Grandfather…or Pallyboy tomorrow…sigh…

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  223. 224 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:26 am

    My grandfathers have passed on. My dad just turned 55.

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  224. 225 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:28 am

    My Grandfathers have passed on too, FLB. :( One in 1943, the other in 1950….old parents, and they had old parents as well. My Great-grandmother, on my Father’s side??? Born during the Civil War!!! 8O

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  225. 226 chrisklob May 9, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Berry, you’re Jack Benny’s age? Is that chronological age or emotional age?

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  226. 227 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:31 am

    It’s strange to say that in plural. Never met my paternal grandfather, even though he lived less than 10 miles away my whole life. (Very long story)

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  227. 228 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I’m actually Benny +2! Emotionally….hmmm, not quite there yet….

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  228. 229 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I have younger parents but had old grandparents. My dad was a mid-life surprise & my mom was #5 of 6 kids.

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  229. 230 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Well, need to scoot for a bit, if anyone is still conscious in an hour or so, I’ll check back…I’ll check back regardless! ;)
    Night all! FLB, did you see the praise I gave your blog this afternoon???
    Chris, will we be able to get her to put away her inviability cloak??? :)

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  230. 231 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    One good thing about both sides of my family is that we tend to be long-lived. 90s are very common. Great-Grandma Waldron made it to 105.

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  231. 232 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Yes, thank you, B. But what do you mean by inviable?

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  232. 233 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:37 am

    FLB, you can kind of relate then…..My Dad was born in 1931, and his parents had been married since 1922! My Father’s father??? Don’t even know when he was born, in the old country! My Grandfather was one of 16. and the baby to boot!!! My Great Grandfather was probably born in the 1840’s…no joke. Had 2 wives, eventually.

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  233. 234 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Invisibility cloak….mozilla chose the most likely word, and I chose that one! :oops:

    Berigan =lousy speeler… :oops:

    Night!

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  234. 235 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:43 am

    I think my dad will want to do the genealogy thing once he’s retired. Cool thing about his mom’s family is that they were among the founders of her hometown in NC so we’ll be able to find a lot of info there at the church.

    A cousin of my mom’s traced their paternal side back to Holland & England. Please don’t blame me but the Waldrons were some of the original settlers of New Amsterdam.

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  235. 236 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Did I bore y’all with the family history talk? Sorry. I’ll have to ask CL for research tips sometime.

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  236. 237 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Time to shut down. Good night y’all!

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  237. 238 williamwallace May 9, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Great blog lead FBG!!!

    BRAVES WIN! MAGIC NUMBER is 131!

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  238. 239 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Boy, I’m glad I passed out when I did. The “vision” of Grinch in spandex would have been a nightmare. It’s bad enough to imagine him in street clothes.

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  239. 240 Voice of Raisins May 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

    G’morning everyone…

    I’ll be on the road again this morning for a while, but I wanted to catch up on the overnights before I left.

    Now I gotta go. Back later. taters!

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  240. 241 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Give this a shot:
    1. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the Area code…)
    2. Multiply by 80
    3. Add 1
    4. Multiply by 250
    5. Add to this the last 4 digits of your phone number
    6. Add to this the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
    7. Subtract 250
    8. Divide number by 2

    :-D

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  241. 242 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Are you kidding me, CL? If I could do all of that I’d be working for NASA. :P

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  242. 243 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Rocket hits BBC bureau in Baghdad; no injuries

    Now that he off the juice, Clemens’ fastball just doesn’t have the zip anymore.

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  243. 244 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Calculator, ‘Hawk. :lol:

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  244. 245 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 9:40 am

    he’s

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  245. 246 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 9:48 am

    OK, I did it, called it, and got a busy signal. :shock:

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  246. 247 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 9:53 am

    ‘Hawk, you’re funny. :lol:

    Get this:
    No Bonds offers concerns union
    Posted: Wednesday May 07, 2008 04:52AM ET
    The Major League Baseball Players Association has expressed concern to the commissioner’s office over the lack of offers to Barry Bonds, asking for additional information about the offseason’s free-agent market. The union did not go as far as to file a grievance on behalf of the outfielder, 43, who remains unsigned and hasn’t received any offers since the San Francisco Giants decided not to re-sign him last year and he became a free agent.

    Baltimore Sun

    A union wants to file a SUIT because nobody wants to hire the rotten guy??
    Translation: If you are a major league baseball player and are not signed by a club, then some club HAS to step up and sign you whether anyone wants to or not. WHAT??? :shock:

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  247. 248 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Feds may interview Clemens’ women
    Posted: Tuesday May 06, 2008 05:47AM ET
    Although any extramarital relationships involving Roger Clemens have no direct bearing on his denials of drug use, it is possible that federal authorities will try and question the women cited in the newspaper reports to see what knowledge they may have about Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs. As part of the government’s investigation into whether Barry Bonds committed perjury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, the authorities questioned Kimberly Bell, who said she was his former girlfriend. It is unclear if Clemens’s acknowledgment of “mistakes” will have any impact on a defamation lawsuit he filed against Brian McNamee.

    New York Times

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  248. 249 chrisklob May 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

    What in the Sam Hill is wrong with these people?

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/05/09/myanmar/index.html

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  249. 250 ssiscribe May 9, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Top of the morning, good folks. Sorry again for the radio silence … been a long, strange week, and two more to follow. But everything is fine on this end. I’ve been blessed with another promotion, but to take this one, I had to clear out my vacation time and comp time, so … three weeks off, with pay. I have a honey-do list six miles long, I’ve actually started fishing again, I’ve dug my golf clubs out of the back of the Sports Garage (funny, when you take four years off from playing how you can hit the ball SOOOO good on the driving range; may actually hit a course for 18 one day next week).

    But anyway, that explains my silence of the past week, as I transition into vacation mode, make sure everything is taken care of on this end and I finally relax … I’ll be around more in the coming days. Just decided to get off of the computer for a few days and break up the old routine.

    Now, baseball (noted transition from the Scribe): Went to the game yesterday. Frustrating early, with Jo Jo not hitting his spots and the shaky defense in the first. Infante bailed them out with that great snag and nifty throw to start the double play. I give the Braves a TON of credit for battling back and FINALLY winning a one-run game. Norton looks great so far. Chipper and Yunel are both playing like superstars. Great AB by Diaz with the game on the line. Solid work by the bully. Playing like champions now.

    Awesome homestand. Yeah, it was the Reds and Padres, who both stink. BUT, this team has left so many games on the table so far this season, it was good to see them rip off six in a row and get back closer to where they should be. Just need to carry this confidence onto the roadie.

    Got the comments bug worked out on http://braves.today.com so now I can leave comments on there. Got a room I need to paint in the coming days, so off to the store for wallpaper-removal stuff. More later.

    Enjoy your day. Here’s to a good start to the road swing tonight in Pittsburgh!

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

    FBG: Great lead, by the way!! Really enjoyed it. Nice work.

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  250. 251 chrisklob May 9, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I guess it’s my day to get censored. :(

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  251. 252 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Scribe, I just tried again, and I still can’t post a comment on your side of the street.

    Error: Invalid security code—-every time. I can read the comments now, but just can’t post.

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  252. 253 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

    CL, All that calculating is about what it takes to break through Scribe’s security code. I still haven’t hacked it yet.

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  253. 254 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Hey, Hillbilly! Hope all is going well there with all the big new events imminent! How’s Mama Hillbilly? Keep us posted!!! Have you decided on a name? :-)

    Chris, you’re out of the filter. For now. Almost wish I could disable that thing! (But I can’t. No authority.)

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  254. 255 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Dalai Mama; You are a good sport! And that is a clever “trick”. I’ll have to send it along to this guy who is always sending me puzzles that I can’t work. He is almost as boring as Salty. :P I’m sure he will zip it back explaining to me in painful detail the various mathematical formulas that make it possible. ZZZZZ :sad:

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  255. 256 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Thought for the day: “If we are ever goin’ to have law and order in this territory, we got to take all the lawyers out and shoot ‘em down like dogs.” Judge Roy Bean.

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  256. 257 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 11:32 am

    HOUSTON (AP) – Three teenagers were arrested after two of them told police they dug up a secluded grave north of Houston, removed the skull from the coffin and converted it into a marijuana bong.

    I don’t know what a “bong” is, but I can think of some excellent applications for bongs to these teenagers…and their parents.

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  257. 258 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Skyhawk,

    I’m no bong expert either, but I think if I were, I think I’d find an easier alternative than digging a 6 foot hole. Don’t know about you, sir, but I’ve never known any experience fun enough to be worth the use of a shovel.

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  258. 259 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    HB; I think they must have been high when they did it. Not ever having been high(on that stuff)I wouldn’t know, but I’m with you. My hands don’t fit no shovel.

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  259. 260 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    HOUSTON (AP) – An illegal immigrant from Mexico was convicted of capital murder Thursday in the 2006 shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop.

    Jurors will now consider whether Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez, 34, should get the death penalty.

    Officer Rodney Johnson, 40, was shot four times in the head after arresting Quintero-Perez for driving without a license.

    Records show Quintero-Perez was deported in 1999 after being convicted of indecency with a child, but he slipped back into Texas.

    I wish I was on that jury. When is the last time we burned someone at the stake?

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  260. 261 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I wonder if they knew how much arsenic was was used to embalm bodies back in the day if they would be so quick to employ a skull as a bong?

    2 lbs per 50 lbs body weight could make someone pretty sick… Oh, that’s right… They are already “sick”…

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  261. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Glad to hear of your continued success Sscribe… Shoot a good round for me on the links while you are there…

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  262. 263 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Chris…. It’s called control… It is the same stunt the warlords in Africa use to control their populations. We might not like it but it is the way for many in this world.

    I feel sorry for those people but you cannot go to war to get a government to allow people to help them. We are already trying that one out and we are not doing so good….

    Reminds me a lot of playing “Bop-a-mole”..

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  263. 264 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    A chuckle:

    Nights in England are coal black, making parachute jumps very difficult. We attach small lights called chemlites to make our jumpsuits visible to the rest of the team.

    Late one night, lost after a practice jump, we knocked at the door of a small cottage. When a woman answered, she was greeted by the sight of five men festooned in glowing chemlites.

    “Excuse me,” I said, “Can you tell us where we are?”

    The woman paused before answering and then, in a thick English accent, replied, “Earth.”

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  264. 265 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    008… I am in favor of employing caning as a form of corporal punishment and reducing jail time. Castration works too…. The US will likely fight with Mexico over the Death penalty…

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  265. 266 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    O.K., now y’all are just teasing me. CL, how did you get a post to go through on Scribe’s Blog. Did you not have to type in a security code? I don’t take too well to being defeated by technology. Things usually end up broken.

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  266. 267 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    CL, Please go take Hill Billy by the hand and lead him down the yellow-brick road. :lol:

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  267. 268 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hillbilly, what security code??

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  268. 269 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Yellow-bricks bring to mind goldbricks which brings to mind: Where are SG and Salty?

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  269. 270 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Just messing with you. Hillbilly! After you write your comment, there is a small box near the bottom with random letters/numbers in it. You have to type those letters/numbers in the box below it. Hit submit and it should pop right on through.

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  270. 271 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    In Arkansas the only security code they have is “Occupied”. :P

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  271. 272 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    A Florida player has been arrested for running up over $3,000 in charges on a dead woman’s gas credit card. And our players that get in some trouble for underage drinking are “hoodlums”? Puhleese!

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  272. 273 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Skyhawk. I have two security codes. One is named Benji the other is named Browning. I’ll let you figure out which one barks and which one “bites.”

    CL, That’s what I’m talking about. I type those numbers and it says “Invalid Security Code.” Oh well, it’s almost quitting time on Friday. I’ll worry about it another day.

    Skyhawk. Is it Happy Hour yet?

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  273. 274 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Come on Hillbilly, I’m buying. Grinch will be here shortly.

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  274. 275 Bob, journalist May 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I can almost remember saying that I just turned 55 … it’s like driving … seems like it takes forever to get from 0-55 … and then in no time at all, you’re breaking the Interstate speed limit … and the don’t want you to drive no more.

    Early prediction … Tommy wins his first tonight!

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  275. 276 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I do have to leave soon. I’m preparing Crab Etouffee. It takes a while but it is soooo gooood! And it reminds me of my wanderings in N’Awlins where, from time to time, I was a bad boy. But, enough about that. Got to go work on the roux.

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  276. 277 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Nah, I’ve got a Church League Softball game this evening, Skyhawk. Wouldn’t bode well. Besides that might be considered “Performance Enhancing.”

    Bob, J. you still got my e-mail address? I’d like to put in a Link request if possible.

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  277. 278 Hillbilly May 9, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Skyhawk,

    I looooove me some cajun food. Them boys will cook ANYthing.

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  278. 279 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Oldest gorilla in captivity turns 55 at Dallas Zoo
    Published: 5/9/08, 7:45 AM EDT

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  279. 280 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    As for what is happening in the former Burma(500,000 likely to die) What the bleep is the UN for, anyway??? If you can’t get the relief aid where it’s needed, if a government keeps it from it’s people, then a united world, through the U.N., should with troops, bring the aid to those that need it!!
    But, hey…they are a sovereign nation and all that, better to just let them die, and say tsk, tsk…..

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  280. 281 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – It’s a happy Mother’s Day for an Arkansas woman – she’s pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year’s Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins.

    All the children are home-schooled as, apparently, was she. Too bad she didn’t learn to spell p-i-l-l.

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  281. 282 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Berigan, the news reports I read said that as soon as the first UN flights landed and unloaded the 38 tons of food, medical supplies, boats, etc – the military government of Myanmar seized it and wouldn’t let it be distributed.

    Other nations from around the world have been waiting at the Maynmar embassy in Thailand seeking permission to enter the country with food, water, etc – but the embassy was CLOSED today for a holiday.

    The world is waiting to bring it in but the gov’t there won’t allow it. They said they can’t “appear” to not be able to handle the situation. Hello???

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  282. 283 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    If the UN is going to show it’s relevance–which I doubt–they have to put together a coalition and go in there and put those “Generals” in shackles. Then, they give the aide the people need and when they leave they leave a civilian government in charge. Yeah, right!

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  283. 284 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    If I don’t watch, the Braves win. If I do, they lose. What am I offered?

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  284. 285 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    To hell with you people. I can get more response(s) out of a cigar store indian. I’m going to bed but I may wake up from time to time to watch and screw things up!

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  285. 286 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Amazed to hear on ABC that there is some talk of forcing their way in to Burma(Ain’t gonna call it that recently made up name)
    Feel kinda crappy, so don’t expect too many posts from me this evening. I know, P-Din, please don’t shed too many tears now! :P

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  286. 287 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    B-man: I’ll miss you. At least your are willing to talk. Hope you feel better.

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  287. 288 Skyhawk 008 May 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Nite nite.

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  288. 289 Savannah Guy May 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    This game is ridiculous. The road monkey is alive and well. Glavine must be scratching his head and wondering what he has to do to get a win this year.

    Calling for Norton to bunt. Weird. Asking Kelly to bunt. Not happening. Expecting the ump to have the same strike zone for both teams. Evidently not. Hoping the Braves will finally put more than one or two runs on the board when Tommy pitches. Nope. Winning a game on the road. Seems impossible.

    C’mon Braves… hold’em and let’s have some free baseball then maybe, just maybe we’ll get a clutch hit and a run in the top of the 10th…

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  289. 290 Savannah Guy May 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Kelly Johnson gets a bunt down and Braves win. Didn’t happen. Then we pitch to the hot hitting Sanchez with first base open… it figures.

    No clutch hitting for Tommy. The road monkey is alive and well. Shyte.

    Why can’t we do it on the road?

    Frustrating.

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  290. 291 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Good evening y’all. I guess we can’t petition to have the Braves play all their games at home, huh?

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  291. 292 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Back in a bit.

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  292. 294 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks to WW & Scribe for the kind words.

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  293. 295 Savannah Guy May 9, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Palaskyhawkadin: Old Cherokee word for man who can fly… by seat of loin cloth.

    Oh, I got’cher gold brick right here… and your gold finger too.

    And good morning. :mrgreen:

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  294. 296 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    tsk, tsk, SG.

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  295. 297 Savannah Guy May 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Now FBG. you know I can’t let yer uncle just show up in the morning without one single jab, er… hello. :smile:

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  296. 298 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    But did you have to set up the loincloth visual? I had just gotten rid of the spandex visual.

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  297. 299 Carolina Lady May 9, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I have absolutely seen everything now:
    http://www.lifegem.com/secondary/whatisLG2006.aspx :shock: :shock: :shock:

    On that astonishing note, a good night to all! :-)

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  298. 300 flbravesgirl May 9, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve read about that in the paper, CL. I guess it’s not much different than the people who keep Grandma Mabel’s ashes on the living room mantle.

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  299. 301 chrisklob May 10, 2008 at 12:26 am

    If I can find this link I’ll post it. Just a few days ago I read about a process where a body is dumped into a pit of lye and heated to about 300 degrees. The lye disolves all of the soft tissues and the bones are brittle enough to be pulverized into a dust. The lye and the remaining tissues are then dumped into the sewer system. Yuck!

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  300. 302 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Uncle beat you to it, Chris. Yuck is the right word. Seems so … disrespectful. At least the diamond thing I can understand is about keeping part of your loved one with you.

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  301. 303 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Uncle beat you to it, Chris. Yuck is the right word. Seems so … disrespectful. At least the diamond thing I can understand is about keeping part of your loved one with you.

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  302. 304 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Now what happened? I hit “submit” once, it took forever & now it shows up twice. :roll:

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  303. 305 chrisklob May 10, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Sorry FBG and sorry to Paladin too. NOt trying to steal his thunder!

    Does seem disrespectful in a way. Personally, I don’t care what happens to my body once I’m gone. I am an organ donor and hope that any (if any) “good parts” that happen to be left over can be used to extend or enhance someone else’s life but I truly view my body to be just a vessel that my spirit inhabits while I’m on this earth.

    That being said (and I realize it’s probably too much information), I still don’t like the idea of being dunked in lye. Much prefer cremation for some reason….. Somehow burning seems preferable to dissolving.

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  304. 306 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:46 am

    That’s how I feel too, Chris. Cremation seems “cleaner” if that makes any sense. And with Mom being a nurse of course I’m an organ donor.

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  305. 307 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Hope we’re not creeping anybody out with this conversation.

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  306. 308 flbravesgirl May 10, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Good night y’all.

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  307. 309 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 1:25 am

    No, not creeping anyone out at all! 8O

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  308. 310 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Hey, check out this Bill Haley and the Comets clip from 1979!

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  309. 311 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Good morning all… The Braves had their chances last night but failed to execute the fundamentals again. I just can’t understand this team sometimes…

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  310. 312 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Anyone want to swap lungs??? :?

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  311. 313 morpheus45 May 10, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Now, breakfast…

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  312. 314 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 9:24 am

    BBQ????

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  313. 315 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Pizza???

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  314. 316 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Gil; When a team fails to execute fundementals when they are almost 2 months into the season, who do you blame?

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  315. 317 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I’d blame the coach(s) 008….I really don’t know why you can’t have a team come out early, once, twice a week and have everyone bunt 10-15 times…everyone! Tex , Chipper, they should all be able to lay one down for a suicide squeeze, or moving a runner over.

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  316. 318 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I’m with you B-man. But, I also think there should be more emphasis on fundementals in spring training and less on golf.

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  317. 319 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:42 am

    and fundamentals, too. :oops:

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  318. 320 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I agree…isn’t golf what they do during the offseason????

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  319. 321 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Without jjs around to pick apart my spelling, I have regressed terribly. I are and idiot.

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  320. 322 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 9:49 am

    008, do you use IE, or Mozilla??? Mozilla puts a red line under whatever you have misspelled(Forgot an s right there!) and if you right click on the word, it shows several several choices for the correct spelling. I love it…of course, I can butcher a word so badly even it can’t figure out what word I meant to use! :oops:

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  321. 323 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Yeah, B-man, I need one of those automatic gizmos. I have one but I have to remember to use it. Which I forget, half the time. But age before beauty, and all that stuff.

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  322. 324 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Got to go run some errands. See ya later.

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  323. 325 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 10:13 am

    going to try and get some shut eye….not too likely though….if I do sleep, I miss the game, I lose either way! :?

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  324. 326 Salty May 10, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I have regressed terribly. I are and idiot.

    I will not argue with my elders! :neutral:

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  325. 327 morpheus45 May 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Jim Edmonds released by the Padres after hitting .178 and struggling in the field (after starting the season on the DL). Two or three years ago the general consensus among sportswriters (though they were wrong) was that Andruw couldn’t hold his jock defensively. When you drop the juice at 35, 37 comes awful quick. Steroids claim yet another victim.

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  326. 328 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Not only are I and a idiot some of my bestest blog friends are and idiots, too. Birds of a feather? :P

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  327. 329 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Carolina Lady… that LifeGem Diamonds site beats all. Could be perfect for the carbon credit crowd.

    I’m just an old chunk of coal, butI’m gonna be a diamond some day.

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  328. 330 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 11:23 am

    It’s gettin’ where I can poke Palahawkadin and the old boy just sits there and takes it. Nurse Rached must be in the room. :mrgreen:

    In the meantime, More John Anderson

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  329. 331 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Anyone want to swap lungs???

    Bear, you been swappin’ spit with some coughing, runny nose girl or have you just turned into an old hack? :lol:

    Take a slug of decongestant, two aspirin, 500 mg vitamin C, 1000 mg fish oil and cover your mouth when you hack. Oh, and call that girl up and tell her to do the same. Otherwise you have to stop all that spoonin’.

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  330. 332 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Look out B-man, that “prescription” sounds like something SG got in the Garden of Evil, at midnight.

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  331. 333 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 11:55 am

    That’s Garden of Good and Evil Pal. Emphasis on “good” of course.

    Funny, I knew most of those in the book. Crazy bunch.

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  332. 334 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 11:59 am

    BTW, since you asked, my Crab Etouffee was delicious. And I have crab left over so that I can have a crab meat w/horseradish dressing appetizer before my bacon-wrapped fillet tonight. Tender steaks in tough times. What a dichotomy.

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  333. 335 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I’m aware of the title of the book and that it is actually the Bonaventure Cemetary. That said, there ain’t no good in you.

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  334. 336 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    cemetery

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  335. 337 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    More likely HGH…. “Better things for better living, thru chemistry” :-)

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  336. 338 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    And steaks… :-)

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  337. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Well, Richmond won last night 2-0 over Louisville.

    Five Braves pitchers combined to blank the Bats as the Braves took the opener of an eight game road trip. (See, it’s corporate policy to use five pitchers per game..)

    The Braves snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Diory Hernandez that plated Brandon Jones. Phil Stockman battled out of a bases loaded Louisville threat in the eighth. Barbaro Canizares added insurance with a ninth inning home run, his club leading fourth of the season.

    Francisley Bueno pitched six innings, striking out five without allowing a walk to earn the win. Zach Schreiber worked a perfect ninth to notch a save. Canizares had two hits for the Braves.

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  338. 340 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    crab meat w/horseradish dressing appetizer before my bacon-wrapped fillet tonight.

    Mmmm. I’ll be there at 6:00. And I love etouffee, especially crawfish. Like Hillbilly, I love me some cajun and creole cookin’.

    Bonaventure is right, Pal. My mom, dad and brother are there. By the way, the photographer of the ‘Bird Girl’ cover of the Midnight book was one of my very best old friends, Jack Leigh. I actually suggested he go out to that cemetery to find an image for the book photo. Jack died a few years ago from colon cancer. Now he resides at Bonaventure. It’s a beautiful place.

    All of you should be sure to get a colonoscopy (colo-rectal) exam. Don’t put it off. By the time there are symptoms you could have a fight for life on your hands. If my friend had done that he’d be making more art and hangin’ with me and watching the Braves today. He’d probably be blogging with us. He was as huge a Braves fan as I am. We used to go to West Palm Grapefruit League ST together. I wrote a story about some of those times.

    Jack lives on through his work. RIP Jack.

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  339. 341 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    SG; I have had so many coloscopys that I now giggle through the whole thing.

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  340. 342 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t like mudbugs but either crab or shrimp etouffee is good eatin’.

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  341. 343 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    colonoscopys. Jeez. I quit!

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  342. 344 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    SG; I’m glad your family members and friends rest in such a beautiful place. Mine, on the other hand, are in a cemetery in Atlanta that when they bought the plots was one of the cities’ finest. The streets around it were all named for Confederate Generals. Now, those same streets are named for civil rights leaders and the cemetery itself is a rapidly fading oasis is the midst of Apache Country. I wish I could afford to have them moved, but I will not be joining them. :sad:

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  343. 345 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Things like “is” instead of “in” are not recognized by the speller.

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  344. 346 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Nap time. Later.

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  345. 347 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I have had so many coloscopys that I now giggle through the whole thing. :lol:

    I’ll bet your family and friends that are laid to rest in Atlanta could care less about street names. Oh, it ain’t right to disrespect the Confederate Generals by changing the names and such, but one day the tide will turn, the neighborhood will change, the demographic will shift and who know, we could have street names like Paladin Lane, Shyhawk Avenue and Berigan Boulevard. Maybe even Grinch will have a street named after him when he’s pushin’ up daisies. :smile:

    Me, I like American Indian names as much as possible. They were here first after all. After that, Presidents, Generals, heroes, civic leaders and such. After that, animals, trees and numbers work just fine.

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  346. 348 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I have had so many coloscopys that I now giggle through the whole thing.

    Speaking of daisies, there’s a whoopsie daisy for me. Started out to comment on your funny line and then read you next post and… well, you know. As far as the ‘exam’ goes, I suppose it’s fine to giggle… just don’t wink. Could be trouble. :lol:

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  347. 349 morpheus45 May 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Paladin, the doctor’s not supposed to have his hands on your shoulders during the procedure.

    SG, any cemeteries where Confederate dead are buried deserve Confederate names. Word is bond.

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  348. 350 Bob, journalist May 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers … My Lady, Mrs. Gil … all!

    Just don’t forget the other sex … it it weren’t for us daddies, there wouldn’t be no Mother’s Day!

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  349. 351 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    If the land that makes up Stone Mountain Park didn’t have a unbreakable clause in the deed that it will always be a Confederate memorial, they would have had that carving sand-blasted off, years ago.

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  350. 353 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Grinch, agreed. Thing is, once any street is named… particularly named after living or dead human beings, it should remain forever that name. Would be OK to change numbered or arbitrary street names once in a while, but not once named after a person, whether they be Confederate, Union, Repub, Dem, white, black, yellow, red (or in your case green) or whatever.

    Atlanta can’t even settle on an Airport name.

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  351. 354 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Grinch; I’m no fool. I have a female gastroenterologist. Look at the middle five letters.

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  352. 355 williamwallace May 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    This conversation reminds me of the old Chris Rock joke:

    If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, it doesn’t matter what city they’re in, you best tell them to start running for their lives

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  353. 356 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Let me say this and then quit. It is not so much the name change of the streets. It is the total change of not only the neighborhood, but the district. And this is not racist. I assure you that AA folk of our income and education would call the area something much more derogatory than “Apache Country”.

    And SG; As for your remark about them not being aware of their surroundings. Seismographs have picked up rapidly spinning sounds from my father’s grave.

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  354. 357 morpheus45 May 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    That’s a fact, WillyWally…it ain’t just Atlanta. Chris had his moments.

    P, did you tell here she’s boldly gone where no man has gone before? :-)

    SG, looks like Hulk, Oscar the Grouch and I got the lock on the green streets.

    OK, time to go get a few things done. y’all behave.

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  355. 358 Voice of Raisins May 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    How ’bout Green Flower Street?

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  356. 359 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    God, I hate it on weekends when Raisins doesn’t have anything to but pester the grownups. :-D

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  357. 360 morpheus45 May 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Bob, extend a Happy Mother’s Day to Carol for me; hope y’all are well.

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  358. 361 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Grinch; Be a good son this Mother’s Day. Don’t give her something you stole at Christmas time.

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  359. 362 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Pal, I didn’t say your family and friends were not aware of their surroundings… I said that they didn’t care. As for the spinning, that’s just an expression we living use to deal with our own biases.

    Regardless, those old, old ancient dudes Mr. Street. Mr. Avenue and Mr. Road have to be very proud. All those signs and markers all over the place and all.

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  360. 363 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Mothers Day? Tomorrow, right? Happy Mom’s day to Mrs. Carolina, Carol, Mrs. FBGM and a special one to Mrs. Grinch. She’s been through so much… :grin:

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  361. 365 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    SG; Sorry. I forgot that you are the resident pontificator now. Do you wear one of those pointy hats when doing do? At any rate, forgive me, I have sinned. I will put my rosary in chain-drive for max Hail Marys. Later, Father.

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  362. 366 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Pal, what on earth are you talking about?

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  363. 367 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I forgot that you are the resident pontificator now. Do you wear one of those pointy hats when doing do?

    Pal, perhaps you think that or believe I think that but I certainly don’t.

    Does Pala-HallSkyHawkMonitor-adin need another nap or just a rap on the noggin? You cranky old cuss, you. Maybe too many crabs. Now, say 50 hail Mary’s and while you’re at it give me 100 pushups. Not keyboard pushups.

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  364. 368 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Man, I thought for sure we were playing this afternoon, when was the last time we played a Saturday, and weren’t on FOX???
    Oh well, saw an amazing play…Cubs either had runners on 1st and 3rd or bases loaded, with Derrick Lee up…hit a fly ball to right, maybe 10-15 feet in front of the track….Justin Upton throws to the plate, and on one bounce, got Reed Johnson out by a mile!!!

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  365. 369 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Dearly Beloved; We are gathered here to mourn the death of our brother who’s rosary got hung up in the sprocket killing him with shrapnel. May he rest in peace, briefly, before the Debil comes for him. Now join me as we sing “Shall we gather at the river”…for catfish, hushpuppies and beer. Amen.

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  366. 370 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Paladin, did you miss your meds this morning or was that soft shell crab last night? :mrgreen:

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  367. 371 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    SG; Just because you take yourself so seriously, don’t expect us to. Over.

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  368. 373 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I agree. You are lucky if you get out of here alive.

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  369. 374 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    OK, now I’m going in and have my crab meat cocktail w/horseradish sauce. My bacon-wrapped fillet, medium rare, a baked potato–baked in a salt crust–tender green salad w/homemade vinaigrette, french baguette, and Chianti. If, after that meal, I want to watch baseball, I will. If not, who cares…certainly not me.

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  370. 375 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Pal, just because you take your dinner so seriously, don’t expect us to. Over.

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  371. 376 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Guy; The saliva all over your last post gave you away. Ciao.

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  372. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Greetings all…. Indian names are great as you can always tell the natives (bad pun) from the tourist as they mispronounce the names.

    To the victors go the spoils…. Pretty soon the folks in Atlanta and elsewhere will be living on Santa Anna Blvd and Castro Avenue…

    I have renounce my membership in my church this week. I found they were abetting the illegals in our area with all manner of support. Sorry folks “Homie don’t play dat”… Now, if they were taking up a collection to pay for their bus ticket home, I would support that but I think the bleeding hearts are very misguided on this one. The church is an enabler… Let these folks force change in their native country, not force change in ours…

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  373. 378 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Damn… I get insulted and try to be mean right back and Pal sees right through it. Plus, he’s having his gourmet meal and I’m having pizza. But then, I love pizza… especially from the great little Italian takeout place we’re ordering it from. Homemade style pizza pie comin’ up with extra everything. Yum yum.

    So Pal, after we eat and come back to the game blog, we’ll both be full, I’ll still be a self-absorbed pontificator to you and you’ll still be a crotchety old curmudgeon to me. I can live with that but I still don’t get the pointy hat reference. Must mean dunce? I’ve been called worse.

    Paladin takes a dinner break.

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  374. 379 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Gil, hear, hear. I’m with you on that move and yes, ‘Homey don’t play dat’. Sorry your church leadership is making such a misguided move and you feel the need to leave, but I’d leave too in that circumstance.

    Buying illegals a ticket home works for me. Or, if they truly want citizenship, I’ll buy them a ticket to Afghanistan or Iraq for a few years and then I’ll welcome them back with open arms when they return.

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  375. 380 Carolina Lady May 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    If I do something ‘illegal’, I face legal action, punitive charges, etc. and have to either pay a fine and/or serve jail time. Why don’t they?

    I have to have a government-issued Social Security number for many transactions. Why don’t they?

    If I don’t pay income tax to both state and federal governments, I find myself in deep trouble. Why don’t they?

    I have to pay taxes on top of taxes on top of taxes. Why don’t they?

    As a citizen of this country, I’m entitled to certain privileges, supposedly available only to citizens. Why do they, not being citizens or even here by legal means, get them?

    If I go to another country, I have to learn that language. Why don’t they?

    If I go to the hospital, I have to show insurance cards, ID, and sometimes put money up front, and pay the remaining bills. Why don’t they?

    If I need medicine and can’t pay for it, I do without. Why don’t they?

    Why are there some misguided, short-sighted, Americans who think all of this is OK???? Asked rhetorically, of course, but I just don’t understand why they fail to see what they are doing to their own nation. Why don’t they?

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  376. 381 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Gil, sorry about your church! Amazing how they think they are doing good, when they are doing harm to our country long term.

    CL, amen to that!!!!

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  377. 382 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Pointy hat? Like the one the Pope wears, get it? Anyway, I have had the dinner I advertised and am now having Courvoisier and dark chocolate. Want to pick a fight with me? Check me tomorrow.

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  378. 383 jbinatl May 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Hey Folks,
    Sorry I’ve been so sparse lately.

    I have to say though, FLB, I love the lead. What a great story! You were able to capture so much in so few words. Great writing!

    So as I type, the object of our mutual love-The Braves- are engaged in battle with the Succo Bucco’s and they just cut our lead in half.

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  379. 384 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Tex hit a home run?! One of you math majors compute what that cost us!

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  380. 385 jbinatl May 10, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Just a guess but I’d say $2.5 mill, Skyhawk

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  381. 386 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    A very interesting column by a guy I never heard of, talking about folks mocking Josh Hamilton…
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=pearlman/080508&sportCat=mlb

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  382. 387 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    He was out…he being the pirate player on the pick off throw to first….and now a two run homer….

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  383. 388 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    So, who are our starters again??? Hudson, Jurrjens, Glavine …and who??? James??? Reyes??? IF it wouldn’t keep causing the Tendinitis, Smoltz needs to be in the rotation….or trade for one later…that ain’t gonna cut it long term, IMHO.

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  384. 389 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Something tells me I am going to go to bed before this is over.

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  385. 390 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Typical Braves of the last couple of seasons. Get your hopes up, then go in the tank. Say they can make me a liar? I hope so.

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  386. 391 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Another fouled up bunt attempt….Pirates look sharp on defense…

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  387. 392 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    B-man; Are you me and JB the only people that can offer comments during a game? If so, what kind of blog is this?

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  388. 393 Skyhawk 008 May 10, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    OK, I’m gone. I can not, nor do I want to, stay up for the after-the-fact midnight mumblings. Bye.

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  389. 394 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    This game… no, make that most road games are maddening. We can’t even win against the worst teams. Usually mediocre fundamental execution becomes poor execution when they’re away. If Braves are staying at Motel 6, put’em in the Ritz. If they’re staying at the Ritz, put’em in Motel 6. If they’re eating seafood, give’em steak. Whatever.

    Something has to change before this season gets mired in sub 500 ball.

    Can Brian McCann at least make the appearance of trying to beat out a grounder?

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  390. 395 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Gant calls a good game. Not the typical Braves PR spin on everything and not critical either… just straight stuff. He knows the game and the Braves well. Ron’s also right when he said, “inability to execute bunts have hurt in these games”.

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  391. 396 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    mumble, mumble, mumble! pre-midnight mumbles! ;)

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  392. 397 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    CL, dittos on your 7:16. All true.

    Now, baseball… another loss on the road, another offensive game with no offense. Surely another team meeting is in order. This time no cake and ice cream. Candles under butts might work and somebody please get that

    road monkey another team to torture.

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  393. 398 Savannah Guy May 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    On the brighter side, Infante looked good with the bat tonight and played second pretty well except for the glove to hand exchange-invisible ball throw. Lots of talent there.

    As far as second base goes, I don’t like platoons there. The second baseman and shortstop need to work together almost as one unit so many times in so many different plays that they need to know each others moves. Familiarity is necessary in the middle infield.

    Chuck James is just simply not ready for prime time… but he pitched no worse than our batters hit. Seems his mechanics and follow-through changes every few pitches, although the movement on his pitch never changes. Not a good combination there.

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  394. 399 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Just read the overnights. Fascinating stuff.

    Chris, hold onto your seat, maybe even get under it, we’re both about to get klobbered. The sky here has a green glow and the horizon to my west looks like a 5,000 foot black wall approaching. Pretty ominous with huge streaks of lightning about every minute. Love this stuff. Respect it too.

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  395. 400 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 8:57 am

    SG, just got up and the weather does not look good. Pretty restless night as the thunder/lightning/rain started around 4 and was pretty relentless. Our cat is presently freaking out and hiding behind the sofa. That doesn’t seem like a good sign to me!

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  396. 401 Salty May 11, 2008 at 9:25 am

    SG and Klobber…let us know how you fare. It was noisy up this way last night, but Berigan, Grinch, sscribe probably had it worse, as they’re south of me. Lots of lightning and thunder (married couple…who wears he pants?), and rain…no wind. I don’t think B, G, and ss will give the same report.

    Greenish sky…not good! We’re waiting…be safe!

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  397. 402 Salty May 11, 2008 at 9:27 am

    SG and Klobber…let us know how you fare. It was noisy up this way last night, but Berigan, Grinch, sscribe probably had it worse, as they’re south of me. Lots of lightning and thunder (married couple…who wears he pants?), and rain…no wind. I don’t think B, G, and ss will give the same report.

    Greenish sky…not good! We’re waiting…be safe!

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  398. 403 Salty May 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I only posted once…must be good acoustics this AM! :lol:

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  399. 404 Salty May 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Oh, and before I head out with the Mrs., a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the fine mom’s out there!

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  400. 405 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

    test test test

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  401. 406 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

    The overnights were facinating, weren’t they???
    Hope SG and Chris are aok! They may have lost their power, if nothing else…
    Salty, if it was bad here, I slept thru it!!! Not a lot of puddles or anything….sure looked like some violent stuff headed in from Alabama….not complaining mind you, just hope the airport and Lake Lanier got tons of rain last night…we are not getting much rain at all lately…

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  402. 407 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    It worked! No, I’m not testy. Lost power there for a few minutes and the net went wacky. Going back and forth between TV constant beeping alerts and NOAA web. Nice storm but the worst seems to be just a few miles south. Pretty bad here so I can just imagine how it must be in the worst of the thing. Looking at the news, coastal Georgia is “red”. Is this a politically conservative storm?

    Hey Klobber… maybe you guys should join the cat behind the couch? Our cats are running in and out in the rain just to get wet so that I’ll dry them off when they come back in. They like the attention. I’ve gone through half a roll of paper towels.

    Salty, glad you guys made it through without interruption last night. Hopefully Scribe, Grinch, Berigan, JB and our other Atlanta storm-path folks and Hillbilly fared well.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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  403. 408 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Say, I didn’t know it….Maddux won 350 last night!!!! Congrats to him!!!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280510125

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  404. 409 morpheus45 May 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Morning, all! I tried to get on last night but the site was down. Had some bad storms here in north ATL about 2:30 in the am (at my Mom’s house). I’m scared to find out what my house looks like. My alarm didn’t go off, so maybe there’s not a tree in the middle of it.

    Anyone heard from CL? I e-mailed her last night and haven’t heard back. Not like her.

    Chuck James is a AAA pitcher. One cannot get by with an 89 mph fastball and an 82 mph changeup as their only two pitches, unless they’re a lot craftier with movement and selection than he. It doesn’t amaze me that he never gets out of the 6th until it’s too late; it amazes me he gets that far before unravelling. Oh, well.

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  405. 410 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Wow! All they have been showing on the news is storm damage in and around Georgia! Prayers for these families. I know at least 18 were killed from storms in the south and midwest last night.
    You know your luck is bad when a tree falls, and manages to hit all three cars in the driveway!

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  406. 411 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Maddux just keeps on tickin’. 350… wow! Will he make 375?

    A CL watch is underway. Carolina Lady please report in when you can.

    Now, storm music.

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  407. 412 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

    on a lighter note, saw this on ESPN’s website. Some fun factoids about Julio Franco…did you know that a pitcher that pitched to Ted Williams, pitched to Julio as well???
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=franco/080505

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  408. 413 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Would be nice to get Julio back in Atlanta before his 50th, as a player on the bench to come in and hit a home run as a 50 year old.

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  409. 414 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I agree SG, why not??? Manny Mota kept getting chances with the Dodgers..and came thru many a time I recall….

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  410. 415 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 11:09 am

    SG, last night, you mentioned how you don’t like platoons at 2nd….you made a good point….but, I saw the ex talk about what Kelly has done since August 28th of last year. .231 BA with 20 RBI’s in 195 ab’s Yikes!

    I just looked at his splits. He’s hitting .286 against lefties, but in 42 AB’s 0 HR’s and 3 RBI’s vs .239 BA right handed, but in 71 AB’s 4 HRs and 12 RBI’s

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  411. 416 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Bear, good info. I did say that I don’t like platooning second or short but I didn’t say that Kelly should keep his job. I know, it’s a tough situation because he’s got talent and he’s a good kid and all, but sumpin’s gotta give. He’s a mediocre second bagger and, well, just look at his numbers… not a consistent hitter and no consistent power.

    I’d like to see Kelly included in a package for another SP. Whoever gets him in the trade should use him at first base or left field… not first. A trade would be best for the Braves and I suspect would be best for Kelly as long as he’s not plugged into second base again with his new team.

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  412. 417 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 11:33 am

    should use him at first base or left field… not first.

    Self edit: should have read… not second.

    Kelly is the weakest link in our chain right now. Batting him in the 7, 8 spots would improve his and our chances for now, but that’s not a long-term solution.

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  413. 418 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    SG, do you think his defense (Or lack thereof) has anything to do with his hitting issues????
    Shoot, I’d be for trading Tex(can we even do that, or knowing Boras, does he have a full no trade clause in his contract?) for one of Toronto’s many quality pitchers and trying Kelly at 1st, IF he would hit there. Infante and Gotay would do just fine at 2nd….

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  414. 419 Carolina Lady May 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    ‘Afternoon, everyone! All is as well as it can be – just exceedingly busy with obligations. Thanks for asking. :-)

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  415. 420 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Bear, I’d go along with that in a minute but we’d need another cleanup hitter in the trade for this season to be competitive. There is no way Kelly (or anyone else outside of Chipper) would replace Tex’s bat. Even though Tex isn’t hitting now, he will. He’ll probably carry the team through stretches this season.

    Trading Tex this year screws our whole lineup. Chipper won’t see nearly as many pitches hitting in front of… who, BMac? Frenchy? Kotsay? Nope. Kelly would be fine defensively at first and may (probably will) even come around offensively but not as a power-hitting cleanup guy. Right now, Tex is all we’ve got that fits cleanup and being a switch hitter, he’s hard if not impossible to replace.

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  416. 421 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    CL, you just made my day. Was getting concerned. Happy Mothers Day!

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  417. 422 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    SG, you are probably right….(Though McCann might be able to bat cleanup)I just don’t like our rotation if there’s no chance of Smoltz coming back as a starter. Right now, we only have 2 starters that would have a chance in the playoffs…how far can you go with 2????
    I know, get to the playoffs, worry about how far later! ;)

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  418. 423 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    WOW, what a storm this morning. Started in around 3 am with high winds, thunder and lightning. I don’t know how many times I was woken up by a nearby thunderclap. Things only got worse as the morning progressed. Even had to cancel a mother’s day brunch with my parents as I didn’t want them driving over any bridges much less through downtown Charleston (which is notorious for flooding when we get rain).

    Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there. Uh, that didn’t quite come out right.

    Happy Mother’s Day to our gentle and kind blog hostess, Carolina Lady. I hope your weather is better than SG’s and mine and you have a fabulous day!

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  419. 424 Carolina Lady May 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Many thanks, Chris!

    …………………………………………………………

    Tubby Jones: I don’t care what fans think
    Posted: Sunday May 11, 2008 08:08AM ET
    Since offering to go on a diet with Andruw Jones and getting nowhere with him, I’ve lost 14 pounds, so I checked in with the Tubbo on Saturday night to see how he was doing on his own. “Have you lost anything?” “I don’t care,” he said. I shook my head in disbelief, and he said, “I don’t care what you think.” “Do you care what anyone thinks?” “I don’t care,” Jones said. Saturday night the fans in Dodger Stadium booed Jones’ name when the starting lineup was announced. “Don’t you care that the fans in Dodger Stadium have turned on you?” “No,” he said. “That’s their problem.”

    Los Angeles Times
    :shock:

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  420. 425 Carolina Lady May 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Smoltz could be back soon
    Posted: Sunday May 11, 2008 08:40AM ET
    So far, so good,” John Smoltz said of his progress over two weeks. “The inflammation in the shoulder is gone already.” He spent batting practice shagging fly balls in the outfield at PNC Park with teammates. The starter-turned-closer-turned-starter is about to turn closer again, and Smoltz could get clearance to start light throwing as soon as Sunday. “I’m going to see if I can sneak out there and get a head start,” he said.

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

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  421. 426 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Klobber, that’s disturbing about Andruw. He needs help and it ain’t the eyes. As much as he detests Whathsiname LA Times jerk, he has to know that his words go further than the interview. AJ needs time away from the game or it will get worse.

    Sounds like you got worse storms than we did here. I slept right through whatever we had last night, but the worst parts today missed where we live. The rain was nice while it lasted. Now the sun’s out.

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  422. 427 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I do not understand why the L.A. Times allows this jerk to write in the style that he does. It seems very unprofessional to me.

    Yes, AJ has problems, but constant name calling is just a very weak attempt at humor, IMO.

    Berigan, I read the article that you posted earlier about Josh Hamilton. I “knew” him when he was in Charleston in 00 and part of 01. What a nice kid. Someone you genuinely want to root for.

    Being an alcoholic or a drug addict is generally considered to be a disease. If Hamilton had lymphoma or diabetes or cancer or any other disease would these same losers still be taunting him? Of course not!

    I hope that he is able to channel all the negative energy and continue to do good things both on and off the field.

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  423. 428 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Gee, Braves, Pirates rained out, Detroit, Yankees, rained out, and Cleveland game was rained out! :(

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  424. 429 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Chris, I agree…as many issues as I have with DOB, he’d never stoop to this level…few writers would….

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  425. 430 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Berigan, I feel the same way. I guess it is different because this LA hack is a columnist, not a beat writer. He doesn’t have to see these guys on a daily basis.

    Still, were I AJ, I’d be tempted to not speak to this idiot. And for the life of me, I don’t understand why the Times allows this type of behavior to be printed in their newspaper.

    SOmeone over “there” just mentioned that this pinhead treats Kobe Bryant the same way.

    Are these teams required to give access to any/all local media that requests it? If not, why don’t the Dodgers ban this guy from their clubhouse?

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  426. 431 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Or just have no one talk to him??? That would work. Give him we gave 110% today answers, and nothing else…

    SG, it appears DOB doesn’t get your humor, to say the least! :lol: I got it though! ;)

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  427. 432 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    You guys need to “get out” some, and sample the big city papers like the NY Post, Boston Globe, etc. Yes, that guy in LA is over-the-top, but beat writers in other towns are not music-critic-wannabees and cheer leaders. Also, can you imagine someone from another region reading some of Terence Moore’s “prose” without wondering why the AJC keeps him on. ‘Course they don’t know about those pictures he has of a naked and “compromised” publisher that he keeps in a safety deposit box.

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  428. 433 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Man, I just feel dirty going over to the “other” place lots of nasty comments, people with no sense talking like they have some….I know, no one forced me to go there….just wanted to find out what was up with the game…

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  429. 434 Berigan 6, the Final Chapter May 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Skyhawk, there was a jerk who wrote for the Jacksonville paper who knew little about sports, but that didn’t keep him from writing about any and all sports…with a in your face attitude….that craps, crap…big or small town.

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  430. 435 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Look at it this way: We don’t care much for Fox, ESPN and the likes but apparently many do. If he(the guy in LA) gets the readers, they get the ad money, and the beat goes on. On a much smaller scale you can start your own blog and control the content. Otherwise, if it offends–don’t read it. I know that sounds like a simplification, but…it’s life by the golden rule.

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  431. 436 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    B-man; Thanks for the “heads up” about SG’s run in with DOBoogie. I went over and lurked and saw him get it from a couple of the kool-aide drinkers, too. Serves SG right for being over there in the first place. :P

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  432. 437 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Bear, the fact that David gave me a serious answer to my nonsensical “query” was humor enough. Actually he handled it pretty well and tried to explain flat ground pitching for rehab, which was in itself funny. Benefit of doubt given… after all, he gets stupid “questions” so much that a comment would have to be completely over the top to be obvious I suppose.

    Or maybe I just think something is funny because it makes me chuckle. Could be. :smile:

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  433. 438 Savannah Guy May 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Pal, if that was a “run in” I must be completely jaded or more thick skinned than I thought. Over there is not a problem. Kool-Ade drinkers (in small doses) only add to the humor… unintentional as it may be on their part.

    Now, the sun’s out, I’m blogged out and honey do’s are calling…

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  434. 439 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    SG; If you are still around. I was just saving space by calling it a “run in”, but B-man knew what I was talking about, as you did. Only DOB’s “buddies” are given the benefit of the doubt on subtle humor. Everyone else is subject to putdown, major or minor. I don’t need that, and I wonder why you do. But, to each.

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  435. 441 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks B-man, that is awesome. I, personally, would never jump out of a perfectly good airplane, but I have great respect for those that do. Particularly, someone carrying that much extra weight and drag.

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  436. 442 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Ex-manager says O.J. Simpson confessed

    OJ guilty?! Who would have ever thunk it?

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  437. 443 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) – A swimmer is recovering after a pelican apparently diving for fish slammed into her face off Florida.

    Now, you know your day is off to a bad start when you get slammed in the face with a pelican.

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  438. 444 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The sheriff of the remote region where Charles Manson hid after a killing spree in the summer of 1969 said Friday that he will allow researchers to begin digging into the sandy soil in search of possible human remains.

    And if they find any they will sentence, maybe, Charlie to a couple of more Life sentences without a chance of parole meaning that he can continue to shoot the schlitz with his buddies and watch Judge Waupner on TV. God, what inhumane treatment!

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  439. 445 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    PEARISBURG, Va. (AP) – A convicted murderer is suspected of shooting and wounding two men on the Appalachian Trail a few miles from the spot where he killed two hikers in 1981, authorities said.

    Hello! There may be a pattern here. ‘Course he served all of 14 years for the other two MURDERS. Paid his debt, and all of that!

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  440. 446 Skyhawk 008 May 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    You will be happy to learn that I am going to bed. Gave you something to talk about, but it won’t surprise me if you don’t.

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  441. 447 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Good evening y’all. I attempted to post several times last night to no avail. Kept getting a message saying the site was being worked on.

    Hope everyone had a nice Mothers Day (aside from the nasty weather. My aunt got it in SC too).

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  442. 448 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hi FBG. I thought CL might have decided to shut this sucker down last night!

    We got nailed TWICE today. Once starting around 3 a.m. and lasting well into the mid morning hours and then again around 6 pm!

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  443. 449 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Uncle, a girl I know once had a pelican mistake her for a post on the pier & land on her head. She was a little kid then & those are big heavy birds. Just about knocked her over.

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  444. 450 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Again, Chris? Yow. Hope it’s all clear by morning. My dad wants to leave at…5 am . Now you know I am not a morning person. :cry:

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  445. 451 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    So did you call that girl Post Head after that point?

    Yes, it was an interesting day. The sun came out around noon and although the wind blew like crazy all day, it was pretty. Until all hell broke loose this evening!

    Y’all headed up to Raburn? Have a safe trip.

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  446. 452 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Of course not! Poor kid was traumatized.

    Yep, my longest stay at the house yet, 3 weeks.

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  447. 453 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Going back to yesterday, thanks for the kind words JB.

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  448. 454 The male version of Camille May 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Man, sound like you dodged a bullet Chris! It was super windy here all day….just one round of storms in the AM that I slept thru….

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  449. 455 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Hurricane Berigan?

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  450. 456 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Here is a link to an astute observation by Paul Woody of the Times Dispatch on the NCAA…

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/opinion/columnists.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-05-11-0115.html

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  451. 457 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Camille? Camille who?

    Camille Paglia? Camille Claudell? Camille Tea? Oh, that’s chamomille tea.

    Yep, interesting day. At least we didn’t lose any trees or electricity like so many others did.

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  452. 458 The male version of Camille May 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    FLB, :lol:
    Nope, think along the lines of Dumas….

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  453. 459 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Glad to hear all have dodged the storms that have swept thru the south yesterday and today. Tornadoes are not to be trifled with… I think I am going to sell this place and buy a brick home.

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  454. 460 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Gil, the NCAA is a joke and an embarassment. ON many levels.

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  455. 461 The male version of Camille May 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Camille Tea? :lol:

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  456. 462 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Good for him, Gil. Too many “student-athletes” are allowed to coast.

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  457. 463 The male version of Camille May 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Camille Tea? :lol:

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  458. 464 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    If you think you are dying of “consumption” it is time to go to the doctor again .

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  459. 465 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Berigan, we’ve spoken about this before and I don’t want you to think that I’m nagging you because I am NOT. However, you’ve really got to look into a sleep clinic to fix your sleep problems.

    I don’t go to the doctor unless I am sick. I’ll bet I haven’t been to the doctor five times in the last five years (knock on wood). But I went to the sleep doctor because I knew that something was wrong. It was the best thing that I could have ever done for myself, my marriage and my kids. If you have sleep apnea, you should know that it can be FATAL. Just ask Reggie White. Oh, that’s right. You can’t because it KILLED him!

    Okay, nag session is now over. You may now return to your regular blogging. :-)

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  460. 466 flbravesgirl May 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    OK boys, I need to shut down & try to sleep. I’ll check in tomorrow night from the booming metropolis of Tiger, GA. Good night y’all.

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  461. 467 chrisklob May 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Have fun in Jawja!

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  462. 468 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Morning, all! My house is ok but man did the wind do some funky stuff in my yard. My super sport was parked in my back yard behind a solid 5-foot fence, and the cover was blown off in the opposite direction some how and up against a tree. I can’t picture it in my mind. Also four heavy, expensive wicker patio chairs were blown about 15 feet across brick up against my fire pit. My neighbor said the gusts got up around 60 mph this afternoon when it was nice and sunny.

    Have a safe trip, FBG.

    G’night, all.

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  463. 469 chrisklob May 12, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Grinch, glad to hear that you had no major damage. Heavy winds are not to be trifled with!

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  464. 470 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Top o’ the mornin’ from the coast on a beautiful, warm February Monday. Oh, that’s right, it’s the middle of May. At 60 degrees and the wind blowing… make that howling, it feels like a late winter/early spring front.

    Hope everyone fared well and didn’t get flooded, hit by lightning or blown away by these tropical storm type wind gusts. Hopefully this knocks the rest of the pollen squigglies out of the trees and deposits them in manageable drifts out in the middle of nowhere.

    Klobber, you guys had it worse than us. Seems we dodged the worst of it to our south and north. Small tree limbs everywhere and whatever wasn’t nailed down in the yard is tossed around but no damage it appears.

    Braves have a double header in Pittsburg today. It’s gonna be miserable baseball weather up there, with a high of 52 and a 70 percent chance of rain. Looks like they should’ve been more patient about calling that one off yesterday.

    Wonder if they’ll give the pink bats a rain check and hit with’em today?

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  465. 471 ssiscribe May 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Yeah guys and gals, we awoke to the tornado sirens at 5 a.m. Sunday morning. It went north of us; part of my home county and a couple of places a few miles north of here got walloped pretty good. We just had some small branches down in the neighborhood and some frazzled nerves here at the house, but otherwise, we fared well. Thoughts and prayers to those hit by the storms.

    Got a lot to do today, even though I’m off for the next two weeks … duty calls.

    Need to win both today.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  466. 472 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Our troops in Afghanistan prove they’ve retained their sense of humor with the following:

    YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN IF….

    1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to beer.

    2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes.

    3. You have more wives than teeth.

    4. You wipe your butt with your bare left hand, but consider bacon ‘unclean.’

    5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.

    6. You can’t think of anyone you haven’t declared Jihad against.

    7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.

    8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.

    9. You’ve ever uttered the phrase, ‘I love what you’ve done with your cave.’

    10. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least one.

    11. You bathe at least monthly whether necessary or not.

    12. You’ve always had a crush on your neighbor’s goat.

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  467. 473 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Most excellent post SG…. :-)

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  468. 474 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Chris, no problem with your nagging…in fact, you nagging resembles my nagging, a lot! ;) Perhaps we are cousins or somethin’ ;) Hey, if Cheney and Obama are why not us???

    Seriously, if money wasn’t an issue, I’d look into it….don’t want to say how very broke I am these days, but I am…very broke these days.

    I had to cough up money for a CT scan I had put off for months, then the b_tch at the hospital(Looking all the world like one of the wives from that Texas cult, even down to her clothes!) made me cough up A LOT of money up front…or not get the test. It was just that simple. If I hadn’t already drank a pint of barium, I probably would have just walked out.

    And it turns out I wasted my time and money, only things that showed up were a cyst on my liver, (No big deal) and my many bulging discs. Well, I got some peace of mind that Cancer wasn’t brewing in my guts.

    She also told me my next to useless insurance said I had not spent a dollar towards my $2000 deductable(Even with that, I have to come up with $144 a month-man I miss being insured through work!!!) which is really funny considering how many times I have been to my Gastroenterologist this year, and my regular doctor! :roll:

    So, to recap, no money for tests, and knowing myself as well as I do, I’d never get to sleep all wired up anyway.

    I heard something about a different type of test that is cheaper and simpler that shows the likelihood of someone having Sleep apnea…

    Since I have lost a few pounds the last several months, I have noticed a lot less night sweats as well….

    I’ll be sleeping fine once my stupid lungs react to the new antibiotics I am on…clearly bronchial passageways just about swell shut on me these days…never used to have this problem when I got sick…just one of the many gifts of getting older! :P

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  469. 476 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I had to cough up money for a CT scan

    Could this be the source of lung problems? Bear, you must get a wallet. Much safer for money storage. That, and people won’t gag when you pay them. :mrgreen:

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  470. 477 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Berigan, do you have asthma?? Those symptoms are very familiar. When I was in the hospital last, I had pneumonia, bronchitis and a severe asthma attack at the same time. The pneumonia and bronchitis responded to treatment, but the asthma was the one that nearly took me out. My Uncle Bobby died from it some years back. Until I had to deal with it, I wasn’t aware that around 50,000 people (in the USA) DIE from asthma every year. NOT to be messed with!!

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  471. 478 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Gil, it looks like the Appalachian Trail is now safe from an evil devil’s minion. I echo the sentiments of the mother of murdered 1981 hiker Laura Ramsay…
    “That takes care of that.”

    Mr. Smith will now begin his eternal hike.

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  472. 479 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Those winds last night were vicious. I stayed at my mom’s house last night. My parents live right on the edge of a wooded area – one of the few wooded areas left with all of these developers hellbent on tearing down every tree in Lilburn/Stone Mountain so that cookie cutter subdivisions can be built and every kid can go to the same schools as the Golden Armed Rightfielder.

    At least 5 trees fell last night. Thank God none hit the house. But it’s scary hearing those things fall. It’s like fireworks go off and then all you hear is this big swoosh like Andruw Jones striking out yet again. The strange part is that they don’t make alot of noise when they land for whatever reason. But the snap, crackle, pop and then swoosh noise is loud as hell.

    At least none fell on the house or property. We chopped down all the ones that were a danger to the house after the house got hit 3 years ago by a big old tree – or at least we hope we have. Rainstorms, icestorms, windy days can make for some pretty scary days at my parent’s house with all of them trees out there.

    The trees didn’t use to be this dangerous. Their neighbor however sold his hundred something acre farm earlier this decade and the developers immediately knocked down every tree and put up yet another subdivision. It has totally screwed up the trees and animals. You used to see more rabbits and deer and raccoons and the like but they have all but disappeared now.

    I have definitely seen a difference in the trees. They seem to be dying because they are getting less water due to the subdivision. It has also seemed to change the way the trees lean. It’s like these trees have competitions to get sunlight and twist and mangle themselves to get it. If you take away their water and change the way they stretch themselves out to get sunlight because you tore down trees, they start rotting and leaning themselves over too far and start falling all over the place if you breath or lean on them too heavily.

    I dunno. That’s my theory on what I’ve seen is the effect on the environment surrounding my parent’s house following the building of that darn subdivision 5 years ago.

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  473. 480 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I spent the best part of yesterday chain-sawing limbs and crap that fell in my yard Saturday night. But, they didn’t fall on the house, me or my dog so I’m not complaining. I will reinterate however, that I hate spring. Especially when you have March in May. Bah humbug!

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  474. 481 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 11:20 am

    reiterate. Starting off where I left off.

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  475. 482 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 11:32 am

    SG, those newer bills are harder to cough up, I find! ;)

    CL, you are probably on to something there…. the only thing that helps me is a primatene mist type of spray….I am not filled with congestion, but I sure breathe like a guy who smokes 4 packs a day(I don’t smoke)

    I was told about a million years ago that I had transient asthma. Must have gotten it from the hobo that lived with us in the 80’s….

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  476. 483 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 11:38 am

    by the way, first pitch is at 12:35!!! Second game is at 4 PM….a true double header, not a day/night one….I can’t remember the last time one of those were played!!!

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  477. 484 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Is it still morning?

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  478. 485 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 11:52 am

    WW, glad your parent’s home wasn’t hit and all are safe. You’re right about the crass development, urban sprawl and detrimental effect on trees and wildlife habitat. When a forest becomes a 100-yard wide patch of trees there are many problems that occur with the trees that are left. For one, they’re not used to handling high wind without their own natural buffer and support. Water shortage caused from developments is an even bigger issue.

    I’m involved in fighting that in Savannah right now. Developers, city officials and utility/power companies consider trees mere impediments to squeezing another house into a subdivision or a nuisance because an entrance to a business has to make a little curve instead of a nice straight path to the front door. Power companies needlessly destroy trees by pruning them so heavily that the tree becomes diseased and within a few years, dies. City officials consider anyone who proposes a better, more environmentally sound solution to be trouble making tree huggers. It’s the old school, ‘good old boy’ regime.

    In fact, leaving most trees not only is good for the critters, they provide shade, oxygen, aesthetic appeal and an INCREASE in property values. But many developers are so busy chopping trees and running from ‘tree huggers’ they miss the point… and the opportunity.

    To many dubious and short-sighted developers, ‘sustainable community’ means developers sustain big bank accounts and clear-cutting momentum while the innocent folks who buy their homes live in barren wastelands.

    We’re seeing this idiocy in my old neighborhood, even with new property owners. They find a nice one acre lot, claim they “fall in love” with the neighborhood and all the beautiful 200 year old Live Oaks, then they proceed to take most of the trees down because they want a McMansion with a separate four-car garage. Then they cut off all water to the remaining tree roots because they want to pave half the lot.

    A few years ago a neighbor cut down a 200 year old magnolia because she was tired of raking leaves. Even though I offered to rake the leaves for them, they waited until I was on a business trip and cut it down. Magnolias has been around since the jurassic era, but laziness and twisted priorities are destroying them as well as other old growth. They’re taking paradise and turning it into a concrete and brick box. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating.

    Man, I do sound like a tree hugger. OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Hug a tree today, while they’re still around.

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  479. 486 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 11:58 am

    those newer bills are harder to cough up

    It’s not so much the newer bills, it’s those with higher numbers!

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  480. 487 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Are you rapdily becoming Berigan, Chapter 11?

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  481. 488 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Rapdily? :D Sounds like a hip-hop dj…

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  482. 489 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Well, a gay one perhaps.

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  483. 490 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Palskyhawkadin, hate spring?

    Here’s some summer.

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  484. 491 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    becoming Berigan, Chapter 11? :lol:

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  485. 492 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Well, a gay one perhaps.

    Goodness! Has Bear joined Village People?

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  486. 493 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Not bloody likely! Just can’t imagine a rap DJ called Rapdilly. Sounds like some none to special, special at Piccadilly….

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  487. 494 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    … or a delicious Dairy Queen treat. :D

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  488. 495 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks SG, for “Summertime” by two of my favorite entertainers. Now, could you turn up the heat about 10 degrees?

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  489. 496 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Is a “Dairy Queen” a milk-lovin’ bull-of-another-persuasion?

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  490. 497 The male version of Camille May 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    VOR, I like yours better than my Piccadilly line!! ;)

    Infante is playing 2nd again….

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  491. 498 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    SG, be careful. You almost started sounding like Al Gore in that post. :)

    I had never thought of the point you brought up about the change in the wind currents affecting the trees around my parent’s property. Makes alot of sense. These trees were never used to being directly hit with the full force of the wind. But now, like you’re saying, there is little buffer provided to them and the trees that used to be there are not filtering the wind currents. I’ll have to share your thoughts with my Pops. He’s always ranting about the effects of that subdivision on his property.

    Another thing I have noticed as a consquence of less trees and more subdivisions is that it is much louder around my parent’s house. The main road is about a mile away. You used to never hear a car over there but now you can hear every car that revs by up there because the trees are no longer muting the sound of that road.

    Making matters worse is that they have built a Super Kroger, a movie theater and a Super Wal-Mart up there in addition to the subdivision in the last 7 years so there is now much more traffic that passes through. 20 years ago, there was nothing at all there. Just two huge farms surrounded by the woods.

    And for some reason I feel that more houses means more electrical wiring and all that for all those houses. It sounds silly but I always feel like electricity does create a certain buzz sound, especially when everyone is using it. Most don’t think of it or notice it but I do. It seems quieter at night when less electricty is used. But the end result has been that my parent’s house used to be such a quiet, peaceful place to just sit out on the deck and read, write, nap or listen to a Braves game on the radio. It still is but not anything like it was 5 years ago.

    A weird thing too is that only 5 years ago, you could listen to the Stone Mountain fireworks and laser show every night from my parent’s yard. Couldn’t see it but could hear it from 1.5 miles away. You could hear every word Ray Charles sang over there. They’ve got really loud speakers. There was a certain charm about that. But now all the increased traffic and loud cars and electrical currents between my parents and the Mountain has made it harder to hear the show.

    In Savannah, you guys should be especially careful about overdevelopment. The great charm of Savannah is the peace, quiet, gorgeous trees and so on. There’s a certain atmosphere about that town that absolutely needs to be maintained or it just gets cheapened and becomes just like any other place.

    So, I can definitely see your point. You sound like a tree hugger but it really has nothing to do with trees at all. It’s about Savannah and what makes Savannah special – and prosperous. At least, I think that’s what you’re getting at. More money due to overdevelopment in the short term might mean less money for everyone later on.

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  492. 499 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Yikes! Baseball is on!!! I forgot!!! 8O

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  493. 500 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Paladin, Ella and Satchmo are two of my favorites too. They just don’t make’em like that any longer. Thought that ‘Summertime’ might heat you up a little with this unseasonably cool temp.

    WW, actually it is about the trees… with my ranting. Sure, property, community and city values are increased with the trees but damn, I just love hav’en’em around and all the critters that live in those big green animal condos. Al Gore? Nope… we would be polar opposites and that has nothing to do with latitude/longitude.

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  494. 501 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    There is absolutely no clever tie in for this song at all other than I just like it…

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  495. 502 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Infante already looks better and more natural turning a double with Yunel than Kelly. KJ often seems unsure and hesitates a second too long to get both outs.

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  496. 503 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Morse is a guitar player’s guitar player. Man, he’s fast…

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  497. 505 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    It’s fun to watch your avatar change, back to an older version, when you didn’t do anything to change it.

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  498. 506 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Bear, sometimes it’s just hard to leave the past behind. Maybe flashbacks?

    mustleavenowlestigetfurtherbehindonworkstuff.com

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  499. 507 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Frenchy and Diaz really have a good eye up at the plate, eh what???
    and another so-so lefty looking like Steve Carlton.
    Hopefully saying that will cause Jurrjens hit a 3 run homer! :)

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  500. 508 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Yes>Springsteen

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  501. 509 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Tex is out of the game!!! Norton at 1st….

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  502. 510 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Today in Braves History:

    1970 – Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run off Pat Jarvis in the Cubs 4 – 3 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field. It was also his 1,600th career RBI. The ball, after it bounced back onto the field, was retrieved by Braves left fielder Rico Carty, who gave the ball to Banks. Carty, meanwhile, hit safely in his 30th consecutive game.

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  503. 511 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Rico had some great years with the Braves, wonder why he isn’t ever called to throw out the first pitch??? Has he, and I just missed it??

    Tex out because of back spasms.

    Frenchy has no homers since, what’d they say, a month ago today???

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  504. 512 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    ww; Your folks must live close to where I lived in Stone Mountain. I lived on Park Circle. I could walk to the light show…in those days…geographically and physically.

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  505. 513 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Your Yearly Dementia Test

    It’s that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test.� Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
    Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
    Take the test presented here to determine if you’re losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve made your answer.
    OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

    1. What do you put in a toaster?

    Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast,’ give up now and do something else.
    Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

    2. Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink?

    Answer: Cows drink water. If you said ‘milk,’ don’t attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World. However, if you said ‘water’, proceed to question 3.

    3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black brick s, what is a green house made from?

    Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said ‘green bricks,’ why are you still reading these???
    If you said ‘glass,’ go on to Question 4.

    4. It’s twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was polit ically divided into West Germany and East Germany ) Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of ‘no man’s land’ between East Germany and West Germany . Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany , West Germany , or no man’s land’?

    Answer: You don’t bury survivors.
    If you said ANYTHING else, you’re a dunce and you must stop If you said, ‘You don’t bury survivors’, proceed to the next question.

    5. Without using a calculator – You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales . In London , 17 people get on the bus. In Reading , six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea , three people get off and five people get on In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
    What was the name of the bus driver?

    Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
    Don’t you remember your own name? It was YOU!!

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  506. 514 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Confound it!!!! :x Why is there plenty of space when you paste it in the window, then none once you post??? Ignore the previous post….

    Your Yearly Dementia Test

    It’s that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test.� Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
    Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
    Take the test presented here to determine if you’re losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve made your answer.
    OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

    1. What do you put in a toaster?

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    Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast,’ give up now and do something else.
    Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

    2. Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink?

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    Answer: Cows drink water. If you said ‘milk,’ don’t attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World. However, if you said ‘water’, proceed to question 3.

    3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black brick s, what is a green house made from?

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    Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said ‘green bricks,’ why are you still reading these???
    If you said ‘glass,’ go on to Question 4.

    4. It’s twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was polit ically divided into West Germany and East Germany ) Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of ‘no man’s land’ between East Germany and West Germany . Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany , West Germany , or no man’s land’?
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    Answer: You don’t bury survivors.
    If you said ANYTHING else, you’re a dunce and you must stop If you said, ‘You don’t bury survivors’, proceed to the next question.

    5. Without using a calculator – You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales . In London , 17 people get on the bus. In Reading , six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea , three people get off and five people get on In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
    What was the name of the bus driver?

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    Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
    Don’t you remember your own name? It was YOU!!

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  507. 515 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Berigan; I passed your test except for why you are using that avatar and I’m not sure I want to know that.

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  508. 516 Salty May 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Berigan…what the heck do you expect…it’s Braves&Stuff at WordPress. So, it did.

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  509. 517 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    It’s ok to drool, P-Din, it’s a girl! ;)
    Didn’t know if I could mess with the photo to make it fit…so, got all artsy-fartsy…
    here is the full photo…
    http://photos.oscars.org/downloadpreview.php/021003-p.jpg

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  510. 518 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Salty, :lol:

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  511. 519 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    It’s ok to drool, P-Din, it’s a girl!

    Is it ever! Wow! If she were around I could leave off half my medications. And double up on some others.

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  512. 520 Salty May 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Resop is warming up? :shock: So, this game is out reach? :? What is wrong with Bobby Cox? His game management is in the toilet these days. I’ve thought the world of him for years, but the past year or so, I’ve gotta say I’m very underwhelmed.

    Who knew the offense was why the bullpen would be overworked? Having to PH your starter in the 6th…are you kidding me? If that’s the case….put the starters on a 70 pitch limit, 4-man staff, and pitch them every4th day. Good heavens…what a waste of a starter! :mad:

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  513. 521 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Salty; I couldn’t have written that as well, but I agree with every word!

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  514. 522 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    P-Din, ain’t she a babe???? Oh my…Hazel Brooks. No one will know her name. I never heard of her til a few months ago….made some movies in the 40’s, then married well….Well, he married well!

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  515. 523 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    The Braves MAY make it to th playoffs while BC is still in charge, but they will never make it to the WS with him or anyone else in an Atlanta Braves uniform now, unless it is Hubbard.

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  516. 524 Salty May 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Memo to: Braves’ Hitters Batters

    Item 1: You get 3 strikes; not 3 pitches. So…look for something in the strike zone!

    Item 2: If the pitch is at your hairline, regardless of your height, it is not a strike!

    Item 3: You will not hit 1.000! Just move the bloody runner along! It can be a good out…just make sure there aren’t two outs already.

    Item 4: Simple math – if the pitcher has thrown 7 balls in the past 10 pitches, what’s the odds his first two to you will be strikes? (Answer: at least as low as Andruw Jones’ batting average)

    Item 5: The pitcher doesn’t want to make many pitches…tough! Take pitches…run up his count, like Blanco and Johnson (except when he two strikes already!) There is no time limit on how long you can be at the plate.

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  517. 525 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    It did look like Jurrjens was having some issues in the 5th…but, this is a double header, right??? I thought he had tossed more pitches than he did(68 they said) so, it made little sense to take him out then.
    Of course, Blanco and Gotay got back to back walks, and if anyone besides Chipper could hit their weight, we would have a run or two….4 runs in 25 innings against the mightly Pirates….

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  518. 526 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Someone with a lot of grey matter has highjacked Salty’s computer. :P

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  519. 527 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Today in Braves history:

    2008 – They suck.

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  520. 528 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Berigan; Please take that FOX off the screen until after baseball is over. I’m trying to concentrate but even at my age she is…distracting. To say the least!

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  521. 529 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Salty, amen to that! They should have watched the Red Sox last night, instead of a hockey game. Yeah, they lost, but they are forever mounting comebacks. I think only Julio Lugo swings at everything. Does it not occur to anyone that teams do better that take pitches, work deep counts, get into the other team’s bullpen?? Sigh…..

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  522. 530 Salty May 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Better thank God that Chipper’s hitting well over his weight, if just to make up for the ‘diet’ the others seem to be on! What’s really scary, think how well Chipper would be hitting if Texeira was a threat to do something behind him!

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  523. 531 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    C-y’all later…

    Much like the Braves’ offense, I will be absent for a while.

    Later, taters.

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  524. 532 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    if Texeira was a threat to do something behind him!

    I hope we are still talking about baseball. :shock:

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  525. 533 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    If the Braves lose 2 to these bozos, I’m becoming a televised poker, or bowling fan until football.

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  526. 534 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    nice…Acosta in a meaningless game(Resop gettin’ warm for game 2?) and gives up a 2 run homer to LaRoche…

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  527. 535 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    if Texeira was a threat to do something behind him!

    I hope we are still talking about baseball

    Skyhawk, :lol:

    Salty right again….If Tex was hitting like last year, Chipper would be hittin .450

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  528. 536 Salty May 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Much like the Braves’ offense, I will be absent for a while.
    VOR…you show up much more often! :lol:

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  529. 537 Salty May 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    If Tex was hitting like last year, Chipper would be hittin .450

    Berigan…I know what you mean, in principle, however, I’m looking for more than a 30 point improvement in Chipper’s BA! :lol:

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  530. 538 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    There’s one.

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  531. 539 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Well, I will now pull a Paladin(Oh, that doesn’t sound right!) and go to bed, perchance to dream….I will beat the P man to bed , at least by an hour or so…but, then again, I have been up since 11 pm….

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  532. 540 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m going and do other things. I can’t get excited over the chance that the Braves MAY salvage a split of a double-header and win one game out of four against a team, that IF the Braves were a contender, they should own. Chosing yardwork over baseball says it all.

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  533. 541 Salty May 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Berigan…I really think you should stay up a bit…at least watch the start of the next game. With your sleeping struggles, and the Braves humdrum play, I think it’s therapeutic to let them lull you to sleep…shouldn’t take long!

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  534. 542 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Salty, they’d just do something to get my hopes up(bases loaded, no one out) and then not score a run….

    Hey, check this out, young Forrest Gump is all grown up! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354887,00.html

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  535. 543 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    they’d just do something to get my hopes up(bases loaded

    You must already be dreaming.

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  536. 544 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    BRAVES SCORED A RUN! BRAVES SCORED A RUN!

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  537. 545 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Well, I just got back in time to see Frenchy make another spectacular popout to short right field again. He might have more power and better luck at the plate if he didn’t have his back foot in the back of the batters box and his front foot halfway to the pitchers mound. With that wide stance how will he possible be anything but flat footed and off-level on his swing? How fundamental is that???

    Then I got to see Kelly strike out because he froze like a deer caught in the headlights with a strike 3 right down the middle of the plate. I actually think he was watching Norton at second and he got nervous and self conscious and forgot to swing or something. Let’s keep Infante in for a few more please.

    So, I broke for lunch with a plan to watch the game and then get some work done. Lunch was fine. Watching the game put me to sleep. Yup… just woke up. Not a lick of work done. At least I slept like a baby and missed that first contest… uh, game.

    These Braves are pitiful. The word they use is ‘pressing’. I’d say not pressing enough. Pulling when they oughta be pushin’ and such. No fundamentals, no energy, no drive, oddball use of pitchers. If they win this final game the announcers and the Braves players will surely say, ‘it’s good to finally get the road monkey off our back and build on this momentum before Philadelphia’, or something ludicrous like that. How about, ‘we just barely avoided a sweep from the lowly Pirates and we’re about to get our arses handed to us in Philly’.

    Yuk. Where are the Braves and when will Spring Training be over?

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  538. 546 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    That isn’t a monkey on their back, it is a 800 lb gorilla. And after they get him off their back, what will they do with him?

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  539. 547 Salty May 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry, SG, but this is the ‘Spring’ portion of the regular season! :sad: So far, they’ve been practicing what they were ‘srping training’, and that game plan ain’t very strong!

    Joe and Boog make good points: Kelly and Blanco make the lineup stronger. Both work the counts, both have speed and steal bases, and in Kelly’s case, when he’s cold with the bat, he draws walks. When Frenchy’s cold with the bat, he draws outs. Granted, KJ needs to be back at the 8-hole…and he needs to learn that Rod Carew wrist-flick when he has 2-strikes. Taking those borderline pitches is really the only part of his game that frustrates me…and it frustrates me alike. Carew used to just flick the bat, foul ball…foul ball…foul ball…until got what he wanted, either a pitch to hit, or a ball.

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  540. 548 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Kelly is pitiful and he’s not going to get it worked out in the #1 slot any more than Andruw got his problems worked out in the #4 slot. Are you listening Bobby? No, I didn’t think so.

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  541. 549 Salty May 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    srping? :? :oops:

    Frustrates me ‘alike’? Sheesh…I have SkyPalaHawks keyboard virus!

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  542. 550 Salty May 12, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    008…not even close comparison. Andruw went to LA to work out his problems. Evidently didn’t go far enough. Oh, well…his relocation was covered! :-)

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  543. 551 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Rub a little dirt on it and get back in there, you wuss. :P

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  544. 552 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Salt-man; I realize that AJ and his problems ended up in LA, but only AFTER BC left him in the #4 spot for most of last season so that he could kill as many rallies as possible. Meanwhile, the #1 slot is NOT for OJT.

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  545. 553 Salty May 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    It was humor, Mr. Crabby! :mad:

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  546. 554 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    And meanwhile, here we go with one of those games in which they score a whole bunch of meaningless runs that would have meant so much if they had been scored in some of those games where they stood at the plate like statues…complete with pigeon droppings.

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  547. 555 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Salty the good humor man. If you can recognize it. :P

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  548. 556 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Oh, and Salty, your road-kill avatar is quite appropriate. :-D

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  549. 557 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I’m not superstitious but… burn the navy blue jerseys and don’t take any chances.

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  550. 558 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    SENECA, Mo. (AP) – Nearly half of the 21 people killed by a tornado that smashed parts of Oklahoma and Missouri over the weekend died in cars, troubling experts who say vehicles are among the worst places to be during a twister.

    They should have stayed in their double-wides.

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  551. 559 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Salty, I just don’t see how Kelly makes the lineup stronger than Infante or Prado when he gets off DL. Kelly’s had his chances the last few years. Give the kids a chance now. Use Kelly as a utility guy.

    Either that or put him in the 8 spot and showcase him for a trade. I’m not buying stock in Kelly at this point. Thing is, he’d make someone a good first baseman. Someone that didn’t need him to bat leadoff or above the 7 spot.

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  552. 560 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mVWWmIXKxk&feature=related rel=”nofollow”>Scribe Fishin’ Music.

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  553. 561 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Scribe Fishin’ Music.

    Second try’s a charm.

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  554. 562 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    SG is talking in tongues.

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  555. 563 Salty May 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    SG…talking about working the pitchers, nothing more. They can all be traded for all I care.

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  556. 565 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I’m with ya Salty… on working the pitchers anyway.

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  557. 567 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Pal, those boys were catchin’ some serious fish… didn’t even hear the music.

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  558. 568 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    SG; That’s my kind of fishing. When they practically jump into the boat and you have a mate to unhook ‘em, bait your hook and CLEAN ‘em.

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  559. 569 Salty May 12, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Escobar just wasted an at bat. It matters not one whit the score is 8-1; you have a runner on second…MOVE HIM UP!

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  560. 570 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hush Salty. We’re fishin’

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  561. 571 Salty May 12, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    :oops: Sorry!
    ^
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    Hey, Bud…hands off! That’s my rock…you find your own to crawl under!
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    Much better, nice fit here.

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  562. 572 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Salty… right on. That’s an example of why the Braves have been losing. The little things like moving runners over seem to escape the entire team and more to the point, the coaching staff. Yunel is a great talent, but somebody needs to coach him, he’s young. Sometimes I think Cox and Company are spectators too often. Maybe I’m just frustrated with the team right now. But still…

    Pal, those fish took about 2 weeks to ‘jump in that boat’ like that but yea, that’s good fishin’. I’ll take’em off the hook and clean’em and help eat’m, but you’ll have to bait your own hook. Homey don’t play dat.

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  563. 573 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    SG; My favorite fishing memories are standing in the surf at Pawley’s Island fishing with a cane pole and bobber, baited with shrimp and catching Pompano. Then the maid(yes, this was a long time ago)would clean ‘em and cook ‘em up for mid-day lunch. I can smell ‘em now. Then a nap in the Pawley’s Island hammock lulled to sleep by the sounds of sea birds and surf. Pardon me while I sob.

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  564. 574 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    And I almost forgot(How could I?)the homemade blueberry cobbler with ice cream. HMMMMMMMMM

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  565. 575 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I’m going and eat my gruel. No salt.

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  566. 576 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Pal, of all the fishing I’ve done… from offshore blue water billfish, dolphin, wahoo, grouper, snapper and king mackerel to inshore trout, flounder, spottail bass and also lot’s of fresh water river and lake fishing for crappie and mostly largemouth bass that I’ve done in m life, which is an awful lot… surf fishing for Red Drum is probably my favorite of all.

    It’s the whole, clean, beautiful, quiet time… standing knee deep in the surf on a barrier island with just your friends. Cold beer, sammiches, surf rods and sand spikes… ahhh, that’s the good life. Like heaven on earth.

    You talked me into it. Gonna have to get back out there real soon.

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  567. 577 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Paladin, yeah, my parents live real close to where you are saying you once lived. My parents live over by Five Forks Trickum and Rockbridge. I’m sorry to tell you but your old house is very close to Cynthia McKinney Parkway. How the hell any road ever got named for her crazy ass I’ll never know. But I’m gonna blame you since you lived closer to it. You guys were probably neighbors at one time.

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  568. 578 Paladin May 12, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    ww; Cynthia Mckinney is also one of he reasons I no longer live in Dekalb County. And naming an alley, a dirt road, for her is sickening.

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  569. 579 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Paladin, my parents thankfully live in the small sliver of Stone Mountain that is in Gwinnett County. McKinney makes me sick. Despite the conversation from the other day, I don’t have a problem with a street being named for a civil rights leader. There can’t be enough named for them in my opinion. But I do agree that they shouldn’t rename streets that were named after someone else. But Cynthia McKinney? How the hell do you name a street or parkway after that crazy psycho? Disgraceful. You should have to accomplish something for the betterment of the city, town, state, region or country before having something named after you. That crazy broad has done nothing except disgrace herself, her state and her race – the human race and the black race.

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  570. 580 Paladin May 12, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    And last night I left you with some “thoughts”(I even got some comments on them) here are some more.
    In my area, during a 10 year and younger girls softball game, an asst. “coach” went out to argue a call. After words with the ump, the ump threw his out. Then this guy punched out the ump, literally. The um was knocked unconscious. Now, there is no one more competitive than me, but this is sick. The coach is charged with agravate3d assault(I hope he gets jail time)and his team is thrown out of the tournament. Isn’t this game FOR the kids? What a douche bag!

    Secondly, this situation in Texas and the separation of children from their parents. Yes, there is some hanky panky going on, but with under 10 year old children. That has to be proven in a court of law. And until it is, separating children from their parents is wrong. Didn’t we go through this discrimination against others for what ever reasons/ This could be the most unjust thing we have done since the criminal interment of friendly Japanese in world war II.

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  571. 581 Paladin May 12, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Self editing: “but with under 10 year old children?” Meaning, have you seen any “evidence” that CONVINCES you that under 10 year old children have been involved?

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  572. 582 Paladin May 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “Nephew”; I am glad we are talking again and I am sorry for whatever I may have done to interrupt our discourse. You are a very smart man that I enjoy sharing ideas, and barbs, with.

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  573. 583 Paladin May 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    On another tact: I dare any of you to go back in the archives and find any game in which Salty commented more. He is very knowledgeable and I enjoyed his comments. But, don’t you dare tell him I said so.

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  574. 584 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    OK, now I am back to my new persona. Why does wordpress kick you off, periodically?

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  575. 585 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Paladin, here is some guiding judicial principles in Georgia on the issue you are talking about in Texas:

    “No judicial determination is more drastic than the permanent severing of the parent-child relationship.” In the Interest of K.M., 240 Ga. App. 677 at 680-681 (1999).

    “Seldom does the state wield so awesome a power as when it permanently cuts the family ties between parent and child.” Shover v. Department of Human Resources, 155 Ga. App. 38 at 40 (1980); In the Interest of C.T., 185 Ga. App. 561 at 562 (1987).

    “There can scarcely be imagined a more fundamental and fiercely guarded right than the right of a natural parent to its offspring. To terminate that right is to sever that right for the future as effectively in the law as if it never existed. It is a tearing of the flesh.” Levya v. Brooks, 145 Ga. App. 619 at 623-624 (1978).

    “The breaking of the tie that binds parent to child can never be justified without the most solid and substantial reasons, established by plain proof. In any form of proceeding, the sundering of such ties should always be approached by courts with great caution and with a deep sense of responsibility.” Taylor v. Taylor, 280 Ga. 88 at 90 (2005).

    “Because no judicial determination has more drastic significance than permanently severing a parent-child relationship, such severance must be exercised cautiously and scrutinized deliberately.” In the Interest of T.P., 270 Ga. App. 700 at 707 (2004).

    “When we do this, we make a decision on human frailties and their consequences. It becomes an agonizing undertaking. Accordingly, compelling facts are required to terminate parental rights.” Heath v. McGuire, 167 Ga. App. 489 at 491 (1983).

    “It is not proper to consider the question of termination of parental rights based solely upon a welfare of the child test.” Hooks v. Baldwin County DFCS, 162 Ga. App. 142 (1982).

    “There can be little doubt that due process would be offended if a state attempts a forcible breakup of a natural family, over the objection of the parents, without some showing of unfitness and for the sole reason that to do so was thought to be in the children’s best interest.” Ray v. DHR, 155 Ga. App. 81 at 88 (1980).

    “Parental rights to a child… … may not be terminated without some required showing of parental unfitness, caused either by intentional or unintentional misconduct resulting in abuse or neglect of the child, or by what is tantamount to physical or mental incapability to care for the child.” In re M.L.G., 170 Ga. App. 642 at 645 (1984).

    “A finding of unfitness must center on the parent alone.” In the Interest of H.L.T., 164 Ga. App. 517 at 520 (1982).

    “Thankfully, we have not yet reached the point where the State is authorized to take children away from an admittedly fit mother based solely on the mere possibility that she may in the future have contact with someone who has previously beaten her.” In the Interest of C.D.E., 248 Ga. App. 756 at 762 (2001).

    Most of that law though is meant for termination of parental rights hearings. They’re not that far along in the game yet. They are only at the dependency/deprivation stage of the game. It’s easier to take the kid away then it is to terminate parental rights.

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  576. 586 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    HELLO! Is there anyone else in here but me? It really doesn’t matter since I am going to bed soon, regardless.

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  577. 587 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    ww, Kelly’s father’s parental rights were terminated when she was about 2 years old. I’m eternally thankful for it!

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  578. 588 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Hey, ‘Hawk! Hope it’s been a good day for you and you have a very good night! :-) I’m not going to be long tucking myself in tonight, as well! I’m one tired puppy.

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  579. 589 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Palsky, WW just gave you some bedtime reading to do. And yes, Salty is a knowledgeable baseball fan… he just doesn’t run off at the mouth like we do.

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  580. 590 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you ww, but the harm they may be doing to the children does not justify the means. I say give the young children back to the parents and until this matter is settled in court, have regular inspections by children services to insure that the children are not being mistreated. If you must be in error, make your error in the interest of the child.

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  581. 591 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Sorry about that. Unfortunately, I have terminated the rights of so many sorry parents during my career.

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  582. 592 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I think I’m being told by the Dalai Mama to get the heck out of here. :P

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  583. 593 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    No, I’m not, ‘Hawk! Just saying that I have some first-hand experience with it. It saved 2 lives.

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  584. 594 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Hey ww, apparently we are in disagreement. That’s cool. And besides, what we say here ain’t going to change a thing in Texas. You have a good ‘un, y’hear.

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  585. 595 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    CL, I think your situation differs, but you know it much better than I. I will cede to your take. Have a good one, my Lady.

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  586. 596 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    It sure wasn’t a “Texas” situation! :lol: But a terrible situation, nonetheless.
    Sleep well, ‘Hawk! Talk to you tomorrow!

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  587. 597 Skyhawk 008 May 12, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    As has happened before, my cigar and wine are about to run out, simultaneously. Not a bad deal. So, I’m going to bed. But, I’ve left y’all with something to talk about. If you want to. Nite.

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  588. 598 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Sometimes erring in favor of biological parents is deadly to children that can’t protect themselves from lunatic procreators that have custody. Wait… I’m just eavesdropping. I can’t get into this argument. The lawyers have it covered.

    I’ll rest my case before I get started.

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  589. 599 Savannah Guy May 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I’m out too. G’nite all.

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  590. 600 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Well.

    tap tap tap

    Guess I may as well turn the lights off…..

    even the saloon is closed….. no Diet Coke…..

    sigh…… :-|

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  591. 601 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Paladin, I’m not really disagreeing with you. Although I have removed hundreds of kids from the homes of bad parents, I have also defended hundreds of parents who have had their kids removed from the home. So my stance on it would depend on who I am representing.

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  592. 602 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    ww, I really would think that it is something that would have to be taken on a case-by-case basis.

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  593. 603 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Howdy, all! Watching the Braves lately has made me think “There’s nothing like the NBA playoffs on TNT.” Yikes, they suck. Part of it is a hitting coach who doesn’t stress fundamentals and part is a manager who won’t shake things up when everyone’s “pressing.” Oh, well.

    CL, you may have all my diet coke. Caffeine doesn’t do me very well.

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  594. 604 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hey, Grinch! Caffeine free! It doesn’t like me very well, either!

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  595. 605 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I’m thinking the Braves really need some new coaches! Headed by Pat Corrales (but I know that won’t happen.) We need to start a “Hire Julio” campaign.

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  596. 606 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I just can’t get into the NBA anymore. I got into the Hawks series but that’s it. It is so boring. I used to watch every playoff game. The Braves are a mess. I often wonder whether TP tries to make them well rounded hitters. What exactly does Pendleton do and who has he made better? It just seems like they all stay the same or they get worse. The only ones who get better or stay good are Chipper and McCann because their fathers are their hitting coaches. Yunel luckily has a language barrier so he doesn’t have to let Pendleton contaminate his hitting with bad advice

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  597. 607 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Good choices both.

    Man, am I tired. Getting up first thing in the morning to go see my bank-robbing buddy in court. When I lived in south Ga. I was used to seeing a young redneck friend or two in orange every now and then; it’s weirder now with middle age and middle class friends.

    Does anyone have an electric fuel pump for a small block chevy they want to get rid of?

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  598. 608 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    CL, it is definitely a case by case basis. It’s alot easier being the defense attorney though because you don’t have to concern yourself with that. On the other side, you have to fret over whether you have wrongfully removed a kid and placed them into a screwed up foster care system or whether they will end up dead or abused if you return them to momma.

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  599. 609 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Those are tough calls. There are so many horrific news stories of both instances. But for us, personally, it was the biggest blessing that we could have gotten.

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  600. 610 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    So, CL; tell us how you really feel about your ex. :-)

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  601. 611 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I would be banned! :lol:

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  602. 612 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I kind of figured that. That’s why I don’t bring up certain women on here myself; I enjoy my freedom of speech.

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  603. 613 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    AND this is supposed to be a place where we can enjoy ourselves! :-D Some things just ain’t fun.

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  604. 614 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I’ll change my moniker to Debbie Downer

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  605. 615 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    No way, ww! Good discussion is always enjoyable. Serious subjects can be discussed in a pleasant manner. And I enjoy those discussions. Discussions of ex-s however are not a whole lot of fun. :-)

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  606. 616 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Just checked our email. We’re another 7 or 8 million $$ richer.

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  607. 617 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    It would be if we were all target shooting together while doing it.

    WW, it don’t bother me. No kids to take or have taken. Anyone who comes after Grinch Pup’s gonna smell smoke, though.

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  608. 618 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Now that’s a thought, Grinch! :lol:

    How is that beautiful little pup?

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  609. 619 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Roger McDowell seems to be doing a better job this year. I think the Braves have definitely tried to move towards having more McDowell style pitchers who keep the ball down and get lots of groundballs. Bennett, Acosta, Jurrjens, Hudson, JoJo all have G/F ratios over 2. Glavine has raised his up to 1.67 so far this year. I definitely think it is the development of an organizational change in philosophy to suit McDowell’s strengths.

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  610. 620 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I agree with that, ww. But on the field, it often seems as though the kids are lost, not sure what they’re supposed to be doing. I admit to not seeing any games these last few days but those I’ve seen give me impression that they are surprised when they actually complete a play without fouling it up. And bunting skills??? :roll: Dunno.

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  611. 621 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t basic fundamentals and executions supposed to be taught and refined in the Minor Leagues?? Seems that those skills should be almost automatic by the time they reach the ML.

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  612. 622 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I agree, CL. They are just not well rounded ballplayers at all. They don’t execute the little things that matter. Some want to call it luck but it’s not luck to hit behind a runner, to execute a hit and run, to steal a base, to take an extra base, to complete a double play, to drop a bunt, to hit the other way, to get a sac fly, to take pitches to tire a pitcher out or to make him throw the pitch you need, to be aggressive with the bat when the situation warrants getting a run home. It’s just sorry. A bunch of sluggers who actually are not all that great at slugging. It’s not like they have a bunch fo 40 home run hitters. Plus, there is no fire and desire. You would never know they were such a young team with the lack of passion they play with.

    Watch them go out and sweep the Phillies now though. :) That of course would be followed by losing 5 of the next 6

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  613. 623 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    GP is thriving. She’s up to 57 punds and just gotten in all her adult teeth. I’ll take some more photos here shortly. For now, time to snooze. Good to see you out and about again, CL; I was gettin’ worried about you. Nighty night.

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  614. 624 morpheus45 May 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Pounds, not punds.

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  615. 625 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    That’s exactly what I mean. No matter what your profession, if you don’t know the basics and function well in them, you simply cannot succeed.

    I’m just not pleased at all with what I see. But, like you, I really hope they can pull it together before we have another year of failure.

    Who is responsible for what takes place in the Minors? GM? A VP of some sort? Would like to know!

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  616. 626 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Those skills should be taught in the minors or even younger.

    It’s interesting to me that Escobar is the only one who is a well rounded hitter. Castro might be a disgusting dictator but he seems to be able to dictate baseball fundamentals quite well

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  617. 627 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks, Grinch! Have a good night and an ear rub for GP! (Your emails helped a lot!) :lol:

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  618. 628 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    We’d have to ask Gil. He knows more about how the minors work.

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  619. 629 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Hire Fidel as a coach?? :lol: Well, if it works……. :-D

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  620. 630 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah, he sure knows them! Betcha he knows the answer, too!

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  621. 631 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I know there is something like a VP of Player Development, but don’t know exactly what that means.

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  622. 632 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Can you imagine Fidel sitting next to Bobby? What would Bobby’s nickname for Fidel be?

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  623. 633 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Time for me to call it a day! It’s been about 4 long ones consecutively – and I can feel it! :lol: A good night to all!

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  624. 634 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Good evening y’all. I didn’t get to hear most of the games today. I gather we had mixed results?

    Does anyone have an explanation why riding in the car for 9 hours makes you feel as if you were hit by the car?

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  625. 635 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Did you read the Carroll Rogers story the other day on Chipper? That was a funny story Chipper told about how he tried to quit switch hitting while in rookie ball. The manager let him hit only from the right side. Cox and Paul Snyder showed up to watch a game and saw Chipper not switch hitting. Cox was livid because he drafted Chipper to be a switch hitter. The manager got fired a few days later.

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  626. 636 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Now I hadn’t thought of that! What a funny picture that makes!!! At least Bobby would get Cuban cigars! Delly? Kid? Too funny! :lol:

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  627. 637 williamwallace May 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Got a phone call to make before it’s too late. Good night

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  628. 638 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    No, I missed that story, ww. I like what Carroll writes.

    Hey, FBG! Glad you arrived safely! It takes a toll, doesn’t it?!

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  629. 639 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Yeah, it does. I’m not staying up too much later (which is insanely early for me). Just wanted to let y’all know that we did get here.

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  630. 640 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Glad you did. Thought about you on that long ride today. Hope you’ll sleep well tonight!

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  631. 641 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Going back to my cousins’ discussion earlier, one of the things I really love about Rabun County is that 70% of the county can never be developed. 3 state parks, a lot of national forest land & a lot of Georgia Power land that can’t be touched.

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  632. 642 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks, CL. I may hibernate ’til noon.

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  633. 643 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    THAT is a real blessing! The ‘developers’ have destroyed too much of the land already. The county I live in used to be a wonderfully charming and beautiful place. In less than 20 years, it has been clear-cut, over-built and paved over. Completely destroyed. There aren’t enough words to express how much I hate it.

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  634. 644 Carolina Lady May 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Hibernation sounds real good to me! However, the dratted clock is still going to go off at the same old time as every morning – and there’s no way to ignore it! Sleep well!! I’m signing off now, too! ‘Night!

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  635. 645 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    “Paved Paradise & put up a parking lot”?

    We have woods in front of the house & a ridge behind, looking at Black Rock Mt. State Park.

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  636. 646 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Good night CL.

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  637. 647 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Opus to Chop Seal… “Oh the humanity”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24585481/

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  638. 648 flbravesgirl May 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I’m running on fumes & the laptop is moving slower than molasses in January. Time for bed. Good night y’all.

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  639. 649 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Hey, I’m here, ready to talk! :) Who’s up??? Hello??? Anyone??? BAS??? Jersey Gil??? No??? Well, nuts to you then! :x

    Glad we did at least win one game today. Blanco seems to be our most exciting player right now! Lots of speed, can actually lay down a bunt, a smart player. Times like these I really wish we had the DH in the NL…yes, I am a heretic! ;) But, imagine how different this team would be with Blanco leading off!

    Diaz could Dh, with Norton, Johnson, and Gotay spelling him from time to time(Frenchy could DH and save a day on the field)I guess we will just have to be happy with his 2 starts a week….

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  640. 650 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 7:50 am

    How Andruw really feels about his slump…not what you heard from that punk LA Times reporter…

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3392423

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  641. 651 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 8:41 am

    TIME To wake up sleepy heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  642. 652 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 8:48 am

    G’morning, everybody…

    From the overnights:

    WW: Can you imagine Fidel sitting next to Bobby? What would Bobby’s nickname for Fidel be? That’s easy. “Kid.” Or Fido…

    Gil: Your Opus to Chop Seal. I am still laughing.

    FBG: Glad you made it safely. Welcome to NE Georgia.

    Brogan: The letters “DH” and “NL” shall henceforth never be seen within close proximity to each other ever again in life. And yes, Blanco should without a doubt be leading off right now. And if not Blanco, Kotsay. I like KJ alot, and he does take alot of pitches and draw a few walks, but he really needs to be dropped way down in the order. Just swap him with either Blanco or Kotsay; simple enough.

    CL: Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, on this team can bunt. That should be a skill taught in the minors, but maintained in the majors. I, like WW, blame TP. I have yet to see his value to this team. Nice guy and all, rides a pretty motorcycle, but contributes nothing that I can see. It’s a glaring deficiency to me. You have batters not working the count, not going with the pitch, not executing basics… if it ain’t the hitting coaches job to teach hitting, whose is it? To me, it rests squarely on his shoulders. And an excellent point was made that the two most consistent hitters on this team, Chipper and Mac, have their own hitting coaches, being their respective fathers. Speaks volumes to me…

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  643. 653 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I’m sure Pallyboy liked the Anthrax clip, but just in case he wasn’t crazy about it… some more Ella!

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  644. 654 chrisklob May 13, 2008 at 9:05 am

    As you all know by now, my ten year old son plays baseball. His coach LAST YEAR started teaching the team how to bunt. This year, his coach has spent a lot of time on the subject. Several times this year, certain players have been called upon to move the runner(s) over via the bunt in games.

    Every boy is expected to be able to bunt properly, even the sluggers, although they are not called upon to do so in a game very often. During practice, any boy that executes poorly on bunting drills gets to run poles in the outfield after practice. I promise, it helps.

    The fact that professional ball players, who have undoubtedly been working on their bunting skills for YEARS, can not execute a bunt properly is pathetic. They should all have to run poles after practice. So should their coaches, for that matter.

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  645. 655 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

    VOR, very good points all, well all except no one on the team can bunt. Blanco put down the best bunt I have seen from braves player in years, yesterday! Guy who fielded it, just put it in his pocket….

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  646. 656 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for Ella, B-man. Ella doesn’t add a “voice” to an arrangement, she adds another instrument.

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  647. 657 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 9:16 am

    DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit-based group hopes to use empty shipping containers to build a $1.8 million, 17-unit condominium project.

    The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday the project would stack empty containers four high, cut in windows and doors, install plumbing, stairways and heating, and add amenities such as balconies and landscaped patios.

    Groundbreaking could take place this fall on the project if it wins city approval, and it could open in 2009. It’s designed by Detroit-based architect Steven Flum.

    Developers plan to offer condominium units measuring 960 to 1,920 square feet. Prices will range from about $100,000 to about $190,000.

    Boy, where do I get in line so I don’t miss out on this?! From the penthouse units you can get a good view of the dumpsters.

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  648. 658 Salty May 13, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Inability to bunt is consistent with sports in/and society. Athletes don’t learn fundamentals.
    Basketball – all about dunking and 3-point shots, and posing. No passing or defense.
    Football – all about the camera…posing…I think Madonna (first and last reference) called in ‘Vogue’! :lol:
    Baseball – Chicks did the longball!
    Society – No manners! What’s mine is mine; what’s yours, will soon be mine. Either I’ll take it, or the gov’t will give it to me…so why don’t you save time and money, and fork it over now! How’s that for cynical? :?

    I think that about covers it!

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  649. 659 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Now Skyhawk, how can you tell they will be crap, before seeing them??? I mean beautiful shipping containers, rectangular in shape….oh, who am I kidding, this is as dumb idea I have heard in a long time!

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  650. 660 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Chicks did the longball!

    Typo or not, we could have a day-long discussion on that line. But, some of us would probably be banned by 10 AM. :evil:

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  651. 661 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – A teenager with a bullet lodged in his forehead that police wanted removed in order to prove he tried to kill the owner of a used-car lot pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault and other charges.

    Teenager: Gosh, this thing HURTS!

    Lawyer: I don’t care. We ain’t letting anyone touch it until the trial is over. Here’s a kleenex. Clean up that mess.

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  652. 662 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    klobber: Our most fundamentally sound player, Yunel, failed to even hold his bat properly to bunt. I’ve lost count of the times they’ve failed to move runners over. Somebody should lose a job over that. Can you pack an office on a motorcycle?

    Salty: Excellent points well taken.

    Brogan: Yes, you are correct, Blanco can execute the bunt. Now, if we can only figure out how he can move himself over…

    Skylahawkadin: Yes, we could have a great dialogue on Chicks did the longball! However, I’m not so sure that the doghouse will hold all of us.

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  653. 663 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 9:56 am

    That story on the teenager with the bullet in his forehead goes on to say the bullet is “burrowed into the soft-fatty tissue of the forehead”. I don’t know about y’all, but my forehead is one of the few places on my body that has no soft-fatty tissue.

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  654. 664 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Blanco can move himself over by stealing 2nd and 3rd! :mrgreen:

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  655. 665 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Chicks did the longball. Debbie does Dallas. The prospects are limitless. :P

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  656. 666 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I think the writer misheard, it’s in the soft fatty tissue of his brain. No damage done, since the thing ain’t exactly running on all cylinders to begin with.

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  657. 667 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Kelly made a semi-liar out of me yesterday with a pretty good performance at the plate. However, I still think he is over-matched in the #1 hole where consistency is the key.

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  658. 668 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I think the Braves should trade some long-term DLers for some other team’s DLers. I know it won’t help the team, but it will give us some new names to read about every day.

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  659. 669 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Jo-Jo and his blister take the mound for the Bravos tonight. I’m a bit anxious about the whole blister thing. How does a blister go away in 5 days? How does it not affect him throughout the season?

    And what of ChuckieJ? He’s scheduled to go on Thursday… in Philly’s bandbox. Ouch! That could get ugly. I’m going to start praying for that one today.

    Did it go unnoticed that top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson was promoted to AA Pearl Sunday? In 7 starts at A Myrtle Beach, he was 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA, had 49 K’s in 40 IP and opposing batters were batting .116 against him. He didn’t allow a run in his last 4 starts at Myrtle. He’s scheduled to make his first AA start tonight. He’s pitching in the rotation spot of righty Brad Nelson, who was promoted from Pearl to Richmond. I’ll see what I can dig up on Nelson…

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  660. 670 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

    TAMPA, Fla. — A University of Florida football player is recovering after being shot in the shoulder while at a Tampa area-park.

    There’s a switch. A Gator player being the shotee istead of the shooter.

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  661. 671 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:30 am

    nnnnnnnnnn

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  662. 672 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 10:32 am

    OK, no one wants to talk? Thanks. I’ll go do something worthwhile. Bye.

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  663. 673 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Brad Nelson:

    Has made 2 appearances as a reliever at AAA. Has a couple of K’s in 1.0 IP and no ERA.

    At AA, he made 1 start, appeared in 8 other games as a reliever and had a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 IP. He did, however, have 16 K’s and only 3 BB’s.

    In 2007, he played at A, AA and AAA. Yearly totals: He finished the year with a 9-2 racord and a 3.13 ERA. He had 65 K’s and 29 BB’s in 41 appearances (6 as starter) and 100.2 IP.

    He is most likely a non-factor with the major league team this year, so I have no idea why I am spending this much time and energy on him… :neutral:

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  664. 674 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 10:39 am

    OK, I should have started work related research at 9:00am, but instead have been doing Braves related research. Since I don’t get paid for that, and since my clients are only keeping me on their speed dial for doing their work, I must now shift my attention. :(

    Dang…

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  665. 675 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Just in case anyone was thinking, “I wonder what VOR is listening to right now…”

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  666. 676 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Raisins; You are a sicko. :lol:

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  667. 677 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    If anyone wonders what SG and Berigan are listening to right now…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skU-jBFzXl0

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  668. 678 Salty May 13, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    And for SkyPalaHawkadin’s listnen’ pleasure! :lol:

    http://www.last.fm/music/Gheorghe+Zamfir

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  669. 679 Salty May 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I really, REALLY, want to know why I get censored! I pay my taxes, refrain from (too many) vices, and, for the love all that’s good, I even talk to PalaSkyHawkadin! Doesn’t that merit something in the way of a gold star? No…I get stuck in the lint trap! Absolutley, positively, am not happy! :mad:

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  670. 680 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Did you call him Psychodin? :D

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  671. 681 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Another normal day on the blog with Salty complaining about gettin’ dumped in the rubbish bin. And it’s always Salty. Tell you something?

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  672. 682 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    OK, children. I have to make my weekly migration to Athens (gym, working on BSOML) and then to Snellville (rehearsal). I’ll be back home after midnight, back here in the AM.

    Later, taters…

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  673. 683 Salty May 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    And it’s always Salty. Tell you something?

    I guess I should stay away? :?

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  674. 684 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Please don’t leave Salty. The rubbish bin would get so lonely. :lol:

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  675. 685 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    La. furniture salesman guilty of spying for China
    Published: 5/13/08, 2:25 PM EDT

    He was giving them all of our furniture secrets. They should hang him.

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  676. 686 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Raisins; It’s Mr. Tater to you. Where is your respect for your elders?

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  677. 687 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    On a day like this on the B & S blog, you can’t even get an echo. I think I’ll go take another nap.

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  678. 688 Savannah Guy May 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    La. furniture salesman guilty of spying for China

    That’s treason. Get all the facts on the table and give him the chair!
    :mrgreen:

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  679. 689 Savannah Guy May 13, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Without Salty this place would be bland. Now, where are the spice girls?

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  680. 691 Savannah Guy May 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Never mind… I have to go scoot again anyway.

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  681. 692 Savannah Guy May 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Before I go, couldn’t resist. Just got a funny email you political animals might like. Seems an age old question was posed to a few politicians and celebrities:

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    HILLARY CLINTON:
    When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure… right from Day One! … that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me…

    JOHN McCAIN:
    My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

    BARACK OBAMA:
    The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!

    DR. PHIL:
    The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on ‘THIS’ side of the road before it goes after the problem on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ of the road.. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his ‘CURRENT’ problems before adding ‘NEW’ problems.

    OPRAH:
    Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

    GEORGE W. BUSH:
    We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either with us, or against us. There is no middle ground here.

    COLIN POWELL:
    Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road…

    ANDERSON COOPER – CNN:
    We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

    JOHN KERRY:
    Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

    NANCY GRACE:
    That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

    PAT BUCHANAN:
    To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

    MARTHA STEWART:
    No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

    DR. SEUSS:
    Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

    ERNEST HEMINGWAY:
    To die in the rain. Alone.

    GRANDPA:
    In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

    BARBARA WALTERS:
    Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

    ARISTOTLE:
    It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

    JOHN LENNON:
    Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

    BILL GATES:
    I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C% ………reboot.

    ALBERT EINSTEIN:
    Did the chicken cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

    BILL CLINTON:
    I…did…not…have road relations with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

    AL GORE:
    I invented the chicken!

    COLONEL SANDERS:
    Did I miss one?

    AL SHARPTON:
    Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

    ~

    Well denizens, at least they’re not promising one in every pot.

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  682. 693 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Leave my pot out of this.

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  683. 694 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    See Salty, the way to keep your stuff out of the filter is to write 1000 word tomes and the censor gets bored and lets them by. SG will be glad to teach you.

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  684. 695 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Should we send someone over to see if Berigan is breathing? I’d do it, but I’m cutting my toenails.

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  685. 696 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Up yours, and yours and yours. NOT YOURS, MA’AM! and yours, and yours and yours.

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  686. 697 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    barely breathin’….

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  687. 698 Skyhawk 008 May 13, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    That was a JOKE Berigan. I’m glad you are with us.

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  688. 699 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    CHris Resop has not pitched since the 3rd of May. 10 days. How bad has he been? In his last 7 appearances he gave up runs in exactly one of them. Now, how likely is he to pitch well the next time out??? He can walk a few guys, and get released.
    Reyes has a blister. Bennett’s the long guy, right?? That’s why he pitched 2 innings yesterday, the day before Reyes?

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  689. 700 Skyhawk 008