WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


THERE IS a memory ...

In another time a young man, just a kid really, asks a drop-dead blonde to marry him.

She accepts.

Within a week or so the young bride is complaining of headaches ... and the honeymoon isn’t even over.

Young husband tells young wife she needs glasses. She says she doesn’t. But after a month or so, she agrees to see an eye doctor.

There is a young one just arrived in town. His name is George Gibbins and young husband knows he needs business.

An appointment is made. The young wife does her eye tests sitting on a packing crate.

Nearing the finish, the young doctor turns to the young husband with:

George, no wonder this woman married you. She’s blind as a bat!!

And after all these years, when I look at her beauty I am thankful that she was “blind as a bat” and didn’t get a good look at me ’til we were hitched

Hey, you don’t make up stuff like that.


A COUPLE of years back, I needed a new lawn mower. It came down to a John Deere (my alma mater) and a Husqvarna (which I can’t pronounce).

I settled on the Husqvarna for one reason. It was “local,” so to speak. The dealer was on Weaver Road and I figured if repair was needed I wouldn’t have to wait while it was shipped to Detroit or somewhere like that.

I was right.

A few weeks back, in the middle of a mowing, the self-propulsion quit working.

They fixed it without charge at Star Small Engine. The owner is Don Locke.

Sometimes you do win one.


THEN THERE’S the other side of that coin.

One of my favorite eateries is Logan’s Road House in Oxford. The food is really good, but a cup of coffee is $2.39.

That’s not the only place where coffee is not worth the price.

From now on, it’s water.


AMONG MY birthday greetings (July 31) I got online was this one:

“Happy Birthday, George:

“We hope that you have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best Wishes.”

Two key words there are “look” and “seeing.” The online greeting was from Drs. Murrell, Svensen & Ellis.” It is Dr. Gary Murrell that keeps me from supporting a German shepherd.

The greeting was neat and while the play on eye condition may have been unintentional, I liked it.

One reason I think the good doctors know something about what they’re doing is all the ladies in the office are flat-out “lookers.”

OK, so I’m wired a bit differently, huh? Hey, I’ve been told that before.


QUOTABLE: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

      — Winston Churchill


BIRTHDAYS: July 31 – Flossie Lanier; Aug. 6 – Jack Sexton, Molly Brasher, and Gloria Beard; Aug. 9 – June Vuyk.


I REALLY don’t know what you can do with this (nothing probably), but Forbes Magazine has listed the 10 most corrupt states in America.

Mississippi is No. 1, Alabama is sixth. Throw in Louisiana (2nd), Tennessee (3rd), Kentucky (9th), and Florida (10th) and the South has six of the top 10.

About the only thing I can say about that is “Thank God for Mississippi ... Louisiana and Tennessee.”


Thanks for visiting ...


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