Monthly Archives: August 2013

Restaurant Rambling….

What did the world ever do before someone thought to put Ranch Dressing on, well, everything.  Sometimes I’m at dinner and they ask me if I want Ranch or Blue Cheese and for a moment I’m speechless because I don’t know why they are asking me that.  I guess I’m just old school, ya know, a Ketchup and Mustard guy.


A waitress commented yesterday, pretty much to the whole diner, that she was having a rough day and that her customers have got to be coming back for the food because her service was something she was struggling with at the moment.  Right you are babe.  Have you ever heard someone say “let’s go over to so and so’s, the food stinks but the service is great”.  On a side note, she’s not a bad waitress, and the food is good.


Most times when out to eat before I leave I’ll ask for an un-sweet tea to go.  I usually get un-sweet tea because here in the south if you order sweet tea you may get something that is closer to syrup than tea it’s so sweet.  I prefer to sweeten my own.  I carry a little crack bag of Spenda with me, that’s an inside joke.  Anyway every now and then the waitress will bring me the to-go cup, I’ll put one pack of sweetener in, mix it up, put the lid on and leave.  Only later to learn I sweetened a sweet tea, now that burns me up.  When will I learn to taste it beforehand.


Why is it when in a restaurant where you wait in line, with a big menu before you, waiting to order some folks don’t take the time to study it.  Then the big moment arrives to step up and order and their, um, um, let’s see, that looks good, do I like that.  Well I’ll tell you what, I don’t like it one bit!

They Did Us Proud….

dhsThe Dillon Wildcats really did the City proud Friday Night going the distance with the no#23 ranked team in the Nation.  Mallard Creek scored with 1:10 left to win 27-21.  Many thought The Wildcat would get rolled by 30+.  They thought wrong, and I’m sure they breathed a sign of relief as they boarded their buses for the ride home.  Great game, the rest of the season will not live up to this one.  The way I see it, the next stop may be Columbia!

Family Tree, Ernest and Emma….

headstoneThis summer while on vacation I visited the graves of my Mother and Father.  It kind of humbles you.  Brings reality back in focus.  As chance may have it I mentioned our visit to my sister who had called recently for the burial location# of our Grandparents on my Dad’s side.  The search for this elusive plot had taken place many times before by more than just us.  We went back to the cemetary, as we had done so many times before without success, and after just a few minutes search with directions we found it.  I had not seen this headstone for probably 45-50 years but it was pretty much how I remember it.  Very basic.  Names and years.  No exact dates of death.  Moss partially covering it.  Nothing more than a marker really.  That’s how it was back then, no frills like the headstones of today can be.  As I stared at it I realized that my Grandfather died at the age of 77 and my Grandmother died when she was 81.  That’s really remarkable considering the time period they lived in.  I was 6 and 9 respectively and barely remember him but do have a number of memories of her.  Both were born in the mid to late 1800’s.  The 1800’s!  I find that surreal, considering we are now in the year 2013, that I had Grandparents born that long ago.  Imagine all they lived through.  All the history they saw, not in a history book, it was in your face reality.  Hard to believe they died almost 50 years ago.  I hear so many people talk of their grandparents today, I barely knew mine.  I’m not sure why but this picture capitvates me.  Maybe it’s my own mortality.

Starting Season #21, And lovin it….

Dillon's leading runner!
Dillon’s leading runner!

Yes folks Friday night starts the 21st year of this man’s chaingang activities.  I have no idea the number of games that is.  I haven’t mised more than a few home games in that time, only a wedding, a funeral and couple out of town occasions have kept me away from the sidelines.  Name a better place to be at gametime!

Friday night will, what I hope, turn out to be the atmosphere that we had back in 1994 when the undefeated Dillon Wildcats and the Undefeated Hartsville Red Foxes met.  I have never been in a more electric sport environment before or since.  The players, crowd, bands etc were unbelieveable that night.  The vibe was incredible!

This Friday night it’s the #1 Ranked 2A team in SC, the Dillon Wildcats, verses the #1 ranked 4A team in NC, the Mallard Creek Mavericks.  Mallard Creek is also ranked among the top 25 teams in the NATION!

If I were you I’d leave home early for the game!

Rambling Once More….

A woman was recently awarded $775,000 after tripping at a Nevada casino.  What did she trip over you ask?  Worn carpet?  Loose floorboard?  Trash?  Wet pool deck?  No nothing the normal person would trip over.  She was awarded $775,000.00 for tripping over a speed bump, and a judge upheld it in his court.  You can’t even believe how head shaking that is to me.  I’ve tripped over speed bumps and I usually just look around to see if anyone saw it, never hit the ground like she did though.  My God I’m glad she didn’t encounter a curb on her way in.

Paula Deen was recently called a rasist for comments she made one time, yeah right, a long time ago.  Imagine that, an elderly southern white woman called racist.  Wow who’d of thought.

Here’s a snapshot of happens in one Internet minute:  639,800 GB of global IP data gets transferred.  Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales.  More than 204 million emails are sent.  Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr.  There are 6 million Facebook views worldwide; 277,000 logins.  61,141 hours of music are played on Pandora.  More than 100 new LinkedIn accounts are opened.  6 new Wikipedia articles are published.  47,000 apps are downloaded.  There are 20 new victims of identity theft.  All that in one minute.

A few days ago a group of us from work went to lunch and as it happens sometimes we had to wait a few minutes to get served.  I’m not much of a waiter but I had no choice.  As we were leaving the waitress says; I apologize for the wait but for some reason we got hit all at once.  That was called lunch time miss.

Last weekend as my wife and I were getting ready to close up the condo and head for home she was about to cut off the water but before she did she asked me if I had to pee.  I reached into my pocket and pulled out my keys, looked straight at her and said “yes I have them there right here”.  The old hearing is slowly going away,  We laughed for 10 minutes!

This Is Post #300, And It’s A Good One….

“And Then It’s Winter….”

by: author unknown

winterYou know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?  I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.  Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory!  Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!  But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…its over.  A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done.  It’s all in a lifetime.
So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is our winter or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
“Life” is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.
Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.  It’s called “pre-sleep”.
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!!
Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”
It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

Under The Lights II….

Under The Lights II
Under The Lights II

   The second installment of the Michigan vs Notre Dame game played under the lights at The Big House is set for September 7th.  If anyone thinks it will top the memory of the the 2011 game they are beside themselves.  That game will go down as a once in a lifetime remembrance, or miracle, or both.  This series has produced some great moments and I suspect this year will be no different, and with a Wolverine win in tow.  Go Blue!


For the past few years, a list of the most common regrets of the dying compiled by a palliative care nurse has been making the rounds online.  Are you going to have remorse for the same reasons?  It’s argued that avoiding these regrets is not only affordable but good for your personal finances.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Be like Frank Sinatra and do it your way.  So you’re not a rich, famous and handsome man with your pick of the ladies.  That doesn’t mean you can’t pursue and hopefully fulfill your dreams. Bronnie Ware, the nurse who compiled this list, says unfulfilled wishes were the most common regret among her patients.  Those who had that regret had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

2. I wish I had not worked so hard.

Just because you don’t kill yourself on the job doesn’t mean you’ll be broke.  Consider this: Dutch workers are on the job about 400 fewer hours a year than Americans, yet they have “robust personal savings.  Americans average almost 1,800 hours per year at work versus less than 1,400 for the Dutch.  Not only that, but the Dutch were listed fifth in the world a few years back for life satisfaction.  Americans weren’t even close.  By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do.  And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

The regrets of dying people, including those who regretting not having said “I love you” more often — a problem easily remedied at no cost.  Others addressed speaking one’s mind in order to not harbor resentment and resolving conflicts rather than holding a grudge. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.  Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Technology makes this easier and cheaper than ever.  Facebook, anyone?  Shoot a text. Compose an email.  Support the dying Postal Service and write a letter.  Ware says that everyone misses friends when dying.  Keep in contact and you won’t have that longing. “It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.  That is all that remains in the final weeks — love and relationships.”

5. I wish I had let myself be happier.

Laugh a little and smile more, and it could increase more than your mood.  The Wall Street Journal says a study of more than 10,000 young Americans found that those who reported being happier and more positive had a higher income by age 29.  “The analysis suggests happiness isn’t just linked to higher income — it’s helping generate it.  That could be because happier young adults are more likely to earn a college degree, get hired and promoted, be more optimistic and less neurotic,” the Journal says.

6. I wish I had saved more for retirement.

This regret shows that 28% of Americans don’t think they’ll have enough money saved to retire comfortably, according to The Journal.  Also, 57% of U.S. workers surveyed had less than $25,000 in savings.  Remember that it’s never too late to start saving.  “Failing to plan for the retirement years leaves people destitute in their old age.  When that happens, their last moments on earth can be very difficult and miserable,”

Do you worry that you’ll have regrets near the end of your life? What steps are you taking to avoid them?

Crossing Paths With Wildlife….

I think I can, I think I can!
I think I can, I think I can!

On my travels back and forth to work each day I usually have some sort of encounter with an animal or two.  Remember some time back I wrote about the little dog that was dropped off along the road and my adventures with him.  Good ending though as he was eventually rescued by someone.

I can’t begin to count the number birds that I have hit, holy smokes.  Now’s there’s something I wish I had a nickel for each time.  You ever see what a bird looks like when he hits your radio antenna.  It’s like a feather explosion, and the feathers are there for days sailing in the winds.  Of the many dogs I’ve encountered I’ve only interacted with two, and one actually hit me.  Ran right into the side of the car, I went back but couldn’t find him.  I guess it was a dog I only saw it out the corner of my eye, big and brown anyway.  The other was, get this, the local vet’s dog.  His, the dog’s, picture hangs in a local restaurant the vet owns and every time I go in I think to myself, “that’s right I ran that dog over”.  He did survive after an operation or two to straighten him out.  It’s his own fault though.  He had it made that day; he just doubled back after crossing in front of me and got it.  He busted up the plastic guard underneath my truck but I didn’t have the heart to ask the owner to pay for it.  I feel bad after hitting anything.  Squirrels are a challenge you never know where he’s going, hell I’m not sure he does.  Once he’s underneath the vehicle it’s all on him there’s no telling his next move.  Just steer straight ahead and hope.  Usually you have to check the rearview to see the aftermath.  Rabbits are about the same, fast but evasive.  The bump after hitting them is bigger though.  If their feet are so lucky why did they run the rabbit there attached to under my truck?  Good luck to em.  Deer, I’ve seen quite a few but no hits yet thank goodness.  That’s a show stopper.  Now turtles are my favorite, and I see a lot of them.  I always root for them to make it and I think they trust us to let them be.  They go directly across, you never see them wandering the centerline and they always duck their heads back in when you come along.  I try my best to dodge them, usually just running directly over them with wheels on both sides, and I notice that most everyone else does too.  I guess it’s that their minding their own business just wanting to get across, not bothering anyone and folks can empathize with that.  When you look back out comes their head and off they go.  I remember one early morning on this back road I came around this corner fast and the whole road was littered with ducks loitering on the road.  I guess they came from the pond right there and were warming their selves on the pavement.  A couple of them almost bought the farm that day, but I got through without incident somehow.  On my way home I noticed that they were not so lucky with another traveler as a few were no longer with us.  Well they were still there but in a rather ragged un-kept state, so to speak.  On a positive note, I haven’t encountered a snake yet this season and that’s just fine with me.