Friday, October 20, 2017

Third Saturday in October,... Rocky Top or Rocky Flop?,...

This year the game between Bama and the Vols is actually on the third Saturday in October. This is also Bama's biggest rivalry game in the SEC. For those of us in the northern part of the state it is a border war also. I don't know how many times I've seen the state line signs spray painted with the score on them.

This is one of those games that you can usually throw out the win/loss records of each team but not this year. Tennessee is bad,.... very bad. On paper, comparing each Bama unit with the same unit from Tennessee, example, offensive lines, defensive lines, quarterbacks, running backs, secondary, special teams, linebackers, etc,... Alabama's units are better than Tennessee's units.

Usually these type of games worry me because Bama can get complacent at times. But this is a special game and the coaches will more than likely earn their pay this week by getting the boys from Bama mentally prepared for the game.

Look for the second stringers late in the 3rd quarter as the game will have been won by then. Mop up duty this week for the second and third teams guys,.... Bama 55 Tennessee 6

I do hope Butch gets to stay,... Roll Tide!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wheelchairs & HoverRounds,... Stay Off The Road,...

A while back I complained about a hover round on Dr Hicks Blvd at 5 am. It was dark at the time and with no reflectors or lights on this machine, it is hard to see them. This person was in the left lane just as a vehicle would be. If I had been speeding that person may not have been able to make another trip in their chair.

Fast forward to this past Friday night on Cloyd Blvd. The time is 8:24 pm and it is dark. This is a busy road that leads to the back of the mall and is a short cut to many retail outlets in this area. A man in his motorized wheelchair was hit and died later as a result of a hit and run. The vehicle is a small, light colored SUV that police are still searching for.

My problem with this is why are these chairs allowed to operate on city streets? You have to have insurance and tag for anything allowed on the street. Four wheelers and golf carts aren't allowed to operate on city streets so why are these allowed to do so? If there was an ordnance stating these machines aren't allowed to operate on city streets, this man might be alive today. The reason I say might is because an ordinance doesn't mean people will obey them.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Coffee-Bradshaw Class of 77 Reunion,...

40 years,... The combined classes of Coffee and Bradshaw celebrated our class reunion this past weekend and it couldn't have been any better. Starting with the Florence High School Homecoming parade on Thursday, we partied with a Swamper and Swampette at the Shoals Gold Room and ended up at the Sweetwater Depot on Saturday night. We also snuck in visits to Burrell Slater to visit our memorabilia room and went to places like FloBama and Buffalo Wild Wings for a late night snack. We also went back to Burrell for a get together after the Gold Room and it was just as awesome. 

But you know what? We were not rivals this weekend. We were really united as much talk was done about the way the two schools were dissolved. No one was in favor of it and several offered simple measures that could have prevented this from happening. Simple, common sense ideas that apparently were not on the school boards minds at the time. It is very sad that the board and superintendent had such little respect for our traditions and cared very little about hearing anything about it. 

But this blog post is about unity,... I want to quote Quint Langstaff as he really put things into perspective,... "Can't adequately relay how blessed I feel to not only have the opportunity to visit with peers I graduated with 40 years ago but to know that I also really WANT TO! Growing up in the 60's and 70's we experienced as much turmoil as any alive. Yet, as we gathered this weekend, Coffee, Bradshaw, black, white, rich, poor, healthy, fighting for our health tooth and toenail, married, divorced, widowed and those we memorialized; we are one. We were one then as well. Folks, it can be done. It has been done. We've done it. We are doing it. We have as many differences as any group. Just love and respect that our differences aren't what weaken us. To the contrary, they are what strengthens us. Proud of US. Love."

I'm speaking for myself when I say I saw classmates. I saw rivals too but I didn't see color, I didn't see rich or poor I saw classmates, I saw people. 
I also saw laughter and a lot of it. I saw people reconnecting and making plans for future get togethers. I saw friendships rekindled and sharing of photos of children and grandchildren. I saw love. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Coffee - Bradshaw Memorabilia Room,....

There is a room dedicated to the two high schools that once existed in the city of Florence. Located at Burrell Slater, the room is open most Fridays from 10:30 to 12:30 during the school year. I had the pleasure of taking it in yesterday during our 40th reunion weekend. It was hosted by two ladies that were very helpful and full of information to share.

I took some photos but they just don't do it justice. It is a must see for any graduate of either school. Here are a few more photos that bring back memories of times gone by,...

Monday, September 25, 2017

Flag Etiquette,... US That Is,...

You don't want to stand for the National Anthem? Hey that's fine. I don't care if you don't. That is your right. People fought and did so you could look like the douche bag you are.

With all of that said,... I think we all could use a refresher course of flag etiquette. I know I could.

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.
Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
The Salute
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.


The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.


The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Geek Gathering 2017,.... Oct 7-8,...

Saturday, October 7 (10am-5pm) - Sunday, October 8 (12noon-5pm), 2017
Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, 702 Veterans Dr, Florence, AL
Heroes and Comics and Artists and Cosplay … ALL in your own backyard! This October, we will be holding the 5th annual Shoals Con of the popular arts at The Geek Gathering, in a goal to bring enlightenment and broaden the appreciation for Comic, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Gaming and other Pop Culture areas.
Proceeds from various portions of the past years' events were given directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters, such as profits of the ticket sales, 100% of all BBBS donations, and 100% of the GAuction (Geek Auction) that will be held at the event.
Adult Admission:
Advanced/Online Prices - $8/day OR $10/weekend pass
At Door - $11/day OR $13/weekend pass
Children Ages 4-12: $2/day with a paying adult.
Events include: FREE kid AND adult costume contests with prizes, panels for all genres, artists' alley, gaming, vendors, Geek Trivia ($5 entry fee & winner takes all), games, specials guests, cosplay and MORE!!!
Get your advanced tickets >>>>>>>>>> HERE <<<<<<<<<<

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alabama vs Vanderbilt,... Saturday 23rd

Guess what Dandy Vandy's record was entering the game the last time they beat Alabama. 3-0. Guess what their record is this year entering the game versus Bama. 3-0. Guess what year that was,.... 1984.

Vanderbilt has always played Alabama hard no matter who the coaches were. This year will be no different. Faithful readers here know I believe defense wins games and championships. Vandy enters Saturdays contest ranked high in most defensive categories. They are well coached and ready to take on the Tide at home.

There was a video posted earlier in the week of a Vandy player saying Bama is next. He's 100% correct. Bama is next on the schedule. They aren't backing down and rightfully so. Any player should show that kind of emotion and be confident in what he and his team can do. I would hate to think an opposing player on a team would think, "oh woe is me,... we can't win against big bad Bama". I like the players confidence he has.

Can Vandy beat Bama? Yes of course. They have the tools and players to do so. But,... Bama has the better tools and players. This could turn out to be somewhat of a defensive game, until the fourth quarter. Then I think Bama extends their lead. Bama wins a tough game 28-13.