Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Don't you think so, Lindsay?
So here is the really short version; I drove from my Montgomery home to work in Wetumpka. At my first stop on the mail route, I parked next to a guy who (6 minutes later) robbed the bank. Less than 24 hours later the thief was arrested by a man I have known for 35 years.
It is a small world.
Friday, January 25, 2008
But I didn't tresspass here;
No, there REALLY is not a $5 bill! There was one there last week. I DID NOT take the $5.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Bibb Graves bridge and Coosa River in the snow.
Sure, you can drive in the snow--sure, you could deliver mail in the snow--but could you take your own picture at the same time?
"Goodness sakes, Miss Scarlet, it's SNOWING outside!"
Black and white of Bibb Graves bridge and the Presbyterian Church in the snow.
You might be an Elmoron if........you wear a short-sleeve t-shirt to build your snowman!
Very cool little guy!
And finally this one from the afternoon......
I was drawn to this picture by the melting snow sliding down the tin roof and hanging over the edge like taffy. The irony is that the small business is closed for the bad weather--its a SnoBiz!
Monday, January 14, 2008
And just like that, he was gone!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
My anger is mostly over the actions of one warped individual but the flames are being by good-hearted, well-meaning individuals. This is about the hiker that disappeared New Year's day in the north Georgia mountains. Specifically, she was last seen on the Appalachian Trail on Blood Mountain near Vogel State Park. Many of the readers of this blog are family and know very well that these are OUR mountains! Vogel has been a vacation retreat for Wishums for 4 decades. My brother, Keith, and I splashed in the freezing Wolf Creek as kids. We camped with cousins in the camping area and my parents began a new era by taking our kids with them to stay in a cabin when they were very young. Our extended family has rented a cabin there every year for most of the lives of my children. Mark proposed to Lindsay next to Wolf Creek not 25 yards from the spot of numerous TV news releases concerning the missing hiker. She was 24 year old Meredith Emerson and she had been hiking alone with only her dog as company. She was kidnapped, murdered, and her body dumped in another wooded area by Gary Michael Hilton, 61.
Why does this anger me so? First, the idea of a man in his 60's killing a woman to attempt to steal money via her credit card speaks volumes about how depraved he is. Second, I selfishly resent that he chose such a beautiful part of God's creation to choose his victim. Vogel is probably the most kid-friendly park anywhere. People there act like they have known each other for years just because you know the character of folks that choose a quiet, non-flashy environment for family vacations. Third, it appears that this nut has killed a couple in their 80's in North Carolina and possibly a woman in Florida. My suggestion is to release him at the base of blood mountain. But before releasing him, issue a press release to Ms. Emerson's family, all hikers who enjoy the Appalachian Trail and have worked to keep it clean and safe, and to all the volunteers who scoured the woods in hopes of finding her alive. Alert all these good people of the date and point of release and invite them to bring their hickory hiking sticks. I suggest this because, fourth, our "justice system" is seriously flawed. I do not know anything about this man's past, but I dare say that when the complete story develops we will find that he has been incarcerated before--probably many times.
One more thing. These feelings of anger are fanned in me by those who say "That attractive, young woman should have known better than to be out there by herself." WHAT?!! She has as much right to hike by herself as you do to drive down the interstate or go to the mall or to church. My guess is that he offered to give her a ride to wherever her car was parked. Who knows? The point is this; we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes good judgement. And having made that decision, a female has the RIGHT to hike by herself. PLEASE do not criticize this woman for getting exercise and taking time to reflect in the woods of a beautiful mountain at the beginning of a new year. Let's focus all our disappointment where it blongs--on a man who likely had 6 decades of opportunites to become a better person but chose to spend them looking for ways to take the short cut and benefit from someone else's effort.
I feel better now with that off my chest.
Ohio State 16
Nothing prepares teams for tough competition like tough competition.
Of course I am just kidding about Ohio State. No way they come to the SEC three years in a row for a trip to the woodshed. More likely to be USC.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Here is my simple analysis of the Sugar Bowl and its application to real life;
The University of Hawaii should be very proud of what has been accomplished by the football program there. They have a good team in spite of a recruiting budget that is 10 % of most major schools. They play on an island that is almost like another country. They went undefeated during the regular season, which is a great accomplishment in any conference. Here is a quote from their heisman-candidate quarterback about the lack of respect they have received;
"But not this game, not this time. Everybody's going to be watching. We're going to come out, show up and showcase what kind of team we really have."
Well, yes. That is what happened. The highest scoring, most potent offense in college football scored only 10 points. The score could have been worse. Why? As a Georgia fan, I would love to proclaim their supremecy. But the fact is that half the teams in the SEC could have beaten Hawaii. Again, why? The answer is the regular diet of competition at a high level. It makes you better. Even when loosing. Georgia lost two games this year. At the end of the season, though, they are a MUCH better team than Hawaii because of the adversity of facing such a daunting challenge week after week. If Hawaii played in the SEC every week, the injuries would mount and they would loose some games during the season. But at the end of the season, the linemen would have been able to play much better than they are capable of now.
So what? So, you and I will not play college football in 2008. But we can invite challenges that make us stronger--even if it means an occasional loss. Daring to attempt the difficult and falling short is much more character building than attempting mediocrity and boasting that we are "undefeated". Something to think about as you put the finishing touches on your New Years Resolution.