Archive for November, 2011

I had a dream

November 30, 2011

Ray is a retired professor who specializes in interpreting the meaning of dreams.  Ray…oh Ray… I had a dream last night that’s detailed and vivid.   The next time we see each other, I’ll tell you about it.   I trust you’ll tell me what it means.    Perhaps, perhaps I’ll share your interpretation with the readers of this blog…perhaps not.

Jimmie Sue still an attention getter

November 29, 2011

It’s been several weeks since Jimmie Sue Finger Gambrel died while serving a life-term in prison.  Readers still are commenting on her death and her life.  A Cobb county Jury convicted the hair-dresser of persuading her then boyfriend to kill her husband.  If you read the comment section of this blog, you’ll hear from people who say they knew Jimmie Sue both in and out of prison.  It often seems like they’re talking about two different people, but still they write.

The uphills

November 28, 2011

This is from one of the races I ran this Thanksgiving week.   It’s an example of how hilly many of the courses are in an around metro Atlanta, Georgia.  I love the downhills, but those uphills….as a late friend of mind used to say as we neared the top, “Don, I’m hurtin’!”

High Heel Hustle

November 27, 2011

The “High Heel Hustle” is an added attraction at the Aubrae Gunderson Memorial 5K  near Conyers Georgia, about 30 miles east of Atlanta.  An equal number of  males and females don the extremely high heels.   They sprint about 50 yards on pavement.  I asked my wife why women wear such feet-punishing shoes.   She say it’s because it makes their legs “look sexy”.    Maybe so, but I’d rather see a female in a comfortable pair of running shoes, especially when she’s running.  Andrew Connors  barely edged out Elizabeth Danierls as the fastest on two heels.

Elizabeth Daniels

Andrew Connors

Fictional foils

November 26, 2011

Have you noticed how many writers and would-be writers have fictional foils?  “Bubba” already is taken by too many writers.  “Fanny” is one of the favorite female foils.   Striving for originality, I’ll eliminate “Bubba” and “Fanny” as possibilities.  “Uncle Human” and “Uncle Mitt” may be too close to reality.  So I”ll continue my search for the perfect foil…or more accurately imperfect.

Hijacking a phrase

November 25, 2011

The term “Black Friday” first referred to a financial crisis in Europe.  I grew up associating “Black Friday” (Thursday and Monday) with the 1929 stock market crash that was the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States.  Black implied that a dark cloud had cast its shadow over the nation’s economy.  I read that “Black Friday” in its current context began in Philadelphia in 1966.  It represents the day when merchants are in the black..when they begin making money.  It might more accurately be  called “Black Thursday and Friday”.   Such large retailers as Walmart and Target are opening tonight (Thursday) at 10.

Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

I’m thankful that “the best things in life aren’t things at all.”   The late humorist Art Buchwald is among those credited with originating this axiom.  Buchwald wrote the phrase without “at all’.   This is a quote I’ve had on my wall for years because I believe it’s true every day of the year…not just on Thanksgiving.

Roof-top antennae

November 23, 2011

During the early years of television, I  often climbed around on my roof  installing and adjusting roof-top antennae.   It included dropping cables through the walls to the televisions.   If you had more than one TV, you needed a splitter and amplifier to increase the strength of the signal.  There were VHF (Very High Frequency) antennae for channels 2 thru 13…UHF (Ultra High Frequency) for channels 14 and above.  With cable channels, satellite receivers and stations switching transmissions from analog to digital, you rarely see the roof-top antennae any more.   But today (Tuesday), I spied one in my own neighborhood.  The falling leaves may have revealed what’s been there for awhile.  A roof-top antennae can be a big money saver if you’re satisfied with the major network stations and the local independents.  For me, there’s a certain nostalgia in seeing that these reminders of the past still are up there, but I have no desire to be climbing around on roofs any more..

“To be honest with you….”

November 22, 2011

 A meeting of the local city council was re-broadcast tonight (Monday) on   cable TV.    One of the people speaking represented a contractor seeking  approval for a concrete pouring project.  The mayor and council members questioned the contractor about details of the project and some of the objections raised by residents who live nearby.   Several times, the contractor began his answer with “to be honest with you”.     The answer seems to imply that he isn’t always honest,  but probably not a completely accurate inference.   There was a time we learned that as soon as a politician said, “to be honest with you”, a reporter should expect a lie, to be honest with you.

Stressed Show Time

November 21, 2011

This is a woman running very hard Saturday at the finish of the Turkey Trot 5K in Cartersville, Georgia.  Most runners are oblivious to the camera as they strain for the final few seconds of the 3.1 one-mile distance.    But there are those who aware that the lens is trained on them and put on a show.  That’s often my style, but Saturday I was so intent on finishing that you could see the strain in my face too.  This is the reality of running hard.  Next time, SMILE!