10: The Loch Ness Monster ate my truck – & other baseball legends


by Lew

RANDOLPH,VT _ Most of the time I think in a somewhat linear fashion. I see or hear something, which suggests something else, which suggests something else-you get the picture. Maybe it’s nothing more than a bizarre form of Attention Deficit Disorder. Whatever.

The other day I was in my studio working on a future Wurlitzer drawing and I had the History Channel on the tube. They were broadcasting a documentary about the Loch Ness Monster. The first thing that occured to me was a flash of the new SUV commercial, where The Loch Ness Monster reaches out of the Loch, grabs the SUV like Ozzie Smith going into the hole for a hot shot to short, submerges the vehicle like a Gene Garber sinker and then throws it back to shore like a Nolan Ryan fastball. It then drives away. Not a bad advertisement as these things go and maybe it’s all those hours spent watching 50’s sci fi movies, but I would rather it had just eaten it. Much more interesting to my way of thinking.

Now Nessie has always intrigued me. So has Dracula. Frankenstein. Lost Civilizations. Archaeology and paleontology. All of which leads to the next thought (detecting a pattern, here?). Most of what I find interesting and enjoyable, or that I have flat out idolized- has been with me since I was quite young.

I have always been an artist. Family anecdotes of my artistic exploits go back to age two, when I reportedly embellished the refrigerator with chocolate pudding and proclaimed myself a painter. My Mother noted in her neat copperplate script in my baby book-right next to the curls from my first haircut- at age three “Draws pictures that look like what he is drawing-mainly Pirates and Indians.” My favorite coloring books were of Lost Civilizations and Space Raiders. Little has changed throughout the intervening decades. I still enjoy action and swashbuckling adventure movies and books. I became a Sci Fi/Fantasy artist. I have painted Cowboy s, Indians, werewolves, Vampires, Faeries, Dragons and all sorts of mythological creatures. They’ve always been a part of me.

Which (here we go again) leads me to this-Baseball, Too!!!! I love baseball. I always have. I remember the first time I ever played the game in first grade-1957 at Warwick Elementary. Didn’t even mind carrying the bat to first so another first grader wouldn’t trip over it and mess up recess (I’ve never forgotten, Beth Ann). I remember my Step Father’s stories of the Philadelphia A’s and Connie Mack-his tales of Jimmy Foxx’s and Hank Greenberg’s prodigious Home Runs. I remember reading every baseball book I could get my hands on-from “Treasure At First Base”, to my all-time favorite “Ballplayers Are Human, Too”, by Ralph Houk, which documented the chase for Ruth’s 60 Home Run mark by Maris and Mantle in 1961.

I saw many legends play at old Connie Mack Stadium at 21st and Lehigh in Philadelphia. I saw Gibson , Koufax, Drysdale, Marichal and Spahn pitch. I still remember the longest Home Run I ever saw hit-by Ernie Banks. I saw Richie Allen leg out an inside the park shot to right center. I saw Johnny Callison hit three consecutive Home Runs over the 30 foot tall, industrial steel right field wall. The Phillies STILL lost the 7th of the infamous 10 in a row to end the 1964 season to Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves. It almost killed this 13 year old. I saw Fergie Jenkins and Pat Corrales play as rookies. I saw Jim Bunning’s perfect game on TV and Randy Johnson’s, too.

Which leads-finally-to this. What would we do without baseball in our lives? What would we do without the sport we all love so much? How much more empty would our lives be? Would we even know one another? In this season of new beginnings, I’d like for us all to reflect on what baseball means to us. Let’s do it before we start the endless cycle of arguments and debates about wins and losses, trades and deals, HR’s, RBI, OBP, OPS, ERA and VORP. Do it now. Only a few weeks remain until the daffodils and dogwoods bloom, the leaves return to the trees and the bats crack and leather pops (likely hamstrings, too). I for one, will be there the first day the pitchers and catchers throw to each other. I damn well intend to revel in it. Hope you’ll be there, too. Now, Baseball (There’s your transition, Oh Scribe)-Discuss it amongst yourselves. It’s almost time and I can’t wait.


Blog address: bravesandstuff@hotmail.com

263 Responses to “10: The Loch Ness Monster ate my truck – & other baseball legends”

  1. 1 CL December 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Is there life without baseball?? I don’t think so!

    Very good, Lew!! Congratulations!


  2. 2 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent lead post Lew. I thought you were going to give us a review of the NL, but this was even better…more personal. Plenty of time for that before Orlando. We can always get into all the OPS, STP, LSD, HGH, SOL, FUBAR and such then.

    Most of the time I think in a somewhat linear fashion. I see or hear something, which suggests something else, which suggests something else-you get the picture.

    Like an artist version of “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon”. Left-right brain thing.

    Seems we’ve had very similar childhoods, interests and such. I drew all the famous monsters as well (and assembled models of them), yet I leaned early to the pulp detective stuff, sci-fi stories, talking animals like Heckyll and Jekyll and super-hero comics (Fly origins no doubt). Then it was on to Mad Mag, Zap comics, Fritz the Cat and all such madness.

    Like you, I’ve been into baseball since I was old enough to shed the diapers. Yankees and Pirates were my first teams since I was born and raised in Ft. Myers, Fla. Near their spring training camps The 1960 World Series probably turned me into a hardcore baseball fan even though I was just a little tyke. Being around my dad and watching him go good crazy when the Pirates won game 7 hooked me for life. Ft. Myers erupted, horns were blowing, people screaming in joy, cheering…it was like a circus. Baseball…watched it, played it and watched some more. Full circle. Guess I’ll return to diapers one day too.

    Thanks for the great post. Good memories too.


  3. 3 berigan2electricboogaloo December 31, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Sweet blog Lew! Say, can we now refer to you as sweet Lew??? 😉 No??? Not only no but H*** no??? Sorry! 😳
    Seriously, your words show how much baseball stays with a person over your entire life. The layers, and layers of history one gathers from being a fan. Your Stepfather bringing to life Connie Mack, and Greenburg, and Jimmy Foxx. Your own memories of seeing Banks and Bunning, and how clear they are to you today.

    I don’t go back quite as far as you, but some of my fondest memories of baseball go back to being a kid. My Grandmother grew up in St. Louis, and she and my Grandfather had an apartment right across from Rogers Hornsby! They met several members of the old Gas house gang. Loved those stories, too bad she died when I was only 12, (She was 83)

    As a kid, I was thrilled to watch Lou Brock break Ty Cobb’s record(Actually I listened to it in bed as it happened in San Diego-I don’t think the game was even on TV, long before ESPN) Seeing Gary Templeton as a young man who looked destined for the HOF. And of course, Ted Simmons, the greatest hitting Catcher ever! 😉 The Cards of my youth will always be with me.
    First time I went to a game at Busch stadium, I was so giddy, I could barely stand it on the drive down! I don’t think my parents had ever seen me this excited, short of Christmas morning!(Say, I should save this stuff for a future blog of mine! 😡 )
    Now, 30 short years later, I still get excited with the hopes of a new season!
    And like you said Lew, it’s great to be able to talk baseball this time of year with the folks here, I’d hate to imagine a life without baseball!!! How else would we all know each other?????


  4. 4 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Now for some serious unfinished baseball, biscuit and turtle business from the last page…

    Journalist Jimmy, usually homemade biscuits are served with country ham at the SG household, along with pinto beans. The pintos are mixed on the plate with a crumbled biscuit, chopped onions and doused with bean gravy. Alongside are stewed tomatoes with redeye gravy drizzled on top. We’re changing the menu around to accommodate the hoppin’ john. Wouldn’t be prudent for a southern family to miss hoppin’ john on New Year’s Day.

    Turtle talk still on blog? That’s fine. Love turtle talk and turtles candy. Must be careful with certain wild turtle habits though. Gives new meaning to wildlife. Gets reporters onto thin ice, into deep-water and mired in sticky situations real quick. Just ask Jacques. Some things should be posted on divers blogs as warnings…but not on baseball blog. Any divers here?

    Moving on to more serious and dangerous subjects. Turtle wax is just fine, but I don’t use it. No way would I slather that wax on. A man I know had a real problem with that stuff. A few months ago, Buddy Bud had turtle wax applied down at the truck stop car wash, salon and barber shop. He said it pulled most of the skin off his back along with the hair. Turned him green too, like Grinch. Plus, it seemed to slow him down. Became a shell of his former self. Caution, if you must get waxed, do not use turtle wax. That was a public service announcement.

    Speaking of sticky situations, the famous Ugandan red-eared slider, oh yes. Know it well, although I didn’t use it in my repertoire of pitches. Too hard grip, difficult to throw, too easy to hit and quite messy when popped up. Ol’ “can of turtle” we used to call it. Easy to catch though. Outfielders and catchers like them. McCann would have no trouble at all with the red-eared slider. It’s the low leatherback pitch in the dirt that Brian can’t seem to snag.

    Baseball talk never gets tiring.


  5. 5 mrgil December 31, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Great post Lew:-) So much talent and an artist too. I know baseball is said by some to be a boring game. It is only because they have never tried to hit a curve ball or leg out an infield hit. No, baseball is as exiting a game as we mere mortals can stand a game to be. How many times in sports history can one visualize a winning goal in basketball or a touchdown in football and have that moment burnished into their brain?

    You are spot on Lew when you can name so many moments in your life and remember the defining moment in a game, a series or a season. It is a game unlike any other that allows for both the renewal of each season with a clean slate, all the while being a constant accumulation of every inning preceding it. Happy New Year all… 🙂


  6. 6 berigan2electricboogaloo December 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Hey Lady, Carolina Lady….shouldn’t there be links to HOME PLATE

    TEXT EFFECTS on this blog????


  7. 7 CL December 31, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Why, Berigan, it’s right there…..didn’t you see it??? 😆

    Thanks! one too many tasks going on! 😳


  8. 8 Bob, journalist December 31, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Merry Christmas!!

    Lew can paint pretty pictures with words too, multi-talented is he!!

    Methinks the very first time I was asked to say the prayer at the dinner table, I started with “Now I lay me down to sleep” … years later, I did it for effect … even my father laughed … well, maybe it was a friendly grunt.

    Today we received a very special Christmas present on New Years Eve … imagine that! The evaluation of Carol’s tests which included CT and bone scans!! Indeed, God does answer prayer, even from the least worthy … of course, we had a whole lot of help!!

    This has been a very stressful time for us both and we were most anxious … as this was the first evaluation since beginning therapy … and were hoping that her condition had remained stable or at least the rate of deterioration in her condition had slowed so as to make continuation of the treatment advisable.

    It was far better than what could have been reasonably expected … a very good report indeed! Everything, and I mean everything, seems to have improved!

    I am overcome with emotion and words are inadequate … but we are truly thankful and most appreciative for your prayers and support! God Bless!!

    Don’t drink too much or stay up too late … you can’t top our New Year’s Eve … but do enjoy yourselves and Happy New Year!!

    Bob and Carol


  9. 9 williamwallace December 31, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Good post Lew.

    Gil, Savannah, Salty, thanks for the kind words on the last blog.

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.


  10. 10 nacly December 31, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Bob and Carol
    Thanks for sharing…makes for a very especially Happy New Year for all!


  11. 11 nacly December 31, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Even watching that film today, everytime James Earl Jones lays down that speach, I get chills down my spine…and it does the same reading it. Thanks!


  12. 12 journalist jimmy smith December 31, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    clemson fans are here. auburn, too. jimmy smith was approached by a most fearsome person awhile ago on a downtown sidewalk. this man was dressed in orange and carrying a box tied with twine and he said something unintelligible to jimmy smith, “borra ya noff? got a kek in heh.” never has jimmy smith seen such a person or heard such talk! “borra ya noff?” he said again. this journalist ran! that’s right, ran! glad when baseball season returns.

    and, lew, has written a blog worthy of a beet writer. and lew has seen so many old ballplayers. lew must have been a baby back then. and no pandering for baked goodies in the blog – very noble. good stuff from lew.

    and now, red eared sliders – tail away from the batter. and turtle wax is not for people! turtle wax is for turtles. no wonder things went wrong! savannah must wax the turtle – can say that?

    and the bowl games are getting better – but they should be getting better. about 25 bowls too many now. and now, it will soon be 2008.

    it is interesting that we have been blogging tigers of late and now all these tigers are in town. tigers, turtles, jelly fish, and more.

    breaking news! there has been an escalator accident in downtown atlanta! more soon.


  13. 13 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Bob…friend…YOU just MADE my day!!!!!!! That is fabulous news. Praise God…that is just great!!! This will be a very happy New Year’s celebration for you and Carol and ours just got better knowing she passed her tests with flying colors. Why am I not surprised? Bet CL and Lynda aren’t either. Ultimate physician stuff.

    (Scribe-like transition) Hot tub for two? Two for tea? Two to tango? Bicycle built for two? Two loose Latrec?

    Our New Year’s Eve plans have changed. Niece had to stay in Fla. until mid-week, so we’ll have the family celebration Friday. Mrs. Guy and I will have an uneventful evening at home (love those). She’s feeling chipper (not Hoss) and is piddlin’ around in the kitchen whilst I piddle around elsewhere. By the way, it was a good day for Mrs. Tests today…as Mrs. SG also got a good report card.

    Bowl games are not my cup of tea so far. Just made a little Rooskie for good measure. So, who’s watching the ball drop tonight?

    And whither Lew? Shouldn’t the beet reporter check in after posting? Are we being Chop Chick’ed?


  14. 14 journalist jimmy smith December 31, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    journalist bob and carol, that is very good news! happy new year!


  15. 15 lew614 December 31, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    I’m here. I just watched Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and Mystic River back to back. I love HD TV.

    Cleo cost $40 million to make in 1959-60. I wonder what that would be in today’s dollars. It would probably work out to the most expensive movie ever produced. Great sets and costumes, but the acting was extremely overdone.


  16. 16 journalist jimmy smith December 31, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    and savannah gal, too! happy new year!


  17. 17 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Leave for a minute and a barrage of people pop up. Better than pop up ads to be sure. There’s Salty and Journalist Jimmy too. Who’s that…Braveheart too. Things are heating up on the bravestuff blog. WW’s uncle Paladin sent a note today. I invited him to drop in. Who knows, the old jet fighter may buzz by tonight. Hope so. Now, where is everyone else? Party hardy time?

    Is Klobber supplying the libations tonight or is it byokc?

    On to baseball. And/or stuff.


  18. 18 Chop Seal December 31, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Carulina Lady, wiil I be getting an expenze account? And how long before I can be a colummist? Thank you.


  19. 19 CL December 31, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Bob & Carol, that is stunningly good news!!! Praise God for hearing and answering our prayers! You both will continue to be lifted up in prayer. That is literally the best news I could have received!

    To each of you, my friends, you have blessed me in so many ways and each one of you is a sparkling facet of a beautiful jewel in my life: the jewel of friendship. You are a joy and I just want you to know that.

    My wish for each of you is to have an especially blessed 2008. May God’s favor be upon you. Happy New Year!


  20. 20 nacly December 31, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    I’m sure Klobber will be along, especially if he can needle me about my Tigers. But no worries, SG, we’ve proven we can blog-brawl good naturedly! BTW, happy news for Mrs. SG…wow, quite the New Year’s celebration! 😉


  21. 21 Chop Seal December 31, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    A crowd of football fans fell off an excalator and are injured on the way to the chop chick fil-a bole. Baseball fans are smarter.


  22. 22 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Lew, the HD will open up all kinds of new TV experiences. Sunrise Earth is mesmerizing. Sometimes they have shows on that show a mama moose slowly swimming across a misty pond to gather up her baby moose…and the camera never moves. The definition is so crisp that you just sit there thinking, will mama moose get out and shake off or just swim around until papa bullwinkle shows up…and you don’t even care that there’s no plot because it’s so beautiful and wild and, well…moosey.

    Remember when cable first started and HBO had those static camera episodes that would last for an hour of nothing? Or camera strapped on bicycle handlebars on a ride through Central Park or wherever? Those were great. Back in the late 70’s. Back when nothing was something. Or something like that.



  23. 23 Chop Seal December 31, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Flash! Falcons talking to Tony Soprano about coaching job.


  24. 24 CL December 31, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    SavannahGuy, happy, happy news you report!!!! Are we blessed, or what??! Please give SavannahGal a hug from me. Big smiles here!! 😆

    Baby Seal, of course you get an expense account!! Just submit it to journalist jimmy smith. He’ll take care of it! 🙂


  25. 25 CL December 31, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Chop Seal, why don’t you write the blog lead that will follow Chris? Salty is next, then Chris, then you! OK?! 🙂


  26. 26 Chop Seal December 31, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Lots of braking news. How about that expenze account?


  27. 27 Chop Seal December 31, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Chop Seal is in the rotation but there will be expenzes.


  28. 28 CL December 31, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    All expenses are to be submitted to jimmy smith who will take care of it. 🙂


  29. 29 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Carolina Lady, be very careful about approving open ended expense accounts to colummists. Baitfish is at an all time high. Might I suggest a one bushel a day allocation. That should keep a growing Chop beet colummist belly full. Maybe a little cash on the side for incidentals like fur conditioner, whisker gel and such.

    But the kid can rite sum meen beet articals. Seal the deal and sine him up.


  30. 30 Bob, journalist December 31, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Sir Guy, please extend our congratulations to Mrs. Guy on a good report card! Our thoughts are with you Guys on this most special of New Years’ Eves.

    Thanks again, everyone!

    Goodnight …


  31. 31 savannahguy December 31, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Lew, if you haven’t seen it, check out Winged Migration out on HD. Netflix or your local DVD rental place will have it. Great nature film and beautiful cinematography. A must see. Have it in my DVD library.



  32. 32 mrgil December 31, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Good news from both Savanna and Chattanooga tonight. God does answer prayers. May all have a joyous New Year.


  33. 33 arkansashillbilly December 31, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Excellent news Bob and Savannah Guy. Enjoy the New Year. I am being a good boy tonight. Watching the Tigers vs. Tigers and drinking Dr. Pepper at home while my peers party away at our camp. I ain’t as good as I once was. At least I’ll be in good condition tomorrow so I can watch the Hogs thrash Mizzou (Tigers) in the Cotton Bowl.

    Now, Tigers vs. Tigers in overtime. Tommy vs. Tommy. Two coaching candidates who used interest in the Razorback position to springboard themselves into a nice fat raise at their current schools. Gotta go for the SEC here.


  34. 34 arkansashillbilly December 31, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    ESPN leads into this motorcycle jump-guy with clips of great sports moments in history: Michael Jordan switching hands in flight, Jeter’s relay vs. Oakland, etc. Does anybody actually believe that this jump will be remembered 48 hours from now? Much less for the next 20 years, like those other plays mentioned.


  35. 35 TheSouthernJackAss... January 1, 2008 at 12:05 am

    “Happy New Year!”…A$sClowns…


  36. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo January 1, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Right back at you…ummm fellow A$sclown!!!! 😛


  37. 37 berigan2electricboogaloo January 1, 2008 at 12:08 am

    And happy New Year to everyone whether you are a A$sclown or not!!!


  38. 38 Bob, journalist January 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Good Morning!! Well, it will be when most of you read it … we reneged and stayed up so that we could usher in the new year!

    Happy 2008!


  39. 39 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Good morning all, Welcome to 2008, My body awakened me this morning long before my brain was willing to give it up. Oh well, “ya gotta be thought to get old”, my dad use to say. The cat was ready to eat anyway. I wasn’t particularly happy with the dream I was having anyway. Soon however, science will prevail and I shall walk among you. Anyone have a spare lightning rod?

    Good to see our old friend SJA was not destine for the glue pot after all, nor ended up as gelatin in the canned ham. Tis good to hear his bray….

    Apparently, the baseball world took the night off, that is except for A-Rod who was in Times Square last night. Gotta make a buck where you can I suppose. Anyone else think Dick Clark should give it up?

    Alright, going to be a day of black eyed peas and corn bread
    for everyone here. Football will be the order of the day on at least one TV. Only six more weeks to go folks. We may have to send in the rescue team to extract Lew from his snow castle but the day is coming when we will see if Chuck has learned that elusive third pitch or is going to drive us all crazy this season.


  40. 40 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Tough too…. duh, told you the brain was not yet in full activation mode. Time to work a couple of crossword puzzles to get my brain limbered up. 😳


  41. 41 Chop Seal January 1, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Happy New Year, Everbudy! Beet writing is fun until . . .

    ‘Uh, who are you calling, “Hoss”, little fella?’

    I hope I’m not around when Chipper asks him that.


  42. 42 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Gil-You could send the rescue teams, but I’m not sure they could reach us. Six more inches yesterday (they did plow again, so I got to the store) and there is another 6-10 inches for today. However, as hard as it just started snowing (supposed to keep it up through tomorrow morning), it will likely be a foot or more. They’ve already had to clear the snow off the roof, so I already have four foot drifts outside the windows, and they will have to clear it off again next week. The roads STILL have not been closed, though not so many people drive in these storms.

    We’ve had six snowfalls that would have closed the entire southeast and we just now left December. It could still snow all the way through June. UGH-as opposed to UGA, who should whip some Hawaiian butt later today. Go DAWGS!!!!!!!


  43. 43 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Lew, very nice lead post, sir.

    Bob, J and SG, congratulations are due to both you and your wives. I hope that the news you received yesterday was just a hint of what your 2008 will be like. The power of prayer works and there’s proof of it right there.

    Salty, sorry about your Tigers. You know I was just yanking your chain the other night. I’ll always pull for them. I always root for those Fightin’ Chickens too but just to show support for my home state.

    To all, Happy New Year. I hope that the new year brings good health, happiness and prosperity to you and all that you hold dear in your heart.


  44. 44 nacly January 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Lew…no need to exagerate: We’ve had six snowfalls that would have closed the entire southeast

    Everyone knows it doesn’t take anything near what you call a snowfall to shut down the SE! The power of suggestion (rumor?) suffices! 🙂

    And just what is it that milk and bread are supposed to do when ice/snow hits these parts? No one’s ever explained that phenomenon to me, but even folks that don’t use the stuff rush out to help clear the cases/shelves! Is it ‘southern salt’?

    Back in my Charleston days (Feb, ’73), a major fluke ice/snowstorm hit…15-18 inches (12 inches sleet, then 6 inches snow…well insulated). Shut the city down, naturally, but it didn’t stop enterprising skiers from schlepping up the Cooper River Bridge and skiing back down! For a few days, it was the longest ski run in the SE.


  45. 45 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Salty, I remember that storm well. As I recall, we didn’t have power for almost a week. The weight of the ice pulled down power lines all over the region. We have inclement winter weather so very infrequently that we have neither the equipment to deal with it nor the driving skills to manuever in it.


  46. 46 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I remember that storm as well. It left two feet of snow in Macon, where I was at Mercer. It was on a line from Columbus, Ga. through Columbia SC, where my wife was at USC. That was a fun snow storm. Got to spend the night in the women’s dorm-couldn’t walk the ten blocks home, right? Of course the powers that be had no idea.


  47. 47 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Chris-Not a matter of driving skills-It’s $450 worth of snow tires that make all the difference. I can drive through 4 inches of snow with no problem (no 4 wheel drive in the Malibu Max).


  48. 48 nacly January 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Oddly, or predictably here in the South, the day before the storm hit, it was in the 70’s…24 hours later…whoa! I was helping friend dislodge his car from a frozen over mud puddle on the Saturday morning…it had been sleeting for almost 24 hours straight. Saw my first lightning, the sleet started blasting down, and the thunder roared (props to Garth!). You couldn’t hardly see…and the pellets stung like crazy! Short while late, the snow started.

    You’re right, Lew, it was an all snow event between Orangeburg and Columbia…over to Myrtle Beach…all the Canadians were stuck at SOB (CL…you know where that is, right?). We never lost power, ourselves, but Summerville was whacked…and Jim Island apparently as well.

    Lived in Wisconsin and NJ…lots of snow…if you don’t have the equipment, you ain’t goin’ no whar. And ice…the great equalizer…has nothing to do with being a Southerner. Oh, well, I’m sure we’re boring the others with our geography/meteorology history studies!

    Lew…the powers that be were only concerned that you were safe! No St. Bernards (or Chop Seal) to escort you home in those frigid conditions!


  49. 49 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    “Got to spend the night in the women’s dorm-couldn’t walk the ten blocks home, right? Of course the powers that be had no idea.”

    disguised, right? in a teddy? ugly girls must sleep, too.

    oh, the humanity! the thought won’t go away! and before dinner! ruined the blackeyed peas and cornbread meal for this journalist. lew in a teddy.

    and snow, that is a lot of snow. and jimmy smith sees a power pole in the photo. no underground utilities? ever lose power? a beautiful view.


  50. 50 berigan2electricboogaloo January 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Bob and SG , just wonderful, wonderful news!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Christmas gifts a little late this year, but I bet you all aren’t complaining!


  51. 51 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Esteemed Journalist-No disguise, just much subterfuge and sneakiness-and a very nice young lady who, for discretion’s sake, shall eternally remain nameless to the rest of the world.

    I sent out snow pictures a while ago. In the less than two hours since then, it has snowed another four inches. There are 8-10 more forecast for this evening and 4-6 more in the morning. Roads are still open and no power outages, though. It is very white outside-halfway up my dog’s chest and he goes about 95 pounds-think Golden Retriever size. Definitely Vermont would not be mistaken for a sub tropical venue.


  52. 52 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    The sun is shining brightly today, forecast is for cold air to move in tonight so the wife and I took advantage and removed most of the outside decorations and put them away.

    Lew, They are a hardy breed in Vermont, I will give them that.

    Watching Virgina give good account of themselves against Texas Tech.

    Best and worse….. Worse vehicle I ever owned as far as snow has to be the ’73 El Camino. It would get stuck on a black top road after a heavy dew. The best was a ’72 VW Super Beetle with studded snow tires. I swear I think you could have climbed a pine tree with that car.

    Still no new baseball news for stimulating conversation. Must rely on Lew’s accounts of his wayward youth days for stimulation. 🙂


  53. 53 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Not sure if CL could handle too many wayward youth stories. One reason I might have been able to senak into the girl’s dorm was the hair to the middle of my back (actuallly HAD hair then). There was a six year period from 68-74 where the exploits are better not revisited. Shall we just say I was a Timothy Leary adherent and Salvador Dali was my favorite artist? Yes, We’ll leave it like that. Defies astral planes and what not (didn’t SG mention the Moodies?).


  54. 54 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Tough loss for VA, that is what happens when you have to bring in a freshman QB. Now baseball….. Still no trades by Frank? What is he waiting for, Christmas? Perhaps the B&S beet writer needs to ask the Braves who they have been working out in secret, think they will tell? Deny, Deny, Deny…..


  55. 55 CL January 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Hey, Gil! Thanks for the gb note on my site. Much appreciated! 🙂

    Hope it’s been a nice day for you! Quiet here, thank goodness!


  56. 56 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    diane lane just put the peas in the oven.


  57. 57 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    More stimulating baseball conversation….. Bud Selig is still and idiot….


  58. 58 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    We received a piece of very bad news today. A young lady that my wife works with took her own life last evening, just before midnight.

    Life is so precious. I’ve never understood why some people are willing to give their lives away so easily while others struggle daily to keep theirs.


  59. 59 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    journalist was just looking at box after box of baseball cards now in storage. and remembering a young man that proudly possessed a mark mcgwire rookie card and how that card was prized. now, that same young man cannot stand mark mcgwire. what these ballplayers have lost is something that cannot be measured. tainted, scorned, ridiculed. “not here to talk about the past” – but that’s exactly what congress wanted to talk about. now, congress may call the players named in the report to testify. how absurd! baseball should clean up its own game. but it won’t. and the baseball players union will give comfort to the wrongdoers. and nothing will happen for the better. and the game will remain tainted. and young fans will be lost. and the peas will soon be out of the oven. oh, the humanity!


  60. 60 savannahguy January 1, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Preparing for cold weather is rare in Savannah and always a real time consuming chore. By the time everything’s finished it’s warm again…so all gets taken apart and put back. So many plants. Next year they will be in the ground and on their own (I say that every year). Now it’s time for the showers, hoppin’ john, Sugar Bowl and a little later some comfortable, non-strenuous, warm and cozy bloggin’.

    Peas in the oven? Oh, my. Are they in Tupperware? Maybe a pea pot pie? Baked peas? Pea casserole? Best keep an eye on Ms Lane. Sous chef journalist may need to step in and give a hand, otherwise those peas don’t stand a chance.

    All I am saying…is give peas a chance.


  61. 61 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    It is really sad for people to feel there is no alternative but to throw away their own life. I was about to write that if we knew the answer as to why, we could save the world. Truth is, we already know the answer but most choose not to listen.

    The advantage to being a “Born Again Christian” is you know that no matter what is throw your way, there is a reason and someone to share your load.

    Now more baseball….. Bud Selig is still and idiot…..


  62. 62 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    not supposed to be in the oven? sure? have been in there for quite some time. must go check with diane lane.


  63. 63 mrgil January 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Well, JJS. Looks like Diane Lane will not be allowed in Mechanicsville as a house guest. The wife has said “this town is not big enough for both Diane Lane and her too”. Despite my protest, wife refuses to leave…. Oh well, perhaps the peas are part of a tuna casserole, should be a big hit with the seal.


  64. 64 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Lew, just saw your pictures. It’s beautiful but it sure looks cold. Much colder than I ever like to be in.

    Like SG, we are preparing for some bitterly cold (relatively speaking) weather over the next three days. They’re talking about lows in the low twenty’s with high winds driving the wind chill factor to single digits. Of course, I realize that in VT and many other places that temperatures in the twenties are considered “a nice spring day” or “beach weather” and you may go out in your shirtsleeves but around these parts it’s debilitating. Our blood is too thin and we don’t have the wardrobe for it.


  65. 65 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Tomorrow night is going down to minus four. I will stay in the house and burn copious quantities of Fossil Fuel (at $2.95 per gallon). I will then draw pictures and studiously avoid going outside.


  66. 66 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I would not recommend going out in 20 degree temperature in shirt sleeves. Do what Vermonters do-wear coats, hopefully made from Polar Fleece.


  67. 67 nacly January 1, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Lew…when the temp drops below zero, does your internet connection slow down? ❓


  68. 68 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    diane lane just left.


  69. 69 CL January 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Whirled peas, jjs? 🙂

    Gil, you are so right. And having praying friends can do absolute wonders!

    Chris, I’m so sorry that happened. That precious young lady couldn’t face another year. How incredibly sad. She was probably loved more than she knew.


  70. 70 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    butter beans, not peas! and in the oven, too. diane lane knows nothing about cooking! and now, jimmy smith has no blackeyed peas and cornbread for new year’s dinner. oh, the humanity!


  71. 71 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    JJS, please send her my way. As long as she looks like she does I don’t care if she can’t cook since I can. I’ve got lots of leftover pork chops, rice, collard greens and black eyed peas. Might even be so inclined to share some of my Knob Creek with her, if she’s nice!


  72. 73 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Salty-I have high speed cable. I haven’t noticed anything slowing down in cold weather or snow up here. They are so used to it -cold and snow can hit anywhere from September through June-that it is literally a non issue. Even last year when I couldn’t get down to Spring Training with the 34 inch snowfall, it was because NY and JFK airport were having problems. Burlington airport had no closings. This year they have a direct flight from Burlington to Orlando. I will be there.


  73. 74 savannahguy January 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Diane Lane left? Mad? Tupperware melt? Could not be a peased? Pea O’ed? Oh well, guess it’s pea soup. Nothing wrong with that. May have a plastic taste but should be all right. No black eyed peas? Hmmm…have a magic marker? That could work, but may take a while. Little black eye on each. Like little Cyclops peas.

    I thought journalist and Diane were like two peas in a pod. Now Klobber is sporting Ms. Lane and tempting the temptress with pork chops and collards and real black eyed peas and real liquor. No sooner than she left the pod…

    Is Journalist Jimmy quite certain his Diane Lane is the real Diane Lane? Not an alien Invasion of body snatcher type Diane clone? Was Ms Lane seem in a stupor? Could explain kitchen activities. Were large empty pods found nearby? Pods can be suspect, but…

    We must give peas a chance.


  74. 75 savannahguy January 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Trying to catch up on the blog stories and posts and eat hoppin’ John and tend the fireplace and make a rooskie and watch football…multi-tasking is all. As a result, some of the posts get a little criss-crossed a little. Think I have it straight now…

    Anyhoo, so Lew is sending pictures of his old dorm escapades and Timmy Leary parties and all? Purple haze and Hendrix and microdots and Owsley and sugar cubes and Moody Blues and astral projections and magic carpet rides and Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and white rabbits and electric strawberry Kool-Aid acid tests and Kesey and Hunter Thompson and Where the Buffalo Roam and Tom Wolf and Ralph Steadman and Dali and melted watches and Master of Reality and Osborne and Cohen and what is reality anyway and whatever happened to Hot Tuna and such? Never heard of those things.

    Huh? What? Snow? Oh…snow pictures! Ahh…Much better. Lew, I’d like to see those Vermont snow photos too. Saw some beautiful snow pictures from CL. I’ll live vicariously through friends snow pictures unless it snows on the coast.

    There snow pictures like snow pictures.


  75. 76 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.


  76. 77 journalist jimmy smith January 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    too late, chrisklob, diane lane is gone. couldn’t cook. scantily clad all the time and a bad influence with a young impressionable seal around. yes, it is for the best. doesn’t know peas from butter beans. and here is a big thank you to letwan and mrs. anthony for inviting this journalist and chop seal over for ham, blackeyed peas, cornbread, and pie. and the bulldogs look like blackeyed peas will not be a problem tonight. pie, too, perhaps. and june jones and jeff george – memories. and the hawaii q.b. has a criminal record? logical draft pick for the falcons.


  77. 78 chrisklob January 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    That’s alright jjs. Say, do you happen to have Emily Procter’s number?


  78. 79 lew614 January 1, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Savannah Guy-Thought I sent them to you along with everyone else. I will try again.

    Hawaii is learning the hard way that the WAC and the SEC are Apples and Oranges. Or is that apples and sUGAr. 24-3 at half. Though the Hawaii quarterback was supposed to be good.


  79. 80 savannahguy January 1, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Klobber, the turned on, tuned in and dropped out has just dropped back in. Never met a generation or a year I didn’t like. It’s all good.

    It’s a good TV night. Sugar Bowl on one channel, the original Time Machine on the other. Back and forth and back…good stuff all around. Looks like Hawaii is way overmatched. Then snow pictures. Wow! Beautiful. Out your back door? What a sight. I’d love to have that right here. May have to venture to Vermont next Christmas.

    Don’t you get down now Journalist. Maybe Ms Lane will discover a microwave one day and Tupperware will be no problem at all. Maybe she’ll meet Martha Stewart and get some cooking tips one day. Or stock tips. Oh, the…you know. Anyway, heard Michelle Pfieffer is free again. She can also cook. I’ll have my people call her people tell her people to call your people. Glad you got some black eyed peas. All’s well that ends. Well, Tony Soprano as coach was priceless.


  80. 81 savannahguy January 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    The games are on too late. Getting like the MLB playoffs. Safe to say UGA will win this, but they should rack up as many points as possible. Rankings, baby.

    Too bad we can’t see winner take all in college football. Too many bowls and too much TV money to spread around…but something can be figured out to resolve the champions other than those that do the ranking.

    Sleep well and Happy New Year. 2008…has a nice ring to it. G’nite.


  81. 82 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 5:07 am

    This waking up at 4 AM everyday is getting a bit old. Is getting one good eight hours sleep too much to ask? No wonder I am grumpy most of the time.

    Time to talk with the doctor about getting something stronger. Or at least longer lasting. The dadgum media has managed to make pain killers a bane to society, obviously those idiots don’t have to live with constant pain. I am not asking to feel good. just the absence of feeling bad once in a while and not become a zombie in the process.

    Oh well, must take the good with the bad but this bad part is really distressing.

    Okay, more stimulating baseball talk….. There is a village somewhere that is short an idiot, send them Bud Selig…….

    And speaking of hockey, 71,000 people witness only the second NHL outdoor hockey game to be staged outdoors yesterday inn Buffalo. It was a balmy 30 degrees at game time. Must say those folks are willing to put up with a lot to witness a team that is 0-2-2 lose at an outside match.

    Yes SG…. Too many bowls games now, it really dilutes the game to have a bunch of 7-6 teams play some meaningless football games away from their fan base. I would rather watch Australian rules football. If only someone would explain what those rules are.

    Sigh, there shall be no living with the UGA alum now they have dispatched the Rainbows. At least one team showed up to play. I would have thought Hawaii would give a better account of themselves but they were pounded by a clearly superior bunch of Dawgs….

    I look for Georgia to be ranked high in next year’s pre-season polls.


  82. 83 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Michelle Pfieffer….. Do you think she might still have that “Cat Woman” suit lying around somewhere?


  83. 84 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 6:34 am

    “only the second NHL outdoor hockey game to be staged outdoors ”

    I wonder if you could stage an outdoor game indoors???? At the inn perhaps? Make note to self:


    No shortages of idiots in my home town… 😳


  84. 85 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 6:54 am

    And you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd…. I wonder if alcohol was somehow involved?



  85. 86 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Gil!!!!! Dang it! Wish I knew you were up, we could have been a conversin’! 😦 I have been up since 3:30, so I can relate! Is it your back??? I just have trouble sleeping. Well, I have a less than good back as well, but doesn’t sound like it’s as bad as yours is. 2 years ago I bet it was though.
    As to sleep issues, as soon as I straighten my sleep out, I screw it up staying up late a few nights, and I am back to square one…..


  86. 87 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 6:55 am

    GILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m here!!!! 😉


  87. 88 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 7:03 am

    To Gil and all the other Diane Lane Fans….ever see the “Classic” Lady Beware???? A fair bit of Diane to view, so to speak. 😳


  88. 89 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Morning Berigan, I was doing my morning brain exercise. Usually two crossword puzzles and two Sudoku puzzles. Plus reading the Washington Post.


  89. 90 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Keeping up with the political pundits. The funny thing is knowing most will be wrong in their predictions and try to blame everyone else for their mistakes.


  90. 91 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Gil, crossword puzzles and two Sudoku puzzles???That would make my brain hurt! 😉 Ah yes, the pundits. Is Pundit latin for more often wrong than right? They are right up there with the weathermen in accuracy!


  91. 92 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:24 am

    It is also a bit scary that someone winning 30% of a vote can be declared a front runner. Do the other 70% automatically not count? I think the business of politics has become just that, a business. As soon as someone becomes elected, they begin to work on being re-elected.

    I am incline to believe too many news channels is not such a good thing. It is a bit like the old biddy who lives in every community who begins to invent things about her neighbors so she can have something to gossip about.


  92. 93 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I started doing crosswords about 15 years ago as a way to improve my vocabulary and spelling. As you can tell by my first post tonight, it has helped… I can now misspell many more words than before.


  93. 94 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Discovered in statistics class how to manipulate the results of anything to make it read the way you want it to. It comes in very handy in politics and football polls. 🙂


  94. 95 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:32 am

    And two years ago, my back was not as bad as it is now. Very frustrating to me as I have always been a physical type guy. Oh well, perhaps I shall write my memoirs like my wife keeps urging me to.


  95. 96 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:36 am

    42 years in EMS and firefighting give you lots of stories you can’t really tell. Some sad, some funny, most boring…… But the sad ones pile up on you and the funny ones will leave you aching. The bottom line is you tell any of them as it will get you sued… 🙂


  96. 97 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Gil, have you had any physical therapy??? My Dad, who is 76, had some very bad back issues the past few months, and thought it was the disc he knew was bad, being even worse. Well, turned out much of the pain is from arthritis(He straightens up all the way, the crusty stuff all over his spine pinches nerves and makes the pain worse)
    Well, I wouldn’t have thought the light therapy he is doing would help much, mainly stretching and massages, TENS unit , etc, but, it really has!!! It did take awhile though, he’s been going 3 times a week for over 2 months.
    Very grateful for that, My late Mother had worse back trouble than my Dad and me combined, and it’s hard to watch someone you love be so limited physically.


  97. 98 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Gil said….
    mrgil Says:
    January 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I started doing crosswords about 15 years ago as a way to improve my vocabulary and spelling. As you can tell by my first post tonight, it has helped… I can now misspell many more words than before.

    Gil, that made me laugh! 😛


  98. 99 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Gil, can you imagine if every night the talking heads said, 70% of Dems still won’t vote for Hillary in Iowa??? And it’s so funny how so very few people determine who will leave Iowa with a decent chance to be President. Isn’t it around 100,000 or less who bother to vote there?


  99. 100 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:50 am

    I have a condition know as regenerative condition that the best one can hope for is for it not to get worse. It would not be so bad but the first doctor I went to about it many years ago thought I was trying to get out of work and declared there was nothing wrong with me. As it progressed, I started having a lot of problems with my legs. So, after three knee operations and not really helping the problems I was again referred to a back specialist. He said too bad, nothing he could really do. I was too late and the risk was too great. If he had told me that to start with, I would not have had the knee surgeries.


  100. 101 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:52 am

    That is degenerative…. see what I mean….


  101. 102 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Okay, the wife is awake now, good talking with you. Remember to look at the numbers opposite of what someone is telling you to see the real answer. 🙂


  102. 103 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 8:49 am

    To anyone south of Lew: Brrrrrr!

    Freezing, hard wind gusting at 30+. It’s cold, people. Usually the cats knock me over in the morning scrambling out the door but not this morning. I opened the door, they put their noses out, felt the air and the wind and looked at me like, “let’s have breakfast and give this some time”. The coons ate every scrap I left out for them last night. No doubt they needed the fuel in this weather.

    Quotable quote of the day: Gil’s 7:26 am. Very funny.


  103. 104 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Gil, I hope you read this later on then….I had a bad disc from taking an intake off a car when I was a teenager! It was a constant problem, but the pain level wasn’t too bad. It got a lot worse after I hurt it at work in 1999, finally had back surgery. Took care of most of the pain. Then, in 2005, being the total Macho man I am, I did something that was apparently a bad, bad Idea. I lifted a milk jug out from behind the front seat of my car! 😳 I think if my back couldn’t have been more fragile if it was made out of Crystal!
    Anyway, I was in much more pain than I ever was before, couldn’t make my left leg move much at all. Had to use a walker to get around the house! Was taking my Mom’s Mega powerful dosage of Hydrocodone(Sp?) which did less than nothing. Was at its worse…well right around new years 2 years ago. Wasted a bunch of moola going to the Emergency section of the hospital. Got an X-Ray(Which of course doesn’t show discs) and a weak pain pill. Later on got an MRI that showed yet another wonderfully exploded disc. I was sure I would need surgery again. But, my surgeon wasn’t around anymore, and I didn’t like the doctor who did my Mom’s surgery(Long story short, made a woman bedridden wait months before finally consenting to surgery) So, I stretched some(couldn’t walk or ride a bike then) and hung from my arms at some device at the gym, sorta like upright traction. It took a few months, but somehow my back improved greatly! Never, ever would have guessed it could, as bad as the MRI looked.
    I know, no two situations are the same, and I am sure you know more about the human body than I ever will, but…..two thoughts(After the thousands of words before my points! 😉 )
    1. Have you seen those ads for that spinal center here in Atlanta??? Looks to be just a fancy traction set up, but they do seem to help a lot of folks.
    http://paingoneforever.com/ is there very optimistic title.

    I saw a doctor at Emory, just as my back was getting better, but what was interesting about him was he did NOT do surgery! Really liked the guy, and would have dealt with him more if my back didn’t get much better like it did.http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/find_physician/physician_detail.jsp?physician=11147

    2.Has anyone mentioned a pain pump??? I have seen stories on TV about people with chronic pain who swear by them!!!

    Ok Gil, sorry about the lecture! First Lew a week or so again, now you are the lucky guy! I just hate hearing a doc act like there is nothing they can do for you. Nothing he can do, but there are many other folks that can!


  104. 106 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 9:29 am

    yes, that was a fine meal, mrs. anthony. and the pie was delicious. still, jimmy smith cannot help but be sad thinking of diane lane climbing into the taxi cab and waving goodbye to chop seal and jimmy smith. but, diane lane cannot cook! still, in search of the perfect woman. and yes, chrisklob, jimmy smith has the phone number. well, it is a new year and time to talk baseball . . . will andruw jones have a career year in los angeles? will andruw shorten that stance a mere 4 inches and once again become a feared hitter? or will andruw be a strikeout/groundout machine as andruw was last year for this team? and who is the hitting coach for the l.a. dodgers?


  105. 107 CL January 2, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Baby, it’s cold outside!! 34 degrees, wind chill 22. NW winds at 22 gusting to 33. Dewpoint is all the way down to 9!

    (I never knew an electric meter could spin that fast!)


  106. 108 lew614 January 2, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Right about the time the Braves started their run back in 91, I was rear ended by a little old lady and a week later my neck and shoulder exploded in pain. After three years of the worst imaginable pain (I was even sitting sideways to paint), the rotator cuff just fell apart. Cortisone shots didn’t help (hurt like hell themselves) and PT wasn’t doing any good. Manual traction helped somewhat, but no one was around to do it fifteen times a day. It was sheer torture, intensified by the out of control (at the time) diabetes.

    At the time I still smoked cigarettes (which don’t help-I’ve been quit for almost 12 years). I was smoking outside at the time in preparation to quit and every time I went out for a cig, I would stretch the arm and shoulder to the point of tears. Two weeks later it was perfect and I have never experienced the pain again. All it took was stretching to strengthen the joint.

    I’m not sure if that would work in Gil’s case, or not, but something that might is to bombard yourself with B Vitamins, which affect nerve function. B6, B12, Biotin and Super B complex should be helpful-I’ll check on dosages later. These, in conjunction with Inositol (another B group member) and Folic Acid, should help. They certainly will not hurt, as they are water soluable vitamins and what is not utilized is eliminated naturally. You also should dring at least a half gallon of water a day. Dehydration intensifies all the problems.

    The B Vitamins are cheap (get them at Wal Mart) and should cost you literally pennies per day-probably less than $20 for a two to six month supply. Get the Spring Valley Brand. They are good quality and are U.S. manufactured and produced!!! This sort of supplementation has reversed my peripheral neuropathy in feet and legs. I no longer limp and I kept my toe attached. They are simple, cheap effective and definitely worth a try. My podiatrist now swears by them, since he saw what they did for me.


  107. 109 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    a nice poultice might also be useful. let jimmy smith know.


  108. 110 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Lunchtime and still blowing like crazy and only 34 degrees. Instead of lunch I’ve decided to follow Lew’s example back pain relief advice and help a denizen friend in need (and practice my custom linking too). Recently attended the Carolina School of Advanced Algebra and Web Links. We’ll see. If the left brain works…Brain Test

    Now, for more urgent denizen business:

    Journalist Jimmy, I’ve taken the liberty to assist in finding you the right replacement for Diane Lane. The way she left was just not right. Hope she cleaned that plastic-pea mess out of the oven before leaving.

    Your new girlfriend must possess three talents. First, like Ms Lane, she must be a beautiful actress or TV personality in public. Two, she must be a chef in the Kitchen. Third, and most importantly…she must be a Braves fan in the den. Here’s what I came up with…

    Giada De Laurentiis. Two of three is good, but she may be a Padres or Dodgers fan. That could be troublesome in the summer. May also be too young. The journalist may need to move to LA and become a Dodger fan and start watching Andruw again. Oh, the humanity!

    Patricia Heaton. Could do nicely. Very cute and smart. She’s no longer with Raymond. Not sure about the cooking though. Very poor kitchen skills according to her ex-in-laws.

    Helen Mirren. Queen in public is better than just an actress, right? Not sure about her cooking. No baseball fan, just a soccer fan…never mind.

    Maybe I should stick to Georgia girls. They must be Braves fan. Google can help…Georgia actresses…

    Marla Maples. Georgia girl born in Dalton, so she may require wall-to- wall carpeting. Not sure about her cooking ability. She may have been spoiled with many servants and chefs. But then, Journalist could pick up where The Donald left off. Journalist could change his moniker to The Jimmy.

    Jan Hooks. Another Dalton girl, so Jimmy would need to carpet house again. Started her career on the Bill Tush Show before TBS (remember?). Then SNL. Could be the one. Not sure about pies.

    KaDee Strickland. Hails from Blackshear, Georgia. No big movie roles but Stepford Wife role could be uh, instructional? No. Never mind. Not big enough star and too young to cook well.

    Cindy Wilson. Athens girl. She was a pilot of B-52’s and lived in a Love Shack. Could be exciting. Can sing too. Not sure about the kitchen.

    Julia Roberts. Smyrna girl. Pretty woman but cruel to Lyle Lovett. Bad choice.

    Jane Fonda. Big Braves fan. Lives in Atlanta. Can do the tomahauk chop, but may not be Journalists type. Bad choice.

    Bobbie Eakes. Warner Robbins girl and Miss Georgia 1982 and a UGA grad. She did bit parts in Cheers…great show. She’s now an Emmy nominated soap star…so she must be very clean. Must have clean sink and dishes too, but not sure about food preparation.

    Holly Hunter. Pretty. Famous. Funny. Born in Conyers…perfect. She’s a country girl, so she can probably cook up a storm in that kitchen. Only trouble…her cousin is Tim Salmon, DH Angels. American League fan? Not sure.

    Joanne Woodward. Another good Georgia girl, from Thomasville. Bet she can cook pies and peas too. Trouble is, she is married to an ex=-con named Cool Hand Luke. That’s my boy…he’s cool. Can eat lots of boiled eggs.

    Just shaking the bush here. Journalists must have a winter companion, but then…sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand. Maybe try canned foods and TV dinners for a while (take the paper label off of the container before putting in oven).

    That’s all I got. Hope this helps. For further help, please refer to the Diane Lane Replacement Menu


  109. 111 lew614 January 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Gil-One more thing-Are you taking Lipitor for Cholestoral? Sometimes a known side effect is muscle cramping and pain. I can only take half of what my doctor thinks I should because of this. Dehydration also intensifies this. Drinking enough water that you consider catheterization is a must, no matter how big a path you wear in the carpet going to and from the bathroom. Dehydration can easily occur when you are on Prescription meds-You MUST drink water daily.


  110. 112 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the crash course CL. It worked!!!


  111. 113 lew614 January 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Savannah Guy-Let us not forget a UGA alumna-Debby Norville. A truly gorgeous Lady. Not sure if she can cook, but she is good to look at. There is also the Mercer Grad (OH, THe Humanity!!!!), Nancy Grace. Not a very pleasant person, though and she is known to drive people to suicide.


  112. 114 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    journalist reads in the ajc that the hammer is launching a dance-video site. good wishes to hammerin’ hank from jimmy smith.


  113. 115 CL January 2, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    SC, you’re welcome!! Knew you could do it! 🙂

    “…like Ms Lane, she must be a beautiful actress or TV personality in public…”
    Why? 😀


  114. 116 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    journalist thanks savannah and lew for the helpful advice. at this time lovely reese witherspoon is on the way to see jimmy smith and chop seal. alabama girl and can cook. not well known to jimmy smith. will know more later. picking up after diane lane all morning, teddy here, teddy there. and the hawaii football team reminds this journalist of the elite republican guard, a tad over-rated. baghdad bob. kin to our bob? both journalists. and if this trial with reese witherspoon does not work journalist has a backup plan.


  115. 117 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Gil, Lew makes many good points about back pain and vitamins. Every man and most women I know over the age of 30 has back pain. Not sure of what caused your back situation, so I cannot be sure of the solution. For instance, if your back went out as you were bicycling in the Himalayan Mountains and tending Yak herds in India, then you may find this a helpful article on Yak pain reduction.

    Whereas, if your back pain was caused by more normal or occupational injuries in America, you may find this article to discover The Root of The Back Problem.

    Hope these help. If not, you may want to refer to the Diane Lane replacement link I provided the Journalist.


  116. 118 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    back pain. experienced by this journalist some months ago after an encounter with hyenas near the chatambalala village. to relieve this back pain jimmy smith turned to umboto, tribal witch doctor. a licorice based remedy with medicinal root extractions was injected into the buttocks of jimmy smith and this injection gave jimmy smith great relief and enhanced performance. can provide uboto’s contact information if interested. cash only, no checks.


  117. 119 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Baby, it’s cold outside … 19 in Nashville at the moment!

    However, things are heating up in Kenya … receiving this via email this morning …

    Please keep Kenya in your prayers, as much violence has broken out due to the presidential election result. Francis narrowly escaped being attacked by a group with machetes.

    At least one church has been torched with 50 people who were inside for safety burned to death. Many of the dead were children. Over 300 people have been killed. People are having difficulty obtaining food, as all shops are closed and communication is difficult. Several of the pastors associated with my friend Bishop David Thagana’s church have been able to get email messages out. Many of them have many people staying with them at their homes for safety. At this point travel is dangerous and supplies are very limited.

    Following is part of an email recently received from Francis Maina, …

    “Thank you and God bless you. We are still calling for persistence in prayer because the opposition have not conceded defeat but calling for mass action. The media have been banned from airing live broadcasts for some have already incited people to fight and loot property. Already more than 150 people are reported dead by tribal cleansing.

    I was in Nairobi on saturday and my car was stopped but we refused to stop and drove fast; a machete was thrown but God redirected it in between the front and back wheel and landed on the other side of the road. They wanted to cut the tire so that they can get us. Transport is paralysed and people are not getting essential commodities.

    I am telling you this for the sake on knowing that the first battle is won but the last bit is not yet. Many people have lost their houses, especially in the Mathare slums, shops emptied of stocks…..

    We need leaders to put their egos down and put the country’s interest first. We are very worried about our work of preaching and helping the people but cannot continue with it when there is civil war.

    May the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding be with all of us no and forever more. Amen.”

    My Lady, should you find it too religious, please delete…


  118. 120 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    By way of explanation, Francis Maina is a good friend who directs GOA’s (Glory Outreach Assembly, Kenya) efforts in the fight against AIDs in Africa.


  119. 121 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    “…like Ms Lane, she must be a beautiful actress or TV personality in public…” Why?

    Carolina Lady, you have me all wrong. Personally, I don’t think women need to be actresses or TV personalities or even pretty in the Hollywood sense…inner beauty is what truly counts. Well, that and cooking ability and Braves fandom. Also must be able to clean boats, fish and make hush puppies and cole slaw. You know, the important, practical inner beauty stuff. Am I off the hook and out of the CL doghouse now?

    You know Journalist Jimmy! He’s so hard to please. He runs in famous circles (sometimes gets dizzy doing that). Knowing that he was looking for a famous replacement for Ms Lane and would not accept anything less than a beautiful Hollywood starlet type, I sent a list of actresses. Before he even received my list of available women he’d already made plans to hookup with Reese Witherspoon. The man is a glutton for punishment. Will Reese know how to cook peas and pies. Canned hams? Will she cut cheese? Oh, the humanity!

    Whither Reese Witherspoon? Almost a palandrome. What if Diane Lane shows back up to retrieve her Teddy’s and finds Reese in the kitchen? Sometimes Hollywood women leave a personal item behind just so they can come back and “visit”. Will there be a starlet scuffle? This could get interesting.

    Journalist Jimmy lives dangerously.


  120. 122 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Lew…you are so right. Deborah Norville is perfect. Nice lady and seems to have her priorities straight. Unlike past Atlanta resident and Today Show counterpart Ms Couric. But the journalist is very picky about the Hollywood types. What did that witchdoctor give him a shot of anyway? Love potion number 9?


  121. 123 williamwallace January 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Lew – Deborah Norville is a darn fine choice. Woman got screwed royally when she was on the Today show. Always liked that woman.

    As for the back pain stuff, that is awful agony. Got it first when I was 10 and got hit by a van while riding my bike and got flipped over the handlebars into the windshield of the van. Wrenched my back pretty bad – along with a few other injuries. The back flares up every so often. It’s really bad on wicked cold days like today (yeah, I’m not a Yankee anymore – these were the days where we would leap for joy, put on some shorts and go play basketball). But being in the South now for the past decade, this is intolerable. The cold just seeps right into and chills your bones and muscles. It never fails to find every broken bone and pulled muscle you have ever had. And I have had many of those.

    While pitching in college, I got back spasms so bad I couldn’t lift my legs. My coach made me pitch anyway and called me soft. Needless to say I get lit up like a Christmas tree. As I was trying to get out of the van when we got back to the school, I couldn’t move my legs and fell face first into the pavement. Somehow I found a way to walk home, feeling the whole time like someone was sticking a machete up my butt all the way up to my neck. Horrible pain.

    Didn’t make it up the 3 flights of stairs when I got to my apartment. Ended up falling down a complete flight of stairs and lay in a heap on the floor. Eventually, after I stopped crying (go ahead make fun of me), I had to crawl up the next two flights and get my way into my apartment. At that time, I called my parents and they took me to the hospital. Turned out to just be really bad back spasms. The docs doped me up and gave me muscle relaxers and pain killers and the sucker thankfully disappeared in 3 days.

    Of course, my coach immediately put me back in after 3 days, somehow believing I wasn’t really injured (kind of like stupid June Jones putting that #84 back in for the rest of the game last night after he was knocked out cold on his feet – at least Richt had the common sense to keep Mikey Henderson off the field and Mikey’s bell wasn’t rung anywhere near as bad as that poor #84’s bell was rung. Reminded me of that time the ole trusty Falcons fullback Bob Christian was knocked out cold on his feet. But Richt was wrongfully accused of being a jerk and trying to run up the score last night by those horrendous clueless announcers. Whatever. That had to be the worst announcing and broadcast production of a big game I have ever seen. FOX has alot of work to do on their college football coverage).

    But anyways, back to my woe is me story. The back felt fine while I was pitching for the first 2 innings. But then after one inning, I went to sit on the bench and it felt like a bat had been shoved up me (sorry for the crudeness but that really is how it felt). That caused me to scream like a little girl. Horrible, horrible pain. Like fifteen ninjas were stabbing me in the lower back. But I didn’t want to disappoint my coach. Went back out there and went Ankiel on my coach, throwing 7 wild pitches in a row because it is kind of hard to throw strikes when you can’t move your legs. Yes, he somehow left me out there for the entirety of that. But, mercifully, after the 7th consecutive wild pitch, he yanked me and didn’t pitch me again for a month. I took the muscle relaxers and pain pills and the pain went away after 10 days. Never has flared up again that bad but there are days every few months, especially during the winter, where it gets close to as bad.

    THe thing that has helped the most are stretching, Pilates, and yoga type workouts. SHameful to say. Makes you not feel like a man doing that stuff. But hey it works. My mother bought me a bunch of those types of tapes and books. While I have never swallowed my pride as a man to religiously do the workouts they suggest, I do borrow different things in there, especially when it flares up. Usually a day or two of that and 8 Advils every six hours or so gets rid of it. I might not have any stomach lining left after all those Advils but I don’t care so long as I can walk and sit. My back would probably never flare up if I religiously did the stretching, yoga, and pilates everyday. But I’m a stubborn man.

    Maybe we should chip in (no pun intended) and send a bunch of those stretching, pilates, yoga tapes and books down to the Double Dime. I know Jimmy probably thinks it to be a waste of time to send reading materials down to the Double Dime. But these books are more of the show and tell variety. He probably does better with pictures and videos.


  122. 124 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    🙂 Thanks folks, I have experience a verity of back problems from age of 19, I am not sure what caused the original problem but my earliest recollection was following an traffic accident.

    Or it could have been a result of dropping 20 feet out of a third story window when I did not have my repel line tied properly. Or it could be the fact that I have a very long torso and predisposed to problems but if I could get it fixed. I would. I was having very good results with a bone cracker until one day he got a bit over zealous. Undid a lot of long painful work.

    I will take the suggestion of the vitamins. My cholesterol hangs around 180. A lot of it comes from being stupid and lifting 300 pound people into an ambulance instead of asking them “can you walk”…..

    The last two surgeons have told be the same thing, they could operate but likely I would still have the pain but for sure I would have a big scar. I also have the same problem in my neck so I can be pretty useless sometimes.
    Really screws the hell out of my golf game. To be honest, having to retire and also give up Fire & Rescue and teaching did not really bother me too much. Not being able to play golf any more is a real bummer.

    I hate having to take pain medicine, absolutely hate it but you know you have a problem when you have to go to the dentist to feel pain free. NOs is some pretty good stuff. The problem is the wearing off part. Of course there is the mood swings to deal with too. Just cannot deal with pressure anymore.

    Alas, my problems are minor compared to many others, at least I can still think and do things within limits. Just takes me three times longer to get them done.

    Now baseball….. The more time I have to reflect upon the upcoming season, the better I feel about the Braves chances to be the team to beat. Their pitching staff is just so much better than anyone else in the N.L. East. They don’t match up all that badly with the West either.

    I suspect a couple of trades will be made this spring depending on how the rookies look in the outfield. Now, having said that, what is the difference in having a rookie bat in the eight hole that is a center fielder than is use to be having a defensive catcher or short stop hit in the 8 hole?

    The problem with having Andruw bat eight is you don’t pay a guy $13 million per year to bat .220. Anyone you are pay over $2 mil per year better be able to put some wood on the ball.


  123. 125 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    The Venerable Bob, Journalist Amongst all this silly stuff (mine) just read your post. How horrible. Will pray for your friend Francis Maina and company and for Kenya.

    Such ignorance, corruption and evil there, causing the “tribal cleansing” gangs and warlords to attack the very good people there trying to help. Thanks for the news. Hope it gets better. Please keep us posted.


  124. 126 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Gil, falling out of window 30 feet to the ground and picking up 300 pound people would do it. Much like lifting Yaks over mountain crevasses. Between your stories and William Wallace’s, my back feels just fine. It hurt until I read yall’s.


  125. 127 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, there is much evil in the world, seems the answer is always “ethnic cleansing”. Even our own country went through it with our native Americans. One must wonder if it is a human trait to be so bigoted?

    Bob, I pray for the madness to stop but alas, it only seems to get worse. Did the world learn nothing from World War 2? The holocaust not only to the Jews but to the gypsy tribes. Like I said, there are those that have it much worse than I.

    After all, I not only have a beautiful wife but she can cook too. What more could one ask for?


  126. 128 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Okay folks, nap time for me…… enough Jameson and even the most persistent ills will go away, catch you folks later.

    JJS… When you post in the personals, you might add: Must love fur, aroma raw fish and walks on the beach. 🙂


  127. 129 williamwallace January 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Savannah, hot is hot, cold is cold, pain is pain. There is no differentiating. My attitude is if it is gonna be hot, then be blazing hot, if it is gonna be cold, then let it snow, if my back is gonna hurt, then let it really hurt so i can get pity and massages.

    Evidently, Gil agrees with this. Read his 2:04 again. He sez …….. nap time for me …… enough Jenna Jameson. Damn, Gil, didn’t know you got it like that. I would imagine Jenna Jameson would wear many a man out and make him want to take a nap. Gil is such a player, he accuses Jenna of being an ill which is persistently after him. He is so tired of her persistence, he just wants her to go away. Wow, sounds like Gil is living the dream.

    And Savannah, somehow i think if Jimmy had Diane walk in on him and sweet lil’ Reese, jimmy and the Seal would be able to turn on their charm and well, this is Carolina Lady’s blog, so i’ll behave and leave it to the imagination…..

    Alright, enough of my silliness and thanks for letting me indulge with my glory days stories.

    Have a good day!

    Time to go back to driving myself nuts dealing with Coach and McFann.


  128. 130 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Upper 20’s here in the ATL area! YIKES! Don’t think we are going to make the mid 30’s they were saying earlier today. Which makes me worry about the 17 predicted for tonight might not be close to the actual number. I predict 12 tomorrow morning. Let’s see who’s right, the guys making 6 figures, or the rank amateur!
    Gil, I tried to nap, but couldn’t, so have been up since 3:30…not enough sleep. Need to do lots of things today, but sleep will likely come before the “important” stuff….


  129. 131 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    reese witherspoon is not coming! reese witherspoon called and accused jimmy smith of being a beat writer! jimmy smith explained that jimmy smith is a journalist but reese witherspoon was not at all understanding. does not wish to be with a beat writer and who can blame her?

    oh, well, there are other young lovelies to consider. must not let them get a bad impression before they arrive. journalist jimmy smith may have to drop “journalist” from the journalist jimmy smith handle lest girls come to the false conclusion that jimmy smith is a beat writer.

    chop seal was not pleased by this development and is considering if chop seal wishes to remain a beet writer. columnist, maybe.


  130. 132 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    One of us inadvertently turned on the air conditioning earlier and it’s 58 inside … 19 outside!

    Seems like I’ve always been characterized as having a mind like a trap … and have always thought of it as a compliment! We all have our perspectives, … what if folks were talking about one which had already been sprung?


  131. 133 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Deborah Norville is easy on the eyes, but…for some reason, I haven’t liked her. Well, it was because she left her longtime beau Harmon Wages because he admitted to using drugs. At least that is how I remember it. If he was stealing from her, or something like that, sure dump the jerk, but it sounded like he said he needed help, and was dumped….
    Oh well, I like Ms. Whitherspoon, but JJS, do you want her 2 little rug rats pulling on chop seal’s whiskers????


  132. 134 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    bob, there are all manner of traps. bear traps. mouse traps. fly traps. sand traps. booby traps. oh, the humanity! how did we get on the subject of traps? carolina lady will surely not like this train of thought. bob had best consider the characterization a compliment and not bring it up again :lol:.


  133. 135 lew614 January 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Let us not forget the Trappist Monks.


  134. 136 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Does Uboto the witch doctor also work for Balco? Mets?


  135. 137 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    journalist does not wish to dwell on the subject but there was an unpleasant incident involving jimmy smith and a raccoon trap a few months back. had the blue worms not been there to chew through the trap this journalist might still be held captive. and carolina lady will not tolerate much more of this trap talk. do trappist monks trap raccoons?


  136. 138 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I have a mind like a steel trap….


  137. 139 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    We won’t even need Diane Lane in the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  138. 140 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Traps are everywhere. Fly traps are not recommended. Here’s one we’ve been considering for years. Maybe next Christmas: A Nice Trap. Maybe Lew has another recommendation.


  139. 141 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I try to avoid speed traps…..


  140. 142 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Mel Torme wrote a book about Buddy Rich. It was called Traps, the Boy Wonder.


  141. 143 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf said Tuesday he is not interested in coming out of retirement to run the Falcons.

    “I have not been contacted by them and I have no interest,” said Wolf, who built two Super Bowl teams in the 1990s after getting the Falcons to trade Brett Favre to Green Bay. “Let’s bury that one right now.”

    ron, that one was buried a long time ago. latest to express no interest in the job. soon, whoever takes the job will realize how many have turned it down or refused to be considered. arm pit of the n.f.l.? arthur blank is on the sidelines already, might as well coach the team. that was stuff, now baseball . . .

    no, jimmy smith is not here to talk about the past. cannot remember what ubuto injected now or even if ubuto injected it. in fact, don’t know ubuto. ubuto?


  142. 144 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Actually, it’s called Traps, the Drum Wonder. But he was a professional drummer at 3….


  143. 145 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    When you go drag racin’, they talk about trap speed during the 1/4 mile….


  144. 146 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    too much talk of traps. carolina lady will be here soon. now, shut you’re traps. sounds like that other blog? oh, the humanity! forgive jimmy smith! :mrgreen:

    and diane lane was soft. a good qualtiy. not like a robot. still, could not cook and will never be able to cook. oven is being replaced today.


  145. 147 berigan2electricboogaloo January 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Sorry about that, DOB!!! I mean, JJS!!! 😛
    But….what about a robot that looked like Diane Lane, and was soft like her as well??? After all, we are talking about the future! And just imagine the fun things a robotic women would do that a real woman wouldn’t??? Like, kill bugs for you. Be programmed to like baseball, old cars, old jazz, old flabby men….. Perhaps a bit more my dreams than everyone else’s! 😳


  146. 148 lew614 January 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Well, there is always the infamous and ever elusive Better Mouse Trap. Fame and fortune awaits an enterprising individual. Said Mouse Trap could capture worldwide acclaim-as well as Better Mice.


  147. 149 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    One of my greatest déjà vu experiences, if not the greatest, was watching the opening scenes from “Sound Of Music” as they come in over the Alps during the summer, methinks … years earlier, we had driven the same route during the dead of winter … going from Innsbruk to Salzburg … but, it was eerie!


  148. 150 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    berigan…. My first wife was bit of a robot, well… she had robotic qualities. Never could teach her to cook. Unfortunately, she had a thing for mechanics…. Wait, I’ve seen this movie!!

    Anyway, I would imagine Vermont would be a lovely place to visit but I don’t think I could live there. Looks a lot like the blue ridge but colder. I see Burlington made it all the way to +1 on the thermometer today.

    Okay, what’s all this talk about entrapment? And raccoons….. Beware of making friends with raccoons, God did not give them a mask without good reason….. Next thing you know, they will steal your dog.


  149. 151 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    see? all this talk of traps and now carolina lady is not blogging here. wait! carolina lady’s blog – carolina lady will be back. make sure there is no more talk of traps, though. and what kinds of traps you say? trap doors, trap shoes, day at the trap, trap, trap, trap little hammer. oh, the humanity! journalist could go on and on. but soon, the new oven will be in place and journalist will be cooking gingerbread. sort of to soothe the soul. yes, gingerbread with a tasty sauce. more later.


  150. 152 Chop Seal January 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Hello Everbudy, I am working on my new blogg. It shud be ready in time. Here comes a text from Frank . . .


  151. 153 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    And Wolf Trap Farm Park is a big music venue in Northern Virgina. Northern Virginia is a lot like West Virgina but has not yet succeeded from the rest of the state. Really more like Washington D.C. South….. And why was it that Virginia was the only state to lose territory during the war of northern aggression?

    And speaking of Byrds…. Senator Byrd of West Virginia was a cousin to Harry F. Byrd of Virginia who ran/owned the state for so many years.


  152. 154 ssiscribe January 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Top of the evening, denizens, on this frigid night along the southern rim of the capital city.

    How cold? Today’s high in Atlanta was 30 degrees which, according to The Weather Channel, is the coldest high temperature in the Home of the Braves since Jan. 19, 1997.

    Tonight’s low of 15, coupled with a 15 mph wind from the northwest, will make it feel like zero. And there was snow in the mountains last night, but alas, none here for my kiddies or I to play in and enjoy.

    Lew, great blog, man, and great pics of the snow from Vermont, too. I don’t see how folks up north do it, day in and day out putting up with the temps we have here for just a couple of days a year. Of course, there are those who wonder why I sit outside with the laptop and a cup of coffee when it’s 103 outside, but that’s what I grew up in and what I’m used to, I guess.

    Now, baseball (noted transition from the Scribe): FanFest is next weekend. Lake Buena Vista opens to pitchers and catchers in a month and two weeks, roughly. The season opens March 30 in D.C. We’re getting close, and soon, it will be time to really start thinking about center field, about the back end of the rotation, about the final spot or two in the bully and on the bench.

    But on a night like this, time to curl up with a good book. I don’t even want to watch the Thrashers tonight, who are skating with the Canes in Carolina. Time for a good baseball book and a cup of coffee, as the winds howl outside.

    Tonight, the coldest night of the year (and maybe of several years). But soon, the warm winds will blow, the tomahawks will wave, the ump will say “play ball” and we’ll begin the dance to October yet again. The mere thought of which warms the heart in the midst of winter’s grasp.

    The Scribe abides.



  153. 155 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    And why was it that Virginia was the only state to lose territory during the war of northern aggression?

    At least you weren’t re-gifted

    Gil, we lost our whole town in that civil war and social unpleasantness. When Sherman was just outside the city on one of the last stops of his incendiary march to the sea, city fathers and businessmen wisely rode out to greet him. They didn’t want the city burned to the ground and the war was all but officially lost, so they presented him the keys to the city. Sherman then turned around and gave Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas present.

    You may have lost part of your state, but how would you feel being re-gifted at Christmas? How utterly gauche. You can lead a Sherman to the sea but you can’t make him sit on the balcony of a mansion built in the 1700’s and sip mint juleps while charming the belles like a southern gentleman of old.


  154. 156 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Yes, General Sheridan did the same trick trough the Shenandoah Valley of VA. The only reason they were not hung for war crimes was they were on the winning side. To the victors go the version of history taught in the schools.

    T’was a very nasty war which we should not forget lest we think we are better than every other budding republic. We should at least remember that violence should be the method of last resort for resolving disputes, not the first. Getting into a fight is the easy part, suffering the consequences is the hard part.


  155. 157 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    The amazing thing is how so many good people can be manipulated into fighting the wrong people for the wrong reasons. We were all Americans but it did not seem to matter. Do we think other countries are going to feel any different when they have their own wars?

    Now baseball news…… Bud Selig is still an idiot….. But a rich idiot…..


  156. 158 chrisklob January 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Greetings Gil. It is amazing and infuriating to me when my children come home from school telling me that the Civil War was about slavery. I’ve had to had discussions with both of them explaining the true reasons.

    Oh, and by the way, how do you really feel about Selig?


  157. 159 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    To the victors go the version of history taught in the schools.

    Very nicely done sir. Like it and so true. Gil…hate to keep picking on your posts, but they are good ones and inspirational to me.

    Bud Selig is still an idiot

    Not able to agree there (but I know it’s just a blog colloquialism you refer to. No, my description would be that Selig is not an idiot, but pretty smart. The rest of my description would not be so pleasant. Let me put it this way; he doesn’t have the personality of Howdy Doody, but they do tend to operate the same way. Strings attached.


  158. 160 chrisklob January 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Howdy Doody has a better hair cut than Selig.


  159. 161 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Sure has been a lot of discussion about stuff today…. Did baseball take off for Christmas? Oh, that’s right, I saw A-Rod on one of the New Years Eve shows.

    Okay, a little {pole} for the blog……. At this early juncture, who do you folks think the Braves will have play center field in 2008? Gregor Blanco? Josh Anderson? A yet to be signed free agent? Someone else? Just some soft toss to get limbered up before we start throwing off the mound. 🙂


  160. 162 chrisklob January 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Gil, I’m with you. Baseball news has been pretty much nonexistent lately.

    My guess is that it’ll be Anderson to start the year and if he falters, Blanco will get it. I’d be absolutely shocked if Schaffer earned the job in ST. He’s not yet played a full year at High A, which is a long ways from the bigs. He’ll start the year at Mississippi and if neither Blanco or Anderson prove worthy, he’ll get a mid-season call-up. Otherwise, my guess is that he’ll play in the minors until rosters expand in September.


  161. 163 journalist jimmy smith January 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    howdy doody is getting quite a few mentions here lately. and howdy doody contributed a post just the other day. can’t recall any mention of howdy doody on that other blog. cannot dilly-dally around with howdy doody posts. too much bluster on that other blog and not enough seltzer. flub-a-dub may be posting here soon. beat writer now in another city.


  162. 164 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Chris, Any other year I would say Gregor would have earned a spot but I am thinking that the top brass are more inclined to use him a package for someone else. I don’t know why, just a feeling. I think you are right about Josh being the fair haired child at this point.


  163. 165 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Another question posed… Was Buffalo Bob from Buffalo?


  164. 166 savannahguy January 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Got an early morn on the morrow…and a chilly one it will be, so ‘ll post-out on this. Thank God it’s inside work (driving) and no heavy lifting (I hope).

    Speaking of heavy lifting…I’d say Klobber’s suggestion of Anderson in CF seems to make sense based on what we know now. Trouble is, we don’t know enough obviously. It’s quite possible than Wren doesn’t know either. So many variables. So much still in play. So many moves yet to be made. The chessboard is missing a few key pieces.

    My hope is that we sign a proven vet with a big bat for a one year deal. That’ll give the young’uns another year to hone their craft. That’s assuming we keep Tex. If not, the whole equation changes. Thing is, we need to give Tex the kind of protection that he gives Chipper to be a tough lineup. I’m not as convinced as many are that BMac and Frenchy can provide the consistency needed to backup the 4 spot. Braves need a threat…a batmeister in the 5 spot. I’d sacrifice a few steps in center field for that.

    Ok, ok…I’ll answer Gil’s posed question now, go on the record and propose someone to fill the bill. We need a CF that is clutch and fearless. Someone unflappable…like Johnny Damon. Or maybe a Jim Edmonds. Yep. Call me crazy. Go ahead…make my day. We need a man behind the men. Don’t get me wrong, Frenchy’ll get there and so will Brian. Just not this year. We need a monster that pitchers dread…a home run threat.


  165. 167 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Howdy Chrisklob! Well, were it to have been about taxes then everbody lost ’cause we continue to be enslaved by them … methinks it was actually an insidious communist plot … knowing that the French would financially support the South who would lose … worsening the conditions in France and enabling the rabble to overthrow the aristocracy!


  166. 168 mrgil January 2, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Actually, it was about taxes in a round about way….


  167. 169 chrisklob January 2, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Greetings Bob. Taxes are high. No question. Someone sent me an email some time ago naming all the taxes levied against the citizens of this country that didn’t exist 100 or so years ago. Pretty amazing amount of taxes. Seems like they tax us and then tax us on our taxes. But look at tax rates in some other civilized countries and ours don’t look so bad!

    SG, another blogmeister, who shall remain nameless in this space, has repeatedly said that Tex will NOT be traded. Only scenario that I can see where he gets traded is if the Braves are out of it by July 31 and I don’t see that happening. The Mets and Phillies haven’t done as much as the Braves have this off-season. I’m actually very pleased with the proactive approach that FW has had in reconstructing this team for next year. So, if Tex is with this team all year, we have the big, fearless bopper that you want. Now, whether or not he’s with this team in 09 and beyond is discussion for another day.

    Granted, there are a lot of “if’s” on this roster. But, with payroll constraints as they are, we will have to live with those “if’s” and watch them unfold. I long for the days of Ted Turner. They say that you’ve got to spend money to make money. Turner was not afraid to spend his money.

    I’ve always looked at building a team as similar to putting together a jig saw puzzle, except you don’t have the box top that shows what the picture is supposed to look like and all the pieces don’t fit together perfectly. At the end of the year, the guy with the best puzzle wins it all!


  168. 170 chrisklob January 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, this sudden baseball talk has worn my arm out. Seems like forever since we talked about it. Probably need to ice my elbow down now!


  169. 171 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    a batmeister in the 5 spot … I’ll buy that but I’m not sure we don’t already have that in leftfield … a good hustling situtational hitter that hits both right and left handed pitching … decent power, better than Kelly or Jeff in the HR department.


  170. 172 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Chris, I never cottoned much to relatives … ‘cepting them to which I was related. While what they say about prostitutes and price may be true, I still figure that Dante’s Hell is too hot, regardless of which level you might find yourself!


  171. 173 Bob, journalist January 2, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Oops, … Tex will not be traded so long as he stays in Bobby’s good graces and Frank and John think it’s best to keep him … which should be for some time.

    Goodnight Miss Allen …


  172. 174 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 8:41 am

    this just in – tex traded! just kidding. journalist did not think they would trade dale murphy but they did. if tex could bring some young arms would tex be traded? are there enough bats without tex? for a team built around pitching and defense this team appears a bit long in the tooth, er, make that dentures. and remember, tom glavine has no front teeth. should pitch with no front teeth when andruw comes to town. and now, political commentary… the war between the states . . . what was taught to jimmy smith in school is not what is being taught today in our schools. confederate heroes now have their names removed from school buildings and roads. and the cyclorama is in disrepair. yes, the cyclorama – big round painting. and sherman . . .


  173. 175 mrgil January 3, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Good morning all, A tad bit on the cool side here today but dry…… At least I am not at the beach. Cold weather is acceptable most everywhere in January except for places like Miami. Do vacationers get a refund for icy conditions? All part of the global warming, right? Personally, I think that weather is just what it is, some days are hot, some days are cold and we have all become very accustom to air conditioning.

    I can remember when the only places that were air conditioned were the movie theater and some restaurants. There is a good reason that most old southern houses had 10 and 12 foot ceilings and a fire place in every room.
    Snow birds are thinking they have not flown far enough south as yet. Not to worry, weather folks are predicting temperatures into the 60s next week.

    Big day today for Iowa, still the center of the universe. After today, they will be forgotten about again until 2011 when the next campaign begins. Pretty crafty folks those Iowans, raise corn for ethanol and then make lots of money on politics every four years. No wonder other states trying to cut in on that action.

    Yep, everybody else has to raise money the old fashion way, pork….

    Now baseball, Yes, still too early to really know what to talk about. Looks as if Baltimore is ready to cut Cory Patterson loose, a possible stop gap for the Braves? Has Marcus Giles syndrome I think as he hits too many warning track fly outs. Needs to level out his swing and hit the gaps.


  174. 176 mrgil January 3, 2008 at 10:44 am

    “And the roads in disrepair” Student of history should remember that the decline of the Roman Empire was marked by pot holes in the roads. Not enough money to take care of the infrastructure. And the money was being spent on what? Junkets to Egypt? New sports stadium? Guess they did not have politics to keep the economy afloat.


  175. 177 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Gil….Iowa, can ya stands it??? oh the excitement! 🙄 Iowa folk can barely stand it, I hear 10% of the 2 million voters there bother to even vote! Perhaps that is their way of protesting??? I have my horses in the race(Well, not really too excited about anyone come to think of it) but, I hope a certain person will finish about 6th, instead of 3rd and I will never have to hear….it’s name again.


  176. 178 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    jackass? out there? happy new year!


  177. 179 lew614 January 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    In no way shape or form do we want Cory Patterson on the Braves. The guy’s career appears in Funk And Wagnall’s as the definition of “Disappointing Career” and “Failed to vaguely live up to expectations.”

    For everyone coming to Spring Training-at least while I’m there from Feb. 15 to February 29-I will have a booklet of Braves’ prints for all to use for autographs. I just had some of the prints made today and they look great. I also found out that I can have color copies of all painitings and drawings printed to 16×20 (the size of most Wurlitzers) for all of $25. Not a bad deal at all.


  178. 180 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    january is a big month for jimmy smith and baby er, chop seal. january 23 is national pie day. this follows by one day the birthday of diane lane who was born on january 22 and will probably not be spending the day with jimmy smith as previously planned. journalist must remember to cancel reservations. chop seal will debut as beet writer in january and is very excited about this prospect. chop seal is busily preparing. and january must pass so february will arrive. pitchers and catchers.

    now, baseball . . . will a ring become cold when worn on a cold ringfinger?


  179. 181 CL January 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    SIGNS by Paul B. Janeczko

    The third-base coach




    brushes his sleeves




    tugs one earlobe

    then the other




    rubs his hands




    turns his back.

    The batter steps out:

    he needs to see them all again.


  180. 182 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    MLBtraderumors… a trade!!!
    Nick Swisher Traded To White Sox
    Baseball Digest Daily is reporting that the A’s have traded Nick Swisher to the White Sox for Gio Gonzalez, Fautino De Los Santos, and Ryan Sweeney. I’d heard about the Sweeney part but hadn’t been able to confirm it. This is a fascinating trade – let’s discuss.

    I have to imagine the White Sox plan to use Swisher as their center fielder for the next couple of years; he did play 59 games there in ’07. Kenny Williams stuck to his word about adding OBP to his team, picking up Swisher and Carlos Quentin to fill out his outfield. Swisher, 27, is signed at a very reasonable price: $3.5MM in ’08, $5.3MM in ’09, $6.75MM in ’10, $9MM in ’11, and a $10.25MM club option for ’12 with a $1MM buyout. The option gets a $1.75MM bump if Swisher is top five for the MVP voting during the contract. He has limited no-trade protection for 2011-12.

    The White Sox paid a massive price to get their man, however. Pitchers De Los Santos and Gonzalez were their two best prospects, according to Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein. De Los Santos is said to have a huge ceiling, whereas Gio is a solid lefty who’s nearly big-league ready. Goldstein ranked Sweeney eighth on the team, but projects him as more of a fourth-outfielder type (he was once very highly regarded though).

    If it wasn’t obvious with the Dan Haren trade, the A’s are in full-fledged rebuilding mode. Joe Blanton, Huston Street, and Mark Ellis could be next to go.


  181. 183 Chop Seal January 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Beeing a beet reporter is hard. I thought they were calling Roger Clemens dumba$$ and they were reely calling him numba$$. I will learn.


  182. 184 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Where is everyone today?


  183. 185 mrgil January 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Two things, preparing for the VT game tonight and trying to get my desktop CPU to recognize a new hard drive so I can format it…… GGRRRRRR…


  184. 186 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Has the NCAA figured out how to milk bowl season to the max, or what? I think we’ve got games scheduled thru February!


  185. 187 CL January 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Clemens Says He Took B-12 Injection

    AP Baseball Writer

    NEW YORK | Roger Clemens said former trainer Brian McNamee injected him with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12, according to the first excerpts released from the pitcher’s interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

    McNamee said in the Mitchell report on doping in baseball that he personally injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, and with steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001 while with the New York Yankees.

    Clemens issued a video statement on Dec. 23 denying the accusations and plans to hold a news conference Monday, a day after the CBS interview is to be broadcast.

    During the interview, recorded last Friday at Clemens’ home in Katy, Texas, Clemens was asked whether McNamee had injected him with any drugs.

    “Lidocaine and B-12,” Clemens responded. “It’s for my joints, and B-12 I still take today.”

    Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that can be used by dentists and in minor surgery. It also is available as part of ointments used to treat skin inflammation.

    Clemens told CBS that McNamee’s accusation was “ridiculous” and said he “never” used banned substances.

    “Swear?” CBS’s Mike Wallace asked Clemens.

    “Swear,” Clemens responded.

    Baseball players and owners did not have an agreement to ban steroids until September 2002, and they didn’t ban HGH until January 2005.

    Now why would he have a local anesthetic injected into his hind end?? That has to be the stupidest explanation I’ve ever heard! I don’t believe one word of it. Chop Seal was right!


  186. 188 CL January 3, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    “In a video posted on his official Web site, Roger Clemens said that he has become “almost numb” to the steroid accusations against him in the Mitchell report and that he has granted an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an effort to clear his name.”

    Well, now we know why.


  187. 189 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Roger Clemens never did steroids. Bill Clinton didn’t inhale either.


  188. 190 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    why would roger clemens want to numb roger clemens’ buttocks? let’s say, for argument, that the buttocks were tender from repeated injections of oh, steroids or something – maybe even vitamin b-12 (wink, wink). then, a little anesthetic in the buttocks might prove useful to the buttocks. carolina lady, jimmy smith can say buttocks here? and if the atlanta braves numb the buttocks of chuck james will chuck james pitch like roger clemens? will numb buttocks become the new rage in baseball? and isn’t chipper already numb? buttocks-numb? and won’t numb buttocks now become a blog buzzword like your and idiot? and who will be first to use it? and should we patent it for this blog? and will lew be drawing athletes with known numb buttocks? and how will this play on the bench when the player slides from the bench owing to numb buttocks? this will not sit well with many. soon, journalist jimmy smith will return with commentary.


  189. 191 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    would sure like to hear from grinch on this numb buttocks issue. and from sja. will it now be numb a$$clown? and a ballplayer with numb buttocks . . . how will this influence the slide? and how much novacaine would it take to numb the buttocks of the famous hammer (known for large buttocks)? and how is the dance club venture going? and can one dance with numb buttocks? and where are all the bloggers tonight? and will the topic of numb buttocks repulse some bloggers here? and won’t this blog now attract unsavory bloggers? and what happens when the buttocks are no longer numb? and what if it happens during a game? and shouldn’t roger clemens be fined for going to the buttocks during a game? and don’t numb buttocks remind you of beat writing? well, too much to consider here tonight. will wait for some responses.


  190. 192 nacly January 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I’m the opposite of William Jefferson…I never smoked…but I know for a fact I must have inhaled! Then again, I always liked to snack at parties! :mrgreen:


  191. 193 lew614 January 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I have and will draw cold ring fingers, but will never knowingly draw a numbass. If I ever drew a numbass, it was because they told me it was really B12 and I never knew it was a numbass. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. You can tell that to Mike Wallace, too.


  192. 194 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    butt, lew, what if the player did not know it was numbing his buttocks? what if the player thought it was to improve his complexion or something? and what if the player was making millions of dollars and could afford the very best health care and still insisted on getting numbing injections in the buttocks from a trainer? and who would want to give that shot?! never! “okay, mr. clemens, time to numb your buttocks.” something is not right about this. why would a player want numb buttocks? hmmm….


  193. 195 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    carolina lady should be getting some hits now! numb-buttock talk. now this a sports blog. and when will journalist bob weigh in on this subject? didn’t polonius use this tactic as well? and to the blogger who asked if this medicine was not topical . . . well, yes, but who would apply it? oh, the humanity! better to give the shot than rub it in. and this post is quickly degenerating. and how much would it take to numb the buttocks of chino cadahia? buy in bulk? commercial packaging? sam’s club? and no more tonight from jimmy smith on this subject. too tender. too inflammatory. turn the other cheek.


  194. 196 nacly January 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Application to Chino best delivered via a bed of needles! 😯


  195. 197 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    and was not lew advocating the use of b vitamins on this very blog just yesterday? hmmm…. with numbing qualities? hmmm….

    lucy has some splainin’ to do.


  196. 198 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I did smoke marijuana, but i never exhaled!


  197. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Chris, strange, I never smoked Marijuana, But I did enhale!


  198. 200 CL January 3, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    from the Mayo Clinic site:

    Lidocaine belongs to the family of medicines called local anesthetics. When lidocaine is applied to the skin, it produces pain relief by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the skin. Lidocaine topical systems are used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with herpes zoster virus infection of the skin (shingles).

    Lidocaine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

    This product is available in the following dosage forms:

    Patch, Extended Release
    Aerosol Liquid

    How did he get it without a doctor’s Rx?

    According to a drug info site I checked, Lidocaine is effective for an hour-and-a-half to 3 hours. Used primarily for dental work and skin problems/disorders, it is also used in the treatment of some heart ailments.

    He’d have been better off keeping his mouth shut.


  199. 201 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I wonder if lidocaine could cause cold ring finger too?


  200. 202 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    At least he wouldn’t know if it was cold. 😆


  201. 203 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Interesting returns coming in from the Iowa caucuses. “Caucus”, now that’s a funny word! 🙂


  202. 204 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    jelly? oh, the humanity!


  203. 205 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Huckabee and Obama….goofiest names ever for the 2 main guys??? 😛 (At least the 2 main guys from Iowa!)


  204. 206 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I’ll catch the headlines tomorrow. I’m thinking a nice warm bed is where I want to be right now! Temps going down in the ‘teens tonight. Did I say how much I hate bitterly cold weather??? 🙂


  205. 207 Bob, journalist January 3, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Chop Seal, methinks beeing a beet reporter is eazy … though sum complain … it’s the writing part that’s pretty hard … your an you’re … there an their … dum an num.

    I know your a rookie but your doin fine … just remember it’s a family blog.

    Colossus … can say that? Yes, one could so say … A Colossus in the Making … yes, HK has been watching!

    I’m familiar with inhale, exhale, montehale, and even inhell, but is enhale?


  206. 208 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Forgot to mention regarding the Lidocaine above: it is only injectable in dental work and in an IV in heart treatment. I’d like to hear his explanation.


  207. 209 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I have 2 friends that just love, love, love cold weather! 😡 I wish they would both move to Montana one winter, and get it out of their system once and for all!
    I love snow, but it rarely snows here in the south when it sure is cold enough for snow…. 😥


  208. 210 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    HK!!! Please blog with us!! LOVE your graph!! THANKS!!! 😆


  209. 211 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    CLB?? I got a new name??


  210. 212 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Ummm, Carolina Lady the Brave???? 😳


  211. 213 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    or just Carolina, Lady Brave??? I guess I put in one two many b’s for bold….


  212. 214 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I know I shouldn’t complain. Almost everyone that blogs here regularly lives in a colder climate than I, with the only exception being SG. He’s only 100 or so miles south so his weather isn’t markedly different. I guess Florida girl is more south too, but she’s always by a warm oven, so she doesn’t count. But, I have to say that I absolutely despise cold weather. Today’s high was about 37 and it wasn’t too bad because the wind wasn’t blowing. Yesterday was around 40 but we had 25-35 mph winds blowing all day. In spite of the fact that I’m a naturally “thick” guy and as I’ve gotten older I’ve become pretty well insulated, it was miserably cold yesterday. That wind was awful and cut right through to the bone. I’ll take 100 degrees over 30 degrees any day!


  213. 215 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    😆 Ok, Berigan. sigh……

    GOOD NEWS!! SavannahGuy&Gal are safely home with good reports!


  214. 216 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Alright CL, time to start selling advertising! Of course, as charter members, we’ll all expect a share! 🙂


  215. 217 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Chris, I know what you mean! The house is warm, but the heat pump has hardly stopped running. Electric meters can spin incredibly fast! 🙂


  216. 218 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    And if HK were to begin blogging here what would his avatar look like? A bar graph? A linear graph? How ’bout a PIE chart?


  217. 219 Bob, journalist January 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Getting a little too bold are we, Berigan?

    HK needs to update that graph for today … a lot of posts late!


  218. 220 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    CL, glad to hear that SG & G are home with good news. Didn’t know anything was going on, but still happy to hear that they are okay.


  219. 221 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Bob, J, I’m doing my part!


  220. 222 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Chris, I’ll gladly share everything I’ve gotten from this blog: happiness, friendship, companionship, sharing good and bad with others, peace, some smiles and some great laughs!


  221. 223 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    oh, the humanity! the worm turns! hk has brought exciting news to this blog. and these bloggers are not even missed on that other blog! yea, right.

    doing just fine, thanks, with what we have here. other blog coming up s-h-o-r-t?

    hk must blog with us. good graphing skills. perhaps can tell us which blog is smartest?

    and chop seal has been admonished for talking like sja. and no more numb buttocks talk tonight. journalist promised. jelly? how does that work, carolina lady? toast?


  222. 224 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Chris, yesterday was brutal in the ATL! I think the high was only 30, so add the wind on top of that…YIKES!!! My skin felt burned!
    I also hope everyone that saw Pete Van Wieren, said to him, Pete…this is why people talk about wind chill! 😛


  223. 225 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Does anyone here work in marketing? Maybe they can tell you how to make this sucker start spitting out hundred dollar bills! 💡


  224. 226 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I just copied the list, jjs. Didn’t ask any questions….. 🙂


  225. 227 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Oh, yes! We have a marketing expert among us. Won’t ID without permission.


  226. 228 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    berigan, I hear you. Wind chill factor HAS to be considered. Same with heat index in the summer. I can tell you from personal experience that 95 with humidity levels at 90% is NOT the same thing as 95 with 30% humidity.

    Oh man, how I long for some warm weather.


  227. 229 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    CL, I think I know who it is……….


  228. 230 CL January 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    No guessing, Chris.


  229. 231 journalist jimmy smith January 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    well, let’s suppose it is a smucker’s-like jelly. can say smucker’s? if it is that kind-of-jelly could that jelly be consumed on toast? or biscuit? or is it smeared on the buttocks? yes, not supposed to talk that anymore but now the jelly question has arisen (has arose if used to the other blog). jimmy smith thinks jelly may be the preferred method of ingestion. of course, should taste good. like strawberry jelly on some toasted pound cake. hmmm…. but not all jelly is tasty. petroleum jelly for instance is not at all tasty. and kentucky jelly is said to be most reprehensible. still connected? still able to blog? carolina lady is a forgiving person. nice blog host, too. hostess. and very agreeable with the bloggers. perhaps carolina lady can be the pre-eminent blog host for braves baseball. already? already, really? congratulations, carolina lady! and for vitamins perhaps clemens should have tried flintstones or one-a-day.


  230. 232 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    jjs, hopefully it’s not of the KY variety! 😳 A lady in the hospital once told me that she couldn’t get used to the taste of Kentucky jelly on her toast!


  231. 233 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Yeah Chris, no guessing…no guessing is needed, clearly it’s baby seal!


  232. 234 savannahguy January 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Leave for a day and to return to find this blog has turned into a fishing blog?

    Numb Bass? Lidocaine? Must be referring to the old Amazonian paralyzing fish trick. Certain exotic plants (can’t swear to name) are tossed into still water and within an hour or so, fish come floating to the surface. Old Indian trick. Many fish surface with this technique.

    With a small Mitchell net, named after a famous English Amazon explorer, numb fish would then be easily scooped up. Once they were identified, they would be tagged and released back into the wild river. Not only numb Bass, but their close relative, Crappie (can say?) would be caught, usually together. They are symbiotic I hear.

    Also, numb Puffer fish (the inhaling type), numb Flounder and numb Piranha. Only the Piranha was kept, the rest were released for some odd reason. Must be an Amazon thing.


  233. 235 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Ummm. Going to the market for fresh fish doesn’t constitute being in marketing!


  234. 236 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Greetings SG. I hear you have received some good news! Congratulations, my friend. Let me pour you a KC!


  235. 237 Chop Seal January 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Chop Seal. No longer a baby. Beet writer now. Investigative reporter. Need some of that jellee. Canned ham gel/jellee? Hmmm… jellee? Can? Jellee on the can? Topical? Numb can? Can feel the can now that numb?


  236. 238 Bob, journalist January 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    A good telephone battery with cables/wires, or concussion grenade works just as well … ‘course, it depends on where you put them and what your fishin four … methinks certain stun grenades are the best.


  237. 239 CL January 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    ‘Night, y’all! See ya tomorrow!! Salty’s lead will be posted in the a.m. Y’all will enjoy it!


  238. 240 TheSouthernJackAss... January 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Good news…”Happy New Year!” to jimmy smith from TheJackAss…bad news…center of attention…no baseball knowledge…birds…and Smith all mentioned in the same breath on the ‘big blog’…


  239. 241 lew614 January 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I guess I had better never play ML Baseball. I have had Lidocaine used to numb my eye before they injected steroids to reduce retinal swelling. Is this like using performance enhancing substances to continue doing art well past my prime? I’ll deny everything. I swear I did not get it from a member of the Mets training staff or any clubhouse personnel. Does it count if Blue Cross pays for it? I never wrote a check, but I might have used a debit card for the co-pay. OH! The Humanity. Can they use a blog confession against me?


  240. 242 berigan2electricboogaloo January 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Goodnight CLB!!! So…is it safe to say the language in tomorrow’s lead will be….salty???? 8)


  241. 243 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    SJA, don’t know if you’ve seen the latest returns, but THIS is the “big blog” nowadays. There’s a new sheriff in town and her name is CL!


  242. 244 Bob, journalist January 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Chris, your fine efforts are duly noted!

    So too is the good news from the Guys! While it was as expected, ’tis good that twas good!

    The news we received from Kenya was not so good … the emails I received were too long to be inserted here … would bog down the Blog … but I will attempt to add a special “Breaking News” section on “Baseball’s Magic Monents” tonight or tomorrow morning for any having interest.


  243. 245 savannahguy January 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks Klobber…a light nightcap would be great…long but good day.

    Bob, Journalist…the game warden uses the battery cables to shock up lake fish for population counts. A few years ago they came up on a Largemouth Bass that weighed 14 pounds…floating on the surface.

    They found a 2.5 lb. brim in his throat. Bit off more than he could swallow. They were shocked. True story…


  244. 246 chrisklob January 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    HOLY CORNELIA! A blog confession of PED use by one of our own! Who would have ever considered that our very own Lew would have come forth with news of this indiscretion? Frankly, I always thought that SJA might have been using PED’s (roid rage?) or perhaps even Chop Seal (maybe uses to enhance writing ability) but never Lew!

    Umm, SJA, please don’t put those size 17 shoes anywhere near me please!:evil:


  245. 247 savannahguy January 3, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks too Bob…I’ll also look for the Kenya story. Heard more on radio today about the mess over there.


  246. 248 savannahguy January 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Before the “treatment”, Lew could paint 35 paintings a year, max. After the injections, his numbers went up to 65. Careful Lew…


  247. 249 lew614 January 3, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    They told me it was B12 and n, my paint brush didn’t get bigger. It’s an optical illusion. Can I kiss the HOF goodbye? Will only see it if I buy a ticket-under an assumed name?


  248. 250 lew614 January 3, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    SG-Actually, I painted more before the “treatment”. That deck of animal cards I p[ainted-I did 90 paintings in nine months. I worked 7 days a week during that time, too. Damned if I’d do it now. Being broke makes a big difference. I paid the down payment on my house with that job.


  249. 251 TheSouthernJackAss... January 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Klob…this is “The Blog”…but there is one major downside…there are no trolls…jackals…or numb A$sClowns here for TheJackAss to shine his boots on…will need to hire a shoeshine boy I reckon…


  250. 252 mrgil January 4, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Well, there is a reasonable explanation for the lidocain. Those B-12 shots hurt like the dickens. Of course could also reduce the possibilities of having a heart attack from snorting coke.


  251. 253 nacly January 4, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Wow! Did I ever miss the overnight action! Chimed in, things were slow…checked out. Klobber shows up with the KC, drinks all around…toast with ‘jelly’, and other therapies: inhalation, cold finger, PPED (Painter’s Performance Enhancing…Dispensations).

    SJA…worry not about trolls. Some ‘knuckle draggin’ dope’ (remember those?) will trespass and despite the kind CL’s words to cease and desist, other measures will be required.

    B-12 and lidocaine! Yeah, we’re fallin’ for that…sure! I mean, we’re ‘all that’ and idiots, too…right?!?


  252. 254 nacly January 4, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Lew…major apologies for a significant faux pas! You’re an artist…not a painter! Should be APED! 😕


  253. 255 journalist jimmy smith January 4, 2008 at 8:25 am

    yes, jackass, those “long-time readers” that post with an unrecognizable name give pause for thought. jimmy smith gets two mentions on the small blog and hasn’t posted there since the door hit jimmy smith in the numb buttocks on the way out. did no one take up for jimmy smith? no friends left there? oh, the humanity! well, we now have a seal doing what a journalist was doing over there. seems to be working pretty well. carolina lady rules.


  254. 256 nacly January 4, 2008 at 8:26 am

    APED!?! I’m diggin’ myself into quite a hole, with very minimal effort! Uh…hmm…Lew, you’re a reasonable guy…you get my point, right?


  255. 257 mrgil January 4, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Upon further reflection, I think I should sue my doctor. Her it was I was getting cortisone shots in my knees and all the time he was holding back the real cure, B-12 and lidocain. Perhaps they will write that one up in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Baseball Player Discovers Secret Formula for Fountain of Youth”…. They could also do a companion piece on raising flax seed for fun and profit.

    Roger did not do anything to help himself in that interview. Sad, another “Super Hero” brought down by the evil doers….


  256. 258 mrgil January 4, 2008 at 8:38 am

    journalist jimmy smith… It is difficult for some folks to forget a legend. Your reputation will live on for a long time on the small blog.


  257. 259 chrisklob January 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Gil, I still think that Clemens’ best strategy would be to come clean about his use, or misuse actually, of PED’s. We, as a people, tend to forgive those that admit to their misdeeds. Pete Rose’s biggest mistake was lying about what he had done. He continued lying for fifteen years and finally came clean. Too late! Had he admitted when first confronted, he would be in the HOF now.

    What is really at stake here is Clemens’ legacy. It will be virtually impossible for him to prove his innocence in the court of public opinion. All he needs to do is take a look at what McGwire did to his own legacy in front of Congress and consider what people think of him now. There are several members of the HOF that were caught cheating. Gaylord Perry is the first name that comes to mind. Didn’t he even write a book about it? Being an admitted cheater isn’t the end of the world but continually lying about it isn’t going to help him in the end.


  258. 260 chrisklob January 4, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Is this blog getting slow or is it just sluggish from the cold?


  259. 261 nacly January 4, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Chris…Brrrrrr! 😦


  260. 262 chrisklob January 4, 2008 at 8:52 am

    23 in CHS this a.m. and I’m not that far from the coast where temperatures are usually milder than the inland areas.


  261. 263 CL January 4, 2008 at 8:57 am



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