George Smith: ‘The Barn’ has a visitor: ‘Joyce’
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ... and other things:
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JUST OFF the patio is “my barn,” or Man Cave if you prefer. It is where I seek sanctuary from the misdeeds that seem to dog me like a sore heel. Mostly it works . . . until you goof up with Angie Shockley, program director for the Anniston Park and Recreation Department.

In a recent column, I told you “Joyce” Shockley was responsible for the Christmas lighting on Quintard. Trouble with that is Joyce, who left us a few months back, was Angie’s mom.

I can’t remember when I didn’t know Joyce, like from our teen years. Which means I’ve known Angie since her baby years.

Well, anyway, this Saturday —right in the middle of all that football — I glance out the barn window and here comes Angie. She enters without knocking.

Pulling up a photo of two lovely ladies on her phone, she points with:

“George Smith, this is Joyce, this is Angie. Got it?”

Truth is, I had already “got it.” The boo-boo was the first thing that hit me when I looked at my column in last Wednesday’s paper.

Anyway, after I “got it” a couple more times and Angie had said something about “brain-dead,” she settled into a chair and we spent a delightful hour swapping insults and a few compliments. Mine were mostly compliments ’cause Angie is really something special. I’ve told you that before, but not today.

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GOT SOME time to kill?

Playing solitaire (Vegas style) on the computer is one way to get numbness in your sitting-down gear.

For example, since May 24, 2010, I have played 3,524 games on the PC. I have won exactly 148 games. Paying an imaginary $52 per game and getting back $5 for each card played, it’s a good thing this is at home and not in Vegas or the blonde would be selling pencils in front of the county courthouse.

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BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 25 – John Dunn; Nov. 26 – Kelly Gidley Smith and Weldon Leonard Sr.; Nov. 27 – Tanner Muns; Nov. 28 – Shelby Magouirk and Kelli McWhorter; Nov. 30 – Vance Brown; Dec. 1 – Julia Ann Kirby.

A special day in our lives, Nov. 29, is a birthday for James Tyler Smith who is now “all growed” up, married, and a chemical engineer.

He gets a whole paragraph because he is my middle grandson and this is my column ... until H. Brandt Ayers says differently.

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A BIRTHDAY bow is in order for Mr. Walter Pitts, who notched his 91st year back on Nov. 18.

I wasn’t there, but his daughter Barbara Shaidnagle says he is going strong and still teaching his Sunday school class at Ruhama Baptist Church here in Anniston.

“He has a very deep faith,” says Barbara, “and has been teaching Sunday School classes as long as I can remember.”

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QUOTABLE: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”Ronald Reagan
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TOP TEEN: The folks out at Walter Wellborn High School would like for you to meet one of their finest, Jessica Vingers, a senior who carries a 4.0 GPA and is in the top five of her class of 2013.

Jessica is vice president of the Student Council, has been on the Scholars Bowl team for six years, and in the FCCLA for three years.

Along the way Jessica has also been a volunteer in the Oxford Public Library’s summer reading program for five years. She plans to enter UAB this fall and work toward a degree in sports medicine.

“Jessica is an outstanding student,” says senior counselor Shannon Carter. “She is self-motivated and very intelligent. She will excel in any career she pursues.”

Proud parents are Scott and Donna Vingers.

Let’s hear some applause, if you please ...


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