Friday, December 20, 2013

Love It! Comic Book geek that I am.

Before I break............

........for the holidays.  Thought I'd share a couple of thoughts.
Last night my two (grown) sons and I had a little "guy time" together and went to see Mississippi State's basketball team play the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University (don't laugh - they made it to the "Sweet Sixteen" last year).  The Bulldogs ended up winning by 13 (66-53), and except for one "monster jam", neither team was really impressive.  That said, however, State is 8-2 going into the holiday break (next game is Jan. 2nd) and this from a team that only won 10 games total last year.  But the purpose of our attendance was to enjoy our time together before everyone headed back to their respective homes, and that was accomplished.  I enjoyed sitting between my two boys and yelling for the dogs.  Took me back twenty years or so.
Don't know about other states, but Mississippi gets federal money to put more patrolmen on the roadways to ensure safe driving.  But wherever you are, be careful, drive safe and keep a lookout for others that aren't.  Happy holidays to all!
One last thing - MSU is playing Rice in the Liberty Bowl.  (3 PM (cst) on ESPN, Dec. 31st).  More on this next time.  TTFN!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Just Sharing - Some Doctor Who funnies!

"Scooby Dooby Who"
If only "Dalek-Kong" existed!
Just like this one!

Doctor Who & Big Bang theory - 2 great shows.

Monday, December 2, 2013

WOW! What a week +

You can't spell Fumble without U M !
Wow!  After winning a "must win" game against Arkansas (on Nov. 23rd) in overtime, MSU did it again against Ole Miss on Thanksgiving night.  This was an historic "Egg Bowl" for several reasons.  First, Dan Mullen became only the second MSU coach to win 4 of his first 5 games against Ole Miss. (The other being Allyn McKeen beginning in 1939).  Second, this was the first time in "Egg Bowl" history that a game went to overtime.  Third, this is the first time in MSU history that they are bowl eligible 4 years in a row. (Click here for ESPN video highlights.) Three possible bowls are being speculated on for the Bulldogs, but most folks making bowl predictions are saying they will play in the BBVA Compass Bowl (on January 4th) against Rutgers.  This prediction comes with a caveat though.  Rutgers is currently 5-6 and must defeat the USF Bulls (2-9) on December 7th to become bowl eligible.
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Busy Pre-Thanksgiving Week

Lots of things I'm interested in this week.  As Usual, I'm going to start with football. 
In the first round of the North Mississippi 6A playoffs last Friday, Starkville High defeated Grenada High, 14-7, in a very close game.  As a reward (?), SHS gets to travel to Batesville and play the #1 ranked South Panola tigers.  The winner will play the winner of the Tupelo/Madison Central game for the North title and a chance to play in the State 6A title game on December 6th.
MSU travels to Arkansas this weekend in a "must-win" game.  They are in the position that they have to win their last 2 regular season games to become "bowl eligible."
Southern Columbia Area High (PA),  area where DKW is from, is 12-0 and playing 11-1 Old Forge High in the 3rd round of the Pennsylvania playoffs.
The Bloomsburg University Huskies (10-1) won the PSAC championship this past weekend by defeating Slippery Rock 42-38.  They received a #2 seed and will get a first round bye this weekend in the Division II playoffs.  West Chester and American International will play this weekend for the right to travel ton Bloomsburg on November 30th.
DOCTOR WHO TURNS 50 on Saturday.  BBC America is featuring the Doctor all week, but I want to share three items of interest:
1.  There is a 7 minute pre-quel on line ( ) titled "Night of the Doctor" that is really cool.  I don't want to tell you about it an give anything away, but you should watch it - It may surprise you who appears.  Don't read the article on this link until you watch it - "Spoiler Alerts" - ya know.
2.  The new regeneration episode will air live World-wide  on the 23rd.  (1:50 PM on BBC-A in Mississippi).  However, when it airs at its normal time on Saturday night, there is some additional doctor-related material that will push the broadcast to a full 2 hours.  (The 1:50 showing is the episode only and runs 70 minutes).
3.  On Friday, (Nov.22) there is a movie documentary airing titled "An Adventure in Space and Time" and is about William Hartnell and the launching of the show in 1963.
Just thought this one was kind of cool. Enjoy!

Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Me and my Shaddow.............

Shaddow & Sophie
Now, I've written about my dogs before, but Shaddow and I had a little moment this morning that had me thinking about blogging about it. 

After I feed the little girls (Sophie & Chiquita) in the morning, I take them out to do their business before I leave for work.  Shaddow usually stays in bed.  She might pick her head up and give me that "s'up" head bob, before once again relaxing.  I don't worry about it, because she is a *very good* dog!

Shaddow came into my life when DKW and I began dating in Dec. 2008.  DKW has had her since she was a 2 month old puppy.  She turned 12 years old in August of this year.  She very relaxed and mellow.  I've never heard her bark at a human being, but she will bark at critters occasionally.  At her age she moves fairly slow and doesn't get too excited.  The most excited I've seen her get is when I get home from works and the little girls are bouncing about wanting attention, she will start bouncing too, with the same "You're Home! You're Home.  Give me some attention!" action.  So I end up scratching the heads and backs of all three.

This morning though, Shaddow went out with the little ones, and after finishing with her own needs, walked over to where I was watching the little ones and nuzzled my hand.  I scratched her ears and she gave a little "whuff" and sat down beside me.  This took me by surprise because she had never done it before.  I rubbed her head and asked if she was ok.  She stood, nuzzled my hand and then leaned into me as she walked forward.  She stopped a couple of steps in front of me, just watching Sophie & Chiquita sniff about.  She then turned her head, looked at me, and then dropping her head, walked back up on the deck to be let back in the house.

Now I know people give animals credit for a lot of things ("transference" is what its called) that they aren't really doing.  So maybe that is what I'm doing, but in that moment, I felt like she was telling me that she was leaving behind two fine girls to take care of DKW & I when she is gone.  *sigggghhhh*  I do love the old girl.  I hope she's around for a long time to come.
Just sharing a moment.
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Random Rumblings

SSW - Halloween 2013
First, Football.  In what had to be one of the most amazing and controversial finishes to a game that I have ever been in attendance at, Starkville High defeated Madison Central 45-42.  I'm attaching a couple of links so that you can read about it yourself.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, on both sidelines were shaking their heads at this one.  Now if they take care of business in their last 3 games (which they will be favored in), they will be the number one seed in our region and host a first round playoff game on Nov. 15th.
MSU plays UK tonight (on ESPN) and is favored by 10.
Now I know my proud Grandpa slip is showing, but just look at my latest grandchild up dere ^ (born 9/13/13).  Ain't she a Cutie?  All dressed up for Halloween.
On Monday (Oct. 21st) DKW and I were watching "Bones" as Brennan and Booth finally tied the knot.  We couldn't help looking at each other, smiling, and saying, "We used it first!" as Temperance marched down the aisle to the song "At Last", sung in the show by Cindy Lauper.  At our own wedding (Oct. 31, 2009), we used the original version done by the phenomenal, Etta James.  Regardless, the song is special to us and yes, next week we celebrate our 4th anniversary.  We do have plans!
Everyone Have a Great Day!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Yard Mowing season nearly over!

Recliner Ready!
First game kicks off at noon!
I've been busy with projects at work the last couple of weeks, but decided I needed to make time to publish an entry.

On the football front, big game tonight for SHS.  They are hosting Madison Central in a game that will, in all likelihood, decide first & second place in Region 2-6A.   Both teams are 5-2 (3-0 in Region 2).  MC is slightly favored (2 pts.) in what is basically a pick-em game.  C'mon Jackets! Time to Bow Up!

MSU has a bye this week and quite frankly, has had a disappointing season thus far.  They are 3-3 overall and mathematically (with 6 games left) can become bowl eligible.  Last week was homecoming and while we did win, it was nothing to write home about.  MSU barely eeked out a 21-20 victory against Bowling Green and was (except for one play) very unimpressive doing it.  With the six remaining games against teams that are, or were,  ranked this year I would not be too surprised if we don't win another in 2013.  I'll be unhappy - but not surprised.  I will, however, continue to support my team.  Its what a true "fan" does.  Go DOGS!

My Raiders, (sigggghhhhhh) 2-4 and in last place in the AFC West.  'Nough said.

The temp is getting cooler and the grass is growing slower.  I'm planning on mowing next weekend (for the first time in 4 weeks) and I thinking that it might (fingers crossed) be the last time this year.  This will leave my weekends free for other projects, for which I seem to always have something going on.  Whether a necessary or pleasure project is the question.  But DKW will tell you that I feel a little lost when I don't feel like I've accomplished something over the weekend.

Everyone have a great day!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Back to Work

Me & Savannah 9-26-2013
It's been a little over a couple of weeks since my last entry, but I have a good excuse.  Me and DKW went to Florida for a week to visit the little cutie that you see me holding.  Savannah Sue is all that and more.  With a name like that, can Savvy Sue be anything but a "Southern Belle".  We stayed visiting Savannah (ok - and her 'rents) for a week.  This week I was back to work, and I won't lie - its been a very trying week.  Not only did I have my routine stuff to catch up, I had end of month and beginning of month things to do.  I finally catching my breath, but a little bit will carry over to next week.  It will be easier though.
Since my last entry, MSU defeated Troy 62-7, but it gets a lot tougher this weekend with SEC foe LSU coming to town and angry (following a tough loss to Georgia).  The current line is LSU by 10.
SHS defeated Columbus 35-13, to go 3-2 on the year thus far.  The Yellowjackets play Northwest Rankin High (1-4)tonight.  Its SHS's homecoming and they are favored.  So, barring a total collapse, we should be 4-2 once the night is over. (And 2-0 in our region. Columbus & NW Rankin both in our region.)  Fingers crossed! Go Jackets!
With all the disruptions to my schedule, I got away from my writing a bit, but I am making a concerted effort to get back to it.  I've gone as far as to schedule time during the day just for writing.  I hope it works.
Everyone Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Football and Trekkin'

First a quick football update.  SHS is 2-2 on the year and have a by-week this Friday.  MSU is 1-2 and I'm afraid it promises to be a long year. We play Division II Troy this weekend, and that's not a "gimmee game", but hopefully we'll be 2-2 there also once its done.

September 13th - my 8th grandchild was born.  Will be going to visit and see her soon.  Not going to say more than that.  Its her parent's right and privilege to share that information.  If they want to comment and maybe leave a link, then you can see more about her.

Yesterday I watched "Star Trek- The Motion Picture".  The 1979 movie which re-booted the franchise.  Took me back, I tell ya.   When "Star Trek" ended its three year run in 1969, I was 14 and devastated.  I  loved the show.  When the movie came out (in December 1979)I was 24,married, with two kids (one nearly two years and one 6 months) , and stationed in Norfolk, VA.  But as I waited in line I was that 14 year old kid again. I was so excited.  I actually went out when it ended, purchased another ticket, and watched it again.  As I watched yesterday, I was thinking how all the actors looked so young, but at the same time remembering that in 1979 they looked so old (After all - ten years had passed since the show ended.)  As a 1979 move, the special effects now seem a little lacking, but the plot is still solid and I happy to be lost again in the world of the original "Star Trek".  I did a little research and most of the info I knew, but there were a surprise or two.  Several of the cast are deceased: DeForest Kelley - Dr. McCoy (1998); James Doohan - Scotty (2005), and Majel Barrett - Nurse Chapel (2008).  Since most of the remaining original cast are in their 80's now, its only a matter of time - as it is for us all.  But thanks to recordings- we can continue to enjoy their work.  One surprise (at least to me) was finding out that Persis Khambatta (who played Lt. Ilia in the movie) died of a heart attach in 1998 at the age of 49.  Tragic.  I checked and the other 6 original series movies are being shown in the next couple of weeks - so I've set up my Tivo (My current time machine and its back to the future according to 1982's  "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".  With Ricardo Montalban reprising his role as Khan.  Riding in his ship with seats of soft Corinthian leather. (If you don't get - you're too young - look it up!)
Everyone Have a Great Day!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NFL Tonight and other stuff

The 2013 NFL season starts tonight with the Brovens game.  Actually the Broncos and Ravens.  Two teams that I equally loathe (right behind the Callas Dowboys), but I give the Broncos top billing because as a Raiders fan I have loathed them longer.  I'll probably check in, but not actually watch. Lots of Tivo stuff to catch up on.
SHS lost to Oxford last Friday and I'm sorely afraid that after this Friday (against 5A #1 team - West Point) that we will drop to 1-2 on the year.  I'm not too despondent though since we started last year with a 1-3 record and then went on to win the Mississippi 5A state championship.  Gonna be a good weekend football wise though.  Lots of college Saturday and a full NFL slate on Sunday. I am ready for some football.
This time next week I should have a new grandbaby.  My youngest and his better half will be presenting Miss Savannah Sue to the world!  Does that not sound like a true Southern Belle?
I've finally started getting off my lazy duff, and gone back to trying to write a bit each day.  I had to go back several pages and re-acquaint myself with what I had done and found myself laughing and enjoying my (that sounds so nice - my) book.  Once I started back the words just seemed to flow.  My problem seems to be where am I going to end this one?  For I have no doubt that will fill 2 or more books.  Just hope I can eventually find an agent and publisher that enjoy it as much as I do. Fingers crossed.
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, August 30, 2013

WooooHooooo!!! Football season is well and truly upon us.  Last night I watched two complete college games and parts (flipping back and forth) of 4 or 5 others.  Aren't all you guys jealous that you don't have a wife that indulges you the way mine does! 
Tonight DKW and I are being treated to a meal by a couple of friends of ours and afterwards we are going to the Starkville High home opener.  Since we are playing Oxford High, most of the area papers are dubbing the game "The Little Egg Bowl".  Which, in case you live under a rock and don't know, the annual game between Mississippi State (in Starkville) and Ole Miss (in Oxford) is called THE EGG BOWL.  There are even special shirts being made.  They are Maroon (MSU's primary color) with the SHS Yellowjacket on it.  Kinda cool!  At least I think so.  Last week SHS opened the season on the road at Noxubee County, who had a 16 game winning streak that started in the 2011 season, and won 17-0.  Now, SHS did catch a couple of breaks on offense, but our defense was AWESOME!  Four times NCHS was inside the twenty yard line and came away with "zilch".
MSU starts their season tomorrow.  They are playing #13 Oklahoma State in Houston, Texas.  Definitely a much tougher opponent to start this year.  OSU is favored by two touchdowns.  Those guys usually know what they are talking about.  So, while I'll  hope for the best and an MSU victory, I won't be devastated if we lose.
This is the last NFL pre-season weekend.  Next week the big boys start in earnest.  Thank goodness!
Everyone have a great day!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Football and more Doctor

My Tardis
The new Doctor is ............. Peter Capabaldi!  Not who I chose, but it makes perfect sense.  Matt Smith is the youngest actor to play the Doctor, so they kind of had to go older.  I think (hope) he will be a smashing success as the Doctor.  Rousing fun to start the second fifty years as the Doctor and some one old enough to have watched the "classic" shows in first run.  I hate to see Matt go, but I'm looking forward to the regeneration and more new episodes of Doctor Who!
The NFL pre-season kicked off Sunday and the "Callous Dowboys" edged the Fins 24-20 in what was obviously pre-season form.  Lots of fresh faces, but the plus for me was seeing new rookie Chad Bumphis (last year of MSU) catch a 45 yard pass.  Thursday night I will get to see his former teammate and also a new rookie, Johnthan (yes - that is how he spells it) Banks playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Smell of Pigskin is filtering in!

Hard to believe it (but I am SOOOOOOO glad) that full sized, full contact Amur'can football is right around the corner.  I mean, Canadian Football (game tonight) and Arena football are only a stopgap measure and serve to sharpen the appetite even more.
July 29th (in 4 days) season tickets for Starkville High go on sale.  I will be getting mine.  I've had the same seats since the current facility opened in 2000, and before that had season tickets in the old stadium from the time I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard (Semper Paratus!) in 1992.  SHS won last seasons Mississippi 5A State Championship, but won't be able to defend because this year they move back to 6A.  Mississippi evaluates and assigns schools (every 2 years) to 1A thru 6A based on student population at the school.  This helps keep competition close and the playing field fairly level.
Also on the 29th, the movie "Mississippi Gridiron Gold" will be making its 2 night world premiere across the state.  I'm sure that in the not-too-distant future, a DVD will be available.
Then, on August 4th (only 10 days from now) the NFL will kick off its pre-season with the Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio.  The first HoF game was in 1963, so this year marks the 50th anniversary of the event.  It would be cool if Dr. Who was there too!  (If you don't get it - just move on - cause you Don't know me!)
The rest of the NFL pre-season will start in earnest on August 8th and the 2013 college season  won't be far behind.  (I'm bouncing on my seat and clapping like an id'jit - I'm so excited!)
'Til next time............

Friday, July 19, 2013

Memories - Important!

A little bit on the serious side this entry. 

Three years ago (June 11, 2010) I was in a very bad accident when an elderly gentleman turned his Caddy in front of my motorcycle.  (I know this because I saw the pictures and lots of family has told me about it.)  I have absolutely no memories of the day of the wreck or the 2 months afterwards.  From what family and friends have told me (and the pics I saw), its probably just as well - I was in a lot of pain.  Anyway, three years down the road I figured I was pretty well past it, except for lingering issues with my memory.
When it is work related, I apologize to my boss and then make notes on my desk calendar to remind me to do things so that I don't get embarrassed (yet again) for forgetting what should be routine/regularly done things.  At home, I apologize, but it bothers me even more then.  This is family and loved ones - I should be more attentive.  Everyone, myself included, gets frustrated.
So I've taken the step of making an appointment next week at Columbus (MS) Air Force Base Clinic to get a referral for a specialist.  Someone familiar with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and the resultant memory problems. (Cause I've come to realize that it is a problems and in 20 years  I don't want to be the old guy that forgets how to put his pants on - Its not a pretty sight!  Just ask the family that was around in the hospital after the wreck.)  Hopefully I can get a handle on it.  I don't want to end up like my grandmother (my father's mom) Arie, who didn't know any of her family during the last couple of years of her life.   Its sad, when those that love you most are almost relieved at your passing.  Not that they are bad people, they were just tired of seeing the sadness and frustration my grandmother experienced with the memory loss.
Memories are a big part of who we are and I, for one, want to hang on to that as long as possible.
Everyone Have A Great Day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July and more!

Thought I'd make a quick entry to wish everyone a happy Holiday!  Be safe if using fireworks!  Being a retired veteran myself, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who are serving, or have served in the past, this great nation of ours.
DKW and I will be having our moms and a couple of friends over for lunch on the Fourth.  Nothing fancy, just grilling some burgers, dogs, and corn-on-the-cob. While I'm cooking outside, I'm pretty sure we will partake of the meal inside.  (Gotta love A.C.)
Just a quick salute to my MSU Diamond Dogs!  Unfortunately we didn't win the College World Series,  (Congrats to UCLA) but we were one of the final two teams to be playing college baseball this year.  I'll just cross my fingers and hope that we can get back.
Now, everyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge "Doctor Who" fan.  I was first hooked when I caught the show on PBS stations in the 70's, but now know quite a bit about the show and its history.  (I get questions from folks all the time when they want to know something about it.  Well, Matt Smith is leaving the iconic role at the end of this year and there is a lot of speculation out there as to who will fill his shoes.  Among others, I've heard Hugh Laurie (of "House") and Jamie Baber (of "Battle Star Galactica").  The pro is they are both British, but the con is that they are very well known outside the UK.  One name that was thrown out in passing, is my "Spot-on, Number One" choice to play the twelfth Doctor and kick off the next (hopefully) 50 years of the show.  He is young enough (to fit in with the last 2 or 3 Docs) and quirky enough to bring a fresh take to the role.  AND, dare I say it, I think he would be a great one to rival the fantastic Tom Baker's longevity in the role.  So, without further ado (drum roll please) - my choice to play the next doctor is . . . . . . . Andrew Lee Potts.  Now, for those of us who were fans of the BBC show "Primeval", we know Andrew.  But he's not "extremely" well known and I think he would be a great Doctor.  Anyway, just throwing it out there and I'll put a pic of him at the end of this entry so that you can see who I'm talking about. 
Everyone have a great day - and a Great Holiday.
Andrew Lee Potts - My choice for DW12.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ranting- A Little

Ok - this is just me ramblin' on for a bit.  I don't know if its because I'm getting older or genetics or what.  But I feel like I'm cold nearly all day.  I work in a branch library where the temp is 65-70 most of the day.  I make complaints and somebody does something, but it never gets any better. I think that's one of the reasons I ache all the time at work.  It's okay when I'm home - our house is a bit warmer than work.  I mean, I do want my wife to be comfortable, and I can always grab the blanket off the back of my chair if I get cool.  (Which I do when I need it.)
The thing that a lot of folks don't understand, and what I get asked frequently, is how can you work in that heat?  (When I'm doing my yard work and such.)   The answer, to be honest, is I like it.  I always have water available to stay hydrated and I cover my shaved head so it doesn't burn.  When I'm outside mowing, its one of the times I am relatively pain free.  I enjoy the sunny days and the sense of accomplishment I have when I'm done.  I also tan fairly quickly and easily, so I don't worry about burning.  I understand folks will continue to worry about me as I get older, but I like to think that I have enough sense to take breaks when I need it.  In the last couple of years I have reduced the area that I mow from around 6 acres, to just under 3 acres.  I make sure that my mom, mom-in-law, and DKW & I have nice yards and a walking path between our homes, but that's it. 
Okay, I'll climb down off my soapbox now.  Everyone have a great day.

Not ME! Just a retro pic.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Funny Pic - Just sharing!

Thought this was funny! Just had to share. (P.S. - I will comment on MSU Baseball once the CWS is over.  Don't want to jinx them.   GO DAWGS!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

O - MA - DAWGS ! ! ! ! Wahoo.

In a game that took two days to finish (thanks to torrential rains in Charlottesville, VA, on Sunday) Mississippi State took the second (and final) game of the Charlottesville Super-Regional.  But it was not easy.  There was a reason that UVA was the #6 National Seed.  But a final of 6-5 was enough and now state will play in the College World Series (in OMAHA, NE) on Saturday at 2:00 PM (Central) against the #3 National Seed - the Oregon State Beavers.  So GOOO DAWGGGS!  Lick the beavers! heh!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Been A While & DW News

Well, Its been over a month since I last posted, but I've not been idle.
In May I went to my granddaughter's dance recital down in Clinton, Miss.  It was very nice and DKW and I had a nice visit with my daughter and her family. 
I agonized most of the month because I couldn't mow my yards (in addition to my own I cut my mother's and my mother-in-law's) because it rained every few days and keep the ground so wet that I couldn't mow without bogging down and getting stuck.  I usually start mowing in the middle of April each year.  This year, I FINALLY mowed for the first time on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27th).  Sheeeeesh!  I was glad to get it done.  I hope I can mow this coming weekend, but rain is in the forecast - so I don't know.
I've finally started getting myself back into the habit of writing.  Obviously I've missed some blog time, but its because I'm actually working on what I hope will be one or more books.  I'm spending at least and hour a day doing this, so its takes a bit of time from other things.  I don't want to say what its about, but once I have 100 to 150 pages, I may ask some family members or friends to critique it for me.  So - stay tuned and I'll update periodically.
As I type this I'm watching/listening to MSU playing Central Arkansas in the Starkville Regional of the NCAA Baseball tournament.  State is currently up, but UCA has runners on first and third with no one out.  State wins tonight, they win the regional.  They lose, and same teams play tomorrow night for the regional championship.  Go Dogs!
Bit of news today from the BBC.  They announced with Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. Literally!  When this year's DW Christmas Special airs Matt's Doctor will regenerate.  No word yet as to who will play the 12th incarnation of the Doctor.  I hope the BBC continues to chose well!
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Catching up and Random Memory

It's been nearly 4 weeks since my last post and I've no excuse.  I intend to write, but then get busy with other things.  If ya haven't already, read my wife's blog to catch up on some of our goings on.
The Cotton District Arts Festival is over for this year and (for me) mowing time is up.  I actually tried to mow this past week but the ground is still so soggy that I couldn't do everything without getting stuck - so I've given up for a bit.  I really need a solid week without rain to be able to get it done, but its not looking good for a bit.
Today is DKW's and mine 3 and a 1/2 year anniversary. (October 31 will be 4 years).  I know its a cliché - but it doesn't seem like its been that long.
Random thought - I was listening to my internet radio this morning and "Cracklin' Rosie" by Neil Diamond came on the radio and for a few moments I was in 1971 - driving my black (with red interior) 1966 Chevrolet Impala.  I was 16 and delivering a pizza (for Pizza King) to Critz Hall, which at that time was a girl's dorm, and that song was playing in my 8-track.  I stopped in front, got out with the pizzas and almost dropped them as I go flashed by six windows in sync. (boom-boom-boom......).  Talk about a teen-age boy's dream!  I'll admit it!  It was the first time in my life to see live BOOBIES!! And to get that many at once I nearly had a cardiac.  I did have to set the pizzas down on the hood of my car and compose myself before making the delivery.  After delivering the pizzas (and getting a nice cash tip too) I was about to start my car  when the young lady I delivered the pizzas to came out and  told me that it was a set-up and they had a bet to see if I would drop the pizzas.  She went on to say that even if I had, they would have paid for them.  Plus they had a big laugh seeing the look on my face.  I was grinning ear-to-ear and admitted that it made my day.  (And many nights to come, but I don't want to get into that.) :-o
It was a moment less than 30 seconds long in my life - but DANNNGGGGG!
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fifty-Eight: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Couple of days ago -for CDAF 2013
I've found that once you get into your fifties (at least for me) its hard to have a birthday and not think about your life and how your got to where you are.  And what might be ahead.  So, without being too melancholy - a few highlights.
I graduated from Starkville High School in 1972 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard a couple of months later.  I stayed a Coastie until I retired in 1992.  Along the way I married MSJ and we have 5 children.  We were together (29+ years) until she passed away in 2005. I currently have 7 grandchildren and another on the way.  I met DKB in 2008 (thanks to and we were married in 2009.  In 2010, I nearly died when an elderly gentleman turned his caddy in front of my motorcycle on Highway 12.  He swore he never saw me as he turned into Greg's Produce in Longview, MS.  Thanks to quick assistance I survived.  I did ride again, but gave it up as my right leg has never fully recovered.  And if you aren't a confident rider - you don't need to ride.  But I'm happy with my 2003 Mini Cooper. 
In two more years (May 1, 2015) I will be eligible to retire from MSU.  Not absolutely sure I will - but its nice to know that at that point I will have the option.  Also, in 2015 I will turn 60 and my mother will be 80.  So I'm planning that once all the "grands"  are out of school for the summer, I will get all my kids and grandkids together for a couple of days of family time at the old homestead.  Cookouts, fishing, talking, visiting, etc.  Just reconnecting as a family.
I'm not rich, but I feel like (for the most part) I've had a good life and I'M Happy!  What more could you ask?
Everyone have a great day!

Writer's Village Block Project for CDAF 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Remember Ginger, and more

Shaddow, Ginger & Sophie -  2/10/2013
Its been a couple of weeks now, but Ginger's passing is still fresh and hurts.  I won't go into details but she was hit by a car and the damage was such that I had to have her put down.  I buried her at home and she lies near CoCo.  Having lost two young dogs in 6 months now, I told DKW (and she agrees) that we need to wait a while before getting another. (I need a break from the pain of losing a dog).  They can endear themselves to you so quickly.   We plan to wait a year unless Shaddow was to pass before then.  I hope not - but she will be 12 in August and is getting slower getting around.  Sophie (our little Diva) is 2.  We all (DKW, me, and "da Girls") miss Ginger. (R.I.P. Baby!)
I've still been working on the "Poetry Blocks" for the Writer's Village at the Cotton District Arts Festival.  I currently have 212 blocks completed and need to make a few more (with connective words and punctuation) before the festive weekend (April 20th this year).  Check out the link (above) for the Writer's Village - got a pic of my sweetie!
I'm not mowing yet - but the time is drawing near.  I do plan to start my mowers and trimmers, check the oil, etc. this weekend just to head off any problems.Might trim a litle by my driveway - but only cause the clover is thick and tall.  Can't really mow yet because the yard is a bit marshy with all the rain we've had.
 I have started a list of tasks I'd like to accomplish outside this weekend (7 items thus far).  I have to write things down cause I forget.  To paraphrase the song - "The old gray matter ain't what it used to be".
Everyone have a great day! - and a Happy Easter Weekend!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


First - Wow!  Have I been slacking off!  Its been a month since my last entry.  In my defense though, I have been very busy with projects at work and at home.

The BIG news item is that I am gonna be a Grandpa again.  My youngest son and his lovely wife announced that they are expecting their first sometime in September.  (Can you say - Road Trip?)  This will be my 8th grandchild, but I am as excited as if it was my first.  My lovely bride is also excited and after a discussion (that has been going off and on for a while) as to what my grands should call her - I came up with "Madre Mia" and she said she likes that.  So I think (at least tentatively) that is what we'll ask them to call her.

Mississippi State's baseball team is off to a rousing start.  They won yesterday to run their record to 16-0 and are currently ranked #3 in the nation!  WOW! Friday they start a 3 game series with the team currently in first place in the Southland Conference, University of Central Arkansas.  They are currently 11-1, so this might be State's biggest test thus far.

Now, I'm a public school guy, but I would feel a bit remiss if I didn't at least give a tip of the old chapeau to the local private school's fantastic accomplishment.  Starkville Academy's Girls Basketball team just finished an undefeated season.  They not only went undefeated in their class and won the Mississippi state title.  They went on to win the tournament which featured 6 state champions (regardless of class) and finished the year 43-0.  Wow!  Thats an accomplishment at any level - high school, college or pro!  Congratulations!

I will make every effort to get back to being more regular on my entries. 
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

HOW LONG AGO???????!!!

It may be 2013 on the calendar, but yesterday it was 1974.  I was at my desk working and listerning to the oldies station (online) from Portland, Oregon.  (By coincidence, I found and was listening to this station for a couple of weeks before I realised it was in the same city as my middle daughter.  HI DONNA!) 
Anyway, "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers came on and as my mind wandered, it was 1975 and I was in the midst of being transferred from the Coast Guard Cutter Salvia (in Mobile, AL) to the USCG Search and Rescue Station in Pascagoula, Mississippi.   My lime green 1972 Gremlin was loaded with all my belongings (obviously I didn't have a lot at the time) as I pulled into the parking lot of the Pizza Hut on Highway 90 for my first meal in my new duty-station town.  I had just placed my order and sat down when this song started on the juke box - and played six times in a row.  Now, I really like the song but even I thought it was a bit escessive at the time.  But because of it the memory stayed with me.  As I sat and ate I could see the Singing River Hospital on the land side and off in the distance I could just make out the Gulf on the water side.  I finished eating and got up to go report for duty at the station, but couldn't resist as I headed out, dropping a quarter in the juke box and punching in "Black Water".  There was an audible groan from inside as I got in my car.  I couldn't help chucking as I headed off.  May all your memories be happy.
Everyone Have A Great DAY!

Monday, January 28, 2013

One Month into 2013...............

Disgusting-Yes.  But You laughed!
 Well, almost anyway.    This past weekend I watched the "Senior Bowl" on Saturday and some of the Pro Bowl on Sunday - but not a lot of that one - since the NFC blew out the AFC.  This coming weekend (Feb. 3rd) ends the 2012  NFL season with Baltimore and San Francisco meeting in the Superbowl.  Not sure who I'll pull for, but I'm leaning towards the Ravens.  Both teams have former MSU players, but S.F. has never lost in the Super Bowl (and they are favored).  So, I'm thinking I'll go with the dog.
MSU's Baseball (?!) season starts on Friday, February 15th at 4 PM with the first of a 4 game series with the University of Portland (OR.) Pilots. Depending on which of the 4 collegiate baseball polls you read, MSU is ranked as low as #16 or as high as #5 (in Baseball America.)  I've already put in to take off work at 3 on the 15th so that I can see the opening game of what promises to be a good season.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Ginger (our chihuahua-Italian Greyhound mix) continues to have a few chewing issues, but seems to be getting better.  I'm hoping that as she continues to mature she will outgrow them.  She's much better on the house-training point.  She seems to be in the habit of using the "pet-potty" training pad when we don't get her outside in time.  But I'm cool with that - 'cause that's what its for.  .....ya know?
Temps are still fluctuating.  With a high a couple of days this week at 70.  But it won't last.  February is usually a fairly gnarly month weather-wise.  Our February temps average highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's.  But depending on what happens we could be anywhere from the teens to the high 70's.  We'll see.  I wouldn't mind it getting a bit warmer (& drier) there are things I would like to get out and do around the place - but right now the ground is too wet, soft and mushy.  (And more rain is predicted this week.)
Oh well - I have plenty to keep me busy.
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blasting into the New Year.........

2013-Dr. Who Turns 50!
 And as always - "Hope springs eternal"!   MSU ended the 2012 football season on a sour note - losing in the Gator Bowl.  But - (see first sentence).  This year's schedule is a bit tougher, opponent-wise, but we have seven home games.  While the Gator Bowl didn't end the way I would have liked, I did enjoy visiting with my son and daughter-in-law while in Jacksonville. 
I'm back to work and  will still be playing catch-up for a bit.  Work still was generated even though the University was on holiday vacation for 2 weeks.  Oh well - job security, ya know.  While I enjoyed the time off, in some ways its kind of a relief to get back into my routine.  For better or worse, I'm pretty much a creature of habit.
I'll try and have more next week.
Everyone have a great day!