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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Socks on the Run

Been awhile since I've come up one sock short after doing a load of laundry.  It reminded me of a comedian talking about this phenomena by asking "Do you think the socks discuss it in the washer and dryer by saying "Hey I'm gonna make a break for it do you wanna join me?"

However, my mystery sock appeared shortly as I found him hiding in a pair of my underwear.  I'll give him credit for being clever but I found him!  (And yes, I am a boxer dude.)
And speaking of underwear, Rodney has the last word song-wise:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Buzzy/Bussy/Bootsie and Dictator

Folks will often ask me how Buzzy got his nickname.  I'm thinking I will have this 1986 Enterprise article  printed up and hand it over to them (click here.)

I have also included the portion of the article that talks to two other South County men with nicknames - Bootsie Norris and Dictator Cullison:
For rest of article click here.

Written as a poem by Shel Silverstein, Johnny's biggest hit also involved some name issues:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crash Into Something

The Baynet 1-18-18
It sure seems like 2018 has brought us a lot of ugly traffic accidents here in the County doesn't it?  I don't know if any official statistics bear this out, but every day there is a story, or two or three about a bad car crash.

Rt. 235 seems to have become Car Wreck Way.  Bad things happen when folks are speeding, texting and just not paying attention.  I've done my little survey in Buzzy's Country Store asking folks which they would prefer to meet in the oncoming lane - a driver drunk, someone stoned on pot or someone texting?  The stoner is the most cited answer because as folks usually note "He's probably only doing 20 MPH!"  The texter is the one nobody wants to encounter because those drivers are not even looking where they are going. 

Music critics and commentators talk about what a dirty and voyeuristic song this DM tune is.  Sorry, but I don't see/hear all that.  Sounds to me like Dave's got it just about right.  I think he even spoofs his critics when he sings at the song's end (4:20) "I'm the king of the castle, you're the dirty rascal."

The "Hike up your skirt a little more and show your world to me" (3:05 mark) is up there as one of my all time favorite rock lyrics.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saving Pet Ripken

Be sure to check out this week's edition of the County Times.  It features Ray Raley and Mike Henderson (Buzz's Marina) on its cover along with Ray's pet dog Ripken.  Ray and Mike collaborated to recue Ripken after he got trapped in iced over St. Jerome's Creek.  To read the complete story (click here and go to Pg 3.)

The notion that Ray got his dog back reminded me of this tune:

Also, Ray's cousin Keith Raley provided me with this photo of Ray, his Mom Mary Frances and Buck "Mr. St. Mary's County" Briscoe.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Two For Tuesday/Wednesday

Two local events for you.  One set for tonite and one tomorrow evening:
Then tomorrow night St. Mary's College Basketball coached by Chris Harney vs. highly ranked York, Pa.  Game time 6 pm.

Two for Tuesday

Heard the tune Groovy Kind of Love the other day and it got me wondering about its origins, the Mindbenders, Phil Collins etc..

I'd always thought that it was Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders who had recorded the song but learned that Wayne left the group and that this was the Mindbenders first big hit without him (click here.)

Post-Mindbenders, Wayne had several skirmishes with the law (click here) including a crazy incident where he set fire to a bailiff's car with the bailiff in it (click here.)

I liked the Mindbenders version of Groovy Kind of Love but thought Phil did it a little more justice by slowing it down some and making it less bubble gummy.  Plus his video is much better in a sad/old love kind of way.  It's all about those optics you know?

Fontana's last hit was a good one too.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Maryland to Minnesota/Six Dirty Words

Stefon Diggs  caught that amazing game winning pass to enable the Vikings to beat the Saints in the first-ever playoff game to be decided by a walk off score.  In case you haven't seen it, here it is for you.  Unbelievable seems to be the most cited adjective to describe the play.

Everybody knows about this play.  However, not everybody knows that Stefon is a Maryland guy who went to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County and then to the University of Maryland.  Here is his post-game interview.   Following the Trumpster's "shithole" remarks and now Stefon's comment about "that shit feel good," I guess the word "shit" can be dropped from Carlin's list of seven words that can't be said on T-V.

BMW = Broke My Wallet?

Larry David's BMW in the previous post led me to this compilation of BMW ads that are worth watching.  If you only have time for one, check out Katie and Bryant at the 1:28 mark.

Too, it's a good excuse to lay this BMW-related joke on you:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wash Me

I bet every car wash tripled its business following the snow storm we just had.  We were talking in Buzzy's Country Store recently about someone who used to wash his car every day and wax it every weekend.  I wonder how he made out in the recent snow storm?

The movie Car Wash remains one of my all time favorites.  However, my favorite car wash movie scene is this one from Cool Hand Luke.  (Answers to the two most asked questions following this scene - Joy Harmon and 41-22-36.)

Once again, leave it to Larry David to do something funny about something as basic as washing your car.  Or maybe that should read "something as basic as NOT washing your car."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Two Boothes

Cold, gray, rainy day so I went looking for some sunny and warm photos. Found these shots of TJ Boothe and his crew installing my pier back in June 2008.

Then there is this video from TJ's nephew Robbie.  (I think I saw a comment where someone said that it was filmed here in the County but I'm not sure about that.  What I am sure of though is that Robbie will be putting St. Mary's on the National music map real soon!)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bonus Kids

I am currently reading Hillbilly Elegy written by J.D. Vance (For a good synopsis/review of the book (click here.)

At the beginning of one chapter, Vance discusses his brothers and sisters as follows:

I had a biological half brother and half sister whom I never saw because my biological father had given me up for adoption.  I had many stepbrothers and step sisters by one measure, but only two if you limited the tally to only the offspring of my Mom's husband of the moment.  Then there was my biological dad's wife, and she had one kid so maybe I should count him, too.  Sometimes I would wax philosophical about the meaning of the word "sibling":  Are the children of your mom's previous husband still related to you?  If so,what about the future children of your mom's previous husbands?  By some metrics, I probably had about a dozen stepsiblings.

My step family meanderings are nowhere near as complicated as are Vance's.  Having only been married twice, I am blessed with two "bonus" kids Shaun and Jennifer. 

As for Grandchildren, I am doubly blessed because Emma Peterson counts as one of my 4 grandkids along with Shawn, Lily and Blaise. 

All of which leads me to note that today Emma celebrates her 11th birthday.  Happy Birthday Emma!

Emma and Her Mom Stephanie

Flu Shots - Yea or Nay?

"Flu shots are bullshit, right?"

Thus begins this article on whether or not to get a flu shot (click here.)  Ironically enough, after this intro, the author eventually lands on the side of getting the shot.

This was a timely read for me because I had just done a very informal polling of my Buzzy's Country Store folks to learn that the majority of them did not get a flu shot for a number of various reasons.  Seems the most common reply I heard was something along the lines "I never got the flu until I got the shot."  (There is some debate as to whether or not this is possible (click here.)  

Just to verify if my Buzzy folks were in or out of step with the general public, I did some googling and found that less than half of U.S. citizens get the flu shot (click here.)  I guess like so many issues of late, I am in the minority on this one too because I always get the flu shot.  In fact this year, because I am over the age of 65 I got the High Dose Flu shot

As for the effectiveness of doing so, I hate to make any statements one way or the other about not having had the flu.  I know that as soon as I say something positive about getting the flu shot - I will get sick as a dog!  So let's just leave it that I get the shot but am not sure if it does any good or not.  Knock on wood, fingers crossed, three Hail Mary's and all that other kind of crazy stuff nothwithstanding.

I only know one flu joke and it has to do with a sex deprived husband who claimed that he was suffering from the Chinese flu: Lack-a-nooky.

Did you know that the band named The Slants won their Supreme Court case to call themselves by that name?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Second Greatest Showman?

The movie musical bio of P.T. Barnum is titled The Greatest Showman and although I have not yet seen it, my Number 1 movie critic Daughter Reagan says it is very good and worth checking out. 

Phineas Taylor Barnum was born and grew up in Connecticut where his father Philo ran a general store.  Barnum himself would become a storekeeper in his early 20's until he sold his store and moved to New York City to enter the entertainment business. 

While the movie tends to focus on his successes and rise to become The Greatest Showman, check out this article that discusses some of what the movie omitted about P.T. and his storied career (click here.)  As with most famous people, there are always warts and negativities about them that factor into their makeup.  That P.T. was a very complex and driven individual, it's easy to see how such a large personality could have been all over the map. 

Given that P.T. was a successful developer and entertainer who then went into politics reminds one of another, more modern day showman and huckster.  Like P.T. before him, the Trumpster correctly figured it out that if you are an entertaining salesman, the American people will buy what you are selling.   Well, let's just say that most of the American people will buy what you are selling.  (Please note that it was NOT Barnum who said there is a sucker born every minute.)

Here is the movie's trailer:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


As I stashed away the Christmas decorations and viewed  my old record collection (above) in the far corner of the attic, I thought of a recent discussion I heard about KonMari.   It involves a philosophy or approach to cleaning and tidying up things in your life and ultimately disposing of these items.

Developed by Marie Kondo, in her 2014 book, KonMari lays out a tidying up plan that is based upon the amount of pleasure that an item does or does not give you.  Obviously, if the item does not give you any pleasure, why hang onto it? 

On the other hand, if you are stashing items simply because you do not know what else to do with them, again KonMari posits to make it go away because of its low pleasure return.

An example I heard in the interview involved keeping your kids "Refrigerator Art" items that you have saved thru the years.  The KonMari lady recommended that you ask your kids if they wanted any of it and when they said no, that was your green light to dispose of it as you would i.e. trash it.

She did note that photo's and mementos were the toughest of items to make go away.  Again though, she reverted to the pleasure rule of thumb and encouraged folks to review these items along that continuum - if it gives you pleasure, keep it, if not then outta here.

Just for the record (pun intended) I decided to keep my old albums where they are for now.  I still enjoy seeing them even if it is only twice a year - once when I take the Christmas decorations out and then when I put them away.  Maybe it is the Christmas crap I should be making go away!  Humbug and all that!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Call Forwarning

Today in History back in 2007, Steve Jobs introduced Apple's iPhone.  Check any listings of the top inventions/innovations in the last 50 years and cell phone technology will be at or near the top of the list (click here.)

In the movie Lady Bird a comment about cell phones rang true when a character explained why he did not have a cell phone. He observed that our Government has longed wanted to have a way to track our every move and now with the cell phone they have finally achieved their goal.

I always think of this point whenever I hear someone in Buzzy's Country Store complain about government invasion of their privacy.  (It usually has something to do with registering their guns but that's another issue entirely.)  These same folks who won't return a census form nevertheless continue to use their cell phones without a thought that their every action is being monitored somewhere somehow by someone.

Reminded me of this scene from Enemy of State.  (Gene Hackman was the greatest wasn't he?)

I'll conclude with a dumb blonde joke:

Why won't blondes take their iPhones to the bathroom?
Because they don't want to give away their IP address.

Monday, January 8, 2018

What's In a Name?

Trump's designation of Mr. Bannon as "Sloppy Steve" reminded me of a course I attended where the instructor asked us to introduce ourselves and use an alliterative description along with our first name.  When it was my turn I offered up "Just J" and explained that I did not go by my full first name of Joseph but "Just" J instead.

Following our intro's, the instructor then noted that many times the choice of the alliterative adjective would also tell something about the person.  He then used me as an example by saying "For instance, J here noted that his Just J explained why he doesn't use Joseph as his name but it could also imply that he is an unassuming kind of person who values honesty and fairness in his dealings with people."
Thought he kind of nailed me with that.

As for our Quick-to-Nickname-People President, he may want to slow his roll because there are a lot of D adjectives out there to help describe him.

Daffy Don
Dangerous Don
Dark Don
Dismaying Don
Disloyal Don
Downer Don
Deadly Don
Defunct Don
Dunce Don
Deformed Don
Demagogic Don
Deceptive Don
Demonic Don
Derogatory Don
Dipshit Don
Deceitful Don
Defenseless Don
Damaged Don
Defensive Don
Delirious Don
Discourteous Don
Dense Don
Deaf Don
Decadent Don
Deficient Don
Delinquent Don
Deviant Don
Defective Don
Dreadful Don
Disturbing Don
Ditzy Don
Disgusting Don
Diarrhea Don
Dank Don
Depressing Don
Dismal Don
Dumbass Don
Deplorable Don (he may actually consider this one to be a compliment to him) 
Disaster Don
Deranged Don
Disorderly Don
Dim Don
Disgraceful Don
Desperate Don
Devoid Don
Disruptive Don
Diabolical Don
Detrimental Don
Disinterested Don
Discord Don
Dirty Don
Dysfunctional Don
Dictatorial Don
Dizzy Don
Doltish Don
Dire Don
Disdainful Don
Difficult Don
Dull Don
Disturbed Don
Dour Don
Disagreeable Don
Dummy Don

From a musical family, these two brothers started off playing on their Dad's radio show as Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil (click here.)  We would eventually know them as the Everly Brothers.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Holy Face Church

Back in my wedding photography days I visited just about every church in the county.  Now, it seems that I am in and out of these churches to attend funerals.  (Reminds me of the old joke - What's the difference between a wedding and a funeral?  You can smell your own flowers at the wedding.)

One of my favorite churches has always been Holy Face Church in Great Mills.  That I learned about its origins in a country store makes it even more of a favorite.

From the outside Holy Face is fairly unassuming and nothing special.  However, that's a little bit of its charm because once you enter Holy Face, you find that inside it is very pleasant and beautiful.  

It is deceptively huge inside but also very warm and welcoming.  You can actually feel the presence of the Lord.  (You know what song I've got in mind for you later.)

Inside too you can see just what an architectural feat it was to have built Holy Face in 1940.  The massive oak beams that span and support the ceiling are such that you find yourself  wondering how they got them in there and positioned like they are.  The stained glass windows are nicely done and help provide lots of light to offset the dark stained oak beams above.  

Paul Leibe wrote a good article in the Enterprise discussing the history of Holy Face parish  as they celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2004 (click here.Turns out that their beginnings involved an old country store as noted in this excerpt from Paul's article:
The parish grew such that they then built a church next door to the store.  In 1887 
This building is located adjacent Cecil's Store on Indian Bridge Road.  The current Church at the top of the hill in Great Mills was built in 1940.  

And as mentioned above here is Blind Faith:

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Holy Virgin Islands

OK, following up on yesterday's review of States' abbreviations, and in keeping with your old school teachers' maintaining that there are no dumb questions - just how did those Virgin Islands get such a name?  Seems that our boy Columbus laid that on them when he was trying to find India. 

First though, let's see just where all these Virgins are.  Note below that there are two groups of Virgins - U.S. and British.  Note too that there are literally thousands of them and this is evidently what inspired Columbus to name them accordingly.
When Columbus discovered that there were so many islands, it reminded him of St. Ursula as follows:

If all of that Columbus explanation sounds a bit unbelievable, then check out St. Ursula's story and how she sailed with 11,000 holy virgins to meet up with her husband-to-be  (click here.)

As to a more practical explanation of how Columbus came up with the Virgins' name, this is probably more accurate:

How did the Virgin Islands Get Their Name?

Columbus named them; it is said that the many islands reminded him of the 11,000 virgins of St Ursula. Some have suggested that he must have been at sea for a very long time.  
From Answer.com click here.

Friday, January 5, 2018

MC? (Mostly Confusing)

Watching Jim Cantore on the Weather Channel, I saw where he was broadcasting from Rockport, MA.  My first thought was that he was up in Maine.  However, the more I thought about it, I figured that MA must be Massachusetts and that ME was Maine but I wasn't real sure. 

Turns out that the M states were the most challenging for the Postal folks when they laid out their abbreviation system in 1963 (click here.)  Before you click on the link, here are all of the M States for you to see if you know their correct state abbreviations.
The 1963 Postal system included Washington, D.C. and all of the U.S. territories.  This explains why Virginia became VA vs. VI.  (VI is the abbreviation for the Virgin Islands.) 

The only update/change to the original 1963 Postal abbreviations occurred in 1969 when Canada requested  that we change Nebraska from NB to NE.  NB was getting confused with their New Brunswick.

MC5 hailed from Detroit (Motor City get it?) and Kicked Out the Jams with a brief but historic run as one of America's hardest rocking bands.  (I used to have a copy of that first album of theirs'.  However, somewhere along life's highway it got left at a rest stop.)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rockford General Store

Awhile back I discussed Mt. Airy, N.C. and its connections with Mayberry.  Today I'm moving down the highway a bit to discuss the Rockford General Store.

This is from their website:
Some recent posts from their Facebook page:

Carolynn Carter co-owner of Rockford General Store is featured at the beginning of the following video.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It Was So Cold.....

More jokes for you as we freeze our you-know-what's off this new year.

It was so cold.......
we burned the piano for firewood but unfortunately were only able to get two "chords" out of it.

It was so cold.......
Hitchhikers held up pictures of their thumbs.

It was so cold.......
Donald Trump was burning effigies of himself.

It was so cold........
Apple introduced the iParka.

It was so cold......
Hookers were offering to blow your hands for $20.

And speaking of cold, Mick discusses that kind of woman we've all known to be just a little on the frigid side.  Note that the video contains what is known as the "GD version" of the song.  When they released the song in 1980 the Stones included a version which did not include the line "She's so Goddamned cold" (2:52 mark) so it could get past the censors and be played on the air.  Times have changed right?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Buzzy January Birthdays

Buzzy birthday celebrants in January include:  Teresa Newbold, Carol and Sue Norris on 6 January; LP Mercure the 13th; Barbara Demko the 16th; Polock the 19th; Richard Lepper on the 27th and Paula Decker on the 29th.  My Mother-in-law Stella Aroesty celebrates her birthday on the 28th.  My Bonus Granddaughter Emma Peterson celebrates on 13 January.

Also, since I am writing this on the 2nd of January (after having been reminded that I missed doing so on the first of January (thank you Linda) today Pam and I celebrate 11 years of marriage.  Eleven great years that have flown by way too quickly.)

Lou Gentry - A Good Friend

I did not receive a Christmas card from Lou so I called to see how he was doing.  His wife Lupe informed me that Lou passed away on November 20. 

Lou was a very special and good friend within the Buzzy family.  I'm sure that he and Buzzy and all the other members of the Buzzy family who have passed over to that Big Country Store in the sky, are all enjoying a cool one right about now.  
Speaking of having a good friend, I am not usually a big fan of cute kid videos, but this one (below) wasn't too bad. 

After Daddy Dave and Daughter Claire's video went viral with over 11 million views, they went on to appear on the Voice (click here.).

Monday, January 1, 2018

"Tasteless" Jokes

Happy New Year!  So why not begin it with a some truly "tasteless" jokes in honor of all those weight loss commercials you see around this time of year?

Chinese Wedding Night

A young Chinese couple gets married. She's a virgin. Truth be told, he is a virgin too, but she doesn't know that.
On their wedding night, she cowers naked under the sheets as her husband undresses in the darkness.
  He climbs into bed next to her and tries to be reassuring. 'My darring,' he whispers, 'I know dis you firss time and you berry flighten. I promise you, I give you anyting you want, I do anyting - juss anyting you want. You juss axe. Whatchu want?' he says, trying to sound experienced and worldly, which he hopes will impress her.
  A thoughtful silence follows and he waits patiently (and eagerly) for her request. She eventually shyly whispers back, 'I want to try something I have hear about from odda girls... Numbaa 69.'
More thoughtful silence from him. Eventually, in a puzzled tone he asks her....’You want: "garlic chicken wif snow peas"?

And while I'm passing along truly tasteless jokes, here is the joke that got the Pizza Hut employee fired for writing it on a box delivered to a customer.

What does a pizza deliverer and a gynecologist have in common?
Answer - They both have to smell it but neither of them get to eat it.  

In case you missed the Pizza Hut backstory to this (click here.)

And finally this one is for all you feminists out there:

What does a woman do with her asshole in the morning?
Makes him a sandwich and sends him off to work.

Funny Tim McGraw food song for you.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's Probably Me

I guess it is because he did an album titled "If On a Cold Winter's Night" that Sting comes to my mind whenever the winter nights turn as cold as they are now. 

Thus, I went looking for this song which I thought was on Winter's Night but turns out that it was on one of his earlier releases.

Sting, Eric and David Sanborn means that it's probably good.

Lyrics follow but after listening to it these many years, I still don't get just why he hates to say that it's probably him. (click here for more info.)  You'd think he'd be proud to be such a good friend and be glad to say so.  Sounds to me like he's not sure that he is that good a friend!
Happy New Year!  And yes, I am very glad to be saying it.  See you in 18.