19: oh, the humanity! baseball is the best!

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by journalist jimmy smith

CORDELE, GA – well, the super bowl was pretty special this year (as far as the super bowl goes) and jimmy smith watched every play. journalist was entertained – but jimmy smith felt no real passion for the contest. jimmy smith was never on the edge of jimmy smith’s chair and jimmy smith did not nervously bite jimmy smith’s fingernails. jimmy smith just watched. the grandest game in football was okay for a sunday night in february – but it might be only jimmy smith felt that way.

see, jimmy smith likes baseball. really likes baseball. baseball is the unchallenged favorite sport of this journalist. and football is no substitute for baseball. jimmy smith likes baseball so much that jimmy smith can hardly wait for the new season to begin.

jimmy smith is reminded of what bart giamatti had to say about the game of baseball:

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. ”

yes, it has been lonely without baseball. cold, disagreeable. full of winter sports, leotards, basketball, hockey, snowfall and misery. misery because there was no baseball.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” ~Rogers Hornsby

bloggers here long for baseball. that is apparent. well, spring will soon be sprung. and jimmy smith reminds all that pitchers and catchers report in only 9 days at the time of this writing.

and, after bobby and chino and the boys hone this team to perfection in florida, the team will open the season in the nation’s capital and on national t.v.and everybody knows who will throw out the first ball, right? not archie manning. not eli manning. not cher. baseball is america’s pastime. america’s president will throw out the first pitch. as it should be. better arm than al gore or john kerry.

many will know that the braves home opener is march 31 versus the pirates and the feared adam laroche – well, maybe not feared early in the season.

fans can enjoy all the pleasures of baseball and a trip to the ol’ ballpark. and the trip to turner field remains special – though jimmy smith is no big fan of tooner field and other such amusements.

there is plenty of entertainment for youngsters on the baseball field if taught to properly appreciate. in fact, a day at the ballpark cures all ills and makes bread rise in the oven. a day at the ballpark is always special to this journalist.

“A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” ~Humphrey Bogart

then again, baseball is not everyone’s cup of ugandan ginger tea.

“With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them. ” ~Art Hill

still, for many (including this journalist), “That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball. ~Bill Veeck

pitcher versus batter. manager versus manager (oh, the humanity!). pick a winner.

and the challenges! the confrontation! the strategy! the execution (or lack thereof). the gamesmanship.

“The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.” ~Don Drysdale

baseball is a sport that makes you feel good. springtime. summer. outdoors (mostly). and national league baseball is the best baseball in the world – with strategy and abundant baseball skills on display. and braves baseball stirs passion. makes fingernails into nubs. creates havoc with dinnertime and with other pursuits. game time is reserved for watching the braves. and jimmy smith plans to be at the ted watching a lot of games this season. journalist hopes to see many braves and stuff bloggers there.

still, jimmy smith is struck by this last question and has no answer:

“Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” when they’re already there?” ~Larry Anderson

oh, the humanity! let’s play ball!

journalist jimmy smith

Email: BravesAndStuff@hotmail.com

604 Responses to “19: oh, the humanity! baseball is the best!”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Terrific, jjs! Very enjoyable! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. 2 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    SG; It helped a great deal. I love the HGWT one. The others are a little too close to the home, if you get my drift. BTW, I am cooking(gumbo), studying and trying to keep up with the blog. I am busier than a cat with Montezumaโ€™s revenge on a new tin roof. And that is busy!

    CL; Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad to learn that I donโ€™t have to spit over my belly. My expectorater is not up to that monumental task. Can I say all of this. Guess Iโ€™ll soon know.


  3. 3 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Awesome lead journalist jimmy. My sentiments exactly.


  4. 4 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    a cat with Montezumaโ€™s revenge

    That is NOT a good visual, especially close to dinner time! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. 5 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    This must be what beet writers do in their spare time!



  6. 6 Rosalynn February 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Jimma Smith, that was poetra! Ah am moved bah the beautah of the pictuah yo have painted about the game Ah love. Ah think baseball is the best game in the wuhld. Mah Jimma thinks so, too. Jimma and Ah trah to catch as manah games as possible each yeah and this yeah will be no exception.

    Ah especiallah lahk the idea of seeing both Tusha and Java in the game at the same time! That sorta thing makes mah neck sweata and mah hands clamma. And seeing me lahk that will likela make the Commanduh jealous.

    This is mah initial post on the Carolinah Ladah blog and Ah hope Ah will be welcome heah though Ah have strong political beliefs. One moah tuhm and mah Jimma would have shown everabodah what mah Jimma can do. Did I mention Jimma has his own submahrine? And did Ah mention that Carolinah Ladah and Ah once spent some tahm togetha in Wilmington? Ah will tell moah about that at a latuh tahm.

    Go Braves!


  7. 7 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Scribe is in the on deck circle, SG follows! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PSA: 7 days to Valentine’s Day, guys!


  8. 8 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Well done young man!! Well done indeed … I had forgotten the Drysdale quote … but do remember him as the “two for one” Dodger … “hit one of my guys and I’ll hit two you yours”.

    Looking at the weather map, we see just how lucky we were … there’s a long straight line of destruction going north-northwest straight “through” Nashville … strange thing is … it jumps over us and resumes north of the city.

    As it stands, I think that we have 28-29 confirmed weather related deaths in the state, with about 150 injured, several critical. Evidently, there were no injuries or fatalities resulting from the gas explosion … indeed one family (wife with broken back, husband with broken pelvis, infant unhurt) owe their lives to the explosion … when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, they sprang from the bed to see just what was the matter … a sight to behold … the sky was bright red and a giant funnel was headed right for their bed … to the tub they went … and when the storm was finally spent, all that was left, … the tub and those three.



  9. 9 journalist jimmy smith February 6, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    carolina lady and flbravesgirl, jimmy smith’s valentines can be sent to jimmy smith early if carolina lady and flbravesgirl like. thank you.


  10. 10 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    1500 people, one beet righter chase Southland cheese …


  11. 11 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    jimmy smith should go sit on the curb and watch for the delivery truck. jimmy smith will recognize it easily. It is the same one he used to forward this Lady’s cake from FBG. ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. 12 Chop Seal February 6, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Carulina Lady, are you putting jimmy smith out on the curb?


  13. 13 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Bob, J, isn’t that the same thing?


  14. 15 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    baa … unless of course, your name is Rose


  15. 16 jerseygil February 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    jjs….perfect…like Cervante say….Bueno amigo…..
    Hope all my friend doing ok in thr south..with all the tornado this morning…i call my doughter & son this morning they live in north Ga, North to the city of Atalanta (Woodstock) and everything was ok, thanks God…..
    Back to baseball….here in Jersey i hear that Benson was in atlanta yesterday…anyone hear this….Chris benson???? The Phillis are interesting on him…..how about the latest news on Roger”i did not use” Clement…wow phisical evidence…

    Oh..last night was great…Thanks for all birthday wishes for my wife yesterday….


  16. 17 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    No, no, Chop Seal. Just so he can watch for that same delivery truck. The one on which he was to forward my cake. The one from FBG. ๐Ÿ˜† You wouldn’t know anything about that, would you??? ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. 18 jerseygil February 6, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I was thinking the other day about ‘ Super Bowl” is special day for all of us, is like another holiday to gather with family & friend to eat and watch the games….i propose to doing the same think for opening Day in Beseball, i planing to take that day off, to enjoy opening day…bbq, beer, hot dog…ah…chevrolet…..i forgot apple pie..( i like cherry)…


  18. 19 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    VOR & Jersey Gil: My leaving out chevrolet from my post was intentional. I am a Ford Man. But, the kind of pie is optional…so long as it is not pumpkin or rutabaga.

    Baseball: BB is a good diversion between football seasons. Sorry, JJs.


  19. 20 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Baseball: BB is a good diversion between football seasons.



  20. 21 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    No offense intended in lower-casing the “S” in JJS. Just old fingers.


  21. 22 journalist jimmy smith February 6, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    now, paladin, this journalist does not dislike football. jimmy smith just thinks baseball is smarter. for instance, who is smarter . . . a football player or a uh, baseball player? oh, the humanity! not that baseball player. forget smarter. can not hide on the baseball field. can’t be done. can hide in football. can call timeout. can run off the field. but baseball players must endure. baseball players are tough and don’t let little injuries take them out of the uh, game. oh, wait . . . not that baseball player. weak hammocks. and this cheese roll . . . why roll good cheese? eat cheese, don’t roll cheese. and will rolling cheese gather moss? and why is carolina lady huffy with jimmy smith over cake delivery? not planning to send jimmy smith a valentine this year?


  22. 23 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Klobber: Have a drink of “Knob” and calm down else CL will delete you. Won’t you CL? Please say yes.


  23. 24 berigan2electricboogaloo February 6, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Bravo JJS! Makes me want a game to watch tomorrow!!! I can almost smell the horsehide!


  24. 25 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    JJS; Is your “smarter” baseball player Chipper? For the sake of debate, I hope so.


  25. 26 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Berigan: I would tell you that what you smell is not “horsehide” but “horsexxxx”. But if I did, CL would give me a timeout.


  26. 27 jerseygil February 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Paladin….i’m a Chevy guy….i never own any other car..all Chevy…My fat her long time ago in Puerto rico have a 1956 Chevy bel air…then the first Malibu Hardtop 350 came tothe island….since then i all Chevy…like father & son…


  27. 28 jerseygil February 6, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    If the Braves looking for another Starter???….Yesterday John Smoltz said that he will talk to Bobby to take some time off between his rotation, because the braves this year have deep rotation.


  28. 29 paladin24 February 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I’m going to bed…with the fat chick. Puff. Puff. Puff. See y’all tomorrow.


  29. 30 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Jersey Gil-Bobby Cox has said all along they would go with a six man rotation to give Smoltz, Hudson and Glavine occasional days off. That is why it is likely Jeff Bennett will take Villarreal’s spot as long man and will start a game now and then to spell the big three. Makes very perfect sense to me.


  30. 31 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    JGil-One more thing-I think you will see this happening a lot more around baseball, with the cost of starting pitching getting as unreasonable as it just did with Johan. Using more, cheaper, younger or older pitchers, not quite capable of pitching 200 innings can be just as effective and maybe lead to less arm injuries as a result. With all the extra young guys we have now, it would also make sense to break them in gently and not have them pitch so many innings.

    I’m still of the opinion that young pitchers under 25 years old who pitch more than 50 innings over the previous season have a much greater incidence of arm problems and regression. It happens all the time. The sports writer Tom Verducci has studied the phenomenon more closely and written some great articles on the subject. Look at what Joe Girardi did to those young Marlins guys. Annabel Sanchez may never be the same-Olsen or Nolasco, either. At the very least, Sanchez has missed an entire season and will start this one on the DL as well-after pitching a no hitter his rookie year.


  31. 32 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm



  32. 33 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    zzzzzzzzzzz, snort, acgi;lijd! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz……


  33. 34 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t know … I liked it better when most good starters were closers … maybe we should study why those who didn’t have arm problems, didn’t … and them what did, did … the former more than the latter … maybe it was because they were pitchers instead of throwers or maybe because they were deaf in one ear or maybe because they didn’t heed Polonius.

    I do know we look for reasons why our gladiators fail … maybe we look too hard … or in all the wrong places.

    Speaking of places, I do like the pitcher batting eighth and a situational hitter batting ninth, but six man rotations are only good if you have 6 good pitchers and that’s an unlikely scenario.

    Of course, I’d pitch my number one pitcher on short rest every third time out so as to give him more rest … I would … match him up with their worst pitcher so our scoring expectation would be higher and he could pitch under less stress.

    When they can’t go the innings … it’s time they became civilians.


  34. 35 journalist jimmy smith February 6, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    chrisklob, journalist would have been blogging but jimmy smith was out by the curb at carolina lady’s suggestion. jimmy smith is expecting valentines.


  35. 36 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Jersey Gil are you sure that wasn’t Chipper that plans to ask for time off? Maybe he could be our 6th man in the rotation.


  36. 37 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    jimmy smith is funny!

    Myyyyy funnnnnyyyy valentiiiiiiiiiiiine……..



  37. 38 savannahguy February 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Journalist Jimmy Smith has done Journalist Jimmy Smith proud once againโ€ฆstill batting 1000. Great post. Makes Braves and Stuff proud too. Baseball quotes are nice too.

    Agreed, baseball is the best. Better than football. Better than soccer. Better than badminton, tennis, track, bowling, curling, racing, swimming and golf. Even Braves pitchers love golf but make more money in baseball. Wonder if some begin to love golf more?

    Like Hank Aaron said, โ€œIt took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”

    Golf must be easier than hitting home runs, but Braves players should keep their summer jobs. Anyway, hereโ€™s hoping everyone shows up to Spring Training in good shape and good health and ready to bunt and run to their right to snag grounders and such. Preparation is the key to confidence and practice is key to small ball and small ball is key to winning when the home runs arenโ€™t coming.

    โ€œIf you’re not prepared, it’s not pressure you feel, it’s fear.”
    Bruce Bochy

    Hereโ€™s another quote we like in Savannah. Can be said about baseball and all sports and all jobs and even politics and blogging among respected friends:

    โ€œSports do not build character. They reveal it.” Heywood Hale Broun

    This winter has really flown by so fast. Hard to believe that pitchers and catchers are about to report and soon all players will arrive and just after that the games begin and just after that itโ€™s time to get someone to take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack and I donโ€™t care if I never get back.

    Wait. I do want to come back. What does that mean anyway? Lost at Turner Field? Iโ€™ll close with my favorite baseball quote:

    โ€œTime flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana” Groucho Marx


  38. 39 flbravesgirl February 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Excellent work, esteemed journalist!

    Chris, a little too much KC this evening?


  39. 40 Carolina Lady February 6, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Would love to stay up with y’all but I need at least 24 hours sleep to get caught up.

    Ain’t gonna happen, but I’ll take what I can get until the sun comes up in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Have a good night! Great lead, jimmy! Thanks!

    (Scribe, are you writing?? Yes??)


  40. 41 Bob, journalist February 6, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    A lot of folks associated with baseball are characters … some even have it … and some of those are players.

    Who was Groucho Marx? … Peter Finch’s cousin? I know he signed the communist Magna Carta but what did that have to do with a six man rotation or the curb market?


  41. 42 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Not at all fbg. Not enough bloggin!


  42. 43 flbravesgirl February 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Well, I would have been here sooner but I’ve been fighting with online photo albums, trying to get the pictures I want. No luck so far.


  43. 44 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    fbg, I’ve been using picasa2 which is a product of Google. Happy with it so far. Free too, so it’s definitely worth the price.


  44. 45 flbravesgirl February 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I was trying to email a few pictures to a friend who hasn’t seen the GA house. It doesn’t seem to be possible to edit the album my sister made though, so I give up. I am very technology-challenged.


  45. 46 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    fbg, do you have a photo editing program?


  46. 47 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Well-We can sit here and complain that they just don’t pitch like they used to when Gibby and Koufax pitched 335 innings a year on three days rest all we want. It just ain’t gonna change the fact that they don’t do it any more. They ain’t gonna do it anymore and they ain’t gonna pay them $75,000 a year not to do it. That is a fact of life in baseball. We may not like it, but that is the way it was, as Ole Walter The Trustworthy used to say every evening.

    The trend is going to be towards six man rotations. I guarantee that you will begin to see it happen and it will catch on. Just like 13 man pitching staffs and relievers having their own specific inning to pitch. That’s already started and caught on. The six man rotation is the next logical step in baseball evolution. Like it or not. Whether or not we may consider young pitchers to be a weaker lot than they were 40 years back, the fact remains that if they pitch more than 50 innings over their last season’s output and they are under 25 years old, chances are that they will end up having arm surgery.


  47. 48 flbravesgirl February 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Chris, I have no idea and even if I did have one, I wouldn’t know how to use it.


  48. 49 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Picassa 2 is what I use to edit the digital photos of my artwork. It’s a real good program and I don’t think it costs anything.


  49. 50 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Lew, you’re right. Picassa is free.

    fbg, what are you trying to do with the pictures that you have?


  50. 51 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Y’all-Theyare blogging with Chipper on the other blog. No joke.


  51. 52 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Lew, who is “Chipper” on the other blog?


  52. 53 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    He is U Kno Who and has been acknowledged by DOB and has given personal info to identify himself. He’s been on for over an hour.


  53. 54 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Okay, I’m gonna play conspiracy theorist here and say this is some kind of stunt by “you know who” to increase interest in his blog.


  54. 55 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Believe what you will.


  55. 56 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Lew, you think it’s him?


  56. 57 lew614 February 6, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Absolutely. Did DOB set the whole thing up with him? Probably. He’s always said one of the Braves blogged there occasionally.


  57. 58 flbravesgirl February 6, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Interesting. I’d like to believe it’s him but I’m not sure I trust that other beet writer. If he stays on I might have to comment (which I haven’t done since this place opened). I won’t be in trouble when I come back, will I?


  58. 59 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Well this is interesting…….


    The video has been “removed due to terms of use violation” according to youtube.com


  59. 60 chrisklob February 6, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    fbg, I’m with you. The skeptic in me smells something fishy here.

    But to answer your other question, no, you won’t be in trouble. Several of the regulars blog there either regularly or infrequently. Personally I read there from time to time and post very infrequently. To be “frank” about it, I don’t find it enjoyable there since most of the good ones are here now!


  60. 61 flbravesgirl February 7, 2008 at 12:08 am

    And of course as soon as I post he leaves. Wanted to see if he picked up on the Rookie League comment. (I think I’ve mentioned that Chipper started out here.)

    Chris, when most of the people I liked & conversed with the most decamped it lost most of its appeal for me, too.


  61. 62 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t invite him over here Lew … or somebody … obviously, players and members of the organization are always welcome … any time. Seriously, it would be fun to chat, especially with the new players and Frank Wren … and to have some that were residents of the neighborhood.

    Bowman says “Ohman could definitely benefit from this move away from Chicago. In 101 career appearances at Wrigley Field, he has posted a 6.63 ERA and seen opponents hit .276 against him. In 119 road games, he’s posted a 2.32 ERA and allowed opponents to hit just .192”.

    “Our scouts really like him,” Wren said. “It’s one thing when you see a distinct difference in the splits, but when you see it consistently for the past three years, it’s the same thing — when he’s away from Wrigley Field, he throws really well.”

    It might behoove them to investigate further and find out why that is the case … I like riding winners but black box betting is amateurish and doesn’t lend itself to long term success … have him undergo analysis … see what makes him tick. No joke.

    Goodnight all …


  62. 63 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 12:33 am

    TheJackAss just heard that O’Brien is most likely on his way to the ER about now…priapism is a condition not to be played with…his being so giddy about the prospect of ol’ Hoss being on ‘his’ blog and all…


  63. 64 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Greetings SJA! Long time no see!

    I like your line about priapism. I’ll bet he’s already thinking about how to spend his award for winning the Best of Cox award! I wonder who’s next, Smoltz perhaps? Or maybe Bobby hizzoneself?


  64. 65 flbravesgirl February 7, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Good evening, SJA. You need to drop in more often.

    Now guys, you have to admit, if that was really Chipper then it was very cool of him to actually get on there & chat with ordinary fans. And Smoltz would be great since he’s usually pretty entertaining.


  65. 66 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 1:26 am

    SJA…. You are soooo bad…. ๐Ÿ™‚


  66. 67 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Great lead Jimmy Smith… You usual level of excellence…

    Chipper was a nice diversion but I know where home is now…..


  67. 68 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 1:41 am

    SJA-Now, now.


  68. 69 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 1:51 am



  69. 70 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 2:37 am



  70. 71 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Good morning all, still no real baseball news… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  71. 72 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Morning to all… tough morning… I’m trying to lay off the caffeine for a while ๐Ÿ˜ฏ It’s just my first morning and it’s killing me…

    Klobber: I’m hearing the Pedro news this morning, too. I wonder if it will go anywhere…


  72. 73 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 8:52 am

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz… hmm..? wha..? Aw, dang! Drool on my desk!


  73. 74 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 9:03 am

    well, congratulations are in order to frankster for having uh, chipper blogging there. some bloggers hear seem skeptical but this post seems to speak to the legitimacy of the claim. only thing missing is, uh. ๐Ÿ˜†

    February 6, 2008 8:23 PM | Link to this

    DOB, Iโ€™m probably better at the numbers than you are!Since I here you gotta CJ tattoo.

    and where were the tough questions? number of toes? hammock bones?

    good medicine for a declining blog. well, this blog is not declining like that other one but still this blog should now find a baseball player to post hear. stay tuned while jimmy smith goes to work on this.

    and now, baseball . . . who cares about the mets? no need to discuss much mets-related news hear. plenty of braves talk will be hear in the next few days. and hear is the reason why: pitchers and catchers report in only 7 days. can you here the pop of the glove? can you here the crack of the bat? can you?

    oh, the humanity! it is good to here from the jackass.

    okay, stay tuned.


  74. 75 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Good morning, all!

    So interesting to read the ajc blog last night. Very enlightening. And very transparent. ๐Ÿ˜†


  75. 76 ssiscribe February 7, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Top of the morning, everybody. Interesting to see Chipper posting on the other blog last night. A refreshing change of pace from the usual stat-driven, insult-filled raging that goes on over there. I actually posted something over there this morning for the first time in ages.

    Now, baseball: Yes, Esteemed JJS, only seven more days until pitchers and catchers report to Disney. It is a time of unabashed optimism, but soon, the real questions start getting answered:

    — Can Hampton be counted on as the fourth starter?

    — Is James’ shoulder well? If so, can he make the team?

    — How much does Javy have left in the tank?

    — Will it be Brandon Jones or Josh Anderson as the fourth outfielder, platooning with Diaz in left?

    — Who will hit leadoff? Second?

    We’ve dined on salad and appetizers for the past four months. Next week, the meat and potatoes start being served. I, for one, can hardly wait.

    Blog lede coming to you CL either tonight or tomorrow. And indeed, it is good to hear from SJA. Hope you, and the rest of y’all, are well.

    The Scribe abides.



  76. 77 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 9:36 am

    journalist’s favorite braves team was the 1991 braves. and jimmy smith’s favorite atlanta braves player from that team is greg olson. who was your favorite 1991 atlanta braves player?


  77. 78 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Will Chop Seal scurry over to other blog today to be there in line giddy and panting and waving and saying, “me me me please look at me” so that Chipper will notice Chop Seal and maybe say hello and give a nod and maybe even answer a Seal question and make Seals day? Will Chop Seal take no-doze and stay up all day and all night so excited and heart pounding and star struck like others on that blog to get a scoop?

    Will Journalist Jimmy Smith offer to write Chipper a poem and deliver to Orlando? Baseball poem or hunting poem?

    Other than that, Chipper seems like a good fella. One of my favorite Braves. Nice of him to join in with fans. Didn’t even say “uh” once. Not once. But Seal may have to promise poems and promise pies and jump up and down and ask many smart questions to get noticed. This may be Chop Seals big chance.

    Isn’t Chop Seal small? Maybe can sit on artists shoulders, then Chop Seal would surely be noticed. Then Chop Seal would stand out and be eye to eye with Hoss. Oh, but Chipper may not answer to Hoss. Doesn’t seem to like that name. If Seal gets noticed, would it be a Chopper to Chipper comment?

    Will Chop Seal ask about hammocks and toes? Will Chop Seal ask about, uh…

    Oh, some fans hearts are still pounding. Some couldn’t sleep at all last night. Maybe they will try some fan “talking points” and be noticed by Chipper today. Yes, may need talking points. Probably working on them now.

    Good luck Chop Seal. Could be the big chance to be a “made” seal.


  78. 79 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

    โ€“ Can Hampton be counted on as the fourth starter?

    Obviously, this is one if the first questions anyone asks regaring the 2008 Braves. Interestingly, IMO, there is less riding on the answer this year. While the Braves were counting on him the past two years, this year he is looked upon as gravy. I’m more interested in Jair Jurrjens…

    โ€“ Is Jamesโ€™ shoulder well? If so, can he make the team?

    To me, this is a very interesting question. His slight rotator cuff tear kinda flew under the radar, whether intentional or not. I’ll be watching him as closely as Hampton…

    โ€“ How much does Javy have left in the tank?

    Everything I’m reading and hearing says that Javy is in incredible physical condition. His offense hasn’t been a question (he hit over .300 last spring) but his defense always has been. If he can catch once every 5th day and provide some real punch off the bench, I’m happy. The real question is: is he trying out for the Braves backup spot, or for a starting spot elsewhere? Could be a spring trade? Stay tuned…

    โ€“ Will it be Brandon Jones or Josh Anderson as the fourth outfielder, platooning with Diaz in left? I have been summarily informed here in this Brave new world that Brandon Jones is the future, and Josh Anderson is “Pete Langerhans”. I’ll defer…

    โ€“ Who will hit leadoff? Second?

    IMO, KJ has earned the leadoff spot. I think it’s his to lose. But with BC, you never know… As to second, many options abound. Yunel, Kotsay… It will be difficult for anyone to duplicate the proficiency that Edgar displayed in the #2 spot. I believe this will be a highly scrutinized move all year…

    Ah, spring training… gotta love it…


  79. 80 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Yes, Sitting on the shoulders of the artist would likely lend stature to anyone.


  80. 81 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Favorite 1991 Brave? That’s a tough one. Let’s peruse some less notable names, shall we?

    Tommy Gregg, Jerry Willard, Danny Heep, Rico Rossy, Mike Heath, Dan Petry, Marvin Freeman, Randy St. Claire, Jim Clancy, Armando Reynoso

    My fave Brave from ’91? Same as 2008 – John “Homeboy” Smoltz.


  81. 82 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Favorite 1991 player…John Smoltz. Still is. TP, Lemmer and Olsen were runners up. Oh, and Bedrock.

    Mad Dog and Chipper came later, but they were right there too.


  82. 83 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 10:04 am

    My name is “Bill”, and I am a recovering potty-mouth. I stand here before you with the taste of lye soap in my mouth, asking your forgiveness for my past indiscretions and your help in being a model-citizen in the future.

    And, if I should back-slide, Klobber is there any booze-flavored soap on the market?


  83. 84 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Savannah, (9:49) that was funny. Seems to be so true. ๐Ÿ™‚ There is one particular line in there that shows something you picked up on and I about choked on my coffee! Speaks volumes! ๐Ÿ˜†


  84. 85 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 10:09 am

    ’91: Smoltz
    ’92: Smoltz
    ’93: Smoltz
    ’94: Smoltz
    ’95: Smoltz
    ’96: Smoltz
    ’97: Smoltz
    ’98: Smoltz
    ’99: Smoltz
    ’00: Smoltz
    ’01: Smoltz
    ’02: Smoltz
    ’03: Smoltz
    ’04: Smoltz
    ’05: Smoltz
    ’06: Smoltz
    ’07: Smoltz
    ’08: Smoltz

    Welcome, “Bill.”


  85. 86 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 10:12 am

    VOR, I doubt it goes anywhere. While it should have legs, I don’t think it really does.


  86. 87 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:14 am

    “Bill”: ๐Ÿ˜€


  87. 88 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:15 am

    VOR… You caught (no pun intended) Javy’s drift too I see. Saying that maybe another team might be interested in him this spring for a full time job. Cannot blame him for that. It appears that it takes about a year for guys who were on the “juice” to recover from it after discontinuing the regimen.

    I would suspect LoDuca in Washington to be out for longer than the 6 weeks that is normal for scoping a knee. Just works out that way for guys doing ‘roids.

    On relationships… Uh… One needs to be very careful of the cultivating friendships with the subjects they are covering lest their objectivity be questioned. Not a problem with Chopper as he has a “slash and burn” style.


  88. 89 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 10:20 am

    My favorite line from last night’s exchange “over there”:

    “And for all you guys that donโ€™t already know this, DOB really is a douchebag!”

    Second favorite line:

    “DOB, stop calling me Hoss!!”


  89. 90 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 10:23 am

    “Bill”, I am not aware of any booze flavored soap but you may have stumbled across a great idea!


  90. 91 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

    gil: I couldn’t agree with you more regarding Javy and his, uh, “regimen”. I hope he can make it back, if not in ATL, then somewhere. If he, in fact, does still have some game, he could fit nicely onto this roster. Can’t question his desire… he’s worked all winter for this audition.


  91. 92 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

    As long as they don’t have any soap flavored booze, I can deal with it….


  92. 93 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:29 am

    As long as they donโ€™t have any soap flavored booze, I can deal with itโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Who needs, uh, guests when you have dialogue like this?


  93. 94 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Klober: I resemble that stumbled comment. :>)

    Favorite? Sid. He was probably the only one on the team that I could outrun…Now.


  94. 95 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

    True, we may not have a Hoss but we do have a Jackass….


  95. 96 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

    And some of us are one…..


  96. 98 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I have to pick the Lemmer…. plucky 2nd baseman who nearly won the WS for us…


  97. 99 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 10:40 am

    when chop seal gets chop seal’s press credentials, chop seal is going to go to the pressbox and open all the windows. that’s right, open all the windows. nothing better be said.

    and chop seal will not pander. not a panderer. and yes, tough questions are chop seal’s life. “how many toes are in those shoes?” “connected?” oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. web? worldwide or shoewide? and could be only a rumor.

    and what a surprise for carolina lady and the bloggers hear! a former first lady blogged hear last night! journalist heres the former first lady was once a popular contributor on that other blog. coincidence? or contrived? contrived by carolina lady? not likely.

    “oh, miz rosalynn just happened by owing to my celebrity.” – carolina lady

    ain’t gonna happen.

    somebody should ask rosalynn what rosalynn likes to hunt when rosalynn goes a huntin’. and jimmy smith is still searching for a baseball player to blog hear. may have to use ugandan contacts. and if it happens soon it will be a favorite player of many bloggers hear. must the player speak english? not sure what the requirements ought to be.


  98. 100 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Man… It is hard to get respect in this league…. This from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    “Giving Phils their props

    Philadelphia Daily News
    JIMMY ROLLINS’ ASSERTION last winter that the Phillies were the team to beat in the National League East opened some eyes and caused some cynics to smirk. But then he backed up his bold statement with an MVP season that, coupled with an unbelievable collapse by the Mets, led to the Phillies actually pulling off the feat.

    The Phillies have made a few roster moves, but none could match the Mets’ trade for Johan Santana last week. So, New York star third baseman David Wright was asked, does this make the Mets the favorite to win the division?

    “The team to beat in my eyes is the team that won last year,” Wright told the New York Daily News. “Philadelphia took care of us last year. They took care of business in the division. Going into this year, we have to take control again of the NL East.”

    The Phillies won the season series against the Mets 12-6, including the final eight meetings, and closed out the season 13-4 while the Mets were blowing a seven-game lead with 17 to play.

    Their first regular-season meeting in 2008 is a three-game set in New York starting Tuesday, April 8. The first series here begins Friday, April 18.”


  99. 101 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hah! Chipper called DOB a d-bag on his own blog! He’s my new hero. ๐Ÿ™‚


  100. 102 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Breaking news: Ageless heartthrob Sir Tom Jones has reportedly insured his chest hair for almost $7 million.

    <a href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/02/05/2008-02-05_report_tom_jones_has_chest_hair_insured.html”


  101. 103 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Can Hampton be counted on as the fourth starter?

    I would seem as long as he has gone without pitching, it would seem to make him the 5th or 6th starter…..it would seem to make sense for him to have those 8-10 days without throwing a stressful pitch(Pitch between starts on the side, sure) Theres really no way to build back that kind of arm strength except to pitch…but he’s gotta take it easy early in the year, and if I were Bobby, I’d only pitch him in warm weather (I guess Atlanta-Florida only)


  102. 105 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 10:44 am

    VOR, I don’t get it…even if a crazed fan shaved or waxed his chest…it would grow back!


  103. 106 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 10:46 am

    jimmy smith remembers game four of the 1991 world series. jerry willard. mark lemke. oh, the humanity! one of the best games ever! one of the best world series – maybe the best world series. fans did not want to leave the stadium. also, jimmy smith remembers the parade downtown and the love for that team. very special memories.


  104. 107 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Gil, let them fear each other more than us, and help put a chip(Chipper?) on the Brave’s shoulders collectively…..We’d better do better than .500 against both rivals if “we” want to go anywhere come October…


  105. 108 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Okay, they wife says it is time to get up and go to work, she is complaining we have a squirrel in the shed tearing things up. Hey, squirrels need a home too. They are a very important part of the eco system. The Red Tail hawks need something on which to dine as they have already wiped out my chicken flock.

    Catch up on all the news later…. So folks, find some news to report… ๐Ÿ™‚


  106. 109 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    And chest hair doesn’t count… oh the humanity…. ๐Ÿ™‚


  107. 110 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Tom Jones isn’t news? ๐Ÿ™„


  108. 111 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    but then, journalist also remembers kirby puckett. oh, the humanity! still, the best series ever. and the hrbek maneuver. and the wind blowing from the vents. and the baggies. and lonnie. and that little second basemen that just appeared before the congressional committee. and dan gladden and the play olson made at the plate. and belliard. and poison avery. oh, the humanity!


  109. 112 Hillbilly February 7, 2008 at 10:55 am

    JJS speaks the truth about the legitimacy of Chipper but in case you didn’t here, hear is further proof:

    10:30 extention

    10:44 reportoire (make up attempt for here and extention)

    Grinch, you stole my exact thoughts. Chipper will forever be my favorite player due to that remark.


  110. 113 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Gil, try Remington HV 27-grain hollow point .22 shorts; they make a big mess of a squirrel but aren’t loud enough to alert the neighbors. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jimmy, good times indeed. Brings a tear to the eye.

    Off to the gym.


  111. 114 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I guess DoB doesn’t really stand for the beet writer’s name. Must stand for Do**** B**! (sorry ladies!)


  112. 115 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Yeah, the ol’ beet writer musta been off smokin’ a cee-gar with Frank during that comment; he seemed to disappear for a while afterwards. Hee-hee!


  113. 116 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 11:01 am

    don’t have to be pretty to play baseball. zane smith, rick mahler, rick camp, willie mcgee, otis nixon, any number of mullets, randy johnson. don’t have to be uh, smart either. does help to be able to turn on a fastball and hit a curve. now, using multi-syllable words is one thing, spelling those multi-syllable words is another thing all together. altogether? all toe gather? oh, the humanity!


  114. 118 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 11:17 am

    According to the NY Post, NYM are interested in Craig Wilson. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Can I get him a pen?


  115. 119 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 11:19 am

    VOR-Has he turned 40 yet? Maybe the Mets are going with a youth movement.


  116. 120 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Jimmy, Grinches dig the long ball. I liked Gant, and many forget that before Lonnie Smith made the ultimate boo-boo, he hit many a clutch homer without which we probably wouldn’t have even made it that year.

    Now I’m REALLY off to the gym.


  117. 121 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 11:39 am

    celebrity chicken-fighting. and pedro’s poor chicken was killed! perhaps this is how pedro injured pedro’s toe last season. a peck from a fighting chicken. and the mets will have a chicken fighter pitching for the mets this season. celebrity chicken-fighter. oh, will spring training ever begin? need some real baseball news. and the uh, chipper visit to that other blog was indeed a shot-in-the-arm. can say shot in the arm on a baseball blog? and jimmy smith is going to gather some ugandan treasures to send to uh, chipper (or another player) if blogging hear with us. call it a blue werm starter kit. and the mets are getting older and older but remember the braves took an old guy from the mets rotation.

    and baseball analysis, beet writer style. forget the first three starts smoltz had as a starter and the last three glavine had last season and the glasses are rose colored.

    and chop seal is a pretty good beet writer but it would probably hurt chop seal’s feelings if bloggers came on hear and said bill shanks breaks all the important braves trades and news hours before others. just thinking chop seal might feel that way. not sure. beet writing is hard.


  118. 122 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This from the Washington Times…

    “The Nationals signed left-hander Katsuhiko Maekawa to a minor-league contract today, marking the organization’s first foray into Japan since ownership vowed to become players in the Far East.

    Maekawa, 29, was once considered among the top pitching prospects in Japan; he was the No. 1 draft pick of the Kinetsu Buffaloes in 1997. But he struggled in recent seasons, going 1-7 with a 5.26 ERA in 2006 for Orix, and did not pitch in 2007 after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that led to a series of legal problems.

    Maekawa, though, caught the Nationals’ eye while pitching this winter in the Dominican Republic. In seven games with the Gigantes del Cibao, he went 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA, prompting Washington to offer him a non-guaranteed contract that includes a chance to compete for a job in major-league camp this spring.”

    I think the Nationals are collecting quite a collection of “personalities” for the team. Of course the denizens of D.C. should readily identify with this team. Man, talk about playing to your base…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Grinch, hollow points are not conducive to “catch and release” unless one is planning to release said squirrel to the stew pot…. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are crafty critters, good thing for them they are so cute…


  119. 123 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 11:52 am

    mrgil, is Marion Barry signed with anyone right now? Maybe the Nats could use him too!


  120. 124 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Okay folks, later as Mother has summons me today… Sigh, always some new crisis. Catch ya’ll this evening…


  121. 125 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    No time for gym now…pup made enormous mess of my jade plants. Oh, the humanity!

    Gil, didn’t read the “catch and release” stipulation; my bad. Around here I just pile ’em up in the front yard and feed the Hawks. The Palmetto hawks, not to be confused with the Atlanta ones. These hawks have more of a vertical leap.

    Steve Avery favorite pitcher of ’91. Never liked Smoltz; met him in ’92 and he snubbed me and my friends. Too good for his fans. Doesn’t jibe with his religious grandstanding (or maybe it does). Oh, well. His performances over the years have won me over to at least have much respect for his talent and work ethic, if nothing else.

    Off to school.


  122. 126 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Chris, I hear he’s a crack infielder. ๐Ÿ™‚


  123. 127 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Grinch, I have been around Smoltzie three or four times over the years and can tell you that he was awesome each and every time. Actually had the chance to chat with him, just the two of us, for about five minutes at a charity golf tournament several years ago.

    At spring training a few years ago he signed for probably 50 or 60 of us. When he got to the end, he looked up and said “Anyone else?” He turned to leave, got about thirty feet away and someone asked him to come back. We were all shocked when he came back to sign another one.

    I hope that your experience with him was an isolated incident.

    Did your pup chew your jade up?


  124. 128 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Grinch: He has to play up the middle, though… Gotta keep him away from the lines


  125. 129 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm



  126. 130 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    remember what avery did to the pirates? ace of the staff. wicked curve ball. so fun to watch avery pitch. not fun to catch, though. olson called avery the ace because the stuff was so good. lots of breaking balls in the dirt. lefty. sad that the arm tired and went away. special player.

    and smoltz and olson had a little confrontation on the mound. remember that one?

    remember olson on the front page after the game olson had against pittsburgh?

    and mike stanton. always remember a will clark at bat and the way stanton destroyed clark. next day, stanton said to jimmy smith it was stanton’s biggest thrill to date. and remember, still pitching – and still wearing that little sissy glove.

    good times.


  127. 131 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Chris-I have had good experiences with Smoltz myself and with Chipper, too. Don’t know why the Journalist is so down on them. Bat envy perhaps?


  128. 132 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Romney suspending campaign.


  129. 133 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Bob suspending britches.


  130. 134 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Romney just saw the writing on the wall. He would have had to win every other remaining delegate to receive the Nomination and several of the remaining Primaries are NOT winner take all. He really stands no chance any longer. Don’t worry. He could easily change his mind tomorrow.


  131. 135 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    It is very unlikely that Chop Seal will be able to blog person to third person with ol’ Hossie…or to obtain a scoop…unless of course Chop Seal were to stand near the fence while wearing short shorts, a low-cut top…and a hefty set of falsies…


  132. 136 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    SJA, it is sure good to see you here! ๐Ÿ™‚


  133. 137 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    and where did lew read that journalist is down on smoltz and chipper? smoltz is the heart of the braves. journalist has nothing but admiration for smoltz’s baseball abilities and work ethic. don’t have to revere the man, though. just a man like anyone else. made some mistakes. not holy. just a good, tough, baseball player. one of the best to come through here.

    and chipper will always be uh, chipper to this journalist. a big, dumb kid that came up with all kinds of promise and has met all expectations for baseball greatness. not a role model, though. and not even the best third basemen through these parts in the estimation of this journalist.

    and jimmy smith did not write that attention-getting diary, chipper did. with a crayon. and jimmy smith did not break a hammock bone.

    and speaking of cliches . . . “Santana is as good as it gets. There is no doubt that the Mets have a strong pitching staff, provided they all stay healthy. Iโ€™ve faced him a couple of times and itโ€™s no walk in the park. Whoever we have pitching that night better bring his A game. That being said, he is human. Maybe we will get the game tapes from some of the Indians games last year. They had pretty good success against him(5-0).”

    oh, the humanity! a mind is a terrible thing to waste, er waist.

    journalist is not down on chipper, but journalist is not prepared to paint chipper’s deer, either.


  134. 138 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Hello…I am not some SJA…I just borrowed his avatar until I get one of my own…I am a famous braves player from last year…just hear to blog with my fans for a few minutes…hint: I seldom missed a meal…so, any questions?…


  135. 139 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    oh, the humanity! it is wicky! dressed in jackasss clothing. or, if it was fast food it could be uh, chipper. or, maybe paronto? still think it’s wicky.


  136. 140 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    famous player, can’t wait to read more! ๐Ÿ˜†


  137. 141 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm



  138. 142 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Shoot jimmy smith…how did you no so fast who I am?…was it because the SJA’s avatar happens to look so alot like me??…

    Hello CL… such a treat to drop by for a minute or too on my way to lunch…what a…excuse me…phutttooeee!…sorry…what a delight…


  139. 143 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    yep, just as jimmy smith thought . . . it is andruw. ๐Ÿ˜† so many overweight, out-of-shape braves that it is hard to guess. good thing chino is working as strength and conditioning coach this year.

    well, won’t know for sure who it is until the next post.


  140. 144 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Raisins – ๐Ÿ˜† perfect!

    Welcome, Wicky! Hope you’ll be a regular here in our little tiny corner of cyberspace! ๐Ÿ™‚ ummmmm, you’re aren’t going to leave that – uh – that ๐Ÿ˜‰ on the floor, are you??


  141. 145 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    wicky! jimmy smith knew all along. spittin’ a chaw. chop seal is disinterested, though. not going to pander to wicky. not going to devise a pet name, either. doesn’t seem to care what wicky has tattooed on wicky’s (censored by carolina lady). and will never, ever, ask wicky to hang around to boost chop seal’s ratings. yes, chop seal is a beet writer but not a sissy beet writer.


  142. 146 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I guess my hint about seldom missing a meal wasn’t a very good one…that could be said about many other braves players to…ok ok…here is one more hint…I fell real hard but didn’t get hurt…well my feeling did a little…


  143. 147 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Esteemed Journalist-If you insulted my intelligence like you do Uh, Chipper’s, I would not be inclined to send Maple Syrup, much less an autographed deer hide. Didn’t realize that you were capable of painting deer or anything else. Had I known you were an artist I would not have insulted you by sending the Hartebeest Portrait. As for Smoltz-didn’t realize I had ever claimed he was even up for Sainthood. I merely commented that he was always nice when I encountered him, after another denizen had mentioned an unpleasant encounter. It would appear that I am much more forgiving of perceived character flaws than others may be-or at least I do not make a continual issue of it.


  144. 148 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    ok ok … y’all got me…CL, sorry bout that little indiscretion…I’ll mop that up before I go…I leave only a smiles…well, and a few base runners…

    jimmy smith…I’m not hear to boost ratings…I just had a little free time hear during the off season to blog with my many fans…and no matter how hard I work out…I’ll never be the physical specimen that Chino is…hey, that Chop Seal is taller in person…


  145. 149 Chop Seal February 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Welcome, Wicky! Their is some good stuff on hear. You will fit right in. WEll, maybe not fit. Put your pants on just like everybody else – well, probably not like me. Well, didn’t expect to see you hear today (check is in the mail). Thanks for dropping by. Last time you dropped the grounds crew had to repair the area behind the mound. WEll this is quiet a cooincidence and we are glad to know you read this blogg everyday and respect and admire this beet writer. Now, I cam going to have a bowl of whelk because having you hear is no big deal for me. When I finish the bowl of whelk I will come back and see if you have said anything good. Say something good about me, okay?

    Now, to see if this is Reely you, I have a test. What is the special today at POPeye’s Chicken? Okay to talk chickens on a baseball blog today?


  146. 150 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Well it’s been fun and an honor blogging with all my fans…got to run along now…I’ve already paid for the buffet…waste not want not…if I can find time later this week from my busy training regimen I’ll try to drop in and spend a little more time answering the many interesting questions from all my wonderful fans…ok hears the ball…I’m out…

    Phutttooeee!!!…. oops!… sorry…


  147. 151 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    careful, lew. this isn’t a mets troll. this is jimmy smith. lew said jimmy smith is down on smoltz – a product of lew’s imagination. and lew has an imagination to be able to draw hobbits and stuff. nothing wrong with that, jimmy smith respect’s lew’s talent. and jimmy smith has thanked lew for the hartebeest and here will do it again. but, lew doesn’t want to mess with jimmy smith for jimmy smith will then paint lew’s deer. and that is not to be trifled with.


  148. 152 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    “Chipper” is back on “over there”.


  149. 153 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Will paint my deer? Indeed. What, exactly does this mean. An Ugandan ritual perhaps? Not sure I wish to know. More or less pleasant than Ugandan toe poultice? No, the artist wishes no animosity with anyone, as I am a pacifistic, left wing leaning, pot smoking hippie liberal. Thought everyone here knew that.

    Chipper is back on the other blog and has responded personally to the artist. Looks like a Hartman original deer painting will be residing at the ranch. Brush envy here? I would hate to think so.


  150. 154 famous braves player from last year February 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Wow their’s Chop Seal the beet righter…not sure about about the special at Popeye’s today sir…could be free biscuits or buy one 3pc. get second 3pc. free…so I’ll just order both to be sure…

    ok Chop Seal hear’s a scoop for you…I will give you an exclusive one on one interview with one of the greatest closers to ever wear a size XXL jersey…and you won’t even have to wear short shorts, a low top, or those hefty falsies that this SJA character recommended for a chance at Hoss…just a nice 3pc. with biscuits and gravy, maybe some pizza…and I’m all yours for maybe 15 or 20 minutes…let me know…put you right on the beet righter fast lane…think of it…an exclusive interview…all yours…


  151. 155 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Y’all aren’t fighting, are you?? HERE??


  152. 156 Voice of Reason February 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    ‘Bout time go pick up the littlest raisin. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Everyone have a great afternoon, etc.


  153. 157 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    CL…somebody has hijacked my avatar…

    TheSouthernJackAss would not go back ‘over there’ even if Honus Wagner…Babe Ruth…and Saint Peter were all ‘over there’ blogging together…

    See you this summer…


  154. 158 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    no, carolina lady, jimmy smith was just responding to friend, lew. lew is talking with chipper right now about uh, paintin’. probably will forget the little people like uh, jimmy smith. and besides, lew understands more than lew lets on. now, wicky is here and chipper is their and where will the bloggers go? drink some beer and comb your hair and jump back to and fro. and green. a deere should be painted green. and a deere must be maintained as dignity should be maintained. and carolina lady, jimmy smith is going to join chop seal for a bowl of chowder about now.


  155. 159 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    SJA, ST is almost upon us! Don’t be gone long! ๐Ÿ™‚


  156. 160 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    No-The Artist has a great memory. Only Berigan thinks otherwise. The artist has print books for all friends and fellow bloggers who arrive at Spring Training-even for those who can’t make it.

    Also am proposing Carolina Lady for a Wurlitzer (of Smoltz, of course), but need the input of other Wurlitzer Selection Committee Members. I would not want to make it look like I am the only opinion that matters.


  157. 161 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Seems as if I was not the only one to get up on the wrong-side of the bed(Where I had been sleeping ALONE)this morning. Testy. Testy. I have never seen a fight between a seal and a hippie. But JJS, since he is left-leaning, I would circle to the right and try to nail him with a cross. Note: You non-boxers please google that before calling me sacrilegious.


  158. 162 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Now THAT’s funny, Paladin! ๐Ÿ˜†


  159. 163 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Lew, I would like to second your motion of CL receiving a Wurlitzer for her outstanding work ethic in building and maintaining this haven.


  160. 164 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Paladin, I thought you indicated in your last post that you, in fact, did have a bed mate last evening. Did things fall through?


  161. 165 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Paladin-But I lead with my left. Actually, before I got old and fat (shifted center of balance) I was a fairly decent boxer. No one realized I was faster than I looked. Growing up in rough environs taught me a wicked right cross early in life. Got a fairly decent left jab, too. I just don’t have anyone to practice on.

    Ma’am- You will receive an autographed John Smoltz drawing after I return from Disney (better send snail mail address again-I lost much when Web TV was cancelled.). If I am unable to get him to sign a new piece, I will present you with one he signed in Montreal a few years back.


  162. 166 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Just received secondary confirmation that it is indeed Chipper blogging. The Braves PR department has contacted me offering to deliver the painting to Chipper for me. Maybe we can get them to do a Braves and Stuff Promo later this year like last year with the Tex drawings.


  163. 167 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I thank you very much for the portrait! The promo is a good idea.


  164. 168 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations CL!


  165. 169 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Ma’am-You’re welcome and are appreciated even by such rabble rousers and contentious types such as myself.


  166. 170 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you very much. This gives me a much needed lift! ๐Ÿ™‚


  167. 171 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    lew614 Says:
    February 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Also am proposing Carolina Lady.

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ will you keep your other wife as well??? Someone is greedy!


  168. 172 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Leave it to Berigan! ๐Ÿ˜†


  169. 173 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Reports: Schilling’s shoulder raises contract concerns for BoSox http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3235556

    Headline doesn’t say this part, Sox want to void his contract!!!!!


  170. 174 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    oh, the humanity! all is lost. well, jimmy smith won’t post this over their. maybe chipper will see it hear.

    you may not remember me but i remember you. my uncle dub pulled your pickup out of a ditch and you thanked him and gave him a stick of juicy fruit and uncle dub don’t chew gum because he don’t have teeth and he gave it to me. and i still have it. i really treasure that stick of juicy fruit. now, i make a pretty good living in the dry cleaning business and i wonder who does your dry cleaning? do you remember that day you slid on the ground trying to reach a ball and got grass stains on your pants leg? well, they couldn’t get that stain out at the ballpark and they sent those pants to my little dry cleaning shop for cleaning. had to clean ’em 3 times in perc but the stain finally came out. have to admit i tried ’em on and took a little infield before i pressed ’em and put ’em in a bag. my wife wore ’em for a little while, too, but that’s another story. i would like to send you a carving i did in some old wax by-product we make here at the dry cleaning plant and some pictures of me and dub out a huntin’. dub ain’t right but he has a good heart. i hope you will blog hear some more and remember me and come in some day when you need to get some lipstick off your collar. and do you remember that little 6-year old boy that was in dub’s truck 6 years ago? well that little boy is now 12 years old! that’s right! and in only 6 years. well, thanks for the memories.


  171. 175 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    And CL, of course congrats on the Wurlitzer!


  172. 176 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    oh, the humanity! a winner! carolina lady is most deserving. so many wurlitzers being produced there may be a wait. bionic artist or not. and perhaps there should be another name for this recognition in view of the other blog being the home of the wurlitzer now. perhaps it can be called, a work by lew hartman. or maybe, a really nice piece of baseball art for carolina lady in recognition of carolina lady’s contributions to blogging happiness for the braves and stuff bloggers. a bit wordy, perhaps. how about a lewie? a stuffy? a good name does not immediately come to mind – but it will. wurlitzer did work well for a time, didn’t it? everything here is copyrighted, though. per carolina lady. what to do?


  173. 177 berigan2electricboogaloo February 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    a Lurlitzer????


  174. 178 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Klober; Nurse Cratchit does not allow two in a bed; and drop the subject–PLEASE!

    JJS; Since Lew is trained in this particular martial art, and seals have notoriously short arms, I suggest that you slap his jaws with your nether regions like that fish in the Captain D’s commercial.

    Lew; keep your distance. Seals have bad breath, making clinches unpleasant.


  175. 179 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Paladin, I didn’t mean to touch a nerve!!!


  176. 180 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I, too, add my congratulations to the esteemed Lady on her award. Actually, I had thought that you were a long ago winner. Alas, it shows how far I have to go before my time arrives. When SJA gets one, I’ll know I’m getting close. :>) Again, congratulations. It is well-deserved.

    May I suggest a change to “Lewitzer”. That way the creator is honored with each one that is given. What do y’all think?


  177. 181 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    My point, Klober, is that it is not MY nerve you are touching. Hint. Hint. (See “Bill”)


  178. 182 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Chris, Paladin wasn’t being ugly; he’s a reformed potty-mouth and trying very hard to not fall off the wagon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    OK – we gotta come up with a name for the award! Y’all are a creative bunch so the floor is open for suggestions! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Paladin, I was on the original selection committee and, as such, was not eligible for one. jimmy smith named the ajc award.

    Who is on this selection committee? I didn’t even know we had one! ๐Ÿ˜†


  179. 183 nacly February 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    jjs…your 4:31…just what the heck are you doing with that citropsis root?

    CL…high time you were recognized…leave it to Lew to do it proper! Congrats…and thanks to Lew as well, for sharing his time and talent with so many of us! We’re not worthy….but more than accepting!! :mrgreen:


  180. 184 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Testing for avatar.


  181. 185 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Paladin, sometimes it takes a little time for it to appear.

    Many thanks to all of you for your extremely kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚


  182. 186 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    It make no difference the name, Carolina Lady deserves the recognition for all her hard work. And a big thanks from you loyal subjects.


  183. 187 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    JJS; If you answer Salty’s question about what you ae doing with the citropsis root you will have to join me in the corner. You’ve been warned.


  184. 188 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    by such rabble rousers and contentious types such as myself” … I knew Lew was a liberal dema gogue and contentious but “types such as myself” suggest there are others just like him … scary.


  185. 189 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Paladin, I have a feeling that I don’t want to see “Bill”.


  186. 190 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Paladin-Thanks for the Lewitzer idea. However, I don’t need the recognition (though money would be acceptable). After all, I’m not Ziggy Stardust-yet.


  187. 192 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Carolina Lady has won a Wurlitzer! Not an official Committee member, but I second that emotion.

    Congratulations. It’s so well deserved. As was said, I also thought you were one of the original winners. You deserve two or three of the old “home” contributions and five or six for putting up with us here in our new neighborhood.

    Maybe the artist will add Yogi in there somewhere. And Bobby too. He usually adds other subliminal images, messages, artist website address and subtle drawings of other Braves players in his Wurlitzers. Maybe Lew would draw that deer that eats out of dear Carolina Lady’s hand? Could have an OBX background. Would a deer drawing have little subliminal images too? Little squirrels and birds and raccoons too? Subtle is good. That way, you see something different every time you look at the Wurlitzer.

    Now a new name for Wurlitzer? Must have official home prize for Braves and Stuff blog too.

    Hmmm. Where is my name thinking cap…


  188. 193 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Just caught up on blog. Leotards must remain closeted. Folded or hanging.

    Noticed a post of mine has disappeared. Erased? Banned? Banished? Too political? Napalmed? Oh, the invisibility! Maybe I can recreate it now from memory:

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a tale of…


  189. 194 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    hmmm…..a Bravo? dual meaning – Bravo and Bravo! Y’all come up with something! ๐Ÿ™‚


  190. 195 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Is Paladin still awake? Where is his avatar? He still looks like Lew. Does nurse Ratched let Paladin paint?


  191. 196 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Got it!

    The official “Good Stuff” award. Could be for Braves stuff or stuff…stuff. Must be good stuff to win.

    Since it will be awarded for Braves and Stuff posts, it will naturally be better than Best of Cox…better than Wurlitzer…better than Pulitzer…better than Nobel…better than Emmy…better than Acadamy Award…

    The Good Stuff Award of Excellence


  192. 197 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    how about a sealy? not a mattress – an award. in honor of our beet writer. and most exclusive to the braves and stuff blog.

    sealy, carolina lady?


  193. 198 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    chop seal is so excited! chop seal was monitoring the blog for the return of wicky when chop seal saw the sealy nomination. hope it won’t give chop seal a big head like barry bonds.


  194. 199 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    No Yogi in the Smoltz Wurlitzer, but you might find Joe DiMaggio in Flange’s Francoeur Wurlitzer.


  195. 200 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Braves and Stuff Award of Excellence


  196. 201 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    oh, the humanity! wsb has canceled the 4th of july! that’s right, canceled. and this is only a couple weeks after wsb closed all the atlanta churches with warnings of impending doom – from severe weather center 2 – that never materialized. wsb is a force with which to be reckoned. and remember, sister to the ajc. well, no more 4th of july. can open an independence day blog and get a celebrity blogger instead. maybe ben franklin’s descendant. or thomas jefferson’s . . . not going their. well, no more 4th of july. no canned hams and deviled eggs at the picnic. and end to a fine tradition of, say, more than 230 years. how about that?


  197. 202 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Is the Journalist engaged in nepotism? Sealf promotion? Trying to put the award naming project to bed already? Seal it with a kiss? Stamp it with a seal of approval?

    But the Sealy is a pretty good name. Maybe the Sealy Award could be used for poem contests.

    So, it’s settled. Right now Sealy is entered in the naming contest and is in third place. Looking for first and second place now.


  198. 203 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    By U Kno Who

    February 7, 2008 6:07 PM | Link to this

    Arighty then! How โ€˜bout yall try conversing amongst yourselves and I will just chime in every once in a while. I just sat here and read questions for an hour. By the time I reply, there will be 100 more. U guys provide me countless hours of entertainment whenever nothing is on TV. Some of u are very smart when it comes to the game of baseball and are very accurate in yer assessment of certain things. Others, well, u need to listen to DOB and Lew a little more. Letโ€™s get the conversation back on the Braves team. How about I pose a question to u guys rite now, let u guys reply and later on tonite, I will give u my opinion. Which 5 guys do u think should be in the starting rotation and in what order should Bobby Cox run them out there?

    See-Even Chipper knows who the real authority is. Maybe I can be Beet Artist with Chop Seal as the Beet Righter


  199. 204 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:17 pm



  200. 205 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    So far we have:
    a Sealy
    a Bravo
    a Bessie (BSAE)
    a Good Stuff

    Think, people! ๐Ÿ˜†


  201. 206 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Paladin, did you get your email?


  202. 207 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    SG; Look like Lew? How cruel. Now, to look like one of his paintings? That would be an honor.

    Does Nurse Rached lets me paint? As a matter or fact, me and chief are doing the rec room right now.


  203. 208 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    You say let, I say lets. “Let’s” call the whole thing off.


  204. 209 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Did the avatar arrive in your email?


  205. 210 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I like Bessie


  206. 211 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    CL; The avatar did in fact arrive in the e-mail. SG had sent me one yesterday that the being that resides in the computer said had been uploaded and would appear “soon”. I like yours and will save it in my files. Thank you.


  207. 212 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Can the famous artist become even more famous? Is that possible? Artist and baseball assessmanist! Strategery at it bestest. Congratulations Lew. You da man.

    Now…award names. How about “Really Good Stuff”.

    Paladin…so you got the old Nurse Ratched brush off, eh? Don’t let chief paint the sink or you’ll be caulking windows too.


  208. 213 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    thank you, carolina lady for listing sealy in 1st place. chop seal will be very grateful. now, savannah has sealy in third. but carolina lady has good stuff in a tie for 4th with whatever comes in next. ๐Ÿ˜† savannah has a good memory! nailing jimmy smith with jimmy smith’s own hammer. lew, chipper must have noticed one of lew’s posts. easy to read, not to many big words. too bad jimmy smith couldn’t have posted one, sure to be uh, noticed. and will that other blog pay royalties for the wurlitzer name now that it has been declared home of the wurlitzer? maybe lend us carroll rogers as a companion for chop seal? oh, the humanity! and where is wicky tonight? catfish buffet.


  209. 214 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Howdy, all! The “really good stuff” award has too much of a sexual connotation. I like “Bessie;” anything that reminds one of a cow can only be positive.

    Time to fry pork chops; pup will have bones.


  210. 215 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:48 pm


    1. Smoltz
    2. ?
    3. ?
    4. ?
    5. ?

    All the other spots besides # 1 should be on the basis of how they perform in ST. We KNOW JS will be in shape and ready to pitch. The others? Like John Houseman would say: They have to earrrrnnnn it!


  211. 216 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Hmmm….my Spring Grinch look doesn’t show up as well.


  212. 217 morpheus45 February 7, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    There; that’s better.


  213. 218 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Grinch; Your photo is the only one where “red-eye” is welcome.


  214. 219 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    paladin is wise. of course, bobby will never let spring training performance dictate a roster. woodward and wilson and orr instead of escobar and mutt and jeff. but smoltz will come out of the spring ready to go and the others are much as paladin describes . . . needing to earn the spot. hudson may be fine, though. should be. time to be. good year last year. previous years very suspect, though. bessie seems to be winning and that’s okay with jimmy smith if carolina lady doesn’t mind the jokes that will accompany such a name for carolina lady’s inaugural award. moooving right along . . .

    braves and stuff bloggers must stay tuned for a celebrity blogger. arrangements are being made. negotiations are taking place. tough agent, though. may have to resort to an old ugandan closing tactic. more later.


  215. 220 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Lew, if you are a beet artist, then you would be the reel authority.

    New name…The Golden Beet Award

    Or…The Reel Beet Award


  216. 221 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    How about “The Carolina Lady Award”. Now that has a ring of authenticity!


  217. 222 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    MyLady your accomplishments are many and you are truly most deserving of this latest of your awards … I hadn’t really thought that much about it since it was just you being you … but sweetheart, you have done a most wonderful and fantastic job!

    In following your suit and example, there have been few reneges, of which you and we can all be justly proud … but, were it not for your leadership, Lew would have nothing to do … methinks the award should be named “The Kelly“!


  218. 223 paladin24 February 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I’m going to bed. Period. I’ll see y’all tomorrow?


  219. 224 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    TheSouthernJackAss suggested weeks ago that Carolina Lady’s efforts as far as this most successful Bravesandstuff blog is “Wurlitzer worthy”…I’m glad to see that those same sentiments are finally catching up with the rest of the denizens…


  220. 225 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    The โ€œreally good stuffโ€ award has too much of a sexual connotation.

    Ugandan citropsis route still in effect? How long will it last? Could be dangerous.

    Now…The Carolina Lady Award and The Kelly. Both very nice.

    We now have a first and second place. Can’t decide which is first.


  221. 226 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I’m gonna have to call a carpenter in the morning. My head will no longer fit through doorways.


  222. 228 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Bob, you’re really hitting me in my soft spot! The Kelly. She is my life. If any of you have seen her picture on my photo page, you can see her gentle, loving and kind spirit in that beautiful face.

    We need time to think on it, make suggestions, then vote to decide what we want to call it. Kinda fun, huh?!


  223. 229 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    CL… Barry Bonds hats are available cheap…. ๐Ÿ™‚


  224. 231 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Very fitting… I think the Kelly is a great choice..


  225. 232 mrgil February 7, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Lew… Obviously Chipper has been reading my post…. ๐Ÿ™‚


  226. 233 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    carolina lady, that is precisely why this award must not be called a bessie. the jokes will be too plentiful. troublemakers will come to the blog and it will be hard to mooooove them out. no, bessie is not a suitable name. “what? what chop seal? not bessie, bossie? the cow was bossie, not bessie? oh, sisters, one of each. a bessie and a bossie?” this is much too confusing on a day that jimmy smith has been reading chipper’s riting. journalist votes for really good sealy. oh, can see that sealy is not winning favor with other voters. and journalist did name that other award . . . so, jimmy smith suggests the new award merely be called, new award drawn by artist lew hartman for carolina lady in commemoration of carolina lady’s blog leadership. roles off the tongue.

    potato head. now, that could also be a name for consideration. golden potato. prize potato.


  227. 234 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    in view of carolina lady’s 8:29, journalist asks for unanimity for the kelly.


  228. 235 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Compromise…call it the ‘Sealitzer’…


  229. 236 TheSouthernJackAss... February 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    The Kelly…


  230. 237 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Second the Kelly.


  231. 238 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Or third…


  232. 239 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Must be because of my biting Mets’ analysis.

    Paladin-as long as you and the Chief aren’t painting a RedRum.


  233. 240 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Mrs. Torrence redrum? All work and no play redrum? Scary.


  234. 241 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    and lew, if this is to be a pencil drawing how will lew make the whitetail white? if this is an artistic secret, lew can reveal and then kill the bloggers here. will lew work the familiar chipper jones #10 signature onto the deer’s hide?


  235. 242 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    fourth for Kelly


  236. 243 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Off to dinner.

    Agreed. Bessie is now in 8th place.


  237. 244 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Chipper is back on the other blog and has responded personally to the artist” … goodness, that must have been a thrill!

    Just kidding Lew … it think it would be good for us to invite players and others within the organization to visit here, especially rookies, those in the minors and those on the DL … so that we could find out more about them, their perspectives and their situations … and to offer encouragement as well. We don’t need to go through beet righters or the AJC … there are other ways … many other ways and conduits.

    I suppose it’s good to chat with the high profile ones too … as they’re often seen as something other than what they are … I guess most of them are like most of us … consciously or subconsciously hiding behind masks … and most are, regardless of contrariwise protestations, ego driven, if for no other reason than their environs. I’m sure that most of them are good folks and it would be good to have their perspectives but since they are in the spotlight, their comments, by definition, are methinks more contrived than the ones of those who are not. Methinks it’s alright to have folks on pedestals just so long as they don’t start believing it’s there they belong.

    Lew, I just now realized that you said earlier that Chipper was personally interacting with everybody on the Blog … surely he wasn’t blogging by proxy with some and personally with others like yourself … oh well, some folks even want money for their autographs … imagine that.

    My guess is that all of us like Larry Jones … we’d all like to see him do well, especially while he’s a Brave … God gave him the talent to play baseball pretty good just like he gave Lew the talent to draw pitchers pretty good … and Jimmy Smith the talent to make people think and smile pretty good … and Most honorable the talent to proffer insights and stand up tall pretty good … and My Lady the talent to be thoughtful and gracious pretty good!

    God also gave the onion and the chicken house many layers … and it seems that he spread the talents around … everybody got some and nobody got ’em all … not even Chipper.

    God must have given me talent too … some folks seem to thing I speak in tongues.


  238. 245 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Bob, Lew can draw position players just as well as he can draw pitchers!


  239. 246 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    who was it that drew pitchers all the time? famous but the name does not role off the tongue. toulouse lautrec. american league.


  240. 247 savannahguy February 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    True stuff Bob, Journalist. Good people on Braves and Stuff. Ladies and Gentlemen. Bob, you sir have much talent and solid opines and call it like it is pretty good too. Now…Potatoes, Onions and chicken houses? That must be inside stuff.

    American League maybe. Or roost pole stuff. Has a ring to it.


  241. 248 ssiscribe February 7, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    The Kelly. I like it.

    CL: Blog lede coming tomorrow. Gotta major project I gotta get done tonight.



  242. 249 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    let’s hope wicky gets hear by 10:00 so both blogs can have a completely unexpected guest blogger appearance at that time. blogging baseball players are good for the blogs.


  243. 250 lew614 February 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Ah Yes, Toulouse Lautrec. Short stop, right? Thank yuou. I’ll go now.


  244. 251 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    a very revealing post on the other blog: “Oh yea and Im the person a few years ago dialed you up when my cat was sick and cried on the phone lololol. Only to find out I had the wrong numberโ€ฆ. You were to sweet, you probably dont remember but I will never foget how nice you were.”

    make of this what you will. jimmy smith finds this udderly disgusting. frankster blogging with frankster.


  245. 252 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Lew can draw position players just as well as he can draw pitchers” … I was waiting for that but now that I have it I’ve forgotten what it was I was going to do with it … duty, I mean carol calls … later.


  246. 253 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Duty = wife
    wife = Carol
    Duty = Carol
    (At least that’s the way my wife sees it!)

    JJS, some of those stories are pretty pathetic, dontcha think? BTW, I liked your story about uncle dob, I mean uncle dub earlier.


  247. 254 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Interesting article about Ted Turner and his business interests……



  248. 255 flbravesgirl February 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Lew, for whatever my opinion is worth, I think it’s really cool that Chipper acknowledged you on the blog & wants your painting.


  249. 256 Carolina Lady February 7, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for the link, Chris. Turner is an interesting person!


  250. 257 Bob, journalist February 7, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I had an uncle Dub and a great aunt Bessie too … aunt Bessie was bossie, but not to me … she worked for Empire Chemical and Pencil Company and always gave me a box of pencils when we came to visit … weird pencils … different designs, composition … experimental stuff … much of which never saw its way to retail shelves. Owned a farm and could cook pretty good too … a fun place to visit, especially back during the war … never went hungry … always plenty of homemade sausage, sousemeat and blackberry pie.

    Being the oldest child of parents who were both oldest children had its advantages … the disadvantages were that you were the center of attention and had to behave, and … everybody remembered you and what you did … and 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years later thought it cute to tell stories to your siblings, wife, cousins, … anyone who will listen … if I could have a penny.

    We didn’t have any DOBs … a few esses but no dees … never can find my 20 footer when I need it.


  251. 258 flange1 February 7, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Good Evening All,

    I have been traveling in the beautiful state of Florida this week and have been at hotels that , uh, don’t have real good internets! Finally in Orlando and have a connections!

    JJS, wonderful start to this new blog page, I have enjoyed it immensly!

    Lew, I can’t wait to get home to see my Wurlitzer and find whomever might be there. I agree with the group that the new prize on this blog should be the Kelly.


    I feel that it is great that Chipper decided to blog at the other blog. We have all at some point given him a , uh, hard time, but he was a good sport over there and he is a terrific player.

    I liked the line over there saying, “DOB, I didn’t know that you and Dayn Perry were related!” by our friend N8.

    I have been honored with a Wurlitzer and by emails from quite a few of the regulars welcoming to this blog. I hope all of the other bloggers will email me if they have any concerns about me being here at flangebox@yahoo.com.

    I hope to hear from my favorite blogger of all time JJS. I would love to express my thoughts to him directly.

    Looking forward to spring training so much I have a headache….

    Hope Chuckie isn’t hurt and that Hampton can pitch this year. My odds of them pitching are Chuckie 40% Hampton 75%

    My opinion on starting pitching:


    Long relief Bennett, James
    BP Soriano, Yates, Moylan, Ohlman, Boyer.

    I would love to trade Ohman and Yates for Brian Fuentes of the Rockies. Throw in Prado if it helps…..

    Flange1 out!


  252. 259 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    chrisklob, uncle dub thanks chrisklob. of course, that was a fictitious uncle created only to illuminate the types of posts being offered today by seemingly shameless bloggers. offering chipper frankinsense and myrhh. now, more uncle dub.

    chipper, we have a little cat at our house and we call him larry wayne jones. instead of calling “here kitty, here kitty, kitty, here kitty.” we run all the names together and it comes out something like “here larrywaynejones, here larrywaynejones, larrywaynejones, here larrywaynejones.” when dub found that little kitten it was all oily and greasy and smelling bad from hanging around back at dub’s gas station. dub brought that little kitty home and told aunt sugar, “sugar, clean this little kitty up and pour him a bowl of milk and see if he can play that banjo over there by the stove. i think we can make a lot of money if that cat can play some tunes on that banjo.” uncle dub had spent most of the day in the grease pit and sometimes the fumes would affect uncle dub’s good judgement. anyway, let me tell you how that little cat got the name, larrywaynejones. dub was reminiscing about that time he helped you out and you gave him that stick of juicy fruit gum and then he gave me that stick of gum and i have never chewed it. i will never chew it chipper, that is a promise. anyway, we named that cat larrywaynejones because dub had good feelings about you sharing your gum. plus, just after sugar had washed that kitty and dried him off that little kitty started whining and crying and meowing about his oblique. the next day he would not go down to the gas station with dub. he just took a seat over there on the sofa and would not move. then one day, our boxer, smoltzy, came up behind larrywaynejones and barked and called larrywaynejones a sissy and larrywaynejones returned to the gas station the very next day. i tell you this so that i can say how much i enjoy watching you play and to let you know that we have a little larrywaynejones at our house, too. can you get me some tickets and a jersey and maybe say hello to my wife? her name is sugar, too. but i call her honey. i would like to get your autograph for honey but i don’t have $70 so here is my proposition, i will trade you a banjo playing cat named larrywaynejones for an autographed game cap. what do you say to that?


  253. 260 flbravesgirl February 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    jimmy, people are excited about getting to talk to Chipper. It’s only natural that some of them will get a little carried away & gush.


  254. 261 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Um, jjs, I kinda figered that your “story” was manufactured. I’m not as simple as you think I am.

    I was just pointing out the uncle dub/dob thing. You know, the whole toothless, redneck thing.

    Maybe I am as simple as you think I am. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  255. 262 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    flbravesgirl is right. if jimmy smith ever met edward r. murrow jimmy smith would gush. journalists of a feather.


  256. 263 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    fbg, you’re right. But it’s also true that jjs should have some fun at their expense! ๐Ÿ™‚


  257. 264 journalist jimmy smith February 7, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    chrisklob, jimmy smith was merely pointing out that dub is not a ugandan name. the dub/dob matter was merely coincidental. like chipper appearing coincidentally on the blog last night. stuff happens.


  258. 265 chrisklob February 7, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    jjs, thanks for clearing that up! ๐Ÿ™‚


  259. 266 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 12:09 am

    heeeeeee, heeeeeee, heeeeeee

    Oops, apologies … these stuck keys give me fits.

    Sir Guy, what’s the latest on the sugar refinery?

    You know, the whole toothless, redneck thing” … Chris, fun’s fun but I consider “toothless, redneck thing” to be an insensitive, pointed remark … I’ve heard it before … at least I have my hair.

    heeeeeee, heeeeeee, heeeeeee

    There it goes again

    Qualifiers don’t belong in award titles, or so me thinks.

    You can’t be “simple” Chris … Blog Mask infringement … Bob. plain and simple is reserved, registered and copyrighted and for you to be simple would confuse Lew.


  260. 267 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 12:14 am

    There is no shame in being a redneck. Trust me, I is one.

    Oh, and I didnt’ mean to infringe upon anything reserved, registered or copyrighted either!

    I hope I don’t get sued!


  261. 268 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 12:19 am

    “jjs should have some fun at their expense” … somebody should and Jimmy’s a good choice … Chopper has expenses that aren’t covered by his beet account which could easily be slipped in without anyone noticing!

    Hot tub time and then an email or two …


  262. 269 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 12:30 am

    It’s not the “redneck” part that concerns me … I’ve been one all my life, both literally and figuratively speaking … no shame there … just remain complex and leave being simple to me and we’ll be cool.


  263. 271 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 1:19 am



  264. 272 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Christmas Stealer, that, kind sir, is you!


  265. 273 TheSouthernJackAss... February 8, 2008 at 2:03 am

    That sort of looks a bit like a green JackAss…


  266. 274 berigan2electricboogaloo February 8, 2008 at 4:48 am

    For anyone here that can sleep 7-8 hours straight most every night….I hate you…..


  267. 275 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Berigan who here can do that? … folks who can, aren’t!


  268. 276 Bob, journalist February 8, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Christmas Stealer, upon reflection, I must agree that Most Honorable has a valid point but I still think that it is you!


  269. 277 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 7:45 am

    FIRST!! (Don’t you despise that?)


  270. 278 ssiscribe February 8, 2008 at 7:59 am

    CL: You have mail.



  271. 279 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 8:14 am

    will we see some toe journalism now that spring training is close at hand? toes make the ballplayer. toes are not to be trifled with. and how many here have experienced a sore toe?


  272. 280 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Good morning to all! Well, my giving up caffeine lasted only one day; I guess the addiction is confirmed. I feel much better this morning, though. (…sound of sipping…)

    The Kelly has a great ring to it.

    SG: Nowhere near the sugar plant, I hope.

    Paladin: I can’t tell what the avatar is due to a combination of small picture, bad eyesight. I like it, though… I think… It doesn’t resemble Lew near as much.

    Grinch: Seasonal avatar… interesting concept. Will the Summer Grinch be wearing a thong? Yeah, it is too early for that visual…

    Gotta actually go work away from my office for a while this morning. Have lunch ready when I get back, OK? Great!


  273. 281 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 8:20 am

    jjs: My toes hurt yesterday, but it was because of a lack of coffee. They’re much better today…


  274. 282 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 8:30 am

    VOR; The avatar is the Knight with “Have Gun Will Travel” underneath. With MY eyesight I can’t recognize it, myself. Actually, it looks like a…no, I’ve sworn off that stuff.

    BTW, will anyone volunteer to be my “mentor”; someone I can call in the middle of the night if I wake up and want to spew profanities. Some of you are ineligible, of course, because what you would say to me when I woke you up would not help.


  275. 283 nacly February 8, 2008 at 8:37 am

    The Kelly….very cool!

    Summer Grinch wearing a thong? Ohhhh…..uhhhhh…..scary!


  276. 284 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 9:28 am

    As campaign manager for “The Carolina Lady Award” I wish to announce that we have suspended our campaign and throw our support to “The Kelly”. But, if you want a term that honors ANOTHER fine Lady, you know where to find us.


  277. 285 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Not to go back on my earlier but…a “CL” is easy off the tongue and the typing fingers. Just a thought. And my own personal “debils” made me do it.


  278. 286 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 9:37 am

    well, chipper was a pretty good sport over their. and flbravesgirl, jimmy smith was just having some fun. as long as chipper has the tomahawk on chipper’s uniform this journalist will be a fan. but jimmy smith will probably not slobber. jimmy smith might slobber over madeline albright in a milk bath, though. see, different tastes.

    and, the word envy has been bandied about. well, soon carolina lady will announce a major guest appearance hear. expect somebody big. cakes are being cooked right now in the flbravesgirl kitchen to be used as a bribe. may take two or three cakes but should be hear soon.

    and the stakes are high. carolina lady is vying for a blog audience. demographic study reveals that carolina lady’s blog is strongest with multi-syllable bloggers. other blog remains strong with single syllable bloggers and statisticians.

    word to bloggers: should never mention the name of your university if your grammar and your spelling are really, really, bad. calls attention to those deficiencies. like LIGHTING IN A BOTTLE. would that be a candle? lightning bugs? sadly, the light is dim.

    and congratulations to kelly – namesake for the Kelly Award. carolina lady must tell aaron. giraffe. sometimes blogger.


  279. 287 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 9:45 am

    grinch in a thong…madeline albright in a milk bath. choices. choices.


  280. 288 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 9:48 am

    jimmy smith might slobber over madeline albright in a milk bath

    Oh the humanity! And now chrisklob will not be able to eat chrisklob’s breakfast!


  281. 289 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 9:51 am

    What ever you eat, Klober, make sure it has lots of fiber.


  282. 290 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Y’all have gotten my morning break off to a wonderful start!!

    Funny and witty exchanges, great new folk joining us.

    The KELLY!!! She is so thrilled, I cannot even describe it to you! She has no idea that she is such a truly wonderful person so this almost overwhelms her!

    An email I received this morning quotes someone on the ajc blog as reporting to their beat writer that we have “serious blog envy” over here. No. I read and enjoyed CJ’s comments (though it was only as spontaneous as ajc and the Braves PR dept could make it after working out the details!) ๐Ÿ˜† Someone can’t recognize poking fun when they see it. (Why do any of them care what we do, anyhow??)

    The mental images formed by reading the bloggers’ posts were reminiscent of 12-yr-old school girls swooning over some movie star, though. That was not at all attractive, just in my opinion. Yes, it is really neat to have Braves’ players stop in and chat for a bit, but dear lord! Could just see CJ doing this ๐Ÿ™„ while trying to be polite.

    I have to ask myself: now why would such a tactic be necessary at this point in time? Why not before? Why would CJ openly blog when he’s been happily blogging incognito previously? Why would other players now be dropping in from time to time unannounced? Many questions. But, you know what? I honestly don’t care.

    No, the only big names I’m truly interested in are those of my friends right here and those who will join us in the future and that’s the truth. I care about this blog – a little homemade corner of the universe where we’re happy. Have no interest in trying to compete with a multi-million dollar enterprise; my budget here is $0.00.

    Just want to talk about the Braves. And stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚


  283. 291 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I gave up being impressed by “famous” people a long time ago. I discovered we are all pretty much equal when it comes down to the final judgment. Now, having said that, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind meeting some of you folks… I would think it to be a much more rewarding experience.

    paladin… nice avatar, very fitting.

    As for the pitching rotation…. I think the top three spots are a lock. It is numbers four and five that are to be determined. I will reserve my final judgment based on spring training. Big question marks remain to be the health of Chuck James and Mike Hampton. If it comes down between Bennett and James. Chuck has options. As does Jurries.

    Okay folks, another busy day ahead today.
    Catch up with you all later…..


  284. 292 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 10:41 am

    And sometimes a pencil is just a pencil. Has it occurred to one and all that the fact that someone mentioned this blog means that it is being read? No publicity is bad publicity.

    As for the gushing-have you ever seen normal humans around anyone who has celebrity? This is a quite typical reaction. Watch the movie Trekkies and you will see the same syndrome at work. Of course some of the questions and many of the statements were pure, unabashed gushing. It would have shocked me if they weren’t. You mention 12 year olds swooning over a movie star. That is exactly what was happening. It is a more than typical reaction within our society. Watch Regis and Kelly Ripa sometime. This is no different.

    Seems to me that there is considerable condemnation of humans acting humanly as James Lipton would undoubtedly put it. You will not change human nature.


  285. 293 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    CL, I also saw that post “over there” and somehow my name got dragged into it. I guess he was kind of trying to pay me a compliment. I think. Not really sure. Brainwashed? Hardly. Tonya? I assume that’s a Patty Hearst reference! No, I have not been brainwashed. I enjoy it here. Truth be told, I will probably be a little more active over there once there is some actual baseball talk to discuss. But lately, there’s been too much interference from Mets fools with their trash talking. And how many times can you discuss the rotation?

    BTW, you’re doing a great job stretching the budget!


  286. 294 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    CL; As for guest appearances: The guy who rides his horse up and down out main/only street crying “The British are Coming” would come on. ‘Course those are his only comprehensible words. Come to think of it, he would probably do better “over their”.


  287. 295 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

    “our”. I went to Ga. Tech.


  288. 296 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Sometimes, when an opponent goes out and signs someone like Santana, one must just trust in themselves and not run around wringing their hands that the other team got better. Blogging is like baseball in that regard. You have your own blog. Why do you care what they think, say or do over there. You left and started your own league. Isn’t that what you wanted?


  289. 297 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Sir Bob and Raisins, the Dixie Crystals sugar refinery explosion is big, bad news here in Savannah. More than 40 injured, 30-35 with severe burns, dozens critical, some flown to Augusta Burn Center, six workers are still unaccounted for (presumed dead).

    Authorities believe that spontaneous combustion of sugar dust probably caused the explosion. Fires are under control but continue. We are praying for the missing, injured and their families.

    VOR, the plant is just west of Savannah in the adjoining community of Port Wentworth. We live east of Savannah on the coast, so itโ€™s probably about 30 miles from us, as the crow flies. Thanks for your concern.

    Frustratingly, itโ€™s been difficult to gain specific current information from the local yokel television news media. The latest โ€œPress conferenceโ€ was a Police, Fire Department and Port Authority resume rally and learned nothing new from what was reported in the morning papers. TV Media and corporate communication experts are a rare commodity here in on the coast. Could use a scribe or three.


  290. 298 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Yes, Lew, it is. And I’ve said many time, publicly and privately that I really want this to be a stand-alone blog, NOT an extension of ajc. But it seems that there is much more interest from them in what we do than vice versa.

    I said that my observations were MY OPINIONS and that’s what they are. I have the right to state my opinions. Understand that I think the whole mess over there is FUNNY. Sad, but funny.

    I guess I’m like Gil in that having met many folks whose names would be recognizable, I’ve found that some are genuinely good folk whom I enjoyed meeting; others aren’t worth a toot. Would I enjoy having the opportunity to sit and talk with some other well-known people? Sure. But I most likely wouldn’t make a fool out of myself in the process, either.

    Wringing my hands?? Right.

    Now, my blood pressure is up, ajc is the basis of it (again), and I’m ticked off as well. Going to the grocery store.



  291. 299 nacly February 8, 2008 at 11:11 am

    VOR…toe woes and caffeine? Interesting what one learns from bloggin’!


  292. 300 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

    SG, I just read that horrible story. CNN.com is reporting 62 people sent to hospitals. Prayers are definitely in order for those folks, their families and the city of Savannah.


  293. 301 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Got to go to work. But, before I go I had better say something about BB or Lew and the other purists will get on me.

    I feel much better with the team we will field this year than last. I think we are solid in all positions with some surprises possible. As for pitching: With all those arms available, surely we can find 16(2 per player, duh)that are healthy and viable, which would give us about twice what we had last year. And maybe we can get Rosalyn(?)to throw out the first ball. Go Braves!


  294. 302 nacly February 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

    CL…no caffeine…ok? Unless your feet start a hurtin’! ๐Ÿ™‚


  295. 303 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Just saw, and learned about, the Savannah explosion. My condolences to those involved and my relief that our SG was not among them.


  296. 304 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Mornin’, all! This Grinch does not wear thongs; boxer briefs are a bit more in order. Certainly no objections to OTHERS wearing thongs, though (provided they have the requisite posterior for it).

    SG, sorry to hear about that; terrible news indeed. My thoughts extend in that direction.

    CL, you must understand that Lew’s opinions and global assessments of situations are the only ones that matter, and the sooner we all just get it through our thick heads and quit trying to think for ourselves we’ll be much better off. Why think and feel when Lew can do it for you? Duh! Next time you have what you feel to be an original thought or reaction, stop yourself and ask WWLD? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Howdy, Paladin; looks like we keep missing each other.


  297. 305 nacly February 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

    WWLD OH, the absolute hilarious humanity!!!! Grinch, that was most excellent…thong or not!!! :mrgreen:


  298. 306 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

    CAN’T leave without acknowledging the “howdy” from my ole friend, The Grinch. Howdy yourself, Grincher, and hope to be talking with you ‘fore long.


  299. 307 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 11:49 am

    You guys are costing me study time and making my bills even later BUT, don’t peeve off Lew. Without him there are no “Kellys”. And remember, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it”…or something like that.


  300. 308 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 11:52 am

    oh, the humanity! grinch has hit the nail on the head! and will this blog survive without approval from the unwashed? soon, chop seal will have a press pass and will gather stories right and left and right. bloggers can read shanks for breaking news for now – said to break braves news “hours before anyone else” according to sources jimmy smith has been reading. and what will the weekend bring in terms of baseball news?

    carolina lady is steamed right now and it is good that she has gone to the grocery store. wouldn’t want to eat her chili about now.


  301. 309 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Paladin-You can say whatever you want to me. It couldn’t possibly be any worse than what I’ve heard from Mets’ Trolls. If you think I will run and hide or break down in tears, then you have no clue who or what I am. Quite honestly, my butt hurts considerably from a good bit of what I’ve had to listen to on this blog the past couple of weeks.

    I’m glad y’all think that what happens “over there” doesn’t make a bit of difference to you, but it sure doesn’t look like that to me. What I see is almost constant references to the other place, their Lord and Master and now his guests. Constant people. Flipping constant. You have not let up since you staged your departure (and then returned numerous times to tell them what a point of honor you were making).

    Fine. You felt you had to make a point. I can understand that and can even agree with it up to a point. However, when you keep hitting people in the head and keep telling them you are making a point, you alienate people-which is exactly what led to posts like Flange’s saying “Get over it.” I tried to tell you that at the time and received lots of grief for it-from MY FRIENDS.

    Fine. Whatever. It is what it is and I realize that when feelings get bruised, reactions are sometimes stronger than one realizes. Human nature and I expect things like that as we are all Human, aren’t we. One makes allowances for friends that are in pain, no matter what the cause of this pain.

    Here we are months later and nothing has changed. There is still constant carping about DOB, about the AJC and about anything revolving near those subjects. The fact that it has been pointed out that the time to let go passed long ago makes no difference. All it nets me or whomever else mentions it is castigation-from MY FRIENDS. Look at Flange’s reception. I almost feel like And Idiot for inviting him so he could catch his share of grief.

    Now I’ve made no bones that what I’ve sought all along is insider access to my favorite sport and the personalities that populate it. Yes, I have achieved a minor level of acceptance, apparently, but have worked damn hard to get the little bit of access I have. I have given more art work away to MY FRIENDS this last three years than I have sold. This is fine with me. I have made some good friends (or at least I thought so) and have had a great time blogging-even with the TRolls. The fact that I have spent time effort and cash from my own pocket to make Braves’ fans happy is not a problem to me. I can afford to do it and feel like maybe this is my way of giving back for many of the blessings I have received over the years and maybe wasn’t appreciative of having. My own form of Karma so to speak.

    Now yesterday I mentioned that I would try to use influence that I may have to help promote this blog-just like I did with the Tex drawings last year-which, if you remember you almost screwed up because you had to carp about that too and almost POed the Braves PR Department with the vitriol y’all spewed on the other blog. Now you want me to invite Chipper here to blog with us after all that has been negatively said about him and whoever happened to disagree with y’all today.

    Well, I;’ve got news for you. I wouldn’t invite anyone here as long as they would be subjected to what has been said the last few days. Sorry, but I’m not going to lose what little credibility I’ve built up by working my fat behind off doing all this artwork, so Chipper can come here and have someone ask him UH, A question. Do you blame me?

    Now I’m in full realization that this post is going to upset some fol;k here and will maybe get me banned from the blog. So be it. I’ve been accused of mentioning immaturity to some here. Well, all I’ve got to sya is that if the shoe fits on over that swollen toe, then wear it. Like Hyman Roth said ion the Godfather 2-If when I wake from my nap there is a briefcase here, I will know I have a partner. If not, I will know I don’t. Well, I don’t want money-never did. If I come back later, though, I will know if I still have friends or if my judgment of character was massively flawed in this case. Do y’all have Blog envy? Oh yeah. Too bad youc an’t see it.


  302. 310 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 11:58 am

    paladin, not to worry. lew and jimmy smith go way back. lew will blow steam and jimmy smith will blow steam and then both have to take a nap.


  303. 311 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    and lew has just blown a gasket.


  304. 312 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Lew; I have no idea what you are talking about, but it had my name at the start. Are you sure you want to say this. And, if so, why? Please take a step back, and think about it. Your friend, Paladin.


  305. 313 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I have returned from my out-of-office venture for the day… did I miss something?

    I don’t have blog-envy, I have pie-envy. I’m hungry. I’m back on the caffeine, and that has been great. But now I’m hungry. I don’t know if caffeine and hunger are connected, I just know I’m hungry. Did I mention that I’m back on the caffeine? I’m making up for missing a whole day yesterday; I’m on my 5th cup of coffee. Big cups too. I could really use some food. Pie would be nice. Did I ask if I missed anything?

    I’m hungry…


  306. 314 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    VOR; Would you like to lick off some of this cream pie I just got slapped in my face? There’s plenty for everyone.


  307. 315 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    VOR; In regard to my earlier invitation: Would you like to “scrape” off some of the pie. I don’t know you well enough to let you lick. Sorry.


  308. 316 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Not so sure about the licking thing; got a fork?

    Actually, I believe that was a “steam” pie. Steam is a good thing… When I was a younger lad, I owned a 1970 Monte Carlo with a stock Chevy 350. That was when there was actually room under a hood to work on the motor and its peripheral components. This 350 was a strong engine; it would abolutely fly. But I had to make sure that the oil stayed changed and the fluid levels stayed full. Well, being a kid, I allowed the coolant level to drop to the point that my radiator began blowing steam. Good thing, too. It caused me to pull over, release the cap and relieve the pressure.

    Unfortunately, I got slightly burned in the process; but because the pressure was quickly released, the great 350 wasn’t harmed. My burn healed and the 350 continued to run. In retrospect, that indomitable 350 could have withstood the heat. My awareness was raised, though…

    I’m still hungry…


  309. 317 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Now… baseball.

    What I wouldn’t give for a stadium dog right now.

    That’s baseball, right?


  310. 318 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Paladin-No it wasn’t pointed at you directly-only the part about saying to me what is on your mind. I meant that.

    However, yes, I mean every single thing I said. I thought out each word in advance and edited it to it’s present form. I stand by every thing I said and meant every word of it. I’m not even stoned at the moment and am coldly rational. Completely and utterly rational. I’ve had it with the constant backbiting.

    I will say this-If I decide to depart, I guarantee I will not come back every hour on the hour to tell everyone what a noble point I am making. If I leave then I am gone.

    Oh. I had a 72 Malibu with a 350. Couldn’t kill that car.


  311. 319 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Now… more baseball.

    This is how slow the news is right now:

    According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Atlanta Braves have expressed interest in… (dramatic pause)… Single-A pitcher Matt Bush. Bush has recently had reconstructive elbow surgery and will most likely miss all of 2008.

    That’s the news. That’s it… tah-dah!

    Hey, I tried… ๐Ÿ™„


  312. 320 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    this journalist is blogging here just like this journalist once blogged over there. same issues. same attitude. some will like jimmy smith’s posts and some won’t. much like some like lew’s posts and some don’t. jimmy smith gave the and idiots some trouble over there (also gave them the loving endearment “and idiot”) and often would take positions other than the accepted-by-the-masses position. jimmy smith could be irreverent in the church of the braves blog. nothing has changed. merely a new location and a much better mannered blog. journalist does not blog over there anymore and that should be enough for jimmy smith’s detractors. and grinch is right, most here do indeed think for themselves.

    jimmy smith is not seeking acceptance over there. journalist feels welcome here and intends to devote jimmy smith’s blog energies to helping carolina lady build a colossus. imagine a little no-budget, homemade blog with almost 17,000 hits since december! somebody is reading. a good many are posting. braves and stuff will only get better.

    jimmy smith enjoys humor. there are some quite humorous bloggers here. good fit for jimmy smith. and baseball, too. so, changing this blog into that other blog has no appeal for jimmy smith. and jimmy smith has no profit motive and absolutely no agenda except to blog with good blog friends. agendas are ugly and to be avoided.

    steam is as steam does.

    i am what i am and that’s all what i am. i’m popeye the sailor man.


  313. 321 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Whatever-There is none so blind as he who will not see. I’m reminded yet again that it is pointless to point out foibles to brick walls and other objects that refuse to listen. I’ve had my say. Believe or not for you are supposedly free thinking individuals. I also, am what I am. Apparently it is not to the liking of some here. As I’ve said before, I am quite capable of detecting which way the wind blows. I do not walk in hurricanes.


  314. 322 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    raisins, soon there will be plenty of baseball news. and chop seal will have press credentials by then (right, carolina lady? can get into any game free?). then, the stories will start breaking, er, braking. and lew, jimmy smith can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ so don’t think anything will change between lew and jimmy smith. still can exchange valentines.


  315. 323 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya

    Someones singing lord, kumbaya
    Someones singing lord, kumbaya
    Someones singing lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbayah

    Someones laughing, lord, kumbaya
    Someones laughing, lord, kumbaya
    Someones laughing, lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya

    Someones crying, lord, kumbaya
    Someones crying, lord, kumbaya
    Someones crying, lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya

    Someones praying, lord, kumbaya
    Someones praying, lord, kumbaya
    Someones praying, lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya

    Someones sleeping, lord, kumbaya
    Someones sleeping, lord, kumbaya
    Someones sleeping, lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya



  316. 324 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    My billing per hour is really slipping. I don’t know why…


  317. 325 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    hard-headed journalist. take that.

    lots of brick and mortar on this blog. could be a good thing.

    a shame to follow the path of the prevailing wind.

    still, a nap will make things better.

    and where is berigan today?


  318. 326 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    oh, the humanity! raisins! good timing. one more chorus, please.


  319. 327 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya
    Oh lord, kumbaya



  320. 328 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    we are all Human, arenโ€™t we.

    Well…that’s sure news to me. Are you saying only humans are allowed here? Hungh???? Well, let me tell you something right now, mister Lew…humans may have their cliques and humans may have advantages over other species but they are far from perfect. Haven’t met one yet anyway. There are many human foibles and frailties. (first combo use on blog?)

    Pardon…I had to say that for my little Fly buddy. Must keep up appearances of not taking sides and all. Must also find humor in ordinary things. Life is too tough to dwell on negative things on a blog. There’s enough of that out there. One thing is for sure around Braves and Stuff. We all poke one another from time to time, therefore we all get poked from time to time. Just like brothers and sisters. Thing is, the poking here is usually not personal.

    One thing is sure, many a truth is told here by the good folks on the Braves and Stuff blog. Some told in jest, some told in passionate, earnest sincerity and some just blurted out in the most beautiful, brief, no nonsense repartee. It’s all good. If anyone leaves this blog for any reason, the blog will not be as good. Thatโ€™s because everyone here has been culled from around the world. Only the crรจme de la crรจme (first?). Seems Paladin can attest to creme this morning. The loss of Lew or any other current denizen would hurt Braves and Stuff.

    Now, I agree and disagree with everyone on this blog. Everyone agrees and disagrees with me too (even though I’m always right about everything). Therein lies the rub and the beauty of the blog world and the other world of our other friends. Blogginโ€™ ain’t solitaire.

    Anything respectable goes. Anything. Right? Controversy is fine. Too much gets old. Corny is fine. Too much gets old. Tragedy reports are fine. Too much gets sad. Politics is fine. Too much and some of the denizens will ignore you for days. Thatโ€™s fair too. We โ€œmaka da rules and we also maka da bedโ€ for ourselves. We usually get back what we put forth. Thatโ€™s immensely fair. Baseball, BBQ, music and a wide assortment of eclectic stuff are good. Too much of it isโ€ฆvery good.

    Lew, I could not agree more that we need to let old hurt feelings or animosities go. We should stick to our own knitting and create not only a new blog but also make new friends, new memories, write new stories, engage in new conversations, insights and coin a few of our own new B&S-isms. We need to move forward, forget past transgressions and past dustups. We need to build a new universe, not an “alternate” ajc blog.

    Would be nice to get new permanent denizens here and occasional visitors from other blogs including the AJC. Would also be nice to get some new bloggers that have never discovered the new forum.

    What happens here and there is of no real concern to either party and should not be dwelled upon. That said, part of this blog is about bringing news and insights of sports and unique or humorous social occurrences from all sources…including the AJC and the BravesBlog. Sometimes there are very interesting things said over there and worthy of comment. Sometimes there are “happenings” over there, like the Chipper Jones visit that are quite interesting and noteworthy in a baseball and a social studies sort of way. Chipper is one of my old favorite players…since he joined the roster.

    Therein lies the rub. Moderation is key. Tone is important, as is attitude. Obsession is not good on any subject. Holding umbrage is like taking poison every day. Too much Yin and yer Yang gets all discombobulated (another blog first?). Play around with the feng and the shui gets messy.

    I guess the bottom line isโ€ฆgive peas a chance. And watch the pie flinging.


  321. 329 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    BBQ & creme corn pie… Cut it out would ya? I told you I’m hungry! :mrgreen:


  322. 330 journalist jimmy smith February 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    oh, the humanity! savannah, raisins, it may be too late! those posts may go un-read. what a pity! there were some pretty poetic thoughts expressed (messy feng shui and such). still, journalist advocates a nap when bloggers become grumpy with other bloggers. jimmy smith will be napping for a time. chop seal will monitor the wire (must get chop seal a wire, carolina lady) and will brake in with any baseball news. and when journalist bob awakes from journalist bob’s nap . . . everybody will be asleep.


  323. 331 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Whenever I see friends gettin’ testy, I just write a novel, post it and put everyone to sleep. Works every time. Naps are good. Calms the nerves. But then, you’ll wake up with the munchies. Lew may already have the munchies even without a nap.


  324. 332 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I’m the one who’s hungry! ๐Ÿ’ก I’m gonna go make a sammich…


  325. 333 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    And in baseball news, Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com is reporting that the Erik Bedard trade to the Mariners is now complete.



  326. 334 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Is Seattle now hoisted by their own Bedard?


  327. 335 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I tried to hoist my Bedard once. I got shui all over my feng…


  328. 336 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Now I know how Dorothy felt.


  329. 337 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    What’s up Paladin?

    Do you mean, “there’s no place like home”, or “Auntie Em, that mean witch wants to take my Toto away”? Or maybe, “I’m surrounded by cowardly lions, mindless, unscary scarecrows, heartless tin men, funny little muchkins or winged monkeys”?


  330. 338 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Now Paladin-Just be glad the only tornado you got caught up in was one on the blog-not the one that took out a good portion of Tennessee the other night.Besides-just follow that yellow brick road. It will lead somewhere.


  331. 339 lew614 February 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    You’re definitely NOT in Kansas anymore.


  332. 340 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm



  333. 341 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    And anyone seeing a winged monkey should immediately take a nap as you have been taking too much “cold medicine” …


  334. 342 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I still like Brian Roberts of the O’s but I am not sure we could trust his past numbers. Always seems to be a correlation between increased number of homeruns and steroids intake…. Looking at all of it in retrospect, I cannot blame the players for trying to get an edge, not saying I approve of it, just can’t say that I blame them….


  335. 343 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Speaking of steroids…. Any bets on Javy playing more than once every 5 days? Going to be interesting….


  336. 344 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hmmmmm… Looks like everyone has gone to lunch… No problem, will catch up with everyone later… Maybe take a nap ๐Ÿ™‚


  337. 345 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Lew, maybe he meant Dorothy Gale? Parker? Malone? Hamill? Gish? So many Dorothys. Leave it to Paladin to leave behind such a mystery.


  338. 346 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Maybe I meant Alice. But, to put it more in character, I feel like I went to sleep in San Francisco and woke up in the middle of a range war. And I don’t know who to shoot at. Maybe I’ll just(further muddling the metaphors)pull a Larry Munson and get behind a hunker.


  339. 347 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Javy will NOT play more than every 5 days in Atlanta. Maybe elsewhere…

    I still haven’t had lunch. I think I’ll hold out for dinner now…

    You are most definitely not in Kansas anymore. That is, though, a favorite basketball destination of… oops… never mind.

    Are monkey wings anything like chicken wings? Do they taste just like chicken? Would Pedro know? I need food…


  340. 348 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Well, I just took the mother of all naps and I come back to find peas restored! Bravo for SG’s 1:24. We must all be able to laugh at ourselves (I do every time I see myself naked in a mirror). And really, holding grudges against someone for killing your sister is one thing, but just for being a douche on a baseball blog is really kind of silly after an hour or two at the most. We’re all flawed, and there’s enough pain and hardship in most of our lives to where we should be using this as a place to remember how nice it is to have good fellowship with decent folk. And also Lew. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What’s for supper number 1?


  341. 349 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    A little baseball news…..


    I’m just glad that Buffalo wings taste so much like chicken…. but one would think a Buffalo would have a hard time flying with such small wings…. I guess that is why they are so plentiful…


  342. 350 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    That sounded like I was Picard asking Riker what’s for supper. I meant what’s for the first of my two suppers?

    VOR, is thine fridge empty? Do you not have an instrument with which to slaughter game? Or a Macky D’s?


  343. 351 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    KFC! No Sir! We certainly do NOT serve Monkey wings!!! (Hang up!) Jeez, what Next?!


  344. 352 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    mmmmmm…..KFC. I’ll be back shortly, y’all.


  345. 353 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I personally am glad that Buffaloes do not fly. Buffalo doodie on your windshield could cause a major crash.


  346. 354 Hillbilly February 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Grinch, What’s happening you big ugly, white-trash, hoodlum? Go with turkey fries for the first dinner.


  347. 355 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Funny, Grinch, that I visualized Picard making that statement when I first read it. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Actually, the fridge is OK, It’s just that I’ve spent so much time on this blog that I don’t have time to eat and get any work done too. Oh, well, I think my priorities are fairly well in line. Still hungry, though…


  348. 356 Hillbilly February 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Paladin at 3:44 p.m. Never thought of that. The same could also hold true for Pigs on the Wing.


  349. 357 Hillbilly February 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Careful with That Axe, Lew-gene ๐Ÿ˜€


  350. 358 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, Hillbilly. “Pigs on the Wing” brings to mind bar-bee-cue. I now know what my dinner is going to be.


  351. 359 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Dangit! I’m makin’ a sammich…


  352. 360 Hillbilly February 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Paladin, in my experiences, “Pigs on the Wing” brings to mind entirely too many Budweisers at the Roger Waters concert at the Starplex in Dallas a few of years ago. Think bar-b-que might be a better idea at this point in my life.


  353. 361 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I meant whatโ€™s for the first of my two suppers?

    That’s what I do. Yep. Wasn’t getting enough to eat with my Adkins Diet. So I figured two diets would be better. Now I’m on an all protein diet and an all carb diet. Just mix’em up and voila! Much more interesting that way.

    May even add an all liquid diet to that. And then a vegetarian diet. Then an all sweets diet. That should do it.

    Don’t know what the big deal is. Dieting is really not difficult. Be creative.


  354. 362 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Has this Roger Waters ever been on the Laurence Welk show? If so, I might have seen/heard him.


  355. 363 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Just popping in for a moment. Glad harmony is being restored to the blog. I have to tell y’all that I felt kind of unwelcome after seeing some of the comments yesterday directed towards those who visited the Chipper chat. I had not blogged “over there” since this one opened because the people I care about & want to talk to are here. I think it’s time to let the bad feelings go since we clearly have the superior blog here anyway. Lew & Jimmy, please ki… er, hug & make up.


  356. 364 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    SG: Diet (nutrition), the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group. That’s the kinda diet I’m on – food consumed by a group…

    “Chipper chat”… that’s a funny phrase… just rolls off the tongue… What’s for dinner, FBG?


  357. 365 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I just “ran out” to check the BB news so I could sound informed. The headline read, “Hampton: Arm feels Better”. My question: Than what?


  358. 366 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    No sammich stuff to be found! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    I did find a box of Graham Crackers, though… ๐Ÿ™„


  359. 367 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    The headline read, โ€œHampton: Arm feels Betterโ€. My question: Than what?

    My stomach!


  360. 368 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    VOR; I can send you some WW II/Korean War “Cees”. After you try to eat them you will see why in the pictures it was hard to distinguish the GIs from the concentration camp victims.


  361. 369 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Laurence Welk? Paladin, you really have to get out more. Day pass.

    Flbravesgirl: Lew and Jimmy kiss and hug? Oh, the humanity! It’s not that kind of blog. I’ve just added sweet desserts as one of my five diets. My dietician said that Red Velvet Cake is vital in that diet plan. Just mentioning. That’s all.


  362. 370 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Raisins, got catsup? Hot water? Soup and crackers.


  363. 371 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Spam? Vienna sausage? Potted meat? Sardines? None of those? Dog food?


  364. 372 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I found a box of… raisins. That’s not cannibalistic, is it?


  365. 373 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    SG; Is that your menu for tonight? In that case, YOU should get out more often. I’ll stick to the bar-bee-cue…and likewise.


  366. 374 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Today in History

    1587 – Mary, the Queen of Scots, was executed.
    1672 – Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
    1807 – Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau
    1861 – Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Ala
    1910 – Boy Scouts of America incorporated & chartered
    1912 – 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Fla
    1926 – Walt Disney Studios forms
    1960 – Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds
    1965 – Supremes release “Stop In the Name of Love”
    1972 – Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
    1980 – President Jimmy Carter announced re-introduction of draft registration.
    1983 – Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino
    1983 – Wayne Gretzky sets NHL All-Star record of 4 goals in 1 period
    1991 – Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract
    2008 – Savannah Guy finally convinced flbravesgirl to send Red Velvet Cake


  367. 375 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    2008 – Unfortunately, she sent it by Media mail. When it arrived, it was mummified.


  368. 376 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Tomorrow in History

    2007 – Raisins still looking for lunch


  369. 377 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    er… 2008, that is. Brain clouded by hunger…


  370. 378 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Paladin, no…had to quit all that stuff. Those foods were causing me to not want to go fishing with my dad many years ago. Well, he didn’t make the kids eat dog food on fishing trips but it wouldn’t have been much different.

    Then again, after about five hours out on the salt water, a spam sammich was pretty darn good. Big appetite on the water. Then we’d get home for a real supper… SOS. That was a treat. At least we thought so, so it was.


  371. 379 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Need to run for a bit.

    Mrs. Raisins…watch the kids. Don’t let them out of your sight.


  372. 380 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm



  373. 381 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    mmmmmmmmm…. Cheetos……….. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….


  374. 382 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Cheetos are not to be trifled with!


  375. 383 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Trifling with cheetos is a Class A misdemeanor.


  376. 384 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    FBG…. No need to feel anything of the sort… You are free to associate with whomever you wish… We just appreciate you more here…. Especially when talking cake… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Being a cross blogger myself… Or maybe that is a serial blogger… Whatever, we all are free to come as go as we please. It is just some blogs are more enjoyable than others.

    Only problem arises when too many “A” type personalities show up at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    CL… I have a jpg I am sending along to you… I just cannot decide whether to give it to lew or jimmy… You decide… ๐Ÿ™‚


  377. 385 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Anyone know the best way to get yellow fingerprints off of a keyboard?


  378. 386 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    lick’em off?


  379. 387 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Gil; Can I drop the “Mr”? Are you suggesting that us type A(s) should be scheduled so as to avoid conflicts? And will you be the scheduler? If so, what do you have available next week.


  380. 388 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Can someone tell me how to get the smiley faces. Otherwise someone is going to take me seriously. :>(


  381. 389 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    For smilies, frownies and other text effects, go here:



  382. 390 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you. :>)


  383. 391 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Hunger will soon end. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The raisins and I are heading to El Centinela. I see a #11 in my very near future.

    Happy trails…


  384. 392 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Klober; See VOR’s 12:27. He is NOT a licker. But, he is going to play hell getting those yellow stains off the ‘puter keys with a fork.


  385. 393 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, this place cleared out pretty fast. Big night for all the bloggers? Mr P… can call me just about anything as long as you don’t insult my momma… ๐Ÿ™‚


  386. 394 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    flange1… As far as I am concerned, you are welcome anytime. CL rules the roost around here so as long as you don’t cross her, no one else is going to give you any problems.

    Soon will have lots of baseball to talk about.


  387. 395 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Mr. Gil; You can call me too. BR 549


  388. 396 paladin24 February 8, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I’m going to call it a night. A night. And a good one to John Boy and you, Mr. Gil.


  389. 397 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Well, it seems that Roger isn’t the ONLY Clemens that’s been accused of using HGH!



  390. 398 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Would the last one out PLEASE turn out the lights!


  391. 399 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Whatโ€™s for supper number 1?

    Thought that must have been either directed toward CL, or Maxwell Smarts predecessor. If agent 99 looked that good I’d like to have seen agent 1. Hottie.
    Tacos and burritos sure were good. urp! Excuse me. Can burp on blog?

    By now it’s official, right? Kelly. The Kelly. Like it.

    The Kelly Award A mark of distinction.

    Maybe we could have a secondary award for posts deserving dubious distinction. Whoever wins (loses), gets a picture of a nice red beet atop their personal photo page for one week. Or maybe their avatar is a beet for a day. Awarded to bloggers that wrote beet worthy posts that were overly:





    The Golden Beet Award


  392. 400 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I would have earned many Golden Beets by now.


  393. 401 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe another award for blogging alone with a split personality.

    The Blogataire Award.

    Very good Savannah. Brilliant in fact.

    Really? Thanks.

    Absolutely. You da man!!!

    Don’t know what to say.


  394. 402 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Alrighty then. From now on, I’ll either blog with someone…

    or alone.



  395. 403 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Yep… Beets me…

    Dark in here tonight, I think most everyone is out for the night SG.


  396. 404 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I wander over to the Washington Times today “America’s Newspaper” and read a column by a guy names Lavano I think it is. He echoed my sentiments about Angelos and Snyder. It is really scary how they both have turned successful franchises into laughing stocks.


  397. 405 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Movie time. Popcorns cooked. ciao ya’ll.


  398. 406 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    It’s why Atlanta fans need to be careful about wishing for Blanks to buy the team.


  399. 408 savannahguy February 8, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Oh…hey Mr. Gil. Didn’t see ya. Must run…hot date tonight. TV movie with wifey.

    It’s all yourn.


  400. 409 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    VOR, grilled chicken salads for dinner. Cheetos sound pretty good to me right now, I’m on a diet. Not a Red Velvet cake diet.


  401. 410 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Greetings fbg. Got anything good in the oven?


  402. 411 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry, Chris. Not today. I have a Valentine’s order to make in a couple days. Heart-shaped decorated brownies & cookies.


  403. 413 Voice of Reason February 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm


    1 Beef Burrito, I Taco, 2 Beef Enchiladas + endless basket of chips…

    Sleep now…


  404. 414 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Welcome back CL!

    VOR, I hope you took your Beano for Mrs. Raisin and the Raisinettes sakes!


  405. 415 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    fbg, do you bake for a living?


  406. 416 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    VOR, that’s a cruel thing to say to a woman on a diet. I could knock somebody over the head for a basket of chips & the white cheese w/ chilis.


  407. 417 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, Chris!

    VOR, you really need to make a grocery trip! ๐Ÿ˜† Emergency rations, you know?

    FBG, they would keep you in the kitchen 24/7 if you’d let ’em! ๐Ÿ™‚


  408. 418 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Received this in email today –


    Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this.

    Those who didn’t will be in disbelief and won’t understand how true it is.

    1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

    2) You know what 4-H means.

    3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #6.)

    4) You used to’drag’Main.

    5) You whispered the ‘F’ word and your parents knew within the hour.

    6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn’t.

    7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they’d tell your parents anyhow.) Besides, where would you get the money?

    8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them.

    9) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

    10) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

    11) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

    12) You didn’t give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson’s house, go 2 blocks to Anderson ‘s, and it’s four houses left of the track field.

    13) The golf course had only 9 holes.

    14) You couldn’t help but date a friend’s ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

    15) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.

    16) The town next to you was considered ‘trashy’ or ‘snooty,’ but was actually just like your town.

    17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1955 as the ‘rich’ people.

    18) The people in the ‘big city’ dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

    19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station (Pink Potty) or the dairybar. (Land’s Drive-In)

    20) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.

    21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

    22) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.

    23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

    24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings’ names.

    25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.

    26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

    27) There was no McDonalds.

    28) The closest mall was over an hour away.
    (What was a mall?)

    29) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.

    30) You’ve pee’d in a cornfield.

    31) Most people went by a nickname.

    32) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.

    I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way!!!!
    Tough times don’t last… Tough people do…


  409. 419 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Chris, I have a very small home-based baking business. Mostly I make cookies, brownies, muffins to be used in my clients’ marketing. I’ve made cakes for people too, for various occasions.


  410. 420 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Good for you fbg. I hope you find it rewarding both financially and emotionally!


  411. 421 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    CL, that’s great. I’m looking forward to living in a place that is that small. (Although Clayton does have a few fast food places.)


  412. 422 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Small towns just can’t be beat.

    Congratulations on your business, fbg! I wish you MUCH success and happiness with it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  413. 423 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Well, I enjoy it (except when they want a large order & forget to call me about it ’til the day before). Not making much money at it, I’d need a bigger operation for that and there’s no point in doing so when I’m going to move soon.


  414. 424 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    The good thing with a small home-based business is that it goes with you!
    I love working from home. ‘Course, I’ve had to put mine on hold for the last 2 years, but the saws, tools and equipment are all right here, covered and stowed.


  415. 425 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    CL, what kind of work do you do? I thought you were retired and spent most of your time tending to Mother and Kelly!


  416. 426 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    True, but I don’t know anyone up there yet to sell to. Not sure if there’s a need for it either. Wish there was a bakery I could work in (and don’t suggest I open one. I have neither the business expertise or the start-up capital to even consider it).


  417. 427 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Hey fbg, why don’t you open your own bakery? Oh, sorry! ๐Ÿ™‚


  418. 428 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Chris, I started a little business I called Built For Birds, building birdhouses and feeders. 1″ cedar, stainless steel screws, every piece individually hand cut, sanded, drilled, assembled, in either natural cedar or with 2 coats of Marine Spar Polyurethene (sp?). My own designs. All made with lots of ventilation under the roof overhangs, drainage, (never buy a birdhouse with a perch – gives predators a handhold!), deep overhangs for protection from weather and predators, a hardware cloth ‘ladder’ inside so fledglings can get out. First rate stuff.

    Wanted to supplement income when my retirement was cut by the company’s many bankruptcies and the gov’t took over the pensions. Since Mother’s health began deteriorating so badly, I had to put it aside because there simply wasn’t time to do it.


  419. 429 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    ๐Ÿ™„ Chris! If I can get something started similar to what I’m doing now I could expand a bit because the GA house has 2 kitchens. So I could have a separate workspace.


  420. 431 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I know, CL, that was one of the selling points for me. I should write this on the wall: “As a matter of fact I do belong in the kitchen”. It’s my natural habitat.


  421. 432 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    CL, that is absolutely awesome! Well, not the retirement plan being cut, but the other stuff. Anyway, I love birds too. Are you planning on participating in the Bird Count next weekend? I read about it in our local paper and I’m going to sign up.

    My mother has been a lifelong bird lover. I never gave it much thought until the first morning that we woke up in our new house (almost 8 years ago). I looked outside and saw a pair of the most beautiful birds I had ever seen. They were checking out an electrical box (looked kind of like a potential nesting site). Turns out they were blue birds. I had never seen blue birds before, only heard about them, seen pictures, movies (Song of the South), etc. I was hooked!

    I bought a bluebird house that day and several bird feeders. We didn’t get any bluebirds in the house that year (too late in the season) but we’ve had them every year since. It’s been so much fun watching the parents build their nest and raise their broods. Late last year, something (squirrels I suspect) tore up the original box I put up so I built them a new one this winter. I made it from a wood called ipe (pronounced ee-pay), aka Brazilian mahogany. It is extremely dense and from what I’ve read, it is pretty much impervious (first use on this blog?) to weather, insects, predators, rot, etc. It is beautiful wood and I pulled (reclaimed/recycled)it from a dumpster at a new-home construction site not far from my home.

    Anyway, in addition to the blue bird house, I have six or seven feeders that I keep filled with seed. Aside from all the #(%* @(#$)*#) squirrels that are getting fat off my money we see a ton of birds each and every day.


  422. 433 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I once saw a t-shirt that said:
    A woman’s place is in the House

    on the back it said:
    and the Senate



  423. 434 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    CL, having two kitchens is great until one realizes that it means that you have two kitchens to clean!


  424. 435 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Terrific, Chris! I LOVE watching birds! Many varieties come here every year, many stay all year.

    One early spring day, I was at the kitchen sink, just looking out the window while I did whatever it was, and saw the first hummingbird of the season.

    What was remarkable about it was, it was hovering at the place where a feeder always hung – but I hadn’t put it out yet for the new season.

    Obviously this little guy had been here previously and remembered that a feeder had hung in that particular spot!

    Oh, the squirrels! There’s just no way to keep them out of feeders! ๐Ÿ˜†


  425. 436 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve seen that shirt too, CL. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a large bird feeder outside the bay window of our breakfast room in GA & really enjoy the birds ( & yell at the squirrels). So many more kinds than the few we have in Florida. Have to put up a new bluebird house, the old one is broken.


  426. 437 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    fbg, so true! Do you know the thinking behind building a home with 2 kitchens? Obviously they had a reason. Are they located near each other? Most interesting!


  427. 438 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    CL…. Sorry about the pension, I saw that coming many years ago when the government allowed companies to tap pension funds. They were just as bad as the crooks who served as union treasurers who were always being caught embezzling money.

    I have never found a bird house that was squirrel proof, you might make it difficult for them but eventually they will find their way in.


  428. 439 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    CL, I have had the same experience with hummingbirds too!

    Do you ever see painted buntings in NC? They are the most amazingly beautiful birds that I have ever seen.

    fbg, you need to get that bluebird house up very soon. They’ll be looking ofr new nesting places very shortly.

    Gil, you wanna come down here and hunt some squirrels? I got plenty and I don’t have the heart for it!


  429. 440 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    One is in the basement, which is where my living quarters are. It’s basically a separate apartment (pretty large too). I guess it was built as a “mother-in-law suite”. They must have liked the mother-in-law, it has a big bedroom & bathroom, sitting room w/ stone fireplace & French doors leading to a private terrace, good-sized kitchen, another room that will be a guest room.


  430. 441 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Chris, yes, I have seen them here! Just gorgeous!

    I’m sitting here typing away just as if I could sleep in in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜†

    That dratted clock goes off whether I’m ready for it or not!

    I’d better sign off for tonight – it’ll be midnight before I actually get tucked in!

    Have a great night, y’all! See you tomorrow, I hope!


  431. 442 Carolina Lady February 8, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    fbg, that sounds fabulous!!! Hope you enjoy it to the max!! Take some photos when you get settled?? I’d love to see it!


  432. 443 mrgil February 8, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Man. I love to shoot but lost my taste for hunting after my Dad passed away. I don’t know why… just did not want to kill anything anymore. Don’t mind other people hunting though… call Grinch or Hillbilly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We have been very lucky with the blue birds here. House wrens will take over their house though if you are not diligent. Humming birds will come back every year to the same place but they are very territorial. We have a feeder in the front and the back of the house so they don’t fight.


  433. 444 flbravesgirl February 8, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Let me finish the redecorating first, CL. Needs a lot of work.


  434. 445 chrisklob February 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    fbg, previous owners must have like their monster-in-law more than I do. I would have had chains on the wall in my basement!

    Gil, I shot a mocking bird with a BB gun when I was about 13. Felt sick about it for days. I’ve never been able to kill anything since. Not even fish. Gotta release them whenever one is dumb enough to take my bait.

    You’re right about hummingbirds. They must be the Napoleons of the bird world! But then again, I’ve never seen one with a wing tucked into its chest feathers!


  435. 446 morpheus45 February 8, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Howdy, all! Chris, you have but to say the word and I’ll camp out until your furry-tailed rats are no more. Let me know if you’re in the city limits or not so I’ll know what to bring; high-powered pellet or .22 short if yes, or .17 WMC if not. Much longer range, much bigger mess. ๐Ÿ™‚ I respect most all animals (more than people, in fact), but the squirrel and I go way back. Waaaay back.


  436. 447 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:04 am

    LOL Grinch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My history with squirrels goes way back too. I was living in an old (1820’s) house in downtown Charleston when Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989. I had an apartment on the third floor. Because of the very high ceilings of this old home, it was a good 30 feet from my bedroom window to the ground. Anyway, a good part of the tin roof came off in the storm. A family of squirrels, that had probably lost their home too, moved into the attic and setup shop just above my bed. Those freakin’ (can say?) squirrels NEVER slept and were constantly crawling moving around in the ceiling keeping me awake.

    One day, I came home after a long day of cleaning the restaurant that I was managing at the time. I walked into my bedroom and one of the squirrels was sitting on the window sill. He/she saw me and started taunting me. I walked slowly over to it and just as I reached the glass I jumped towards the window, yelled and lunged towards the window! I scared the bejesus (can say?) out of said squirrel and it jumped off the sill. I threw open the window hoping to see the splattered remains. Instead, I was greeted by its mate. He/she was on the roof screaming squirrel profanities at me! I’ve never taken a verbal beat down from a squirrel like that before or since. Those squirrels moved on and finally I was able to get a good nights sleep!


  437. 448 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Feel free to visit my garden to work on the squirrel population control too, Grinch. Little buggers steal most of the birdseed. And we’re out in the country, use whatever you need.


  438. 449 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Chris, I’m picturing the squirrel sticking his tongue out & saying “nah, nah, nah”. ๐Ÿ˜†


  439. 450 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:27 am

    fbg, that’s pretty much what he was doing, except I’m pretty sure he said some bad words too!


  440. 451 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 12:33 am

    They do seem rather bad-tempered.


  441. 452 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Kind of hot-headed. Definitely not cool! I probably need to get Lew down here to fill my feeders full of weed to get them to chill out!


  442. 453 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 12:44 am

    ๐Ÿ˜† Wonder if there’s a squirrel equivalent to catnip?

    I used to have a feeder here on a shepherd’s hook. Of course the squirrels just climbed the pole… ’til we greased it. Amazing how much entertainment you can get out of watching them slide down like little firemen, looking confused.


  443. 454 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:50 am

    fbg, that’s a great visual! I’ll bet they cussed their brains out!

    I get so frustrated. Sometimes all of my feeders are completely filled with squirrels. I don’t mind that they eat my seed but it makes me mad when there are so many that the birds can’t eat!


  444. 455 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Same here. I keep hoping the pair of hawks I see all the time will decide to snack on the little thieves.


  445. 456 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 1:00 am

    And where else could you spend an hour talking about squirrels? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Time to put the computer to sleep. Night, y’all.


  446. 457 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Gosh, I wish I had known y’all were going to have the squirrel forum last night. I would have taken no-doze so I could have stayed up. Let me know next time. :>)


  447. 458 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Bird chirping and squirrel chatter on the blog last night. A peaceable kingdom. Hope the Braves see some painted buntings this summer.

    This denizen loves the birds. Bluebirds, cardinals, blue jays, and many other birds live around the Guyโ€™s home too. Ospreys have breakfast at Guyโ€™s backyard fish market many mornings. Even bald eagles visit occasionally. Funny how, when the marsh hawks and eagles show up, all birds and squirrels instantly disappear. If it gets quiet in the back yard and there are no signs of activity, the silence is so noticeable. Deafening silence.

    When that happens, often you can look up and notice one or more of the birds of prey hovering above the trees or perched on a limb. Itโ€™s like a silent alarm sounds. When the predators leave, all the birds and squirrels return and life goes back to normal.

    When squirrels become overpopulated they really are a problem. Not just because they eat all of the birdseed but also because they are prone to disease and parasites. Thinning the population is not sport (for me) and not fun but sometimes is best for the health and the balance. Grinch has it right, a 22 with CB caps (pellet) is what I use. Silent, instant and the neighbors wonโ€™t freak. Usually just once every few years suffice. Sad, true, necessary for critter health.

    Like deer, most if not all of the natural predators are gone near urban areas, so like it or not, we are it. Game managers. We caused itโ€ฆwe have to manage it now. Birds can managed themselves. Well, except for the pigeons. Fortunately we donโ€™t have those much around our home. They like the fast-food feeding grounds. Why eat bird seed when you can get french fries. Rats with wings.

    Have any of the bird lovers here seen the cedar waxwing? One of my favorites and one of the most beautiful migrating songbirds, although Iโ€™ll usually only see them once a year, if lucky. I used to see them more inland. They like the holly and berry trees and usually travel in large flocks. Theyโ€™ll arrive by the hundreds like a storm; strip a tree or bush of berries in minutes. Multicolored as they are, they also leave a multicolored mess on your car and driveway. Well worth the trouble if you are blessed with a visit.


  448. 459 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Top o’ the mornin’ Paladin. Hey, you might even throw in on some squirrel or bird stories too. Like the time you had to squirrel out the back door of the saloon after a brawl when the MP’s showed up. Maybe a bird story, although your birds didn’t run very well on bird seed. Can’t push any G’s with that stuff.


  449. 460 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:57 am

    ugh…I really must start proofreading and spell checking before posting. Otherwise will be called and idiot two. Blah blah click. Should be blah blah read click.


  450. 461 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Now I will go to the computer store and have computer checked for halitosis.


  451. 462 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 9:02 am

    When Josie and I first moved to Mechanicsville, we would by bird seed by the fifty pound bags. We would diligently keep the feeders filled and almost as quickly the squirrels would empty them out. So we escalated and bought squirrel resistant feeders (we all know there is no such thing as a squirrel proof feeder). We kept the extra seed in a 30 gallon Rubber Maid trash can with a lid. The squirrels were frustrated by the feeders but not so with the storage, they gnawed a hole in the plastic G.I. can and hit the mother lode….

    I ended up buying a metal container to store the bird seed as well as buying two for chicken feed. As for the feeders, the squirrels finally figured out a way to get to them. One would climb on the feeder and turn it upside down emptying out the contents to his buddies who were waiting on the ground.


  452. 463 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I keep down the squirrel population with a AK-47. “Birds”(Brit. variety) are always welcome.


  453. 464 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:20 am

    a Ak-47. an Ak-47. And idiot?


  454. 465 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 9:36 am

    ‘Morning, all!

    At one time I had no trouble knowing when the feeders were low/empty. One cheeky little guy (squirrel) would go from window sill to window sill of each room until he found me, then he would shake the screen and chatter to get my attention so I’d come refill them.

    He had me well-trained! ๐Ÿ™‚


  455. 466 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:36 am

    This will, in a way, dovetail with CL’s post on small-town living and the above. Until recently I lived on a dirt road in the country. The normal peace and quiet was being marred by a group of teen-agers(?) who were coming out on a regular basis drinking(throwing their beer cans in the ditch); drag racing, and playing loud “music”. One night when they were located several hundred yards up the road I went out on the porch and did my best Saddam imitation, firing a clip from the AK skyward. Following the scramble to get-out-of-Dodge, that night, it was very quiet on my road.


  456. 467 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Greetings Fellow BS’ers. Umm, I mean, B&S’ers! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Haven’t been around much of late, at least not posting. Been sleeping so poorly, I could only read, not write on the web….Finally got more than 4 hours sleep in a night(And even that was interrupted sleep) so I am at least half human….


  457. 468 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 9:40 am

    paladin using an Ak-47 on Squirrels??? Was your 44 Magnum not around??? ๐Ÿ™‚


  458. 470 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I guess I didn’t read anything here yesterday…days blur sometimes…

    savannahguy Says:
    February 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Is Seattle now hoisted by their own Bedard?

    SG, that’s classic!!! :LOL:

    no other talk about the trade??? Sometimes hard to get excited by that team….still, it makes them a much better team if he’s healthy…


  459. 471 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:43 am

    berigan; always make sure you have “enough” to do the job. Besides, pellets are for poosies(can say?). :>)


  460. 473 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

    CL sez change the subject. Yes Ma’am.


  461. 474 Voice of Reason February 9, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Godd morning to all…

    While I would love to engage in the bird/squirrel/semi-automatic weapon chatter, I have a very rare commodity at hand. I have a Saturday with no place I have to be, and nothing I have to do. Therefore, I am going to spend this time working on restoring my recently acquired 1930 National Tri-cone nickel-plated square-neck resonator guitar. While I have never spent more than $300 on any one of my guitars (of which I own 7 or 8, I lost count) this one is very valuable and a collector’s piece. It was given to me by a very dear friend who wanted it to remain “in the family”. I plan on playing it once I get it back to playing condition. I’ll send CL a picture when it’s done.

    Have a great day; I’ll pop in later…


  462. 475 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 9:51 am

    CL, that does sound good. I sure hope he makes it back, even if he has to go on the DL a few times during the year. It must be horribly frustrating to blow out your hamstring in such a weird way after one inning. Let him make 20+ starts at least, and let them be effective. Sounds like I am asking you to do that ma’am! If you have any pull(And I think you do,) can you see to it that it happens?? Thanks!


  463. 476 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 9:52 am

    VOR, get crackin! Someone will find something for you to do you wait too long!


  464. 477 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 9:56 am

    And a Godd.. good morning to you too, VOR. Have fun working on your guitar. I’m going to do some of the study I should have done yesterday. Now, I’m getting out of here before I get in more trouble. Gosh I wish there was some booze-flavored soap available.


  465. 478 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I’ll jump right on that, Berigan! ๐Ÿ˜† (Don’t I wish!!)


  466. 479 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Paladin, you’re doing well! ๐Ÿ˜† Good for you!! They say the first 48 hours are the toughest and you’re ’bout past that now! You got it made! ๐Ÿ˜†


  467. 480 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    โ“ Question: what do y’all use to clean your (gel) flat screens with? That little teeny bottle of commercial ‘cleaner’ gets expensive. Found any alternative?


  468. 481 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 10:43 am

    See what fascinating conversations y’all miss after you go to bed? ๐Ÿ˜† What will it be tonight??? Stay tuned…

    Time to get to work. I’ll see y’all tonight.


  469. 482 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Hoping for better numbers in ’08!

    Braves 2007 National League Ranks:

    .275 810 .339 .435 .774 64
    4th 3rd 4th 6th 6th 14th

    4.11 .259 .742 36 1.36 81
    3rd 4th 6th 13th 4th 7th


  470. 483 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Just popped in for a moment. Thank you for the encouragement, CL. I’m not doing “good”, but I am doing better. I’ll keep working on it.

    Now, about the smiley faces. VOR, told me where to find them, but do you download them, or do you have to go to that page everytime you want to use one of those ratchen-frach things? Also, if I figure out how to use them don’t tell my Marine buddies that I am using “smiley faces”. They’ll start calling me “Sweetie”.


  471. 484 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:09 am

    SG, yes I am familiar with the waxwing. Very striking bird. We see them generally once a year as they migrate back to their summer homes. Gotta watch out for them though. Sometimes the sugars in the berries ferment and they get a little wasted. You can tell when they start flying into windows!

    Since so many of us seem to have more squirrels than we know what to do with, here’s a little something to think about! I mean, culling them and throwing their little corpses away would just be criminal, right?

    BBQ Squirrel

    ~ 4 squirrels, quartered
    ~ 3 tbsp salt
    ~ 2 tsp pepper
    ~ 1 tsp garlic powder
    ~ 1 tsp onion powder
    ~ your favorite dry rub
    ~ 15 charcoal briquets
    ~ 3 handfuls hickory chips
    ~ your favorite bbq sauce

    In a large pot, boil the squirrel in water seasoned with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder for 1 hour or until tender.

    In the meantime, soak the hickory chips in water. Light the charcoal and let them get white hot. Place them to one side of your grill.

    Remove the squirrel from the water and pat dry. Coat with your favorite dry rub.

    Add one handful of wood chips to the hot coals.

    Place squirrel on grill across from the hot coals. Cover and smoke for 1 hour. Add a handful of wood chips every half hour.

    Add last of the wood chips and baste squirrel with bbq sauce. Smoke for another half hour basting another 3 – 4 times.

    Serve with mashed potatoes, sweet corn and buttermilk bisquits.



  472. 486 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Paladin, you type in the character you want to appear. Leave at least one space before and after so the computer can recognize it as a separate command.

    FBG printed out that page so she could refer to it until she can memorize it. Good idea.

    For ๐Ÿ™‚ type colon dash paren
    For ๐Ÿ™„ type colon roll colon
    For ๐Ÿ˜† type colon lol colon
    The chart is easy to follow!

    And your secret is forever safe! ๐Ÿ™‚


  473. 487 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    My dogs take care of the corpses and no dry rub is required. But, I’ll keep your recipe in case any pigs get in my trees.

    And, shooting squirrels with an AK is the “green’ way. You reduce the critter population and trim limbs at the same time. Whether this helps global warming is still under study.


  474. 488 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hey sweetie, I’ll bet that recipe would be good with pig too! ๐Ÿ™‚


  475. 489 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

    CHRIS!! yuck!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ (squirrel)

    And I’ve just put a good beef stew on for tonight.



  476. 490 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

    What’s the difference between “us” and “them”? We don’t bomb political events, at least not because of religious reasons (usually)



  477. 491 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:39 am

    And Iโ€™ve just put a good beef squirrel stew on for tonight.

    There, I fixed that for ya! ๐Ÿ™‚


  478. 492 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I also have a squirrel recipe. You clean it and tack it to a board. Then, you do all of those things that Klober called for. When finished, remove from board and eat the board. Bon appetite.


  479. 493 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Y’all are too much! ๐Ÿ˜†

    I think someone mentioned this article yesterday from Ken Rosenthal. Interesting.

    Padadin, did that post above help at all??


  480. 494 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 11:50 am

    flbravesgirl, now all the cake take makes much more sense!!! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Funny, I know a woman who started a catering biz with her husband (Used to see them and her Pa at car cruise shows) now too busy on weekends to come to the shows. I know another woman from the website http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com (A political website, you all have been warned!) who does catering in some strange faraway place like Montana. Always torturing us with some food she is cooking while chatting. Keeps her megabusy as well.

    Anyway, I had a thought. When you get up this way, why not try and see if you can sell desserts via craigslist??? I really don’t know if this is possible, but since almost all craigslists, like politics is local (AKA http://www.atlanta.craigslist.com ) you could just bake and mail…IF the food can survive. I hear you always talking about mailing the stuff to folks, but never know if you are kidding about that…. craigslist is free, in case you didn’t know that…


  481. 495 berigan2electricboogaloo February 9, 2008 at 11:51 am

    cake take..that’s what I get for trying to write a post fast…
    CAKE TALK that is. And Pie talk….out for awhile…I think…


  482. 496 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Haven’t tried it yet, CL. I’m sure it will. I’ll pop a couple and get up my nerve, later. C’ya then.


  483. 497 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Chris, (story link) those people are just insane. They want no freedom (except their own), they want no laws (except their own), they are tyrants. They have no respect for life, not even their own. They are in every country and are forcing entire nations (Spain, France, anyone?) to give in to their will by threats of mass violence. What a religion!

    Yesterday Berigan sent me some articles he located in British papers on Muslim take-over in the UK. The Archbishop of Canterbury says the Britain may as well adopt Sharia law. HUH???

    And there are strong enclaves being established in the US, as well. A town in Minnesota(?) now has loud speakers located all over the town which blasts the ‘call to prayer’ 5 times a day, beginning at 5 am. Grocery stores now have separate line for men and women and Muslim clerks refuse to check out anyone who purchases a pork product.


  484. 498 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:55 am

    CL, nice to see someone hasn’t totally written the team off.


  485. 499 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Yes, it is!

    Actually, I’m very hopeful this year! (Well, every year, I guess, but this one has more substance to it!)

    Wish I had time to scout all the info spots, but I just don’t. Some interesting stuff around! ๐Ÿ™‚


  486. 500 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Got some stuff to do. See y’all later!


  487. 501 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Re: What’s happening in UK. It’s time all of us realize that those people are as serious as a train wreck about taking over the world. And they are much more a threat than Hitler et al, ever were. We need someone in the Oval Office that recognizes that. My political commentary for today.


  488. 502 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Sickening. Not Paladin’s squirrel board idea, the other thing!


  489. 503 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe we should relocate all the radical Muslim US-contingent to Berkeley.


  490. 505 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Sorry Berkeley is already full.


  491. 506 lew614 February 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve just given up and put food out for the squirrels, too. It’s easier on your nerves and saves hair from being torn out. It is the only alternative to insanity. Squirrels are the super race and we just have not figured it out yet. Just feed them. They like corn and sunflower seeds.


  492. 507 morpheus45 February 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Morning, all! Paladin, don’t have an AK but I do have an SKS w/ a 40 round box clip; next closest thing. Does the trick.

    Chris, the whole “running around in the walls” first thing in the morning business is what started our little range war here, too. My house is pre War of Northern Agression as well and there are plenty of places for them to do so. However, since I’ve moved back here full time with most of my weapons and a mated pair of Hawks have taken up residence in a tree by my pond, they seem to have slacked off a bit. SG’s right; when I first moved back here and started dispatching them I noticed many were diseased. Not good for Grinch pup.

    UK taking over the world? I know they’ve got a good basketball team, but that sounds even flimsier than the excuse for invading Iraq (but not much). ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, the humanity! Politics! First zinger of the day goes to me.


  493. 508 Voice of Reason February 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm


    Guitar restoration going nowhere. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    House much cleaner, though. ๐Ÿ˜•

    Maybe later…


  494. 509 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    From time to time I find I find bird seed that is treated with some sort of pepper. Apparently, the birds can’t taste it but the squirrels can! Man, you outta see those little buggers cuss when they get a mouth full of pepper!


  495. 510 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Grinch; I do own an AK but I don’t hunt squirrels with it. Just joshing the troops a bit. I think they call it artistic license. Others call it BS-ing. Anyway, I’ve had the homeplace squirrel-proofed and what they and the dogs do outside is their business. Don’t ask, don’t tell.


  496. 511 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    VOR… I am impressed… a guitar is a guitar but for a bluegrass fan like me you cannot beat the sound of a resonator. I keep wait for Santa to brimg me a Dobro but no luck yet.

    T’is a gorgeous day here. 61 degrees and fair. I keep thinking I should do something constructive outside but then the back says chill out dude….

    Went shopping for a new hat this morning, no luck finding one with a curly W on it. Just trying to be prepared… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great recipe for B-B-Q squirrel. I had a good friend who would save the trimmings from his fruit trees each year and use them for smoking game. Apple is very good for smoking turkey legs.


  497. 512 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    To save money, I tried smoking a turkey leg. But, it didn’t draw worth a darn, so I went back to cigars. : – ()


  498. 513 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    CL; it didn’t work. :>(


  499. 514 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    One more time. : – )


  500. 515 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I’m going to quit before I fall off the wagon and say something like CJ did “over their”.


  501. 516 lew614 February 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah-I tried smoking hash, but the potatoes wouldn’t stay lit.


  502. 517 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    You guys are smokin’ today ๐Ÿ™‚


  503. 518 nacly February 9, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Afternoon, All!

    Grocery stores now have separate line for men and women and Muslim clerks refuse to check out anyone who purchases a pork product.

    Uh, don’t sell pork!


  504. 519 nacly February 9, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Sorry to hear you folks have such a devil of a time with squirrels. They don’t worry any of my feeders at all. One feeder (Yankee Doodle) hurls any squirrel stupid enough to latch on. Very funny! Sadly, though, squirrels can apparently pass along genetic ‘messages’, as even the new critters merely stare, or think about testing the feeder, but never do! As for the other feeders, the squirrels aren’t as attracted to them as they are my neighbors! Works for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bluebirds…have lots…don’t forget the mealworms…they love ’em, but so do the robins, so make sure the feeder has limited access.

    Haven’t had the painted buntings…lots of Indigos, gold finches and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks…neat bird. And hummingbirds…goodness, those females are testy…and then some, but further descriptions would fall outside ‘family blog’ allowances.


  505. 520 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    those females are testy

    Remember, Salty, who butters the bread around here. : – ( )


  506. 521 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 6:03 pm



  507. 522 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Paladin…like that.

    Like this:

    :- and then without any space after the dash, type one paren…not two.

    (why am I even giving instructions for something I don’t use?)



  508. 523 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ™„

    There. Now it’s out of my system. That should last until at least June.


  509. 524 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    It takes a smart feller to say a feller’s smart.

    If you can say that 10 times really fast without saying something disgusting, you win a…uh, well you just win.


  510. 525 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Uh, I didn’t win.


  511. 526 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Paladin, like this:

    yakyakyakLeave a SPACEColonDashParenLeave a SPACEyakyakyak

    yakyakyakLeave a SPACEColonlolColonLeave a SPACEyakyakyakyak

    yakyakyakLeave a SPACEtype in your Smiley command as aboveLeave a Space yakyakyak

    Yes? ๐Ÿ™‚


  512. 527 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Salty, why let their religion dictate what we eat? Or do. Or how we dress. Or look. No other religious group requires that. They should be allowed to take over our society?

    I can see Hollywood under Sharia law now! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† Burkas, no makeup, women under house arrest, as it were. Doubt you would want your daughter to ‘live’ her life under those conditions as a virtual slave. I wouldn’t.

    Best not to let the camel get it’s nose under the tent, methinks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just my opinion!


  513. 528 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Sigh… scanning the sports world… Dan Snyder is and idiot…. Short column by Bisher in the AJC was okay but those who still bash Mike Hampton just don’t get it.

    At least there is a NASCAR “event” tonight so TV is not a total waste but close. I really miss baseball….. Some of my best naps occur between the 3rd and 6th innings.


  514. 529 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    My one and only comment on religion tonight…. The natives of the Caribbean, Central and South America did not fare too well when conquered by the Spanish. They were given a choice of converting to Christianity or being beheaded. Either way they were enslaved.

    No one should doubt my faith but I also know many terrible things have been done in the name of religion. We all must be diligent to hold our leaders accountable for their transgressions and not be fooled by those who prey on the weak minded. We all must be diligent and take care who we choose to lead us.

    That said, we all must be careful whom we allow to enter our tent.


  515. 530 mrgil February 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Now, on a lighter note…. The wife baked brownies tonight… Ah, the end of a perfect day….


  516. 531 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm


    MrGil, did I ever tell you that you are one of my favorite people?? The very BEST??? Did I ever tell you that I loooooove brownies???

    Huh?? Did I???



  517. 532 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Headless natives do not generally make good slaves. ๐Ÿ™‚


  518. 533 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    For all you bird lovers out there, next weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. They need volunteers to spend a few minutes counting birds in their yards. I plan on participating.

    Here’s the link:


    Oh, and CL, please don’t forget to share the brownies!


  519. 534 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Most people nowadays have their heads but whether there is anything in them is another matter entirely! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Got to get scribe’s lead ready.



  520. 535 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Chris, I gotta pry them loose get Gil to share first! Gil??


    Think we’re being ignored here, Chris!


  521. 536 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I have just had a baon-wrapped, medium rare fillet. Bake potato with sour cream, chives and bacon bits; and and a salad with buttermilk dressing. I washed it down with “several” glasses of Chianti. I’m now having chocolate-covered cherries and Grand Marnier with a cigar. I’m melllllow. Call me anything but a cab and I’ll just smile. BUT, tomorrow all posts will be reviewed and anything “ugly” will be responded to. I promise.


  522. 537 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Gil, didn’t your mother teach you to share?


  523. 538 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Gil, looks like y’all have finally found a head coach.


  524. 539 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Oh sure Paladin, rub it in why don’t ya!


  525. 540 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Klober; You are invited to dinner, anytime. Warning: This may be the last coherent statement from this individual, tonight.


  526. 541 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Leave for a little while and now Carolina Lady is talking about longhaired Himalayan bovines. The wild yak grazes on grasses and herbs. Hmmmโ€ฆgrass and herbs…could be a Vermont Yak. Itโ€™s all coming clear now.

    From squirrels to birds to yaks to camels to headless natives. That is blog evolution at itโ€™s finest. Next giraffes?

    Now Paladin, next time you put that meal on the menu Iโ€™m headed your way. Must be a brownie night. Mrs. Guy just baked brownies loaded with pecans. Soon, Iโ€™ll place a large glass of milk in the freezer for ten minutes andโ€ฆbliss.


  527. 542 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    SG; I have that “menu” every Saturday night. And it’s not that far up here in Tenn. from Savannah. ‘Course you have to transger to mule out of Chattanooga. Don’t worry. I have some transfers I’ll give you. I also cook “killer” brownies.


  528. 543 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    CL, if I’d have known you were coming I’d have baked you a pan of brownies.


  529. 544 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    a “transger” is more difficult than a “transfer”, but hey, it’s worth it.


  530. 545 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Well, I must have missed the memo. Didn’t know it was Brownie night. All I have here is a plate of cold seedless red grapes and cheese. sigh… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  531. 546 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Paladin, where in TN? You may be close to Bob, Journalist outside of Nashville. Throw out blog invites like that and you might see a denizen mule train coming your way.


  532. 547 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    and I was just about to Google define: transger

    Delicious menus abound on Braves And Stuff!


  533. 548 paladin24 February 9, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I’m going to bed while wall-to-wall transport is possible. See you guys and gals tomorrow.


  534. 549 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    CL, that’s exactly what I had for dinner. That and sliced apples. Had too big of a lunch to eat any more than that for dinner. Seems Have Gun Will Travel had the winning dinner menu today.


  535. 550 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks, SG! Appreciate the thought! And it’s WONDERFUL that SGal feels well enough to bake!!! SUPER!!


  536. 551 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Whither JerseyGil, Hillbilly, Salty, Berigan, FBG, Flange, Raisins, Grinch, et al?? jjs is out of town; scribe is working, I think.

    Chris, forgot to respond earlier: yes, I surely will participate in the Bird Count! Though may count the same bird 9 times because there are so many and they are constantly zooming around! ๐Ÿ˜†


  537. 552 savannahguy February 9, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks CL. Yep, whenever she’s in the kitchen stirrin’ those pots I know all is well and good stuff is on the way!

    Now it’s saturday night at the TV movies time. Ice cold milk and brownies for moi. I’ll check back later to see if anyone is still awake and typing. Laytah ya’ll.


  538. 553 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Here, CL! We had a fire tonight so I had to wash the smoke out of my hair. Yuck. Other than the smell I love it.

    I’m making brownies tomorrow for an order. Now when I make brownies for us (& don’t have to worry about packaging them) I make my famous fudgy Black & White Brownies. Gooey, messy & butt-kickingly good.


  539. 554 nacly February 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    From earlier ‘pork’ chatter: my comment was based on it sounding like an ethnic grocery store. If you visit a kosher grocery store, you won’t find pork there either…nor shellfish (that’s a sacrilege!)

    If it’s not an ethnic grocery store, then why are they working there? The job is to serve the customer, not invoke their beliefs upon them.


  540. 555 nacly February 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    FBG, I bet those brownies help ‘grow’ a butt easy for kicking, too! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s like beer, I like it, and it likes to hang around a while…right around my waist! I only want to drink it, not show that I’ve been drinking it! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  541. 556 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Salty, it was/is a regular American grocery store. “If itโ€™s not an ethnic grocery store, then why are they working there? The job is to serve the customer, not invoke their beliefs upon them.” Exactly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    FBG, a FIRE??? More info is required!!!


  542. 557 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    If I can locate that article, I’ll send you the link.


  543. 558 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Well, if you ate too many, yeah. But they’re worth swearing off calorie-counting for a day.


  544. 559 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Sorry, CL, I should have elaborated. We had a “campfire” in the backyard firepit. Roasted hot dogs, etc. No marshmallows though, dang diet. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  545. 560 Carolina Lady February 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Big sigh of relief, FBG! Had a fire once and lost everything I owned so my heart rate jumps at mentions of fire! whew!


  546. 561 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Well, if you ate too many, yeah. But theyโ€™re worth swearing off calorie-counting for a day.

    Sorry fbg, we’re gonna need a little more evidence than just you saying it’s so! ๐Ÿ™‚


  547. 562 nacly February 9, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    FBG…I hear you. My wife is quite the baker herself…cookies, cakes, pies (yes, jjs, pies), bread, (excellent) biscuits…and so forth. Folks who have tasted her wares know why I run regularly…otherwise, I’d be Jabba the Hut!


  548. 563 nacly February 9, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Klobber the Skeptic…always needin’ proof!


  549. 564 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Now… all the stuff I missed today:

    Chris, you can have my share of the BBQ squirrel. Think I’ll just have the taters, corn & biscuits for that meal.

    Paladin, ( & I know you’re asleep now) you can call them “emoticons” instead of smileys. Sounds more technical.

    Berigan, mailing the cakes is a long-standing joke. I think Grinch started it. Don’t know how I could possibly mail a frosted layer cake.


  550. 565 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Well, Chris, I was considering bringing brownies to the ST get-together. Sure you can’t make the trip? ๐Ÿ˜›


  551. 566 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Nacly (don’t blow my cover!)

    fbg, I don’t really want you share of the bbq squirrell. Frankly, my share was more than I wanted. For months now you’ve come on here, taunting us with your baking ability. Oh, the brownies, the cakes, the pies, the tarts, the cookies. Oh sure, now you have a cool avatar (thanks to “you-know-who” (aka “yours truly)) that indicates that you’re “really” a fabulous creator of baked desserts. But how do we really know that you can?

    I mean, how do we really know anything you say you are? You say you are from Florida. Really? How do we know? You say you’re moving to Georgia. Really? How do we know? You say you have a small baking business. Really? How do we know? Are you even a Braves fan?

    For months, SG and I have been trying to get you to agree to a baked goods distribution deal that would cover the entire Southeast market. But NOOOOOOOOOOO, you won’t agree.

    You know what I think? I’ll bet you’re not a baker. I’ll bet you don’t even know how to turn your oven on! Do you even own an oven? My money is on “No”.

    You wanna prove yourself? Send some baked goods to all your friends at Braves and Stuff. Then we’ll believe that you are who you say you are.


    P.S. Paladin’s new nickname is “Sweetie”.


  552. 567 ssiscribe February 9, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Top of the evening, folks. Figured I’d duck in here real quick as I relax after trying to fend off the second coming of this cold of mine and get ready for my fantasy baseball draft tomorrow afternoon. Sitting on the back porch with a glass of wine, a cigar and a mind that won’t stop racing, thinking about all the things I need to do the next month or so.

    But alas, it’s good to stop in and say hey. CL, I see you got my lead. Hope it measures it … always tough following the Esteemed JJS in the batting order.

    Everyone enjoy your evening; gotta check on some work stuff while I’m thinking about it.

    The Scribe abides.



  553. 568 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Scribe, somehow I have a feeling that your lead will pass muster. Whatcha smokin?


  554. 569 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Watch it there, Klobber, unless you want to see one of those “testy females” Salty mentioned earlier. Usually someone else brings up the baking. I swear y’all are obsessed. Now I know a lot of people who apparently only have a kitchen because it came with the house. Said people always seem amazed that I cook most all of the family meals & bake, as if it was some rare & unusual ability.

    Now since you won’t be there to try for yourself, you’re just going to have to take Lew & Grinch’s word for it. Anybody else joining us in Clearwater? I need backup here.


  555. 570 nacly February 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Uh, Oh…scrum’s a brewin’! Well, in the words of Bernie Taupin, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fightin'”!


  556. 571 chrisklob February 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    fbg, I’m married to one of those testy females (14 yrs this summer) and have one in training (she’ll be 13 in June). I am not afraid.

    But please know that I’m just kiddin’ with you.

    And a little jealous that my wife doesn’t bake. Ever.



  557. 572 flbravesgirl February 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Oh sure, now he’s ready to make nice. Had visions of potential future goodies slipping through his fingers.


  558. 573 morpheus45 February 10, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Chris, you’ve got a 13-year old wife and a 12-year old wife-in-training? You go, son. I had no idea you were from Kentucky. ๐Ÿ™‚


  559. 574 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Grinch ๐Ÿ˜ฏ !!!


  560. 575 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 12:32 am

    FGB, don’t get upset … he just don’t know no better!


  561. 576 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Apologies, FGB is the First Guarnty Bank


  562. 577 morpheus45 February 10, 2008 at 12:37 am

    My bad; I meant Alabama. ๐Ÿ™‚


  563. 578 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I don’t have enough money to be mistaken for a bank, Sir Bob. And I’m familiar with Grinch’s ๐Ÿ˜ˆ sense of humor. Bad Grinchy!


  564. 579 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Been waiting for the chance to use the “twisted” emoticon. Now that I look at it, it has the same expression as the Green One’s avatar. Hmmm…


  565. 580 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Time to tuck the computer in. Night y’all.


  566. 581 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 4:50 am

    ssiscribe … I am not sure on the rules of your fantasy draft but two guys you might pick up late in the draft who are keepers are Shawn Hill and John Patterson of the Nationals.

    Folks, it’s kind of fun to watch an organization build from the ground up, especially when you have become old enough to appreciate it.

    On Dan Snyder…. He is a Peter Angelos clone when it comes to running a sports franchise. Opting for Zorn as a head coach when he already had Williams available was the sign of a megalomaniac. Now the Redskins have to start all over again while they bring in a new system again. He thinks he owns a fantasy team. Like Angelos, he makes it difficult for me to root for a “local” team.

    The owner of a team can have an affect on how I feel about a sports franchise. I once rooted for the Red Sox until they threw Grady Little under the bus. I cannot root for the Marlins because the owner is “and idiot”. Not that he isn’t a smart guy as far as making money, it is just he does not care about the fans in Florida and thus will not even try to field a decent team. Tampa Bay has one of the best stocked minor leagues in baseball but apparently have no clue as to how to translate that into success.

    Jabba the Hut? How did you figure out my nickname? Yes, too many brownies can have an effect on ones ability to “run faster and leap higher” :-).


  567. 582 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 5:00 am

    FBG…. Do not fool around with fire….. EVER!!!! I am just glad you are okay. So many bad outcomes with fire and very few good ones.

    I would be happy to share my brownies with all but since it is not too practical, I will just have one in everyone’s honor. And “sweetie” I will toast you with a Jameson while I am at it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    More baseball news than we can possible digest at one time will soon be upon us. I look forward to Mike Hampton’s return. What a boost that could be if he can return to form. Of course our expectations are lower now because of his history of injuries but boy, if he can pitch it would make a huge difference in the balance of power in the NL East.


  568. 583 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Top of the mornin’ Mister Gil … I was just shuttin down my computer ‘fore going to the hot tub … it’s just right … but had to say howdy doody … you know we might use “Howdy Doody” as code to stand for me and jimmy.


  569. 584 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Do not fool around! … good advice for everybody, but especially not with fire … especially them who don’t want to get burned … not with snow melting, plowing to be done and songs to be sung … not with spring training just around the corner.


  570. 585 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Good morning Bob, yes, the hot tub sound like a good suggestion. And as for fooling around…. well, the word fool is featured prominently in that one eh?


  571. 586 nacly February 10, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Gil…Jameson at 5:00AM? Uhm…never mind…it’s happy hour somewhere in the world!

    Grinch Lay off the Alabama jokes! We do not marry our cousins…well, at least I didn’t!

    Klobber…your “W.I.T” is only (to be) 13? Bless you, son! You’re just scratchin’ the surface of the emotional rollercoaster you’re both going to ride these next few years! Mine is 17…18 in June…will I survive? I will, yes! It’s come to me these past several years that daughters are the ultimate survival test…they keep you in touch with feeling you didn’t know you had! Lastly, they’re God’s way of punishing you for the thoughts you held as a teenage boy yourself! ๐Ÿ˜†
    At least you’re well prepared to ‘evaluate’ their suitors! I’ve found cleaning the shotgun when they pick her up to be particularly effective! It really shines! :mrgreen:


  572. 587 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Carolina Lady Says:

    February 9, 2008 at 10:17 am
    Question: what do yโ€™all use to clean your (gel) flat screens with? That little teeny bottle of commercial โ€˜cleanerโ€™ gets expensive. Found any alternative?

    sorry, carolina lady, for this tardy response to carolina lady’s question. jimmy smith has been out of town and was preoccupied with other topics when blogging here earlier.

    jimmy smith has found white vinegar mixed with rotten egg and rose petals to be a most effective subsitute for commercial flat screen glass cleaners. also a good hair remover.


  573. 588 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 9:49 am

    As always, jimmy smith is most helpful. I may try that cleaner.

    Or not