Thursday, November 23, 2017

What I'm Thankful For,...

I do not have enough hands, fingers, toes to literally count how many things I am thankful for. Yes to the obvious, family and friends. Yes to my health, because without that, not much else can matter. Yes to my kids, I have six to date,... 2 however are biological, love you. Yes to what I do. I enjoy my work as it presents challenges every day and each job is different. Yes to those customers that we serve, many of whom have become what I consider friends. Yes to reconnecting with old (I use that term very loosely) school mates, some after 40 years. The neat thing about that is we picked up where we left off all those years ago. Yes to the town we live in, it isn't perfect by far but I can't imagine living anywhere else. Yes to social media. Sometimes you really get on my last nerve but for the most part I try (I really do) try to keep my personal agendas off of it, (unless it is Bama football). More people should try this approach. Also yes to social media as it has provided a platform for small business. It is free advertising. Word of mouth advertising is the best kind you can have, provided it is positive.. Yes to this blog. It has also proven to be a good thing for small business, ours included. And finally yes to this blog for not becoming the slanderous, gossip blog that is the one which shall not be named. People do thrive on the hate it spews. It is like watching Dallas, Dynasty and As The World Turns all rolled into one with a splash of Jerry Springer for good measure.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rogers-Schweighardt Wedding,....

“Be you rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
And, may the joys of today

Be those of tomorrow.” Irish Blessing,…

Saturday will mark a special day in your lives. It is a day you both will cherish from now until. As you vow to become one always remember those vows and keep them. You are choosing to walk through life together with love, admiration, respect and the willingness to forgive each other (yes there will be those times too). You are becoming man and wife and will go through your lifes journey as one soul. 
You both chose each other and I know it is the best choice either of you could make. Both of you are blessed to have the other and whatever life throws at you, you can deal with it as one.  Congrats on your day. Love you both. Dad,... 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Did You Know?!?!?,... I Bet You Did,....

pop corn was invented by the Aztec Indians

the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes

cats spend 66% of their life asleep

money is the number one thing that couples argue about

spiders are arachnids and not insects

honey is the only natural food which never spoils

the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco

Australia was originally called New Holland

all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes

it's possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down

8% of people have an extra rib

Venetian blinds were invented in Japan

if you filled a matchbox with gold it could be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court

all of the clocks in the movie 'Pulp Fiction' are fixed to 4:20

only female mosquitoes bite

almonds are members of the peach family

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

the WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer

the word racecar can be spelled the same way backwards

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Forks of Cypress,....

What a fantastic day we had to go to the fall version of Harry Wallace's tour of the Forks of Cypress. If you haven't been, try to do so. It lasts less than two hours and it includes history of the house that once sat between Little Cypress and Big Cypress. Mr' Wallace's talking history of the grand old mansion will delight and entertain.

 The house was completed in 1830 and stood majestically until the year 1966 when fire caused by lightning destroyed the mansion. Mr Wallace brings to life, stories of his own childhood growing up there and also takes you on a tour of the cemetery which is encased by a limestone wall built by slaves. There is also a slave cemetery just east of the one where the Jackson family is buried.  Tours are generally in April and November,... Tours are free to the public and be sure to bring a lawn chair,... For more info and photos, visit alabama pioneers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Love and Respect,...

First off,... I believe in the Bible, God and when the Bible says in Mark 12:31, Love your neighbor as yourself,... these are some strong words for todays society. Think about that,... with all of the self love we show on social media, with us as a people so obsessed with our selves that we have to have the perfect selfie,  the perfect profile picture for the world to see,... think about what a wonderful world it would be IF we loved those around us (including strangers) as we love ourselves. IF we loved those with different opinions than ours,.... IF we loved people of different skin color, religion. Think about that. What IF there was love,.... then we would have respect. We would respect those that are different than us,... than you and me. Yes, love is felt,... respect is often earned or in many cases not. But respect can be taught. We teach or try to, we teach our children to respect authority. To respect teachers, police and our elders (people older than us). I have people in my own family that haven't taught respect to their children. I'm sure you can name a few too.

Love and respect kind of go hand in hand. But you know what? It is okay to disagree. It really is. You can disagree and still coexist. And this is where respect comes into play. This is what the politicians need to learn,.. both sides. 

There will be some that disagrees with this post,... and thats fine. We can't all agree on everything. If we did it would be a bland world,... But we can respect the other persons opinion.

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.