Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The End is Near..............

Unless you a Mayan descendant/believer its just the end of the year.  Time for a little reflection, wrapping up any loose ends and a glimples ahead.

2012 has definitely been an eventful year. In April I turned 57, In October DKW & I celebrated our 3rd anniversary, and DKW had one of those birthday thingys in November.  Those are some annual events. 
During the summer my oldest son and family moved to Newark, NJ.  It will hopefully only be for a year.  His wife has been placed in a position with the Newark School District.  I don't know all the specifics but its some type of residency she has to work out before her doctorate is validated and she can hang her own shingle out. Nothing against Jersey - just hate having my grandson so far away.  My youngest son is in the Coast Guard and was promoted to Chief (E-7) on Dec. 1st and on Dec. 14th my oldest daughter graduated from East Miss. Community College. My youngest completed her ACT and hopefully will be starting college in the New Year.  My middle daughter just completed another college semester in Portland, Or.  (Her 3rd or 4th).  She continues to carry a 4.0 average. 
On a non-personal note (but things that do interest me) - Miss. State completed an 8-4 football season and will be playing in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.  And yes, DKW and I will be attending.  Go DOGS!  Starkville High started the football season 1-3, but went on a tear and never lost again.  They finished the year 12-3 and are the 2012 Mississippi 5A State Football Champions.  Next year though, we move to 6A.  Things get tougher!  Go Jackets!   On the Division II College scene, Valdosta State (where my wife got her Masters Degree) won that level's National Championship this past Saturday (15th).  I follow them and Bloomsburg (where she got her undergrad degree).  I tell foks I'm an alumni by marriage. :-)
For the most part, the year has been positive and I try to keep that outlook.  I hope 2013 brings everyone much success and I will be back to blog in January.
Everyone have a great day!  Great week! Great Month! and Great Year!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

WE are the CHAMPIONS, My Friend............

The Starkville High School Yellowjackets are the Mississippi 5A Football State Champions as of this past Saturday night. In a game dominated by defense and filled with trick plays and turnovers, the Jackets won 28-11.  The Championship Game can be viewed for the next couple of weeks on ESPN3.

My youngest son was also promoted to MKC (Chief, Machinery Technician) in the United States Coast Guard on December 1st.  DKW and I were able to be in Jacksonville (FL) for the promotion ceremony.  I will confess to getting a lump in my throat and a pounding in my chest - I was so proud.  That evening Christ and I enjoyed the championship game together in his livingroom - thanks to the internet and  I would have loved to have been on hand in Jackson for the game - but I would not have missed out on his promotion for the world.  Semper Paratus!

Just thought I'd throw this pic out.  Since I drive a Mini - thought it was funny

Miss. State (8-4) accepted a bid to meet Northwestern (9-3) in the (Jan. 1) 2013 Gator Bowl.  Once the announcement was made, the opening line has MSU favored by 2.  So it could be anyone's game.  I would like to point out though that for the 2011 Gator Bowl MSU was an early 4 point favorite against Michigan and won by 38 (52-14).  I'm just sayin'.... - ya know.  But using that (albeit - faulty) logic - MSU should win  by 19!.  GO DOGS!

Everyone have a great day!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wow! WOw!! WOWWWWW!!!!

That pretty much says it all.  This past Friday night (Nov.23rd), I was privileged to see what was (to me anyway) one of the greatest games ever.  Starkville jumped out in front early with two nice touchdown drives to go up 14 - 0, but West Point mounted a drive of their own and scored with 7 seconds to go in the half and we were 14-7 at the half.  SHS kicked off to the Green Wave and starting a drive at their 20, they went the length of the field but missed the extra point.  SHS up 14-13.  After a couple of penalty-laden possessions each, West Point scored and made the two-point conversion to go up 21-14.  But our QB, Gabe Myles, put the team on his back and on 4th down threw a 15 yard touchdown pass and the extra point tied the game at 21.  Starkville stymied the next West Point possession and drove down to the 7 yard line and had time out with one second left.  Well, that ever tough Green Wave bowed up and blocked our field goal attempt.  So, overtime here we come!  SHS won the coin toss and went on Defense (such as it was) first.  West Point scored in one play and went up 28-21 - so the Yellowjackets knew what they had to do.  First down resulted in a two yard loss.  Second Down was incomplete.  Third down was another tackle for a loss.  So SHS was down to 4th and 15, a defensive error resulted in 2 defensive backs covering the same guy and Gabe was able to throw to a wide-open receiver for a touchdown.  As soon as the score was confirmed, there was NO hesitation by Coach Jamie Mitchell.  He held up two fingers and left the offense on the field.  He stated later that this had been decided when the 4th quarter ended.  He did not want to give West Point a second shot as they were impossible to stop from the ten yard line.  (In overtime in Miss. High School football you start at the 10 yard line.)  So Starkvillle lined up for a called pass play but the receivers were well covered and Gabe had to scramble.  No fewer than 6 defensive players had hands on him, but he scrambled free and the stadium erupted in Jubilation.  SHS-29, WPHS-28.    My friend, Ron, and I could only look at each other and go WoW!  What a finish it was!
So next week we head to Jackson and play Saturday, December 1st, at 7:00 PM against the Pascagoula Panthers for the Mississippi High School 5A Championship.

Oh - and we also had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving.  We had 8 folks in attendance. DKW, Myself, our Moms, My youngest and her roommate, and my friend Ron and his wife, Thelma.  We had a very pleasant time.  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday also!
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Well - Maybe not that close............

Turns out that SHS just decimated Saltillo last week.    The final score was 45-7, but it was even really that close.  It was 24-0 at the end of the first quarter and I'm pretty sure that every guy that dressed out saw at least a little playing time in the game.  So on to the 2nd round of the playoffs.  Oxford (11-1) will be coming to town this Friday.  Even though they have the better overall record, their one loss was to West Point in 5A Region 1 (and WP went 7-0 in the region for 1st place as did Starkville (8-3) in region 2).  Since we were both at home last week (Oxford defeated Provine 27-14) and SHS is the higher rated regional seed - Oxford comes here.  Regardless of the outcome,  this will be Starkville's last home game of the year.  West Point hosts Ridgeland this week in the other north-half semi.  If Ridgeland wins, we would go there since they are on the road this week.  If WP wins, we go there.  Since both are #1 regional seeds, the first tie-breaker is head-to-head ,  and we lost to WP early in the season.  I really feel we are a better (and healthier) team now.  If we get there, should be a close game for the North-Half championship (on 11/23).  It almost like last year, in 2011 we lost to WP in the regular season but won the North-Half championship game with them to go to the 5A State championship. (A loss to Picayune).  It would be nice to pull it out again and head to what looks to be a rematch with Picayune on December 1st.  But, lets not put the cart before the horse.  I will keep my fingers crossed though.
Tomorrow is also DKW's birthday.  I'm taking off work early to take her out and enjoy a little time together  before I head out for the game (dressed warmly I guarantee you).
After starting 7-0, MSU has lost 3 in a row and hopes to get off the skid when they host Arkansas on Saturday.  MSU is favored by 7, but the  defense needs to step it up and hopefully our running game will get going again.  Our #1 rusher was hurt a couple of games back and missed playing time - but he should be back in action against the hogs.
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Musings

I'm actually not going to say much about the big vote today.  I know how I'm leaning, but I'm of the opinion that whoever wins - America is the loser.  That being said, I'm of the firm opinion that if you don't exercise your right to vote- you lose your right to bitch.  Not that that ever stopped anybody.  Moving on........
This is about the 3rd time that I've started to blog since we lost CoCo.  It hit us that hard.  But I need to do this.
DKW and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary on October 31st.  We took a little trip and spent a couple of nights in Natchez.  We stayed at the Blufftop Bed and Breakfast - where we went on our honeymoon.  Its a very nice place and very restful.  It overlooks the Mississippi River and a ways into Louisiana.  I can't recommend it enough.
Speaking of places I can't recommend enough. As we meandered back home we came across a little restaurant located in an old brick train station in Flora, MS (outside Jackson).  I can say without reservation that I had the absolute best burger I've had in over 20 years.  The Blue Rooster is the best place you've never heard of.  They hand-make every 8 ounce patty from fresh mississippi beef and it is cooked to order!  When is the last time you had a great medium rare burger. The next time I'm in the Jackson area - I plan of making this a stop. You should too.
MSU has now suffered two beatdowns in a row and are 7-2 on the year.  As much as I want to be optomistic - I'm afraid a 3rd beatdown is on the horizon as we travel to LSU this weekend. C'mon Dawgs! Time to bow up!!!
SHS finished their regular season with a victory over Neshoba Central 21-10.  They have gone undefeated in Region 2-5A for the second year in a row (7-0).  Their over all record is 8-3.  The playoffs start on Friday, (Nov. 9th) with Starkville hosting Region 1-5A's #4 seed Saltillo High.  The Tigers are 7-4 on the year and 4-3 in Region 1. (Their 3 losses all to the 3 higher seeds).   Should be a very close game. 
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bye Little Girl . . . .

As I'm writing this I'm trying very had to keep from bawling.  As it is, my nose is running and  my face is twitchy and wet from tears.  Little CoCo, who DKW and I have only had since October 3rd, passed away around 3 this morning.  Yesterday morning DKW was woken by Sophie barking fiercely in the kitchen (I was already at work) and came out to discover CoCo comatose on her back in her cage.  She immediately got her to the vet and was told that her body temp was very low and her blood sugar was so low it wouldn't register (50 being the lowest measurement on the device they use).  When I got off work yesterday I met DKW at the vet's and we got to hold her and talk to her for a while.  We were told her temp was back close to normal and her blood sugar was still low but was up to about 80.  However, she was alternating between twitching  and moaning/yelping and seemingly dozing off.  We were told there were no visible problems (x-rays were taken) and that the problem seemed to be neurological.  The vet planned to keep her overnight and keep giving her injections to get her sugar up.  At least that was the plan, and we left hopeful that she would respond but honestly trying to steel up for the worst, and unfortunately that happened. 
CoCo had a short, hard life.  She was born July 20th, 2012 and died October 30th, 2012 - 102 days.  I will pick her up from the vet when I leave work today and take her out for burial on my farm, where DKW and I will say goodbye! You will never be forgotten little girl. For such a little dog (3 1/2 pounds) - she has left a huge hole.
R. I. P. CoCo

Friday, October 19, 2012

Chilly Double-Homecoming Weekend

After starting the year 1-3 against some pretty stiff competition, Starkville High is the only undefeated team in Region 2-5A at 4-0 (5-3 overall) going into tonight's Homecoming game with Yazoo City (4-4) (2-2 in Region 2).  SHS is favored and looking at some of the previous opponents they've faced I expect they will win tonight by 4 or more touchdowns.  SHS has already (with 2 more games after tonight) clinched a playoff spot and are playing now for the #1 seed  (and a first round home game) from our region in the state playoffs.
This is also homecoming weekend (tomorrow at 6 PM on ESPN2) for the UNDEFEATED Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0) (3-0 in SEC).  I know, I know! But let me enjoy it while I can -we have to go to #1 Bama on October 27th for what I expect to be a severe reality check.  But MSU is favored by 20 this weekend and both them & Bama should be 7-0 next week.  Regardless of how it ends, I will watch the Bama game.  Some ESPN writers (3 that I've read) are saying that they expect State to finish this year at either 11-1 or 10-2.  The only losses being to Bama and maybe LSU.  They are also saying that if State does finish 11-1 that they will get a bid to one of the BCS games.  Wouldn't that be sweet!
The temps at kickoff are predicted tonight to be 59 and tomorrow 61.  With drops of 3-6 degrees during the game.  Can you say "FOOTBALL WEATHER"!  Wooo Hooo!

Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My youngest grandchild

Isn't she a sweetie?  Layla is modeling a dress that her late grandmother made for her mommy  (my youngest)  when she was about the same age that Layla is now (2 1/2).  I know that were Sue here to see it she would be very pleased.
Everyone have a great day!

This year is FLYING BY........

Don't tell me you haven't noticed  Find it hard to believe that three weeks from tomorrow DKW and I will celebrate our third anniversary. Yes- we have plans and No - I'm not sharing them.  Maybe afterwards I'll share a bit.
This has been an eventful month.  On October 3rd we added little CoCo ( see up ^ there) to our household.  She's a Yorkie-Spaniel mix and should top out at 10-15 pounds when grown.  She and Sophie are getting along pretty well.  Check out Sophie's Blog for a little more input. We in the process (obviously) of house-training, but I think she's doing fairly well.
On Friday past, (5th) SHS defeated Ridgeland 23-0.  We play at  Canton HS this coming Friday and are heavily favored (if the pundits are correct).  On paper, we are in second place in our region.  This is because Callaway has played (and won) one more region game than us.  Neither of us has a loss yet.  However, this weekend Callaway plays the Ridgeland team we just defeated and those previously mentioned pundits have Ridgeland favored by a single point.
MSU won at Kentucky this past Saturday (27-14) and are back home this weekend to face Tennessee.  Kind of a late game for us (8:00 PM Local time) - but thats so it can be shown on ESPNU.  State is a scant three point favorite over UT.  This is a big game for MSU for several reasons: (1) To stay undefeated, (2) Winning that 6th game and becoming bowl eligible and (3) A third SEC victory.  If State takes care of business (as they should) it will put MAJOR focus on the October 27th game in Birmingham with #1 Alabama.  I'm not gonna comment on it any more.  Don't want to jinx it!  GO DAWGS!
Man - I don't even want to talk about my fave pro teams.  Of the Raiders and the 4 other teams I follow after them, all are at the bottom of their division - with one exception.  I'm hoping things will be better, but it may be a while before I comment on Pro ball again.
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sharp as a marble

At least that's how I felt - but its getting better.
First let me backtrack a little.  On September 18th I had a root canal done (from which I am still having jaw pain).  Yesterday I went to my regular dentist to have a crown put on.  I'm not sure of the problems that he ran into, but he ended up having my mouth propped open for around 3 hours.  He had to prop it open because I couldn't keep it open myself.  The pain was excruciating.  I was in misery when I left and not really fit company to be around.  I was kinda glad that DKW had plans to be out and about with her mom.  I didn't want to be snarky with her.  Once I got home I took one of the pain pills I had been given.  I felt kinda weird.  I was hungry (it was after 6 PM and I last ate at noon) but I didn't want to eat because of the pain.  I did go ahead and cook up a chicken/mixed fruit salad that I made sure was in bite-sized pieces since I couldn't open my mouth very wide.  I ended up taking another pain pill and going to bed around 9.  This is early for me but I didn't feel well. DKW woke me when she came in but she understood that I wasn't lucid enough to talk - because of being asleep and the pain pill.   We did talk a bit this morning as I left for work, but I know I was still forgetting stuff.  As I said though, I'm getting better (lucidity-wise).  The jaw is still a problem though.
MSU plays at Kentucky this weekend and is favored by 15.  Starkville High is favored over Ridgeland here on Friday.  SHS won last Friday (23-6) over Provine and MSU had a bye-week.  I'm hoping for good news for both this week. 
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life is what happens when you make plans

In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away - shing xiong

Last night DKW, her mom and I watched a good movie (Hachi: A Dog's Tale) which starred Richard Gere.  In the movie his character suddenly passed away at the age of 51 and about half of the movie followed the titled dog and others he left behind.  It was definitely a bit of a tear-jerker and got me thinking a bit about life.  I'm currently 57 and if I was to pass away tonight - I' have to admit I've had a good life.  I have a comfortable home and a loving wife.  I'm not rich - but I'm happy most of the time.  My first wife and I were married nearly 30 years and have 5 children literally all over the country.  It was a shock when she died young (age 48) and to be honest I never expected to marry again.    But we never know what life will bring you. and a tad over 3 years after Sue passed away I met DKW and we were married on Oct. 31st, 2009.  Our 3rd anniversary will be happening soon.  To refer back to the quote above - I hope that I still have hundreds - if not thousands - of moments left to take my breath away.   On a not-so-serious note, last weekend was one of those rare ones where my high school, college and pro teams' all won.   SHS beat Lanier High 48-0, MSU beat South Alabama 30-10 and the Oakland Raiders squeaked by Pittsburg 34-31.  MSU has a bye week this weekend, but my other 2 teams have tough games.  SHS plays Provine (Jackson, MS) High and Oakland plays at Denver. On a personal (football) note,  My grandson's (Trey) 8th grade (Clinton, MS) team is 5-0.  They are socring over 40+ points a game and each victory has been by double digits.  Yeah! Everyone Have a great day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kinda Glad this week is over

Tuesday (18th), I had a root canal done on an abscessed tooth that was (I was told) also necrotic.  And yes, it was just as painful as it sounds.  I took off work that day and Wednesday, and if we hadn't been short handed at work, I think I would have taken off yesterday too.  But its better now, and after the first of the year my regular dentist will be putting a new crown on the tooth.  The tooth that was worked on is still sensitive to pressure and may be so for 4 or 5 days following the surgery, but that I can easily deal with.
     SHS opens Region play tonight against Lanier High down in Jackson. SHS is heavily favored since Lanier is 0-4 and has been outscored 156-18 through 4 games.  MSU plays at home tomorrow night against the University of South Alabama (out of Mobile).  State is favored by 34 and I think it should probably be more.  This is only the 4th year that the S. Ala. football team has even existed.  So, about 9:30 tomorrow night state should be 4-0 going into a bye-week.  After the bye, they will be on the road to Lexington (on Oct. 6th) to meet the U.K. Wildcats.
After a loss to Miami and an 0-2 start the Raiders are back home in the "Black Hole" but it doesn't get any easier with Big Ben and the Pittsburg Steelers coming to town.
The weather here has been quite pleasant and the current 10 day forecast (thru the 30th) shows no rain, highs in the middle 80's and lows in the low 60's or high 50's.  Nice!  Starting to use the AC less, especially after sunset, when the temps drop below 75.  Autumn is near! Love it.  Might even be able to contemplate putting my mower up for the year come November.
Everyone have a great day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Short and Sweet

Monday morning.  Raiders play tonight.  Looking back - SHS was spanked - HARD - by West Point 47-22.  Ouch!  Mississippi State got a dominating victory in beating Auburn 28-10 (and should cruise this coming weekend against Troy). 
The temps have dropped here about 10 degrees on the average (middle 80's during the day and 60's or high 50's at night).  That and some of the new television programming kicking off this week actually make it feel like fall might not be that far away.  That being said - grass still grows and I still have to mow.  Although I have cut back some on the acreage I'm tending to.
If Sue (my first wife) hadn't passed away, today would have been our 36th anniversary.  DKW knows I love her - but she also knows that you can't not miss someone that you spent a large chunk of your life with.  In this respect, I feel like I have a charmed life.
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Doctor Who ROCKS!!!

OK!  How odd - you must be thinking - its football season and he's not going there first!  Well, I'll agree that it is different and I will get there, but if the new season of Doctor Who lives up to the promise presented in this past Saturday's episode - its going to be really special.  "Asylum of the Daleks" not only had every incarnation of the Daleks (from the past 50 years) and some tear-jerky moments with Amy and Rory (and the Doc)  but there was a level of excitement and fun I haven't felt since (dare I say it - could be sacrilege) - here goes - the Tom Baker era.  Woo Hoo!  And the next episode (as you can see) is "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship".  Let the FUN continue. I  know that Amy and Rory will be departing as companions sometime this season, and its been hinted that Matt Smith will be departing after either this season or the 50th anniversary season in 2013.  The BBC website has been asking for suggestions as to who should next play the Doctor and been hinting that it may even be a (gasp!) woman.    Along those lines I had a couple of suggestions to throw in.  One being, Hannah Spearritt, who I loved in the show "Primeval" (and also had a part in "Seed of Chucky") and  - to keep it in the Who family -Georgia Moffett.  Ms. Moffett, in addition to having played the Doctor's daughter (during the David Tennant era), is married (as of 12/31/11) to the same Mr. Tennant.  AND (if that wasn't enough) is the daughter of  fifth Time Lord Peter Davidson.  (WOW!)  So, if the Doctor does go transgender - who would you like to see in the role?
OK - FOOTBALL.  SHS got its first win of the year by beating Tupelo 28-0.  Always tough West Point comes to town next week.
Miss. State kicked off its 2012 season with a 56-9 route of Jackson State.  Tough Auburn comes to town next week and is the featured SEC game of the week.  It kicks off at 11 AM local time.  The line thus far favors MSU by 3.  I hope they have it right.
The Raiders kick off their 2012 NFL season on Monday (10th) as the second game of an ESPN double-header.  They are favored by 1 right now.
That'll wrap it up for now.
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Doctor Who & College Football begins................

But before I get to that.  SHS has played two (non-divisional) games (against very good teams) and lost both by almost identical scores of 29-8 (to Noxubee County) and 24-8 (to Madison Central).   What I find interesting is that Starkville (in both) scored with a safety and touchdown with a missed extra point.  Oh well, I do anticipate a victory this week. Go Jackets!
Now, this is game week for MSU, and they are heavily favored against Jackson State.  So heavily favored that most services that publish point spreads aren't giving odds.  Of the few I found that do, State is favored by 35-plus points. Go Dawgs!
College football actually kicks off Thursday night and on ESPN (6 PM central) South Carolina visits Vandy. I'll probably watch a little of this before switching (@ 6:30) to the Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech game.  Texas A&M is a SEC newcomer this year and MSU plays them on November 3rd (we don't play USC or Vandy this year).  Before the smorgasboard of games to choose from on Saturday (beginning at 8 AM with Navy/NotreDame playing in Dublin, Ireland) there are a couple on Friday night.  I'll probably go with watching the N.C. State at Tennessee game (since we play UT on Oct.13th), flipping over to keep up with the Boise St./Michigan St. game and keeping a radio handy to keep up with SHS.  Now - normally I would be thinking about mowing this weekend, but will a heavy chance of rain Thursday, Friday & Saturday (thanks to Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf) - I don't think so.  And here - I have to also give a tip of the hat to my sweetie - DKW- for indulging my football addiction!  (THANKS BABY!!!)
On the non-football front - the new season of Doctor Who starts Saturday night with "Asylum of the Daleks".  I'm a little aggravated that this is an abbreviated 5 week start - with more episodes around the first of the year.  I'm really looking forward the the September 8th episode though.  I think the title is pretty descriptive - "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship".  I can only imagine what my oldest and her son (in Jackson) will have to say while watching this one.  So Cool!
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August 7th! Wow hard to believe its already one week into August.  The NFL preseason has already started and in 10 days (Aug.17th), Starkville High will start its season and after an unexpected trip to the 5A championship game last season (which unfortunately we lost), SHS goes into this season as the odds-on favorite to take home the title.  Most of our starters are returning and our QB is one of the "Dandy Dozen" (top 12 players in the state), and has already committed to MSU - next year.  SO! - come on Football!  Can't wait.
With that, I'm gonna take a trip back and share my "BIG" football memory.  I was not a big guy in high school, but I love the sport and went out for the team.  My freshman year I was the 3rd-string nose guard on the freshman team.  At that time (1969),none of the freshmen were  allowed to play with the varsity (10th-12th) team until the 9th grade (6 game) schedule was completed.  And then only at the coach's invitation. Going into our last game I think I had been in a total of 10-12 plays.  Our last game was with West Point High and with 6 minutes to go in the game we were up 60-0.  The coach looked at me and said "W*** ! Get in there and finish up!"  I was ecstatic.  I was literally the next-to-last player to enter the game.  Just a few play later, the guys on either side of me (As nose-guard I was over the WP center) went out - one with cramps and one with an injury.  The coach had to put the starters back in and for freshmen, these guys were huge.  Both over 6'3" and 250 pounds.  So now - let me set up the moment. West Point (for the most point) was also playing their subs.  They had the ball on their own 25 yard line and there was now less than two minutes left in the game. The QB takes a slightly bobbled snap and tries to turn, with the intent to hand off to his running back.  As he is turning, the hulks on both sides of me bust through the line and hit the QB at the same time.  The ball squirts into the air just as I finally beat the center and get into the backfield.  I snag the ball and cover the last 15 yards into the end zone before anyone on the West Point team realized what had happened.  I crossed the goal line, ball raised in the year, screaming like crazy before I got mugged and nearly crushed by the rest of our defense.  But I didn't care - I scored a touchdown.  It didn't matter that we missed the extra point and the final was 66-0. I scored!.  And by a strange twist of fate, the only pic in our paper (with the game wrap-up) was me crossing the goal with the ball in the air.  "The headline with the pic was "Rare touchdown for a lineman".  But that was it - my moment of glory!   I'm forever after in my alma mater's record book.  GO JACKETS!
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Smile!!! Its Funny!

Ok - this is not original.  A friend sent this to me and I thought I would copy it here and share.  Eveyone Enjoy!

As You Slide Down the Banister of Life Towards 2013 -- Remember:

1. Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggart have written an impressive new book. It's called .... 'Ministers Do More Than Lay People'

2. Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary.

3. The difference between the Pope and your boss, the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

4. My mind works like lightning, one brilliant Flash and it is gone.  (This really strikes close to home.)

5. The only time the world beats a path toYour door is if you're in the bathroom.

6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood.

7. It used to be only death and taxes, Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.

8. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house.

9. My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

10. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment ... for enjoying sex.

Thought for the day: Be who you are and say what you feel ... because those that matter... don't mind ... and those that mind ...don't matter!

And As You Slide Down that Banister of Life You Should Pray That All The Splinters Are Pointed The Other Way...

Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


OK!  On a sadder note (for me anyway), "Eureka" ended its 5 season run on SyFy Network and did it in a way that I thought was thoughtful and appropriate.
Last night was the season premieres for "Alphas" and "Warehouse 13" and I continue to watch "Falling Skies".  BUT, I can't wait for the fall TV season to start - I have several returning favorites (Walking Dead, Dr. Who, Fringe, and more) and some new shows with Sci Fi premises look promising.  But the BIG news is that one of my fave cult TV shows in the 80's (which only lasted  4 seasons) from the BBC is getting at re-boot (ala Battlestar Galactica) by the BBC and should be here in the US in the fall.  Not to keep you in suspense - the show is "Blake's 7".  And in case you've never heard of it  - I've provided a link to the wiki listing.
And speaking of cult favorites - airing now in the UK and scheduled for BBC America in the fall - is a 10th season (of 10 episodes - with the original cast) of Red Dwarf.  WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!
Anyway - with all the Sci Fi coming and the rapidly approaching football season - my recliner will probably be getting a workout.
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Catching Up

Its been a couple of weeks since I last blogged - but I have been busy.  We've had folks visiting us and I've been short handed at work.  So I'll try and catch up.
First - when I got up to come to work this morning there were a couple of deer in my front yard.  Hope I can see 'em in the fall.  They can be right tasty with mashed taters and corn!
My wife put some neat stuff  in her blog - and I'm just gonna provide a link so you can read if ya want to and not just repeat stuff.  I will say that the "Wolf Spider" (big as my hand) that she posted the pic of is not distant family.  :-) 
I have a short blurb in the current month's newsletter published by our Electric Power Association.  I've provided a link - but the current month won' be available online until next month.  Odd - I know.  Anyway if ya want to read it - its under the "Mississippi is...." section.
My youngest son (CNW) got good news.  He did well on the last Coast Guard  servicewide exam and will be promoted to E-7 (Chief) before the year is out.  This is great!  I put nearly 21 years in before I retired from the Coast Guard and was an E-6 when I did.  He's done it in around 9 years.  But most, if not all, of my kids are smarter than their old man.  (If ya don't believe me - just ask 'em!)  And - the grandkids......(massive eye roll)!
My oldest son (JWWII) will be leaving later this month to go to New Jersey with his family.  The missus will be working for the Newark school system.  She was placed there to meet part of the requirements for her doctorate.  But she will be coming back here briefly later this year to defend her dissertation.
My daughter (DMW) in Portland, OR, has been going back to college for a couple of years now (and after a bit of stressing) is happy to report she is still carrying a 4.0 grade average.  YOU GO GIRL!
As I was typing this morning I was carried back to my high school daze (errr... days) by the internet radio.  Immigrant Song (from Led Zeppelin III) played.  This song came out about the time I first started driving and I WORE OUT my 8-track of this album.
My oldest (MSB) is taking classes (online right now) - but is on course to graduate from East Mississippi C.C. in December.  YOU GO TOO!!
I think this kind of catches up the news.  I've got to mow this weekend though.  Its been two weeks since I last did and with the rain we had the last few days the grass has shot up higher than its been all year.    I've got an out-patient procedure next week (27th) and I'm pretty sure I won't be working outside any that weekend.  Its nothing serious - but it is necessary.  I'm in great health and want to continue that way.
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

So What?

I was reading today that according to "The Sporting News" (and others), Mississippi State has the weakest non-conference football schedule in the nation and could conceivably be 6-1 or 7-0 before going into the "meat" of their schedule.  I say "SO WHAT?!"  "I DON'T CARE!"   Not too awful long ago MSU's schedule was ranked the toughest in the nation and we struggled to a 5-6 season.  I said at that time - "Why aren't we playing winnable non-conference games?"  Well, changes in leadership (new A.D. and Coaches) and "voila" here we are.  Heck, I'm tickled pink! A 6-1 (or better) start would guarantee a post-season bowl.  I don't care if we have multiple blow-out games. And I'm sure if they were honest - other fans would say the same.  Go DOGS!

Here's our schedule:
2012 MSU Bulldog Football Schedule

Sept. 1 - Jackson St.- Starkville
Sept. 8 - Auburn - Starkville
Sept. 15 - Troy in Troy, AL
Sept. 22 - South Alabama - Starkville
Oct. 6 - Kentucky in Lexington, KY
Oct. 13 - Tennessee - Starkville
Oct. 20 - Middle TN St. -Starkville (Homecoming)
Oct. 27 - Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 3 - Texas A&M - Starkville (Snow Bowl Reunion)
Nov. 10 - LSU in Baton Rouge, LA
Nov. 17 - Arkansas - Starkville
Nov. 24 - Ole Miss in Oxford, MS

Only 3 weeks or so until the NFL training camps start (Eagles start 7/22).  Most teams start on the 27th or 28th.  The first pre-season game is the Hall of Fame game (in Canton) on August 5th between the Saints and Cardinals. Hard to believe football is so close with the triple digit heat outside.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and I (like 90% of  the nation) plan on grilling out for me, DKW and our Moms!  Don't worry on my cooking will be done outside (in the shade).  We will enjoy the eats inside with the AC.  (Triple digit heat - 'member?  We ain't crazy!)
Everyone have a great day

Friday, June 22, 2012

"Its a Weiner-ful Day!"

Ok!  I sure everyone know's by now about our Sophie!.  Our little Chi-Weenie dog that appears to be a full-blooded dachsund.  Anyway, DKW and I never, ever spoil her (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) - but who can turn down that face?
Any - hooo!  These are not pics of our girl, but they are funny and I thought I'd share.  The first one I had to use.  We've told each other many times that Sophie is a cat in a dog suit.

And this last one is for my oldest - who is down in our state capital area.  Enjoy!

Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Movies, Movies and Oh yeah - Movies....

Well - I do feel kind of entitled. Today is Father's Day after all.   I accomplished quite a bit around the ole homestead on Friday and early Saturday.  I was pretty sore and took most of Saturday afternoon off (except for doing my Mama's grocery shopping for her) and today - until I came to work at 2 pm.  DKW was out of town picking up a friend that's coming to stay with us for a week or so, so I showered and crashed in my recliner and watched a lot of tivo-ed stuff. Now there were a couple of movies I gave about 30 minutes and then left 'em.  They were titled "Surviving Christmas" and "Due Date".  I just didn't like them.  Now, as to some ofthe ones I did watch.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 2003 version of "The Italian Job".  Since I have a 2003 Mini Cooper and they were featured in the film.  Also I found this version much superior to the 1969 version.  I was a bit disappointed when I watched that one not too long ago.  I also liked "X-Men: First Class", but I am a bit of a comic book geek.  Speaking of comic book geeks - they featured prominently n a film I had never heard of but found extremely enjoyable with a mayriad of stars appearing.  It was titled "Paul"  and featured a couple of British comic book geeks coming to the U.S. for Comic-Con and hooking up with an alien (named Paul) who is an escapee from Area 51.  If you haven't seen it - it is funny.  Another (UK-made) movie I had never heard of but found very moving and kind of disturbing is "Never Let Me Go".  It was classified SciFi but it was not what I expected.  As it goes along you figure out that its an alternate earth where people (basically clones) are raised in orphanage-type institutions as spare parts for the "originals".  It's definitely worth a watch.  "Tenure" with Luke Wilson was good, not great, but good.  I count "Supersize Me" as wasted time.  And on the cheesey front (and those who know me know I like to watch me some cheesey movies)  I watched "Piranhaconda" on SyFy.  And it was just as cheesey as it sounds, but like a car wreck I couldn't turn away. Interspersed with the movies I caught some College World Series games.  So a weekend filled with more TV than I usually grab - but I did enjoy myself. 

Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just two more months....

More or less. Depending on the team or teams you follow, but football is just around the corner.  The NFL pre-season kicks off on August 5th with the Cardinals and Saints in the Hall of Fame game in Canton.  Mississippi State's first game is September 1st.  Starkville High's first game is August 17th.  And for those that might care - the Canadian Football Leagure pre-season started last night.  I'm always ready for some football!  So is Sophie!  SEE! ^
Today ends my work week because during this month and next I am working Sunday-Thursday.  I actually kind of like it, because on Sundays I work 2-10 PM - so its like a 3 day weekend every week.  But I do stay busy at work and I've got a couple of projects lined up for this Sunday.    Anyway - thats all I've got to pass for now.
Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bye Bye Buddy!

Yesterday I lost a friend.  I found Beider (pronounced Bye-dur) when I went out to feed him Saturday morning and one of my first tasks of the day was burying a very shy dog that deserved much more than he ever had.  Beider came into my life a little over three years ago when I first met DKW  - who is now my wife.  He was a stray, and they really kind of adopted each other.  Prior to her claiming him, it seemed evident from scars and his very shy/skittish demeanor that he had been abused as a pup.  She would leave him food and water and it was a great triump when after a few months he allowed her to pet him.  (I know because it took 3 to 4 months of my feeding him and speaking to him every day before he appproached and allowed me to.She and I were the only people he allowed to.)  One of the things I did when DKW and I got engaged was to build a pen (about 30'X30") on the side of my house for him.  He was still painfully shy and never, ever attempted to leave the pen once he was there.  I think thats because he had a house there, was fed there, and felt safe there.  I'm glad he didn't want to leave the enclosure since I live near a heavily traveled state highway.  He was such a sweet dog I can't help having a couple of regrets.  One being that I wish I had spent more time with him (I did try to give him at least 10 uninterrupted minutes every morning) and the other that he didn't have a little boy to call his own. :-)  I think he would have been a great companion for a boy if given the opportunity.I know it will take a little while for me to be used to his being gone - I actually started to go out and fee him this morning.  I'm gonna miss you Beider.  May you rest in peace buddy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

I was 12 again this weekend!

Saturday, Turner Classic Movie channel ran "The Lone Ranger".  This movie was the 1956 theatrical release based on the television series (that ran 1949-1957) starring Clayton Moore as the Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.While the movie pretty much followed the same plotlines as the TV series, this was a movie I had never seen and man - did it take me back! When I was 12 (in 1967) I would walk from my school to my grandmother's (my dad's mom).  I would hurry because "The Lone Ranger" came on at 3:30 every weekday afternoon.  I (at that time in my life) didn't know the show was over 10 years old and was in syndication - It was just cool! Exciting!  So, I watched Misters Moore and Silverheels with a grin on my face as I was carried back to MawMaw Arie's kitchen table to watch the Ranger on Silver thundering across the plains (in glorious black and white), eating one of her skillet-fried peach or apple turnovers with a talll glass of cold milk. (Mmmm!)  There is one other theatrically released Moore/Ranger movie (1958's "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold") and I hope that TCM will show it also - because I'd like to see it.  There are other Moore/Ranger movies out there - but they are all compilations of the TV series episodes.
I know there have been other Ranger incarnations (one coming out within the year with Johnny Depp as Tonto), but for me Clayton Moore was, is, and forever shall be "The Lone Ranger". 
MSU's run in the NCAA baseball tournament is over.  They were eliminated with their 2nd lost on Sunday.  While I hate to see it end - I can't be sad.  Afterall, they did win the SEC Baseball Championship.  Now its time to start looking to FOOTBALL!
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Starting the Countdown

Today (kind of) marks a milestone for me.  According to the state (of Mississippi) personnel center I will be eligible to retire 3 years from today (May 31, 2015). So I'm gonna start a countdown clock, cause when I can leave - I'm gone. (At this moment 1094 Days, 16 hours, etc.) 
MSU's Baseball team had a GREAT run in the SEC tournament last week.  Beginniung last Tuesday as the 7 seed (out of 10), they won six games in six days.  Captured the SEC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the field of 64 in the NCAA tournament.  They will be going to the Tallahassee Regional - with host (& #3 national seed) Florida State, UAB, and Samford.  GO DAWGS!!
I hope to have more next time. (I'll make some reminder notes - 'cause my memory sucks!)
Everyone have a great Day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Well, its been a couple of weeks since I last posted - so I thought I'd catch-up a bit. Because the two Deans I (indirectly) work for want the CVM Branch Library open longer hours and the fact that there is a shortage of qualified student workers during May thru the summer term, I will occasionally be working flex-time.  In other words, working odd hours.  Duriing the months of June and July, My work week will run Sunday thru Thursday.  Its not as bad as it sounds.Sundays I will go in at 2 PM and work an 8 hour day.  Mon-Thu will (for the most part) be normal work hours.  My weekend will then be Friday and Saturday.  I WILL go back to a normal Mon-Fri work week before football season starts.  (That was non-negotiable on my part).
I got a little taste of it when I worked Sunday May 6th, then had a 3 day weekend (11-13). 
It was pretty nice.  Got a lot of things I wanted to do done around the house and had a nice cookout on Mother's Day for my Mama and DKW's Mama.  I did invite my first wife's Mama - but she declined.  She has one child still living and wanted to spend time with him.  I don't blame her one bit.  DKW and I have told her many times that she is always welcome to visit.    Even though we are (technically) not related - she will forever be my children's grandmother and as such a part of the family.
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Couldn't find an actual unit pic from the 70's but here is the patch for Group LMR.  I was here until 1979 when I (& my wife and 2 children) were transferred to the Fifth Coast Guard District in Norfolk, VA.

Spent three years in Virginia and then in 1982 I was transferred (with wife & 3 children now) to what was (to me) my favorite unit during my Coast Guard career.  The Gulf Strike Team.  First at the NASA Test Site in Bay St. Louis, MS then (in 1984) the unit (and I &wife & 4 children) relocated to the Aviation Training center in Mobile, Al.  Seen below from the air in the foreground.
Then in 1988 I was transferred (with wife & 5 children) to what would be my final unit before I retired in 1992.  The Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, LA.
That (in a nutshell) was my Coast Guard Life.  Part of my past, but it will always be a part of me.  SEMPER PARATUS!
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Continuing Memories

In April, 1975, I left for Yeoman "A" School (located just outside Petaluma, CA).  The Training Center (during World War II) was formerly the U.S. Army Two Rock Ranch Station.   Because I was already a Petty Officer (BM3) when I went to Yeoman school I was automatically made class leader since I outranked all the other student.  It was a little more work (being responsible for getting 40 folks where they had to be on-time), but there were a few perks too - such as a semi-private room and being the supervisor on work details (not actually doing the physical labor).
I went from YN "A" School to the Ninth Coast Guard District Office in the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio.  This was many years before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I enjoyed going to NFL and MLB games but after one winter there this southern boy mutualed (traded duty stations) with a yeoman in Memphis, TN, aboard the ....
Coast Guard Cutter Kanawha.  A 75 foot barge-pushing river tender.  I really enjoyed working the Mississippi River.  It was while stationed here that I advanced to YN2, married my first wife,  and our first child was born.  Because of my advancement I was considered overqualified for the position I held on the boat and was transferred - approximately 100 yards up the hill to CG Group Memphis.  I'll post a pic and give more of my CG story next time.
Every one have a great day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Mem - rieees"

OK.  When I started Jr. High (middle 60s) this store and did a pretty good business - despite the fact that students were told that crossing the busy road to make a purchase would result  in a paddling.
This is a picture of the Coast Guard Cutter Salvia - my very first unit (in Mobile, AL) when I joined the "World's Largest Coast Guard" (to quote my Master Chief) in 1972.

My second unit - Coast Guard Station Pascagoula (MS).  I was there until I went to Yeoman School in April 1975, just a couple of months after I had made rate as a Boatswains Mate Third Class (BM3).

I'll revist my  my Coast Guard career in my next entry (hopefully).  Every one have a great day!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Doctor Whooooooo! Doctor Who!

Another week has passed and today, quite by accident, I was back in the 80's, when that BBC import "Doctor Who" first made its appearance on Public Televsion. If you are one of those unfortunate enough not to be familiar with the show (SHAME ON YOU!) I suggest you read the Wikipedia listing for it. The transportation to the past was courtesy of a Youtube video of "Every Jelly Belly Scene Ever Made" during the Doctor Who run. Granted the lion's share of the scenes were with Tom Baker, but I was surprised at how many of the doctor's other incarnations appeared. Its no surprise to anyone that knows me that I have been a fan since that first episode I saw - which featured the 4th Doctor in the episode "Robot" starring Tom Baker. I became involved with the Doctor Who Fan Club and for a couple of years was president of the club for the state of Alabama. Over the years I have been fortunate to be able to see every DW episode available. The only ones I haven't are the very small number of lost episodes, but I am not alone in that. I have 5 children, all grown now, who even invented "The Doctor Who Dance" which they would joyously jump to their feet and do every time it came on. Until, of course, they got older and were "too cool" to do it - but they have never forgotten it. Next year the Doctor will celebrate his 50th anniversary on televsion and the BBC has hinted about having "big plans". I can't wait to see what that entails. Over the years we have lost William Hartnell (DW #1), Patrick Troughton (#2) and Jon Pertwee (#3). So it will be interesting to see if they bring back any of the Doctor's incarnations. They could do like they did in "The Five Doctors" and bring in other actors to recreate them as they did with Richard Hurdnall recreating William Hartnell's doc. Oh man! I could go on for days about this show. Without a doubt my all-time favorite. I know a lot of folks who don't like it though and there is rarely middle-ground. Most of the time - you either love it or hate it. Everyone have a great day!

Friday, April 13, 2012

BEST Birthday - EVER!

Well- maybe not ever - but I did have a really good time. On the evening of my birthday (April 3rd), DKW and I drove down to the Choctaw Indian Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi. I had comps that they had sent me for a free hotel stay, a little gambling money, and meals. It was a nice stay and I even won a little money (not a lot - but coming away on the plus side is great). Then I had the rest of a week off to do what I wanted when I wanted. I told my sweetie that if this was a preview of what retirement was going to be like - I couldn't wait. It was really nice. At worst, I can retire around May/June, 2015, unless MSU offers early retirement. Which I've heard rumors that they may do this again in 2013 (they last did it in 2010). If they do - I'm there! Lots of positives about being the master of your own town. Plus - if funds do get tight - I could always take a part-time job. There are plenty out there. Anyway - just wanted to let everyone know I had a fun time.
Everyone have a great Day!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Birthday to MEEEEEE!!!!!.........................

OKAY!! Tomorrow (April 3rd) I will be 57 - and proud of it! The reason for that is this - My father and his father (my grandfather) both passed away at the age of 56. My great grandfather died in his 30's (due to combat). So I will be the first male on my father's side of the family to reach this age in at least 4 generations. Prior to my great-grandfather, I don't know - so it could be even longer. Thing is, most folks that know me say I take after my mother's side of the family - and they are rather long-lived. My mother still lives and is currently 77. Her father (we called him "Big Daddy") passed away at age 97 and his wife ("Mama Jenny") was 93. Soooo - I'm shooting for another 40 or 50 years. Paaarrrtttyyyyy Onnnn!
Anyway, my sweetie and I have plans and I'm taking a week or so off work. Gonna take care of some things around the house, take a visit to my oldest, maybe fish, and just enjoy myself until I come back to work on the 11th. So it will be at least that long before I write again.
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Albatross has vacated the yardarm....

For those of you unfamiliar with sea lore concerning the albatross I am providing a link for you read about these birds. As far as what I mean by this reference - well I finally got rid of an old (1972) mobile home that was on my land yesterday. It is (to me) in such bad shape that it is unuseable -but if you give it away - there is always someone that wants it and is willing to work on it. Anyway - I'm glad to see it gone and to quote an old story "It's not my duck" (Thank goodness! Wooo Hooo!!) If you would like to have the full story - drop me an email and I'll send it to you - and it is "G" rated - clean but funny.
Not only that - but I got my 5+ acres mowed yesterday - what a chore. First time to mow this year. The grass & weeds were thick and the ground mushy - but with a 50% chance of rain this weekend - I really didn't have time to wait to do it.
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Deja Vu all over again....

Did ya ever have one of those moments when the past unexpectedly overwhelmed you? I had one yesterday. I was on my way to Magnolia Therapy for an appointment and found myself stopping next to the building that for 50+ years (and most of my life) housed Van Landingham Lumber Company. Then I looked to my left up the street and saw the building that now houses the Starkville Korean Church, followed by a look ahead to where Boardtown Trading Post now resides and in my mind I was instantly back in 1970 in my dad's old Ford F150 pickup with the ladder rack in the back and the 8-track in the dash blaring out Hank Williams or Charly Pride. We were leaving from Van Landingham's after loading up with shingles for a roofing job my dad was doing. The SKC was once again Starkville Wholesale Grocery and my neighbor's (Jessie James) dad (named Frank) was working there. The Boardtown Trading Post was once again East Mississippi Lumber Company and the building next to it had the revolving barber pole and Emmett's Barber Shop where my grandfather used to take me for a haircut. Pulling up to the light on Main Street - across where the Cadence Bank is now was the old Sinclair Gas Station with the sign featuring the green dinosaur logo and to the left was the Giant Grocery where my grandparents shopped and I made a regular stop during the summer months after a day of hiring out to mow lawns. I got to be a regular there as it was the only place in town that sold new comics (a whole 12 cents/each). Since I knew how much money I had, I would selct a stack of 10 to 15 to purchase and then read some others for a half hour or so. The manager always gave me at least that long since he knew I was a repeat paying customer and not just a dawdling teenager. Afterwards I - - *HONK*, I was ripped back to the present by the big SUV behind me that could not appreciate my "wool-gathering". Gave my Mini Cooper the gas and sped across the decades to my appointment.
Everyone have a great day!
*P.S. - It was great to spend a few moments with you again Dad!*

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Catching Up and Arrrggghhh!

It's been a bit over a week since I last made an entry and its has been somewhat aggravating.

First, DENVER! Really! One of my favorite NFL players (Peyton Manning)goes to one of the four NFL teams that I absolutely loathe! To me, there were so many other better places for him to land. Plus he's in the division of my number one favorite team, the Oakland Raiders! Again - Arrggggh!

And as a result of this, Slim KneeBow - err - Tim Tebow, is traded from Denver to one of my second-tier favorite teams, the New York Jets. Is it possible to pull for a team and against their QB? I'm conflicted about this. The good news, is that for the moment Mark Sanchez is still the Jets starter, but if he doesn't start strong - look for a quick trigger and the Jets will be "Tebowed" before you know it.

Last week was not good for MSU on their first baseball road trip. The lost the 2 midweek games to Southeastern Louisiana and 2 of the 3 SEC (opener) games at LSU. Then the game against Alabama A&M yesterday was rained out. So - pooh! Hopefully they can rebound at home this weekend against the Razorbacks.

This pastweekend DKW and I attended a meeting of the Starkville Writer's Guild downtown which was combined with a limerick contest (which we both entered - but no results yet) and some St.Patrick's day festivities. It was fun. I attended over my lunch break as I spent almost the entire day Saturday finishing the French drain that my oldest son had dug for me. I was just filling it in.

The area I mow (5+ acres) is starting to get a bit high with clover & weeds - and I'll really like to fire up by riding mower and get out to do it, but with all the rain we've have I can't do it this weekend and right now the long range forecast is predicting more rain on the 30th & 31st (Friday/Saturday). So Again - Arrrggghhh!
I know I might be considered a little odd by most folks for this - but I enjoy getting out and mowing. Its a simple task with a set completion point. Just (so-to-speak) point and shoot. And it gives a goodly portion of alone/thinking time. Which everyone needs on occasion.

Everyone have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2012


This coming Saturday is St. Paddy's Day and the local writer's group (of which my wife is a member) is having fun at their meeting with limericks. Since I also like having fun with limericks - I've given her a couple to share - which I am also putting here. The first I wrote as (kind-of) a response to one she wrote about me. (linked above) (Note: We met thanks to the "" website). The 2nd I wrote a couple of months ago about our little Chi-weenie dog (for a contest). Anyway - hope you get a smile from them to start the week.

While seeking a heartbeat harmonic,
I turned to "Cupid 'Lectronic",
And found the dear wife,
Who now shares my life,
With a bond surpassing bionic!

There is a young lady named “Sophie”,
Who paused, as atop a fine trophy,
With a rolling of eyes,
And “mock” heavy sighs,
Said “I’m a Diva” – not spoiled – no,not me"

Anyway, hope ya enjoyed 'em. MSU opens play in the NIT tonight (at home) against the UMass Huskies. Everyone have a great day!