“As soon as my heart stops breaking…”
Posted on February 21st, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

Durden's Barber Shop
Durden’s Barber Shop by peachy92

Saturday, I ended up getting on I-20 and headed east. I stopped in Greensboro, GA for a few minutes. It’s a quaint little town.  After the visiting in Greensboro, I headed east again.  I’d find something to do.

And that I did.  I visited Nancy. We spent most of the time at her place talking about the past and the present. I ended up staying so late, I ended up spending the night at her place before returning home the next morning.

I am glad that I went.  Without going into too much detail, I told her about my tire light disaster and how I felt so helpless at one point about it.  I like to think I’m strong and able to care for myself. And yet, that night, I felt weak when I couldn’t resolve the light issue right then and there. At the end of the story, Nancy told a me few words that I believe I needed to hear. Once she said them, a certain cloud was lift.

While I was in Augusta for those few hours, I drove by the house my parents owned while we lived there.  The road it’s located on is being widened from 2 lanes to 4.  I’m not surprised by that.  It had always been a busy road. However, when I saw the house, I got angry and sad.  I don’t know who owns that house now, but they don’t care about.  That house is only 26 years old, but is falling apart on the outside.  My parents loved that house.  They still wish they owned it, even my father today.  Now, I’m not sure they’d want it.

I don’t know if time has aged the parts of Augusta we lived in or if those parts were always that way, but my youth blinded me from it.  I just know a lot of the things I saw depressed me.

Nancy and I went off for a bit, mainly to show her my car.  She hadn’t seen my new one, yet.  While out and about, it amazed me that it’s been almost 22 years since I last lived in that town, but I recognized the roads and where certain things were located.  We drove by vet’s office, my family’s Catholic church, the first apartment my family lived in when my dad was sent to Ft. Gordon.  I recognized them all.

Before I left Augusta, I drove out by the Catholic school my mother sent Nicki & me to.  I walked the route we took for first Friday mass.  The photo above is of a barber shop across the street from the church. It is something I don’t recall ever seeing.

I want to return to Augusta to tour the city.  I just have to make sure it isn’t Masters Week.  I did see a house advertise it was available for Masters Week.  I laughed when I saw it.  It is such an Augustaism.

Listening to: “I’ll Be Over You” –  Toto


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But I still want to know…
Posted on February 12th, 2011 @ 12:47 am

…why Dan Aykroyd?

I remember we sang this in mass the year is was big.  All us 1st graders thought it was so cool to do it.


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To My Mother and Mrs. Colborn – Thank You
Posted on February 11th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

First day of 3rd grade.
First day of 3rd grade. by peachy92

As a child, I had two major musical influences in my life. The biggest one was my mother. Never was there a week as a youngster that I didn’t hear her playing the piano for either practice was a wedding she was asked to play, practicing for Sunday’s service, or just playing because she simply loved to play.

Mrs. Sarah Colborn was my other influence as a young child.  She was one of my teachers at St. Mary on the Hill. I had her for at least one class in 1st and 2nd grade and she was my 3rd grade homeroom teacher.  One of the subjects she taught me in all 3 years I had her was music.  I forget what the instrument she played in music class is called, but if I saw one, I would instantly recognize it.  She taught us little kids about the orchestra and had us play percussion instruments like the finger cymbals and other small instruments that were kid friendly.

I was just thinking about her as I’ve been on a Toto binge this week.  I appreciate and listen closely to the non-drum percussion on the song “Africa.”  Granted, I grew up with the song, but because my early education in music occurred as this song was a recent recurrent and not a classic song, it makes sense to me that the song reminds me of this childhood education.

Sadly, I’m like my dad.  I have no rhythm.   I can’t sing.  But I can appreciate good music or difficult piece.  I did try to learn the xylophone type instruments in 10th grade, but my teacher wanted to start me off on drums, like the snare drums.  That was a disaster.  I was never going to be a Sheila E. or a Jeff Porcaro. I couldn’t get a basic snare drum roll down pat.  I couldn’t even hold a drumstick properly!  Yes, it was bad.

However, I don’t think I would have tried such a venture with drums had Mrs. Colborn not taught me music as a child.

Listening to: “Rosanna” – Toto


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My Current Obession
Posted on February 8th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

“I never thought it would happen / I feel quite the same / I don’t want to hurt you anymore”

I ended up ordering a CD copy of Toto IV tonight.

Listening to: “Georgy Porgy” by Toto


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Today is Rick Astley’s Birthday
Posted on February 6th, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

In his honor, here’s a version of his big hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” as performed by Muppets. The editor did a get job on this.


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Some widgets should be more selective.
Posted on February 3rd, 2011 @ 9:19 pm


So, I just checked my referrer log and see I’m getting hits from CNN about my little opinion piece on Savannah’s City Manager Search.  So, I took a browse and found a little widget on the side of the screen.

I pulled up the Local Weather & News tab and plugged in my dad’s zip code.  And low and behold, I see my blog entry as a local news for Savannah, GA.

😆

The first thing is that my blog is not a source of news.  It’s a place for my opinions.  I may reference news articles, but I am not providing the news. Anyone relying on my site as a news source, other than news about me and my thoughts, needs a better filter.

That includes CNN’s widget. I think the programmer of this widget could have been more selective in what to use as a news feed.

And what processing this widget uses, seems WSAV uses the same type processing.  I got a hit from WSAV as well.


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What The Hell Is Going On In Savannah?
Posted on February 3rd, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

City Hall
City Hall by peachy92

If you have been reading me for a while (and I know I barely have any readers anymore), you know I would love to go home to Savannah. But, I also have my worries and concerns about Savannah that make me weary of returning to the city limits if I had the chance to go home.

Well, a new subject has appeared. The search for the City Manager. If what I read is true, then the mayor and the entire city council need a swift kick in their asses. The details of this search just shows how incompetent Savannah’s government is, in my eyes:

  • City manager’s eligibility in doubt – So, the city’s insurance underwriter will not issue the bond as required by the city’s charter. And what is the city’s reaction? One alderman wants to wants to probe the leak. I want to know why she was denied. I think the people of Savannah need and should know why. After all, she’s only managing the taxpayers’ money collected to manage the town. By the way, Rochelle Small-Toney is one of the two final candidates for the job.
  • Savannah city manager candidate being sued by city employee – The other finalist, Alfred Lott, is being sued by a former employee from the candidate’s job as Albany, GA’s city manager. By the way, the suing employee now works for the city of Savannah. The city council is claiming that none of them knew of the lawsuit. Lawsuits are public records. How did this guy get to be candidate and no one did their homework on this guy?

Now, I don’t know the candidates personally. They could be the nicest people on earth. They could also be the worst. But when it comes to managing the city, this is the best that the city council could come up with?

This is an absoulte mess! This is pathetic.

And then there’s the fact that the mayor is using a racist slur to disguise the trouble behind this search. What did the mayor say when council members made objections about the finalists list?

Until today we would let the process work, now that the white candidate has been eliminated all of a sudden it is an issue.

One of the 4 semi-finalist was white. I have not read up on his credentials to know if he was the best candidate. At this point, it doesn’t matter to me. He was weeded out. One of the two, Small-Toney or Lott, will be the manager. But this the best they could choose? Clearly, many people thought the white guy was the best candidate and want to know why he was weeded out. I think the people of Savannah have the right to know. But instead of telling the truth, the mayor is dismissing the legitimate questions as “None of that has been harmed, and yet we have this great furor over what the City Council is responsible for and that is selecting a city manager.” He basically dismissed the concerns of the citizens!

That is not respectful to the citizens. The citizens of Savannah, including me, voted for Otis Johnson to be mayor. And then when it comes to some accountability in how the city operates, he refuses to answer it?

And it saddens me to see this going on in Savannah, but I am not surprised. In the time I lived there, I was felt that city was cutting off its nose to spite itself. It always has grandiose plans and ideas, but can never carry them out. It also has a restriction for this and for that. Got to jump through hoops to get this and that and then still give you more hoops to jump. Everything is focused on downtown, tourist life, but the other sections of town can suffer.

I wish Savannah would grow and prosper, and be a peaceful city. Have the best possible people in office, not the self serving. Do what is best for the people, not what’s best for the city council members. Such a simple, yet lofty goal, that will never happen. And don’t even get me going about the lack of professional tech jobs in that town! There is a reason I am in Atlanta now, and not in Savannah.

One final thing. In this article about a former alderman now planning on running for mayor this year, here’s a perk of the Mayor of Savannah were listed as items this now-candidate wants rid the city of: $12,000 mayoral automobile allowance. What kind of allowance is that? Is that for a vehicle maintenance or just money towards a car in general? Most people these days do not have a company car. Why should the mayor? Can’t he pay for repairs out of his pay like I have to do when car goes down?


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