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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Going to the Game

When it comes to phrases that I like "Going to the game" is one of my favorites.  All last week those words kept rolling around in my mind like a soothing hand on a fevered forehead.  (I plagiarized that analogy from somewhere but forgot just who or where that was. So my apologies and acknowledgement to the originator whomever you are.)

Back to the Game or more accurately back to Going to the Game.  Couple weeks ago, my sons Brady and Shea circled Sunday's Ravens/Broncos matchup as one that we should attend.  ("We" included Grandsons Shawn and Blaise.  Due to the rainy conditions however, a decision was made to take Blaise to a future game.)  Brady did the Stub Hub thing and got us some upper-deck-not-so-expensive seats (@ "only" $90 each.

My part of the prep involved finding coverage for Buzzy's Country Store to allow me to take the day off and then to clean out my vehicle so I could execute my role as the Designated Driver.  Securing Store coverage was the easier of the two chores and my thanks to Jenny and Kayla for  taking care of things for me.  However, my vehicle needed some TLC.  I had to clean it up and out as well as repair a wiper blade in anticipation of the rainy forecast.  However, I didn't mind doing any of this because I was "going to the game."

Proving my long held contention that the best part of any trip is the anticipation of the trip, all last week I would inwardly smile whenever I thought about going to the game.  For instance, while at lunch on Thursday with some friends, I spied a couple guys decked out in their Ravens' gear.  Just the sight of them was enough to remind me of "GTTG."  I made a point on my way out the restaurant  to tell them "I'm going to the game on Sunday."  And although they weren't overly impressed about my revelation, nevertheless, it made me feel a little better just thinking and commenting about it to them.
Four Ridgells Getting Wet in the Upper Deck 
Well, we made it to the game but it rained pretty much all day.  I drove up in the rain, sat in the rain and then drove home in the rain.  And when, in the first 4 minutes of the game, the Broncos scored two touchdowns,  it looked like my GTTG enthusiasm was about to be negated.

However, as someone once noted "it's not how you start, it's how you finish."  The day was all worthwhile as the Ravens came back to shut out the Broncos the rest of the way and eventually win 27-14

On the way out of the game we were bopping along with the happy crowd when we saw an elderly man wearing his Ravens hat.  He was heading our way with cane in one hand and his wife propping him up on his other side.  He had an oxygen tube around his face under his nose and was a little wobbly as he and his wife negotiated going against the flow of folks heading in the other direction.  Shea veered over to the old guy and said "Go Ravens."  The old guy smiled and replied back "Go Ravens."  Shea then veered back to us and I said to him "That was a nice thing to do."  Shea responded "Well, I just did that because this may be the last game that old guy goes to."  I laughed as Shea and I both simultaneously added "Hell, it may be the last game that I go to."

Later I thought about the day's events and Shea's encounter with the old guy.  It occurred to me that just maybe "going to the game" was the one thing that is keeping the old guy going overall.  I can relate to that.

The Stones' She's a Rainbow was released over 50 years ago in 1967 but is back on the charts thanks to its current usage in a Honda commercial (click here.)  However, because Rainbow is among my least favorite of Stones' songs, I'll pass on that and include this one where Mick sings about going somewhere.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Misdirection Humor

The other day I mentioned jokes involving the Rule of Three.  Today, let's look at my favorite type of jokes - those that involve Misdirection.  (N.B. There is a fancy Greek word for this - Paraprosdokian - but I'm too lazy to learn how to spell it and keep typing it out in the following so I'll stick with saying Misdirection.) 

Misdirection jokes involve a setup that has you leaning or going in one direction, but then the punch line diverts you somewhere else. The most famous example of this is probably  Henny Youngman's "Take my wife....please!"    A more morbid example of the Misdirection dynamic is: "My Grandfather died at Auschwitz. He got drunk and fell out of the guard tower."

Most Misdirection jokes are one liners that ADD folks like me tend to favor.  Rodney Dangerfield made a whole career out of his "I don't get no respect" act by telling one liner Misdirection jokes such as "I'm not saying my wife is fat but when she sits around the house, she sits AROUND the house."  Another Rodney one goes "The doctor said I had cancer and after I told him I'd like a second opinion, he said "You're ugly too."

In Buzzy's Country Store many Misdirection jokes are frequently said either intentionally or unintentionally.  Brian Barnhill is good for coming up with variations such as "All car accidents happen within 5 miles of home; that's why I moved."  Or when someone in Buzzy's says "Surely...." he'll quote the Leslie Nielsen line from Airplane "Don't call me Shirley!"


Comedians Steven Wright ("It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.") and Mitch Hedberg ("My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.") were also experts at Misdirection humor.  Click here for a video showcasing some of their work:

I have my own personal Buzzy Misdirection line that I use whenever someone makes a comment about the Store not turning a profit. My reply goes "If I was here for the money, I wouldn't be here." 

N
ot sure if the following video is an example of Misdirected or just Very Bad humor but check it out and I'm betting that either way, you'll be laughing before it's over:

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ave Maria

On Sundays I usually try to do something semi-spiritual here on the Buzzyblog, but today I am just not feeling that too much.  Rainy days and Sundays always get me down I guess.  That or maybe the Big Guy up there is trying to tell me something I can't discern.

Instead, how's bout we consult another Big Guy as in the Boss and play a semi "spiritual" song from him?  This one is from his 2009 Devils and Dust CD.  It is not only my favorite song from that CD but also on my All Time Favorites' Bruce list.

I wasn't able to find much out about how or why Bruce came up with this particular tune.  However, I did find this short review that mentions the "redemption" aspect of it that sort of resonated with me too (click here.)  Listen and see what you think.



And speaking of ladies named Maria, just when I started to get tired of watching NCIS, they brought in Maria Bello.  Something about her that I like, kinda what Bruce was talking about in his song above.
Programming note: NCIS will start its 16th season this coming Tuesday might.  Don't you think it's about time someone on that show got laid?  Leads me to wonder if NCIS doesn't really stand for Nothing Close to Intercourse or Sex.  

Saturday, September 22, 2018

This Saturday - Bernie and Bernie

Lots going on this weekend so get out of the house and do some riding and driving around to attend one of the following:

Of course the biggie is the County Fair up Leonardtown way and I mention that only so you know not to drive around there and avoid the area completely.  As you can tell, I'm not a big County Fair fan after serving time there for many, many years with my kids on rainy Fridays.  (Yes, it really did ALWAYS rain on that school holiday/Friday Fair day.)

On the other end of the spectrum however, there is the very worthwhile River Fest being held at St. Mary's City.  The event is sponsored by the St. Mary's River Watershed Association who have a very nice website worth checking out (click here.)
http://smrwa.org/index.html
If nothing else, go by and check out the St. Mary's City Museum which is usually a $10 admission charge but Saturday is free.  I've had several folks in Buzzy's Country Store talk about what a great  museum it is so go check it out for free today and then plan a future, return visit  to spend some more time there.

And speaking of St. Mary's City, Sunday Trinity Church is holding a drive thru chicken dinner 11 - 3.

But THE event of the weekend will be going down at Buzzy's Country Store Saturday around 3 p.m.  when a bus load of folks will visit to celebrate Bernie Trossbach's birthday.   I nicked the following photo from her FB page:
 TJ, Bernie Holding Brian, Tommy Holding Kevin and Wayne Boothe
A highlight at the RiverFest features another Bernie as in Bernie Fowler wading into the river to see how far he can get before he can't see his feet (1:00 mark in following 2010 video:)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Clean Up Needed on Aisle 3

Lots of jokes are told in Buzzy's Country Store.   Many of them involve the Rule of Three.  You know the drill, there are 2 setup situations before the third i.e. the punchline is delivered.  (Here's a good variation on this Rule of Three for you: a priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar and the bartender says "What is this - some kind of a joke?")

As an example, here is an oldie but goodie Rule of Three joke that I've heard told several times in Buzzy's.  Yet, no matter how many times I have heard this joke, I still laugh when it is told, I guess because of the grocery store "connection" at its conclusion.

Three couples, one older, one middle aged and one younger, want to get married in a church.  The minister advises them that before they can do so they must abstain from having sex for a month.  

One month later the couples return to see the minister who asks how they made out.  The older and the middle aged couples say "No problem."  The younger couple notes that they made it to the fourth week but failed.  "Tell me why" says the minister to which the young man replies "Well, my girlfriend had a can of corn in her hand when she accidently dropped it.  She bent over to pick it up and that's when it happened."   The minister says "Well, you're certainly not welcomed in my church."  To which the young man says "Yeah, and we're not welcomed back in the Winn Dixie either."

Not real sure what exactly is going on, or put more accurately, what is NOT going on in this video, but he does mention meeting someone to adore at a grocery store:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Not So Great Reading Habits

A couple of days day after my buddy John Carbone asked me how I was doing on our read-a-book-a-month-goal, I saw this blurb on something called the Great American Read:
Looking over the list of books (click here for a quiz on how many you've read) the T-V series will be discussing, it just impressed upon me all the more that my reading habits are not what they should be.  I spend far too much time watching T-V and prowling around social media than I do reading good stuff like the novels mentioned in the above link.  The opening line in one of the T-V Episodes shown in the Great Read Series sums it up nicely:  "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; a man who does not read lives only one."

While that take sounds fairly valid, I'm not so sure about the title and message in the following:


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sharon

Sharon McCammon called me the other day at Buzzy's Country Store.  We caught up as she filled me in on what she's been up to since she moved back to her hometown in Oklahoma approximately 18 years ago.

Sharon noted that she misses the many good friends she made while she was here.  I told her that when I look through the Buzzy party photos, she appears in alot of them.  Here are a couple samples:.  
Sharon, Carol, Carol and Kim

Ceilly, Duncan, Sue and Sharon
Sharon was back here a couple years ago visiting the area and her former husband Ned.  She told me that she is planning a return visit.  I told her we would have a party when she does so and this time I will take the photos.

For some reason this song came to mind:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rescued

Hurricane Florence rescue efforts of folks stranded in the storm continue.  Comments overheard in Buzzy's Country Store tend to run along the lines "They ought to just leave those dummies there."  "Don't feel sorry for them, they were told to evacuate."  "What the hell is wrong with those people?  They knew they were gonna get slammed and now they got to be rescued.  To hell with 'em."

As with most comments made in Buzzy's that I disagree with, I usually just let these slide and not say anything in return.  On the issue though, I tend to agree with my friend Massey who noted this on her FB page:
Some great Washington Post photo's made me think of this:


(Short commercial break - the following photo doesn't really jive with my rescue theme here, but I thought it was worth showing for the way that the Duffy's folks advertise their establishment:)
This from their website:

Back to Flo and rescue ops, this comment appeared somewhere online last Friday:
Think About It

Show of hands - how many of you thought that this was an Aretha song?  Fontella recorded this million seller in 1965 a couple years before Aretha hit the big time:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Real Fake News

Mark Twain once noted that "It is far easier to fool people than it is to convince them that have been fooled."

Fake Photo?
I recall my Mom telling a story about going to some party where a lady noted that she was surprised to learn that J. Edgar Hoover did not exist.  Mom said that she too had read the Art Buchwald column earlier that day in the Washington Post that said Hoover did not exist.  Mom tried to explain to the lady that Buchwald was not serious and what she had read was satire.  Mom said that no matter how much she tried to convince the lady that it just wasn't true, the lady doubled down and kept  insisting that it had to be so because she had read it in the paper.

I found this account about the Buchwald/J. Edgar column.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/art-buchwald-couldnt-make-this-man-laugh/

Buchwald was also responsible for another satirical column that today sounds eerily prophetic:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/art-buchwald-couldnt-make-this-man-laugh/

This Who song came to mind.  Hopefully, those CSI shows haven't made you sick of hearing it.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mad Ad?


While looking for info on Zomato (previous post) I came upon this story about there being some controversy over one of their recent ad campaigns (click here.)  The ad used MC for "Mac n Cheese" and BC for "Buttered Chicken."  Innocent enough right?  

Wrong.  It turns out that the terms MC and BC in the Hindi language are slang words for having sex with your Mom (MC) or sister (BC.)

Following the controversy over using those two terms then, Zomato pulled the ad campaign but made a joke about it with the replacement:
Overall however it was part of a clever ad campaign that Zomato designed to generate controversy and publicity (click here.)  While older folks were offended by the ad, Zomato was marketing to a much younger and hipper segment of the market who aren't as uptight as their older more-easily-offended folks were.

All of which sounded to me a little like something I've observed recently in Buzzy's Country Store wrt the latest Nike commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick.  Several folks (older) have complained and commented on the controversial commercial saying things like "Have you thrown away all your Nike stuff?" or  "I'll never buy Nike again." I refrain from replying to them that Nike doesn't really care what old farts like us think; they are aiming at an entirely different demo who gets it.   Nike stock and sales are up since the campaign began (click here.)

And speaking of commercials, none can ever top Cindy's original 1992 Pepsi commercial.  But then again the 2002 update was pretty good too:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Zomato - Highway to Somewhere

Several years ago in San Francisco where Brady and I were doing one of our annual ball park trips, I told Brady that I was in the mood for a pizza.  He immediately whipped out his cell phone, did some on line searching and noted that there was a good pizza place approximately one block from our hotel.  I was impressed at how quickly he had made this discovery and asked him how he did it.  Brady replied "Urban Spoon."

At the time I didn't have a Smart Phone so the whole App thing was new to me.  However, once I did get my upgraded phone years later, Urban Spoon, now Zomato  was one of the first apps that I downloaded

As with my San Francisco example above, Zomato comes in handy when you are travelling somewhere and want to locate a nearby restaurant.  Along with descriptions of the various eateries in the area you are visiting are customer reviews of the restaurant.  These reviews will typically run the gamut from lousy reviews to those with high praise.  Reading them collectively gives you an overall idea of what to expect.  Too, some of the review comments are kinda funny.  For example, someone commented on one of our South County restaurants by saying that while the food was very good, the service "was glacial."  Guess where that was.

The following video reminded me of all those B Movies where the made-up-to-be-a-nerd female turns out to be anything but.  You know what I'm talking about:  she's got her hair up, wearing big glasses, and dressed like a dork when you first see her.  However, as the plot spins out, well just watch this and you'll see what I'm talking about here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Grin and Bear It

(Note:  While behind the counter in Buzzy's Country Store I hear numerous hunting tales.  With the exception of Herbie McKay's goose hunting escapade on the Eastern Shore where he was accidently shot by a fellow hunter, the hunting stories told in Buzzy's discuss life and death situations for the hunted and not the hunter.  The following  post talks to situations involving dangers for the hunter.)

When in Alaska, scheduled for a 3-4 hour bus ride from Denali Park to Fairbanks I learned that I was out of reading materials.   This happens to me near the end of just about any trip I take, and here I was once again searching for reading material.  

Thus, while waiting for the bus, I visited the Denali gift shop and was scanning their periodicals and paperbacks when this one caught my eye:
By Bob Bell
The book cost $14.95, which was $5 more than I believe in paying for a paperback.  However, an announcement came over the loudspeaker that our bus was here and that we should start boarding.  I had to make a decision - settle for some John Grisham novel at $7.99 or go for the one that seemed more interesting to me but was almost twice the price.  

Usually the Buzzy in me will hold sway on decisions like this and I'll settle on the cheaper option.  However, this time I went all out and plunked down $15 for the Gonna Die book.  Glad I did as it turns out I've really enjoyed reading it and was worth the 5 extra dollars above my limit. 

To give you an idea of the sort of material covered in the book I've included this excerpt for you:
To purchase Oh No! We're Gonna Die (click here.)

Found this video and its not bad for a song about a bear:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Car

Kim Wiley gave me a copy of the above invoice showing a new car that her Mom purchased in 1950 for $1,840.62.  Couple things about the invoice caught my eye.

First off, the dealer Kenyon-Peck "Arlington's Own" made me wonder if they are still around.  They are not.  I found this 2005 write up on the backgrounds and history of Bob Peck and his partner Lawrence Kenyon (click here.)
They split as partners before Mr. Peck closed the business in 2005.  As for the building, looks like it is now a Walgrens.
Too, I found this commercial for Peck Chevrolet.


A second item I noticed on the invoice involved Optional Equipment that was included in the price.  Note that at approximately $69 each, the optional Air Conditioning cost the same as did the Manual Radio.  (They must have liked the $69 price tag because that is also what the Transportation Charges on the invoice were listed as.)

As to why the Optional Oil Filter @ $18.37 was so expensive back then was another matter though.

Seems that oil filter systems were in their early stages of development back in the 50's.  Like any new technology, initial costs were high.  Because these filters were included in a canister and were advertised as money/time saving devices they were priced accordingly.  (For all you ever wanted to know about the development of oil filters (click here.)

And if you do not recognize what the option Fendix is or was, one of my Buzzy car buffs informed me that it was the forerunner of what we call undercoating today.  (I was unsuccessful in Googling Fendix to find anything on it, so I will take my friend's word for it.)  However, I was more successful in my internet travels finding these photos of what a 1950 Styleline Chevy looked like:
Guess You Could Say That Eloise Was Styling
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Great Storm of 1933 Pt. 2

The other day in Buzzy's Country Store amidst all the talk of hurricanes and their impacts on the lower end of the County, David Norris remarked "I remember my grandfather talking about some hurricane where this whole lower end was flooded out from the Scotland Post Office on down."  Sounding like the old fart that I am, I noted to David that his Granddad Ekas (Tennyson) was referring to the Storm of 1933. (They did not start naming hurricanes until 1953.)  

I then went looking for my copy of Mr. Clarence Bradburn's book that has a chapter in it titled The Great Storm of 1933.  I have previously discussed this and even included a copy of Mr. Bradburn's chapter on The Great Storm here on the Buzzyblog  (click here.)

Today with all of the focus on Hurricane Florence, I did a little more digging on The Great Storm of 33 and learned that it is officially referred to as the 1933 Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane.    In this Wiki article, the impacts of the 33 Storm on Maryland are discussed as follows:

The statement "The storm damaged or destroyed several hotels in the region."  One of these hotels was the original Scotland Beach Hotel built by Thomas Ridgell.
Other hurricanes such as Hazel, Agnes, Donna and more recently Ernesto have similarly wrecked a lot of havoc in our neck of the woods.  However, it seems that The Great Storm of 1933 still remains our 100 year storm of note.   Guess we have another 15 years or so before a repeat is due.  Still, we need to prepare for Florence.

You know The Doors' version of the following tune, but have you ever checked out Snoop's version?  What do want to bet that the line "Like a dog without a bone" was just too much for Snoop to resist covering it?  Then again "a killer on the road, his brain squirming like a toad" has some gangsta rap resonance too so overall it was slam dunk for the Snoopster to cover it.  For those of you not into rap, stick with this one and it may surprise you how nice a job Snoop Dogg does with it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Flight 93

Of all the 9/11 stories and remembrances, it still seems to me that Flight 93 and its 40 passengers don't get the attention that they should.  These were the folks who stormed the plane's cabin, caused the terrorists to crash the plane out in Western Pennsylvania and thereby stopped the plane from crashing into the Capitol as the terrorists had originally planned. 

A full length movie was made about the incident and can be viewed here.  However, I also found a documentary that was made from actual phone conversations and tape recordings on the plane before and during the crash (click here.)   Watching either or both of these videos is pretty intense as it brings up all of the churn and b.s. that 9/11 generated.  In many ways, 17 years later, we still haven't put all that behind us have we?

A memorial site commemorating just where Flight 93 crashed was dedicated this past Sunday in Shanksville, Pa.. 

On the positive side of 9/11, today is David "Clutch" Raley's birthday and he plans to be at Buzzy's Country Store to celebrate it.  Drop by later on and wish him a good one.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Just Ask the Weathermen

Nothing like an approaching hurricane to get the juices (or something) flowing.  Folks love to talk about the weather in general but let something like a hurricane spool up and it's really on then. Suddenly everybody is Phil the Weatherman.


Too, with all of the long range forecasts now available, the hurricane hoopla begins several days in advance as folks ponder just when and where the storm is going to make landfall.  Lots of talk involves what the various weather/spaghetti models are predicting.  

Here is a clip I made last Tuesday when Florence first started making her move.  The European Model is in red and the American one is in blue.  
Both models showed Florence hanging a right and shanking off into the Atlantic.  Looks like they both got that incorrect back then because instead of curving out to sea, Florence is now set to hit the Carolinas somewhere.  

However, among my Buzzy-would-be-Jim Cantores there is a general consensus that the European weather model is overall better than the American Model when it comes to forecasting.  

As to whether or not the European one actually is better than the U.S. one, a quick Google review does seem to verify that the Europeans are kicking our butts when it comes to weather forecasting (click here for one article confirming this and suggesting reasons why this is the case.  Hint - as with most things it's all about $.)  

Should the hurricane forecasts start to threaten our immediate area, the conversations in Buzzy's then turn to preparing for it.  One of the better prep-stories I overheard in Buzzy's involved an individual stating that he puts his chainsaw in his truck so if a tree just happens to fall over in front of him as he is driving somewhere, all he has to do is jump out and saw up the tree to clear the road of it so he can continue on his way.  How's that for contingency planning country boy style?  Here is a list of preparations for a hurricane and note that putting a chainsaw in your vehicle is not one of them (click here.)

Since Delbert started playing in the above clip, here he is with the whole enchilada below.  (Enchilada reminds me of the Mexican weather forecast "Chilli today and hot tamale.")

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Committments Everywhere

Tim Ridgell's Pig Roast/Political Fund Raiser yesterday reminded me of the old joke about the chicken and the pig:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chicken_and_the_Pig
And since it is NFL Kickoff Sunday how about hearing from the Master Coach himself Vince Lombardi who once said "Most people fail not because of their lack of effort, but because of their lack of commitment."  Using Vince's words as a guide then, in the above chicken and pig story, it's not clear just how successful the pig would have become had he fully committed to the proposed restaurant project.

In the legal world, where the Trumpster has definitely kept his campaign promise of creating new job opportunities at least for lawyers, commitment can mean being put away as into a mental hospital or prison.  (Hey Trumpanzees, I won't continue with the Trump jokes but even you can't keep on defending this idiot any longer can you?)

And speaking of mental hospitals there is this joke:

A doctor at an insane asylum decided to take his patients to a baseball game. For weeks in advance, he coached his patients to respond to his commands. When the day of the game arrived. Everything went quite well. As the National Anthem started, the doctor yelled, "Up Nuts", and the patients complied by standing up. After the anthem, he yelled, "Down Nuts", and they all sat back down in their seats. After a home run was hit, the doctor yelled, "Cheer Nuts." They all broke out into applause and cheered. When the umpire made a particularly bad call against the star of the home team, the Doctor yelled, "Booooo Nuts" and they all started booing and cat calling. Comfortable with their response, the doctor decided to go get a beer and a hot dog, leaving his assistant in charge. When he returned, there was a riot in progress. Finding his assistant, the doctor asked, "What in the world happened?" The assistant replied, "Well everything was going just fine until this guy walked by and yelled, 'peanuts'". To see whatever became of The Commitments following their movie and albums (click here.)
To conclude on a full circle note here, the Ridge KoC is having it's monthly chicken dinner today 1130-500 pm.  If you are not otherwise "committed," swing by, grab a dinner and then ride down to your favorite Country Store to consume it and watch some football.  My commitment to you is that the game will be on and the beer will be cold.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Season Has Begun

I'm not talking NFL either; I'm talking the Political Season as in the less-than-60 days lead up to the November 6 elections.  

As usual, the candidates running for various offices will be everywhere glad handing and slapping you on some part of your body to try and ingratiate themselves so you, in turn, will vote for them.  Like those swallows returning to San Juan (thinking of you Tom) the incumbents return to Buzzy's Country Store every 4 years like clockwork for visits, bon homie and in some cases to get their fair share of abuse.  After the election, very few of them will make any return visits to Buzzy's until the next election cycle.

As per Buzzy's way of dealing with these politicos, I allow any and all candidates to come into the Store and pester my Buzzy friends and visitors for their vote.  The candidates that I don't particularly care for I treat like I treat my ex-wife, I'm civil to them but don't interact with them anymore than I have to.

Of course my favorite candidates are the ones who will put some money on the counter and instruct me to buy a round for everyone in the Store.  These are the candidates I respect because they know how to politic.

One deviation this election year from the Buzzy approach to dealing with politicians is that I am not allowing any of them to place signs out in front of the Store.  I even had to say no to Cousin Tim Ridgell.  

But that leads me to this little plug for those of you out and about today to drop into Tim's Pig Barbecue being held at the Brass Rail from 1 to 5 pm.
Check out this dumb but fun video of bad political song parodies:

Friday, September 7, 2018

5-7-5 (See If You Can Get it?)

Have not checked in with Beer Haiku Daily in awhile.  Not sure if they are still up and running on a daily basis as their latest entries appear a little dated.  

Still, what can I say,
it was a great site to know
even for awhile.




Thursday, September 6, 2018

Buzzy Homecoming

As I have noted several times before, one of the more pleasant surprises of taking over Buzzy's Country Store has been reconnecting with all of my old (guess I need to be careful using that word from now on) running mates.  Since I am at the Store everyday, they drop in and we can stay in touch.  That wouldn't otherwise have happened were I spending my retirement hours sitting home doing crossword puzzles and watching T-V.
TK Catching Up With Robbie and Jimmy
But another pleasant byproduct of running the Store is seeing Buzzy's act as a de-facto homecoming place where folks from out of town (or those not in the immediate area such as TK above) can drop into the Store and catch up on things.  This past week for example I had several cases where visitors came into Buzzy's and it was a homecoming of sorts for them.  

Several friends from Florida dropped in to catch up and enjoy some camaraderie Buzzy-style.  Another visitor from Michigan was here doing a Back-To-My-Roots visit.  A couple from Arizona were back here to take care of some messy (aren't they all?) family-related matters and they too dropped in Buzzy's to reminisce and to catch up.

These homecoming visits are fun to watch because while the visitors are in Buzzy's they run into old friends and acquaintances and the catching up commences.  "I remember when....." is said a lot as is "You had that (fill in the blank vehicle.)"  Relatives and friends are discussed and updates on their whereabouts or doings are relayed.  Laughter and jokes are exchanged along with some expressions of disbelief when some tidbit is trotted out such as "Remember Brother Billy?  You would never believe it but he became a Mormon and moved to Utah."

Me & Steve
Inevitably, somewhere along the line there will be a downturn in the conversation when some relative is asked about and the info relayed is that that person has passed away.  A couple of been-away-visitors have asked me how my younger brother Steve is doing and it always pains me to have to tell them that he is no longer on this side of the dirt.   Sometimes it chokes me up and I have to excuse myself to get a drink or just regroup as I don't want their good feelings brought down by seeing me cry some.

But overall though, these catching up sessions are upbeat and fun exchanges as visitors are quickly made to feel right at home at Buzzy's.  Someone told me the other day "Thanks for keeping Buzzy's open so folks like me can come in here and be made to feel like some things in the County have not changed."  Now that's a nice compliment.

I have played Bon Jovi's Who Says You Can't Go Home a couple times previously here on the Buzzyblog and that's a great song for what I'm trying to say above.  However, here is one from Alabama that also discusses what home is really all about and why you should make a point of visiting there as often as you can.
   

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Thank You Delilah

WARNING:  The following confession will probably destroy any and all Ridge boy rock and roll cred that I ever had or thought that I had.  However, I am at that point in life where that sort of thing doesn't phase me anymore.  You are what you are.  

Years ago, back in my bachelor days I had a semi-routine in the evenings where I would come home from work, have dinner, watch the local news and then around 7 p.m. or so tune the radio into the Delilah show and listen to her while I shot some pool.  I found Delilah to be the perfect background noise for shooting pool, decompressing and winding down my day.

Remember now, this was during my post-divorce, all-by-myself-period and Delilah served me as a sort-of-poor-man's-therapist.  She played sappy love songs for folks who called in to convey their troubles and have Delilah counsel and offer them advice.  It was hokey and dumb but I enjoyed listening to her I guess, in a misery loves company kinda way.  

Check out this video (click here) and you will get an idea of what Delilah and her radio show are all about:

As for Delilah playing a tune to accompany her caller's stories, I don't know for sure if that was where I got the idea to include a video/song in my Buzzyblog posts here, but I can't vouch 100% that it wasn't.  As I always tell folks "If you steal from me, you steal twice because I have already lifted it from someone else."   I didn't start the Buzzyblog until years later after I had stopped listening to Delilah but perhaps I had that song idea filed away in the ole cranium somewhere thanks to her. 

As for Delilah-related songs, I can't stand the Tom Jones one by that name so I'll pass on that one.  But the following one by Plain White T's seems very appropriate for here because as sappy as it is, it's still a pretty good tune.  Wonder if Delilah has ever played it on her show?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Two For Tuesday

To follow up on yesterday's words and women post, sounds like John may have said a little too much in trying to explain his views on feminism.  Think we've all been tripped up trying to explain our views on that particular issue haven't we?
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/john-mayer-supports-equal-rights-for-women-but-feminists-are-mad-anyway
John does write some catchy and great tunes though.  Here are two for you on this Tuesday.
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Guns, Words and a Foolish Cowboy

I have not done anything sexist here on the Buzzyblog in some time, not because I have changed
any of my ways but mostly because I have had enough other things to talk about.  (Idiot Trump is good for something after all.  Then again he’s not exactly the most non-sexist dude buzzing around the bee hive either.)  

So here are a couple of sexist items that I happened to stumble upon in my travels.  They may or may not have any validity to them at all but they are kind of funny.

First up is one for all you 2A misogynists:

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Prefer Guns Over Women:
10.  You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.
9.  You can keep one gun home and have another with you when you are on the road.
8.  If you admire a friend’s gun, and tell him so, he will probably let you try it out a few times.
7.  Your primary gun doesn’t mind if you keep another gun for a backup.
6.  Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.
5.  A gun doesn’t take up a lot of closet space.
4.  Guns function normally every day of the month.
3.  A gun doesn’t ask “Do these new grips make me look fat?”
2.  A gun doesn’t mind if you go to sleep after you use it.
And…. Drum roll… the Number one reason why men prefer guns over women:
1.  You can buy a silencer for your gun.

OK since I am on a roll so to speak, how about these semi-sexist comments:

There are 5 Deadly Terms Used By Women That All Men Need to Know How to Interpret:

1.  When she says “FINE” to end an argument that means she knows that she is correct and you need to shut the hell up.

2. “NOTHING” always means something when a woman says that.  When she does say it you need to be worried.

3.   When she says “GO AHEAD” that is a dare and not her giving permission.  Bottom line -  do NOT do it.

4.   “WHATEVER” is a woman’s way of saying “F**k you.”  You should say nothing in response and immediately leave the room.

5.   “That’s OK” means she is thinking long and hard on how and when you will pay for your mistake.

And a BONUS WORD from her is “WOW!”  This is not a compliment.  Instead, she is expressing her amazement at just how one person could be so stupid.

Finally, and just maybe the most sexist of all, here is one sent to me by Larry Yeatman recently:

An older cowboy enters an all-girl biker bar by mistake, finds his way to the bar and orders a shot of Jack Daniels.  After sitting for awhile he yells to the bartender “Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?”

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet as the woman seated next to the Cowboy says in a deep and husky voice  “Before you tell that joke Cowboy, I think you should know five important things about the ladies in here.  The bartender is a blond who is holding a baseball bat.  The bouncer is a blond with a Billy Club. I’m 6 foot tall, 175 pounds and have a black belt in karate.  The woman sitting next to me is a blond and a professional weightlifter.  And the lady to your right is a blond and a professional wrestler.  Now think about it seriously, Cowboy, do you still wanna tell a blond joke?”

The guy thinks for a second, shakes his head and then mutters, “Well, hell no, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.”

Left unexplained is what happened to the Cowboy after he made that comment.

And speaking of bar room fights, check this video out:

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Harpers Store Seneca Rocks West Va.

A couple in Buzzy’s Country Store the other day told me about Harper’s Country Store in Seneca Falls, West Virginia.  So I did some Googling and found this info on it:




Here is their website which is very well done, Harper's Old Country Store in Seneca Rocks.  The following video was done some years ago but my bet is that things in 2018 are still pretty much the same as they were in 1997.