15: Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

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By Chrisklob

CHARLESTON, SC – On January 16, 1972, the Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl VI. As both of my parents are from Dallas, were fans of that team, and we traveled there at least once a year to visit family it was essentially predetermined that I should like them too. I was just shy of my eighth birthday and that was the exact day that I fell in love for the first time.

At the time, the Cowboys were easy to like. They were clean, humble and wholesome and for the most part were a God-fearing lot. Not too many tabloid stories diminishing the reputation of “America’s Team”. There were so many likable, talented guys associated with that team: Landry, Ditka, Reeves, Schramm, Hayes, Howley, Lilly, Pugh, Renfro, the list goes on. They weren’t all saints I suppose, but reviewing the roster today it still amazes me how many good and great ball players were on that team. But there was one guy that truly intrigued me above anyone else: Roger Staubach.

Throughout my childhood, Roger Staubach was my hero. Heisman Trophy winner. Super Bowl MVP. Six time Pro Bowler. Five time All-Pro. Hall of Famer. A man who served his country for four years, including a one year tour in Viet Nam, when he could have asked for his release from his obligation due to his impending football career. What was not to like about Roger Staubach? Even today the very mention of his name excites me. He’s the one celebrity-athlete that I’m truly afraid to meet because I’m afraid that somehow, some way, I’ll be disappointed. Kind of like when I met Johnny Bench, but that is a story for another lead.

I think back about my friends and it seemed that they all had heroes too: Fran Tarkenton, Larry Bird, Pete Rose, Lynn Swann – you get the idea. Whenever we had a pickup game in the neighborhood I was always Roger Staubach and the kid across the street was always Terry Bradshaw. I beat him like a drum on a regular basis, at least that’s what I choose to remember!

The reason that I dredge up all this personal history is that I have a son who is barely older than I was when I found something to follow and love for the first time. My son Matt is ten and claims to be a Braves fan, yet I wonder and worry if it’s only because he sees my passion and wants to be like his old man.

I worry though because Matt doesn’t have a hero. He does seem to love sports. We regularly go up to the ball field near our home and do baseball drills. He’s a good baseball player with a very strong arm and an incredibly smooth stroke for a boy his age. I say this not to brag (although clearly I am) but because other parents and coaches have come up to me and reaffirmed these things. And this makes me proud!

But, as usual, I digress.

He really enjoys the basketball goal that he received for Christmas. Almost every day he makes us move the cars so he can shoot goals. He’ll even sit and watch a few innings of baseball on tv with me while I help explain the what’s and why’s of the game even though I know that the subtle nuances are above his young mind.

But he doesn’t have a hero. I know this because I have asked him before. And this bothers me.

Perhaps times have changed and the concept of “hero” is no longer relevant to our youth. Besides, who would he choose as his hero? Terrell Owens? Roger Clemens? Barry Bonds? Pacman Jones? Even the teenage stars that are manufactured and marketed towards kids his age seem to eventually implode. Jamie Lynn Spears, anyone? How about Britney or Lindsey Lohan? I don’t think so. There just don’t seem to be as many stars out there for our youth to look up to, at least not the ones that we want them to look up to.

On Friday night, the Charleston Riverdogs held their annual Hot Stove Banquet. The keynote speaker was none other than Mr. Jeffrey Baden Francoeur, Gold Glove winning right-fielder for the Atlanta Braves. I invited Matt to go with me tonight because I am hoping that he will become a fan of Jeff Francoeur; that he will look up to him and want to be like him.

Frenchy’s an immensely likable fellow. I had the chance to see him in Charleston (when he played for Rome), Myrtle Beach and spring training a year or two. We spoke on numerous occasions and I was always impressed with his humility. Just before his first trip through Charleston in 2003, I read an article that predicted he would have a Dale Murphy-type career. I asked if he’d seen that article yet and he quickly stopped signing whatever it was that I’d given him and looked me in the eye. He told me that he had not, in fact, seen that article. I could tell by his facial expression and his body language that he was truly touched by I had just said. That humility thoroughly impressed me.

Friday night was the big event. Ladies and gentlemen, you couldn’t ask for a nicer, more genuine human being than Frenchy. There were about 250 people in attendance and he must have signed his name 1500 times, always with a smile on his face. He stopped to talk to every single person that came to his table, shook their hand, smiled, looked them in the eye – all the things that our mothers’ taught us to do but somehow so many people forget. He graciously took dozens of pictures with young and old alike. I honestly believe that he was as happy to be there as we were happy that he was there.

I won’t bore you with details of what he talked about as I know that I won’t be able to do it justice. In short, he was a very good speaker, entertaining, articulate and funny. But, I would like to share one story told by Torre Tyson, manager of the Riverdogs. He explained that he called Rocket Wheeler and Randy Ingle, who managed him at Rome and Myrtle Beach. He told them that he had to have some “dirt” on Frenchy because he knew that he would be speaking about him. Both managers replied that they had no bad stories about him, which is unusual because both of them spent most of a season with him. After spending virtually every day for an entire season together you’d think that they’d have something to give up!

One aspect of his life that I was not at all aware of is his faith. Now, I’m not a particularly religious person but it was obvious even to me that he draws a lot of strength from his spirituality. On his batting gloves he writes “Joshua 1:9” as a reminder of his faith and from which to draw strength. By his account, it’s the one passage that he leans on in difficult times. [Editor’s Note: Joshua 1:9 says “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not affrighted, neither be thou dismayed: for Jehovah thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.:]

Aside from his obvious athletic abilities and accomplishments, Jeff Francoeur seems like a young man that we all should like. In spite of his budding stardom, he’s down-to-earth, personable and polite. He’s the man you would want your daughter to bring home. My hope is that Matt will remember this night forever and will choose Frenchy as his own personal hero, as I chose Roger Staubach as mine. And more than anything, I hope that his young heart is never broken by his hero.

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Chris

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317 Responses to “15: Where Have All the Heroes Gone?”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Terrific, Chris!! Another homer!! Matt is absolutely adorable!!

    And thanks again for pinch-hitting for us!

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  2. 2 lew614 January 21, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Chris-I grew up in and around Philadelphia-we lived in what was then the boonies outside the city (not so anymore, it’s one huge Metropolis, now). Our next door neighbors were good people. They had known me since I was three years old. When I was twelve, the older sister married Ruben Amaro, who was then the Phillies’ shortstop. THAT was huge. A real ML ballplayer came regularly and stayed NEXT DOOR TO ME!!!!! Pretty heady stuff to have your own personal ML Ballplayer who got tickets for you and your friends just by asking (behind Home Plate, no less). Yes, knowing a ML ballplayer back then-even one who batted around .215 was phenomenal.

    Well, it is now 45 years later and guess what? He is still a friend. I will go, see him in Clearwater (along with the Grinch and FBG) when I go down to Spring Training. Now, however, it is not about him being a ML ballplayer, though he is a coach, minor league manager, and has done just about everything except to manage the big team. It is because, well damn-He is a great person. One of the finest I’ve ever known. And his son, the Asst. GM of the Phillies is a great guy, too (though knowing his families like I do, it would have been shocking if it were otherwise).

    I was lucky-I found my hero at a young age. My son, too. He was a Dale Murphy fan growing up. Hope your son can find a good role model somewhere in all the morass that is professional sports. Maybe Seth McClung could be that person. I’m glad your boy met him at a young age. He may never be a great ballplayer, but we both know he IS a great guy.

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  3. 3 journalist jimmy smith January 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    oh, the humanity! that was a fine post. lots of talent on this blog. carolina lady should be proud. pie for everyone!

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  4. 4 mrgil January 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Wow Chris, What a great post. Fine looking lad you have there too. You may learn someday that your son’s real hero is you….. I know my dad was mine. 🙂

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  5. 5 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    OK – I think I have everyone’s photos up. If I’ve messed up somewhere, please let me know! 🙂

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  6. 6 morpheus45 January 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Great lead, Chris. My heros have always been cowboys. CL, I keep trying to find photos on the internet for a new avatar but they’re all copyrighted. What do I do?

    Jimmy, no pie but I just had a slice of chocolate cheesecake from “death by chocolate” and it didn’t disappoint.

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  7. 7 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Grinch, email me. I’ve just made one for scribe. (Check out the photo pages!)

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  8. 8 berigan2electricboogaloo January 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Chris, like others said, a great one!!!! you make good points, very good points. I sure hope Matt comes to follow Frenchy, you couldn’t ask for a better person for him to look up to. Well…like Gil said, there is you, that’s not bad at all!!!! 🙂

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  9. 9 lew614 January 21, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Little known fact for diabetics-If you want to eat dessert, cheesecake will not raise your blood sugar very much. It’s mostly fat and protein and the sugar isn’t that big a deal-No Flour.

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  10. 10 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Chris: What a great story! Hey, your son Matt is a handsome lad and he shines up real good too. Gets his good looks from Mrs. Klobber? I agree with Gil when he says that you will be his real hero. When he’s old enough to really understand what the word means, thinks about how much love and time you devoted to him and how much you’ve involved him in your life, you’ll be at the very top of the hero list.

    Klobber, don’t take my rambling here as a “correction” or a parsing rejoinder of any kind. Quite the contrary…I’m sure we feel the same way about the word hero. Mine is just a typical philosophical/social commentary that your post inspired. We all grew up casually using the term “hero” when we referred to sports figures and we still do it from time to time, out of habit I suppose. Somewhere along the line, I quit doing that. Not sure if it was the huge contrast between athletes and true heroes that I’d read about or met…or if it was more the way it made me feel when I found myself referring to someone as hero that was making millions of dollars a year playing a “safe” sport that would never help or “save” anyone. It became more than a youthful designation.

    As we grow older and wiser, we realize that the word “hero” is most often misplaced when it’s applied to those that excel in sports or other areas of personal achievement. Maybe it’s just a hot button for me, but I’m a bit uncomfortable designating “hero” to an athlete simply for their accomplishments or even the fact that they are good people. Being good is great, but not enough to rise to hero status. I think of hero as someone who devotes, risks or sacrifices their own life for a worthy cause, to help save others.

    It’s true that sports “heroes” (role-models per se) are hard to come by these days. The same can be said of actors, musicians and politicians. We’ve even seen astronauts, Presidents, religious and world leaders fall miserably short of admirable. So many have proven themselves not to be good role models, much less heroic individuals.

    Is the hero’s fall from grace-like designation due to our finding out more about their imperfect lives with our constant personal gossip oriented media coverage? Is it because we’re older and the word “hero” has taken on more meaning? Is it because our society has denigrated in terms of values and behavior? Is it because religion has overshadowed spirituality and belief in one true God? I’m inclined to think it’s all of the above.

    Seems the true heroes are the unsung ones that aren’t usually in the national headlines of our agenda-filled media. They are mostly unknown to us. They are the firefighter that gave their own life running into the towers to save people on 9/11. They are the policeman that busts down a door to get to a hostage, knowing the bad guys may shoot and kill them right there. They are the good Samaritans that we read about in our local paper, who have risked or given their lives attempting to rescue someone in trouble. They are the caregivers that give of themselves to the sick and needy.

    They are the social workers and ministers that are trying to save a continent from AIDS while putting themselves in harms way in an unstable and dangerous Africa. They are the tireless physician and scientist that tirelessly dedicate their lives to finding cures and healing the sick. They are the selfless that give to the poor. They are the test pilots and astronauts that strap tons of fuel on their backs to push the edge of the envelope of engineering and space travel. They are the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. They don’t have a number on their back, but they are the heroes.

    Most of all Klobber, the true unsung heroes are the parents like you, who hang out with their kids, who raise their daughters and sons to know love, to understand right from wrong, to realize the difference between a good role model, a talented sports star and a true hero.

    On that note, an appropriate Simon and Garfunkel song occurs…and a Tina Turner song as well. I’ll go with this for now…

    Mrs. Robinson

    And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson,

    Jesus loves you more than you will know.
    Wo, wo, wo

    God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson.

    Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

    Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey


    We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files

    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself.

    Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes,

    Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home.


    And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson,

    Jesus loves you more than you will know.
    Wo, wo, wo

    God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson.

    Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

    Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey


    Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes.

    Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes.

    It’s a little secret just the Robinsons’ affair.

    Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids.



    Coo-coo-ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson,

    Jesus loves you more than you will know.
    Wo, wo, wo

    God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson.

    Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

    Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey


    Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

    Going to the candidate’s debate.

    Laugh about it, shout about it

    When you’ve got to choose

    Ev’ry way you look at it you lose.
    


    Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

    Our nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you.

    What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson?

    Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away,

    Hey hey hey…hey, hey, hey

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  11. 11 mrgil January 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    So many talented people on this blog…. It makes me feel good just to be in their company. 🙂

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  12. 12 mrgil January 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    CL… A special thank you for all the extra work you have put into the blog. It is truly appreciated.

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  13. 13 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Wow, Gil, THANKS!! I sincerely appreciate that!
    [really big grin now!]

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  14. 14 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Grinch, you have mail.

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  15. 15 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    CL…I keep giving Mr. Gil dittos tonight. You deserve big thanks for all that work you’ve done putting images up. Great to see everyone’s pics. And also big thanks for offering to send us all eastern NC BBQ. You shouldn’t have. When will it be shipped? Slaw too?

    Funny, Klobber there with his son looks just like Frenchy in the photo beside that.

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  16. 16 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Journalist Jimmy Smith you have outdone yourself. Your photo page is hilarious. Spit coke on my computer screen when I laughed out loud. Chop Seal has you edged out though. He’s just naturally funny. It’s in the seal jeans to be a beet reporter I guess…or colummist.

    No wonder CL is worn out!

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  17. 17 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Sorry, Savannah, MrsGil nixed the swap for the BBQ. Isn’t that one gorgeous car?? 🙂

    Yeah, I never realized that Chris and Frenchy resembled each other so much! He really should have gotten one of Matt with Jeff, though, don’t you think??

    And many thanks for your generous words! Thank goodness I have plenty of experience with PaintShopPro! 😆 I actually enjoyed it very much!

    And you’re so right: there are some absolutely grand images in our files!! Most entertaining!! WHAT A FABULOUS GROUP!!!

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  18. 18 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    CL, I’ve been short of time but I’ll send a few more pics when I can find and collect them…but I’ll wait until you rest a few days from all the work you just did.

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  19. 19 williamwallace January 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Great job klobber. I was thinking the exact same thing as well, Savannah, about his kid loooking like Frenchy.

    It is a sad world where children can’t have heroes. As adults, we don’t let innocence be served for our kids. We have to tell them what a bum their President, favorite ballplayer, favorite musician, favorite actor is. And we have to give them all the gory details about why they are a bum.

    This is dumb but I have been wondering where Eminem disappeared to over the last 5 years. He was all over the place and then, poof, he was gone. Never hear from Slim Shady anymore. Wasn’t sure what was going on with him but then his mother came out last week announcing a new book and she had to tell the whole world about how Eminem had become a sickly, depressed, obese recluse who never left the house except to take his daughter to school and to attend PTA meetings and to watch his daughter’s recitals. Evidently, according to his mother, he has been overcome with grief for the past 2 years because of becoming divorced once again from his crazy soulmate and because of the murder of his best friend.

    Why did she have to tell that? To make a buck? He is not gonna get much pity from people because he was one mean SOB in his heyday but the man apparently just wants to enjoy some quiet time with his daughter.

    Eminem should be no kid’s hero but he was at one time to many kids unfortunately. He’s not deperately running around in front of the cameras trying to publicize what a trainwreck he has become. WHy can’t people just let people be people and leave them alone?

    We can’t have heroes anymore for children because we don’t let the heroes be heroes. But most of all we don’t let people be people and let them be.

    The saddest part is that Eminem is barely famous anymore and his mother thinks she is now gonna make a buck off of his name? Hon, the gig is up. His career is kaput. We have all moved on. No one cares enough anymore ot buy his records, nevermind a boring book written by his witch of a mother. What is she gonna tell in a book that we haven’t all heard before about her and Em in all of his songs? Was there another way that he wanted to kill her that he failed to describe in one of his songs?

    If it is any solace, Jesus wasn’t allowed to be a hero 2000 years ago either. Anytime I think society has become worse, I remember that the Bible was written thousands of years ago describing many of the same social ills that exist today. Sometimes, I think we try to make ourselves heroes by pretending we have had to endure more smut than has previously existed in the world. But then I read the Bible and remember we didn’t invent this and that we are not more heroic than people from thousands of years ago because society is not any worse off today than it was thousands of years ago. If I allow myself to think otherwise, I start to believe I am hero worshipping myself.

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  20. 20 journalist jimmy smith January 21, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    oh, the humanity! someone (perhaps someone from north carolina?) 😀 has substituted the photo of the delectable barbecue sandwich originally posted on jimmy smith’s photo page with an impostor barbecue sandwich with cole slaw on the meat!!! imagine this!

    cole slaw is a side item. s-i-d-e. in a bowl. not on the delicious pork sandwich! cole slaw is not to be slathered with barbecue sauce. and this phony barbecue sandwich comes with cornbread and with a bun! 2 breads? a pickle spear? coles slaw? oh, the humanity! barbecue wars!!

    and the photos are very nice, everyone.

    savannah, chop seal and jimmy smith are both glad savannah enjoyed the smith family photos. these photos have been tampered with, however . . . .

    and certain attributes from sealma hayek are missing, too. hmmm…. :mrgreen:

    investigative beet writer, chop seal, is investigating now.

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  21. 21 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Savannah, I’d LOVE to get some more photos! Tomorrow is pretty well taken up, though: have to get Mother up and dressed by 7, at the Medical Mall by 8 for some ‘nuclear tests’ (??) which will take several hours I’m told. If we don’t get hung up there, I have an appt for myself at 1:45 and probably won’t be back from that until nearly 4 – then it’ll be time for me to cook supper. Get everybody fed, clean up, Mother put to bed – and it’ll probably be 8:30 tomorrow evening.

    (Something is blocking food from her stomach. She can manage liquids and soup. Yesterday morning she had 1 soft scrambled egg. Two hours later it came back up. This morning she had 2 spoonfuls of soft oatmeal. It came up immediately. It’s been getting progressively worse over a period of time.)

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  22. 22 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    jimmy smith!! That picture you had wasn’t BBQ!! Don’t know what it was, but no self-respectin’ TarHeel would eat such a thing! Saving you from embarrassment, I found a beautiful photo of proper BBQ sandwich WITH the slaw on top (as it should be when eaten with a sandwich.) Will edit.

    Sealma realized that it is preferable to leave something to the imagination……

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  23. 23 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Well, I tried. But there it is for all the world to see. sigh….. (shakes head sadly)

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  24. 24 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Sorry to hear about you mom CL. Prayers for her.

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  25. 25 journalist jimmy smith January 21, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    and english peas, too? a side item? little green, tasteless, english peas? carrots, perhaps? little carrot circles mixed in with the english peas? oh, the humanity! that is barbecue for sissies!

    a barbecue sandwich must be have pork falling from the bread (bun or texas toast). full, flavorful, and without slaw on the meat. and the sides . . . baked beans, brunswick stew, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, fries. sweet tea, and dessert – banana pudding. yes, barbecue must be messy and there can be no english peas.

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  26. 26 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    William Wallace, good points on the history of man’s inhumanity to his own, starting with Cain and Abel. Jude the Obscure (one of my favorite old books) was an example…Jude was crushed when he found out his hero; a writer of passionate, heartfelt hymns was just banging out popular songs for the money. Such is the way of the world.

    There’s always been smut for certain. Of course, 2000 years ago they didn’t have it drilled in 24/7 on dozens of “news” channels. I’m sure many in the media would find fault if Jesus Himself walked onto a news program. Hair too long, too short, robe not pressed, sandals out of style, too “direct”, too humble…whatever.

    Outside of true heroes that sacrifice greatly…perhaps all other “heroes” are more an idea than a reality. Hero as romantic notion that we cast upon others yet so few can live up to. We want heroes to remind us of how great we can be.

    Well, it’s slow, another song: Tina Turner…

    We Don’t Need Another Hero

    OUT OF THE RUINS
    OUT FROM THE WRECKAGE
    CAN`T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE THIS TIME
    WE ARE THE CHILDREN
    THE LAST GENERATION
    WE ARE THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND
    AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
    LIVING UNDER THE FEAR, TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

    WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
    WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
    ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
    THUNDERDOME

    LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
    WE CAN RELY ON
    THERE`S GOTTA BE SOMETHING BETTER OUT THERE
    LOVE AND COMPASSION
    THEIR DAY IS COMING

    ALL ELSE ARE CASTLES BUILT IN THE AIR
    AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
    LIVING UNDER THE FEAR TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

    ALL THE CHILDREN SAY
    WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
    WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
    ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
    THUNDERDOME

    SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR LIFES
    WE LEAVE ONLY A MARK
    WILL OUR STORY SHINE LIKE A LIGHT
    OR END IN THE DARK
    GIVE IT ALL OR NOTHING

    WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
    WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
    ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
    THUNDERDOME

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  27. 27 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Peas?? Where do you see PEAS in that photo? But when I look at the “other” one, it is served with potato chips! AND french fries! OH, the humanity!! 🙄

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  28. 28 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Journalist Jimmy Smith, agreed on peas, even though, throughout the world, we must give peas a chance…

    But not with barbeque. Now, CL is right on the slaw. Many styles are good, but hickory smoked, chopped and seasoned pork with finely chopped, spicy red vinegar slaw on top of the meat is the finest ‘que sandwich ever tasted. Served with Brunswick Stew, fries and pickle.

    Kepley’s Diner in High Point, NC is one such provider of such goodness. Until you’ve had theirs, you haven’t been shortchanged. True.

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  29. 29 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    (have) been shortchanged. Even truer.

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  30. 30 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Sticking with Klobber’s theme: whatever happened to the hero sandwich?

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  31. 31 savannahguy January 21, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Check out this BBQ review. Just scroll down to Kepley’s.

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  32. 32 chrisklob January 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Greetings denizens. Thank you all for the kind words. After the last few days, they are greatly appreciated.

    Lew, you’re right about Seth being good hero material. He IS a terrific person and is great with the kids. After reading your post, I remembered that I had a dream with him and his brother recently. I sure hope Marcus is doing okay.

    SG, unfortunately for him, everybody tells me how much Matt looks like me. Of course he’s not as gray or as round. Kind of funny, both kids look like me, not at all like my wife. I do apologize to them both for that fact, especially our daughter.

    Regarding your 5.14 post, I certainly agree with your take on the word “hero”.

    Is it because we’re older and the word “hero” has taken on more meaning?

    I think perhaps, that the definition of that word does change for us as we mature. When I was a child, my heroes were athletes, as many of my friends, and I suspect many of the rest of us here would acknowledge. As I matured and came to understand the sacrifices made by policemen, firemen, soldiers, etc., sometimes even regular citizens who sacrificed their safety or perhaps even their lives for someone else, I found a higher, greater definition of the word.

    jjs, I had no idea you were also a lumberjack!

    BARBER:
    I wanted to be… a lumberjack!

    Leaping from tree to tree, as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia.
    The Giant Redwood. The Larch. The Fir! The mighty Scots Pine!
    The lofty flowering Cherry! The plucky little Apsen! The limping Roo tree of Nigeria. (Note: I thought it was Uganda)
    The towering Wattle of Aldershot! The Maidenhead Weeping Water Plant!
    The naughty Leicestershire Flashing Oak! The flatulent Elm of West Ruislip!
    The Quercus Maximus Bamber Gascoigni! The Epigillus! The Barter Hughius Greenus!

    With my best buddy by my side, we’d sing! Sing! Sing!

    [singing]
    I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.
    I sleep all night and I work all day.

    MOUNTIES:
    He’s a lumberjack, and he’s okay.
    He sleeps all night and he works all day.

    BARBER:
    I cut down trees. I eat my lunch.
    I go to the lavatory.
    On Wednesdays I go shoppin’
    And have buttered scones for tea.

    MOUNTIES:
    He cuts down trees. He eats his lunch.
    He goes to the lavatory.
    On Wednesdays he goes shopping
    And has buttered scones for tea.

    He’s a lumberjack, and he’s okay.
    He sleeps all night and he works all day.

    BARBER:
    I cut down trees. I skip and jump.
    I like to press wild flowers.
    I put on women’s clothing
    And hang around in bars.

    MOUNTIES:
    He cuts down trees. He skips and jumps.
    He likes to press wild flowers.
    He puts on women’s clothing
    And hangs around in bars?!

    He’s a lumberjack, and he’s okay.
    He sleeps all night and he works all day.

    BARBER:
    I cut down trees. I wear high heels,
    Suspendies, and a bra.
    I wish I’d been a girlie,
    Just like my dear Papa.

    🙂

    Is there something you’d like to share with the rest of the group jjs?

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  33. 34 Carolina Lady January 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Wonderful story, Chris! Glad you found it.

    A friend sent an email a few minutes ago that contained a line I’ve read before but had forgotten:
    “Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!”
    A thought to ponder, huh? 🙂

    See y’all sometime tomorrow!

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  34. 35 flbravesgirl January 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Good evening, y’all! As usual it appears I’ve just missed CL. You may have guessed that I went to Georgia after all. We left Fri. afternoon ( on about an hour’s notice) to beat the nasty weather. The snow event was a bit of a bust in Rabun. A lot of it went south of us. It was, however, extremely cold. I went for a walk yesterday to see the bit of snow we did get & it was 31, which was the high for the day. Yow!

    Glad to see my avatar appeared. Chris, great blog again! Time to check out these photos.

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  35. 37 flbravesgirl January 21, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Ooo, great pics! Interesting to put faces with names. And so many of you have kitties! I can’t have cats anymore because my sister has developed a violent allergy to them & since I happen to like my sister… no more cats. CL, Littlejohn looks just like my Tinkerbell.

    jimmy, I don’t think that’s the kind of puppy Grinch got.

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  36. 38 flbravesgirl January 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    And everyone leaves when I show up. Hmm, are you mad that I left for the weekend without telling y’all? Because I swear I had 1 hour to pack & get ready to go.

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  37. 39 berigan2electricboogaloo January 22, 2008 at 3:05 am

    CL, as others have said, thanks so much for making this blog so much fun! 🙂
    You know how hard work usually goes…unnoticed! 😉

    Sorry about your Mom, lets hope and pray it’s an easy fix, and she is back to eating solids soon!

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  38. 40 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 8:45 am

    And everyone leaves when I show up.

    Maybe they’re upset that you won’t allow SCAM BAGS to distribute your baked goodies. These folks throughout the southeast are desperate for your delicious cakes, pies, cookies and brownies and since YOU seem to be the one holding the deal up they’re mad at you! 🙂

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  39. 41 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Klobber, nice article on Chipper and others. Nice to see the straight-up, clean guys with that kind of light on them and the deserved recognition of character, natural talent and grit.

    I’d like to have seen his comments on Smoltz, Glavine and Jeter as well. That’s one article that ended too soon. That idea and story line would make a great book.

    Maybe a borrowed title would be appropriate: “A League of Their Own”. Or perhaps, “Bucking the Trend and Playing by the Rules”.

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  40. 42 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Klobber, I’m glad you are head of sales for SCAM BAGS. Maybe now FBG will give in and sign up.

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  41. 43 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Klobber, I’m glad you are head of sales for SCAM BAGS.

    Must. Close. Deal.

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  42. 44 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Maybe she’ll give in and sign an exclusive…or just send samples. We should get a better deal now…in the off season. Once spring training begins and Lew and Grinch begin eating her cakes and pies…the dessert availability goes down and the price goes up.

    She needs to thaw her fingers from her trip to Rabun and get in that kitchen. Baking is good therapy for frozen digits. Warm oven…rolling pin, kneading…I’m just concerned for her finger health, that’s all. Cookies pies and cakes will fix her right up.

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  43. 45 arkansashillbilly January 22, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Whoa, I have tons of pictures I could share, but I’m not sure how many of you would be offended by photos that contain harvested animals or empty beer cans.

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  44. 46 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I’m not sure how many of you would be offended by photos that contain harvested animals

    Hillbilly…I’d like to see the trophy mounts, but not sure if CL would like that much. Maybe venison burger pictures? Deer chili? BBQ venison with slaw? Beer can sculpture?

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  45. 47 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

    SG, you’re right. Fingers are not to be trifled with! Especially talented ones like fbg has.

    Speaking of cold ring finger, Tom Glavine was in Charleston last weekend. His son plays hockey and CRF is a coach. They were in town for a tournament here. He was very, very nice and signed autographs for everyone that asked him.

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  46. 48 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Hillbilly, did you hear about the two duck hunters from Prince Albert?
    Supposedly a true story heard on a Saskatoon radio station reporting the incident (sounds like an urban myth).

    A guy buys a new Lincoln Navigator from Merlin Motors in Saskatoon for $42,500.00 (with monthly payments of $560.00). He and a friend go duck hunting at Tobin Lake in mid-October; and of course the lake is frozen.

    These two guys go on a lake with their guns, a dog, and the new Navigator.

    They decide they want to make a natural looking water area for the ducks, something for the decoys to float on. Now making a hole in the ice large enough to invite a passing duck is going to take a little more power than the average drill auger can produce. So, out of the back of the new Navigator comes a stick of dynamite with a short 40 second-fuse.

    Now our two Rocket Scientists, afraid they might slip on the ice while trying to run away after lighting the fuse (and becoming toast, along with the Navigator), decide on the following course of action: they light the 40 second fuse; then, with a mighty thrust, they throw the stick of dynamite as far away as possible.

    Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the NAVIGATOR, the GUNS, and the DOG??? Let’s talk about the dog: A highly trained Black Lab used for retrieving…especially things thrown by the owner. You guessed it: the dog takes off across the ice at a high rate of speed and grabs the stick of dynamite, with the burning 40-second fuse, just as it hits the ice.

    The two men swallow, blink, start waving their arms and, with veins in their necks swelling to resemble stalks of rhubarb, scream and holler at the dog to stop. The dog, now apparently cheered on by his master, keeps coming. One hunter panics, grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog!

    The shotgun is loaded with #8 birdshot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab. The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused then continues on. Another shot, and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinks these two geniuses have gone insane. The dog takes off to find cover, under the brand new Navigator.

    The men continue to scream as they run. The red-hot exhaust pipe on the truck touches the dog’s rear end; he yelps, drops the dynamite under the truck and takes off after his master. Then, BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

    The truck is blown to bits and sinks to the bottom of the lake, leaving the two idiots standing there with, “I can’t believe this just happened” looks on their faces. The insurance company says that sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is NOT COVERED by the policy. He still had yet to make the first of those $560.00 a month payments…

    In case you are wondering. The dog is okay. Just a few bird shot pellets were plucked from his skin and no problem. Seems the guy was also a bad shot.

    The lab now refers to him as “your and idiot”.

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  47. 49 arkansashillbilly January 22, 2008 at 10:32 am

    SG in fact, I have heard that story, and I just shake my head in awe every time I read it. Never has “Your and Idiot” been more appropriate.

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  48. 50 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Glad to hear Glavine was taking care of the kids with autographs and such. Did Matthew get one?

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  49. 51 lew614 January 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

    If FBG can make cheese cake (really a pie, right?) then I will leave all brownies and red velvet cakes to others. Cheesecake is one of the major food groups and does not raise blood sugar-not conducive to weight loss, but will not raise blood sugar. Not heavy New York Mets cheesecake, but French cheese cake-much lighter. Heavy cheesescake must be what makes NewYorkers boorish. French is OK now that Bush has been proven And Idiot, right? No more Freedom Fries with that?

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  50. 52 telmcg January 22, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I just wanna say I like your icon. As a child in Kentucky, I used to swim in Knob Creek. No lie. Cheers!

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  51. 53 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Ok, so Lew is good with the Cheesecake. We’ll have to pack those in an insulated box so they don’t freeze solid on his doorstep.

    And it’s official: French food and wine is now acceptable. A new French Prez…and all those French citizens that voted for him makes a big difference. Maybe they finally remembered how we saved their arses in WWII and elected an American-friendly conservative. Fair enough.

    Journalist Jimmy Smith and sidekick Chop Seal have dibs on pies. Bob, Journalist, Klobber and I can manage the rest and ship them to all other denizens after they pass through our quality control and tast…er, testing process. Brownies and cookies with lots of pecans are an SG favorite. Sweet Potato pie too. Red Velvet, Boston Creme, Blackberry Cobbler, Peach Cobbler, German Chocolate…

    Hurry FBG. Warm those hands. Therapy…

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  52. 54 flbravesgirl January 22, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Nice to know you’re so concerned about my well-being, SG. Lew, I have a wide variety of cheesecake recipes. I’ll peruse them for the right one for you.

    😯 OMG, the poor dog! I may have to print that story for a friend whose family hunts.

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  53. 55 mrgil January 22, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Good morning all, Awaiting a winter weather “event” today. Likely another dusting. Hillbilly, you are welcome to post anything you like I would think. CL is very open minded it appears as long as you are not hunting on her turf.

    I am no longer a hunter myself but I do love to shoot and still have an affection for firearms, must be a guy thing. I may no longer partake in the sport myself but I still have wonderful memories of quail hunting with my dad.

    A bit of wisdom imparted to me by my father during one of our hunts, he told me “son, a man is entitled to one good dog and one good woman during his lifetime, it is a fool who doesn’t recognize when he already has either one.”

    SG great post on “real” heroes made me think about about those individuals who I look up to in my life. Surprisingly, few sports figures ever came to mind. Not that I didn’t root for certain players but I was always a big fan of the Lone Ranger. I guess my “heroes” were cowboys too. 🙂

    I have been fortunate enough to know some real heros in my lifetime, however and they are people who never made the press, never sought publicity for their actions and likely never thought of themselves as such. The did however make a significant impact upon me personally as well as the families of the people involved.

    I have learned there are no perfect people, all of us have some frailty as it is part of being a human being. It is why God blessed us all by giving us grace. The best we can do is not be as bad as we can but try to live a good life and be someone our children and grandchildren can be proud of. I will be the first to admit I have many shortcomings but it does not stop me from trying to be a better person. It is always the journey I have found to be most interesting, not the destination.

    Now a poser…. Boston cream pie is really cake and cheesecake is really pie…. No wonder we Americans are so confused. If we can’t even name our desserts correctly, how can anyone expect us to pick the right person for political office?

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  54. 56 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 11:47 am

    SG, Matt couldn’t come but we “share” our autographs. That basically means that I get most of them. One of these days he’ll get them all, and I have to say that it’ll be one heck of a nice collection.

    telmcg, thanks! You probably know that Knob Creek (the bourbon) was named after Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

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  55. 57 arkansashillbilly January 22, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Hillbilly, you are welcome to post anything you like I would think. CL is very open minded it appears as long as you are not hunting on her turf.

    Gil, I’ll post them but I’m going to wait for the Home-Girl-upstairs’ blessing first. I have plenty of live action trail camera pictures to post up, too.

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  56. 58 flbravesgirl January 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    How rednecks hunt: My friend’s family owns a large piece of property in Tennesee where they have a hunting camp set up. The whole family takes an extended trip there every Thanksgiving. (They even put pink camo on their baby girl.)

    This past year her step-dad was offered a bunch of old porta-pottys by a friend. He decided to make deer stands out of them. So they all sat in camo-painted porta-pottys to hunt this fall. Sounds like a Jeff Foxworthy joke- “If you’ve ever hunted from a porta-potty, you might be a redneck”.

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  57. 59 arkansashillbilly January 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Port-a potty, huh? Even I have never gone that route, and I’ve done lots of things in my life of the outdoors. Interesting idea.

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  58. 60 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Klobber, I might have a few autographs around that Matt can have, but I’ll have to track them down. Hope they’re still around in boxes somewhere. Have Bill “Moose” Skowron (my dad was pals with him and bowled with him when we lived in Ft. Myers). I have Joe Pepitone, and a few other oldies. Back then I was a Yanks fan because we met them and saw them in spring training. Newer ones include the Lemmer, Mark Grace (heck’uva nice guy…met him at an airport in Houston), and a few others.

    Don’t mention to him in case I can’t find them. Since I’m not an autograph seeker or collector he’s welcomed to them. Got Joe Theisman’s too. Had Joe Namath’s but I think I left it on the bar in Ft. Lauderdale after we both drank too many one night back in the 70’s. He was a nice guy…regular fella. I was a young college punk. Not sure why he hung out with me that evening…must’ve been a slow night with the ladies.

    Oh, I also have one of Lauren Hutton too, from when she was in “Gator” being filmed in Savannah with Burt Reynolds. What a crush I had on that lady…

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  59. 61 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Camo Porta-Potty…now, that’s a great idea. Also solves the problem of having to leave the stand too early after too much, uh, coffee. Foxworthy would no doubt have a field day with that one.

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  60. 62 lew614 January 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Yes-Pink Camo on the baby is a Foxworthy Redneckism.

    I have no problem with Blackberry Cobbler either-my blood sugar does, but I love it.

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  61. 63 mrgil January 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Good evening all, looks as if the “weather” has passed southeast of use today. I am not in the least brokenhearted about it. I am ready for some sunshine.

    What a neat idea for old porta-pottys… Next thing you know they will be showing up as ice fishing houses…. It’s all about marketing. 🙂

    SG… quite an impressive list of autographs you have. I remember Joe Pepiton from his days with the Richmond Vees when Richmond was the Yankees’ farm team. As much as I loved my dad, I just could never be a real Yankee fan because it was the team my older brother rooted for. I didn’t know at the time we could both root for the same team. It was always a competition between us….

    Chris, great link Chipper Jones, we all know he was no saint but he has cleaned his act up considerably. Tough being a star in sports without yielding to temptations. Heck, you don’t even have to be in sports. Sometimes kids have to pay the price for thinking with their hormones.

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  62. 64 Bob, journalist January 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    be someone of whom your children and grandchildren can be proud … now that’s a pretty good idea!

    Perhaps better than that … be someone of whom your mother, father, sisters and brothers can be proud … then you can start earlier in life and better enjoy the fruits of your labor!

    Or, so I’m told …

    No famous autographs but it’s amazing who you unexpectedly run into or meet …

    Met a lot of criminals at the Atlanta Pen … played catch with some famous inmates, or so I was told … to me, they were just trustees. Our best friends were the Overstreets … Ben was the assistant warden and they lived on the grounds … took me inside twice that I remember. He was later in charge of prisons under Eisenhower.

    Met Johnny Mathis in an elevator in a King of Prussia Hilton … we had adjoining suites.

    Talked to Totie Fields for hours, numerous times in the late ’60s … in a little all night cafe in Vegas.

    Met Buddy Rich in the Chicago airport, later had supper with him … didn’t know who he was until after the fact.

    Became friends with Sherwin Linton and Red Phillips in a bowling alley in Watertown, SD. Sherwin could do Cash better than John … still can, I imagine.

    Ran into Earl Hollman at Disney Land … dressed casually in blue jeans … literally knocked him down … nice guy!

    Ran into Julie London and knocked her down too … coming out of a Ladies Room at the Thunderbird in Vegas. She was nice too, but a friend of hers, Johnny Puleo, … the midget Harmonicat, attacked me … thinking I was trying to rob her.

    Eddie Matthews was a near by neighbor when he played for the Crackers.

    Met Paul Williams standing in line together at the bank …

    Talked to Oscar Robertson for two hours … plane flight … remember talking about sousemeat, buttermilk, hotwater cornbread … fried corn, and boiled cabbage … they were poor but his mama was a good cook. We were alone in first class … just Oscar and Bob … didn’t make the connection until he was recognized by fans as we got off the plane.

    Senator Sam Nun had the dorm room next door and Bobby Dews was down the hall as freshmen at Tech … don’t guess that counts.

    I guess I inherited it … meeting folks like that

    Ron McGuire, first cousin of the McGuire Sisters, and I were good friends at Fort Devens … wrote his love letters for him, took trips with his folks … told Mama about it. Later, she saw the McGuires in the lobby of the Astoria … told Phyllis that I was a friend of her brother … of which she had none. Her bodyguard, evidently thinking that mother had ill intent, had her physically removed.

    Mama and Anne Jeffreys were good friends … during the late thirties, early forties … before her Hollywood fame.

    During a trip to New York, Mama met Bette Davis in an elevator … introduced herself … the staff panicked when they couldn’t find Miss Davis … having tea with Mama in her suite.

    I went to Bass HS in Little 5 Points but knew Bill Anderson slightly while he was at Avondale HS … during the 1980’s Daddy wanted to have some of his grandfather’s poetry put to music … I suggested he contact Whispering Bill whom I had known while in high school … he did but told him we went to school together at Bass. Bill was gracious in his refusal.

    Had lunch with Dale Robertson while he was in Atlanta with a stage production of “110 in the Shade” … can’t remember the occasion but did get good tickets as a result … a singer he was not.

    Came face to face with one of Roy’s white tigers once … well, actually the tiger’s tail hit me in the face.

    Always on the outside looking in …

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  63. 65 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    wrote his love letters for him, took trips with his folks

    Bob, Journalist is actually Cyrano de Bergerac. He nose everyone.

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  64. 66 savannahguy January 22, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Ran into Julie London and knocked her down too … coming out of a Ladies Room at the Thunderbird in Vegas. She was nice too, but a friend of hers, Johnny Puleo, … the midget Harmonicat, attacked me … thinking I was trying to rob her.

    Now, Bob…I must ask, what were you doing in that ladies room?

    That whole encounter sounds like a scene in a Fellini film.

    Bob, J…great story of meeting famous folks. Love it. More please…

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  65. 67 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Tough being a star in sports without yielding to temptations.

    After Frenchy spoke, there was a short Q & A session. Someone stood up and asked him how hard it was with so many temptations offered to him. We’ve all heard stories about players having a different girlfriend in every city. He admitted that it was very hard but because he has such strong faith, a wonderful wife, and good friends that he’s able to resist such temptations. I sure hope he’s able to continue to do the right thing.

    By the way, his wife Catie, is much prettier in person than in any video or still pictures that I’ve ever seen of her.

    Oh, by the way, I would like to thank CL for all her hard work in making this blog so successful. CL, I hope that your mother is doing okay.

    I’d also like to thank the folks that I bumped out of line to get this posted. I don’t recall who was supposed to be next but my first blog lead was just posted two weeks prior to this one. CL and I thought that it would be good to get this up as soon after the banquet as I could get it together. Thanks guys!

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  66. 68 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Aw shoot, forgot to take off the italics!

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  67. 69 mrgil January 22, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Bob, J…. Great stories 🙂 I moved in a much different circle than you so I did not get to meet the same types of folks but two stand out. Jim Kirkum, a good old boy from Wilmington NC originally who could sell anything to anybody at anytime. 🙂 He reminded me that one should never give up hope no matter how hopeless a situation seems.

    He was responsible for saving the life of a little five year old girl who was abducted, raped, stabbed and left to die by a serial sex offender. Jim refuse to give up hope of finding her even after the fire department and police department basically closed up shop. He made the decision to call in search and rescue teams from around the state and even after being up for nearly 24 hours straight, he coordinated a large scale ground search. The little girl was found barely alive by one of the search dogs.

    The media gave lots of attention to the dog and the handler as being heroes. Truth is, the little girl just happened to be where the dog was searching. There were over one hundred people looking just as hard for her where she was not. Jim never received his due for his efforts but I never failed to remind him that he alone was more responsible than anyone else for that little girl being found alive.

    As a result both the Fire Department and the Police Department in Chesterfield County completely revamped their search and rescue procedures and protocols because they knew they had dropped the ball.
    I was very proud to have known Jim and miss him terribly sometimes as he was a good and true friend. He passed about of 5 years ago at the young age of 52 from pancreatic cancer.

    Jim was one of those heroes that SG was talking about. Truth is, I have been honored to know so many folks just like Jim. I feel very humbled to have made their acquaintance and hope I have had a positive influence on them as well.

    A good and dear friend gave me a saying from Confucius that became my credo for many years. It is “I can count the number of seeds in an apple but I cannot count the number of apples in a seed.”

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  68. 70 mrgil January 22, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    The second person was a fellow by the name of Jesse Helton. Jesse was originally from Galax, Virginia. He came to Richmond to go to work for Allied Chemical but more to get out of the coal mines of southwest Virginia. Jesse had a knack to make you feel good no matter how dire a situation and was absolutely the best driver I ever had. He was a bit of an amateur magician and was a magnet for every kid in the neighborhood and one could easily confuse him as the pied piper.

    Jesse was always willing to help, no matter what the task he was there to help. Jesse introduced me to Jerry Clower as Jesse’s brother owned a small grocery store in Jerry’s home town.

    If ever there was a fellow I wish you all could meet it was Jesse. Always a smile and a wonderful spirit. You could not but feel uplifted just being around him. Although he had the same affect on women too he was always true to his wife.

    Neither of the two fellows I mentioned are famous but they are no less important.

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  69. 71 chrisklob January 22, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Gil, thanks for sharing those two great stories, particularly the one about Jim. I’d be willing to bet that he wasn’t bothered in the least about not getting credit for finding that little girl.

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  70. 72 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 5:17 am

    got logged out hours ago, and couldn’t log back in!!! Of course it wasn’t my fault…just cuz I kept typing berigan instead of berigan2electricboogaloo.
    But it was weird, I had a post to make, was logged in, til I tried to post the post! 😡

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  71. 73 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 5:18 am

    braking news from http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    [b]The Red Sox inked a couple of former closers to minor league deals: Dan Kolb and Dan Miceli. No need to run out and pick them up for your fantasy team. I think Papelbon is secure. [/b]

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  72. 74 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Chris … lest I forget … most impressive!

    My initial reaction to Jeff was that he had good instincts but was probably more sizzle than steak … looked more lucky than good in 2005 and came on like “I gotta be me” stubborn during his struggles in 2006 … but he kept working at it and seems to be real … hard to do when everyone is telling you how wonderful you are.

    From what you report, he sounds even more solid than I had imagined … I remember having read/heard somewhere that he was genuinely surprised and somewhat hurt when he and his friends were booed while being recognized at some sporting event in 2006 … perhaps it’s just my weirdness and dislike of “business sportsmen” but to me, that too was a refreshing reaction.

    Gil your 11:17 was wonderful … you have marvelous insight … it takes same to recognize and appreciate “the little girl just happened to be where the dog was searching” … a bit the same as I felt about war heroes.

    Those were mostly just chance meetings that I noted but it’s true about the circles in which I traveled … yours seems to have been more of a straight line, while round and round and round I went … Mama said it’s why I never got anywhere.

    SirGuy, the difference is that I never met Ron’s girl … but, she liked my foolishness methinks … Esmeralda she was and Ron was her Quasimodo … or so I wrote.

    I’ll have you know that Miss London, or Mrs. Troup if you prefer, was coming out of the Ladies Room as I was coming out of the Men’s.

    Back in the early ’60s, when I was at the old Nazi Air Force Academy in Herzogenaurach, I frequented the Milch Bar … an establishment for locals, or so I thought … spending countless moons singing German songs and meeting folks … talking about the war, drinking good beer and eating many a bratwurst.

    The first time there, duty called and I asked where the men’s restroom was … “Bitte, können Sie mir sagen, wo die Toilette ist?” My understanding of the Bavarian dialect being spoken wasn’t that good but they clearly answered that it was “over there to the right … through the double doors, on the left”.

    And so I went … “da drüben, nach rechts” over there where they had pointed … to the right … and there it was, with MEN clearly marked on the door … and here I had thought I was the only American in the place.

    The joke was on me but I had a good time and went back many, many times. The next time there, I again went to the Men’s restroom … this time greatly embarrassed when a young lady came in … “Excuse me!” in my best English as she screamed and fled the room. I felt all eyes were on me when I opened the door and returned to the table …
    … but, having again looked carefully at the restroom door, it clearly said MEN … and then I noticed that the sign was old and two letters had fallen off, though you could still see the outline
    DA.

    I was the only American in the place … but the joke was still on me … seeing the “MEN” on the door, I had forgotten to continue down the hall and through the double doors … the Herren was outside!

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  73. 75 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Berigan so you got logged out hours ago, and couldn’t log back in!!!

    Dummy! … bet you felt like a fool

    Well, I did … it kept giving me an “invalid username” error when I tried to log back in after the post failed … even when I used my stored login/password.

    Not sure what happened but guess that they changed their security setup as the UserID now appears to be case sensitive when before it was not.

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  74. 76 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Oops and apologies for the long bold in the 6:36 … only the initial “MEN” and the “DA” were so intended … wrote that much earlier and when it didn’t post, I copied it to a word file … which evidently got corrupted when I transferred it back.

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  75. 77 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Good morning all, One of these days I am going to find a magic potion that will allow for me to sleep loner than 5 hours.. 😦

    I posted the blog e-mail address on the (Other) blog. Boss Lady is trying to figure out where everyone has vanished to. Particularly Carolina Lady and Bob.

    I did not have the heart to tell her that Paladin is really McFann.

    Chris, my wife read your wonderful lead post and it made her cry. Again great job.

    Bob, You don’t have to be in Germany to make that mistake. 🙂 I have inadvertently entered the wrong restroom and the first thing that strikes me is “where are the urinals?” Lucky for me I was not struck by a hand bag first… 🙂

    I hope you were able to get your new computer up and running properly. I am still holding out. I keep thinking that I would rather have a new large screen HDTV but I find it difficult to justify as long as the old one works. My eyesight is not what it once was anyway so I am not sure I will see that much difference anyway.

    Richmond lost another sports venue to Chesterfield County yesterday but the Richmond City council appears to be plodding along. They have so many other problems that I believe they just don’t want to fund it. The local swim club is building a facility along with the Richmond Kickers (the local soccer club) near the Chesterfield Courthouse. Soccer is a really popular sport here in the Richmond area.

    I doubt the city will ever replace the Diamond. It is not on the Mayor’s high priority list. Ii would love to see the region build a new facility where Henrico County had proposed to build the NASCAR museum. I know the Nationals want to place a team here but it is useless to speculate at this point.

    I am fairly certain it will be a AA team but nothing is a given. Opening day for Richmond is April 3rd and I plan to be there. One last fling I suppose. I doubt there will be a crowd.

    Even though I am disappointed with the Braves moving, I can certainly understand them doing so. If it were me, I would have moved too. It was just too good an offer to pass up.

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  76. 78 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 8:19 am

    happy PIE DAY!

    good morning, everyone! journalist jimmy smith wishes everyone a most happy PIE DAY! yes, it is PIE DAY! today! PIE DAY!

    and what manner of surprise PIE DAY pie has flbravegirl baked for jimmy smith today? arriving soon? u.p.s.? fedex?

    and chop seal is dealing with beet writer issues this morning and is grumpy. still, chop seal has submitted more photos to carolina lady (as has this journalist).

    and in baseball news . . . uh, chipper jones.

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  77. 79 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Happy PIE day Journalist Jimmy Smith. With which pie will you celebrate the occasion?

    Gil, Paladin isn’t McFann. No old jet fighter would pretend to be a teenage girl.

    Bob, Journalist: what are you, if…you are hanging around in a Nazi Air Force Academy, eating bratwurst and drinking lots of good beer?

    European.

    (yes, I’ll recycle that one again).

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  78. 80 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 9:54 am

    journalist does not celebrate PIE DAY with just one pie. PIE DAY is intended to be celebrated with many pies. and many pies should arrive soon. right, flbravesgirl? right?

    and jimmy smith has just found another prize winning photo for the jimmy smith photo page. not sure if it will pass carolina lady inspection, however. will see.

    and dead animals on this website. not to worry. already has happened.

    more later. busy day. PIE DAY.

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  79. 81 chrisklob January 23, 2008 at 10:14 am

    jjs, happy pie day good sir. As fbg has not yet inked the deal with SG and I, we are unable to confirm delivery of said pies. I do hope that whatever distribution system she has chosen delivers your pies on time and in good condition.

    Gil, Chris, my wife read your wonderful lead post and it made her cry.

    That’s very sweet. Thank you for saying that! While I’m very practiced in making the ladies cry, it is usually out of anger or frustration!

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  80. 82 flbravesgirl January 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Are we having a technical problem? This thing was giving me fits over my password.

    jimmy, there was an unfortunate incident with the UPS man. Apparently the smell was too much for him to resist.

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  81. 83 Carolina Lady January 23, 2008 at 11:23 am

    ‘Morning, everyone! I have no idea what occurred with the site. Apparently wordpress changed something, but I received no notice beforehand. I had to log in myself. Sorry to be clueless with this one! Wasn’t on at all yesterday so I wasn’t aware of it.

    Dead animals: there are few things that truly cause me genuine anguish as seeing animals abused or killed for someone’s pleasure. Blood running from their mouths and noses tell the tale of terrible physical injury and pain before their deaths. I am no advocate of killing for fun.

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  82. 84 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 11:36 am

    almost noon and no pies. it is PIE DAY. where are the pies?

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  83. 85 arkansashillbilly January 23, 2008 at 11:50 am

    There you have it. No pictures allowed from Hillbilly.

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  84. 86 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Sigh… Well, McFann is certainly not a teenage girl….. They are some weird folks around so who knows?

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  85. 87 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    CL… hope everything turned out well for you and your mom yesterday.

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  86. 88 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Bergian, cool Lincoln. 🙂 What year is it?

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  87. 89 Carolina Lady January 23, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Hillbilly, I’ll post any photos you want. My opinions do not determine what you want on your photo pages. Jimmy has one on his page of Chipper with some deer he and his friends killed. We are each allowed to be ourselves here. I’m a staunch conservative; my dear friend Lew is a flaming liberal. But we are all accepted as we are. Send ’em.

    BTW, always generous jimmy smith has sent a gift to Grinch’s photo page. What a guy!

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  88. 90 Carolina Lady January 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks, Gil. The test, though hard, went perfectly and showed nothing. Waiting to hear from the doctor. They HAVE to find an answer and quick. She has to be able to eat! She’s losing weight and getting weaker every day. Still no answers.

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  89. 91 Carolina Lady January 23, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Lew, the invite has been sent. 🙂

    Gil, what is that avatar? Can’t make it out. A snake?? Your best one was your original one; great shot! 🙂

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  90. 92 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Journalist Jimmy Smith is going to be in a very grumpy mood if he doesn’t get a pie today. What has happened to the flbravesgirl’s UPS delivery? This National Pie Day should be a day of joy and desserts all around. This has gotten completely out of hand. We all need to have patience. Must not get testy over this.

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  91. 93 flbravesgirl January 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I’m having to login every time. Is it doing that to y’all?

    jimmy, perfect picture for Grinch! Wait ’til he sees it.

    CL, I hope things turn around for your mom soon. Can she drink something like Ensure or is that too thick?

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  92. 94 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    It seems FBG used the wrong courier to send out pies. UPS cannot be trusted with pie and dessert delivery. Klobber and I have warned of such. Don’t worry JJS, the Coastal Dessert Consortium Delivery Service is fast at work trying to set up mass dessert delivery deals. There is no time to lose.

    Meanwhile, Klobber is busy working the phones to make sure that all who want pie will have pie. That’s just the way we are. Customer satisfaction is our only goal.

    FBG, keep baking. We’ll make sure all your pies get delivered on time.

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  93. 95 flbravesgirl January 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    SG, we need to have a conference to discuss logistics (& some financial issues as well). No more UPS for me. The pies never made it out of his truck.

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  94. 96 nacly January 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    U‘r Pies Stolen! They told you in the name….no UPS!

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  95. 97 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    The clock is ticking and almost nothing has been done about tonight’s dessert. Klobber, stay on that phone. Just in case there’s not enough time, maybe Chop Seal could make a pie for the journalist. It’s easy as pie with this recipe.

    Can’t have Chop Seal getting grumpy.

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  96. 98 nacly January 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Klobber…most excellent lead!

    CL…get your mom well!

    jjs…Happy Pie Day…don’t leave crumbs!

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  97. 99 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    oh, the humanity! what a waste of good pies! uh, larry, moe, and curly should be ashamed. still no pie and it is past 1:00 p.m. not a good start to PIE DAY. journalist must have pie soon.

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  98. 100 ssiscribe January 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Top of the afternoon, everybody. I didn’t try to jump on here yesterday, but hopefully the access and log-in issues have been resolved (I didn’t have any problems getting on today).

    Awesome new photos, especially JJS’ gift to da Grinch. I know he’ll enjoy that one.

    It’s official: I won’t be at spring training, dog-gone it. Got some freelance stuff that’s falling into place for late February. We’re going out of town for three days near the end of the month and, oh yeah, we’re moving then, too. Maybe I can slip away for a game or two in March, but I really wanted to try and get down there with Lew and the crew would be abiding in Lake Buena Vista.

    CL, you got mail. Asking ya a couple of questions about something I’ve been working on recently.

    Enjoy the day, folks. It’s actually above 50 and the sun is out. The snow is gone and we’ve got the outside office open and operational again. And I’ve got fish to fry, so selah!

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  99. 101 ssiscribe January 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    CL, echoing best wishes above for your mom!

    And JJS, there’s plenty of pie here. I think the UPS driver got lost and ended up here!

    –30–

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  100. 102 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    frying fish on PIE DAY??? let them eat pie.

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  101. 103 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    oh, plenty of pie. that is good. journalist will be right over. seal friendly?

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  102. 104 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    FBG, I’m glad you finally saw the light. I’ll let Klobber know you’re ready to deal. Unfortunately, Journalist Jimmy Smith is already a little testy and may do something rash, even after he gets his pie delivery.

    I’m a little worried about Chop Seal too. He’s prone to get very grumpy when desserts are promised but don’t arrive. I remember once when FBG tried to reason with Chop Seal but the little fella was already too far gone to reason with. Keep baking FBG.

    Cannot have dessert delivery discord displayed on the blog on national pie day.

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  103. 105 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    and will yet another coach turn down the atlanta falcons? it is PIE DAY and arthur blank needs a consolation pie. and if the falcons land a coach will that coach realize that coach is not first choice, nor second, nor third, or oh, the humanity! who will take this job?

    and jimmy smith has found a baseball card that must be posted for all to see. journalist will work on this project for later. famous brave looking good.

    and now, approaching 2:00 p.m. and still no pie. if the pies do not arrive by 3:00 p.m. this journalist will become testy much as savannah has described.

    mrs. anthony is out of town today at PIE DAY ceremonies in another city. and what of the candidates for president? observing PIE DAY? in the parade? attending services? perhaps b-a-k-i-n-g ? yes, baking. oh, don’t do baking? no baking, no pie. no pie, no vote from jimmy smith.

    and, best photos yet to come. jimmy smith has been doing research today. stay tuned.

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  104. 106 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    There are so many pies available around the world but none have arrived to the SCAM BAG loading docks from FBG yet. For the sake of keeping the blog free from pie angst, a serious instructional lecture will now be used to provide a diversion from sweet cravings.

    Besides, it would be cruel to continue showing the senseless wasting of perfectly good pies when the denizens have yet to receive their own delivery.

    Just covering for you FBG. Hurry…

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  105. 107 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    As a public service announcement just one more little diversion from pie talk. A watched pie never bakes. So, two of my Savannah neighbors with a familiar mom sent this along. I think it has to do with blackberry phones or farms or something such as that. Must forget about pie for a while. It’s not healthy to obsess over dessert.

    Anyway, that’s all I have for now…must away. Klobber, keep calling. Maybe Flying Tigers would pickup at FBG’s home and deliver? We must remember rush charges especially on holiday’s. May require 50% surcharge.

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  106. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Had to log in again, the very nerve! 😡 Well Bob had the same problem as you, once my brain kicked into gear and I put in berigan2electricboogaloo 4-5 times, still couldn’t sign in. I was gettin’ mad! And I lost my non posting post(even though I temporarily saved it as an email)

    I did say something really witty about how you walked too fast back in the 60’s to run over not one, but 2 young celebs..Oh yeah, and my Dad would be quite jealous of you getting to bump into Julie. We just played a best of Julie cd last week.
    Cry me a River is a beautiful song, especially song by her. I dated a French girl(who sadly took her life years later) who sang, really well for an amateur. I played this very same cd for her, and she was entranced, made me play Cry me a River several times, and borrowed the cd even…..

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  107. 109 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Gil Glad you like my Lincoln! 🙂 Like your Convertible, I am jealous!!! My Lincoln(Mark lV) is a 1973. Hard to tell most years, but 73 is the only year with a 5 mile an hour bumper just on the front. 74-76’s are much harder to tell apart.

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  108. 110 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Shaun is And Idiot.

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  109. 111 Chop Seal January 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    BRAking NEws: Larry Wayne has been booked. Just coming over the wire. No more information avaalable at this time. This beet reporter will report more as soon as I get more.

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  110. 112 Chop Seal January 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Correction and REtraction: This is embaarrassing. It was L’il Wayne, not LArry Wayne. Beet writing is hard.

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  111. 113 Carolina Lady January 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    The logging in difficulties are being worked on. Apparently is it system-wide…..they were “upgrading” stuff…..

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=20931

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  112. 114 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Lew, what silly thing is Shaun saying now? Tex isn’t very good since he doesn’t walk as many times as Bonds does? his out avoidance is not to A-Rods level?

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  113. 115 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Shaun is And Idiot. If ever a person was in need of a good doobie, that boy is the one. He could not [possibly be so dense if he were stoned.

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  114. 116 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    If ever a person was in need of a good doobie, that boy is the one.

    He’d just spend hours rolling it, then spend hours debating the reasons why Zig-Zag is no better than Kite. Can one inhale while blowing hot air?

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  115. 117 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    SG-There’s the rub. He would have to subject it to all sorts of exhaustive and meaningless analysis and then not enjoy the experience for what it is. Can anyone that anal ever truly lighten up?

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  116. 118 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Hey you pot heads, get a room! 😛
    Would you believe this long hair hippie looking dude has never smoked a joint in his life? And I never have been drunk either…..I am far too loopy naturally! It would just be a waste of money for me to partake in either of those vices.
    Plus, I am naturally lazy, I don’t need help being more lazy!

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  117. 119 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I think Shaun is not a person, but just a software program someone is trying out, an experiment if you will. He has been (sometimes) unfairly raked over the coals, and never seemed to get mad like a real person would.

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  118. 120 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    sort of like a language translator doesn’t quite get the tenses right??? I mean, no one actually watching the game would have defended Andruw like he did last year.

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  119. 121 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Well, it looks like the Nashville Sounds (Brewer’s AAA) will be leaving … probably down the road to Franklin, TN … 25-30 minutes from here.

    The Nashville Post Web site reported yesterday architectural firm HOK has sued the Sounds for not compensating the company for the work it did for the downtown ballpark project between the baseball team, Metro and Baltimore developer Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse that collapsed this April.

    The company is seeking $723,862 plus interest … methinks that sounds like a lot as surely they would not have proceeded beyond preliminary to working drawings.

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  120. 122 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Berigan-You might just have a point. He has trouble processing emotion, that’s a fact.

    Now smokeables (How’s that for a Scribelike Transition)-Don’t get it in your head that all who partake are loopy or not able to indulge in rational thought-much less lack inertia to function normally in social or work situations. That is not the case at all. It just centers and focuses some people. I have known quite a number of Lawyers, Corporate VP’s, PhD College Professors and plenty of highly educated professionals that indulge much more than anyone could ever guess from looking at them or their responsible lives.

    Vermont is on the road to enlightenment. They are speaking seriously of decriminalizing possession of up to a quarter pound. They will make it a civil fine, equivalent to a traffic ticket. It’s about time that the powers that be realized they were not dealing with heroin, cocaine, meth or crack. Not even apples and oranges. More like apples and oregano.

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  121. 123 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Lew, I dated a unrepentant pothead once. Very rapid talker, hyper by nature. (Didn’t know she was one til we had been dating already)Very smart, but she started to repeat stories to me. I mean, several times the very same story, like your 90 year old grandpa might. She was only in her early 30’s. Kind of scary.
    Some people can do anything, and nothing happens to them. Jack Nicholson has long since been rumored to snort coke once in awhile well into old age. Keith Richards is somehow 60+ Yet, someone like Heath Ledger is dead at 28.
    I hear some call pot a gateway drug, don’t know how true that is, not all pot smokers turn into crack heads for sure.
    To legalize drugs would be an interesting experiment,(Since we never have been able to rein in drug distribution) but I wonder what the long term rammifications would be. My brain is mush right now, but haven’t a read that Amsterdam has a serious problem since all the junkies end up there???

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  122. 124 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Very rapid talker, hyper by nature. (Didn’t know she was one til we had been dating already)Very smart, but she started to repeat stories to me.

    Berigan, sounds like the girl you were dating was doing a little more than smoke. More like she had a little Peruvian marching powder. Your best bet is to not touch any of it. Repeating stories is a sure sign of something…

    Sounds like the girl you were dating was doing a little more than smoke. More like she had a little Devil’s dandruff. Your best bet is to not do any of it. Repeating stories is a sure sign of something…

    The girl you were dating was maybe doing a little more than smoke. More like she had a little blow. Do not touch any of it. Repeating stories is a sure sign of something…

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  123. 125 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    More on the dangers of Mary Jane: Just look what happened to Lew! For years now he lights up, puts on some Led Zepplin or Jethro Tull, gets the paints and pencils out and before you know it, his portraits of Braves have little subtle images of other players woven into his Wurlitzers.

    Yogi Berra is a recurring theme. Once saw Yogi image drawn on Chippers ear. Haven’t seen David Wright woven into any yet.

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  124. 126 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    In honor of Jimmy, Mrs Anthony and National Pie Day, for I just ordered some Molasses Puff Candy … it wasn’t too expensive but shipping was $12.50 so it had best be good!

    Now, now … be nice! Shaun Payne means well … and besides, methinks intelligence is highly overrated. I used to study for Actuarial Exams with Wesley Moore, a school chum with whom I went to high school, Tech and Georgia State.

    Wes was a straight A student in High School, at Tech and Georgia State … though I always bested him in mathematics, actuarial science, bowling and of course at Liar’s Poker …. once winning 20 of 21 from him.

    His mother was a college dean … English professor. We studied in their basement so naturally, we were invited when she hosted parties for her students … none of whom were very intelligent by our standards … or so we mused.

    I remember Shaun, … ugly, awkward, poorly dressed, two left feet, dense and tongue tied … making a complete fool of himself. Strange but he was the life of the party with all the pretty girls listening to his every word … laughing at his stupid, unfunny humor … standing in line to dance with him.

    Yes, we were the smart ones and saw that poor Shaun was obviously and idiot … ugly, poorly dressed, two left feet, dense and tongue tied … only too dumb to know it.

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  125. 127 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, Bergian but Amsterdam is a “happy” place. 🙂

    I will not get into the fray about drugs, I do know the dark side of it from many years of responding to huffers and the like. Most tragic was a 15 year old who went into cardiac arrest from smoking oregano that had been soaked in formaldehyde. Never once had a problem with anyone smoking MJ. Coke on the other hand was a different story.

    It all comes down to being responsible in your actions. I will likely overdose on peanuts.. 🙂

    SG… Thanks for the great pie site(s). I shall make it a point to personally visit one of Mom’s pie shops. I will let you know how they turn out.

    As for Shaun, well…. you know…..

    CL… Just thought I would keep ya’ll entertained. The snake in the picture is a black rat snake.

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  126. 128 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Berigan-Sounds more like you dated a girl with some other issues. Doesn’t sound like smoking reefer was her problem. Talking fast and repeating stories? Doesn’t sound like pothead behavior to me. Now if she was talking like Sean Penn in Fast Times, Dude………

    You’re falling into what are and have been traditional stereotypes. Have you ever seen Reefer Madness- Either the original or the recent musical? Gateway drug? Not really. Actually, if you could get your smoke at the local convenience store instead of having to go see someone connected with a drug running cartel, you wouldn’t be exposed to anything else. However, I guess you could consider alcohol a gateway drug, for that matter. Everyone who I know who did any drugs started with Bud.

    BTW, Dude-I’ve smoked for almost forty years, but take nothing else that is not prescribed by my Doctors and have not had a drink in twenty years. Made it through a Master’s Degree, too. Go Figure.

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  127. 129 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Not only made it through the MA, but with a 3.67 GPA-while studying under the influence, wearing headphones and blasting Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. I’m good at blocking out distractions after I get centered and focused.

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  128. 130 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    ugly, awkward, poorly dressed, two left feet, dense and tongue tied … making a complete fool of himself. Strange but he was the life of the party with all the pretty girls listening to his every word … laughing at his stupid, unfunny humor … standing in line to dance with him.

    Was he rich? Buying cocktails for everyone? Drug dealer?

    Liar’s Poker…remember it well in my runnin’ days, happy hours and such. That game could get interesting when about ten people joined in. Almost needed a calculator just to count the numbers.

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  129. 131 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Gil speaks truth-It all comes down to being responsible in your actions. I managed to raise a kid that ended up as a Deputy Sheriff for seven years and never did anything illicit. Go figure that one.

    Like I said-you’ve been listening to stereotypes. Not everyone who smokes is lazy or incapable of working effectively and without mistake. Not everyone is like Sean Penn in that inane movie. Most people could completely fool you as to whether or not they had smoked within minutes, weeks, or ever. We are not all going to remain fourteen forever, nor will we act like it. Nor do we all sit motionless contemplating our navels (haven’t been able to see mine for some time now, anyway), nor do we sit around contemplating sub atomic worlds existing in dust motes. Wow. To think there might be a miniature universe in the dirt under our fingernail. Far freaking out, Dude.

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  130. 132 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Or, in the inimitable words of Bill Maher-“I would never advocate heroin usuage, but I can’t say it has harmed my music collection.”

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  131. 133 nacly January 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Amsterdam….have seen the coffee shops…not much coffee! 😕 :mrgreen:

    Can anyone that anal ever truly lighten up? Perhaps he should light up?

    SG…repeating…funny stuff! The air you breathe; you live near the paper mill, don’ you? 🙂

    Berigan…au naturale, huh? You go!

    Bob, J…meetin’ and greetin’…and takin’ money, too? Never judge a book by its’ cover! 🙂

    Simple directions from here to there: follow the ‘Smoke on the Water’ til you reach the ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

    Yogi in Chipper’s ear? Interesting.

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  132. 134 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    this journalist did not engage shaun, did not comment on shaun’s posts. dull and insipid. not a blogger jimmy smith cared to blog with. of course, shaun was one of the first golly, gee, oh goody, bloggers to urge jimmy smith to blog elsewhere. and now shaun is being discussed here? why, pray tell? better left over there with the other and idiots (and the few good contributors left). and more bloggers will come as braves and stuff is discovered.

    and more photos are winging there way (old blog-friendly) to carolina lady. its time for some bloggers to post there own photos on their.

    and still no pie and PIE DAY is almost expired. where is flbravesgirl? jimmy smith has been looking forward to PIE DAY for months!

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  133. 135 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    and where is the controversy here? when will carolina lady attack journalist bob or perhaps jimmy smith? and why no jackass? where has the jackass gone? missed by this journalist. have had some disagreements but sja knows some baseball and has strong convictions, not bad for a jackass. and where is matthew, father to walter? and a few others are missing. reading but missing? please jump in and blog with lovely carolina lady and lovely jimmy smith. and lew (not lovely – see photo – but kathy is lovely – only one per couple, right?). and all te cast of braves and stuff. whither berigan under all that hair? mitt romney look-alike? hillary? and how about that puppy with the toupee? plays the ukulele? interesting blog, this. colossus, carolina lady, a colossus.

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  134. 136 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Have a cousin from NC coming for dinner so I’ll sign off. Too bad the Coastal and Nashville Consortium of Dessert Delivery couldn’t come through on the pies. Klobber made many calls but for some reason couldn’t connect FBG with our courier.

    Such is life in this just in time, cut throat competitive world of the pie delivery business. UPS has to answer for their missed delivery and treacherous behavior, absconding with the goods like that. Hopefully Journalist Jimmy Smith is over at Scribes home helping Scribe clear the kitchen and wash all the pie plates.

    Also regret that we couldn’t get the cheesecake to Lew. He probably has munchies right now.

    As damning as the evidence is against UPS, we will not assume their guilt before proper investigations have been completed. We will need testimony from flbravesgirl before going forward on this case. Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter may need to be brought in if we can’t crack the case.

    Even though Klobber, Bob, Journalist and I cannot assume any responsibility for pie deliveries since UPS was given the job, we still want to make one of FBG’s customers happy. Therefore, before departing, I have a little consolation prize for Journalist Jimmy Smith to commemorate his favorite holiday. Thought you might like. If you didn’t get to enjoy pie yet today, we wish you good luck.

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  135. 137 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Can’t post for some reason.

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  136. 138 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    As damning as the evidence is against UPS, we will not assume their guilt before proper investigations have been completed. We will need testimony from flbravesgirl before going forward on this case. Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter may need to be brought in if we can’t crack the case.

    Even though Klobber, Bob, Journalist and I cannot assume any responsibility for pie deliveries since UPS was given the job, we still want to make one of FBG’s customers happy. Therefore, before departing, I have a littleconsolation prize for Journalist Jimmy Smith to commemorate his favorite holiday. Thought you might like. If you didn’t get to enjoy pie yet today, we wish you good luck.

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  137. 139 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    hmmm…can’t seem to post my prepared comments.

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  138. 140 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    and will not be able to post until this journalist gets a pie for PIE DAY!

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  139. 141 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    secret stuff going on with the blog today. good thing carolina lady gave jimmy smith the secret password. nobody else would think to use crow as a password. oh, the humanity! carolina lady, jimmy smith has spilled the beans. please forgive jimmy smith!

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  140. 142 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    3.67 GPA-while studying under the influence … UGA, 8 point system, right?

    Elvis was spotted again today … this time in Rome, Italy! Was there celebrating the great Valentino’s retirement … Elvis reportedly was in awe as he had thought the great lover died in 1926.

    We went by Valentino’s the first time we were in Rome … of course, we kept on walking.

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  141. 143 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    No 4.00 system. We just didn’t have to take theoretical physics or nuclear propulsion systems like they did at Tech. I did have a buddy that went to Tech. He built synthesizers for fun and profit as a hobby. He is now working for the Defense dept. at Robbins field. Something to do with AWACs systems or something. He wouldn’t tell me because he didn’t want to have to kill me. He smoked, too and had hair down to the middle of his back (that was back when we both still had hair). Like I said, you just can’t judge people by their harmless vices or recreations.

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  142. 144 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    back hair. unattractive. turns off women.

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  143. 145 journalist jimmy smith January 23, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    journalist received no pie for PIE DAY. oh, the disappointment! jimmy smith cannot go to letwan’s for letwan’s mama is not cooking there today. scribe did not invite jimmy smith (though scribe had “plenty of pie”). hmmm….

    journalist is off in search of a bakery open at 8:42 p.m. wish jimmy smith luck.

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  144. 146 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Lew, here is a link you will love! 😛
    http://www.marijuanaaddiction.info/news-left.htm?aid=49

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  145. 147 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Bill Maher, is wrong. Heroin helped shorten the number of records Hendryx, Joplin, Nirvana and Alice N’ Chains cranked out….but, then again BM is wrong 9 times out of 10! 😆

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  146. 148 chrisklob January 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Bill Maher is and idiot.

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  147. 149 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Berigan-If that’s where you’re getting your information, you’re being misinformed. On the facts section, the first thing they had printed was wrong. No one smokes stems or seeds. There is no THC in them so why bother and give yourself a sore throat? I also have never heard a marijuana cigarette referred (or is that reefered to?) as a nail. Never.

    AS for the cancer, they just published a study a year or so ago-(heard it on CNN Health news while I was in Boston to see the Braves last year) that claims that THC kills the cancer cells. There has been absolutely no correlation between smoking pot and cancer like there has been with cigarettes. Smoking may not be great for you, but you won’t rot your lungs out.

    As for the memory thing-There was a thirteen year long study done utilizing over 100,000 subjects. The findings were that marijuana smoking did nothing whatsoever to destroy or even to effect memory. Alcohol totally destroyed it, but pot had no effect. Not quite what you’re used to hearing, is it?

    Look-If you have no desire to smoke any pot, that’s perfectly fine with me. I do not advocate it’s use for anyone who does not desire it. I have no problem with it at all. I don’t care if you drink or eat fast food, either. I certainly do not advocate the use of crack, meth, cocaine or heroin for anyone. All I want is for people to realize that pot has been wrongly villified for decades-for no good reason. I have known many hundreds of people who smoked for short or long periods of time. Many of they were And Idiot, just like many who drink or many who are high on life and many who are high on God. There were also many who were highly educated, quite responsible and good loving, caring family persons, instituted in high paying, responsible positions in many fields of endeavor. It has caused them no problems, nor has 40 years of use turned me into a moronic raving idiot, incapable of writing a coherent and cogent sentence or robbing me of the ability to function in any way shape or form.

    Now stop and look at it like this. It was estimated sometime back that over 1 million pot smokers lived in California alone. Consider the legalization and taxation, thereof. No pot smoker would oblject, for xample, to paying $20 for a pack of joints (like a pack of cigs). Say $10 of that goes to taxes. If everyone in California who smoked bought one pack, that would be $10million in tax revenue. That’s $10 mil from the sale of one pack to every smoker in one state. I guarantee that would cover the first day or two. Can you imagine the amount of revenue that could be collected? Therein lies the solution to the Social Security crisis, the budget shortfalls, the money needed for universal health care, etc., and you didn’t have to raise taxes on anyone who didn’t partake.

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  148. 150 ssiscribe January 23, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Esteemed Ugandan Journalist: I did have plenty of pie, but it didn’t last long enough for you to have made the trip to the southern rim of the capital city. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m a-stickin’ to it.

    Now, transition (noted transition): Smokeables? Interesting. Never got into that. Always seemed to enjoy the things that came in cold 12-ounce cans. Still do … just now, those cans have Coke Zero on the side of them, not Miller Lite. I do enjoy a good cigar while frying fish on the back patio, though. And I’ll have a covered patio soon … oh the humanity!

    Now, blogging (more transition): The Scribe hasn’t been on here much lately, thanks to work and snow and family. I’ve also been working on trying to find someplace where I can have my own blog, and today, I’ve reached an agreement with a Web group to start my own blog.

    So, if you’re bored and want to read what’s on my mind, head on over to Big League Blog. It’s at http://www.bigleagueblog.net. The esteemed CL has been kind enough to place it in the blogroll; I’ve returned the favor over there.

    For now, it’s going to be a site talking about all pro sports, and there will be other authors posting there, too, from time to time. Eventually, though, I believe it’s going to lead toward an all-baseball blog. Post No. 1 recalls covering the Patriots in the Super Bowl three years ago in Jacksonville, and how their run the past seven seasons makes them one of the greatest American sports teams ever. May write something about the NHL All-Star game being here this weekend, but we’ll crank out the baseball talk there soon enough.

    OK, enough self-promotion. Check it out if you wish. If not, you’re still my friend.

    Gotta run … there is a knock on the door, and I hear flippers slapping against the window. Quick, hide the pie!

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  149. 151 lew614 January 23, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Bderigan-Not so sure that’s what killed Hendrix and I still contend Kurt Cobain (who I never believed was that great, anyway) committed suicide to escape Courtney Love. Can’t say as I blame him. Ask Clapton and others if it hindered their ability to make music. THAT was the point. Like I said, I do not advocate the use of heroin for anyone-despite what Bill Maher said.

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  150. 152 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Klobber made many calls but for some reason couldn’t connect FBG with our courier.

    Such is life in this just in time, cut throat competitive world of the pie delivery business. UPS has to answer for their missed delivery and treacherous behavior, absconding with the goods like that. Hopefully Journalist Jimmy Smith is over at Scribes home helping Scribe clear the kitchen and wash all the pie plates.

    Also regret that we couldn’t get the cheesecake to Lew. He probably has munchies right now.

    As damning as the evidence is against UPS, we will not assume their guilt before proper investigations have been completed. We will need testimony from flbravesgirl before going forward on this case. Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter may need to be brought in if we can’t crack the case.

    Even though Klobber, Bob, Journalist and I cannot assume any responsibility for pie deliveries since UPS was given the job, we still want to make one of FBG’s customers happy. Therefore, before departing, I have a little consolation prize for Journalist Jimmy Smith to commemorate his favorite holiday. Thought you might like. If you didn’t get to enjoy pie yet today, we wish you good luck.

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  151. 153 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    you just can’t judge people by their harmless vices or recreations I’m not sure we can’t, but I try very hard not to so do … the problem is, that I don’t know enough to determine which of a person’s vices and recreations are harmless and which are not … and my guess is that most of them don’t either.

    Perhaps that’s best left to the enlightened few …

    http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofacts/marijuana.html

    There are many layers of the onion but methinks it’s best to work within the system unless it’s totally corrupt … imposing fines and insignificant confinement supports the notion that you can pick and choose which laws you obey … that it’s okay to do the crime if you’re willing to pay the fine and/or do the time … I can only speak for myself but can you imagine Chris so teaching his son? … methinks not.

    Since most folks cheat, our heroes should be those who do it best … something is wrong with that picture.

    I do these things … and I see nothing wrong with doing them … and methinks so doing does no real harm … so those who do them are doing nothing wrong … the emperor may have been enlightened but he still wasn’t wearing any clothes.

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  152. 154 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Apologies, … but it’s harmless and I ain’t doin’ it over … however, I would be much obliged if My Lady would, at her convenience, correct it.

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  153. 155 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    How bout them cowboys? :-)…

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  154. 156 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Anyway, I will leave it to the experts. After all, weren’t we told that the smoking of cigarettes was good for us for many years?

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  155. 157 mrgil January 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I’m just a junk food junkie, living for a natural high… 🙂

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  156. 158 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Ask Clapton and others if it hindered their ability to make music. THAT was the pointLew, I’m a bit confused as to which side you’re on … were you to ask everyone convicted of DUI, if their drinking seriously hindered their ability to drive … is THAT the point?

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  157. 159 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Sounds like our friend Lew is tense tonight, perhaps he needs to smoke a nail!
    😆

    Nirvana was not all that great???? Why I outta… 😡 Thems fightin’ words!!!

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  158. 160 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    And like Bob is saying….I know some musicians think it helped “expand” their minds and all that. It also came at a price, less music recorded for sure, and lots of them permantly fried their brains, like that founder of Pink Floyd.
    And Pot can really do damage to peoples brains. One of my Dad’s best friends(An old man like my Dad who still became a hippie in the 60’s) smoked a lot of pot back in the day. Wife did the same. My Dad(Who didn’t smoke) would remind her about, this that and the other story, event back then….she didn’t remember any of it! And she was not stoned 24/7. Doesn’t have alzheimer’s as far as I know. Who knows how much drugs affected my Dad’s friends mind…something caused him to go off the deep end in the 70’s. He died homeless about 25 years ago.
    As for a harmless vice, just like drinking too much, it does impair you. There was that railroad accident several years back when the guy was stoned out of his mind.
    Reminds me of my best friend from St. Louis talking to me after he joined the navy and started smoking pot. He said one time he was driving, and wasn’t sure which lights were green, and which were red! Harmless, I don’t think so…..Not heroin though.
    There, that’s settled! 🙂 Now, we can get back to talking about things we can all agree on. Like the fact the Devil Rays will win the AL East with Willie Aybar leading the way! 😉

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  159. 161 savannahguy January 23, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Fact: People have been smoking herb since people were on earth. Ancient cultures and American Indians smoked it for spiritual purposes. They also ate mushrooms, mescaline, belladonna and peyote for the same reasons. The peace pipe was just that. Now…

    Fact: It was a brave man who first eat an oyster.

    Opinion: Actually, it may have been a stoned Indian with the munchies.

    Opinion: Kurt Cobain, tragic soul as he was, really was a musical genius and Nirvana was a milestone of modern rock. Same as was Jim Morrison and the Doors. And Hendrix.

    Then there’s Merle, who partook yet pined for the good old days:

    Are the Good Times Really Over for Good

    I wish a buck was still silver.
    It was back when the country was strong.
    Back before Elvis; before the Vietnam war came along.
    Before The Beatles and “Yesterday”,
    When a man could still work, and still would.
    Is the best of the free life behind us now?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    Are we rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell?
    With no kind of chance for the Flag or the Liberty bell.
    Wish a Ford and a Chevy,
    Could still last ten years, like they should.
    Is the best of the free life behind us now?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    I wish coke was still cola,
    And a joint was a bad place to be.
    And it was back before Nixon lied to us all on TV.
    Before microwave ovens,
    When a girl could still cook and still would.
    Is the best of the free life behind us now?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    Are we rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell?
    With no kind of chance for the Flag or the Liberty bell.
    Wish a Ford and a Chevy,
    Could still last ten years, like they should.
    Is the best of the free life behind us now?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    Stop rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell.
    Stand up for the Flag and let’s all ring the Liberty bell.
    Let’s make a Ford and a Chevy,
    Still last ten years, like they should.
    The best of the free life is still yet to come,
    The good times ain’t over for good.

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  160. 162 Bob, journalist January 23, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    weren’t we told that the smoking of cigarettes was good for us for many years? … you gotta be careful which experts it is to whom you listen … when buying a used car, methinks it’s best to first take it to a mechanic to have it checked out and then to a competing dealer to see what he will give you for it.

    Maybe the smoking of cigarettes was good for us for many years … but those you can buy now aren’t … and they cost too much. The real problem was that they never said what they meant by “for many years” … whatever they meant, I’m sure it was shorter than the 50+ years I been so doing.

    Many Law suits have been won against tobacco companies for having enticed folks to smoke … however, one lady won a suit against somebody several years back for their convincing her husband to quit … though it may have later been reversed. They held that his quitting caused a distinct change in his system, triggering whatever caused his death.

    How many golfers do you know that have a good idea as to what their swing really looks like? I may have played a little better after a few beers … a lot better than after a bunch.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if instead of giving us their posits and opines, folks would give us the thought processes through which they went to arrive at same.

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  161. 163 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Bob-No, the point was I was trying to explain to Berigan what Bill Maher meant when he commented on heroin usuage among musicians. If you will check all of my posts, I steadfastly said that I did not condone or recommend heroin usage by anyone.

    Don’t know what DUI’s or drunk driving have to do with anything we discussed. I’ve never gotten a DUI, have never been charged with a crime, much less convicted of anything. I do not do heroin or any hard drugs, though have tried cocaine in the days of my wayward youth. I’ve never used intravenous drugs of any sort, have never done meth (though I will admit to using greenies to study for finals, also in days of wayward youth), have never smoked crack and have not had an alcoholic beverage in twenty years. I do not drive at night any longer for any reason, as I have had numerous eye operations and do not see well in the dark with approaching headlights. I rarely even drive for much distance during the day-I stay at home and produce artwork-much of which, these days, I give away.

    I do, however, smoke pot and am not a raving maniac (at least most of the time), am not a menace to society, am certainly not a forgetful, moronic drooling idiot and have been know, upon occasion, to be a pretty nice guy, who is concerned for his friends and attempts to do well by them and his family.

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  162. 164 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Oh. And the unable to distinguish red lights from green lights is called color blindness. It has nothing whatsoever to do with smoking pot. I can probably distinguish 100-200 different shades of each color. Besides-the red light is on top. The yellow is in the middle. That should tell you where green is.

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  163. 165 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Hey, I thought I said everything was settled! 😕

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  164. 166 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Lew, earlier you said pot smoking is a harmless vice. Are you saying if you smoked a few joints(or nails as the youngsters say today! 😉 ) you would not be impaired enough to be a dangerous driver??? Don’t pot smokers, talk and think more slowly while high??? Or has it been everyone I have ever known was just pretending to be that way while high??? It seems to me not to be that far a stretch that my friend’s brain was not processing the data properly at the time, and couldn’t tell in time whether a light was green or red, no matter what shade they were….
    Here are some links to some train accidents that marijuana played a role in….
    http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/disasters/cta_crash.html
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DEFDE1E39F936A25752C0A961948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE6DD1631F933A05750C0A96E948260
    http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2006/RAB0605.htm
    One thing I have learned in my nearly 41 years on this here planet, is that it is easy as pie to change people’s viewpoints on subjects, especially when their views are long held ones! 😛 So, keep on smokin if it makes you happy man!

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  165. 167 Bob, journalist January 24, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I know that I’m behind the times and this is old news but I just read that ESPN Radio host Dana Jacobson has evidently been suspended for using the “F” word in relation to Notre Dame and Jesus.

    From what I’ve read there seems to be very little negative reaction to the fact that she was reported to be sloppy drunk as well … dropping the F-bomb three times, she reportedly slandered Notre Dame, the icon painted behind their goal posts dubbed “Touchdown Jesus” and finally Jesus himself.

    Hard to imagine the values of folks that so behave and/or condone or accept such behavior under any circumstances, drunk or sober.

    Jacobson reportedly said “F*** Notre Dame,” “F*** Touchdown Jesus,” and “F*** Jesus”.

    “I am very sorry. My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words. I also deeply regret the embarrassment I have caused ESPN and Mike and Mike.

    My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I really am. I have personally apologized to many of the people involved. I won’t make excuses for my behavior but do hope that I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment.”

    It’s very interesting to read the evolvement of the ESPN/ABC position as public reaction has been received … what appears to have started out as a slap on the wrist has rather quickly escalated.

    We learned in fourth grade economics that while grocers could raise the price of a loaf of bread a penny every other week, they couldn’t raise it a quarter once a year … patience it what it takes to implement such agendas.

    She said “My actions in no way represent who I really am” … well, if they don’t represent her, who do they represent?

    “I respect all religions” … now I don’t know what that means … not really sure how you respect a religion, but she certainly wasn’t showing respect for the feelings of those who are Christians.

    “I did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words” … if she wasn’t intending to be derogatory … then I would hate to see what she would have said it she had been so intending.

    “… do hope that I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment” … better that she be concerned with more than a lack of judgment, methinks … I wonder if she would so feel if her remarks had been well received.

    I suppose a lack of good judgment is poor judgment and a lack of poor judgment is good … but what is a “poor” lack of judgment?

    Ending as I began … “My actions in no way represent who I really am” … perhaps she should reexamine who she really is … an anchor? No, this onion has more layers than that.

    Methinks perhaps she was trying to be funny … if she wants to be funny, she should take lessons from Jimmy Smith.

    And perhaps we too should so do … take lessons from Jimmy … and reexamine who we really are and what it is for which we stand … we do need heroes and heroines but Dana Jacobsons ain’t one of them … her one redeeming quality may be that she makes the Roger Staubachs, Jeff Francoeurs, Chris Klobukowshis and Carolina Ladys all the more special!!

    It’s interesting how we’ve progressed … a few years back, The Greek was fired, basically on the spot, for opining that black slave descendant athletes had a competitive advantage over the whites because of the breeding practices of slave owners.

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  166. 168 Bob, journalist January 24, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Oops, another for my Lady to repair … if she can … ”
    Chris Klobukowskis, Carolina Ladys” … and “progressed … a few years back, The Greek was fired, basically on the spot, for opining that black slave descendant athletes had a competitive advantage over the whites because of the breeding practices of slave owners.

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  167. 169 Bob, journalist January 24, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Lew, I may directionally support what I understand Bill Maher purports to politically believe … but my impression is that he probably has an ambidextrous tongue … and while he can play an audience, a little Maher goes a long way for me.

    However, my comments weren’t meant to suggest that you either condone or recommend heroin usage by anyone … my goodness, while I haven’t read your discussion on heroin usage, I would be shocked if you had.

    I’m confident that DUI’s and/or drunk driving had nothing to do with you discussed and I’m truly sorry that my comment was confusing … it also had absolutely nothing to do with DUIs or drunk driving … could have been most anything … not sure why I chose that … was directionally just asking if the point was that the answer you would get “might be somewhat self serving or a matter of biased perception” by those being “questioned” … sort of a begging of the question if you will.

    Again apologies … Mama always said she didn’t think I was much good at explaining that which I didn’t understand … but couldn’t be quite sure ’cause she never really understood my explanations.

    Lew, show and tells are totally unnecessary … we are what we are … I like to think that I choose my friends carefully … that is, I’ll take any I can find … they’re a rather rare commodity and you’re one of them … one I truly cherish!

    Maybe I shouldn’t, but I too will admit that in the days of my wayward youth I had folks bring me drugs … Tylenol 3 from Canada where it was sold over the counter and dirt cheap … of course, I could also get Aspirin with Codeine from our Medical Director for free but my stomach and aspirin never liked each other.

    I’m now contemplating going into Kentucky to buy cigarettes … the taxation in Tennessee is totally unjustifiable … but, they have spies at the “near border” exits in KY … with TN tags being radioed back to officers at the TN line … evidently agin TN law to bring more than 2 cartons of cigarettes into the State as it deprives TN of tax revenue.

    Now that you mention it, I believe I do remember hearing that on occasion you’re a pretty nice guy who is concerned for his friends and attempts to do well by them … not a bad recommendation.

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  168. 170 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Bob perhaps like Shaun, you are not human??? don’t you ever sleep??? 😆
    And why do you and I have the same problem turning the rest of a paragraph into bolded type???

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  169. 171 Bob, journalist January 24, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Berigan, I think ’twas Jersey Gil what first asked that same question … can’t remember just now how I answered … but, it’s possible that I sometimes post while I’m sleeping … at least there are some posts that I don’t recognize, understand or remember when I read them.

    Regarding the bolded type, I figure that’s a sign of superior intelligence … our minds work so fast that our fingers have trouble keeping up. I have the added excuse of being selectively blind or cursed … and see only that which I want or expect to see … makes editing difficult … methinks it’s inherited … maybe we’re related. Carol says you’re one of the good guys so that works for me!

    She agrees with Lew that I’m very old … and cranky … and my fingers, like a lot of folks, have trouble understanding what my brain is trying to communicate … they get into fights and aren’t always on the best of speaking terms.

    My keyboard’s shift key is most likely the culprit … it sometimes fails to respond … especially for the lower symbol keys … that and I can’t type.

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  170. 172 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 8:38 am

    no pie. and on national PIE DAY. no pie. jimmy smith is bewildered. jimmy smith is sad. jimmy smith cannot understand why journalist had no pie from any source on PIE DAY. and now PIE DAY has passed. without pie. oh, this is going to be a difficult day-after. journalist may appear grumpy in today’s posts – much like lew.

    and will jimmy smith leave journalism? no need for another journalist here – not with beet writer chop seal. reliable. steady. nice to everybody that blogs here. has chop seal rendered jimmy smith’s journalism career unnecessary? or is jimmy smith needed as a curtright or rogers-type fill-in? perhaps as a steadying influence on young chop seal? much to consider. and remember, toe journalism is a craft.

    and now, the topic of smoking nails. only and idiot would attempt to light a nail. try camels. or fine cigars like beet writer chop seal. cheroots. favorite of chop seal. and tatiana honey has mailed a box of cheroots to chop seal but alas, tatiana honey is still a googan.

    and jimmy smith thanks carolina lady for posting the many photos contributed by this journalist for the photo pages.

    and bob’s observations about the young television journalist are good ones. jimmy smith agrees.

    and today, where is accountability for one’s actions?

    and the press relations apology always rings with insincerity.

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  171. 173 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Good morning all, I had written several responses to last night’s discussions and deleted each one prior to pressing the send key. Maybe I am getting smarter in my old age. 🙂 Let’s just say, we all have our vices and knowing when to say when is a learned experience.

    Bob, sorry to hear you are still saddled with the curse of Phillip Morris. When I quit, I calculated how much I saved each month and then went out and bought a used Buick Park Avenue. The cost were the same. Believe it or not, the car is still in the family as my youngest son recently gave it to his sister-in-law as she needed a large car for her family. 250,000 miles and still going pretty strong. I quit smoking 12 years ago. Anyway, it was not easy but the wife just could not handle the second hand smoke and I was just tired of the hassle.

    One thing I did continue to do however, was to take regular smoke breaks just like the other guys at work. No use being penalized for being a non-smoker. I just didn’t smoke, I never gave up being lazy… 🙂

    We all have our vices, we all have our opinions, I doubt we shall change either here on the blog. It has always come down to personal choice. As long as other folks cannot get in my face and force their opinion on me, I can deal with it. We can all just share experiences and knowledge.

    Good luck to Sscibe and his new blog. We have many who have talent sitting at the Carolina Lady’s table.

    Only 3 more weeks until real business at hand can be undertaken. Come on baseball…. 🙂

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  172. 174 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Methinks, (with a nod to Bob) that the young woman at the roast was able to unleash her invective under the guise of being drunk. Unfortunately, people forget that alcohol does not force you to do anything, it only allows one to do or say what is really on their mind.

    She will not have to worry about me watching her antics. She is lucky her tirade was aimed at Christianity. Any other group would have meant her immediate dismissal.

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  173. 175 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 9:08 am

    And jimmy smith must never give up journalism, chop seal is a pretty good beet writer but chop seal is no jimmy smith 🙂

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  174. 176 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Gil, you’re right. Substitute the word “Allah” for “Jesus” in her statements and you’re looking at demonstrations, rioting and looting worldwide!

    I think it’s interesting that saying the word “lynch” earns you a two week suspension but using profanity with regard to the Savior of the largest religious group in North America only gets you one!

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  175. 177 Chop Seal January 24, 2008 at 10:00 am

    HEllo Everbudy, Buck Belue had this to say in the Savannah Morning News:

    “Kotsay can hit high in the lineup or down at the bottom. No problem. Just glad to be here playing for Bobby Cox. Here’s a guy who knows what it takes to be successful at the plate.”

    “He told me recently that if Cox hits him 1 or 2, the focus is to get on base. If Bobby has him hitting 7 or 8, the goal is to drive in runs.”

    “The bullpen looks pretty settled heading the camp. Rafael Soriano, Peter Moylan and Tyler Yates get the ball late. Wren went out and got three lefthanders: Royce Ring, Will Ohman and Jeff Ridgway. Look for two to stick with the big league club leaving spring training.”

    “Jeff Bennett is this year’s long-relief guy. Manny Acosta, Jair Jurrjens and Blaine Boyer battle it out for a spot. And Mike Gonzalez is hoping to be back in the summer to provide a big boost down the stretch.”

    Actually, ths seal thinks Royce Ring was hear already but I am a seal.

    NOw, for a cigare and bowl of whelk.

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  176. 178 ssiscribe January 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Chop Seal: You be correct about Ring. Picked up at the trading deadline from San Diego for Wil Ledezma and former UGA standout Will Startup.

    Braves will carry two lefties in the pen. If Ring can throw strikes in spring training, it’ll be him and Ohman. Ridgway has two options left, methinks. Ohman is a lock for the pen, along with a second lefty, Soriano, Moylan, Yates and, I believe, Acosta.

    Jurrjens could be the fifth starter, especially if Hampton can’t pitch (and you really can’t count on Mike until he shows he’s healthy). Bennett will pitch some in Atlanta this year, perhaps as a spot starter. Gonna be interesting to see how the bully shakes out, indeed.

    Gil, thanks much for the well wishes on the new blog. Should be fun to see if I can make it take off.

    JJS, no pie for you, but you must remain in journalism. The scribin’ world wouldn’t be the same without ya.

    –30–

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  177. 179 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

    scribe, good luck with your new venture. But don’t forget your friends here!

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  178. 180 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Bob, J, those are very kind words sir. Unwarranted, but very kind.

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  179. 181 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I would like to propose a contest. As one of our denizens seems to change his avatar as frequently as some people change their, oh never mind.

    The contest is simple: Guess the Avatar! Prizes could be nails from Lew, bourbon from me, pies from FBG (maybe), cigars from Chop Seal, venison from Hillbilly and Eastern NC bbq from CL!

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  180. 182 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 11:06 am

    lew must have an avatar. this journalist even sent one to lew – but lew is stubborn. maple syrup bottle, maybe. but something. jimmy smith loaned lew the hartebeest for an avatar but it was not to lew’s liking. any suggestions?

    and chrisklob, who is it that changes avatars frequently? maybe a contest is in order here. perhaps a tee-shirt contest? does that bring back umpleasant memories? tee-shirt contest with no prize? no prize at all? and who would do such a thing to loyal bloggers? not carolina lady. not the blog mistress of this blog. can say that? in a nice way. yes, carolina lady’s blog would never fail to deliver tee-shirts in a tee-shirt contest. as chop seal said at the time, “boy, that’s cheep.”

    and to scribe, please come back and visit often even after the new blog has become wildly successful. the carolina lady blog is always open to good contributors and nice scribes like scribe.

    the carolina lady blog is becoming a colossus and soon will eclipse that other braves blog because carolina lady is nice and knows carolina lady’s baseball. and because there is a scarcity of and idiots. better spelling, two.

    and whither hk? only a reader? need some graphs here soon.

    jimmysmiththinks journalism is almost as good as homemade peach ice cream. on pie. oh, the humanity! just thought of pie! journalist is now sad. later.

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  181. 183 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Change avatars? Who would do such a thing??

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  182. 184 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I do not need an avatar to be recognized. Just follow the smoke trail and that’s where I’ll be.

    Berigan-As for driving capabilities-I have received three tickets in my life-one speeding over 35 years ago in Jefferson, Ga. I was And Idiot and smoking had nothing to do with it. I also had two tickets for not coming to a complete stop before making a right turn and both times I felt it was a debatable proposition. My driving problems now revolve around night blindness (cataracts-not pot) and the fact that until recently, I could not feel my feet due to diabetic neuropathy asnd I hit the brakes rather hard. The neuropathy has reversed and I now won’t put you through the windshield when I stop. That’s the sum total of almost 40 years of driving. Menace to society? No.

    I really don’t care if any of you ever smoke anything-though Bob may want to quit the cigarettes-I did. I just hate that all of y’all are as misinformed as you are. To base anything on information that is laughable is never an intelligent move.

    Anyway, the only reason I even brought it up is that there s an initiative in Vermont to decriminalize the possession, thereof. The cops are quite honestly tired of and no longer able to devote the time to pot busts, when there are so many other serious aspects of their jobs that need time devoted to them. I have said what I have to say.

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  183. 185 flbravesgirl January 24, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Is it a shell, Gil?

    Klobukowski, huh? I can sympathize with you, Chris, my last name is a bit of a doozy too.

    So do the upgrades not agree with my computer or is everyone having a hard time logging in?

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  184. 186 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Sometimes even I cannot guess what they are….

    Oh, and Falcon fans need not worry. It appears that Dan Snyder is about to blow up his team again.

    Sigh, just when the players on the Redskins were learning Williams defense and Saunder’s offense, he brings in a whole new coaching staff.

    Sorry folks but I can fall out of love with a team real fast because the owner “is and idiot”. I tolerated Snyder this year because of Joe Gibbs, looks like the Redskins will be back to musical coaches again soon.

    Now baseball…. Looks like there will be some trades forthcoming with the Braves this spring. Too many good players for whom there is no room. The Braves know they won’t clear waivers. Bryan Pena, Blaine Boyer, Scot Thorman all fit into this category I think.

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  185. 187 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 11:59 am

    It “was” a photo of a US cartridge belt buckle found on our property during one of Josie’s treasure hunts using the metal detector I bought her for Christmas a couple of years ago.

    FBL, check the little box that says remember me when you sign in on the blog.

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  186. 188 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations Scribe on your new blog. It’s sure to be a big hit with your talent and sports knowledge. Will certainly check it out. It’s already bookmarked.

    ‘Twas quite a night on the Braves and Stuff blog. Full moon? Everybody let the hair down…especially Berigan. But then, his hair was already down. Like cousin Itt. Berigan, debate all you want with the artist on the pros and cons of weed, but whatever you do…don’t dare smoke doobies or cigarettes. Don’t drink flaming Sambuka either. Could catch the hair on fire.

    There was a ghost in the machine last night. Apologies for the multiple posts, especially when one would have been quite insufficient. Word Press has taken on a life of it’s own…like Hal in 2001-Space Odyssey. The machine can choose to ignore a post or repeat it three times. Is the machine on drugs?

    Tried logging on several times to no avail. Odd, the more attention given to the machine, the more the machine seemed to ignore. Was the machine turned-off by drug references? Was the machine threatened with innocent pie talk or famous journalist videos? Was the machine jealous? Was the machine just begging for its own attention? Oh, the humanity! Oh, the narcissism!

    Methinks the machine was just wanting to be the center of attention. Funny, computers and felines are similar. Sometimes it’s best to not pay too much attention to them. Can’t ignore them either. Touchy little critters they are. Maybe Carolina Lady knows the answer to the odd Word Press behavior.

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  187. 189 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Gil…new avatar frozen fingers?

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  188. 190 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Gil, I have to say, I laughed at this line….I just didn’t smoke, I never gave up being lazy 😛
    Never give up being lazy bro! 😆

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  189. 191 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    this would be a swell emoticon for Lew!
    [url=http://planetsmilies.net][img]http://planetsmilies.net/smoking-smiley-5415.gif[/img][/url]

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  190. 192 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Hey!!!! I just posted something, and as Gil would say….poof!!!

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  191. 193 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I guess it didn’t like all the tags…lets try again…Lew’s new avatar???

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  192. 194 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    a maple syrup bottle, perhaps? has much potential. does not look like a clam – not saying gil’s avatar was clammish, but . . .

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  193. 195 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    On this day in history

    1888 – The typewriter ribbon was patented by Jacob L. Wortman.

    1916 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that income tax was unconstitutional.

    1922 – Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.

    1935 – Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.

    1943 – U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

    1955 – The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.

    1964 – CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 64-65 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.

    1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.

    Have a good day…make history.

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  194. 196 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    That’s right Berigan. Keep piling on and I won’t tell you about the Klingons.

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  195. 197 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    eskimo pie, huh?

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  196. 198 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    The Klingon??? Please tell me about the klingons. Wait, is that just a new version of reynolds wrap???
    I know you wouldn’t take what I posted as piling on…cuz you won’t remember what I said a few days down the line….. :mrgreen:

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  197. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    JJS,
    3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288

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  198. 200 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I willleave it for the next blog I write “The Day the Klingons Invaded Lynchburg and other Tales of The Bible Belt”. You’ll just have to wait.

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  199. 201 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    christian kent nelson invented the eskimo pie in 1920. took a little time for the patent. not a real pie, though. had to go through quite an ordeal with the patent master, leroy anthony, for wanting to call it a pie. history comes alive on the carolina lady blog. not a real pie. ice cream. called it pie, though. pie is baked. ice cream is frozen and goes on top of pie. oh, the humanity! why keep bringing up pie to jimmy smith? sad now.

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  200. 202 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Berigan-Like the venerable Elephant, I do not forget. That is the truth. I have an incredible memory. What did you say your name was?

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  201. 203 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    But Pi are round

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  202. 204 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    oh, the humanity! now it is berigan tormenting jimmy smith about pi(e). all these references to pie are beginning to take a tole on jimmy smith. must take a pole on who has been cruelest to journalist so far today. why talk pie when this journalist had no pie on PIE DAY? like teasing chipper about wings when everyone knows chipper can never again have wings. and where is flbravesgirl today? ashamed to show, perhaps? knowing this journalist had no pie on PIE DAY? and someone told this journalist it may soon be calabash time again. can’t say more right now.

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  203. 205 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Log in problems: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=20931

    Missing posts sometimes get caught in the Spam filter:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/09/30/on-spam/

    I keep check as frequently as I can, but I’ve been otherwise occupied lately and haven’t been able to be as diligent.

    SG, for some reason, your posts, totally innocent, seem to be trapped the most. Have no clue why. I think the URL links may be triggering it though I have it set to allow 4 in a post. More than that and we’ll be bombarded with Spam of every sordid imaginable kind. You would hardly believe what gets caught in it! 85 to date.

    I’m behind in processing photos – bear with me – been spending many hours in hospitals, ER, doctor’s offices, etc. Will catch up as soon as I can.

    jimmy smith, you do not have permission to retire. Case closed!

    Scribe, will you be keeping your place in the rotation? Best of luck to you and sincerely hope you won’t forget your friends here!

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  204. 206 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Esteemed Journalist-I will buy you pie at Spring Training when we go out to lunch. Can you wait for three more weeks?

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  205. 207 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    what kind of pie? and how many pieces?

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  206. 208 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    JJS, I would think it was breasts Chipper would have to stay away from, but what do I know??? except that fresh apple pie, with just a hint of cinnamon…arrghh!!!! Now I have gone and tortured myself! 😳

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  207. 209 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    yes, berigan, chipper should not leave the house. but can still hit and is needed in the lineup. fresh apple pie? oh, the humanity!

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  208. 210 ssiscribe January 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Top of the afternoon, good inhabitants of the Braves and Stuff, on this cold and cloudy day along the southern rim of the capital city. Winds are picking up, there is a nip in the air and the weather folks say 19 tonight with the wind chill hanging out in the single digits.

    Excuse me, but I didn’t sign up for this when I vacated the humble Isles so golden a year and a half ago. Wake me up when it’s 70 and there’s baseball to watch.

    Now, blogging (noted transition): Guys and gals, I’m not going anywhere! I’ve started my own blog because it’s something I’ve been looking into for months and finally found what I believe will be the right fit. Not doing it as a job or to make mad amounts of cash — which if I did, I would buy Little Debbie stock and transfer it to the Esteemed Ugandan Journalist.

    I’m doing it as a means of keeping my writing sharp, and to put my views out there for all to see on a real regular basis. I think it will turn into something fun … maybe not as big as one of the AJC blogs, but who knows? Either way, I’m not leaving you guys!!

    So yes, CL, I’ll gladly take my turn in the rotation whenever needed; I can pitch on two days rest because I’m young! Yes gang, I’ll still be on here talking about the Braves and barbecue and pie and toes and other topics du jour. So don’t worry, I’m not leaving the neighborhood.

    I’ve placed Braves and Stuff in my blogroll on http://www.bigleagueblog.net so maybe some folks who want to talk Braves and so forth will drop in and say hello to us from time to time. Y’all come check it out when you’re surfing around, but relax, I’m gonna be here until y’all throw me outta here.

    Back to frying fish; it’s been a busy week, with more to come! I shall not complain, though. God gave me a gift, so I might as well use it!

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  209. 211 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    GREAT news, scribe!! LOVE the how the avatar looks! 🙂

    I’ll be here off and on today – between other duties –

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  210. 212 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Boston cream pie… now Eskimo Pie…. (Which by the way also was once headquartered in Richmond but stolen away by evil doers) …

    Just following a trend, first Pepsi Cola then Eskimo Pie now the Braves. Hard to get love in this town….

    And Pi… Now we are really cooking…

    And of course everyone knows pie are round, cornbread are square.

    And now must seek a more clearly identifiable avatar. Folks did not recognize the chicken. That is what one looks like with her feathers still intact. …

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  211. 213 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I can name that avatar in three notes…. oops… wrong game…

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  212. 214 arkansashillbilly January 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Crescent Wrench…Final answer.

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  213. 215 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    And we have a correct answer. 🙂

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  214. 216 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Are you saying if you smoked a few joints (or nails as the youngsters say today! ) you would not be impaired enough to be a dangerous driver???

    I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.

    Yes I would,

    if I only could,

    I surely would.

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  215. 217 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    this journalist has just received a graph from hk! yes, hk! still not blogging, but reading . . . and graphing. bloggers here take note that the braves and stuff blog needs more posts to keep up with the and idiots. then again, quality, not quantity. how many ways to say, golly, gee?

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  216. 218 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I sometimes wish I still had a scanner, then I could post some really good baseball photos I have taken using 35mm. My last scanner was not compatible with windows XP and so it is stashed away in the closet somewhere.

    I took some really good photos of Lillibridge. He looked younger than the bat boy who actually had facial hair.

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  217. 219 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Jimmy, I think lots of folks are reading, they are just a bit intimidated by the quality of the content on Carolina Lady’s blog. Well, some of it anyway… 🙂 Besides, It is tough to make a splash is such a crowded field. There is a lot of traffic over on the other site, traffic you helped establish.

    I plan on handing out business cards for the Braves & Stuff blog when I attend the Richmond games this year. CL built it, they will come.

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  218. 220 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    oops… in such a crowded field… Oh well, ya’ll know what I am trying to say even if my fingers don’t…

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  219. 221 Bob, journalist January 24, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Golly gee Gil, color me stupid but … what make and model is your scanner? Chances are that there are drivers that will solve the problem … of course, my scanner doesn’t work with this computer either.

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  220. 222 mrgil January 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Bob, It has been so long since I have had it off the desk, I could not tell you now. Yes, it is possible there are updated drivers for it but then again, I don’t know. Just has not been a part of my priority list. I will use my wife’s digital camera this spring. I doubt I will get any shots of Lillibridge however as I won’t be making a trip to Atlanta.

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  221. 223 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    carolina lady, before the games begin . . . are we allowed to discuss nose picking and boogers on the carolina lady blog? bobby cox is a notorious nose-picker and the topic is sure to come up. what say, carolina lady?

    and now, soriano is signed and the bullpen looks fearsome. how long before moylan becomes closer? and will gonzales be back to form?

    golly, carolina lady, great blog. carolina lady, gee, this blog is super and so is carolina lady. jeepers. creepers. golly, gee. please mention this journalist’s name, golly, gee. jeepers.

    still no pie. disturbing. and nothing from flbravesgirl all day.

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  222. 224 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Mr. Gil…dung beetle? (can say?)

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  223. 225 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Jersey Gil has been extended and has accepted an invitation to join us. I imagine he will post as soon as CL gets the time to do whatever it is she does to make the blog work.

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  224. 226 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    That’s good news Lew. Is it necessary to have an invitation in order to sign up?

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  225. 227 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    SG, nice new avatar. You get nailed today?

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  226. 228 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    jjs, terrible shame about yesterday. Must have been terribly disappointing having no pie on pie day. If, and it’s a BIG if, SG and I ever sign this deal with fbg for distribution of her baked goods I am going to recommend that we change our name from SCAM BAGS to “The Pie Pipers”. It’s got a nicer ring to it.

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  227. 229 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Chris-No, but if you know of someone you would like to join us, then offer an invitation- I just let CL send the details and links and whatnot.

    I’ve been emailing back and forth with Jersey Gil and he’s a good guy and a good baseball fan. You have to read his posts carefully because writing in English is not his first language, but he has some good things to say and he translates the Latin Winter League reports real well, too. He saw his first ML ballgame at Cpnnie Mack Stadium right about the same time I did. His wife is a big Phillies’ fan, so he welcomes Braves’ news.

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  228. 230 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    and should this blog have a hoss? and who will be hoss? who is taller than carolina lady and can be called hoss? not chop seal. maybe berigan should be hoss. looks tall in the picture. hoss. frank. hoss. hosster. frankster. good ol’ hoss.

    we watched a movie awhile ago. notice journalist said, “we”? and journalist does this only for illustration for jimmy smith is a third person blogger. anyway, we watched a movie.

    and now, baseball . . . beet writer chop seal has met some more beet writers and the beet writers are all exchanging information. apparently there is a club for beet writers. hair club for men.
    ,

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  229. 231 lew614 January 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Certainly better than a Seal Club for anyone.

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  230. 232 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    notice journalist said, “we”?

    Has jimmy smith allowed diane lane back in jimmy smith’s life? Perhaps she’s been taking pudding lessons? Can cook now? Make good pudding?

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  231. 233 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Gil, if you want to mail those photos to me, I’ll be glad to scan them for you, then return the originals, also copies of the scans. Let me know.

    Lew, JerseyGil should be able to blog right now. All he has to do is register with wordpress. I even sent him the link to our blog. He can email me if he’s having any problem and I’ll do my best to help him. JerseyGil, we welcome you!!!

    I have a BUNCH of great photos to process. Will try to get as many done tonight as possible. As far as I know now, no medical stuff tomorrow. I’m sincerely hoping the car will not have to leave the driveway!! 🙂 On top of Mother’s stuff, these last two days I’ve had to drive my brother back and forth to work (85 miles each round trip) ’cause the fuel pump in his vehicle went out. Got it back tonight. whew.

    jimmy, most anybody here would taller than I am. Almost 5’4″ if I stand up real straight. And if we can have photos of dead animals, I guess y’all can discuss boogers! 🙄 😆

    We sure would welcome folks to join us here. Everybody is nice, nobody bites (not allowed) and we mostly just have fun. You would be welcome!

    There was something else, but I’m too tired to remember what it was! 😆

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  232. 234 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Lew, I was wondering about the invitation thingee. I’ve seen a couple of people post here that weren’t part of our group. In fact, someone yesterday commented on my avatar. Glad to know we don’t have a closed community. Be nice to have some new faces here, so long as they aren’t and idiot.

    Took me a while to figure out that Jersey Gil’s first language is not English. I just figured he was a product of Jersey schools! 😳

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  233. 235 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Gil, you know what my scanner saying in the lower left hand corner??? Get ready for Win98!!! Really! And I use XP…If you lived around the corner, I’d just give you the one I have upstairs that I bought several years ago when this one started to make some terrible crunching noises. As soon as this one realized it might be replaced, the crunching noises magically disappeared! Mechanical things do not stop making noises, as parts worn do not get better unless replaced…unless some minor miracle was involved. Scanner must have some friends in high places, as it still sits on my desk ready, willing and able to scan at a moments notice….

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  234. 236 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    must make the distinction between canadian club and canadian seal club, not the same thing. and speaking of canadians, thorman, orr, reitsma. enough with the canadians, eh?

    and now, journalist is becoming worried about flbravesgirl and the missing pies. and chrisklob, there cannot be enough pudding lessons for diane lane. still, diane lane has other attributes. but, no, it was not diane lane. we did watch a movie, though. this is journalist talk for can’t get a date. in the basement blogging.

    and carolina lady has some more prize-winning photos from jimmy smith and chop seal. as soon as things slow down a bit for carolina lady these photos will be posted. jimmy smith hopes carolina lady’s mom is doing better today.

    and jersey gil will be a welcome addition to this blog. remember when jersey gil scooped the frankster? lots of excuses but still a scoop is a scoop. still some good bloggers missing, though. must get the word out. and still need a graph, hk. this blog needs a good graph.

    and journalist jimmy smith would like to make an announcement. would like to make an announcement but doesn’t have one right now. and scribe is still frying fish on the computer. bad for the mother board.

    and best of cox . . . what if better than cox? hmmm….. may need lew to work on that for us. could be a canned ham drawing or maybe a beet writer with flippers. both beet writers have flippers? nah. just small feet. or feat for that other blog.

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  235. 237 flbravesgirl January 24, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I’m here, jimmy. I did check in just before lunchtime but a slow connection prevented me from posting more than that. Hope that’s straightened out.

    I’m devastated that the evil UPS guy ate your pies & wasted all my hard work. The lemon meringue was a masterpiece. 😦

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  236. 238 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Chris, to blog here a person only has to be registered with wordpress – their rules. Then you can blog with any blog on wordpress – and they are many.

    To be what wordpress calls a ‘contributor’ – can write a lead – I have to add them to our Contributor List. I’ve put everyone here on that list.

    The person who briefly joined us is registered with wordpress. That’s the only requirement.

    The invite is to let friends know the blog is here and to issue a personal invitation to join in.

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  237. 239 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Here’s a link to the wordpress page that explains their system if anyone is interested:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/08/16/im-new-to-blogging-where-do-i-start/

    I’m most anxious to hear from JerseyGil! 🙂

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  238. 240 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    CL, thanks. That’s good information to know.

    jjs, I must be a little dense this evening. Sorry! 😳

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  239. 241 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    CL, you’re about to hit 12.800 hits. Didn’t you just reach 10k a few days ago?

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  240. 242 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    lemon meringue? graham cracker crust? oh, the humanity! this has been a rough day.

    and who will invite rr? cannot be jimmy smith. does not like jimmy smith, but still should blog here because frankster does not like rr. unfortunate incident awhile back can be avoided if no google searches are made. and jimmy smith can forgive being told jimmy smith is not a professional journalist. imagine such talk! and that reminds jimmy smith of a photo jimmy smith would like to submit to carolina lady. back soon.

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  241. 243 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Wow! How ’bout that??!! Yes, it was very recent but in all the commotion here (at home), I’ve lost track of just when it was. I’m just amazed! 🙂 Y’all have done good to attract all that attention!! Good on you!! (All I do is the upkeep and maintenance. Sorta the groundskeeper!) 😆

    Hey, FBG!! What a shame jimmy didn’t get his pie! But we sure enjoyed ours!! Can’t thank you enough! Have never had such a delicious delight! You’re truly a master!! 🙂

    Did y’all notice scribe’s avatar?? His 2 little boys! Aren’t they just too cute?!

    OK – I can see that I’m not getting photos done tonight, but I PROMISE I’ll do them tomorrow! There are some really super ones!

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  242. 244 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Speaking of RR, has anyone seen the jackass lately?

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  243. 245 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    jjs: “we did watch a movie, though. this is journalist talk for can’t get a date. in the basement blogging.” ‘We’ would be ‘me and the cat’, maybe?

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  244. 246 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Chris, I got a short note from him recently. He’s on hiatus, I think. Hope he’ll return soon! Miss him! 🙂

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  245. 247 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    No Klobber…didn’t get nailed today. Didn’t get hammered either. My drug of choice is a nice little white russian. Sometimes I’ll do the harder stuff (beer, wine, scotch, grey goose). All in moderation (usually).

    Then, I’ll confess…sometimes (every day) I’ll do the really hard core stuff (diet coke), right out of the can…straight up. nick nick…ahhhh. love that bite.

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  246. 248 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    SG, I always knew you were hardcore! I mean Diet Coke right out of the can! That’s what I call living on the edge!

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  247. 249 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    SG, I’m with you on the caffeine-free Diet Coke! Ice cold! 🙂

    Something of note that WordPress has done for us: Originally, we were given free photo space up to 50 mb. We used more than half of that with what is currently posted.

    In the recent upgrades they did (the ones that screwed up the log ins), they increased our allowed space to 3 GIGABYTES! Enormous increase! And free to us! I sent our thanks!

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  248. 250 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Hey…push the envelope man. Go for the gusto. Things go better with Coke (cola).

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  249. 251 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    No CL…gotta have the real thing. Caffeine and all. But then I only have one a day. Or two. Love a good root beer too.

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  250. 252 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    from an email:
    “My family coat of arms ties at the back. . . . is that normal?”
    😆

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  251. 253 savannahguy January 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    they increased our allowed space to 3 GIGABYTES! Enormous increase!

    When they saw Grinch’s shoes they knew we’d need the space.

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  252. 254 flbravesgirl January 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I guess I’ll have to find some pics to post. Of course then I’ll need help getting them to you, CL.

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  253. 255 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    carolina lady received a pie but jimmy smith did not? hmmm…. this is most unsavory. what manner of pie? fried pie, perhaps? dried fruit filling? that is not pie!! pie is baked in the oven. much like diane lane’s banana pudding but altogether different. another attempt to send a pie would be appreciated. fedex maybe.

    and rr and sja together again. could be interesting. lots of goat talk. never understood.

    and carolina lady pretty much has it right about the movie. a cat can be a fine companion. dress him up like a girl. oh, the humanity! journalism can be ugly.

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  254. 256 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    “My family coat of arms ties at the back. . . . is that normal?”

    Only if you’re getting arrested on a regular basis!

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  255. 257 Carolina Lady January 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Will be glad to, FBG! You have my personal email address; contact me when you’re ready! 🙂

    BTW, don’t tell a certain somebody about the pie you sent! (It was superb!)

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  256. 258 journalist jimmy smith January 24, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    more pie? oh, the humanity! there seem to be some people that had pies on PIE DAY – but not this journalist. what is up here? and when will a pie arrive here for jimmy smith? must await the return of letwan’s mama? mrs. anthony also cooks superb pies.

    and bobby dews . . . was bobby dews ever found? missing for a time. can’t remember if anybody found bobby dews.

    and chino cadahia has been working out with javy (or maybe the other way around). imagine a 300 pound catcher!

    and flash! another deatly shooting. watching the news can be so exasperating. what is a deatly? they never explain.

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  257. 259 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    SG, your eye is really red. Do you need some Visine? I just knew you got nailed today!

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  258. 260 chrisklob January 24, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Seems like Diane Lane has the front page picture at ajc.com. Oh the humanity! Are the stars aligning for a reunion? Or is there a darker force involved. Perhaps there is someone at the ajc that wants to taunt our friend jjs.

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  259. 261 mrgil January 25, 2008 at 12:38 am

    And wither Chop Chick? Will she realize her flock has flown the coop? I look forward to the Gil from Jersey making an appearance. Will take him a long time to catch up on all the post. 🙂

    I may just dig the old scanner out of the closet and hook it up to a laptop that is using windows 2000. Might work….

    Going to find another picture for my avatar. The bat does not show up well. I was quite surprised by this creature. She was hiding behind a door in the horse stall that I rebuilt. No shown in the picture were two baby bats that I did not see until I download the image from the camera. Really tiny….

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  260. 262 Bob, journalist January 25, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Those who are bad shun the light and hide in the darkness for fear of exposure … but those who live by the truth welcome the light and that which it brings.

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  261. 263 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 5:50 am

    A story to make you weep for society, and info on Will Startup!

    People line up to get limited edition Air Jordans
    Only 23 pairs being sold at 23 stores in the U.S.

    By CHANDLER BROWN
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Published on: 01/24/08

    Reggie Roberts, 22, of Atlanta set up camp outside Walter’s clothing store in downtown Atlanta at 9 a.m. Wednesday. By lunch time Thursday, he and two dozen others lined the sidewalk along Decatur Street waiting for Nike’s new Air Jordans to go on sale Friday morning.

    “It’s cold out here, really cold,” said Roberts, who was at the front of the line. “But I want these shoes. I gotta have these shoes. We’re making history.”

    • Blog: The line starts here
    • Photos: Air Jordans new and old
    • More Living stories
    • More Business news

    The theme here is 23. This is the 23rd edition of the wildy popular shoes. Only 23 pair will be sold at 23 stores nationwide — Atlanta and Miami are the only cities in the Southeast — and they cost $230. If you haven’t guessed, Michael Jordan, the shoes’ namesake, wore No. 23.

    “Nike knows how to market something, don’t they?” joked Jeff Steinbook, owner of Walter’s, the only Georgia store selling the shoes.

    The group lined up outside his store was a mix of 20-something Michael Jordan fans, middle-aged professionals — even a minor league baseball player and his wife — all bound by a love of Air Jordans.

    “We’re like a family,” said David Kawar, 25, who drove in from Tallahassee for the event.

    Vince Shields, 45, a financial analyst from Stone Mountain, took off two days from work. He said he planned to add the new Air Jordans to his collection of 75 or so sneakers.

    “It’s cold out here, but this is the hottest place in town,” Shields said Thursday as a relaxed under a blanket in a tailgate-style chair.

    Will Startup, 23, who has played for Atlanta Braves minor league teams in Richmond and Rome, lounged in a lawn chair alongside his wife, Lauren. Each sported UGA toboggans, gloves and lots of blankets.

    “I see Air Jordans as art,” the baseball player from Cartersville said. “We have had them in our china cabinet before, I’m not going to lie.”

    His wife of two years was there for support. And a new pair of shoes.

    “I want something to show for all of this,” Lauren Startup said.

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  262. 264 ssiscribe January 25, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Top of the morning, good neighbors, on this flat-out cold morning along the southern rim of the capital city.

    I realized this morning, as I ran out for coffee and a bite to eat before the fish frying begins, that it’s been a really cold winter here in Atlanta. Maybe that means we’ll have a long summer, one that extends into the final days of October …

    Berigan, glad to see Will is following up on his good work in the Arizona Fall League by taking some time off. Whatever floats one’s boat, methinks. I hope Royce Ring can throw strikes and contribute, because I hated giving up Startup in that deadline deal with the Pads.

    SG, thanks very, very much for your kind words and best wishes on http://www.bigleagueblog.net … it’s greatly appreciated and means a bunch! Planning on another post sometime today or tonight, if I have time.

    CL, the avatar is adorable. I love it! Thanks so much for that, and for all you do keeping the neighborhood in check.

    Gil, I seem to recall the chick of chop once saying she had a ton of other duties at the AJC. That had spurred me to inquire about taking over the blog some time back. I didn’t like the response I was given, so I started looking around at other avenues and now I’ve finally found what I believe is going to be a good fit for me. Again, that’s not to say I’m leaving here as a contributor at all.

    As for the CC blog, I know there was some traction and brainstorming going on, of which I’m privy to just a few details I’ve heard here and there (and a Scribe always protects his sources). The radio silence from there for now is not a surprise at all. We’ll see what happens when spring arrives. Personally, I’d like to see it do well just because it seems silly to have fan blogs for every major team in Atlanta, and the one for arguably the team with the biggest following (maybe second, behind the Dogs) is dead as nails. As a former editor, I’d really question the approach and the staffing situation, but again, I don’t have a dog in that fight, so I’m not too concerned with it …

    JJS, I think Dewsy is working on another book, if memory serves. I interviewed him a few years ago when his first one came out, and he’s an absolute delight. He was absolutely awesome; talked baseball for over an hour, just a joy to sit down with and chat it up about ball. May have to write a piece about him for the new blog once we get into spring training.

    Alright, time to get to it. Now where’s that fish?

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  263. 265 Hillbilly January 25, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Praying Manits, Gil.

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  264. 266 mrgil January 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Very Good Hillbilly… 🙂

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  265. 267 journalist jimmy smith January 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

    well, the chop chick blog is about as unfriendly as the frankster blog. only chop chick has no credentials, only arrogance. one blogger tried to find a forum there with numerous posts after we left but that was sad. carolina lady has built a braves fan blog that supplants anything the ajc can or will come up with. and there are some bloggers there who have tired of frankster and have nowhere to go. yesterday’s news.

    braves and stuff seems to be doing quite well, thank you. and thank you, carolina lady. new anne cox chambers.

    and arthur blank . . . cries when somebody hires his coach but it’s okay for arthur to go get somebody else’s coach under contract. this is the sign of a looser as an and idiot would say.

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  266. 268 lew614 January 25, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Morning Denizens-Bobby Dews gave me a copy of his newest book to thank me for his Coaching Wurlitzer of Ernest Hemingway. The man is a good writer. About half of the book, which is called “Legends, Demons and Dreams, is baseball stories, but the other half is good old Southern Horror stories. You should check it out sometime. I’m thinking about doing an illustration for one of the horror stories and giving it to him at Spring Training.

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  267. 269 Hillbilly January 25, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Also know as a “Spit Devil” around these parts, Gil.

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  268. 270 Chop Seal January 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

    What is all this talke about Chop CHick? Chop Seal is now blogging with all bloggers and being nice and checkking in frequentley. And Chop Seal is a beet writer, soon to be a collumist. The poor, tired Ajc is loosing so many subscribers and now even running off bloggers. Not a reel newspaper anymore – mostly entertainment and fluff. More hiphop coverage than baseball. Can buy a paper or buy gum. Gum is better deel. Ajc is good to spread on the blue werm beds, though. Covers the werms like the dew.

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  269. 271 Chop Seal January 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    ANd now, some music:

    Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be beet writers
    Don’t let ’em pick noses and drive them old trucks
    Make ’em be doctors and lawyers and such
    Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be beet writers
    When they’re at home – they’re always alone
    Even with animals they love

    Beet writers ain’t easy to love and they’re harder to hold
    And they’d rather give you a song then diamonds or gold
    Lonestar beer bottles and old faded Cheese each night begins a new day
    And if you don’t understand him and he don’t die young
    He’ll probly just fade away

    Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be beet writers
    Don’t let ’em pick noses and drive them old trucks
    Make ’em be doctors and lawyers and such
    Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be beet writers
    When they’re at home – they’re always alone
    Even with animals they love

    ANother reeson I want to be a collumist.

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  270. 272 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Cannabis vending machines in LA(That’s Los Angeles)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3752777n

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  271. 273 lew614 January 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Bout Damn time.

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  272. 274 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Hope this wasn’t a dangerous time to mention the mostly warm and sunny LA has these contraptions. What with there being 10 feet of snow on the ground and all! :mrgreen:

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  273. 275 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Did youse guys know that there are such things as real estate blogs??? and that you can see the humble abode that Tex is selling via one of these????
    http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2008/01/mark-teixeira.html

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  274. 276 mrgil January 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Good afternoon friends, Well Berigan, there is a reason they call it la la land:)

    Yes chopper, soon there will be no need to visit the AJC at all.

    I have not bought a fish wrap in such a long time I doubt my eyes could still read the fine print. We get enough junk via the snail mail to take care of lining the bottom of the bird cage. 8)

    The Superbowl has sucked all the air out of the room as far as sports news is concerned. Bad when a former player becomes news because he is standing in line to buy a pair of overpriced sneakers. Sorry guys but that is just a bit over the top.

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  275. 277 Hillbilly January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Freezing Rain,…..BLEH!!!

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  276. 278 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Yeah, BLEH for sure! Why is it when it is cold enough to snow in the south, it so often is frozen rain instead of snow???

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  277. 279 morpheus45 January 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Morning, all! Just wanted to let you know I haven’t defected or anything. Just been a busy Grinch. My puppy is quite a handful. Heading off to the Shakespeare Tavern shortly for 12th Night. Ale will be consumed. 🙂

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  278. 280 Bob, journalist January 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Chopper, don’t pay Gil no never mind …. there’s still plenty of reason to visit the AJC … exciting stuff … you’ll find lots of good beet writers there and it’s the best place to see Duncan Mugabe … and, as I’m sure you know, he’ll be again vying for the trophy in March … made the quarterfinals last year … losing to Damien Hume in a close, exciting match!
    .

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  279. 281 journalist jimmy smith January 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    chop seal was telling jimmy smith that the ajc has had a 9% drop in circulation in only six months – and that follows another big drop the previous six months – and that . . .

    well, bloggers get the general idea.

    now, some say it’s because the paper has shrunk its market – but that is another spin on the market shrinking the ajc.

    and 15% of the news staff has been removed. removed is a nice way of putting what happened. mostly entertainment and light fluff now. appealing to a lesser audience. dumbed down so to speak. considerably dumbed down.

    oh, well, used to be a fairly good paper only blue state in a red state. now appears to be in a rapid state of decline.

    and ajc. com runs off nice bloggers like journalist bob and friends. go figure.

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  280. 282 Bob, journalist January 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    So the Grinch has been at the Shakespeare Tavern for 11 nights … goodness! I’ve heard about that place … best to watch out for the male impersonators … not a bad idea to watch out for the other kind too, for whom it seems the Bard was known to have had a penchant for using in his plays.

    Methinks it would have been fantastic entertainment … watching a gifted actor play Viola. Watching a good actress do same would be refreshing too … most feel compelled to excessively emote, methinks.

    Say what you will but while Sir Toby and Sir Andrew act like beet writers, methinks Chopper would make a fine Viola, … explaining why she didn’t drown … and Grinch as Feste might be fun.

    Another oldie but goodie from the Bard … “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”

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  281. 283 Bob, journalist January 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I seem to recall the chick of chop once saying she had a ton of other duties at the AJC … I’m always getting things confused … I thought she said her job at the AJC didn’t allow her to blog … thought at the time that it was unfair … discrimination.

    I asked Carol if she remembered seeing CC at the AJC last year … neither of us did … though we tried … that is, until she read my post to Chopper about Mugabe and realized that Gil was talking about the fishwrap and not the African Junior Championships … apologies to Chopper, Gil and the young Ugandan for the confusion.

    Goodness, will it never end … I’m confused again … thanks SSIScribe, for the clarification … I had not realized that the “Dogs” were in Atlanta, especially now that Vick has left … remember scribe, unwelcomed responses are sometimes disguised blessings … CC’s Blog seemed to me to be more of a fishwrap contrivance rather than a Fan Blog, especially in recent times … taking it over might have broken your hoe, guilt by association and all that … but the Braves’ Fan Blog seem to be alive and well … what with 13,110 hits … and what don’t have no private agenda nor fishwrap smell.

    “I don’t have a dog in that fight” … I wouldn’t be admitting to having no dogs in no fights atall … well maybe, but not in Atlanta.

    Finally, something which doesn’t confuse me … “As a former editor, I’d really question the approach and the staffing situation” … I would too but as a current editor, I probably wouldn’t … ’cause then I’d probably be a former editor.

    On a less serious and confusing note … for whom were you the editor?

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  282. 285 Chop Seal January 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Jernalist Bob, do you think Sja is the Chop chick? They are both missing. Cc had her chance when CArulina Lady was blogging there but now it is to late,.

    Imagine Carulina Lady having so many hits so soon! This is a collosus of a b logg. Glad to be a beet writer here with Carulina Lady but want to be a collumist soon.

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  283. 286 flbravesgirl January 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Good evening, y’all. CL, I just read the mule email. My friend with the porta-potty-hunting family has a donkey to protect her cows from coyotes. I had never heard of them being such good “bodyguards” before that.

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  284. 287 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Most here are probably not going to care too much, but about the only rock station I listened to was 99x, which after 15 years has gone the way of the Dodo bird. Now a top 40 station, which really means urban adult contemporary/hip-hop….uggh… Won’t you all give to the give berigan enough moola so I can get XP? 😛

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  285. 288 flbravesgirl January 25, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I feel your pain, Berigan. A few years back I went on vacation & came back a week later to find that my station was now playing what a friend called “booty music” (very un-PC but you get what she meant).

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  286. 289 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Berigan, It is why I switched to XM for a while and then found out it was canned music too with the same songs repeated far too often to suit me. Especially since I was paying extra just to listen to it.

    Now I buy audio books to listen to while I travel. As far as the home front, if I did not own a really extensive library of Blues music as well as Blue Grass, I would not bother to turn on the system. Neither are offered in the Richmond area via the airways.

    CL… About the bear, I hope you forwarded that little bit of photography along. Supposedly, the bear was frightened by passing vehicles and made a leap of faith. 🙂

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  287. 290 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2008 at 1:02 am

    DIANE LANE ALERT, THIS IS A DIANE LANE WARNING, IN FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    To be on Craig Ferguson on CBS, in the next few minutes even!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  288. 291 Bob, journalist January 26, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Chopper, far be it from me to suggest that CC is a jackass just ’cause she might act like it … and don’t jump to conclusions just because some folks might say she looks a bit alike his avatar.

    Trust me, they’re not the same … Most Honorable is just that … and with him, the jackass part is just a mask. He’s highly intelligent, recognizes talent and is a good judge of character, if I do say so myself!

    Still, he might have something to do with her disappearance.

    Methinks he’s was once a prospector ’cause he can sense whether your and idiot pyrites peddler or the real deal … privately predicted both CC’s reaction to our presence and My Lady’s success before the fact.

    I know you’re anxious to be a collumist … but, it’s kinda nice having a beet writer with acumen, character and integrity … a very rare mammal indeed, once thought to be extinct … certainly worthy of a unanimous consensus seal of approval, if not a work of art.

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  289. 292 Bob, journalist January 26, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Most esteemed and honorable journalist of Cordele Uganda … I thought we agreed those pictures were to be kept private … well, most folks won’t know which is which, so I guess it’s alright … even Carol didn’t realize I was that much taller than you.

    We’re searching for some suitable digitized pics … like <Gil, my high priced, supposedly professional … army surplus scanner doesn’t work.

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  290. 293 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Wow, what a dress Diane almost had on!!! Makes that one Jennifer Lopez wore to the oscars look conservative!!!! 😯 JJS, you need to give here a good talkin’ to!

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  291. 294 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Sorry, I cannot tell a lie…well, I can, but then I get guilty. I have visions of the honorable journalist banging his head against the keyboard, breaking both….just an average black dress, no need to cry!

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  292. 295 Bob, journalist January 26, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Berigan, that won’t work … Diane’s sister Lois told me that since Jimmy made fun of her cooking, she pays him no mind … and besides, she looks pretty good in black.

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  293. 296 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Diane would look good in anything…. 🙂

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  294. 297 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Good morning all, Another gray looking dad today. While January has flown by, I expect time to slow considerably as we begin to slog through February. I have been debating with myself as to the validity of refinancing the house and building a much desired 3 car garage. I hate not having a place to work on my boat this winter. Then again, at the rate Hanover County has been increasing my assessments, I am not sure I can afford the improvements.

    News on the local baseball front has been a mixed bag with the Richmond mayor taking the brunt of the blame. I still think there is plenty of blame to go around but he is the easiest target right now.

    Baseball news is still a bit scarce but the fights featuring the Clintons vs Obama has managed to keep up interest in wrestling in these parts. 🙂
    Perhaps most people don’t view politics as a full contact sport but some do, especially the participants. I just cannot get it out of my mind the great Billy Martin quote of “They deserve each other, one is a born liar and the other is convicted” 🙂

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  295. 298 morpheus45 January 26, 2008 at 10:40 am

    “Booty music?” Is she a pirate? Yaaaarrrrrrgh…

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  296. 299 morpheus45 January 26, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Berigan, just went back and watched “The Outsiders” DVD from about 1983. Strange to see Diane at about 16 or 17. I saw it in the theater and remembered having a crush on her then. Time sho’ do fly.

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  297. 300 chrisklob January 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

    So Grinch, what was going to a game with Robert like?

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  298. 301 savannahguy January 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    On This Day in History (edited)…

    0066 – 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
    1340 – English king Edward III proclaimed king of France
    1697 – Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night
    1784 – Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. Franklin wanted the turkey to be the symbol.
    1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th US state
    1861 – Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede
    1862 – Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order.
    1870 – Virginia rejoins US
    1871 – US income tax repealed
    1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green
    1886 – Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor
    1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for being a pro
    1915 – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established
    1918 – President Hoover calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort
    1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind”
    1951 – Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
    1954 – Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
    1956 – Buddy Holly’s 1st formal recording session
    1956 – Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame
    1957 – Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
    1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
    1962 – US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
    1963 – Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
    1971 – Charles Manson convicted of murder
    1989 – US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
    1992 – Superbowl XXVI: Wash Red Skins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24 (for Gil)
    1998 – President Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

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  299. 302 chrisklob January 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Slick Willy wagged his finger in our faces and told us that.

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  300. 303 nacly January 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    SG:
    Nice list, but (you knew there was a ‘but’!), and not trying to be a butt, but…1918…Hoover may have been in the Whitehouse, but he wasn’t the President. Wasn’t that Woodrow’s, or Cal’s watch? Sadly, by the time Hoover was in the WH, wheatless and meatless days were too plentiful! 😦

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  301. 304 lew614 January 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Chris-And it is as meaningless now as it was then.

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  302. 305 chrisklob January 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Lew, I couldn’t disagree more.

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  303. 306 lew614 January 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Chris-That’s OK, I disagree with you and stick to what I said. Private matter and had nothing to do with Congress or Special Investigators-or the American Public. It didn’t affect his job as President and if Hillary didn’t castrate him-Oh well. I’m much more concerned with what he did as an executive than who he had sex with-You too. The sex thing is none of my business on either of you. Monica was a consenting adult. Mymopinion didn’t enter the equation.

    They tried to find wrongdoing in every aspect of his life and when they couldn’t prove malfeasance in his business dealings, they puled out the dress. Then they spent countless millions of dollars and time that could have been spent doing congressional matters that might have dealt with the country’s problems, instead of going on a witch hunt that netteed them absolutely nothing but wasted time and wasted money. Evfen the impeachment was a joke as they couldn’t (nor should they have) removed him from office.

    However-that’s old business. Just elect someone other than his wife.

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  304. 307 lew614 January 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I’m much more upset over the ramifications of NAFTA. Seems, in hindsight, that Ole Ross Perot and his “sucking sound” of jobs leaving the country was spot on. Who’d a thunk?

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  305. 308 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Is it too early to make our pre-season predictions? After thoughtful consideration and soul searching I have concluded the Mike Hampton is going to have a “John Riggins” kind of year. He is going to be well rested and better than ever and will have much to prove. He still has an excellent breaking ball. Just a feeling but I’m willing to bet it will happen. After all, he is in a walk year… 🙂

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  306. 309 williamwallace January 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Is Hampton gonna sport a Riggins like Mohawk?

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  307. 310 Carolina Lady January 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Hey, everybody!! I’m finally caught up!! 😆

    Not only are all the photos posted (I think!) but I’ve modified the Candid Camera page to make the navigation a little easier. AND journalist Bob has a new blog lead posted!!

    (If I’ve missed a photo, PLEASE let me know!) And my apologies for the length of time it has taken. I need a Xerox copy of myself! 🙂

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  308. 311 savannahguy January 26, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Salty, you are absolutely correct. Woodrow Wilson was President from 1913 to 1921, succeeded by Harding, then Coolidge and then by Herbert Hoover 1933. Good catch. I’ll have to send a note to the Today In History web site for a correction.

    As a prize for being so observant, perhaps Lew could draw Salty a special Wurlitzer portrait of Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

    What next? Is Bob, Journalist going to tell me that in 1697 Isaac Newton actually solved Bernoulli’s mathematical “problem” on January 27th instead of 26th because Newton went to be after midnight? I think Bob was doing some actuarial work for Isaac in those days, so he may know.

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  309. 312 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Funny thing, The Falcons could have had their pick of two very good candidates for the head coaching position if they had waited a day. The Redskins fired both Williams and Saunders today. Go figure…..

    SG This day in history, Dan Snyder reinforced my opinion that he “is and idiot” …

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  310. 313 Bob, journalist January 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    NaCly Hoover was in charge of the American Food Administration under Wilson … on this day in 1981, Carol and I were driving back from New Orleans, the day after Super Bowl 15 … the Eagles and I got plastered the day before … goodness how time flies.

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  311. 314 mrgil January 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Hillbilly…. Good looking family….

    Lew, impressive collection…

    jimmy smith, uh…..

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  312. 315 mrgil January 27, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Sigh… Another gray looking day today, this winter thingee is getting to be a bit depressing. Time for some warm sunshine and balmy breezes. Now we face the longest month of the year and even it has an extra day in it.

    Hillbilly, pretty impressive taking that gobbler with a bow. Hard enough to bag one with a shotgun. Turkeys are much more plentiful now than when I was a young fellow. We were allowed only one male per year and only two buck deer. Now those numbers have been expanded greatly.

    Moving along to everyone’s other favorite sport… Boy, some SEC school is really going to get a great coach when they hire Anthony Grant away from Virginia Commonwealth. That guy really knows his Xs and Os….

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  313. 316 mrgil January 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Okay, It’s one thing to blog with yourself but everybody taking the day off???? Oh the humanity…. 😦

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  314. 317 Carolina Lady January 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    psssst, Gil – next blog….. 🙂

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