Monday, January 31, 2011

Why don't you mind your own business?

Georgia now boasts the oldest living person in the world, Besse Cooper of Monroe. She became the oldest living person when (1) Texan Eunice Sanborn died at the age of 114 years, 195 days and (2) Larry King was found out to be an android and disqualified.

Ms. Cooper was born Aug. 26, 1896, and credits her longevity to avoiding junk food and "minding her own business" -- according to this article on Wikipedia.

So, that's certainly an incentive for those of you who feel determined to mind everybody else's business. Stop it, and you might live to be the world's oldest person. Of course, when you're the oldest person in the world, I think you've earned the right to start minding everybody else's business.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday booze

A bill is now moving through the Georgia Assembly that would allow communities to vote on whether they want to allow Sunday alcohol sales in convenience and grocery stores. In the past, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who doesn't drink, vowed to veto it to appease religious groups.

But new Gov. Nathan Deal, whom you can just look at and know he drinks some hard stuff from time to time, says he'll sign it into law if it hits his desk, immediately setting up a showdown between the governor and the right-wingers who put him into office. The religious folks vow to fight it.

This should be fun to watch ... especially over a cold beer.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Bulldog among many Tigers

For the second time in my life, I set foot in Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium yesterday. No, it wasn't some sort of weird ritual where they sacrifice some Georgia Bulldog fan for good luck.

I went because my son is an Auburn fan. I think it started as just his way of aggravating his daddy, but this whole War Eagle thing has sunk in with him over the years like some chronic disease for which I've found no cure.

Saturday was the national championship celebration for the football team. It was fun to witness, but more fun to watch the expressions on Saylor's face as he entered a big SEC football stadium for the first time and saw all the blue and orange and heard all the music, chants and cheering. I'm sure this War Eagle thing may definitely be incurable now.

Of course, Auburn is only about 35 minutes from Columbus, and that's why the Ledger-Enquirer has a beat writer covering the Tigers. And, of course, we got the expected whining from grouchy Bama and Georgia fans over the extensive coverage of the national champions this year. Always amazes me how many folks get out of sorts when sports or something they don't like hits the front page ... as if every front page must be catered just to them and not to the community in general. And if you don't put sports on the front page, someone will complain about that, too. Fact is, some folks just live to complain.

I don't care about "American Idol," Oscar fashions or British royalty, and while I may poke good-natured fun at those who do, it's not my place to scream at the paper or any other media outlet for covering such things. It's not Chris' World. It's mind-boggling how many people get upset that some people like something they don't.

"The nerve of people having an interest I don't share!"

As an example, check out the hater-of-all-sports' Facebook comments about the Ledger-Enquirer's coverage of the celebration below. Sports are so unimportant to her that she dedicated much of her day yesterday to discussing just that.

If you want to complain about something, find something better, such as how Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley actually used the term "play ball!" to kick off his football speech. It was the only thing that silenced the crowd all day. You can read about that here.
And, here are the crazy comments about the celebration ...

Rachel Thorne Absolutely not. What exactly did that stupid football game accomplish for mankind? I am sick to death of hearing about Auburn Auburn Auburn.....geez....get over it already. It's a stupid FOOTBALL game - you'd think that team had invented the cure for cancer they way ppl are carrying on about them. Next year another team will win & their town will act like they were the first men on the moon. Ugh........
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Lisa Mclendon Yes i did will post pics as soon as i go thru my phone....gave big hi5 to Cam.....Kody and Nick.awesome.Was on the guardrail when they walked out. saw them all............a good day for a tiger fan.
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Rachel Thorne Just watch: every reference to Jesus Christ will soon be replaced with Cam Newton's name in every Bible in the Auburn area. WOW - a guy can run really fast & catch a ball a little better than the other large, sweaty, inarticulate guys on the team. I'm very impressed. lol
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Lisa Mclendon There are large,sweaty, inarticulate guys on all college and nfl teams, but there a very few that God allows to excel and be winners.Remember faith will take you far.....not being a hater.
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Rachel Thorne I don't care about ANY sports team from any city anywhere. It's just silly...just a game. Doens't make one bit of difference in the scheme of life. I'm not a hater, really! I'm just unimpressed. Brain surgeons, firefighters, diplomats, astronauts, soldiers, etc, impress me: ppl who actually make a real difference in the world. Oh well.
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Lisa Mclendon yep I agree Gerald....War Cam Eagle.
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Rachel Thorne Haha! I make these comments b/c it makes ppl so's hilarious and so much fun to see ppl get so upset about a stupid football team! Hahaha!!!! This is really amusing to me. Good for Cam Newton. He can throw a ball/run really fast. Yay! I have 2 very difficult jobs that actually affect real ppl, but no one puts me on TV or screams in adoration. Hahaha!!!!
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Rachel Thorne If ppl were as insanely passionate about the direction of this country as they are about their precious "War Eagle" (whatever that means) or "Roll Tide," we might could make a little progress in the world. I'm not holding my breath, however. ;-)
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Kim Netteler and what exactly are you doing to make a difference in the world.sitting here making rude comments about someones favorite team and it's members are not makin a difference in the world our really what is your piont in bringing people down and taking away from thier moment of enjoymont.
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Kim Netteler so i ask again what have you done to make a difference?
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Bobo Bilbo I think Cam Newtons are the best cookies ever. I love the chewy center
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Rachel Thorne
I make these comments b/c fooball (and all sports) are silly and serve no purpose in the world whatsoever. Ppl spoil my fun all the time - I take it in stride, shrug my shoulders, and move on. It's not a life or death issue. I didn't know I... had the power to bring ppl down - wow! If you all love football that much, then my little snarky comments surely can't bother you that badly. I never claimed to make a huge difference in the world, but I don't plaster myself all over TV either, and ppl don't wear all kinds of paraphernalia with my last name on it. I have 2 respectable jobs which require a certain level of brain power & articulate language skills - something I just don't sense many football players possess - LOL!!! Lighten up's just a GAME.See More
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Rachel Thorne G-nite, folks....gotta get to work very early @ Ft. know, making a difference and all. lol Y'all have a great night & try to unwind before going to sleep - it's not cool to go to bed angry (esp over a football team). Haha! Hugs & kisses!!!
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Lisa Mclendon all I can say is you are a sad person...GET A LIFE...Dont wast our time with you disrespectful comment, keep them 2 yourself, Im highly educated, have a nice home, car and job of many years, my hobbies r none of you concern,,,,GET A LIFE....
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Lisa Mclendon Rachel Thorne is blocked from my facebook page....peace out.
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Lisa Mclendon Ive had tooo much to drink partying in Auburn today..........this BS is not worth an Auburn Tiger Fans TIME>>>>>>
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Kim Netteler football and all sports do serve a purpose in the world it brings enterainment and joy to people. so that way we can relax and have fun thats whole in does not matter the players educational level articulate language. and we wear thier jeresys to show support for that player that team and most of all for that school.
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Rachel Thorne Hahaha! You folks are too funny. Silly sports - not worth getting your shorts in a wad over. By the way, ROLL EAGLE! Oops, meant to say WAR TIDE! Hahaha!!!!! Let's see who's gonna have a stroke b/c I mixed the two "sacred" football chants. LOL
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Rachel Thorne I think the reason everyone gets so mad about my comments is b/c deep down inside, you all know I'm factually right - you can't refute my logic. Besides, it's just too much fun to mess w/ ppl over their silly much fun to see them get so fuming mad over a game. Now THAT'S great entertainment! Hahaha!!!!
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See, if Lisa McClendon hadn't gotten so furious & blocked me b/c she doesn't like my football opinion, she might find out that I'm a huge ASPCA supporter as well & we may have some other things in common. Sad when someone so highly educated... has such a narrow mind to block someone b/c they don't like their comments. But that's totally her choice & I respect that - no lost love where that's concerned. However, if I blocked everyone who ever made a negative comment toward something I liked (notice I never said anything personal against her), I would prob only have 2 FB friends. lol I appreciate all points of view....trying to keep my mind open - you never know what you may learn from ppl with differing POV's. Oh well, can't believe I'm wasting more time with this silly fight. Like I said, it's been great entertainment for me - always a treat to see ppl get mad over nothing. ;-D Y'all have a great day!See More
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just when I make fun of Alabama politicians, along comes Ralph ...

I got this e-mail today from Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens:

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has been asked for his opinion on the recent repeal vote on the healthcare bill. Here is his statement:
"I congratulate the members of Congress who voted to repeal the deeply flawed health care law signed by President Obama last year. As I have stated before, I believe the law to be unconstitutional, and for that reason, last year ensured the passage of legislation providing that Georgians cannot be forced to purchase health insurance. This vote serves notice that people are no longer willing to accept big government “solutions” that stifle job creation, pile even more debt on the American taxpayer, and do nothing to address spiraling health care costs."

By this I can draw two conclusions:

(1) You can't trust this guy because there's no way anybody asked for his opinion on the matter. And ...

(2) Based on his reasoning, I guess I won't have to pay my car insurance bill next week. After all, the government can't force me to buy insurance. Right?

I emailed his office and asked for clarification but got no response. Duh.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No thanks, brother

One of the great things about living so close to Alabama (about 150 yards away in my case) is that their political leaders make ours in Georgia look so much better in comparison.

From former Gov. Fob James' bouncing around like a monkey to mock an opponent who had the audacity to believe in evolution (when we all know the Earth is just 5,000 years old and humans and dinosaurs once co-existed ... remember the Flinstones?) to ethically-challenged former Gov. Don Siegelman, their governors provide great entertainment, especially for newspaper columnists. Although, speaking on behalf of newspaper columnists everywhere, I remain a little crushed that Judge Roy Moore didn't get the office.

The latest Alabama clown is Gov. Robert Bentley, who pretty much said that you can't be his brother or sister unless you worship the same religion he does. You can read about it here. He has since apologized. So, in just a couple weeks in office, Bentley has already proven that he's not wise enough to speak in public, but also that you can't really take what he says too seriously anyway because he could totally take it back in a day or two.

Let me just say for the record that I'm not offended by what the governor said because I'm quite OK with not being his brother or sister or relative in any way. I've got enough crazy people in my family already, thank you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

St. Simons Island

Shellie and I had a great four-day, three-night trip to beautiful St. Simons Island, and it didn't hurt that someone allowed us a free stay at their townhome. The weather was cool and sunny during the day; cold at night. But it was downright equatorial compared to the previous icy week at home.

After nearly getting thrown out of a Dairy Queen for too much laughing, we decided to have a drink or two at the Village Inn & Pub. A couple of guitarists provided the entertainment, and the place was packed. Fortunately, a couple from Chicago, Loy and Linda Williams, invited us to join them at their table by the fireplace. After Shellie had spent much time talking about how much she'd like to learn to sail, we discover that Loy and Linda are sailors with a 40-foot sailboat, the Sandpiper.

They enlightened us about the sailing life, particularly that of living on a boat ... something coincidentally referenced in the "practice novel" "Oya's Wake" I wrote a little over a decade ago. It was a great way to start the trip with margaritas, music, dancing and great conversation.

Loy and Linda blog about their adventures. You can read it here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I pledge allegiance to the GEORGIA flag???

So glad to see that the first order of business for the Georgia State Senate on its first day Monday was to adopt a rule requiring members to say a pledge of allegiance to the GEORGIA flag.

Really? Granted, the state flag in this state has been used as a tool of both racism and racial healing. But, c'mon, it's just a stupid state flag. Unless we go into war with Alabama (and I'm not necessarily against that) and go charging across the Chattahoochee River with guns and bugles blazing, we don't NEED a state flag.

I still maintain that the Georgia General Assembly should just take every other year off and save money by spending a year of not making stupid rules and laws. Just pass a two-year budget, quit pandering to extremists and special interests and just try to make the state a little better instead of positioning for future political victories. I really don't care if you pledge allegiance to the flag or do the hokey pokey before each session. Just get some important work done.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kick em when they're, kick em when they're down

I have a new neighbor across the hall, Bob. I haven't met Bob. But I've met Bob's clothes in the dryer. Bob needs to get his clothes so my sheets can jump in the dryer and I can go to bed at some point tonight. Bob apparently isn't home right now, just his clothes. Ah, just another joy of bachelorhood, sharing a house converted into apartments.

Maybe it's just me, but when I wash and dry my clothes, I try to make sure I don't clog the flow around here. Hopefully, Bob will be home soon and move his darn clothes out of the way. If Bob doesn't hurry, I'll be forced to put my grubby hands on Bob's clothes and move them myself.

For now, though, I'm gonna assume Bob simply forgot about them and cut him some slack. I prefer to believe that Bob is more likely forgetful than disrespectful.

And if you're wondering where the subject line of this post came from, it's from Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry." Click and check it out a live performance of an early 80s classic.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ice Ice Baby

Ah, nothing like a good coating of ice that feels a little like broken glass. The kids are out of school and the day is filled with the lovely sounds of screams and wails of children diving into what they think is snow. Oh, well, it's a day off from school, and that's really all that matters. I know my little boy is happy.

This is what Broadway in Columbus looks like near my apartment. When we used to get ice storms back home in Oglethorpe, we'd meet behind the Lutheran Church and play tackle football. Few things are more beautiful than a blood-stained field of once pristine ice and snow.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blawg Wild is coming back

It's 2011, I'm 40 years old, divorced, have moved from a 5-acre spread and 3,000-square-foot-foot home in the country to a tiny apartment in the historic district of Columbus, and I'm wondering what the heck my next step will be. Will I stay in the newspaper business? Will I have a novel published? Will those annoying alien abductions start up again?

Who knows?

So what better time to start blogging?

Starting next week, I'm bringing Blawg Wild back. Expect a good ol' boy spin on a few crazy things going on in the world, but now expect a lot more personal notes. 2010 was a humbling year, so I might as well let it all hang out for the world to see. I am who I am, and I'm no longer willing to apologize for myself or hide my feelings. I'm a pretty nice guy with some atypical views on politics, religion and life in general. It's kind of a midlife crisis without enough money for a sportscar.

Should be an interesting ride.