24: The Danger of Daydreaming, May It Never Go Away

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By Voice of Reason

“Sweet dreams are born inside you.

Sweet dreams are born to last.

Sweet thoughts within your makeup;

These thoughts will always last.”

from Sweet Dreams by Yes, from Time and a Word (1970)

JEFFERSON, GA – As I sit to organize my thoughts, my mind is constantly aware that today is the first day of full squad workouts for my beloved Braves at Champion Field in the Den of Disney. Although I am the consummate compulsive multi-tasker, I find that I am having a great deal of difficulty peeling my thoughts away from what is surely Paradise in the heart of The Big Mouse. You see, there is one constant peril in the routine of the compulsive multi-tasker: daydreaming.

Daydreaming can upset the balance of a carefully crafted groove, a perfected program, an unspoiled scheme, a mastered modus operandi.

I daydream of all the sights and sounds that go along with a day at the ballpark. I cannot escape the fact that as I sit and navigate the water that is my daily duties, my beloved Braves are cranking up the machine that is the 2008 campaign. Ah, yes… Here in late winter, the Boys of Summer open their Spring Training. And I find my thoughts constantly drawn to this seasonal paradox. I can’t shake it. It is an imagination addiction.

A daydream is a wistfully pleasant visual vacation. It is a creation of the imagination with one sole purpose: escape from reality. In fact, it is in and of itself its own reality complete with a symphony of sensory delights. And I daydream of being there – there in the middle of the Disney juggernaut in a small piece of heaven that is a baseball park.

I hear the pop of freshly oiled leather. I hear the crack of white ash, as the bat meets the ball in a perfect union of two bodies in motion.

I hear the kids playing on the grass just outside the outfield fence. I hear the birds overhead, packed and ready for the journey northward.

I hear the ooohs and ahhhs as the hitters launch their rockets from home plate. I hear Bobby yelling, “Come on, Kid!”

I smell the freshly cut infield grass. I smell the popcorn popping in the vendor’s wagon just outside the gate. I smell the SPF 50 from the Vermont vacationers.

I see the players, playing a boy’s game with a man’s skill. I see the sun and the shadows painting the field with their contrasting ideas. I see the fans milling about, each with their own contrasting ideas.

I see that glorious “A”, gracing the brow of the caps worn by my beloved Braves. (I’m wearing one, too!)

I feel the warmth of the Florida sun. I feel the anticipation of fulfilling a dream. I feel the excitement of new opportunity. I feel the tension of jobs on the line. I feel the joy of simply being in the midst of it all.

And I can taste it, just as nourishment for the soul as it all comes together in the perfect recipe that is my daydream.

Yes, this dream is born inside me, indeed. It lasts from spring to new spring and is surely a part of what makes me who I am. No, I’ve never been to spring training, at least not yet. But, I can dream, can’t I?

By Voice of Reason Raisins

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665 Responses to “24: The Danger of Daydreaming, May It Never Go Away”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady February 25, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Just great, Raisins! BRAVO!! 🙂

    And thanks!!

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  2. 2 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 9:46 am

    oh, the humanity! good job, raisins!

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  3. 3 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 9:47 am

    already 3 posts – this may go platinum.

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  4. 4 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Raisins is a poet and we didn’t know it.

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  5. 5 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    what rhymes with colon?

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  6. 6 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    That was great Raisins. I closed my eyes for a moment and thought that I was there too!

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  7. 7 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Mmmm… those Apple Jacks were tasty. Rollin’ rhymes with colon, but the possibilities might earn a trip to the dogouse, and I understand it’s already a bit crowded in there.

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  8. 8 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 10:02 am

    …but his feet show it. They’re Longfellows. Rim shot please, Mr. Klobber.

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  9. 9 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Rhymes with colon: bowlin’, bunion, bushman, cloven, corpsman, crayon, drunken, elfin, felon, flagon, frenchman, gherkin, gammon, heathen, hudson, ibsen, martian, melon, million, minion, morton, mutton, noggin, omen, option, pagan, plankton, puffin, raisin, redden, satan, sloven, stolen, stricken, swollen, surgeon, tannin, tendon, texan, vixen, warden, wanton, women.

    Have fun!

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  10. 10 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Rim shot!

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  11. 11 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    “Rhymes with colon” Isn’t that a favorite band of a certain beet righter on another blog?

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  12. 12 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 10:21 am

    “puffin”, for instance, ryhmes with colon? In your native tonque, maybe. 🙂

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  13. 13 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 10:22 am

    “Rhymes with colon.” Isn’t that a favorite band of a certain beet righter on another blog?

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  14. 14 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

    paladin, sorry if all the words don’t fit the “standard” definition of rhyming but they all came from a search at http://www.rhymer.com.

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  15. 15 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Raisins; My daydreams are a little more base. I dream of a time in yesteryear when I spent 2 weeks in Palma De Malloca while my aircraft was AOCPAP(aircraft out of commission awaiting parts). After dutifully checking each morning to see that the parts had not arrived, I then went to the beaches, cafes, etc. to acquaint myself with local culture in this blue-collar vacation haven for Europe, particularly Scandinavia. At night, I would put my research to work. It was a tough assignment, but someone had to do it. Now, pardon me while I return to my dreams.

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  16. 16 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Great post Raisins… Dreams are the thing that allow for us to tolerate reality. Often they make our expectations exceed reality but what’s wrong with that? Personally, I am dreaming of a World Championship for the Braves in my walk year… 🙂

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  17. 17 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Paladin, nothing wrong with that either… 🙂

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  18. 18 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 11:10 am

    One of the things I REALLY like about this blog? CL is alway first to post and she NEVER writes FIRST!!! God, I hated/hate that!

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  19. 19 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Agreed paladin, that is a stupid thing. Do these people want some sort of reward for being first?

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  20. 20 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    LOOK AT ME>>>> LOOK AT ME>>>> Opps, wrong blog.

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  21. 21 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 11:19 am

    My Grandson sent me some jokes having to do with young children. Since most of you either have young children or grandchildren, I’ll share some with you from time to time.

    A man and his wife were driving with their 3 small children on a warm night when the woman in a convertible ahead of them stood up and was completely naked. The couple cringed as they awaited the reaction of the children. Then, the five-year-old said, “Look Mom, that woman isn’t wearing a seat belt.”

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  22. 22 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Celebrity is a fleeting thing. I guess it is why I am not enamored by it. 🙂

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  23. 23 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    TWENTY-THIRD!

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  24. 24 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I always mess up the punchline. Substitute “lady” for “woman” and it rings truer.

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  25. 25 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Note to self…. Do not shake hands with Phil Stockman this year….

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  26. 26 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

    What’s wrong gil? Has STockman been taking the wrong kind of tips from Cox?

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  27. 27 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 11:32 am

    You two have made jjs’ day. I’m certain that a lower-case post filled with the “b” word is on the way. 🙂

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  28. 28 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Blog may have reached a new low, even for DOB… Take a peek. Looking for the cheap joke… 🙂 Is funny however. I wonder what JJS considers a time honored good luck charm?

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  29. 29 Salty February 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I use to live in Lynchburg and you imbibers know what comes from there. They would feed the cattle the left-over mash(from the JD Distillery) and they would get falling-down-drunk; but the SPCA stepped in and they stopped it.

    Sounds like ready-made egg nog to me! 😛

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  30. 30 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I peeked. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………….

    Does he really have to hang around like a puppy dog in anticipation of the Grapefruit League pitching lineup and count forward to figure out the likely season rotation? How ’bout: 1. Hudson, 2. Smoltz, 3. Glavine, 4. Hampton (if healthy), 5. Mystery starter that can’t be deduced from a Grapefruit League pitching lineup on Feb. 25. Am I close?

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  31. 31 Salty February 25, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Gil…you asked VOR about Raisin Bran for breakfast…you don’t suggest cannibalism, do you? 😕

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  32. 32 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Gil; I just went over and read it and now I know that we are dealing with the “t” word, not the “b” word. Reminds me of the older gentleman’s check-list for a night on the town. Wallet, watch, spectacles and testicles.

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  33. 33 Salty February 25, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Raisins…super lead…I like that daydream…like it a lot! 🙂

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  34. 34 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    And with that Mr. P.. I am off to have a fishing rod repaired. The wife caught the tip in a door. Catch y’all after the race…

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  35. 35 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    For those of you who suffer from back pain–in particular, lower-back–I recommend you read an on-line article entitled “Are Strong Narcotics Good for Modest Arthritis Pain?” It discusses the use of opioids to ameliorate pain caused by a number of things including lower-back problems.

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  36. 36 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    is journalist to understand the braves had a tea party this morning? and this is a rough, tough, major league team? tea with a human hair in the cup? tea with a booger floating on top? or just a tea party? it is sad what this team has turned into since wicky left.

    and will francoeur soon sport a special pet name from a certain beet writer? not talking chop seal here.

    and this to raisins, “another solid effort, raisins, thanks for the hard work and dedication and please mention this journalist’s name . . .” 😆

    http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

    and how tall is chop chick? tallest blog host in town? can measure chop chick sometime in march or april when chop chick returns to post on the chop chick blog. let’s see . . . carolina lady is in first place at this time at a very tall 5′ 4″ . . .

    and does a beet writer need to be tall to write beets? not necessarily. chop seal is an adolescent seal with flippers and chop seal does fine writing beets from the ground.

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  37. 37 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    it has been an hic, hour since jimmy smith’s last post . . . and no one is, hic, blogging with this journalist. jimmy smith, hic, feels much like paladin right now, only, hic, not so much. and jimmy smith hic, has the hic, has the hiccups, hic, right now. not sure if this, hic, is a blog, hic, first. does, hic, anyone here have, hic, a cure for the hic, hiccups? red velvet cake, maybe, hic? oh, the, hic, humanity!

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  38. 38 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Red velvet cake and Knob Creek… 😀

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  39. 39 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    … or is that Klob Creek?

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  40. 40 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Just returned from my nap; Hope I’m not too late to come to the aide of jjs. Just hold your breath while counting to 500. Works every time. Sometimes posthumously, but hey, we are talking cures here.

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  41. 41 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    “Ga. Schools to go Single-sex”

    What happens if you have already exceeded the limit?

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  42. 42 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Lidge injures a surgically “repaired” knee by catching his spikes in the mound. Now, he is going to have more surgery and everything is going to be hunky-dory after 3 to 6 weeks, leaving him ready to pitch his heart out during an entire major league season. Right!

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  43. 43 Chop Seal February 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    BrAKing NeWs:
    German Police Dogs to Wear Shoes

    Feb 25, 8:40 AM (ET)

    BERLIN (AP) – Police dogs in the western city of Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty when on patrol – the entire dog unit will soon be equipped with blue plastic fiber shoes, a police spokesman said Monday.

    “All 20 of our police dogs – German and Belgian shepherds – are currently being trained to walk in these shoes,” Andre Hartwich said. “I’m not sure they like it, but they’ll have to get used to it.”

    The unusual footwear is not a fashion statement, Hartwich said, but rather a necessity due to the high rate of paw injuries on duty. Especially in the city’s historical old town – famous for both its pubs and drunken revelers – the dogs often step into broken beer bottles.

    “Even the street-cleaning doesn’t manage to remove all the glass pieces from between the streets’ cobble stones,” Hartwich said, adding that the dogs frequently get injured by little pieces sticking deep in their paws.

    The dogs will start wearing the shoes this spring but only during operations that demand special foot protection. The shoes comes in sizes small, medium and large and were ordered in blue to match the officers uniforms, Hartwich said.

    “Now we just have to teach the dogs how to tie their shoes,” he joked.

    PErHaps theIr is a LeSSon in thIs for ChIPper JoNEs.

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  44. 44 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Paws are not to be triffled with.

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  45. 45 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    … nor trifled with, either…

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  46. 46 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    😀

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  47. 47 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Raisins; Old folks are allowed an “f” anytime they can get one.

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  48. 48 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    👿

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  49. 49 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Old folks are allowed an “f” anytime they can get one.

    I can’t argue with that one! 😎

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  50. 50 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    WARNING: This is my curmudgeon rant for this afternoon.

    Handicapped Parking Spaces. This is so abused. I am handicapped and have the necessary stickers, etc. but I only park in them when there are not other spaces. I believe that the walking helps me.

    People who use those motorized buggies. These are some of the rudest people on the planet. It almost makes you hope that others do take advantage of them in other venues.

    People who slouch all over their Shopping carts. You want to tell them if you would get your fat a$$ off that cart and get some exercise, you might be able to push a buggy.

    I’m auditioning for Andy Rooney’s job.

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  51. 51 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Wow VOR!!! Bravo!!!!! 🙂 A lot of people here should be writin’ instead of their daily job!

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  52. 52 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    and from the previous blog…
    VOR said….
    Jefferson’s 15 minutes of fame: Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether for surgery in Jefferson on March 30, 1842.

    Now I know(Sorta) why we have a Crawford Long Hospital in the ATL!!! Did he move up to the big city, back in the day????

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  53. 53 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks, Berigan. I dunno about the Crawford Long Hospital thingie…

    (By the way, Spock can be found on the Genesis planet…)

    (By the way again, Spock can be found in the upcoming to be released in 2009 Star Trek movie based on the original Enterprise crew and their early adventures.)

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  54. 54 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Voice of Raisins<——-nerd…

    .

    .

    .
    ………………

    😆

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  55. 55 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    “Long followed this up in July by painlessly amputating the toe of a young etherized boy.”

    See! Dr Long knew that toes were not to be triffled or trifled with. So there!

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  56. 56 Carolina Lady February 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Apropos of nothing – an interesting email received:

    In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.

    Hence we have “the rule of thumb”

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    Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

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    The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

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    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.

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    Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

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    Coca-Cola was originally green.

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    It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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    The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:

    Alaska

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    The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

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    The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

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    The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400

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    The average number of people airborne over the U.S.
    in any given hour: 61,000

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    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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    The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

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    The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

    Spades – King David

    Hearts – Charlemagne

    Clubs -Alexander, the Great

    Diamonds – Julius Caesar

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    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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    Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

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    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

    A. Their birthplace

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    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

    A. Obsession

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    Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter “A”?

    A. One thousand

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    Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

    A. All were invented by women.

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    Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?

    A. Honey

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    Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

    A. Father’s Day

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    In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

    When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.

    Hence the phrase……… “goodnight, sleep tight.”

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    It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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    In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them “Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.”

    It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”

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    Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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    Don’t delete this just because it looks weird.
    Believe it or not, you can read it.

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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    YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when…

    1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

    2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.

    3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

    4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

    5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.

    6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

    7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

    8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

    10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

    11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

    12. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.

    13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

    14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

    15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

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  57. 57 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Berigan; I have received some disturbing news. A note has come into my possession that says some nefarious nerds not only know where Spock is, they are holding him for ransom.
    If you wish me to take the case, wire Paladin, San Francisco. No, I don’t live there but BAS can send it back to me by snail mail.

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  58. 58 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Vrey itnretsig Craiolnia Lday. Tihs sohlud mkae cohp saels doiulgoe esaeir to witre. Tahks.

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  59. 59 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I had already admired jjs’ ability to write with almost random capitalization. But, to do THAT and the above, would be beyond me.I’m sure one of the young showboaters will now show me how. Have at it. Im going and sip my musal.

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  60. 60 Bay Area Steve February 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I should not be trusted with anything.

    Helluva list CL; I particularly enjoyed the elbow licking and the ending (14, 15, laughing at myself).

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  61. 61 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Only reptiles can lick their elbows. I know. I know.

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  62. 62 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t know if Gators can lick their elbows but they can kiss my…

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  63. 63 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Great list, CL…

    Berigan, you called me a nerd. That hurt… 😦 What hurts even more is that I set myself up for it. 😥 And I actually did search for Spock, on Google, whch linked me to Wikipedia, which linked me to the movie. I feely so geeky… 😳

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  64. 64 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I’m going out to eat tonight. Dogfood casserole is getting old. I think I’ll go to Krystal where you eat the containers and throw away the “food”. Low calorie.

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  65. 65 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    You will all please pardon me while I go out and crank up the grill for the first time this season. We are having grilled tilapia! 😀 A little butter, a little lemon, a few spices, topped with grated parmesan… Oh, yeah!

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  66. 66 Salty February 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Licking elbows…Gene Simmons might disagree! :mrgreen:

    <iMen can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
    Say what?

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
    And when they lose their hair…it means what? 😕

    So, why emphasize spelling?

    The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
    Spelling may not be important, but using the right word is…’on’ a typewriter, or ‘with’ a typewriter. 🙂

    The person next to me was on the phone; I didn’t want to lose my thought! 😆

    Gator don’t like to kiss, Pal(adin)! 😛

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  67. 67 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    it is very important that a blogger that blogs both there and here please post this on that other blog. should keep them busy for quite some time. 😆

    It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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  68. 68 journalist jimmy smith February 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    the elbow . . . a perfect hiding place for a bobby cox booger!

    has anyone posted “It is impossible to lick your elbow” over there yet?

    no animals were harmed in the making of this post.

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  69. 69 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Raisins: Talapia are just another type of bottom-feeder. Actually, I’m going to a very fine restaurant where I will dine on Trout Amandine. “Brook trout freshly yanked from a pristine mountain stream and prepared in French-Canadian style and elegance. Would you like to see a wine list, Sir?! Eat YOUR heart out.

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  70. 70 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Make that …Sir?” and Bon appetit.

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  71. 71 Chop Seal February 25, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    SO, wHo neeDS eLbowS? I saW somE gooD stuff tOday. I sTill doN’t liKE beeinG aroUnd PeTer MoYlan. He is CrEEpy. BEt he couLd liCk hiS elBows.

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  72. 72 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Where are our deputized beet writers, Lew and Grinch??? Are they following the braves every step, or is it now Lew And Grinch’s excellent adventure????

    I couldn’t find the info on ajc, but I heard a promo for the upcoming sports story (Then missed it) saying one braves reliever is way ahead of schedule….must be Gonzo, right??? Lew said he was pitching free and easy a few days ago, anyone hear anything else about this???

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  73. 73 mrgil February 25, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Licking elbows… Not as handy a skill as licking eyebrows… 🙂

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  74. 74 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Ah well, I found a link that took me to a story by the ex saying Gonzo might be back by June…..

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  75. 75 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I have to admit, I went to the early bird special and had Bream Amandine. Good but boney.

    Salty; You are such a nice guy, otherwise, I had no idea that you are a “Gator”. But, in spite of that, I think I will still like you. 🙂

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  76. 76 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    The finding that men who talk too much on their cell phone is a start. Now, if we can get a finding that women who talk on it too much reduce the size of their boobs—we got it whipped.

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  77. 77 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    “men who talk on their cell phones too much reduce their fertility”

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  78. 78 Salty February 25, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Paladin…a pox on you! I am not a Gator…I totally dis-resemble them! I am a Tiger…Clemson variety!

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  79. 79 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Oh, it will be even more difficult, but I still like you. 🙂

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  80. 80 paladin2008 February 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I put a lot of “stuff” on here today, but I am also the only one who mentioned baseball–Lidge. So, deal with that during the night shift. G’night.

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  81. 81 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    umm, Paladin, I do believe I mentioned baseball, and even a player on our team! 😛

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  82. 82 Bob, journalist February 25, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Jefferson, Ga … you know any nutty people from over there who might have been freshmen at the North Avenue Trade School ’56-57 … can’t remember any names off the top of my head, though one is on the tip of my tongue, who was also on Cloudman’s 3rd … and, if memory serves we had more than one … borrowed a vile of concentrated Nitric acid from the Lab he did … and I converted some copper pennies to dimes … he took one home with him for the weekend … stuck it in a juke box … “stuck” is the right word … played music all night on that penny and then hit the coin return and got it back.

    The project had great potential but one of the Jefferson gang got greedy and put three in a cigarette machine on the dorm’s first floor … pack of Camels and a nickel change … but an official looking note was promptly attached to the machine, purportedly from the GBI … put an end to our chemistry research project before I was able to enjoy any of the benefits but I can still close my eyes and see that dark emerald gas.

    Serious Sam Nunn had warned us that we’d get into trouble and I wouldn’t put it past him to have faked that note or ratted, but it sure did look official … no matter, the statute of limitations for counterfeiting dimes is less than 50 years.

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  83. 83 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Well, I know many nutty people in Jefferson, GA, but being a recent transplant, I am not aware of any nutty goings on from ’56-’57. Based on my historical research, though, I’m sure that there was alot of moonshining during that era – chemistry experiments of a different nature… 😀

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  84. 84 Bay Area Steve February 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Darn, I spent no less than five minutes trying to find the statute of limitations for U.S. coins and currency. I shall now try the Raisins method, Wikipedia.

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  85. 85 Bay Area Steve February 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Maybe I should’ve been looking for a statute regarding counterfeits, instead of just “U.S. coins and currency.”

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  86. 86 Bay Area Steve February 25, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I give up. I was hoping for some blackmail material on Bob, so that I could force him to blog in a way that I could follow. All was for not.

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  87. 87 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    wherethehelliseverybody.com

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  88. 88 Bob, journalist February 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Well, one of the fellows on our floor was from the old school … in a one man peaceful protest, got his Bible one Sunday … went up to North Avenue/Peachtree Street … caught the bus going Downtown and went to the back of the bus … sang hymns … rode back and forth all day.

    We expected jail or worse for him … but he returned safe and sound that night.

    Looking for a baseball connection … the end of the line where he spent the most time was the entrance to Ponce De Leon Park, home of the Crackers.

    I don’t remember him being racist … said he just didn’t like “yankees” telling him what to do.

    Don’t give up Steve … but you won’t find anything … I made all that stuff up about the GBI … simple misdirection … it was the FBI … and I really remember the old boy’s name who got the Camels too.

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  89. 89 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Hi y’all! Berigan, I think it was Lew & Grinch’s excellent adventure from the start.

    Sir Bob is a counterfeiter ?!? 😯

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  90. 90 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    VOR, wonderful job on the lead. Really great stuff.

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  91. 91 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Counterfeiter??? Is that someone who’s against being fit??? Sorry…it’s late not late?

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  92. 92 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 25, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I meant…

    Counterfeiter??? Is that someone who’s against being fit??? Sorry…it’s late not late?

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  93. 93 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    G’night everybody…

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  94. 94 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Boy, y’all are lively tonight…. 🙄

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  95. 95 Bob, journalist February 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Sir Bob is a counterfeiter ?!?” … FBG, that’s a horrible thing to suggest!

    Neither am I no counterfeit … I’m the reel deal!

    Maybe I was … but I ain’t admitting nothing! However, “was” means back then … “is” means now … I’ve reformed!

    I can’t see what the big deal is … even an honorable Senator has kept the secret all these years. It was a tightly held, classified experiment secret so I doubt Dews knew of it, but I’m sure Sam would validate my story, unless he’s plans for the Presidency … which I wish he had.

    Goodness, it was just a simple chemistry experiment … of course countersinking them holes in that board, took some time and precision, especially the smaller hole … it had to be exactly the size of a dime … so that the coins would fall into the water at just the right time.

    I was just an eager student … an unwitting dupe … I can’t even remember how them hooligans did all that stuff, but somehow it worked!

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  96. 96 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hmmm…. well, I guess we’ll let that slide, Bob.

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  97. 97 vaquietlife February 25, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Good evening all! This is my first time blogging on your site! I have been following your lines since December, I find many of your lines delightful. My husband has been after me to join in the group, so here I am.. I will let you guys guess who my husband is…. The day dreaming lead was very well written, gave me the feeling of being at the field.

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  98. 98 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Welcome Vaquietlife. Hmmmm, I wonder who you are married to?

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  99. 99 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Mrs. Gil? that’s assuming the “va” part is for Virginia.

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  100. 100 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    That would be MY guess!

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  101. 101 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    FBG, you meeting Lew and Grinch sometime this week?

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  102. 102 vaquietlife February 25, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Yes, you are both right. I am the other half.

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  103. 103 flbravesgirl February 25, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Welcome!!! Nice to have another lady here. CL & I are pretty outnumbered.

    Chris, I’m going over to Orlando Thurs.

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  104. 104 vaquietlife February 25, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you…. I will try and help with our female points of view..

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  105. 105 chrisklob February 25, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Okay Vaquietlife, riddle me this. How does a pretty young thing like you wind up with an old salty dog like mrgil? (Your picture is posted on his pics page).

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  106. 106 vaquietlife February 25, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Now that I have said hello, I will say good night….past my bed time..take care all.

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  107. 107 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Welcome, VA.

    Bob, I’m sorry, but your 10:20 sure sounds like it depends on what the meaning of “is” is.

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  108. 108 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 12:30 am

    anyone still up???????

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  109. 109 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Yeah, Berigan. I was just wondering if I should give up for the night.

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  110. 110 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 12:41 am

    well, it’s still hard to explain, isn’t it??? Everyone just takes the night off….need hk to do some stats per day, week, etc!

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  111. 111 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I’m surprised he hasn’t joined in here. He could have a graph page.

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  112. 112 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Well Steve, no reason to be sorry, I freely admit that all of my messages are intended to depend of the definitions of the words I use.

    At first, I thought it was good that the writer’s strike over so that you could watch Hollywood’s version of The Kellys … now I’m not so sure.

    Can you imagine a bunch of overpaid actors not being to ad lib while they open envelopes and read the name of the winners?

    I admit that I didn’t know any of the winners and few of the nominees … but what an inspiring Best Picture … No Country For Old Men … an appropriate title …

    When Llewellyn Moss comes upon a corpse-strewn drug-deal-gone-wrong in the middle of the barren West Texas range, he takes the bag of cash he finds at the scene and soon draws the attention of the county sheriff investigating the crime. Sheriff Bell will become Llewellyn’s best hope for survival, however, when he finds himself the object of a relentless pursuit by hired killer Anton Chigurh, a murderous sociopath.

    Sounds uplifting … maybe has some instructional value too … well it won the Oscar … but, don’t think it would rate “the Kelly”

    If that was the best picture, what was the worst?

    A big howdy to Mrs. Gil … and a fine tribe it is you have too. For a union man to live in the heart of the Confederacy … and raise such a brood without anybody getting wise … that’s quite a feat … figure you had a lot to do with that. Folks in Lawrenceville want to know when y’all plan on moving down?

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  113. 113 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

    I think most of us are not crazy about specialized stats(as I believe VOR called them earlier, boutique stats!) but look at these numbers for player X from last year. In 412 AB’s player X hit 21 HR’s and drove in 92 RBIs. Used to be if an outfielder drove in 92 in 600 ab’s that was good. but read what the guy who runs http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/ said about player X

    Jon Heyman talked to _________s agent, who indicated that ______ is intent on finding a near full-time offer. _____ hit .252/.311/.468 last year, earning $1.85MM. Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system sees a .256/.327/.470 line in 282 plate appearances this year, worth about $3MM.

    ____splits indicate he should be playing part time: .328/.410/.613 against lefties, .222/.267/.410 against righties.

    The player is Sosa. isn’t it interesting that his 21Hr’s and 92 RBI’s aren’t even mentioned? All the teams that really needed a left fielder, and no mention of him for the job…..

    I just know in the time it took me to look up his stats, and write this out…flb will be deep into a book….

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  114. 114 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 12:58 am

    The description is enough for me to know that I don’t want to see that movie. Sounds terrible. The best movie I’ve seen recently is one that apparently no one else watched, “Stardust”. It’s a sword-&- spell-fantasy type movie, which is very much my taste. My sister, however, is not normally interested in that style at all, was dubious about watching it with me and wound up really enjoying it. Robert DeNiro is particularly good in it.

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  115. 115 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Almost, Berigan. Now I’m going. ‘Night, y’all.

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  116. 116 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Miss Velvet, I don’t know if I can forgive you, as the west coast was never even considered for cake distribution.

    Berigan, you have been dominating. I have been hiding in the corner.

    HK, domination graph?

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  117. 117 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 1:33 am

    HK‘s more than charts and graphs … he’s pretty smart, has good insights … can turn a phrase … his kids are smarter than he … at least at choosing schools … that is, if memory serves … he’s a Rice Owl … I always wondered if they were anything like barley owls. I knew a fellow who coached football out there … Bo Hagen … nice fellow; knew him while I was in high school.

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  118. 118 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Flb, never even heard of that movie! Quite a cast….Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole, along with DeNiro…and their names are down the list on imdb.com

    I haven’t been going to many new movies the last year or so. I DON’T want to be one of those people that never goes to the movies….., but I so rarely hear of a plot that intrigues me. Meanwhile, I watch old A and B pictures that run on Turner Classic, and think while watching them…damn, they’d never make a film like this, no blood poring all over the place, no nudity, just a story!

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  119. 119 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Berigan, it is sad ain’t it … sort of like baseball without PEDs.

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  120. 120 morpheus45 February 26, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Morning, all! Ha! It’s actually morning. I’ll do a better job of posting tonight; I’m burned to a crisp right now. Forgot how nasty the Florida sun actually is. Anyhoo, Hampton looked good throwing bp yesterday. Pendleton is noticeably smaller (and I got his autograph). Francouer is noticeably bigger (standing side-by-side with Tex, he looked like the one we ought to be trying harder to sign). McCann looks in better shape and definitely has the strongest and most accurate throwing arm among the catchers who practiced (Lopez, Flowers, Sammons, Miller). Also noteworthy: Brandon Jones nowhere to be seen (Lew says he hasn’t been seen yet at any time) and Josh Johnson getting a whole heck of a lot of work. Hmmmm….. Got some photos; I’ll send them to you tonight, CL. Having a nasty hangover, almost all of them are from one seat. Most are of Katy Temple’s behind (she came out for about 20 minutes), and the behind of the girl who took the photos for the AJC (she got down in some interesting positions). However, there are some of the players as well. Even one of a certain beet writer riding Bobby around in a golf cart. Time to shower and get ready; I’ll check back in tonight.

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  121. 121 Salty February 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Good morning…you’re a fine one, Mr. Grinch! 🙂

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  122. 122 Salty February 26, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Paladin…I must have been hit by the same bug you have…I wasn’t asleep by 8:30, but I never saw 9:15! Does that mean I’ll be wiser, today? 😕

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  123. 123 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for the report Grinch!!! Man, if Frenchy looks bigger than Tex now…wow!!!
    I tried to warn folks….I still remember the burn I got back in 1981 down in Tampa for Cards spring training. I looked like this—-> 😳

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  124. 124 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 6:56 am

    storms a’ brewin’ Ma!

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  125. 125 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 7:54 am

    G’mornin’ all!

    The big storm roared through J-town about 40 minutes ago. It lasted about 15 minutes… the 15 minutes I spent taking my kids to school. Great timing, huh?

    Berigan, I saw your Turner Classic Movies reference. I am addicted to TCM. My wife and I love old movies, and spend alot of time at TCM. I am a huge fan of John Wayne (of course), Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, anything Hitchcock, and last but not least Bogart. That is certainly not a complete list, either.

    Having small kids, most of the new movies I catch are family friendly. In fact, the last new movie I saw was Alvin and the Chipmunks. Typical… My son is 12 now, tough, so we will catch movies like Fantastic 4, Transformers, etc. I’m looking forward to Iron Man.

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  126. 126 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 8:22 am

    GOOOOOD MORNIN’, everybody!! Hope all is well!

    Grinch, SUPER!!! Can’t wait! Love to hear more from you!! Chopper was driving the golf cart????? Ooooooooh, heaven help us!!

    MISS JOSIE!!!!! Can’t tell you how delighted we are to have you!!!!! Thank you and WELCOME!!!

    I was trying to remember the last movie I saw. I think it was The Rookie. On tv. Usually don’t have time to sit and watch a whole movie – always something that has to be done/fed/petted/taken to the bathroom/washed/swept/researched/blogged. 😆

    Off to an appointment – have fun!

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  127. 127 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 8:22 am

    jimmy smith has read the grinch post several times trying to give grinch benefit of the doubt, but, jimmy smith has concluded that grinch has taken pictures of the behinds of “some of the players as well” – even a photo of the behind of a certain beet writer (no problem, both sides the same).

    and as for mccann being the best catcher . . . well, yes, that is correct. all-star catcher. much like corky miller, only very, very different.

    and, chop seal is giddy with excitement. chop seal has braking news in a few minutes.

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  128. 128 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Salty and Chris, y’all are up next! 🙂

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  129. 129 Chop Seal February 26, 2008 at 8:28 am

    BrAking NewS: ThiS beeT wriTer has LurnEd that eacH daY aftEr a vERY, VErY ligHt pracTice, thIS tEam haS a TEA PARTEE! Yes, alL they taLk abOut is Tea TimE! “WheN is Our Tea TimE?” I aM goIng to BuY some LiPton StocK and MaYbe SOme LuzIanne. TheY doN’T taLk bASeball alL that mUch, moStly tea. I liKe tea OKay but not So muCh. MOre LaTer.

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  130. 130 Chop Seal February 26, 2008 at 8:29 am

    I neED to lurn hoW to dRive. TheY leT beeT wRIters dRive litTle caRts aRound anD taKE peepLe plaCes. ThEy woRk foR tiPS.

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  131. 131 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 8:37 am

    ThEy woRk foR tiPS.

    That reminds me of an old joke about rabbis doing circumcisions, but I better not go there… 😀

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  132. 132 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Are Salty and Klobber going to do a duet? Can’t wait to see who sings basso and who plays the dobro.

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  133. 133 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 8:39 am

    and josie has joined the blog . . . welcome, josie!

    chop seal called this morning and wants to learn to drive. maybe grinch can offer chop seal some help in this regard. cover the seats. and, tea time is great if the team knows how to bunt, hit behind the runner, run the bases, hit the cutoff man, and such. otherwise, this time might well be devoted to improving skills. and what of all the hamstring injuries while running to first base? maybe some conditioning is in order? no wonder these players like to play for bobby cox!

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  134. 134 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Oh, and pardon me for my tardiness!

    Welcome Mrs. Gil! You know what they say. A family that blogs together, um, well… OK, maybe there isn’t a saying for that after all…

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  135. 135 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I play a dobro! 😀

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  136. 136 Chop Seal February 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

    I MET CHIPPRE JONES! He tHougHT I waS a cluBhoUSe boy anD he gavE me $50 aNd toLd me to gO buy Some Bate! He Is Goin’ Fishin”. I aM at The KRystAl rigHt noW aND wiLL be Hear for aWhile. $50 at ThE KrYstAl goes a Long Wae.

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  137. 137 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I just had a horrible thought. Did Grinch get all that sun while wearing his thong? Toasted green buns? Ugh! And before I’ve even had my second coffee.

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  138. 138 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 8:49 am

    a story about joey devine from mercury news.

    Devine became the first Brave since third baseman Bob Horner in 1978 to play in the big leagues the same year he was drafted. Then he became the first pitcher in major league history to yield grand slams in his first two games.

    “I’d be lying to you if I said my confidence wasn’t hurt,” Devine said. “I can’t tell you how much my mom, my dad and my brother helped me through that time. I’ve never really experienced an initiation like that, and it hurt a little bit.”

    That’s where short-term memory comes into play. As Devine walks through the A’s clubhouse this spring, he gives off a vibe of positive energy. Devine, traded from Atlanta to Oakland with pitcher Jamie Richmond in January for outfielder Mark Kotsay, believes he’s better equipped to handle adversity as a result of those high-profile failures.

    He stands a strong chance of making the A’s roster this spring, and he might have the stuff to eventually be a closer.

    good wishes to joey devine. not used well as a brave. story later reveals hip flexor injury and pitching while hurt for the atlanta braves.

    “I had a wrap that went around my thigh and up around my back,” he said. “Any time I (lifted up) with my lead leg, I was like a slingshot.”

    oh, the humanity! lead leg, much like a horse. or a hoss.

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  139. 139 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Salty sent me an e-mail with a notice to “wait for the site to load”. I turned it over to the bomb squad. 🙂

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  140. 140 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Of course, if his leg was made of lead, that would explain the hip and back issues…

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  141. 141 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I see where Bregain took me to task for claiming I was the only one to talk bb, yesterday. I stand crorceted. I was just desperately trying to show that I am not only fluff, I have substance. And now:

    “Any time I (lifted up) with my lead leg, I was like a slingshot.”

    It is those that lift up a trailing leg that you have to be careful of.

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  142. 142 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 9:03 am

    good toes keep pitchers grounded on the mound.

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  143. 143 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Lead legs are not to be trifled with…

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  144. 144 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Lead feets I am familiar with. Lead legs? Sounds NASCARish to me.

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  145. 145 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Led Zeppelins?

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  146. 146 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Lead guitars?

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  147. 147 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Raisins; That was sick yo. I’m LMAO.

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  148. 148 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I’m LME… (Licking My Elbow)

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  149. 149 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 9:23 am

    “Lead” is one of the words in the English language that you almost have to be born to. Wish they could work it into the immigration literature and citizenship tests. Often.

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  150. 150 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 9:29 am

    yes, lickin’ the elbow . . . could keep u know who busy for quite a time. did lickin’ the elbow get posted over there? certainly a lot of lickin’ goes on over there but not much lickin’ the elbow.

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  151. 151 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I posted a bye-for-now note but it disappeared into cyberspace. I won’t do another. Bye

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  152. 152 Voice of Wikipedia February 26, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Lead (pronounced /ˈlɛd/) is a chemical element with the symbol Pb (Latin: plumbum) and atomic number 82. A soft, heavy, toxic and malleable poor metal, lead is bluish white when freshly cut, but tarnishes to dull gray when exposed to air. Lead is used in building construction, lead-acid batteries, bullets and shot, weights, and is part of solder, pewter, and fusible alloys. Lead has the highest atomic number of all stable elements.

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  153. 153 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Like I said, if his leg was made of lead, that would explain the hip and back issues…

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  154. 154 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Good morning folks, Great update for us Grinch, thanks… And oh yeah, trying to get the image out of my head of a green man with sunburn… Becareful you do ruin your liver and develop jaundice or someone might mistaken you for a traffic signal.

    Will, there goes the free and easy banter, I will have to watch what I say from now on. But I am glad to have Josie to join the blog. 🙂

    Bob, No a more loyal native son you will find than I but unfortunately I discovered as a working man that being employed by a major company without having Union protection is like showing up for court without the benefit of a good attorney. A necessary evil if you don’t want to be taken advantage of. It’s all good however.

    CL… I will tell you that Josie loves Wilmington. She always says it is what she thought a southern city was supposed to look like. Very different from the impression made by Atlanta.

    Hopefully I can take her to Charleston and Savanna this year. It is always good for contrast. 🙂

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  155. 155 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 9:48 am

    gil, when in charleston be sure and stop by the journalists hall of fame.

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  156. 156 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Does this discussion of lead mean we have jumped the shark on our lead post. So many possibilities when using lead. Could one concoct images of leadership to describe the talents of an officer to keep his troops well supplied with bullets? Is a lead balloon the one that is released first?

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  157. 157 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Now baseball…. Often, who you don’t see can tell you volumes about their health when it comes to spring training. Brandon Jones may be conspicuous in his absence.

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  158. 158 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

    gil, after you visit the journalists hall of fame here in Charleston, don’t forget to have a grouper sandwich at one of our fine seafood restaurants.

    (and let me know if/when you’re coming too!)

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  159. 159 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:17 am

    journalists hall of fame…Charleston? 😕

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  160. 160 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Where’s the Calabash? 😀

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  161. 161 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Calabash is in NC.

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  162. 162 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Calabash ain’t seafood! 😛

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  163. 163 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Calabash is the name of a town in NC. “Calabash-style” describes a certain type of deep fried seafood.

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  164. 164 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Where’s RR? 😀

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  165. 165 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Fried is a terrible thing to do to seafood! 😛

    Just kidding on everyone…I’m not much into frying, especially seafood (excepting shrimp…and catfish…not from the sea!). Oh, and good hushpuppies, and…ok, maybe I’m into frying, conditionally! 😕

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  166. 166 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Klobber…when you gonna put up a new map…like your BBQ one. Types of seafood?

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  167. 167 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Salty, you’d make an excellent politician! The way you flip-flopped on the fried seafood issue was remarkable and when you finished, you had one foot firmly planted on either side of the fence! Bravo!

    SALTY FOR PRESIDENT! 🙂

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  168. 168 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I cranked up the grill last night for the first time this year, and grilled some tilapia. A little butter, a little lemon juice, topped with grated parmesan… it was great. I will take grilled tilapia any day over fried anything. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say anything. If you’re gonna serve me some pecan-crusted brook trout or something like that, well, you know, that’s different.

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  169. 169 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 10:40 am

    BBQ map? I hope the Iron Pig in Jefferson is on that map!

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  170. 170 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 10:42 am

    And more baseball from around the globe… This link to an interview with Jonny Estrada now with the nationals.

    I still think the Braves threw this guy under the bus….

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080224/SPORTS02/760993996/sports02

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  171. 171 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Salty… It really depends on the seafood. The worse thing one can do to seafood is put it in a microwave.

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  172. 172 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Klobber….I’m moved…what can I say? Hey, one must have a grasp of the topic within the topic(s)…and never let on which one you’re really speaking to! If you’re naturally confused…and I am (full disclosure!), it’s easy to pull off, and perfectly natural, too! That’s what sells to the masses!!! 😉

    I’m scaring myself!
    Oh…and be careful the fence you straddle…can be painful! 😯

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  173. 173 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Gil…never crossed my mind to radiate seafood…as long as it’s pretty much stopped flopping, flipping, crawling, or acting like a castinet, I’m ready to roll!

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  174. 174 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Typical politician. They say a lot of words that sound really good but don’t mean a damn thing. Again, well done!

    Yes, and I hope that fence isn’t any taller than your legs! 😯

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  175. 175 Salty February 26, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Hey…I resemble that remark…and I meant every word I said…it’s up to you to target the topic! Come on…put that edumaction to work! 😆

    Yes…I do stick to short fences…one should be equally adept at hopping back and forth as they are straddling! Never know when you have to take a stand (for the present audience!) 😉

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  176. 176 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I stopped in for a minute and must disagree with Gil on cooking seafood in the microwave. Salmon can be very successfully poached in a m.wave. You nuke it in very short bursts and watch the color. AAMOF, it can be done much easier and successfully than using the traditional stove-top method. This was taught to me by a Canadian lady who had attended some of France’s most prestigious cooking schools. I will share the recipe and methodology with any that are interested.

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  177. 177 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 10:59 am

    much like dob did not like jimmy smith, dob did not like rr. rr had opinions. rr was not such a bad guy . . . just a little misunderstanding with this journalist. and rr challenged jimmy smith’s journalistic credentials! well, somewhere in myrtle beach close to a goofy golf and a calabash restaurant, rr is broadcasting . . . and bloggers here should find rr and extend an invitation to blog hear. rr knows some baseball and could assist chrisklob with coverage of the pelicans – can be the color man. just don’t mention jimmy smith.

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  178. 178 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 11:00 am

    salmon poached on the hood of an oldsmobile also is very tempting.

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  179. 179 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Before you invite rr here, make sure he and sja have settled their issues. God, I don’t want to listen to that anymore.

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  180. 180 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Gil, I always liked Estrada too but the Braves found that they didn’t need him with McCann’s emergence. I find it interesting to note that he’s with his fourth organization since 2005 (fifth if you want to count his trade to the Mets). Maybe it tells you something about what kind of teammate he is.

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  181. 181 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Poached salmon is less likely, than calabash cooking, to give you a Julia pooch.

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  182. 182 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Uh, how ’bout we DON”T invite rr to blog here. We don’t need the drama, thankyouverymuch!

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  183. 183 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I drank some Canadian beer while eating french-fries once. I may have even drank Canadian beer while eating salmon. I don’t know. That would have been several years and many brain cells ago. I ceased imbibing a while back…

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  184. 184 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Have we established that RR is opinionated, dramatic, and confrontational, but he is not and idiot?

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  185. 185 Hillbilly February 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Poached Salmon from the hood of an oldsmobile is more than likely illegal in most states, too. I know whitetailed deer are. 😉

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  186. 186 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 11:08 am

    hot sauce. that is the failing of johnny estrada. hot sauce brings many players down. not like b12 – hot sauce damages the stomach —— (fill in the blanK) – getting queasy and didn’t even type it. feeling faint . . . losing consciousness . . . passing out . . . dropping to the floor . . . blacking out . . . lightheaded . . . dizzy . . . oh, the humanity! carolina lady has ruined blogging for jimmy smith! 😆

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  187. 187 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

    well, chrisklob may be right . . . but there is some good material that would come over with rr. julia comes to mind. not sure who julia really is but would probably come over with rr.

    and what is a pooch shot in golf?

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  188. 188 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 11:11 am

    It’s raining and my dog is whining to go outside. That means either I get wet from the rain, or the carpet gets wet from the dog. 😡

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  189. 189 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Probably the same beer. Her ex-husband was CFO of Molson Brewing. I met her when I was a dance-host(imagine AT SEA with Mathau and Lemon)on a cruise liner. There I go: Daydreaming, again.

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  190. 190 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 11:12 am

    no, hillbilly, poached on the hood 😆 – much like warming the buns on the stove . . . lots of bun talk here since grinch posted earlier. ugly thought – worse than bob in a leotard.

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  191. 191 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Moosehead, my friend, Moosehead. But, again, that was years ago…

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  192. 192 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 11:15 am

    OK, gonna take the dog out, then I have to hit the road for a couple of hours for work.

    C-ya in the PM… 😎

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  193. 193 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Raisins; I have my dog better trained than that. He pees on the floor whether it is raining or not.

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  194. 194 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Let me make the correction that the movie I referred to was “Out to Sea”

    and jjs; I don’t know about the pooch shot in golf but I well remember Lemon’s comment: “If you think it is difficult to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

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  195. 195 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Oh the humanity…. a pooch shot would entail some type of vaccination would it not?

    Yes, methinks ( where did I pick that up from?) jimmy smith likes controversy. Always asking pushing the edge of the envelope…

    I was smart enough not to take the bait and just continued to sweep the peanut shells from the venue.. 🙂

    Yes Chris, I understand Estrada to be a bit of a pistol but he sure is clutch when it comes to hitting.

    I am happy to learn that McCann is improving his defense. The Braves have been very vulnerable to base stealing for quite some time now. You cannot continue to allow for lead off walks to become in affect doubles because your battery cannot hold runners or throw out would be base thiefs.

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  196. 196 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Speaking of queasy stomachs, I have to tell you that I am very disappointed in you, jjs. Yesterday you asked “what rhymes with colon?” I responded with a list of words that I thought would be interesting as many of them had connections to this blog or baseball. Frankly, I was expecting some poetry from you. Wasn’t expecting anything of biblical proportions but I figured I’d given you enough wood to keep the fire burning until the Braves traveled north! 😦

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  197. 197 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Question…. Could the term semi colon be used to describe a colostomy?

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  198. 198 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Gil, only if it applies to part of a colon, not the whole thing. 🙂

    Gee, I hope jjs doesn’t get queasy again.

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  199. 199 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Okay folks, it’s been fun but I need to drive across town and pick up some items I forgot last week. later….

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  200. 200 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

    We are all agreed that it is “co” with a “lon”(co-lon), but what in the Sam Hill is a lon?

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  201. 201 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Baseball: Ji-EER Jurjens has a mid-90s fastball, a sinker, slider and changeup; and John Smoltz and Tom Glavine to teach him how to pitch. Sounds as if NL batters(and hopefully AL in October)will have their hands full.

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  202. 202 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Can someone do a pinch-hit for Salty?? He’s tied up at work.

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  203. 203 williamwallace February 26, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    How much better would the Nats be today if, when he was the GM of the Expos, Omar Minaya did not trade away Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee for the right to rent Bartolo Colon?

    I hope the Braves are not saying the same thing in a few years about those kids they traded away for Tex.

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  204. 204 williamwallace February 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I’ll pinch hit if you need me – but I would prefer if we let Paladin or Flange or Bay Area Steve break their cherries first. I would love to hear Paladin talk about some of his good old day memories of baseball.

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  205. 205 Hillbilly February 26, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Braveheart,

    Did you do the same thing I did this weekend? Godfather I and II back to back on AMC(?) It was the only about the 75th time I’ve seen each one, but I can’t seem to pull myself away when they come on t.v.

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  206. 206 williamwallace February 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hillbilly, You know it. I say everytime that I’m not gonna bother but then I flick over to it and get sucked in. Every time I’m out, they pull me back in. I even own the first two but still watch it when it is on television.

    I finally watched Godfather III for the first time in its entirety the other day. I’ve tried watching that one so many times but, man, that is a horrible movie. It’s weird that they created two of the best movies ever and then one of the worst movies ever.

    But there is nothing better than the first two movies. I like the second one the best because of the young Vito scenes.

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  207. 207 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hi, y’all!

    Spoke to Grinch briefly, he had to get off the phone because the players were coming over to the stands. Hopefully that means more pics. Sounds like he’s more red than green right now.

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  208. 208 Salty February 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Grinch is there…we’re not…we’re the ones who are green! 😦

    CL…I’ll keep trying to chip away on a lead…thanks WW, just in case and, I’m with you, Paladin, BAS, or Flange…or all three, for that matter!

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  209. 209 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks, ww. Somebody step up and say “I’ve got it!” 🙂

    Received the following email and am doing what the writer requested:
    “If you have time…please advise your bloggers that TheSouthernJackAss is no longer a part of their blog, nor their problem…therefore please include the SJA on your list as one of those topics not to be discussed on the blog…I would hope that I have earned at least that much consideration…sja”
    😦

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  210. 210 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    OK, Salty, thanks!! I know it’s hard to juggle a lot of stuff! SALTY HAS IT! 🙂

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  211. 211 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    CL, I may be able to go on “short rest” if need be. I’m up after Salty and have been working on my next piece. (Piece of what? I’ll let y’all be the judge!)

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  212. 212 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Terrific, Chris!! Y’all are the best!! 🙂

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  213. 213 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I’m sure it will be good, Chris.

    CL, sorry to hear that (1:08).

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  214. 214 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    When do you need it CL?

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  215. 215 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Me, too, FBG. Me, too.

    Salty, would yours be ready in a day or two? Chris, if yours is about done, we can do a switch in the batting order. Y’all decide which will work better for each of you. But for sure we’ll need one in 2 days or we’ll be able to gauge the page loading times with a calendar! 😆

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  216. 216 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    CL, I can have mine ready in a day or so if you need. Since Salty is busy at work and I am currently unemployed, I have a little more time to finish mine up. Y’all just let me know what I need to do. If we switch spots in the rotation it will give Salty perhaps three to five days to finish his.

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  217. 217 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Great, Chris! You’re up next and Salty is in the on-deck circle! THANKS!!
    We’re at 216 responses now, so surely by Thursday, Friday at the latest we’ll need a new lead.

    🙂

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  218. 218 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Done, CL. I’ll try to finish it up by tomorrow afternoon/evening then.

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  219. 219 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Great, Chris! Can’t wait to read it!

    We now have an Official BravesAndStuff Birthday page! If any are missing, please let me know! 🙂

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  220. 220 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Grinch’s is Aug. 18th, CL.

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  221. 221 Hillbilly February 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    WW,

    The Young Vito flashbacks are great. I just realized a couple of weeks ago that Bruno Kirby’s character is the young version of Clemenza. Guess I never really paid that much attention to him the first 50 times I watched it.

    Yesterday, I saw a Bob Costas interview with Robert Duvall circa 1991 on YouTube and they discussed III. Duvall talked about how it was clearly only made for monetary-reasons and that’s why he didn’t participate in the movie. If you have time, look it up. I would post a link, but I can’t search on YouTube from work.

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  222. 222 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    As some have already noted on here I am more of a one-line loonie than an essayist, but that said, I will take my time in the barrel when the Lady says, ” Let it be Done”.

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  223. 223 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    paladin, all you gotta do is string together a bunch of those loonie one-liners and you’ll be fine! 🙂

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  224. 225 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Here’s the current LineUP – minus the latest switch:

    Carolina Lady
    jimmy smith
    ssiscribe
    SavannahGuy
    Berigan
    MrGil
    Voice of Reason Raisins
    Lew – on assignment
    Salty
    Chrisklob
    Chop Seal
    Grinch
    Bob, J
    williamwallace
    Paladin
    Flange1

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  225. 226 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Well timed “Dear Abby” column today. Yes, as a thirty year old male, I read Dear Abby.

    Apparently both Merriam-Webster and American Heritage allow that “guy” is acceptable colloquial English when referring to men or women.

    I wonder how long this has been the case.

    As someone’s who’s been guilty of doing this, I found the discussion here a couple of days ago enlightening. Regardless of what the dictionaries say, Ms. Phillips makes it clear that women don’t want to hear it, and I will try my best to oblige them.

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  226. 227 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    At my age you don’t even buy green bananas, and now I’m a week, or two, away? That isn’t even a nail-biter. 🙂

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  227. 228 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    BAS; I think it is an era issue. If a server had referred to my Mother as a guy, my Dad would have taken great umbrage. It would have probably been like Rock Hudson at the end of Giant(dad was an orator, not a fighter).

    When I was taking my Mother out (before her death) I resented servers referring to us as “guys”, but I didn’t make an issue of it, until TIP time.

    Now, it is almost a part of the culture. But, women and men alike now wear ball caps and boogie in place in so-called “churches”. I almost think I have lived too long.

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  228. 229 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I fully agree, Paladin. I’d love to know when it became accepted, at least by the dictionaries. It interests me because I’ve had a hard time in those situations. Y’all’s suggestion of using y’all is appreciated. Did I spell those y’alls right?

    So what’s for dinner tonight?

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  229. 230 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Another possible solution, that I use frequently: When the server comes up and says, “Hi! I’m Bruce(or Mandy) and I will be your server.” I say, “Hi Bruce(or Mandy) this is Miss____and I’m Mr. Hull, and we will be your customers.” Seems to work.

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  230. 231 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Dinner tonight? Country ham on biscuits. Hopping John. Onioney slaw. And chianti. Wine doesn’t go? You choose your drink (sweet tea?) and I’ll choose mine. 🙂

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  231. 232 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    jjs, nice mention of Devine. I, too, saw the San Jose Mercury article, and wish the man well.

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  232. 233 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I resented servers referring to us as “guys”

    Hey Mr. Paladin, I represent that!!! Mrs. Guy and myself are quite happy for waiters to address us as the “Guys”. ; )

    By the way… Mrs. Guy and myself are back home and she’s doing just fine. We sincerely thank, uh… ya’ll for the well wishes and prayers. They mean a lot.

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  233. 234 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Aaah, another great selection. I’m beginning to understand that Chianti goes well with most anything. I think I will head to the Korean BBQ. Asian foods at all popular in the south? Just Chinese? I am a huge bul-go-gi (first?) fan.

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  234. 235 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hey SG, I’m truly happy to have you back and delighted that Mrs. SG is fine. Now, that I have propped you up—Pow!, right in the kisser! 😈

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  235. 236 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Wonderful news, Mr. Guy. While nobody specified, your absence did seem a bit worrisome.

    Damn, so it is spelled ya’ll. Somebody please, uh, clarify.

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  236. 237 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Are Asian foods popular in the south?! Chop sooey is one of my favorites. 🙂

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  237. 238 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Raisins, when I read your post I was wondering what you were taking to see, hear, smell, feel, taste all of those things… and curious to know if there was any more available. I’ll have some of that.

    Very excellent post. Poetry.

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  238. 239 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Ms. CL gives a very good primer on “ya’ll”; she did so on the “other” blog one time. Maybe she will honor us again. Ma’am????

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  239. 240 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    and before I’m corrected, “y’all” is the proper way to write it.

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  240. 241 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    It is called ‘no respect.’ If it isn’t taught, they’ll never know. Parents failed, teachers failed.

    Used to be that rules in school concerned such behavioral things as not running in the halls, not chewing gum, etc. Then US courts determined that GOD was a horrible influence in our schools so He was removed by law. Now there are mass murders and armed policemen in every school. So, how has that worked out, Mr/Mrs America??

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  241. 242 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Bay Area Steve, I’m not sure of the ya’ll punctuation… but that’s how we say it in Savannah. Could just be a coastal accent.

    Thanks Paladin. No pows… just gotta hit the t-balls when they come around. Seems we take turns being Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

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  242. 243 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I see us more as Mutt(you)and Jeff(Me). 🙂

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  243. 244 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I, too, am sorry to read the 1:08. I sincerely hope I played no part, even if it could have only been a very, very small one.

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  244. 245 williamwallace February 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Hey, Hillbilly, I just checked out the Costas interview with Duvall. Thanks. Good looking out.

    Pretty interesting. Duvall told it like it was.

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  245. 246 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Now, if you’re in the company of blue-bloods and southern belles in old downtown Savannah, sitting on the parlor floor balcony overlooking the magnolia blossoms and spanish moss, you might hear pronounced, “yewe wall”.

    Example: Would yewe wall laack anuthuh meeunt juwlep?

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  246. 247 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    SG, is that Rosalynn’s dialect?

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  247. 248 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I have to go to the store. Among other things I’ll pick up the fixins for some meeunt juwlips. Psshaw, Mr Savannah(fan–fan)uwe say the funniest thangs.

    I, too, hate to see the 1:08 but it happens only slightly less frequently than the swallows leaving Capistrano.

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  248. 249 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Hey, y’all.

    I have just returned from an out of town assignment, coupled with picking up the young’uns from school.

    Thanks, SG. The only thing I was on was a break.

    Well, it’s Mrs. Raisins’ birthday and we’re heading out to the big city of Athens. I’ll check in later, Mrs. Raisins permitting. 😀

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  249. 250 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Steve, I couldn’t begin to duplicate the translated dialect of Missy Rosalynn that visits the blog occasionally (where is she?), but I suppose it’s a similar, coastal version of hers. There are many folks here that talk just that way, only very naturally. Words are elongated and articulated in “a mowst deelahtful mannah”.

    If you can imagine mixing a Boston Irish Catholic dialect with a southern drawl… that’s a part of Savannah. Verah chaahmin to bee shewahh. When it’s natural.

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  250. 251 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    CL, the parents have certainly failed the students. Teachers have played a part in it too. An even bigger culprit is the “system”. The teachers have almost zero leverage when it comes to punishment. When my mother first started teaching in 1970, she had the ability to take a child into the restroom and paddle them. She didn’t even need to consult the principal. A few years later when I was in school, I remember having to go to the office one time. The principal had an enormous paddle hanging from a hook that I imagined could have only been wielded by Paul Bunyan. It also had holes drilled in it, it was splintered around those holes too, and had rubber bands wrapped around it. All of these modifications were intended to inflict more pain upon the unfortunate recipient. No, I NEVER went to that office again. Seeing that paddle was all I needed.

    Nowadays, not even the principle can use corporal punishment as a punishment/deterrent. They’ve taken away the administrations’ trump card and left them with nothing. The PC’ers have ruined that and if allowed they’ll ruin everything else too!

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  251. 252 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I got censored again. Twice in one day. Thank goodness they have done away with corporal punishment. Not really.

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  252. 253 savannahguy February 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Whayull, ahhm ghonna hayuff tah tayuk a wahhk breauk nyauh… ahhteund to some utha mattahs ayund such ayas thayut…theeun ahhl cayutch up owhn thah blawg ayund reetuun laytuh.

    Y’all blawg ghud now, heauh?

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  253. 254 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    SG, you drinkin’ white russkies already? 🙂

    Glad to hear your better half is doing ok!

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  254. 255 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    VOR, a fellow TCM fan, thats great!!! Have you gotten your oldest to watch any Wayne movies yet??? Trick him into old movies by starting with action films! 😉
    I believe Grinch may watch TCM as well….I bet Bob does as well…CL, didn’t you mention liking old films??? Or am I losing my mind???? Losing more of it I mean….I am just starting to go thru the posts from this morning(Power went out briefly after I made a post before 8 AM, so gave up for the night) and didn’t trust my rememory to remember the TCM reference…. 😳

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  255. 256 morpheus45 February 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Mornin’, all! I put sun screen on just my forearms and face and wore a muscle shirt today, so now I’m almost burned even.

    Mark Kotsay is a really cool guy; he’ll be popular with the fans.

    Scott Thorman hits the ball a very long way, even to the opposite field. Very frustrating to watch knowing he won’t do it in a game.

    No Brandon Jones again today and lots of Anderson again.

    Anderson is fast; Jordan Schaeffer is real, REAL fast. When they did base running drills they put him at the end of the line and he waited an extra couple of seconds longer than anyone else before taking off and STILL had to cut the jets off to keep from running over whoever was in front of him. He takes McCann’s space up in baseball’s alternate universe of baserunners.

    JJS, did Mike Piazza always have the best throwing arm of all the catchers who reported to camp on HIS teams? Did everyone still know he was going to start? Oh, snap; I just went there. 🙂

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  256. 257 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Taking short breaks from the research project –

    Berigan, you’re right – I do like old films! Just don’t have time to watch anything! 🙂 Have 2 old films on DVD given to me at Christmas that haven’t even been unwrapped from the cellophane yet! 🙂

    Grinch, thanks for the reports!! Love getting your first-hand observations.

    (I’m juggling about 5 different things here so if I’m overlooking something, give me time – I’ll catch up!) 😆

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  257. 258 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Voice of Wikipedia Says:
    February 26, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Lead (pronounced /ˈlɛd/) is a chemical element with the symbol Pb (Latin: plumbum)

    Plumbum???? Isn’t that what something Grinch was saying he got plenty of nice shots of yesterday?????

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  258. 259 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Grinch, think Thorman is trying something new this spring?????

    CL, gotta make time to watch those 2 movies!!!! I have turned into the kind of person I am not crazy about. During some slow moving films, I will sneak a peak at this page, or the imdb.com page on the film I am watching…but, not while on the phone at the same time…a man’s got to know his limitations!

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  259. 260 lew614 February 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I’m tired. What Grinch said. He’s right and I was there with him.

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  260. 261 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    This blog has a seal and a scaley green creature working ST and they are still outscooping the beetrighter. Yo are sick, yo two!

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  261. 262 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    grinch and lew, chop seal said the very same things. grinch is right that thorman hits the ball hard – when he hits the ball. does thorman still swing like thorman is a woodcutter? and speed is valuable only when the manager will employ that speed. and this manager does not run. and mccann will start, yes. just like redman started and like mondesi and jordan once started. but, mccann is an all-star and should start. jimmy smith thinks mccann is the most disciplined hitter on the team now with edgar and julio gone. okay, chipper, too. tipppecanoe and chipper, too. catch anything today? bream? catfish?

    and no one wins a job at a bobby cox camp. remember excobar and jurries last time around?

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  262. 263 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    excobar . . . nutty nougat. escobar, ss.

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  263. 264 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    sometimes jjs is as hard to understand as bob. but, for the same reason. they are about half smart.

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  264. 265 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I guess I had better ‘splain myself before I get in trouble. The expression that someone is “half smart” is, where I was learned up, a compliment. ‘Cause of the belief that no matter how smart you become, you are only half way there. So there!

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  265. 266 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I’m going to go chow down. Hope there is someone in the bldg. when I get back. Chaio.

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  266. 267 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    The Flu is upon us … just got up … going back to bed … fever and chills … but, before I do …

    Gil, you’re a fine gentleman and scholar, brainwashed perhaps, … I admit that I’ve been represented by bad lawyers on occasion, I ain’t never belonged to no union though I have been employed by some major companies. Now I have designed insurance products for various unions to use as bargaining chips in their negotiations.

    Whenever I hired on, some of the company’s folks would interview me, ask a lot of questions … if the liked me, they’d take me to the club or executive dining room to lunch so as to make a good impression … might invite me back more than once.

    I was a pretty good talker and most of the time they would make me a job offer … and I would turn them down and they’d change their offer and I’d usually turn that down too … sort of like selling a house … and we’d finally make a deal … I tried to live by my word and they generally lived by theirs.

    I always gave my best and were I to find my employer and me to be in irreconcilable, adversarial positions, … I just told them to kiss my grits … didn’t need no lawyer or union to help me with that.

    Advantage of me may have been taken more than once, but belonging to a union would not have cured that problem … imagine that, a union negotiated benefit … nobody shall attempt to strip the individual of it’s identity or take advantage of same, unless of course, it’s the union.

    However, I do understand the Baseball Player’s Union … that makes good sense … people with personal agents, legal advisors, and personal, individually negotiated multimillion dollar contracts … makes good sense to me … it enables Labor and Management to point to the other as being responsible as they both continue to get rich at our expense.

    Steve, I’m sure that John is appreciative of your comments, as well as those of FBG, and I can assure you that your influence was nothing but positive, albeit brief. Unfortunately, I find the 3:47 comments of Mr. Hull to be boorish and vulgar, regardless of intent.

    Evidently snow tonight

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  267. 268 Bay Area Steve February 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Uh oh. Pistols at dawn? Chianti at 12 paces?

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  268. 269 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    What do I have to do to stop the sniping here??? I’ve completely had it with that, as have most others. Just. Stop.

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  269. 270 lew614 February 26, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    JJS-I think you will be quite surprised this season. There is A LOT of real good speed on the team and waiting in the wings. I have been going to the Spring Trainings ever since they started at Disney and they are doing things with running drills (station to station baseball) and are concentrating on hitting up the middle and to the opposite field that I “venever seen them do in recent years. Even Thorman is hitting line drives and going the other way.

    Kotsay looks like he may be the steal of the year. He is healthy and has worked very hard. I talked to him a couple times and he is a really nice guy and I think, like The Grinch said, he will be a fan favorite. He is VERY motivated to do well so his career will take off again.

    Josh Anderson can flat out fly. He has worked exceptionally hard and I think he will be the fourth outfielder.

    This will be a great season. The team is talented, has depth, is very focused and kind of ticked they are not getting any respect. I think Braves’ fans will be surprised and quite happy with this team.

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  270. 271 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Lew, that is exciting news!!! Sounds like they’re maybe learning some of the fundamentals that have been lacking?? Bunting practice??

    This may be a very, very good year to be a Braves fan!! 😀

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  271. 272 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I quit.

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  272. 273 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Paladin, you do not have permission to quit.

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  273. 274 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Yes ma’am. But, I need guidance.

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  274. 275 lew614 February 26, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Ma’am-I see Chipper lay a couple of bunts down daily-but he isn’t likely to do much bunting during the season. The pitchers all take bunting practice. I’ve not seen this level of intensity at Spring Training for the last six or so years.

    The kids that will be up this year and in the next couple will be a good bunch of players-extraordinarily fast and talented. Josh Anderson may well surprise many Braves’ fans. He is a very nice young man who has worked very hard and he has speed to burn. He is FAST-and an incredibly good center fielder. Schaeffer looks fourteen and is even faster than Anderson and Lillibridge (who looks twelve).

    Both The Grinch, Myself and even Buster Olney are quite happy with this team and are totally mystified why so many think they stand no chance. This may be a case of having it good being the overlooked underdog. They won’t overlook us for long, I’m willing to bet. This is a VERY GOOD team. We have much talent, confidence and depth.

    Oh yeah. Hampton looks devastatingly nasty, too. Also look out for Wil Ohman. He (after Kotsay) may be the steal of the off season. He is good, funny and a great presence (and runs almost as fast as the aforementioned players-I was shocked how fast he made it around the bases). I think fans will learn to like him a lot and he will be a great clubhouse guy. You’ve got to love a guy who can wear number 13 and enjoy doing so. A very flaky guy with lots of talent and is very fan friendly. He’ll help keep the guys loose.

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  275. 276 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Up for a minute and then back to bed … after this …

    The team is talented, has depth, is very focused and kind of ticked they are not getting any respect” … Lew, that’s great to hear … we knew they were talented with depth … and I think we’ll win the pennant.

    However, I can’t imagine their being ticked as a result of not getting respect … that’s either a mask put on for effect, or it’s sad … I suspect it’s for effect, at least in most cases.

    My guess is that most players on every team respect the other team and its players, regardless of the team. Like quickly taking umbrage without having done due diligence, being so ticked sounds like a shallow attitude, if it’s indeed real … they’re respected … but, if they’re worried about it, … methinks it’s easy enough to correct.

    No question that fans should be happy, not sure why we should be surprised.

    Well, that was more than minute …

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  276. 277 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Love it, Lew!! Now I REALLY can’t wait for the season to start!!! 😆

    Excellent observations!

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  277. 278 paladin2008 February 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I’m going to bed. I hope everyone can be more tolerant of my brand of humor, tomorrow. Good night.

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  278. 279 Carolina Lady February 26, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Mandatory Tuesday TV night is upon me. sigh….. Later.

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  279. 280 lew614 February 26, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Bob-No one has actually said as much, but it’s a feeling I get from how they are approaching it all this year. There is a good deal of hard work being done and the Coaching staff (Bobby Cox included) is paying VERY close attention to the players as they work out. Things are NOT on autopilot this time around, that’s a certainty.

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  280. 281 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I’m having chills … came back in to get my robe … saw Lew’s 8:02 post … no, what you described is what I wanted to hear it sounds like my kind of baseball … hope it continues to the closing bell!

    The tendency will be to revert to old habits when the pressure’s really on … a lot of folks can do the Triple in practice.

    We tried to make arrangements to come over the next two weeks but couldn’t … now the flu … maybe that last week of March or the opener for the Ted.

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  281. 282 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Speed, speed, speed… Love it. Never goes into a slump… Going to be fun at the Diamond this year. Oh, maybe at Turner Field too. But I know some of those burners are going to be in Richmond this season. That is a gapper’s park if you know what I mean.

    Now, what we have to watch for is those awful upper cut swings that kill rallies and leave fly balls on the warning track and all that speed does you no good.

    Yeah, Lillibridge looked younger than the Richmond batboy last year.

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  282. 283 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    lew’s report is very encouraging. it is difficult to understand why more emphasis has not been placed on execution and baseball fundamentals. if everyone cuold bunt, run the bases, and throw to the right base there would be no issue – but the braves have been exposed again and again to be fundamentally flawed. lew’s report is excellent news! and these young players could give a spark and make this team stronger. breaking camp with woodward, orr, wilson, and such last year made spring look so undervalued. let’s hope bobby will bring his best players and best lineups to the party.

    chop seal is in hiding. chop seal did not get back to the park with chipper’s bait. corn pups. bream will always hit a corn pup. chop seal is not sure how chipper will uh, react when chipper sees chop seal tomorrow.

    okay, bloggers may have their way with “bream will always hit a corn pup.”

    and blog harmony – must be promoted here. and jimmy smith must have missed all the really bad stuff – but that’s okay because jimmy smith doesn’t like all the bad stuff that sometimes goes on on blogs. that is why jimmy smith likes blogging with carolina lady – tallest blog host blogging braves baseball.

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  283. 284 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    lew, why the change? why are the coaches more attuned? why the new drills? is it frank? or, is it the influence of tom glavine coming over from an outstanding mets organization? 😆 oh, the humanity! jimmy smith sounds like a mets trole. and chipper will never bunt. count on it. never. not going to happen.

    all national league pitchers should be able to bunt. last year braves pitchers could not and it cost this team in the win column. who instructs the players on bunting?

    and where is julio? is julio in somebody’s camp? and wouldn’t julio make a good hitting instructor?

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  284. 285 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    PS… Bob, I was never forced to join a union and I have been on both sides of that street. No, most folks in the office are not affected. However, more than one occasion I have been witness to white collar types being shown the door six month prior to their being vested in their pension. Perhaps the folks you worked for were more benevolent. The people for whom I worked would run over their grand mother if they thought it would benefit them.

    Now, rest and get over that nasty bug.

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  285. 286 Chop Seal February 26, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I aM iN biG tRubble. I saVed tWo corN puPs to brinG bacK to ChippEr JonEs for baTe buT I gOt hUngRy and atE them. I Won”t have aNy bAte to gIve ChiPPer now. I dId haVe a nIce daY at the KRystal. FiFtee doLLArs goES a lOng wAy aT KRysTal.

    I tHink ChIno oNly tHRows batTing prActIce. HE is noT a fAst ruNner.

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  286. 287 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    journalist bob, a soothing poultice is on the way. try to meet the mail carrier at the door.

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  287. 288 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Bob, hope you get to feeling better and soon. The flu’s no fun.

    Chop Seal, good luck with Chipper. He might want to use you for bait!

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  288. 289 journalist jimmy smith February 26, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    yes, it is jimmy smith blogging with chop seal. much like stinky used to blog with stinky except without the meltdown. and words that rhyme with colon . . . yes, jimmy smith did notice all the good rhyming words – but the prize winning word was not mentioned. any more rhyming words suggested? and what rhymes with stomach lining? this is not a hard one, so have at it. a journalist bob soap on a rope is the prize. seems a natural fit for a journalist that spends so much time in the tub.

    and this stomach lining talk must end. maybe after a suitable rhyme is found. and jimmy smith is watching newt on television right now. not just any newt – former speaker of the house. was newtralized only a few days after being re-elected to the house.

    and is bobby cox sporting a hair-piece at spring training? counting on lew and grinch to find out. and what manner of adhesive does bobby cox use?

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  289. 290 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 26, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    everyone sleepy???????

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  290. 291 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Evening, y’all! Sorry to hear of Bob’s flu but very happy to hear the good report on Mrs. SG.

    I like those reports from our intrepid ST observers. Thanks, guys! (The baking is about to begin.)

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  291. 292 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    What say Berigan and fbg?

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  292. 293 morpheus45 February 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    FBG, how did you know we were about to fire up a bowl? 🙂 Just kidding; beer only tonight for me (and some wine with supper). Got to go root for my Dawgs tomorrow. Not root against the Braves, mind you; but red and black will be worn. One must have one’s priorities in order.

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  293. 294 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Uh, I’m not even sure what that means, Grinch, but I assume it’s some sort of misbehaving. Your cream cheese pound cake is in the oven.

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  294. 295 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    fbg, if Grinch is gonna fire up a bowl you might need to make two of those pound cakes. They sound delicious, by the way. Do they travel well?

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  295. 296 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    They are delicious, Chris. It’s one of my favorites out of all the cakes I make. And yes, they would travel better than a frosted layer cake. That was part of my reasoning in making it for this trip.

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  296. 297 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    And Red Velvet cake… Don’t forget Red velvet cake… and pudding, and chips.. Oh the humanity, will need the semi to get back home 🙂

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  297. 298 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    And cheesecake for Lew.

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  298. 299 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    The monsoon just got here. Y’all getting it in Orlando or has it passed through there already?

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  299. 300 mrgil February 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    What I find amazing is how you could gain 5 pounds for every one pound of cake… Must cause the body to exchange fat cells out of the atmosphere instead of Oxygen and CO2.

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  300. 301 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    fbg, uh, I meant “Do they travel well to South Carolina”?!!!

    And Gil, someone needs to invent an air filter that separates those air-borne fat particles that are floating around. That guy’s gonna be a brazillianaire! 🙂

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  301. 302 Bob, journalist February 26, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I have been witness to white collar types being shown the door six month prior to their being vested in their pension” … Gil, so have I … as I’m guessing have been many here. I know of one company that appeared to use the technique as part of their operating strategy for many years … but certainly there are better ways to address such problems than unions. So much of what the unions are about seems predicated on adversarial relationships and I just don’t don’t like it.

    While it’s true that one shouldn’t go to bed with the Devil for the purpose of gain, one should not blindly depend on the benevolence of one’s employer … but that in no way speaks to union justification.

    That there is a problem, doesn’t speak to the solution. Certainly, cases alleging termination so as to avoid the vesting of benefits should be decided on an individual basis … and the fact that a person is terminated one minute before vesting doesn’t mean that anything is necessarily wrong or that redress is in order. I don’t see how unions are relevant to such evaluation and resolution … though I can imagine the political union bosses would applaud most efforts to otherwise convince.

    Enough of such talk … time to start playing

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  302. 303 morpheus45 February 26, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    It had been gone for a couple of hours; now we’re getting thunder and lightning again. May have to go back out to the car for some music.

    Yay! Cake for me and none for Klobber. Poor Chris. Nobody loves him. Set me up with a few shots and maybe I’ll be nice and share (rum cake?).

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  303. 304 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Poor Chris. Nobody loves him.

    Story of my life. Right there. 😦

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  304. 305 chrisklob February 26, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Sad news from Savannah. A twelfth worker from the sugar refinery explosion has died.

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  305. 306 flbravesgirl February 26, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Be nice, Grinch (& watch that lightning if you go outside. You’re already deep-fried enough.)

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  306. 307 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 12:06 am

    You know we all love you, Chris.

    We’ve got to set up a get-together in Atlanta sometime for as many denizens as can get there. I’ll do a dessert buffet.

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  307. 308 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    FBG, how is it you’re continuously making references to my state of being and yet denying you know what I’m talking about? Are you another of Jimmy Smith’s incarnations?

    Chris…jeez, man. That 11:52 almost made me want to insert one of those “Awwwww” audience tracks from “Full House” when one of the 5-year old Olsen twins would pout about something. Not that I wish future cocaine addiction and anorexia nervosa on you, or anything; I was just pokin’ at ya. You know you’re my homey.

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  308. 309 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Grinch, it’s all good dog (or should I say “dawg”). And trust me when I say that I would be, by a long shot, the fattest anorexic ever diagnosed with the disease!

    I’m just saying that when all the cool dudes are eating cake with all the honey’s, I’m on the outside, looking in.

    Besides, you’re the one that said “Poor Chris. Nobody loves him.”

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  309. 310 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 12:36 am

    “deep-fried”= sunburned. It made sense to me.

    And since you’ve spoken to me on the phone it should be pretty obvious that I am who I say I am. I’ll see you in about 36 hours, cake in hand, if you need further proof.

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  310. 311 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 12:50 am

    A cake in the hand is worth two in the bush…or something like that.

    Oh, yeah; forgot about the sunburn. Perhaps you are indeed innocent.

    Chris, I sense you’ve had a bad experience with cool dudes eating cake with the honeys in front of you before. Relax, my man. I shall not taunt you further. I have no wish to dredge up such memories; this is a time benevolence springs eternal. Have some cake (I do not have the authority to offer you a honey).

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  311. 312 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 12:55 am

    What did you think I meant?

    So you’re going to take the cake I made you & go eat it with some other girls? That’s kind of impolite.

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  312. 313 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Not also referring to Lew’s daughter-in-law on her own computer as a honey wouldn’t be very polite either, now would it? Yes, I accept your apology.

    I will not explain at length the last 50 years of stoner terminology on CL’s blog; let’s just say you apparently inadvertently hit all around it. It’s all good, though; it shows you’ve lead a wholesome life.

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  313. 314 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Flb, just a thought when you meet these two, carry some mace with ya!!!! 😛
    And bring a Bob Marley cd for them….

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  314. 315 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Berigan, c’mon. I’m bringing them pound cake & cheesecake. They’ll be good boys.

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  315. 316 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:10 am

    and that last post crashed Mozilla for some reason…..

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  316. 317 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Flb, you are probably right….but, if they offer any brownies….say thanks but no thanks!!!!

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  317. 318 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:17 am

    OK, that one I actually understood. I think they know better, Berigan. I am a tediously well-behaved person.

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  318. 319 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Now Berigan, don’t go giving away trade secrets on the brownies (how are we supposed to get her in the basement now?). I thought you didn’t know what the hell you were talking about on that subject anyway (according to Lew). I suppose I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

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  319. 320 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:21 am

    wait, who did Lew say didn’t know what the hell they were talking about , on mary jane??? Don’t have to have a heart attack to be a heart surgeon…or something….all I know is young punks like Lew are nothing but troublemakers!!! 😆

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  320. 321 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Basement?!? 😯 Grinch!

    In reality, we don’t have basements in Florida. The water table is too high.

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  321. 322 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Lew is nothing if not a young punk; well said. 🙂

    FBG, who said anything about Florida? Where one starts out and where one ends up…uh, I mean…yeah, good point.

    Time to duck out for some tunes; I’ll return shortly.

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  322. 323 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:30 am

    😯 😯 😯 Maybe I should just hand over the cake & then lock myself in my hotel room?

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  323. 324 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Anybody know any bodyguards?

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  324. 325 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Nah, you will be fine….unless those two lugs want a certain 3 lettered fellow to come out of retirement and along with the rest of us turn them into minced meat!!!! 😡

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  325. 326 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Thanks, Berigan, but you’d have to get in line behind my dad.

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  326. 327 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:43 am

    :mrgreen:

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  327. 328 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Now that the cake has cooled, it’s time to put the computer to bed. ‘Night, y’all!

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  328. 329 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Flb, you practicing staying up late, to be on a Grinch schedule????

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  329. 330 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

    oh…I see now…

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  330. 331 morpheus45 February 27, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Do you, Berigan? I think you look, but you do not see…

    On that metaphysical cliche, I believe I’ll put the headphones on and pull the covers up.

    Good night, all. That means you too, Chris; didn’t mean to run you off.

    Yes, FBG, if you were to just hand over the cake and lock yourself in your motel room you’d make things much easier. I might not even have to contact my superiors in Oslo for further instruction. 🙂

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  331. 332 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Good morning all, Chris.. I have theory, it is based on my many years of observation plus Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. That is not to be confuse with Jeff Foxworthy’s theory on relatives. Anyway, Einstein posed that energy can never be created or destroyed, only changed in its form.

    Now, I think the same is true for fat cells, if someone loses weight, those depleted fat molecules are released into the atmosphere and wander about looking for a new organism in which to inhabit. Sometimes they only travel a short distance, inhabiting a host within the same household. Example, my wife will go on a diet and I will gain weight or vice versa.

    Sometimes when large masses of people such as those starving in Africa release huge amount of fat molecule, those spread to other countries such as the United States where we have an epidemic of obesity. I am not certain of a long term solution but I know we are doomed to the presence of such fat cells until a proper balance is struck in the world.

    Now, I do know that fat cells don’t move very fast, thus if you run or even walk briskly everyday, most are capable of outrunning the pesky fat cells but woe unto those who are deeply entrenched in a sedimentary life style no matter what the cause for they seem to be the first target free ranging fat molecules looking to deposit themselves.

    Now I realize this may be viewed as just another crackpot theory by a crazy old man but that a look around…. Seems pretty obvious to me… 🙂

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  332. 333 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Now, time to do my morning brain exercises, it is the only part of me left I think able to fend off those fat cells which have already set up shop in my person. After all, I would hate to be viewed as a fat head… Then I would resemble Barry Bonds… later folks.

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  333. 334 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Now, time to do my morning brain exercises, it is the only part of me left I think able to fend off those fat cells which have already set up shop in my person. After all, I would hate to be viewed as a fat head… Then I would resemble Barry Bonds… later folks.

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  334. 335 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Wow… A double post… A first for the blog?

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  335. 336 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Double dribble on you Gil. Skins take it out on the side. Tweet.

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  336. 337 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:28 am

    It is snowing here in southern middle Tennessee. Would just be a “dusting” in real snow areas, but here in Tin-us-cee it is significant. Imagine a bunch of chimpanzees in bumper cars and you get the picture of our local populace trying to negotiate slick roads. Bears on ice would be more graceful, and safer. Fortunately I have a 1990 ford ranger so my contribution to the pot is minimal. Anyway, I have much work to do today, so y’all have fun.

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  337. 338 Chop Seal February 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

    “HeY, KiD, Chip’S lOOkin’ for yoU.” ThiS from BoBBy Cox. NoW I doN’t knoE what tO dO. ShOUld I fAcE ChiPPer or SHoUld I laY loW? WHen hE findS ouT I aM a bEEt wRiter it coUld geT Ugly.

    NOw, baSebaLL. TodaE’s PiTchers: CharLie MoRton, ZacH SchreiBer, JorGe CampillO and FrancislEY BuENo. NO niCkname yeT for FraNcisLey BuENo.

    AnD theRe is a neW GoatEE on thE tEam. BlAine BoYer haS chaNGed numBers aDd grOwn a gOAtee. LOOks liKe GrIncH.

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  338. 339 Chop Seal February 27, 2008 at 9:11 am

    CarUlina LadY, CaN yoU loAn me $50?

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  339. 340 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 9:40 am

    oakland right hander chad gaudin had surgeries to correct a problem with his right foot and left hip. a TOE on gaudin’s right foot first bothered him in january 2007, and as a result of compensating for that injury, gaudin’s left hip became a serious problem by the middle of last season. gaudin also lost several teeth and some hair fell out. toes are not to be trifled with.

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  340. 341 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 9:42 am

    “a bunch of chimpanzees in bumper cars” 😆

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  341. 342 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 9:43 am

    The Dizzy Dean effect, huh, jimmy?

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  342. 343 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

    from yahoo sports: “Roger Clemens arrived at the Houston Astros’ minor league clubhouse on Tuesday and walked straight to a fenced-in bullpen to greet his oldest son, Koby, a catcher in the Astros’ system. He snapped at a photographer who started clicking pictures. “This isn’t a zoo!” Clemens barked. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was calmer a few minutes later, but refused to answer questions about the Mitchell…”

    a zoo? most in the zoo are better behaved than roger clemens. roger must have misremembered how it is at spring training with all the photographers and beat writers hanging around.

    and yes, flbravesgirl, it is much like the sad story of dizzy dean who slud differently after sustaining a toe injury.

    and a word of caution to flbravesgirl who is about to embark on a journey to see lew and grinch – caution.

    and lew, should not be eating cake. forward said cake to jimmy smith but do not send it by chop seal. thanks.

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  343. 344 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 9:56 am

    That’s why Lew requested cheesecake, jimmy. No flour so it’s easier on the blood sugar levels.

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  344. 345 Hillbilly February 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Lew and Grinch, and Chop Seal,
    All kidding aside, the Spring Training Reports have been superb. Nice work. Y’alls (plural) efforts are much appreciated, and I don’t know about the rest of the denizens, but I’m extremely jealous. Now that I’ve got all the sentimental, mushy, man-hug stuff out of the way, let me get back to work so I can try to think of a post crude and sarcastic enough to restore my maculinity. 8)

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  345. 346 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Chop Seal, you may need to fill out the Beet Writer’s Application for Nourishment Allowance (BWANA). Menus must be pre-approved and all receipts must be returned to the Blog Emergency Group (BEG) department upon return.

    You can choose a $50 money order or we will overnight a cast net for baitfish. Cast net will provide sustenance for many days.

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  346. 347 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Good morning all. Wow, what a lousy night of sleep. Had the weirdest dreams all throughout the night. Not a pleasant way to start the day….

    Gil, I like your theory. As for the African fat cells, are they carried to North America on the same winds that steer the hurricanes to the southeastern US? If so, it might help explain why there are greater instances of obesity in the south than in most other parts of the country!

    And now baseball. Uh, I got nothing. Gotta go finish my blog lead. I don’t want to make the blog mistress unhappy!

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  347. 348 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Feeding wildlife such as seals, grinches and lews is bad policy. It breaks down their natural instincts to forage. Food such as cakes and pies should instead be given to older animals who can no longer forage. 609 Stuart St., Tullahoma, Tn 37388

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  348. 349 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Hillbilly, I thought plural for y’all was “all y’all”. Least that’s what I was always told ’round these here parts.

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  349. 350 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Chopper… The buffet at Sea World may be just the ticket for you. Warning, don’t go to Shamo’s tank for a snack….. Could get ugly…

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  350. 351 Hillbilly February 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Chris, I meant possessive. My fault.

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  351. 352 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Hey, Chop Seal! Sure on the $50! See jimmy smith; he’ll handle it! 🙂

    FBG only has to remind the two miscreants in FL that FBG bakes only at her pleasure and discretion. Be very, very nice or no cakes! 😆

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  352. 353 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

    G’morning all! Trying to catch up on the overnights…

    SG, send chOp sEaL a rod & reel. You know the old saying: Give him a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish, and he eats for a lifetime. Give him money for bait for fish, and he eats at Krystal. …or something like that.

    Awesome reports from the Land of the Mouse. Hey guys, try not to get behind on your reports.

    Hillbilly, this is where we grunt, spit, and talk about football… 😀

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  353. 354 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

    “All y’all” is surpurflouscity or a verbal double-dribble, y’hear.

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  354. 355 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Ugh, ptew, “How ’bout those Bears!”

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  355. 356 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Masculinity restored… 😀

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  356. 357 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    CL, I think Paladin used the right word: wildlife.

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  357. 358 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:21 am

    “Masculinity restored” Also known as a viagra moment.

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  358. 359 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Southern primer:

    y’all is a contraction of ‘you all’ and is used only when addressing 2 or more of y’all.

    😀

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  359. 360 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Chris… I have considered that theory on the winds of Africa. However, fat has a way of sneaking up on us. Seldom do they attach themselves all at once, they are very stealth in that respect. It is why most people don’t really notice them until suddenly one day they wake up and their clothes no longer fit. Then we do what all humans do in the face of adversity, we blame it on someone else. My personal favorite is the cloths dryer. Yep. everyone knows that clothes dryers shrink clothes. Also the Chinese cut corners on every item of clothing and they don’t use the same system of measure we do. Why else would I need to buy a 3X when I know I only need to wear a large…. ?

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  360. 361 Salty February 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    miscreant
    When CL starts cussin’, you know you’ve stepped over the line.

    Y’all is plural…otherwise it’s ‘you’!

    Paladin…shameless plug! Forage no more? You lay traps…bait trails to the back porch…scope targets to 200 yards…say ‘fetch’ to the dog! Tsk, tsk! 😛

    Klobber…wierd dreams? You, too? Let’s see, I skipped a nightcap…et tu?

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  361. 362 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yo, paladin… Did you know they have been making Viagra for women for years? It’s called tequila….

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  362. 363 Salty February 27, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Fat is carried on the backs of fire ants! Kill the colonies!

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  363. 364 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Fat is also carried on the back(sides) of a lot of people in Wal-mart.

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  364. 365 Hillbilly February 27, 2008 at 10:35 am

    “Fat is also carried on the back(sides) of a lot of people in Wal-mart.”

    😆

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  365. 366 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Salty; CL cussed? Let me know where it is so I can bookmark it for the next time she gets on my case. 😈

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  366. 367 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Woe, all y’all are talking too fast for my clouded mind to follow!

    Salty, no skipped nightcap here. It’s against my religion! Don’t know what was going on. Went to sleep around 2, had crazy dreams and woke at 4 or so. Couldn’t get back to sleep until almost 6. Finally got back to sleep and then more wacko dreams until the phone mercifully rang and pulled me from my misery.

    mrgil, the clothes dryer is often the culprit at my house too. Reminds me of when I was a kid visiting my grandparents with my mother. Grandma’s dryer was broken so Mom and I took our freshly washed laundry up to the laundromat to be dried. Mom used too high of a setting and literally shrank all of our clothes. Nothing fit any more! We literally had to go buy all new clothes.

    Hillbilly, if it’s possessive, then it would be “all y’all’s”!

    Lew and Grinch, hope y’all have fun today. We’ll be looking for a full scouting report on Charlie Morton. More importantly, we’ll be looking for a full scouting report on fbg’s goodies!

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  367. 368 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 10:38 am

    SG, send chOp sEaL a rod & reel. You know the old saying: Give him a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish, and he eats for a lifetime. Give him money for bait for fish, and he eats at Krystal.

    Raisins, I’ve always heard: Buy a man dinner and feed him one meal or teach him how to fish and he’ll drink beer the rest of his life.

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  368. 369 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Wacky dreams? It’s Raisins fault. The blog lead did it.

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  369. 370 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Paladin… Carolina Lady does not cuss. She just uses direct $50 words that come out looking like a rose… but careful not to prod… there is a bee inside.

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  370. 371 Hillbilly February 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

    See what happens when I try to post something genuine?

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  371. 372 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

    See y’all on the flip side of noon. This work stuff is cutting into my play time again.

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  372. 373 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 10:47 am

    “Went to sleep around 2, had crazy dreams and woke at 4 or so.”

    Sounds like my nap hours. They have those numbers in the am, too?

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  373. 374 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

    SG, I’m workin’ and bloggin’. OK, maybe a little more bloggin’ than workin’, but I’m trying to work, anyhow.

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  374. 375 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Some of y’all might enjoy this:
    http://www.greatguy.com/southern.htm

    I gotta get to work!

    😆

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  375. 376 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 11:07 am

    CL; Some of those were plumb funny. But, I didn’t get ’em all. 🙂

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  376. 377 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 11:12 am

    CL: 😆

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  377. 378 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Did y’all see the story about a python(in Australia)eating a family dog, while the children looked on in horror? Can you imagine the dreams they will have? The account ended by saying the snake was resting comfortably in the zoo, digesting the dog. If it were my dog that snake would be trying to digest a whole bunch of shotgun pellets.

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  378. 379 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 11:36 am

    What a terrible story paladin. The oddest part is that they new the snake was stalking the dog because they found it in the dog’s bed. You’d think they would have taken some precautionary measures to make sure nothing happened like that.

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  379. 380 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 11:38 am

    He woulda spit my dog out… 😐

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  380. 381 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Yeah Klobber, we are thinking along the same line. Can you imagine: “Well Honey(the husband says), how was your day?” “Oh, the usual, except there was a 16 ft. snake in Fidos bed, but he’s gone now.” “Hmm, imagine that. What’s for dinner?”

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  381. 382 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 11:55 am

    The man I have modeled myself after, Fred Rogers, would have been 80 on March 20th. I’m sure it will be a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

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  382. 383 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Willam F. Buckley has died. I’ll miss him.

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  383. 384 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Make that, William F. Buckley. He was 82.

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  384. 385 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I will too, SG. He was about 3/4 smart.

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  385. 386 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    One of Buckley’s great analogies that I have used often is: “You can easily explain to someone the thrill of skiing down a slope; or doing a barrel-roll in an aircraft, but it is almost impossible to convey to someone the exhilaration of going 5mph in a sailboat.”

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  386. 387 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Yep Paladin… he had a million of’em. A rare genius with a sense of humor. I used to love watching him tie Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson up in knots too… and do it in a way that was with humility and humor. Great guy. Died too young.

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  387. 388 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    american league?

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  388. 389 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Braking News!!! Congress is going to ask the DOJ to investigate whether or not Clemens lied under oath.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3267163

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  389. 390 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    And his toe-to-toes with Gore Vidal were classics.

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  390. 391 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    And toe-to-toes are not to be trifled with. Beat you to it.

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  391. 392 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I think lying to Henry Waxman should be excusable under the weasel statute.

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  392. 393 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Once again, Congress puts aside social security, the economy, war funding, immigration control, health care and other trivial matters to focus on the really important and urgent matter of Roger Clemens.

    Makes you just feel warm, fuzzy and allows us to sleep well at night knowing that our government has their priorities straight and will, over an extended period of time and millions of dollars to investigate, get to the bottom of this serious national security issue.

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  393. 394 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    My hat is off to the man that can talk to Henry Waxman without wanting to smack him up’side his head.

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  394. 395 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    SG; After careful self-examination I have found a few warm areas but nothing fuzzy. On what part of my body should I look? 😈

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  395. 396 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    After catching up on the blog reviewing the posts on Braves and Stuff recently:

    Considering that I have a bit of a crush on Brian McCann… I guess a little chubbiness doesn’t hurt.

    Now, flbravesgirl… please say you ain’t McFann. C’mon… fess up girl.

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  396. 397 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Paladin… top of head? : )

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  397. 398 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    american league?

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  398. 399 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Carolina Lady, your “Apropos of nothing” post Feb. 25 at 5:08 pm was a keeper. Great stuff.

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  399. 400 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Buckley’s death is disturbing as he was just a bit more unique than most of us … were it not for him, my vocabulary would be smaller.

    I’m a bit better … not good … but the coughing has lessened … and, I’m going to try and eat some solid after a while.

    I’m not as recovered as I first thought … later

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  400. 401 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Good to see you up and about, BobJ. Glad you’re feeling better. Flu bugs are not to be trifled with…

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  401. 402 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Be careful with that flu bug Sir Bob… it’ll bite you just when you think it’s licked. Uh, flu licked… not elbows.

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  402. 403 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think I will go eat some solid, too. Later.

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  403. 404 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Matzah ball soup all around.

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  404. 405 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Gil, your 6:51 AM post was brilliant! 😛

    Bob, rest…lots of it! Fluids, lots of them. In other words, listen to the wife for once! 😆

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  405. 406 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    saw this on another blog….read the captions under the photos!!!! Animals (That aren’t us) will rule the world someday!!!!

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/animal-minds/musi-photography

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  406. 407 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    SG, be real. Do I talk (write) like a prissy teenage girl? I haven’t posted over there since CL invited me here except for once during the Chipper chat. And the name y’all know me by is enough for me, no need for other personas.

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  407. 408 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Those animals show more cognitive ability than many athletes and celebrities…

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  408. 409 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    VOR, you got that right!!!!

    And now for some news…no, not baseball..too early it appears! 😦

    I SOOOO look forward to the future of this country!
    To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries women-only gym hours

    http://media.www.dailyfreepress.com/media/storage/paper87/news/2008/02/25/News/To.Accommodate.Muslim.Students.Harvard.Tries.WomenOnly.Gym.Hours-3232133.shtml

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  409. 410 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Harvard… imagine that… 🙄

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  410. 411 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    FBG, I knew it wasn’t you. ’twas just a little friendly brotherly tug on your pony tail. You write better and you bake better (word has it…need pie proof). ; )

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  411. 412 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Hahvaad.

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  412. 413 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Harvard’s most enduring and legitimate claim-to-fame is that they threw Teddy Kennedy’s fat a$$ out.

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  413. 414 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    FBG, talked with the Grinch and Lew last night. Those boys are living the life of Riley right now surrounded by baseball and all things Florida… with no snow.

    Your cheesecake will no doubt put them over the top. May even turn Grinch back to his old green self.

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  414. 415 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    If Ted Kennedy had driven a Volkswagon he would’ve been President.

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  415. 416 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    If the dog had not stopped to relieve himself, he would have caught the rabbit. Your point?

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  416. 417 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    VW floats.

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  417. 418 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the setup.

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  418. 419 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    SG.. I would comment but it would only get me banned… :-0

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  419. 420 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    So does ivory(soap). 🙂 I give.

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  420. 421 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Gil, I’d probably ditto that and get banned too.

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  421. 422 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    SG; We both need to get to work. You to earn more money; me to earn a degree. And to leave the blog, temporarily, to our saner brethren and sisters.

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  422. 423 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Saner brethren and sisters???? Surely you jest… 🙂

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  423. 424 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    OK Gil, if you insist. Our saner sisters and that one half-brother we are not too sure about. :mrgreen:

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  424. 425 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Observations on Congress over the Clemens flap… Roger has no one to blame but himself. As far as Congress, we are all often better off when inactivity prevails as our wallets are generally much safer. Personal opinion is we already have more than enough laws to break now, no more are needed to confuse the folks already trying to get by. Just enforce the ones we already have and I am sure most folks will do just fine.

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  425. 426 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I agree. They should do what they do best. Pass laws giving themselves raises and tax breaks.

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  426. 427 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Meanwhile Dubya should find someone to declare war on. How about Costa Rica?

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  427. 428 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    BRAKING NEWS: The Braves are leading the Dawgs 7 – 0 going into the seventh. That, as the old saying goes, is like hearing that your mother-in-law just drove off a cliff in your new car.

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  428. 429 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    In honor of a great man on the day of his passing, I give you a glimpse ofthe debate heard ‘round the world. Too bad Bill didn’t debate Harry Reid and sit very, very close to him… within arm reach.

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  429. 430 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    In honor of the first day of games, I’m wearing my one and only authentic Braves game jersey. It’s uh, #10.

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  430. 431 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Paladin has a point… back to work it is. Will return for baseball reports (and stuff).

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  431. 432 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    paladin2008 Says:

    February 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm edit

    SG; After careful self-examination I have found a few warm areas but nothing fuzzy. On what part of my body should I look?

    jimmy smith suggests paladin check around the ears. 😆 oh, the humanity!

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  432. 433 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    At jjs’ suggestion I checked around my ears and, sho nuff, I found some humanity. I’ll wash more carefully, next time. 🙂

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  433. 434 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Berigan lll the Search for Spock Says:

    February 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm edit

    Gil, your 9:48 AM post was brilliant!

    uh, berigan, that was jimmy smith’s post at 9:48 AM. :mrgreen:

    oh, the humanity! cut and paste! and soon, chop seal should report from spring training – chop seal had to remain out of sight today after the misunderstanding with uh, chipper yesterday. chop seal said chipper seemed sore about not having bait yesterday. hope being sore won’t put chipper on the d.l. and if chipper needed bait, should have taken bobby cox along. always have bait when bobby cox is around. oh, the humanity! almost as bad as stomach linings. journalist is getting queasy. feeling faint. gonna pass out.

    and hello, flbravesgirl . . . please arrange a group photo with flbravesgirl, lew, grinch, and chop seal. braves and stuff blog is well represented in florida. a colossus. yes, a colossus. and soon, a page dedicated to graphs. a blog first. have to work it out with hk.

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  434. 435 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Who, btw, is hk? Helen Keller? If so, her graphs are difficult to follow without the use of a guide dog.

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  435. 436 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    SG, it has turned chilly here overnight. 50s today (yes, that’s chilly by Florida standards). But definately no snow.

    jimmy, I will pass along your request but honestly I dislike having my picture taken. Can’t the picture wait ’til after I’ve gone on an extensive diet & workout program?

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  436. 437 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    FBG; Your present picture is good enough for me. Your complexion is like…velvet. And, if you will forgive an Old man’s observation, you look good enough to eat.

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  437. 438 Salty February 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    FBG, you asked:
    Can’t the picture wait ’til after I’ve gone on an extensive diet & workout program?

    Because there’s no such thing as ‘the end’! 😆

    Paladin…save some ‘sucking up’ for the rest of us, please! Talk about dominating! 😛

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  438. 439 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Salty; It is mid-winter; and snow is on the ground. Other squirrels and varmits are gathering what nuts and such that they can find. I set my sights higher. :mrgreeen:

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  439. 440 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    :mrgreen: I knew I should have listened to the spell checker.

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  440. 441 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    The Braves eked it out 8-0. Alas, the Dawgs didn’t even manage a field goal.

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  441. 442 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Dominator, common-denominator, or just plain blog hog. I’m going to take some time off. Hold your applause until Paladin has left the building. Thankyuh, thankyuh very much.

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  442. 443 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Kewdoes all around:

    Berigan, your 6:51 am post was brilliant.

    Journalist Jimmy Smith, that was a brilliant post you made at 9:58 am.

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  443. 444 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Berigan, I too enjoyed Gil’s post! Sir Guy said your 6:51 am post was brilliant … was it deleted, I can’t find it … which is also true of the 9:58 attributed to Jimmy Smith … I assume his post is humor that the two of you will understand.

    I’m a little better … just got up for some medicine … going to have a warm hot tub and return to bed.

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  444. 445 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    this journalist just heard chipper jones interviewed on radio . . . if dogs could talk . . .

    and how is “arf” pronounced? and what is arf?

    and peter moylan was interviewed just after chipper and provided delightful multi-syllable banter. it is good to be the player interviewed just after chipper.

    and bobby cox has the sniffles. oh, the humanity!

    flbravesgirl, if lew and grinch have done the work of lew and grinch well, a nice hello from brian mccann will be in store for flbravesgirl.

    and will there be a cake for chino cadahia?

    and how about the cookie gun? will flbravesgirl be firing cookies into the stands?

    and jimmy smith sent carolina lady a picture of donald duck with the bird flu but the picture was rejected for publication. crossing the line, so to speak. like talking boogers.

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  445. 446 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    oh, the humanity! journalist bob must be really sick. read this from journalist bob: “I’m a little better … just got up for some medicine … going to have a warm hot tub and return to bed.”

    like having a cool, cold drink?

    journalist bob is clearly not journalist bob’s self at this time.

    and, from the baltimore sun: Mark Teixeira still loves Baltimore.

    “It’s my home. I was born and raised there,” Teixeira, the Atlanta Braves’ first baseman, said recently.

    “I am always going to support Mount St. Joseph High School and am going to support my local church there. And my parents live there. It’s a great place to live,” said Teixeira, likely the biggest jewel of the 2008-09 free-agent class. “But, other than that, at the end of the season, we’ll sit down and talk about those things.”

    5 players for tushy. 5 young players. braves need to re-sign tushy but it will be tough.

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  446. 447 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Legal news: The Judge in the new OJ trial has denied the motion to delay the trial. The defense has requested more time so they can get Mark Furman to throw a glove belonging to someone else through the hotel room window.

    A man in Bogart is claiming self-defense after shooting, and killing, a motorcyclist. He shot him in the back. The attorney who takes that case is hunngggry.

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  447. 448 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Is that going to be your first case paladin? 🙂

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  448. 449 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    No Klobber, I have already been engaged to defend that snake. Our defense? It thought that dog was a big rat.

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  449. 450 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    JJS, that was cruel, making me check to see if I screwed up. Of course I did not. I was going to put the “Sermon” on today, now I will not! 😡

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  450. 451 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    A “rat” terrier perhaps…?

    And thanks Berigan.. 🙂 It did confuse Bob however…

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  451. 452 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Berigan and Gil need to go back to “submit comment” school. :mrgreen:

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  452. 453 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Oh dear….Ma’am, can you delete the first of the 2 6:24 PM posts!!! JJS must have fogged me brain and made me forget a certain word….JJS shouldn’t be trifled with! Still, he trifled with me, and I predict he will say something salacious tonight that he didn’t mean to, as well!!!!

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  453. 454 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    And Berigan, thank you for reminding me. I think I will have a salacious with my dinner tonight.

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  454. 455 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Ding ding ding. Soups on. Later

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  455. 456 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    paladin, sounds like a solid plan. Aren’t those little dogs related to rats anyway?

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  456. 457 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Mr. Gil… feeling a little like Edgar Allen Poe today?

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  457. 458 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    That’s my friend Jim… 🙂

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  458. 459 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I have a new one for tomorrow… 🙂

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  459. 460 savannahguy February 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Does Jim have one leg… or are my eyes getting worse?

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  460. 461 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    It’s in keeping with my multiple personalities… Not to be confused with jimmy smith but then no one has that many avatars.. 8)

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  461. 462 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    He was beating feet or hopping.. whatever crows do… Anyway, He was not standing still.

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  462. 463 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    “Cultural” News: Our local icon of upscale entertainment is advertising and up-coming performance of CAMELOT starring Lou Diamond Phillips. Lou Diamond Phillips? Puuuhleese! That is like the Man of La Mancha featuring Sylvester Stylone. I think I will stay home and watch my Robert Goulet tapes.

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  463. 464 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Make that Styllone and “an” instead of “and”. I am full of it. Dinner that is.

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  464. 465 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Too much chianti paladin?

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  465. 466 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Too much. Too little. It’s relative.

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  466. 467 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    oh, the humanity! berigan caught jimmy smith being jimmy smith! yes, jimmy smith trifled with a berigan post and left berigan with a most unsettling feeling. much like a toe that has been stubbed . . . and how does one stub a toe? stub is such a funny word to use to describe the stubbing of a toe. and how many stubs can bloggers name? stubby kaye, johnny pay stub, stubber mcgee, stub webb (old hawks player), and uh, stubber jones.

    and a text message from chop seal: “flbrAVesgirl, meaT me on tOp of the dUGout, if yu geT theIr fuRst teLL thEm it’s OkAy yoU aRe waItiNg for a seaL.”

    of course, flbravesgirl knows better than to do as chop seal asks. better to tell them that flbravesgirl is waiting for a tiny, beet writing seal that stays atop the dugout during the games. not that unusual for a beet writer.

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  467. 468 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Earlier I was too flippant about the passing of Bill buckley. He was one of my heros. As a conservative, I admired and envied his ability to communicate our beliefs. At one time in my life, if I could have re-created myself, I would have looked like Cary Grant and have been as smart and artiulate as WFB. Now they are both gone. Sleep well Mr. buckley. You have earned it. And now the mantle is bestowed on Bill Bennett.

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  468. 469 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I know I will get banned for posting this but I think it is in the interests of national health and to give myself up for such a noble cause is worth it.

    As Ben Franklin said: “In wine there is wisdom, in beer
    there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

    In a number of very carefully controlled trials, scientists
    have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each
    day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more
    than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, ( E.coli) – bacteria
    found in feces.

    In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.
    However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer
    (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol
    has to go through a purification process of boiling,
    filtering and/or fermenting

    Remember:
    Water = Poop
    Wine = Health

    Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than
    to drink water and be full of shit.

    There is no need to thank me for this valuable information.
    I’m doing it as a public service.

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  469. 470 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I’d like to say that from the outside looking in, I think Mr. Buckley was a truly good man … those who were on the inside looking out seem to think so too.

    Interestingly, those who chose to pay tribute to the man freely referenced God in their rhetoric.

    Those who think his passing is of but minor significance are to be pitied as are those who scorned him for his delightful choice of words and self expression. He was one of the few men who seemed to have really understood what they were talking about … a sad day!

    The Braves play at Disney but, though Roy named it for Walt so we wouldn’t forget, it just ain’t the same with them gone. The conservative movement without Buckley is like Disney without Walt and Roy … a sad day indeed.

    Bedtime!

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  470. 471 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    jimmy smith remembers when buckley let that ball role through buckley’s legs.

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  471. 472 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Whuuuh! Dodged a bullet there.

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  472. 473 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Just wait until jjs tries to pay tribute on here to one of his heros. Or does he have any? IMWTK.

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  473. 474 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Paladin, what was your purpose in posting your 8:11?

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  474. 475 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Just to peeve you off Bob. Was I successful?

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  475. 476 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Not especially … I just couldn’t come up with a good reason and thought I would ask.

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  476. 477 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t question the reason behind some of your prattles. Why mine?

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  477. 478 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    jimmy smith would like to pay tribute to roger clemens – suddenly shy with the cameras after parading about earlier. and bob and paladin must not get exercised on the blog tonight. carolina lady is nowhere to be found and flbravesgirl is baking for lew and grinch. no one to separate bob and paladin. kumbaya.

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  478. 479 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    All I can promise, jjs, is that I will keep it clean. And besides, my bedtime and his date with the hottub are fast approaching.

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  479. 480 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    morton on the mound today? talk about some old timers! who can remember carl morton? often called salty.

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  480. 481 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    From what I hear, he looked good, too. Bobby has him slated for Richmond but who knows? I like the name Salty. Reminds me of another who is a nibbler around the plate. More of a Glavine type than the young power pitcher we are talking about. 🙂

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  481. 482 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    jjs, I think that if things escalate that Bob and Paladin may get “exorcized” from the blog! 🙂

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  482. 483 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Mind your own business Klobber, and work on your lead. 🙂

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  483. 484 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    And escalation is not a problem. One of my fitness reports once said: “This officer frequently tries to go “up” on the “down” escalator, and vice versa”.

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  484. 485 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Sweating bullets… right? 🙂

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  485. 486 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    perhaps this journalist could help bring resolution to the problems at hand. jimmy smith visited the carter center only last week. and shouldn’t there be bowls of peanuts available throughout the carter center? should be able to get some peanuts wherever one goes at the carter center. and why are there no rides? submarine rides for instance. and where is jimmy carter? carter center, right? should hang out there. and who put the roof on the place? looks like a habitat house. oh, well . . .

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  486. 487 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    left of center jimmy… left of center…

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  487. 488 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Paladin, the word “whiskey” comes from an old Gaelic word “usquebah” which meant “Water of Life”. In Medieval Europe, drinking water could make you sick, or worse, because of the unsanitary conditions. No one knew why drinking distilled spirits or even why adding whiskey to water made it safe to consume but it became a necessity to survival.

    When the first settlers came to this country, they brought with them the technique of distillation. It was only natural that they would do so because it was so vital to their existence. Farmers were generally the ones that had stills because they grew the grain (barley, rye, and eventually corn) that was fermented and distilled into whiskey.

    I’ve always found it interesting to note that production or consumption of alcohol was never considered a widespread moral or religious issue until the latter half of the nineteenth century. As history goes, this is a relatively recent development and it largely only existed in this country. Most other countries still have more liberal alcohol laws than the US (with the exception of DUI laws).

    You are certainly correct in your premise that wine, beer and whiskey are all “cleaner” as they all go through a fermentation process and filtration which eliminates impurities. Whiskey, or any distilled spirit, goes through the extra step of distillation which kills just about any unwanted organisms.

    End lecture.

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  488. 489 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Jimma is, like someone else I know, too busy–and occupied–sticking his nose into other people’s business. OK, as Ronald Regan said: “There you go again!”

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  489. 490 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I still have autographed peanut hulls. They were once whole peanuts in the shells but I needed something to go with my “Billy Beer”….

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  490. 491 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    paladin, I am in the “final distillation” phase of my blog lead. Filtration is next, then I’ll bottle it up and ship it off to CL.

    By the way, when is your next (and first) one due? 🙂

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  491. 492 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    And as Moms Mabley said. If you drink whiskey, you won’t have worms….

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  492. 493 paladin2008 February 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    OK Klobber, after reading your “piece” it, like many of SG’s, has put me to sleep. G’night. 🙂

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  493. 494 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    008— Tough audience…

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  494. 495 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    “Worm free since 1981”!!!

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  495. 496 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    That’s okay Paladin. That was the desired effect. Just trying to keep you out of trouble. If you’re sleeping you can’t stir the pot!

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  496. 497 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    The amazing thing Chris is no matter where man has inhabited this planet, he has managed to grow something and then let it ferment. I see a thesis in this somewhere… 🙂

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  497. 498 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    hmm… left field. could be diaz. could be somebody else. and andruw looks fat in dodger blue.

    and kevin millwood still thinks like a braves player: “I haven’t played golf since I got hurt, and it stinks. And every day has been nice. I just sit at home and watch television. I watched three episodes of ‘Family Guy’ yesterday.” — Pitcher Kevin Millwood, sidelined with a hamstring injury

    oh, the humanity! how about baseball? hmmm…..

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  498. 499 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Gil, I have often pondered that point. What is it about the human condition that makes us want to alter our state of mind? People use alcohol, drugs, cigarette, chocolate caffeine and other things to change their moods. What is it about reality that we, as a species, can’t handle?

    By the way, humans have been controlling fermentation for about 8000 years now. (I just wanted to make sure Paladin had really gone to bed.) 🙂

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  499. 500 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    jjs, Millwood plays for R-A-N-G-E-R-S. They don’t require him to think about baseball in Arlington.

    And perhaps Andruw should have signed with the Yankees. Those vertical pinstripes have a slimming effect.

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  500. 501 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    JJS… Just wait until he discovers Dodger dogs…

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  501. 502 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    The original question was asked in innocence and sincerity … and wasn’t for the purpose of drawing ire or fire … that Paladin’s reply was sincere is problematical as I know not what “peeve you off” means, though I assume it meant he was trying to upset me.

    It’s of no consequence … apologies to anyone who may have found my comments inappropriate.

    Good Night and God Bless!

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  502. 503 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better Bob!

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  503. 504 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Yes Chris, it has long been man’s curse to never be satisfied with his lot in life. Always wants more, newer, bigger etc… and because it is not possible, he must escape to a place where he no longer cares. On the flip side, there are a few folks I would keep heavily sedated for the benefit of mankind. There can be an upside… 🙂

    Of course the whole fermentation thing could have been an accidental discovery because some dude didn’t want to take out the trash….

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  504. 505 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Yo, Bob… Stop apologizing…

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  505. 506 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks Chris … I am feeling better, seriously … but, I shouldn’t be up and am going back to bed … flu and now bad circulation in the legs … if it’s not one thing, it’s three.

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  506. 507 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Lew and Grinch must be trying to thaw out before they give us a scouting report tonight.

    CL is spending quality time with Miss Kelley trying to convince her she does not need ATT wireless so she can text her votes for Idol.

    I think I liked Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour better….. Of course the jugglers never won. Is there a message in that?

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  507. 508 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I do remember a seal or two on that show. I bet they couldn’t write beets though… 🙂

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  508. 509 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Is fbg meeting them today or tomorrow? They could just be stuffed with cheese cake and pound cake.

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  509. 510 journalist jimmy smith February 27, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    horn players. chop seal is embarrassed by the circus seals and by beet writers. still, a horn playing seal can make more money than a beet writer if the horn playing seal has rhythm.

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  510. 511 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    The seal’s name was Horatio, right???

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  511. 512 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    What about the Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour … didn’t Ted Mack work for him?

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  512. 513 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    A tad bit before my time Bob… 🙂

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  513. 514 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    By the way, Scribe did a nice piece on Greg Maddux on his blog today. Drop by and give it a read….

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  514. 515 Bob, journalist February 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    We got Major Bowes on radio during the war … think he died right after the war and Mack took over … nite.

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  515. 516 Chop Seal February 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    A bEEt WriTer came home from work, sat down in his favorite chair, turned on the TV, and said to his wife, “Quick, bring me a beer before it starts.”

    She looked a little puzzled, but brought him a beer. When he finished it, he said, “Quick, bring me another beer. It’s gonna start.”

    This time she looked a little angry, but brought him a beer. When it was gone, he said, “Quick, another beer, it’s gonna start any second.”

    “That’s it!” She blows her top, “You lousy bEet wRitEr! You waltz in here, flop your lazY sElF down, don’t even say hello to me and then expect me to run around like your slave. Don’t you realize that I cook and clean and wash and iron all day long?”

    The BeeT wRitEr sighed. “Sea tHeir, it’s started.

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  516. 517 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Tomorrow, Chris. I was having a tough time keeping my family out of the cakes after dinner. “Do you have to bring them all of this???” Uh, yes, that’s what I made it for. Now the goodies need a bodyguard.

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  517. 518 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    This is amazing! Check it out.

    This is really quite amazing. No wonder Google stock keeps going up!
    This is interesting! When you click on the website link below, a world Map
    comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world & is updated every few minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on.

    This “map” updates every 300 seconds…constantly 24/7.

    Take a careful look at satellite maps and you’ll be astonished from what you can see….. amazing….

    http://www.globalincidentmap.com/home.php

    (Bob, you will notice that the Braves & Stuff blog is not on that map. That is because no one is allowed to be the source of strife.)

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  518. 519 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Fascinating site CL, and a great find. I’ll be sure to bookmark this one.

    Hmmm, I see that in Chattanooga, a Muslim convert has been attacked. Do we know anyone in that part of Tennessee?

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  519. 520 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    That’s remarkable, CL.

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  520. 521 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Who woulda thought? 2 bomb scares in New Zealand…

    G’night everybody. I worked hard today, blogged little, and almost got caught up. Maybe tomorrow…

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  521. 522 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Klobber, was that a Muslim convert, or a Mazda convertible?

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  522. 523 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    OK, bunny slippers off, sleep approaching,

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………..

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  523. 524 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    VOR, is there a difference? 😕

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  524. 525 mrgil February 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Okay… that just rips it for me… No more “skinny dipping” for me in the back yard pool. Big brother is able to get a little too up close and personal for my taste…

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  525. 526 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the link CL! I caught the tail end of the story on the box cutter found in a hollowed out book….not likely an isolated I was thinking…but forgot about it…found this in the link to that story….

    Officers found books in the backpack titled “Muhammad in the Bible,” “The Prophet’s Prayer” and “The Noble Qur’an.” He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.

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  526. 527 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm
  527. 528 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Berigan, I saw part of that story but didn’t realize the titles of those books. Very interesting!

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  528. 529 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    missed page 2, a few clichés that I found funny(And true!)

    4. “We’re going to run this year.”

    Translation: “We couldn’t hit our way out of a paper bag last year. The Knack has a better chance than us of stringing hits together.”

    5. “He worked hard to come back from the injuries. The talent is still there. If he can stay healthy, he’ll have a big year.”

    Translation: “I once had a 1976 Pinto that didn’t break down as much as this guy. He’s the Amy Winehouse of injury rehab.”

    6. “We have healthy competition among guys competing for spots in the back end of the rotation.”

    Translation: “We’ve got only three legit major league starters if we’re lucky, which is why I’m not the least bit worried about that non-refundable down payment I forked over for that elk-hunting trip in early October.”

    7. “I’m not thinking about my contract. I’m happy here.”

    Translation: “You know that yacht I just bought, the one named Walk Year? That’s just the start of what I’ve got coming to me. If you think I’m not looking forward to being a free agent, I’ve got two words for you, buddy: Carlos Silva.”

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  529. 530 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Berigan, I saw that article about BSOML too. Did they mention Andruw in it? I can’t remember…….

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  530. 531 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    In back to back posts I said….#

    not likely an isolated I was thinking…

    then…..

    as story on guys being in the best shape of their lives…..

    Am I good or am I

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  531. 532 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Chris, doesn’t look like it. Didn’t someone mention the other day Joe Torre saying Andruw was a bit fat???? Even Ray King is in BSOML. But really, can you blame Andruw??? It’s not like he’s getting 20 Mil a year, just 18 Mil…hardly worth breaking a sweat over….

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  532. 533 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 27, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Well, I will now ride my stationary bike. A metaphor for my life for sure! 😉 You all can now post like crazy while I am not here…just like last night! 😡

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  533. 534 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Funny article, Berigan! Probably a lot more truth there than we know! 😆

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  534. 535 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Ray King, BSOML: round is a shape.

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  535. 536 flbravesgirl February 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    😆 CL!

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  536. 537 Carolina Lady February 27, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Hey, FBG! Have a great time at ST!!

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  537. 538 chrisklob February 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Good one CL! I saw this article a day or so ago and when I saw that Ray King was in BSOML I nearly spit my tea all over my keyboard!

    Berigan, that question about AJ was one of those where I had my tongue firmly planted in my cheek! I know, doesn’t always translate well in the printed word. Anyway, I read where he showed up at 240 lbs. or so. Yep, I guess $18m and a chance to re-prove your worth as one of the top athletes in your sport isn’t anything to exert yourself over!

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  538. 539 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 28, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Chris I had a feeling you were kidding when you mentioned him! You’d think he’d want to make the Braves feel like they made a mistake letting him walk. Perhaps if he just swings a bit harder than last year….

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  539. 540 morpheus45 February 28, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Morning, all! Fell asleep early; hangover and an early morning. Thought I’d make a pee-thirty post to give a bit of an update.

    Lousy game today for a Dawg fan. Lew bought tickets for the lower-level Dawg section but somehow received ones in the upper level on the opposite side of the field. I never saw so many Gaytor fans at a non-Florida event in my life, and we were stuck sitting next to a group of them. So naturally, right before first pitch (during a dead silence) I yelled “Gooooo Dawgs, sic ’em, woof woof woof woof woof” at the top of my lungs and got nothing but moderate laughter from the Dawg section and dead silence from the Gaytor fans. Too many old folks for woofing, I suppose. Now, Braves…

    Morton isn’t as aggressive as he should be with his stuff, just like his scouting report says. His fastball stayed in the low-90’s range (below advertisement), but he seemed to be focusing more on changing speeds, which he did quite well. He skipped back and forth from 91-3 heat to 80-83 changeups to 72-4 curves and almost never threw the same pitch twice in a row. If he was indeed holding back on the heat, he’s definitely got stuff. Just needs to get mean.

    The rest of the young pitchers were adequate; nothing fancy or spectacular. Only one (can’t remember his name; forgot to bring my laptop) had memorable power; the rest were pretty pedestrian (one guy pitched a whole inning where every single pitch was exactly 87 mph, but for one at 88 and one at 81 which induced a strikeout).

    Lots and lots of hustle; the young up-and-comers are hungry (the only player who dogged it was Chipper, who turned a stand up triple or possibly and inside-the-parker into a 2-run double). Anyone who thinks our minor league system was destroyed with the Tex trade needs to go check out some ST games. Anderson and Schaefer are FAST. Anderson backed up 1st on a play where he made it in from the right field warning track in about four seconds, and Schaefer made a running catch in center that made me not miss Andruw so much.

    Brandon Jones looked okay (nothing special in the field or at the plate), verdict’s not out on him yet since nobody saw him practice all week. Prado was his usual average self. Blanco had a double. Borchard had at least one big hit and runs hard and fast for a big guy (think Thorman who makes contact). Thorman didn’t make contact. Neither did Lillibridge, who looked good in the field but not so good at the plate. That seems to be the main concern over the star prospects; they still look a little raw as far as hitting goes. I get the feeling they’ll come around, though. We had a better camera today and got some fantastic shots (I promise you’ll get them tomorrow or the next day, CL; they’ll be worth it. Got a great one of Chipper making contact on his big hit and the 12-year-old Lillibridge striking out).

    The game itself was a yawner, but we left feeling pretty good about the team. I’ll check back with y’all later after I get some more sleep. Must ready my system for pies and cakes. 🙂

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  540. 541 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 28, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Thanks for the 411 Grinch!!!

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  541. 542 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 28, 2008 at 6:07 am

    An article on Baltimore’s interest in Tex….lets hope it stays in the unlikely category, and it’s more about pushing his price up next year than anything else…. 20 Mil is still a joke, he will get more than that….

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-connolly0227,0,2167409.column?track=rss

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  542. 543 chrisklob February 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Grinch, thanks for the scouting report. Glad to hear Chipper isn’t being foolish in a meaningless game. It’d be awful for him to pull his hammy or whatever, especially in a ST game.

    Sorry you got stuck in the UF section. I should know. I’m married to one. So the college team I root for (aside from my alma mater The College of Charleston which has no football program) is generally whoever is playing the Gators. I’ve got nothing against them, I just like to antagonize my wife……..

    That seems to be the main concern over the star prospects; they still look a little raw as far as hitting goes.

    Typically at this stage of spring, the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. Even though the opponent wasn’t a group of professional players, they’ve been practicing since around Feb 1 I believe.

    Looking forward to seeing your pictures and getting a scouting report on certain baked goods!

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  543. 544 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 8:10 am

    a good report from correspondent grinch. a very good report. and this journalist heard another radio interview this morning with chipper jones . . . remember the word “repertoire” – this is apparently a new word in the chipper jones vocabulary and was used frequently this morning. someone must tell chipper that reportoire has nothing to do with wardrobe. still, all in all, a most entertaining interview. if dogs could talk . . .

    and, soon the dugout roof will be covered in pies and cakes and braves and stuff bloggers. and will the pies and cakes attract andruw jones? and why not wait ’til winter to look at some film and then decide to lose a few pounds? what? joe torre is scolding andruw for being fat? has joe torre seen chino cadahia? oh, the $18 million and dodger blue . . . jimmy smith now understands.

    and, shameless braves and stuff blog promotion at today’s game (can do this on the road – not at disney) – a mr. stomach lining character will parade around the field between innings touting this blog. should draw a whole new crowd of bloggers. oh, the thought!

    and in the friendly competition to see which beet writer can brake news at camp, chop seal is now up 1-0. the other beet writer is hanging that beet writer’s hat on the announcement of the spring rotation. chop seal broke the news of bobby cox having the flu and some serious sinus issues. chop seal says remember joe borchard. not sure what that means.

    and a bobby cox report: after a visit to the siding doctor bobby cox is much improved and looks hardi again.

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  544. 545 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 8:27 am

    grinch, please get a chino cadahia photo for journalist’s baseball photo page. also, will grinch and lew and flbravesgirl be having dodger dogs for lunch? and, red velvet cake for all bloggers!!

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  545. 546 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 8:53 am

    G’morning everyone!!!

    I’ve been trying to catch up on the overnights. Great report, Grinch. I know you and Lew are having a great time. (I just hope you can remember some of it. 😉 ) Cakes and pies are on the way! I am envious. :mrgreen:

    I am not in the BSMOL; however, it must be noted that 2 days ago, I renewed my gym membership, which had lapsed 2 months ago. Of course, my attendance lapsed 5 months ago. I’m going tonight, and before too long, I’ll be in the BSMOL. 😐 It should be also noted that the first two letters in BSMOL are BS.

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  546. 547 savannahguy February 28, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Catching up on the overnights inspired a thought or two before work begins:

    Carolina Lady, that Global Incident Map is incredible. Before clicking around the globe I had to check out the incident in Savannah. “Airport officials said the people loading the bags thought they saw smoke coming from the same golf bag. They called police, who called out the bomb squad and explosives experts. The bag was screened and later found to be fine”.

    Braves pitcher headed to Spring Training?

    Grinch, very good report. It’s hard to feel bad for you sitting in the upper bleachers at a Spring Training game, while we’re having a blast of 28 degree weather here on the coast.

    I yelled “Gooooo Dawgs, sic ‘em, woof woof woof woof woof” at the top of my lungs and got nothing but moderate laughter from the Dawg section and dead silence from the Gaytor fans. Too many old folks for woofing, I suppose.

    Or it could have just been the green complexion. We love it, but it probably takes some getting used to.

    Berigan, good find on the Sports Illustrated article. Tom Verducci wrote a heck of an article there. Many a truth told in jest. BSOML… funny. One observation that rang true for me was, “You are professional athletes. One basic requirement of your job is to be in shape, OK? That’s especially expected from those of you in your 20s, which should be your physical peak.”

    It’s odd how we over-congratulate professional athletes for showing up at the beginning of the season in good shape. That’s should be the minimal expectation and the cost of entry.

    Wonder if some of the same “original” beat writers that cover baseball and perpetuate the “BSOML” quotes as part of their “Groundhog Day” reports of spring topics would follow it up with something like, “I got up early today, looked out my window and, lo and behold… I saw the first bird on the scene as he flew down and got a worm”. He arrived in great shape and could fly. Amazing how that happens.

    And Pavarotti showed up for rehearsals and could hold a tune. Wonders never cease for the professional in any venue.

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  547. 548 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 9:18 am

    journalist with no pen . . .

    blogger with no keyboard . . .

    thorman with no contact . . .

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  548. 549 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Good morning all…. Thanks Grinch for the great report. I would suspect the fast balls will increase in velocity as the calender tilts towards April. Too early to be throwing real heat. Also, may be that in order to maintain control, speed is decreased.

    The one thing you really lose on TV is the sense of speed some guys have. Glad to have a trusted observer on the scene to put it all in perspective.

    Sounds to me like Schafer is the second coming of Brett Butler…

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  549. 550 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I am not too worried about Lillibridge’s hitting. One thing for sure is that kid can hit…

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  550. 551 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 9:31 am

    SSSSh! Don’t wake Bob so I can take some pot shots at him like he does me, when I’m asleep. No, not really. I just find it interesting that Bob can not only catalogue everything I say, that he finds “offensive”, but never seems to notice when I say nice things about him. Oh well, I don’t say those things for praise; I say them because of my concern for his well-being. And I will do so again, now. Bob please stay on the mend and the next time, take your flu shot.

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  551. 552 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Spring is in the air… despite the 20 degree weather, a large flock of robins have migrated this far north and are camping out at our homestead for a few days. They are likely reconsidering their choice of travel dates with the wintry blast we received last night but 65-70 degree temperatures are expected by Tuesday.

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  552. 553 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Speaking of bird migrations, I hope they begin soon since we are the apparent wintering-over site for all the world’s starlings.

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  553. 554 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 9:44 am

    The only bird I’ve seen lately was when I didn’t let a lady cut in front of me in the car line while picking up my daughter from school… 😦

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  554. 555 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 9:44 am

    … or the buzzard cleaning the possum off the road…

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  555. 556 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Stuff: Exxon is complaining to the Supreme Court that the 2billion(+) award in the Valdez spill is “excessive”. The attorneys for Alaska pointed out that 2billion represents 3 weeks profit for Exxon. Decision soon.

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  556. 557 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Raisins; o!o :mrgreen:

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  557. 558 williamwallace February 28, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I’m certainly not a big fan of W but he had some good one liners with the Red Sox at the White House.

    “I’m sorry his running mate, Manny Ramirez, isn’t here. I guess his grandmother died again,” Bush said to laughter. “Just kidding. Tell Manny I didn’t mean it. But I do want to quote him. He said, ‘When you don’t feel good, and you still get hits, that’s when you know you’re a bad man.’ I don’t know what that means. But if bad man means good hitter, he’s a really bad man, because he was clutch in the World Series and clutch in the playoffs.”

    The Red Sox, who captured their second World Series title in four years by sweeping the Colorado Rockies in the Fall Classic, were greeted by more than a thousand people near the White House.

    To that, the President noted the popularity of Matsuzaka.

    “His press corps is bigger than mine,” Bush said to more laughter. “And we both have trouble answering questions in English.”

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  558. 559 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

    ww; one of the few things I still like about Dubya is his ability to have a laugh at his own expense. His Dad had that nack, too. So did Reagan and yes…even Clinton. Jimma didn’t.

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  559. 560 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 10:01 am

    “His press corps is bigger than mine,” Bush said to more laughter. “And we both have trouble answering questions in English.”</i.

    😆

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  560. 561 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 10:01 am

    “His press corps is bigger than mine,” Bush said to more laughter. “And we both have trouble answering questions in English.”

    😆

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  561. 562 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Oops… thought I caught it in time. Guess not… 😳

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  562. 563 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 10:02 am

    We get your point, Raisins.

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  563. 564 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 10:05 am

    gil, be on the lookout for: robin roberts, robin yount, and robin ventura. ventura will have little black circles around the eyes courtesy of nolan ryan. and why does gil get robins and paladin, starlings? and where do the pigeons roost? and the biggest bird house manufacturer in wilmington would like to sell some birdhouses to gil and to paldin. this journalist is an agent for that company and can arrange for nice bird houses to be hand crafted and delivered to gil’s backyard and paladin’s backyard – and to every blogger’s backyard. custom built and suitable for a family of nice birds. more information available by inquiry.

    and wren does frank make a trade? and what will thorman bring in trade?

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  564. 565 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Can you imagine what a sticky finger Bobby Cox might have if he posted on the blog? No thank you. Hold the Danish!

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  565. 566 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Sesame sez: Do you make houses large enough for Big Bird?

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  566. 567 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 10:21 am

    “and what will thorman bring in trade?”

    the William’s family has offered the embalmed body of Teddy Ballgame. I think we should take it.

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  567. 568 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s off to work I go. Later, to my fellow munchkins, dwarfs and mental midgets. Signed, Grumpy

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  568. 569 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Total Views: 23,982 – Congratulations, y’all!

    Grinch, thanks for the info! We ALL (w’all??) appreciate it!!

    jjs would have a race perhaps between Mr Stomach Lining and Mr B?? (Serious issues!!) :mrgreen: Commissary sales would drop like a rock!
    😆

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  569. 570 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 10:40 am

    This from a pastor, no less:

    *Hybrid Car*

    My uncle in Detroit tried to make a new kind of car. He took the engine from a Ford, the transmission from an Oldsmobile, the tires from a Cadillac, and the exhaust system from a Plymouth.”

    “Really? What did he get?”

    “Fifteen years for theft.”

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  570. 571 morpheus45 February 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Morning,all. Forgot to add last night that while Kotsay didn’t do anything spectacular at the plate or in the field, he didn’t look bad either and doesn’t appear to be in pain.

    Married to a Florida fan? Oh, the humanity! At least y’all always have a sure-fire argument starter built in and don’t just have to make something up.

    Later.

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  571. 572 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I wouldn’t want Williams’ body… can’t keep his head in the game…

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  572. 573 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 10:47 am

    grinch, please tell kotsay that the name kotsay sounds sissy for a centerfielder and suggest that kotsay should change kotsay’s name to booger. should get any autographs first before making this suggestion.

    and remember the photo of chino cadahia.

    and the head of ted williams is at red sox camp. mascot, sorta like the big baseball-head brave. only, ted williams’ head. and jimmy smith remembers in uganda when head shrinking was in fashion. many a head was turned by the shrunken head hanging from a rear view mirror.

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  573. 574 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Yes jimmy, some are rocking robins but Brian Roberts is an oriole….

    And bird houses… perhaps when the misses and I make our annual trek to Holden beach, we will look up CL and check out the bird houses. 🙂

    008… We were also visited by the starlings last week. There were so many roosting in the pine trees surrounding the house that I felt like an extra in a Hitchcock movie… Thankfully, they have moved on.

    And the Canadian geese are starting to make their way back north. The corn fields around us are covered in them during their stopovers. We always seem to have a few that decide they like it here and set up home in the neighborhood. Not fun when you are trying to play golf.

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  574. 575 morpheus45 February 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Kotsay is the consummate autograph signer. I’m glad he’s here; he’s a thoroughly decent guy; last one off the field and then back out to sign again in street clothes after the others snuck out like they stole something.

    Now I’m really leaving.

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  575. 576 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Now, stuff:

    Today, as I actually get my work caught up for the first time in weeks, I am jamming to the melodic strains of classic Allman Brothers. Man! This is good stuff… 😎

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  576. 577 morpheus45 February 28, 2008 at 11:32 am

    JJS-I’m afraid Spring Training is over for Myself and The Grinch. The Dodger game is a three hour drive away in Vero Beach. I’m packing stuff to ship home (artwork and baseballs) and Grinch is driving southward and westward to pick up FBG. Hopefully we will see Savannah Guy tomorrow for dinner-Mrs SG’s health and comfort willing, of course.

    I agree with the Grinch’s assessment of the Braves and their young players. Anderson’s back up of that play was amazing-especially considering the ball never left the infield. He ran 100 feet in seconds to back up first. Schaefer’s catch WAS excellent and robbed at least a double from the Dawg player.

    Mort5on showed a range of speeds between 74-94 and almost every four MPH increment in between. Maybe he was just working obn his breaking ball and change up, but if he mixes in a 92-94 MPH fastball with that rangeof speeds, he will be devastating.

    The starters and regulars only played 2-3 innings. Our outfield was Brandon in left, Schaefer in center and Anderson in right. The defense was absolutely excellent. Much speed among those three and quite adequate to excellent defensively. Richmond will have a great team under Chris Chambliss this year. The Braves will have excellent depth.

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  577. 578 lew614 February 28, 2008 at 11:35 am

    That last Morpheus post was mine. Not used to two of using the same computer.

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  578. 579 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hmmm… Talent, depth and desire. That IS a winning combination. I am absolutely amped over the upcoming season.

    Lew, yours and Grinches onsite reporting has been outstanding. Kudos, cakes and pies to you both. 😀

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  579. 580 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Lew, yours and Grinches onsite reporting has been outstanding. Kudos, cakes and pies to you both.

    😯

    -5 points for grammar. Of course I meant Grinch’s. That’s what happens when you focus more on work than blogging…

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  580. 581 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Lew… Chambliss will be the batting coach this season for Richmond. Mike Brundage is still the head coach. He is a speed kind of guy who likes to coach small ball…

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  581. 582 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    why teach small ball in the minors and not play small ball in the national league? hmmm…. so, they are taught to play small ball after all …. hmmm…..

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  582. 583 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I’m sure y’all saw where Andruw reported at 242 lbs! Torre said to the media that he was a little FAT. Yes, he used the “f” word, not “chubby” or “a little bit heavier than we would like him”, or any of that BC speak. Well, good for Joe. Bad for Andruw. Bring on the stationery bike and diet-Slurpee’s.

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  583. 584 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    juan pierre will be centerfielder for the dodgers again – maybe by all-star break. oh, the humanity! $18 million!

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  584. 585 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    joe torre was once a fat atlanta brave. joe torre can spot fat. andruw reported to camp fat. imagine that! fat-cat in a dodger hat. grinnin’ may not be enough when andruw fails to perform for the dodgers. dodgers’ secret weapon is tommy lasorda and slim-fast. tommy can make some slim-fast shakes for andruw to wash down the dodger dogs. tommy was once a mess but is now cleaned up and is only slightly messy. does not pick nose, though. at least not on television.

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  585. 586 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    jimmy smith is intrigued by carolina lady’s idea . . . a race, much like the milwaukee sausages race . . . only a race between mr. stomach lining and miss booger. that’s right, miss booger. such a race would surely appeal to the little children at the ted. and the adults could bet on the outcome. and the characters could wear braves and stuff tee shirts – and after the race, retire to specially-made bird houses – only, not bird houses – booger and stomach-lining houses. must give this some more thought and get savannah working on it, but, carolina lady has again had an inspiration. thanks, carolina lady! what will carolina lady think of next?

    and bobby cox can be the official starter!

    and congratulations to carolina lady and the braves and stuff blog with close to 24,000 hits since december! a colossus. a veritable colossus.

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  586. 587 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    It’s not the pickin’ that bothers me… it’s the placin’. Where exactly do they end up, anyhow? 😯

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  587. 588 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Pete Orr was fast, too. Just saying 😉

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  588. 589 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Light-hitting, hard-working speedster…..Same scouting report. More upside though.

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  589. 590 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Pete Orr was Canadian… 😀

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  590. 591 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    In fact, Pete Orr still is Canadian… 😀

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  591. 592 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    raisins, brings up a good point. sleeves, right?

    pete orr is still fast and is in nationals camp.

    “Mike Jacobs’ two-run homer off Rob Bell in the sixth gave Florida a 3-2 lead. Washington tied it in the ninth on Pete Orr’s infield single off Marcus Gwyn with the bases loaded.”

    clutch hitting from pete orr. where was that last year?

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  592. 593 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Exchange rate got him, huh? Expect more from Anderson then.

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  593. 594 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I bet Pete Orr can skate…

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  594. 595 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    famous ex-braves now with gil’s nationals:
    Rob Bell, RHP
    Ray King, LHP
    Pete Orr, INF
    Johnny Estrada, C
    Willie Harris, OF
    Ryan Langerhans, OF
    Bret Boone, INF
    Odalis Perez, LHP

    thorman, missing thorman.

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  595. 596 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Actually, Pete Orr being Canadian and being able to skate has nothing to do with anything. I’m so focused on my work that I’m not really thinking. (Says alot about the quality of my work, huh?)

    That is called “bloggin’ by the seat of your pants.” 😀

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  596. 597 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Famous,…..JJS uses that word loosely when he includes Rob Bell.

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  597. 598 williamwallace February 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Stan Kasten is like the little elf from Frosty the Snowman, leading the charge for the Island of Misfit Braves Toys.

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  598. 599 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    tom glavine can skate. could be canadian. has cold ringfinger like a canadian might. cold in canada. dry in canada, too? then why canada dry? many questions. many, many, questions.

    and carolina lady is busily building bird houses today and is not blogging hear. picturing carolina lady in carolina lady’s bird-house-making shop . . . does carolina lady wear a cap? perhaps a wood-working apron? and if jimmy smith gets carolina lady some more orders for bird houses . . . will there be a commission arrangement? and an expense account like chop seal’s? and benefits? and, gil, what else should journalist ask for?

    and what job security does pete orr have having to compete against the likes of boone, langerhans, and harris?

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  599. 600 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Stan Kasten is like the little elf from Frosty the Snowman, leading the charge for the Island of Misfit Braves Toys.

    😆

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  600. 601 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    No seriously, Lew, I trust your judgement on Anderson, but consider me an “open-minded skeptic that is subject to change.” Forgive me for being a little gunshy on light-hitting speedsters. For reference, see JJS’s list of ex-Braves in Washington.

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  601. 602 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Carolina Ma’am, please come back. The inmates are running(some might say ruining) the asylum.

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  602. 603 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I see where Gil now calls me 008. I like that! 008 is a 007 with a key to the executive wash room. Horrible thought! What if Senator Craig uses that one? Tap. Tap. Run. Run.

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  603. 604 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Braves/Dodgers on ESPN!?! Why didn’t anybody tell me?

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  604. 605 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Gotta go…

    C-ya! 😀

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  605. 606 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I’m afraid my multi-tasking days are behind me. Now, I make multi-excuses for not tasking. Tisk task.

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  606. 607 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    One more semi-insane thought before I go for lunch, nap and more excuses. CL, jjs says you make custom birdhouses. Do you use live birds for the fitting? Just a thought. 🙄

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  607. 608 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    OK, I’m pissed ticked off… 😡 AJC says the game’s on ESPN. I’ve got SportsCenter.

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  608. 609 Bay Area Steve February 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Uh, I’ve just read “prid quo pro” …….somewhere. Please tell me there are variations, uh, of which I am unaware.

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  609. 610 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    That sort of language ought to bring CL back. Raisins, you are in BIG trouble. 😦

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  610. 611 Bay Area Steve February 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I believe it’s just tomorrow’s game, Mr. Wikipedia. I could be mistaken.

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  611. 612 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Welcome back, BAS. Thought you had gotten back into bad habits across the street.

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  612. 613 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    My bad… If I had read more closely, I would have seen that tomorrow’s game is on ESPN. 😳

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  613. 614 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Do I get a mulligan? 😀

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  614. 615 Bay Area Steve February 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks, 008. I haven’t had much to contribute. But, I do need some clarification on this quid pro quo thing. much like y’all. but different.

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  615. 616 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    CL won’t need a mulligan. She’s going to hit you long, straight and often.

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  616. 617 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    😯

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  617. 618 Bay Area Steve February 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    No golf speak during spring training. It upsets jjs. Go back to working on your fundamentals.

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  618. 619 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    BAS; You got me on the quid pro quo thing. and I didn’t think anyone on here but Bob could use it in a sentence. 🙂

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  619. 620 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, mercy. Take a break and check in and see that jimmy smith has been having a very good time this morning! 😀

    Paladin, I design and hand-build bird houses out of 1″ cedar. Or did. Had to put it on hold when Mother’s condition deteriorated. (She requires such close attention that I can’t leave her long enough to work on them.) Still have all the tools and equipment, parts and supplies. The 5-speed drill press is still in my laundry room, the band saw now resides in what ‘was’ my living room. I’ll have to admit, having them readily available is extremely handy!! Something need trimming, adjusting, whatever? No problem! 😆

    Yes, jimmy, I have a nice leather wood-working apron and a full-face shield that I use when using any of the saws (have 3). The wood dust/saw dust irritates the daylights out of my skin so I cover everything possible when sawing. And, yes, I probably look pretty funny! 😆

    Chris has a great blog lead ready for posting when this one maxes out. Chris, thanks for giving Salty a little breathing space!

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  620. 621 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Yeah!!! Everything I had with a deadline of today has been submitted! I am officially caught up for the first time in weeks. Well, at least since the first day that B&S became an unavoidable distraction. Of course, there’s still some stuff due tomorrow… NAH, it can wait! 😀

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  621. 622 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    CL, are you going to post Klobber’s lead before my nap? If not, save it until bedtime. :mrgreen:

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  622. 624 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I’m gone. Reuben time!

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  623. 625 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    We’re at 625 posts – is the loading time still OK with y’all??

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  624. 626 lew614 February 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Hillbilly-I understand your skepticism and quite honestly, I was of much the same mind until late last week. This kid has as good a work ethic as anyone I’ve seen in Braves camp for several years. He works EXTREMELY hard. You can also tell he listens to his coaches. He will never be a power hitter-of that there is little doubt. However……he could easily become a gap to gap doubles hitter and his speed is unbelievable-much more than plus speed (in the vernacular)-it is at the very least Furcal speed.

    I truly thought Brandon Jones would be handed the platoon with Diaz. Now I’m much less certain that it won’t be Josh Anderson who gets the nod with Matt. He also beat out a ground ball to the pitcher that I don’t believe anyone else on the team would have been safe on. He will definitely fluster pitchers when on base. Is this not what many have been clamoring for?

    Also factor in that Jordan Schafer is even faster and DOES have power. He made an Andruw-worthy play against the center field wall yesterday, after making a considerable run to get there. He also smacked a long fly into the teeth of a strong wind. He will hit many Home Runs, ostensibly knocking in Josh from second a good bit of the time.

    What I’m getting at is this-I can quite easily foresee (especially if Tex is not resigned), a long term outfield in Atlanta of Anderson, Schafer and Francoeur (he’s what makes the Tex resigning relevant) -I can see they will have to pay Frenchy at least and average of ten to twelve mil per to sign him long term after seeing the Cabrera and Howard arbitration amounts-both ten mil per after three years. This may make it harder to sign Tex long term. They will sign someone like Nick Johnson (like, not necessarily him) until Heyward is ready at first.

    They will have a young team with maybe a bit less power, but that can make good things happen on the base paths. If you look at Wren’s moves over the winter, he signed speed-lots of it. I think this signals a change of direction, especially when you factor in Bobby Cox’s sooner rather than later retirement. We may well no longer rely on three run HR’s to score our runs. We will have defense and speed. Add some good pitching (which may be what we SHOULD spend Tex money on) and we will have a very good, very fast, extremely good fielding, successful and CHEAP team for quite a few more years. Solid and promising. After what I’ve seen the past two weeks, I am psyched and greatly heartened. Much more than in recent years. There has been a definite change in the air down here. I’m well pleased.

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  625. 627 Hillbilly February 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I love the enthusiasm, and if you didn’t see it yesterday, I’ll prasie y’all again for some excellent reporting from ST this year. You say you see a long-term outfield of Schafer, Anderson, and Francoeur. I’m curious as to what you’re considering long-term. I’m thinking about B. Jones, Gorkys Hernandez, and Cody Johnson while I’m asking this. Do we have the makings of a log-jam in the outfield?

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  626. 628 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful news, Lew!! Can’t tell you how glad I am to hear it!!! Now if they will just be utilized properly! Good, good news! 😀

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  627. 629 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Hey, Hillbilly! Miss you when you aren’t around! Hope your beautiful family is well!

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  628. 630 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Gotta run…

    Gotta make a couple of stops (including a stop at the gym so that I can attain being in the BSOML) then make the 1 hour drive to band rehearsal then the 1 hour drive home. Be back late…

    G’night… 😀

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  629. 631 lew614 February 28, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Hillbilly-Just going by what I’ve seen. I’ve sat next to the dugout and have basically seen what Bobby Cox and Terry Pendleton have seen for ten separate practices. Didn’t have their bird’s eye view, but had as good a seat as any fan had. I paid VERY close attention (probably to the detriment of my museum and prizes-I could have gotten more autographs, not that I did badly).

    Brandon Jones got zero swings at the upper field (where the starters take BP). Anderson got all the licks up there. That really told me something. Couple that with the fact that Brandon is considered only a corner outfielder, while Josh Anderson plays all outfield positions and I think the writing is on the wall. I could be wrong, but that’s how I see it.

    As for Brandon and Gorkys-It would be possible to package Brandon along with some of the guys like Brayan Pena who are out of options for some more young pitching of a third or first base prospect. Who knows? As for Gorkys-he is not even in camp yet, nor is he on the immediate radar. These guys could play their six years and out and Gorkys could just be starting his option years. Lots of possibilities.

    Not saying any of this will definitely happen, but with Frank Wren’s moves (got HIS autograph, too), which definitely produced faster players than was John Schuerholz’s wont, and seeing how the pecking order seems to be unfolding, they are distinct possibilities. Just my opinion, though.

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  630. 632 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Pete Orr = Canadian Some bacon = Canadian

    Comes down to a matter or taste.

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  631. 633 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Make that: “matter of”

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  632. 634 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Braves win! Braves win! On 5 hits. Dodgers got 12.

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  633. 635 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    JJS,
    Yesterday you were asking how we stub our toe. Usually on a table leg I find. but, if you were asking how as in how’d it get that name…. Look down at your toes right now. Do they look….stubby??? Glad to help!!!!

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  634. 636 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    To borrow from WS: How does one stub your toe? Let me count the ways.

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  635. 637 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Latest from the email spam filter:

    “Your email address have win the UK Lottery!”

    Riiiiiiiight!

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  636. 638 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    You too!!

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  637. 639 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    carolina lady in a leather apron . . . hmmm… and where is grinch when such a subject is mentioned on the blog? and toe stubbing . . . no, berigan, jimmy smith does not have stubby toes. perhaps berigan is suffering from stubby toes and wants to share this with the other bloggers? and if lew is optimistic, this journalist is also optimistic. and if this team is working on speed and defense along with the 3-run homerun, then that bodes well.

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  638. 640 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I won the UK lottery; the Ugandan lottery; and I was the 10,000th hit on a (clean) site. All in one week. I’m busy on the paperwork now.

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  639. 641 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I wonder if Andruw has (s)tubby toes, too. Oh the humungus humanity, if he does.

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  640. 642 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Braves lose! Braves lose! So solly. Those smoke signals are gettin’ harder and harder for me to see.

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  641. 643 Berigan lll the Search for Spock February 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Anyone old enough here(What are the odds?) to remember when the Irish Sweepstakes was a big deal??? Was that even a Million dollars? I think there was a way to buy them in America…not sure if it was like scalped tickets….semi-legal(Or at least legal if not caught them!). I was a mere child in the 70’s….anyone remember???
    These kids today. They have it so easy. We couldn’t buy lottery tickets in Missouri when I lived there. We had to go into Ill. to get them. Now I get mad if a gas station doesn’t have them!(there are a few who don’t)

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  642. 644 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    “Matt DeSalvo (0-1) allowed four runs on two hits and five walks in 1.1 innings to take the loss.”

    Yep, giving up 2 hits and 5 walks sounds like a sure fire recipe for disaster.

    Generally, I do not take any performances prior to about the third week of SP seriously. Rookies may be the exception as they must make an immediate impact or risk being shuttled off to the back fields where they are forgotten by all but the most dedicated observers.

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  643. 645 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Question for today: Are Grinch and FBG poised for an elopement, or is it just pie-in-the-sky? Details on Oprah. 😉

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  644. 646 Berigan lll the Search for Bach February 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Bobby just LOVES pitchers that walk a lot of guys….good luck Matt!!!

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  645. 647 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    5 hits and 2 walks is a lot better than 2 hits and 5 walks particularly when you are trying to make a BC team.

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  646. 648 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Amen 008… Hitting a batter to give up the winning run doesn’t help either. Still say there is no way to defense a walk…..

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  647. 649 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    ESPN is suppose to carry the Braves v. Dodgers game tomorrow at 1:05… I need some newly mowed grass to get into the proper spirit. Any suggestions Lew? 🙂

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  648. 650 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Gil; I know a rook has got to be tighter than Dick’s Hat band at this point, but all the more reason to burn your best stuff down the middle, if necessary. The hitters are way behind, at this point, AND BC is looking for how he handles himself as much as he is looking for good “stuff” at this point. Or that’s the way I see it, anyway.

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  649. 651 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I love it, W is saying we are not in a recession… I guess not if you own the oil wells. The $300 of my own money the government is sending to me will just about cover the increase in the price of gasoline for six months. I track every penny I spend (allows me to take the sales tax deduction) and the increase in the price of gasoline and groceries are just handing the election to the democrats on a silver platter….

    Go out and spend the tax rebate on frivolousness items….? What a laugh…

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  650. 652 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    That is why kids don’t usually make the jump to the bigs right out of school. That 2 x 4 between the eyes has to be applied repeatedly to get their attention.

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  651. 653 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I’m heading out to buy some frivolous items, like food to eat tonight. C’yah in a while.

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  652. 655 mrgil February 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    You are bad CL…. 🙂

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  653. 656 chrisklob February 28, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Wow CL, that gps locator thingy is amazing! Gave my exact location. Actually I didn’t use MY number but the cell number of someone I don’t like. That satellite imagery is amazing, it even showed a picture of the guy’s face! Nice find!

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  654. 658 chrisklob February 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Well, just my luck. Been out most of the day and got home this afternoon to get caught up on the posts from what looks to have been a very busy day. Soon as I’m ready to start chatting, everyone leaves! I promise that I showered today, even used deodorant! Oh well………

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  655. 659 Berigan lll the Search for Bach February 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Gil, in a weak defense of Bush, I Think no president these days can actually admit the economy is in recession these days. Our Top story tonight, the president says we are in a RECESSION!!!!! 😯 gotta act like everything is hunky-dory…the youngsters still say Hunky-dory, right????

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  656. 660 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    and on a day this blog is filled with bird news . . . more bird news!

    By STAFF REPORTER

    Published: 28 Feb 2008

    A BOY can reportedly only communicate by ‘chirping’ – after living his life in a virtual aviary.

    According to reports from Russia, the 7-year-old ‘bird boy’ has spent his life in a flat filled with bird cages with a mum who treated him like one of her pets.

    Pravda said the boy’s 31-year-old mum did not talk him and treated him like a bird, forcing him to learn avian language.

    Social worker Galina Volskaya said shocked authorities discovered the boy in a two-bedroom apartment with bird mess littering the floor.

    Volskaya said: “When you start talking to him, he chirps.”

    And she added that the boy becomes frustrated at not being able to communicate and flaps his arms.

    Pravda reported that authorities believe the boy is suffering from Mowgli syndrome, after the Jungle Book character who is raised by wild animals.

    The boy has reportedly been released by authorities and put in a medical facility.

    now, do they put papers down for this bird boy? don’t want to ruffle any feathers. many more bird jokes come to mind but jimmy smith is tired and unable to type more right now.

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  657. 661 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Klobber your talents take our breath away
    but, what HAVE you stepped in to smell this way. 😈

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  658. 662 Berigan lll the Search for Bach February 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    These days…twice…..just wanted to make sure you get my point! sigh…

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  659. 663 journalist jimmy smith February 28, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    on a perch? feather in the cap for anybody that can help this poor bird boy.

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  660. 664 paladin2008 February 28, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    “Social worker Galina Volskaya said shocked authorities discovered the boy in a two-bedroom apartment with bird mess littering the floor.”

    She even taught him to “mess” like a bird? Now, that’s cruel.

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  661. 665 Carolina Lady February 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    665 posts! Time for a new blog, don’t you think? 🙂

    NEW BLOG IS UP!!

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