General Commentary (May be military related) email: Kudzuacres1@juno.com

Wednesday, December 04, 2002
After several months of trying Terry Oglesby has finally managed to get through my thick head how to link to others and have it appear over to the left. Thanks Terry.

I see that a young possum has won a big contest in B'ham. Here. I sometimes forget how important those things are to children and how they follow us through our lives. My son, age 28, was home on Thanksgiving with his new bride and they were looking through some old photo albums and came across a picture of him accepting the Huntsville City Schools Situp Champion award as a 5th grader. During the contest, the teacher counting the situps didn't count two of his because she said he didn't touch the ground with enough of his back. Like I said, he is 28 and still gets upset when he thinks about it.

Congratulations to the Possum and his young. May she go far.

Terry Oglesby mentions that he has an artificial Christmas tree. Oh horror. I can't understand how his family can possibly do without the pine needles all over the house, the possibility of a glorious fire from a very dry, high resin evergreen tree sitting in the family room and the pleasure of dragging a dead tree to the curb and then trying to get the resin off your hands. It boggles the mind.

At my house, we have decided to hang a wreath on the front door, turn the heatpump down to 60 and go to Colorado. No tree, not even a Kudzu Wreath. (In the immortal words of Dave Barry, "What a great name for a rock band, Kudzu Wreath". The good thing about Colorado in mid-December is that it makes Alabama winters seem warm.

I like old time country music but have never really listened to much of a variety since it is not a format that appears on every local station. A few months ago I discovered WDVX on the web. Actually I was referred to it by some blogger who I really need to thank, but don't remember who it was. My mom and dad played in several oldtime bands but mostly did shaped note gospel songs. Anyway, I have been listening to WDVX for several months and have come to the conclusion that oldtime music must be the most violent of all media. In a set of ten songs, at least twelve people will die. Can it be that our parents and grandparents listened to this stuff all the time. It a wonder that any of them survived. Between the shooting and stabbings, there was the tossing of the lover in various rivers. How did the boats get up the river with all the bodies floating around?

Tuesday, December 03, 2002
In my last post, I wrote about my old friend Billy Joe Bob. He has now started a blog.