Sunday, May 21, 2017

More Things That Happened In 1977,.....

Here are a few more things that happened in 1977. How many do you remember?,….

Not Only do Gas station attendants no longer wash your windshield or check your oil and water soon you will be expected to pump your own gas. And now we do.

Seattle Slew wins the Triple Crown for three-year-old thoroughbred horses.
The Three Races for the Triple Crown in the US are
(1) The Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky;
(2) The Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland;
(3) The Belmont Stakes, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The Queen of England "Queen Elizabeth II" celebrates 25 years as the monarch and more than one million people line the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebration.
Star Wars written and directed by George Lucas and released by 20th Century Fox opens in American Theaters.
The original Star Wars grossed nearly $800 million world wide and won multiple awards at the 50th Annual Academy Awards and created a cult following for future Star Wars Movies. May the force be with you.
President Carter granted a complete and unconditional pardon today to all Vietnam draft dodgers.
Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42, leaving rock and roll fans worldwide mourning his loss. Elvis was found dead at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. The cause of death is pronounced as cardiac arrhythmia which is a form of heart attack.
The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert.
Two 747 jumbo jets a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members.
A lightening strike strikes a substation on the Hudson River, tripping two circuit breakers in Westchester County, then a second lightning strike caused the loss of two 345,000 volt transmission lines causing a 25 hour blackout of the New York City area.
In some areas of New York Looting and vandalism were widespread with the hardest hit Crown Heights.
Subway services, La Guardia and Kennedy airports are closed.
Crude oil from Alaska begins flowing south down the trans-Alaska pipeline to the ice-free port of Valdez, Alaska.
Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live".
Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder.
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" released.
1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show.
Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C..
"Smokey & the Bandit," premieres.

Monday, May 15, 2017

SEC Football Coaches On The Hotseat,… 2017

Oh my you say,… Did you just put Nick Saban on the hotseat list? Naw, not really. But I can guarantee you if Bama has back to back mediocre seasons,.. Then yes, he would be on the hotseat list. Bama fans are not much different than any other school. Well maybe,... they are a bit more spoiled to winning, but if losing they are a fickle bunch. Run Da Bawl mean anything? Hey I speak from experience. I’m one of those fickle fans. Two mediocre seasons and Bama fans will be saying Saban needs to retire to the lake. Right now of course Coach isn’t on this list. Bama fans have been blessed beyond measure having two of the greatest coaches to ever walk the sidelines in Coach Bryant and Coach Saban. Relish these times Bama fans. It may not ever happen again,…..

 Gus Malzahn,… Auburn.  About the only way the GusBus can continue on the Plains is win. They have to win a lot and they have to beat Bama. That starts with finding a quarterback and it seems they may have found one this year. But depth at that position may not be a luxury,… again.  This could be his last year there if the program doesn't improve from last years performance. The natives are restless.

 Hugh Freeze,… Ole Miss.  The guy is probably a good coach and probably a good man. I think he has demonstrated those characteristics. But with sanctions hanging over their heads Rebels fans will find out just what kind of a football coach he is. Recruiting will fall which means the talent level with drop also. Some of their star players could even transfer as the NCAA looks like it could bring down the hammer. Time will tell.

Kevin Sumlin,… Texas A&M.  Although the Aggies continue to win 8 games a season without Johnny Football. Will that be enough to satisfy the Aggie faithful. They got a real taste of winning but have been on a diet the past couple of seasons. Feast or famine? They aren't exactly starving to death but they could put on a couple of pounds. A losing season could decide if they get a new master chef.

Butch Jones,… Tennessee.  I really liked this guy coming in. He seemed hard nose and that’s exactly what the Vols needed. After having been picked to win the SEC East,… they fell flatter than a flitter not even challenging for the top spot. But,… that isn't even the worst part. They were dubbed Champions of Life. I kid you not. They also received a ring to go with that title. That is the equivalent of a participation trophy in little league. My respect for the guy plummeted. I can only wonder how long the Vol faithful can take this kind of abuse.

The rest of the SEC head jobs should be fairly secure this season. The only coaching change I see might be Dan Mullen at Mississippi State. This would only happen if he is offered a job somewhere that he absolutely couldn't refuse.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mama Told Me,....

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.

The opening lines of Lynyrd Shynyrd’s Simple Man holds a special place in my heart. It always has even back before she passed away.
The words ring truer today than they did all those many years ago because now, I wish I had listened more to what she had to say. Now I wish I could sit beside her and now, I’m a little more wise than when I was a kid and thought I knew all about life. But now, looking back, these words have helped me on sunny days and cloudy days. Mama tried to instill values in us growing up and she not only taught us with words, she lead by example. She lived the words she spoke.
Mama sacrificed everything to raise us up the right way. She taught us morals, about God, to respect others and how to just be good people. I haven’t always adhered to her teachings and I was a disappointment to her in many ways. But her love for me never changed. 
You know, people tell you that when someone dies, the pain gets better,…. it doesn’t really. After twenty five years, the same pain is still there, the missing her is just as strong and in reality, I don’t want that to go away.  I was blessed to have her as a mother and a friend, Even though when I had to go get my own switch, she wasn’t very friendly. 
Looking outside right now it is a little cloudy,… but memories of mama makes it a sunshiny day.

Go hug your mama or call her and tell her you love her if you are still blessed to be able to. There may come a time when you can’t.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ups & Downs Thrift Store Is Closing?

Well there you have it folks. The thrift store owner that just could not give the chair back to the rightful owner is quitting. Of course if you believe this I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you,.... Time will tell. It is so hard to believe a sociopath.

In case you haven't kept up with the petition to investigate Ups & Downs,... there are 562 signers as of this minute and I want to share some of my favorite comments from there. Here is the link so you can look at other comments and sign if you haven't already,... Ups&Downs Petition 

  name not displayed
19 hours ago
If there is even a possibility that the allegations are true, it is imperative that there be an audit. Personal opinions should not enter into this, and since I was reared no to say anything if you couldn't say anyt

name not displayed
a day ago
Melissa is rude to everyone who has worked for her, and anyone who simply speaks to this woman! Unless you've brought in a nice donation that will benefit to her! its about what she can make. She's not thankful for your heart filled donation. She's thankful for your money that goes to her own bills. I know this because I have friends who have worked for this crazy mean spirited lady). She will never know the concept of a good heart or how to run a charity. She runs a fraud shop. She needs to be investigated, and shut down before she hurts anyone else! My heart goes out to the people who she has hurt already.

Ashley B.
a day ago
Owner is the most loathsome person I've ever encountered in my life. I can't see how she is running a legitimate charity when she doesn't appear to have a kind bone in her body.

Julita F.
2 days ago
I worked for her back in 2014 when she first moved into the building on veterans drive. I was the store manager at that time. When she started making statements such as , "I hope we had a good day. I have a car payment due". I knew there was an issue. So, I quit. When I confronted her about living out of the profits, she denied it. But she said if she has a bill due, then yes she will pay it out of store funds. It doesn't get much plainer than that. From what I am hearing of late, I am not alone. She needs to be investigated by the proper authorities.

Lila M.
4 days ago
Melissa Hargett and everyone listed on the state roster for her charity needs to be investigated. There are two lawyers in town listed as directors for this charity: Elizabeth Messer and Wilson Jenkins. If they let this woman, Hargett, use funds for her personal use and let her boyfriend sell donated items on his personal ebay account (James Cramer), they should all 4 be prosecuted! If these allegations are true, this should not only be a moral issue but a legal one as well and I hope they can be charged and prosecuted!

Catherine L.
4 days ago
I have know Melissa many years and I thought this was a bad idea from the beginning. My family gave her cash several times to help a specific family in need but not sure that ever happened.

Misty P.
5 days ago
She has been very dishonest and keeps changing her story. She is very vindictive and thinks of only herself. Alot of people have screen shots proving it.

Cindy V.
5 days ago
Bad reputation for our community.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Things From 1977,….

1977 holds a special place in my heart probably since it was the year I graduated high school and started (trying) to be an adult. We have a 40th class reunion this year which seems impossible. Where has the years gone? Probably down the drain with my hair but anyway. It is just surreal. Here are a few things that happened in 1977,…

Aerosmith's flight crew inspected a Convair CV-240 for possible use and rejected it because they felt the plane and crew were not up to their standards. That plane crashed on October 20, 1977 from fuel exhaustion due to poor maintenance, killing three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Han Solo shot (Greedo) first in Star Wars. Deal with it.

The 'Son of Sam' serial killer, David Berkowitz, was captured. Sam was his neighbor's dog, who told him to do the killing.

James Earl Jones declined to have his name appear on the credits of both Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a credit.

A group of scientist discovered that any radioactive particle does not decay when being observed. This is called Quantum Zeno Effect.

The first documented occurrence of the high five wasn't until this year, between Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium on October 2, 1977. There were other claims, as early as just after WW2. The low five was referrred to by Cab Calloway in the 1920s.

1977's Most Popular TV Shows
1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
2. Happy Days (ABC)
3. Three's Company (ABC)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Charlie's Angels (ABC)
6. All in the Family (CBS)
7. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
8. Alice (CBS)
9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
10. One Day at a Time (CBS)
The Number One Hits Of 1977
November 13, 1976 - January 7, 1977: Rod Stewart - Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
January 8, 1977 - January 14, 1977: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. - You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)
January 15, 1977 - January 21, 1977: Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
January 22, 1977 - January 28, 1977: Stevie Wonder - I Wish
January 29, 1977 - February 4, 1977: Rose Royce - Car Wash
February 5, 1977 - February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers
February 19, 1977 - February 25, 1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light
February 26, 1977 - March 4, 1977: Eagles - New Kid in Town
March 5, 1977 - March 25, 1977: Barbra Streisand - Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)
March 26, 1977 - April 8, 1977: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Rich Girl
April 9, 1977 - April 15, 1977: ABBA - Dancing Queen
April 16, 1977 - April 22, 1977: David Soul - Don't Give Up on Us
April 23, 1977 - April 29, 1977: Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way
April 30, 1977 - May 6, 1977: Glen Campbell - Southern Nights
May 7, 1977 - May 13, 1977: Eagles - Hotel California
May 14, 1977 - May 20, 1977: Leo Sayer - When I Need You
May 21, 1977 - June 10, 1977: Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
June 11, 1977 - June 17, 1977: KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
June 18, 1977 - June 24, 1977: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
June 25, 1977 - July 1, 1977: Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up (Part 1)
July 2, 1977 - July 8, 1977: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
July 9, 1977 - July 15, 1977: Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel
July 16, 1977 - July 22, 1977: Shaun Cassidy - Da Doo Ron Ron
July 23, 1977 - July 29, 1977: Barry Manilow - Looks Like We Made It
July 30, 1977 - August 19, 1977: Andy Gibb - I Just Want to Be Your Everything
August 20, 1977 - September 30, 1977: The Emotions - Best of My Love
October 1, 1977 - October 14, 1977: Meco - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band
October 15, 1977 - December 23, 1977: Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life
Popular Movies:

Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Demon Seed, Eraserhead, The Goodbye Girl, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Hills Have Eyes, Julia, Pete's Dragon, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Wars (Episode IV), Suspira, Three Women, The Turning Point

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Ups & Downs,... Final Thoughts,... For Now,...

A chair,... a chair worth probably more in sentimental value but still worth a few dollars. A chair sent to a supposed charity for resale but was found to be donated wrongly and the owner of the business would not give it back. Instead, the owner engaged with others on social media only to come out the loser.

Yes the owner got cash for the chair in the end. But was it worth sacrificing her business for it? Time will tell. If Melissa Hargett had just given the chair back to the rightful owner,... I doubt several former employees would have come forward with the same story. Melissa Hargett still owes them wages. Add in also,.. I was privy to some records that show Melissa Hargett uses the company debit card for personal purchases. (A company by the way that says they are non profit.) Such as local restaurants and liquor stores. She claims to be MENSA but she isn't very smart when dealing with people and situations.  

Bottom line is Melissa Hargett is a liar, a thief, an abuser (verbal) and a fraud. Her store needs to be shut down and investigated. If you feel the same way,... sign this petition please.
Investigate Ups&Downs

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ups & Downs Could Be Down & Out,….

I want to share some things with you,…. I received a couple of emails and one asked to remain anonymous. And they will. The first email is a mothers story about shopping at Ups & Downs with her teenage daughter that was pregnant. Remember, this store owner is supposedly operating a charity. Here is that email. She supplied her daughters cell number which I won’t make public for obvious reasons.

My daughter is 17 year old mom. Still in school raising her son and working. While my daughter was pregnant we had went in to look around (we were cash paying customers) just out spending some time together shopping. The lady came up to my daughter in front of at least 3-5 other people and proceeded to tell her that if she didn't put it up for adoption she would never amount to anything. I really wish that someone cared about the people that she has emotionally slaughtered! Yes my daughter made a poor choice but she is an amazing mom, daughter, all around person. If you want or need to hear her story please feel free to contact her.
Next we have some good sound advice from an email I received in which the sender wants to remain anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to send. This is good to know,…
I have been following the Ups and Downs chair fiasco for the last couple of days. I would like to stay anonymous, but can offer a suggestion to the individuals who formerly worked for this business. There are actions the bank Melissa uses may be able to take in order for her to be investigated on the federal level. Look up suspicious activity under the bank secrecy act. Also, if the individuals who have worked there know she is operating a charity without the proper paperwork, then the IRS should be contacted. This is a federal offense and from my research, I have not found any "foundation" she has listed on her personal profile on any registration with the IRS as a tax exempt charitable organization. I have worked in the private sector for almost 10 years investigating and reporting similar situations. The local level has limited resources and scope investigating fraud cases such as this but both the state and federal government can and will investigate Melissa and her organization's if the proper authorities are made aware.

I applaud your blog post and thank your for your tactful and honest address of this horrible situation. I also think that "April" is a kind and decent human being and hope that she finds an organization to work with that legitimately aids those in need. 
And some screen shots that were posted on facebook that shows the character or lack of the store owner, Melissa Hargett,..

Article 19? Really?

Wow,... Just wow,..

What a classy person,...
And finally,… a petition to help get the business investigated for fraud. Go sign and share,...

Investigate Ups & Downs