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