Southbound Again

Image 2We are heading  farther South  later today to see “Daddy’s Little Girl”  get honored as one of the “College of Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Freshmen” tomorrow morning. (She is actually a  sophmore who transferred )

I’m sure there might be a picture or two before it’s all over, but this will be family time, not blogging time.



Speaking of Southbound……


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You can’t make these up.   Thanks to Carla…..

While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, “I know how you feel. My Mom makes me ride in the stroller too.”
As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, “My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them.”
Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. “In ten years,” I said, “you’ll want to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now.
Carolyn shrugged. “In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.”
Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her injection.
“No, no, no!” she screamed.
“Lizzie,” scolded her mother, “that’s not polite behavior.”
With that, the girl yelled even louder, “No, thank you! No, thank you!”
On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, “Dad, I know babies come from mommie’s tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?”
After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, “You don’t have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.”
Just before I was deployed to Iraq, I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him. “I’m going to be away for a long time,” I told him. “I’m going to Iraq.”
“Why?” he asked. “Don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?”

And my personal favorite…
God’s Problem Now!
His wife’s graveside service was just barely finished, when there was a a tremendous bolt of lightning, followed by a massive clap of thunder,  accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance. The little, old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”

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It smells happy outside….yes it does!


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Throwdown Challenge

Essential Mixes:  The Outlaws

This morning, I received a thinly veiled suggestion after chiming in on one of Kurt’s  famous “Essential Mixes”.

Mr. Harden  suggested that I present my “Essential Mix” for the “Florida Guitar Army”, otherwise known as  The Outlaws.

He didn’t have to ask twice…I was in.

I received my first Outlaws 8 Track on Friday, November 4, 1977.  How can I remember that?…because on November 3rd, I totaled my mom’s car and I was home recovering with a few stiches and feeling like I hit a tree…which is exactly what I had done. What made it more interesting was that on Saturday, November  5th, I was slated to take the SAT’s.

The 8-track was my very first delivery from  Columbia House. The first song on that tape was Song in The Breeze. The rest is, as they say…music history.

I ordered the tape after hearing a cover band play Waterhole at a school dance.

Hughie (L) and Billy RIP

Hughie (L) and Billy

So, below is my “Essential Mix” for a band  I fell in love with when I was 17 and today, at 55, still get all hot and bothered when I hear their recordings.  Those were great years.

Comments are mine and mine alone and I dedicate this to the memory of Hughie Thomasson  and Billy Jones

Some of the songs are live, a few are studio and sometimes I had a hard time (but fun)  deciding which version to use. I was also limited to what would fit on a 90 minute cassette tape, as per my instructions.

In no particular order, (except for the last song, which was always the last song)  here is 72:52 of The Florida Gutitar Army.

As Harden would  say…..Volume Up.

There Goes Another Love Song    The AM Radio Hit from the first record named after the band.

Waterhole A kick-ass instrumental and the first Outlaws song I ever heard. At age 17,  when I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep playing the guitar, this song convinced me. Also from the first record.

Breaker Breaker  Opening track from Lady In Waiting record and requested by Mr. Harden to be on the list, which was never a question anyway. It helps to be old enough to remember the heyday of CB radio.

South Carolina   From Lady in Waiting. A song about where I’ve called home for the last  19 years.

Girl From Ohio  From Lady in Waiting. For my friends in Licking County.

Knoxville Girl   Since we talking geography and women…

Hurry Sundown Title track of that  album and one of Hughie’s best songs. I love playing this song and wish I could get the band to play it.

You Are The Show From Playin’ to Win Album. “We’re just the players…you are the show”

Ghostriders In The Sky  It is disapointing that a cover song became their biggest hit, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I also added it since it shows a much older Hughie Thomasson, just two months before his death from an apparent heart attack. Listen for his signature whistle towards the end.

So Afraid  From Hurry Sundown. Putting into a song how we all  have felt at one time or another.

Angels Hide  From The Ghost Riders record. This is very close to my absolute favorite song of all time.

Song in The Breeze   Opening song on the first record. Probably the prettiest song they ever did…Listen to the harmonies.

Green Grass & High Tides  The finale for every show.  I regret that I never got to see them live. From the first record…it was one of the first 9 minute songs ever to be played on the radio…this is an outstanding, live version.

As the band evolved, it just wasn’t the same. And there were a few more studio records, but in my mind, they just don’t count.  Sorry, Henry.

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Good Planets

Image 7I saw this bumper sticker yesterday   (we were stopped at a light for all you safety nuts).  It was one of many and I chuckled as this apparent “tree hugger” was driving a pretty big truck.  Ah, the delicious irony.


It reminded me of one of Steve Forbert’s better known songs.



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Priorities & Puzzles

th-2  It has been a tough week…and it is only Monday.

That is not an encouraging  sign.

Lately it seems that little in my world is going the way I think it should be and I just can’t seem to find my focus.  Struggle and weariness seem to be waiting  for me at every corner     th-1

I find some solace on these electronic pages….my friends.

Tonight, I read two posts from Kelly Hartland.   One called  Call To Order and the other, Puzzled.

Sometimes it helps to look for answers from people who have suffered and survived.



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A Requirement

th“If you have a job without aggravation, you don’t have a job”….Malcolm Forbes.

My father was acquainted with Mr. Forbes for many years before he died in 1990 and I still recall him telling us stories of his visits to the “the ship”, meaning Mr. Fobe’s yacht…

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