Saturday, October 31, 2015

BIRD is the word!

I've always been the type of person that hates to be late, or even cut it close.  I much prefer to get where I need to be early.  At least 15 to 30 minutes early, depending on the type of appointment/meeting/function I am there for.  Being late or cutting it close, stresses me severely.  I think it's because I joined the Coast Guard at 17, and when you are late in the military, it carries consequences.  Maybe if you know this you can understand the following.

Yesterday, I purchased my Thanksgiving (18 lb.) turkey, and all the stuff I will need for the fixin's.  My Christmas shopping is all done and I will be getting everything wrapped within the next couple of weeks.  Way early, I know, but that's just the way I am.  Just ask DKW.

I  tend to do this with most things.  Get it done early and not worry about it.  The problem is, my memory is not the greatest following a bad motorcycle accident in June 2010.  SOOOO, in an effort to stay ahead I make notes, lists, etc.  But, sometimes, I still forget.  So sometimes I end up with extras of things.  But with food stuff, its things that don't spoil, or I can freeze it.  For example, I have 2 unopened jars of dill relish, 3 packs of weiners, 3 containers of garlic salt, etc.  I will use it, but now I'm making myself double-check my grocery list before making purchases.  Only got so much storage - ya know.

Okay, I'm kind of wandering.  The Starkville High Yellow Jackets won at Warren Central (in Vicksburg, MS) on Friday by a 28-10 score to go 9-1 on the year (6-0 in their region).  Next Friday, is the final regular season game (at home) against Clinton High.  Clinton High (7-3, 5-1) is the team my grandson plays for.  The winner gets first place in the region for the playoffs.  If the loser is Starkville, they will be the #2 seed, If its Clinton - they get the #3 seed and Warren Central the #2 seed.  Whatever happens, Madison Central is the #4 seed.  Got that?  Don't worry - It's okay.  You can print out the playoff brackets this time next week.
Miss. State had a BYE this weekend, but will play Thursday night (11/5) at Missouri on the SEC Network.
Everyone have a great week. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Who Let the Dogs Out!

Coach Mullen at Post-game interview!
Okay.  I haven't caught everyone up here on my football teams for a while, so I guess I'd better do that.
First, Starkville (MS) High.  The Yellowjackets won last night (10/23/2015) to 8-1 on the year and 4-0 in Region 2-6A.  They go to Vicksburg next Friday for their toughest road test of the year with Warren Central High (also 8-1, 4-0).  This is the next to last regular season game for both teams and both have already clinched a play-off spot.   So this game is for positioning.  If SHS wins, we clinch first in the division with one game left.   A loss, and we much defeat Clinton High in our last game for the second seed.  If the unthinkable happens, and we lose the last two games, we will be the third or fourth seed - depending on what other teams do - and will be on the road for the first week of the playoffs.  (The one & two seeds in each region are at home the first week.)  Sooooo - Go Jackets.  Lets finish the regular season with a ten game win streak as we head into the playoffs.
Mississippi State leads currently 28-13 (at the half) over the UK Wildcats.  If we keep it up (and according to ESPN, Coach Dan Mullen is 46-1 at MSU when leading at the half - so the odds are good) MSU will be 6-2 and bowl eligible with four games left.  So - Keep winning Bulldogs.  The more wins we have  - the better the bowl game we get to play in.
Everyone have a great day! 
ADDENDUM:  Game ended short time ago, final MSU-42  UK-16.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Blast from the Past

Approximately 16 or 17 years ago (late 1998-ish) one of my children (I think my oldest son- but not sure as my memory sucks) gave me a music CD starring and produced by some local high school grads.  The group was 4 guys fronted by Wyatt Funderburk (who along with Steven Fazio) wrote all the songs except one (Fox on the Run - by Sweet).  The name of the group was "The Pendletones" and the album was not great (even Wyatt says -in the link provided - that the album was rushed, and it shows a bit).  All that said, I liked the CD and when it disappeared around 10 years ago, I thought I'd never hear it again.  Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, I was going into a local thrift store to look for something and saw the CD among those on their sale rack.  I didn't hesitate to pick it up and it is now in the rotation in my car.  I listen to it and once again my mind floats back to that last year that all (of my 5) children lived at home.  I know it wasn't a perfect time, but music tends to color the mind with good memories - and that's what I prefer to remember - who doesn't?  So if any of the Pendletones are still out there - leave a comment, if you read this.  It was an imperfect musical effort, and it will never sell a million - but - at least for me - it produces some million dollar memories.
Everyone have a great day!