Archive for January, 2012

The Gas Leak

January 11, 2012

A Utility work sign in our neighborhood heralds the end of a series of events that began a few weeks ago.  Today (Tuesday), a friend (George) and I were returning from a walk-run.   As we approached my house, George asked me if I smelled gas. (the chemical they put in gas so it can be detected).   No, I wasn’t detecting anything, but my friend has a sense of smell like a bird dog.    He said it sure smelled like gas to him.  As a reporter who has covered many gas explosions, I thought it best to call the gas company and have them decide if my friend was right.  He was.   A gas company rep rang our doorbell.   He told me he found a leak in the tap that goes to my next-door neighbor’s home, but it wasn’t  urgently dangerous.   The rep told me they’d send someone to repair the leak within 28 days.

The two-man crew arrived in a little more than two weeks.   I’m guessing it took them a little more than two hours to do the job.  George assures me that the smell is gone.   Had it not been for his bird-dog talents, the gas leak story could have had a tragically different ending.


There are no icons

January 10, 2012

One of the the definitions of an icon:  “someone to whom nothing can be added or taken away.”  In other words, there’s no way you can improve an icon.  Some refer to people they admire both dead and living as icons.   I’ve sometimes been called  “a broadcasting icon”.  I know I’m no icon broadcasting or otherwise.  There’s an infinite number of ways I could improve.    I suspect that’s true of the many other “icons”.

Obstacle course

January 9, 2012

Douglas County Obstacle Course

This obstacle course is part of the “Liquidation Run 5K” staged this weekend in Douglas county, Georgia.  It’s just west of Atlanta.  The bad news:  you have to go through the obstacle course twice during the 3.1 miles.   The good mews:  you only have to do one of the several obstacles once each time through.   The course is regularly used by Douglas county sheriff deputies as part of their training.    Not as tough or as many obstacles as I remember during my military basic  training, but then I was decades younger.

  The “Li

Lt. Deputy Billy Lashley & daughter, Heather

quidation 5K” is the brainchild of Lt. Deputy Billy Lashley.   Lashley is an avid runner who gathers surplus shirts, medals and plaques from other races.    He liqudates those in this run.   The money goes to charity.

Wedding Anniversary

January 8, 2012

Chattahoochee River

This is the Chattahoochee River in metro Atlanta, Georgia.  Two very dear friends gave my wife and me a gift certificate to a restaurant called “Ray’s on the River”.     We chose to use it to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.  Near sunset on this January evening, the temperature was in the 60s.   Beautiful!  The food was excellent and “Ray”s on the River” capped it off with a desert especially made for us!  You can see it screen left.  Thank you “Ray’s on the River”, and thank you Ray and Sara Moore!  You’ve given us more moments to remember!

Wild Bill Elliott

January 7, 2012

I watched a movie tonight starring Wild Bill Elliott.  It had a simple plot.   Of course, Wild Bill triumphed as he did in most all of his movies.  I call it “comfort” fare.   Doesn’t require any thinking…you know how it’s going to end….and for some of us old-timers,  the make-believe recalls the long ago days of our childhood

The most photographed

January 6, 2012


We may have two of the most photographed felines in the world.  I always have a digital camera nearby.  Those of you who love your pets will understand.  

Others are entitled to ridicule us and/or wonder why we care so much.    In Marlee’s bay-window jungle, I imagine that it’s like us looking out into the universe.    It’s a wonder to behold as watching her is to me.

“The man who said…

January 5, 2012

it couldn’t be done, should never interrupt the woman doing it.”    This quote came to mind today (Wednesday) when I went for a sescond opinion from a dental oral surgeon.  A male oral surgeon had told me that it couldn’t be done without replacing a bridge.  The estimated cost would be 6-thousand dollars.   My second opinion came from a highly recommended female oral surgeon.  It was good news.  She told me she could perform the procedure without destroying the bridge.   The cost would be considerable less.  It’s reason enough to seek a sescond opinion regardless of gender.

Political strategy

January 4, 2012

As I write this, TV pundits are speculating about who is going to win the Republican Presidential race in Iowa.   Most are saying it’s “too close to call.”   Romney, Santorum and Paul are tied.  All three have 23 percent.  The post Iowa recommened political strategy that caught my ear came from the 2008 campaign manager for Mike Huckabee.   Huckabee won Iowa, but faltered after that.  What advise would the campaign manager offer to the winner in Iowa?   He said that the top finisher in Iowa should then invest his or her time in New Hampshire and South Carolina.  The political strategist feels the Huckaee campaign went awry by spending too  much time in Michigan at the expense of time lost in South Carolina.  I’m going to bed.  I awake to learn that Romney wins by 8 votes over Santorum with Paul in third.  On to New Hampshire.

I’m having second thoughts

January 3, 2012

During a warmup and subsequent 5K race this past weekend, I was pretty  well convinced I would soon be running and reading without glasses.  An opthamologist would be removing cataracts and replacing my eyes’ natural lens with “crystal lens”.  But a friend who has had the surgery has urged caution.   She told me that the results are so bad for her that a cornea specialist will be removing her crystal lens.  I haven’t made a final decision, but am having second thoughts about the cystal lens.  I would welcome any imput.

Polling,Politics and Racing

January 2, 2012

This runner brings his politicing to a 5K race Sunday near Athens, Georgia.  He’s promoting the Tea Party and Newt Gingrich’s candidacy.    As far as I know, there was no polling of runners. As a teenager, my first memory of polling was Gallup predicting Dewey would beat Truman   We know how that turned out.   My first memory of polling during my years at WSB-TV is when they were very unscientific.  We stood outside what we guessed was a geographical cross-section of voting precincts.  These came to be known as exit polls.  Were they accurate?  Sometimes yes…sometimes no.   As we have learned through the years, the only pollls that mean much are the final counts on voting day, but they do give politicians and reporters fodder for talk.