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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.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Cooking Crabs - Whitey Schmidt

A couple in Buzzy's Country Store yesterday were excited about having been down to Pt. Lookout State Park where they caught "a mess of crabs" and couldn't wait to get home to steam 'em up and eat 'em. 

It reminded me of something Brady sent me just last week on Whitey Schmidt author of several crab recipe books:


Brady noted that he had met Whitey down at Dennis Edwards' several years ago. Whitey took some photos there that he later included in one of his books.  Brady also noted that Whitey told how he comes up with his new crab recipes by first testing them out on his friends at a local country store to get their reactions.  Sounds to me like Whitey knew what he was doing.  For a good article on him   (click here.)

Found this when I went looking for crab-related videos.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Eat a Peach

That time of year again.

And yes they have some peaches.
This song is from the Allman Brothers' album Eat a Peach. It was written by Gregg following his brother Duane's death.  Yesterday would have been my brother Stevie's 68th birthday.  The song also deals with Viet Nam vets returning home and the problems they faced.  Thus, it hits home doubly for me because I still believe that my brother going over there was one of the worst things ever for him.  War - what is it good for?

Third verse (2:25) sums it up pretty good:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hello July

July is usually our hottest month of the year with average temps somewhere between 81 and 90 degrees (click here.) In addition to being hot, July also hosts the birthday of our country on the 4th.  

The extended Buzzy family also has some folks doing some birthday celebrating of their own.  

Robby Hall 3 July (and yes, it's a big one for the big guy;) Berta Pratt on the 6th, Timmy Marum 10 July, my Daughter-in-law Stephanie Ridgell on the 11th, Marcia Raley also on the 11th, Greg Cullison and Pam Birmingham the 14th, Karen White 17th, Chris Axtell 18th, my great niece Chesa Allen 18th, Herbie McKay 19th, Amelia (Madjeski) Ray the 22nd, Steve Decker 26th,  my step-daughter Jennifer on the 27th and Ricky and Ronny Yeatman on the 28th.

And speaking of hot, check out this video featuring supermodel Rachel Hunter as Stacy's Mom:

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Musings

My mention of June Lockhart the other day got me thinking about other famous people with the first name June.  Try for yourself and see if you can come up with any.  Tough isn't it?

P.S.  For those of you of a certain age like me, June Cleaver doesn't really count because the actress who played her was actually named Barbara as in Billingsley (click here.)
But my first thought today was to write something about how in retrospect this particular June has been a crazy, rock and roll, bipolar kinda month.  With June's predominant sign being Gemini, the twin, maybe that factored into the mix somewhere too.  Who knows?

June began quietly enough for me as Buzzy's Country Store was still in lock down mode due to the virus restrictions.   I didn't really mind the down time though and looking back appreciate it even more now that things have spooled back up. 

Once the ban was lifted mid-month and Buzzy's reopened, things got very hectic very quickly.  After having been cooped up for so long, people were anxious to get out and move around.  Pt. Lookout State Park has been at full capacity the last couple of weekends.  All in all business has been fairly good.  But it has been a churn to ramp back up from being completely closed to being very busy.  Usually, the Buzzy seasonal transitions are more gradual.  Zero to ninety only works at a drag strip.

On top of all that, the whole virus-related mask wearing, social distancing thing has been an issue for all businesses to deal with.  It has been an even bigger source of concern for bars and restaurants because it's tough for folks to eat and/or drink while wearing a mask. Business owners tasked to enforce such regulations are having to walk a fine line of safety enforcement and giving people their space.  Personally, while I don't like enforcing such rules, I do appreciate it when folks entering Buzzy's have their masks on.   

Bottom line though, I'm kinda glad to be saying Goodbye June.  I may need a trip somewhere soon though.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Looking Up

Somehow both of these items made their way into my inbox simultaneously.  I'd say it was a coincidence; but we all know that there are no such things as coincidences (click here.)  We all know that right?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyprice/2020/06/27/researchers-are-looking-at-cannabis-as-a-potential-way-to-prevent-covid-19/#3d6b5c20d885
Stones' song that does not get played too much but should be.  Maybe Trump should try playing this one at his rallies (click here.)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Oberammergau Pt. 2 (To Go or Not To Go)

Maybe Buzzy and the Gods-that-be really are trying to direct me about going to this:

https://www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de/en/home
Back in 2010 I did a post about how Buzzy in 2000 wanted us to attend this event.  I begged off on going and thus, every time that I now see something about the event I feel a little guilty that I told him no. 

Thus, when I first saw blurbs about the 2020 event last year (pre-covid of course) I thought about possibly going.  Like Buzzy noted back in 2000, my rationale was that I better go now because I either won't be around for the 2030 show or I won't be in any shape to make such a trip if I am still on this side of the Earth.   I thought that if I ever was to go to see Oberammergau, in the words of the King - it's now or never. 

Ultimately my decision was made moot when my trusted travel agent did to me what I did to Buzzy in 2000, and said no she was not interested in going. (There really is something to that karma thing you know.  I'd quote the popular "Karma is a bitch" but don't want you to think that I'm talking about my travel agent here.)

So, I filed my going to Oberammergau away in what I call my good-intentions-bad-execution file which, like me, is getting fatter every day.  I didn't really think anymore about it until just now when the above 2022 notice popped up in my internet travels.  

All of a sudden the possibilty of going is back and bobbing around like a red flag before me saying "I'm not letting you off the hook Ridge boy. You gotta do it."  I'll have to think about and have it guilt me some more I guess. And since I mentioned it - here is Elvis' best selling single that sold over 25 million copies worldwide. I bet someone in Oberammergau has a copy or two of it lying around somewhere. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Home Grown Market Open Today

Home Grown Market located at Hermanville is open today 9-1.  Following all that stressful shopping, from there it is but a short drive down to a little country store where you can relax out on the front porch and drink a cool beverage. 
Hope to see you later!

Here's a tune to make you want to get out of the house and do something fun:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Twofer Friday (Or Maybe That Should Have Been Thursday)

As I was travelling down the road to Buzzy's Country Store yesterday the dee jay on the radio station I was listening to announced that it was the birthdays of June Lockhart (95) and Carly Simon (75.)
As I continued driving thru St. James and Dameron, I thought about June and Carly hitting those milestones or to put it more bluntly about them being that old. 

First off,  I really couldn't believe that June Lockhart was still around.  I remembered her as Timmy's Mom in Lassie.  However, I had forgotten that she also appeared in starring roles in several other T-V shows as follows (click here.)  

June being that old was one thing, but it was Carly turning 75 that really gave me pause.  I'd like to think that it had to do with my having read her Boys in the Trees Memoir  not too long ago.  That book made me dig out her greatest hits CD and re-listen to what she had to say and sing.  I never realized how much I liked and appreciated her stuff until then.  

Of course, in that memoir Carly also trotted out her various tangles with all of her lovers along the way so my lasting impression of her was that as some sort of sexual, rock and roll, hot pants priestess.  Bottom line, one doesn't think of women like that ever turning 75 years old.

As I drove thru Ridge it occurred to me that maybe Carly turning 75 also served as an early wake up call to me that I too will be hitting my 70's come next February.  Ultimately, I rationalized that Carly turning 75 was really not so hard for me to process since I'm not that far behind her.  Hopefully, I'll make it to 75!  Anticipation right?




Thursday, June 25, 2020

Buds Are Back

Jeff Making First Post-Virus Delivery to Buzzy's on 9 June
When the lock down hit in March I asked all of the beer sales reps about how best to handle the inventory that I had on hand knowing I wouldn't be selling any.  They all agreed to pick up my inventory of which Budweiser of course was my biggest. 

Guy Distributing then issued me a refund check for the items that they picked up.  As I thanked Karen Guy for doing so, I joked with her that they had always been my biggest expenditure each month.  However, with them sending me a nice refund check they were my biggest source of income for the month of April.

The week of June 7 then I decided to start getting some product back in the Store in hopes that Gov. Hogan would soon be allowing bars to re-open.  I also wanted to be re-opened for outside sales on June 11th in recognition of Buzzy's passing in 2009 on that day.  

But Gov. Hogan surprised us on the 10th when he announced that inside sales could re-commence on Friday the 12th.  Thus, it was a good thing that the Buds were once again back in Buzzy's.  

Here is another great commercial from the Anheuser folks.  Note the ceiling fan at the 00:30 mark.  How'd they know that I had one put up at Buzzy's?!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Comments

Think I may have finally gotten the comment feature figured out here on the Buzzyblog.  I know, it's only taken me several years to do so.  But full disclosure here - one of the reasons that I have not more actively pursued figuring out why your comments weren't appearing is that I didn't particularly want to be the moderator for them.  Blogger gives you a couple comment options where you can either allow any and all comments without approving them or you can moderate/approve each one.  Problem with allowing any and all comments without any approval process in place is that  you get spammed with crap like this:
(I think it was the "I had been tiny bit acquainted" explanation that turned me off.)

So I have opted for the approval option where I will review every comment and decide whether or not to publish it.  However, I am still not too keen on being put in a position where it becomes a hassle to decide what to and what not to allow.  Masssey on her You Know You're From St. Mary's FB site, has run into these sorts of issues and from her experiences I want no parts of it.  

Thus, starting today I am going to conduct a little comments test run.  If you would like to comment here on the Buzzyblog feel free to do so.  I will see how it goes.  If the effort becomes more trouble than it is worth, I will go back to the "no comment" policy.  

Caught the movie Jazz on a Summers Day filmed in 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival.  It featured several musical greats such as Louie Armstrong, Theolonius Monk, Dinah Washington and even Chuck Berry.  But the one performance that really got my attention was the following by Anita O'Day.  One of the movie reviewers had this to say about Anita and her performance:
Anita O'Day's turn,rather like the Duke's in 1956,totally revitalised her career.With an outrageous hat and a skintight dress(and pretty - well stoned as she later cheerfully admitted)she tears up "Tea for Two" leaving both the audience and herself breathless.It is a performance of such daring that it can only have been attained after much rehearsal despite its artful air of spontaneity.I doubt if she ever bettered it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Buzzy's T-Shirts - Worth the Wait

Got thrown out of the Coffee Club.  I turned up wearing a tea shirt.

Amy from Chesapeake Custom Embroidery (CCE) called me yesterday to inform me that my Buzzy's t-shirt order is ready for pickup.  I thanked her and told her that I would swing by and pick them up.

This marked the longest period of time that I have waited between placing a t-shirt order with CCE and picking it up.   I had dropped into their shop on Friday 13 March to place my order which totaled over $1,000.  I had estimated that the total would be around several hundred dollars but was not expecting 4 figures.  When they asked for a half deposit, the Buzzy in me kicked in and I told them I would be by the following week to pay them.

However, on that following Monday the 16th, Gov. Hogan issued his order closing down all on-premise bars.  Knowing that this was going to impact me big time, I immediately called Amy back to cancel my order or to at least put it on hold.  She informed me that because she knew me and knew that I was good for the deposit, she had told her folks on Friday to go ahead and start on my order.  Hence, I was too late to cancel it.  

I laughed and told Amy that I would pony up the deposit but please slow roll my order because I didn't plan on picking it up until I was back in business.  She agreed and thus it's now been close to three months.  (In fact, it was me who called them last week checking in to see how my order was coming.)  

My thanks to Amy, Annie and all the folks at CCE for being patient and good enough to hold off filling my t-shirt order until now.   What's that saying about all good things come to those who wait?   

All of which is just a round about way of me informing you that I will have a bunch of Buzzy's t-shirts on hand for you to check out.  

Speaking of which, check out Dierks' t-shirt misdoings.  Maybe he too should have waited.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Black Squares Matter

My Father's Day gift from Caitie and Brady each year is a Maryland flag for the pier.   
This year's flag came with the following instructions:

Shea steamed up some crabs and life was good in the Point.
 
The following video was made by Andrew Bedard in 2015.  He is filming along Piney Point Beach  as it runs from the Lighthouse along Lighthouse Road.  If you look closely at the very end you will see my pier and its flag make a very brief appearance.  I may need to enlist Bryan Swann to make me a video highlighting my Maryland flag with its black square up in the air:


Sunday, June 21, 2020

A Great Day!

Today marks a perfect storm of good things.

First, we have Father's Day where we acknowledge, thank and throw some love our dad's way.  The origins of Father's Day go back to 1909 when a young lady from Spokane wanted to designate a day for dads in recognition of her own father whose birthday fell on 5 June (click here.)   It wasn't until 1972 however, that President Nixon signed a public law officially designating it as such.  As to why it took so long for Father's Day to make it as an official holiday Chris Rock may have hit the nail on the head when he made these comments:
In addition to Dad Day there are a couple of special celestial happenings making an appearance. The Summer Solstice marks the day of our year with the longest period of daylight.  (This year the solstice was officially on June 20th, but most years it falls on the 21st of June and is recognized as the first day of summer (click here.))  

The third special event today also involves the sun as it gets blocked out by the moon producing something called the Annular Eclipse.  You may be able to catch some of this live streaming click here.  The effect produced is called the Ring of Fire because the moon is so far away from us that it does not entirely block out the sun.
At Buzzy's, we will be having a Round of Drinks for all you fathers.  Get out and Carpe Diem before the Diem Carpes you.

Here is a video of a tune by Moby Grape.  Lead singer Bob Mosley is seen here with short hair because he had recently just gotten out of the Marine Corps. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

"The Buzzy's People Would Always Have My Back"

Anna moved out of her apartment at the Store and left me this very nice note:
Nice note from a nice lady calls for a nice song: .

Friday, June 19, 2020

Thank You All


One week down the recovery road of re-opening and operating in a Covid environment and I am feeling a little bit better about things.   Granted, I am still very worried about the virus and all the risks associated with being open in an environment like this.  However, the response from all of my Buzzy friends and visitors has been great and for that I am most thankful and yes, very relieved. 

Glad that Buzzy's is back open, everyone dropping in this past week has been especially nice and cooperative in observing the Covid-induced compliance rules.  Thankfully, I have not had any problems and my thanks goes out to everyone for their support in this.  In particular, I want to thank Jenny, Rachel, Kayla, Lisa, Terri, and BJ for all of their efforts behind the counter in making the Buzzy transition back a smooth one.  Hopefully, everything will continue to go smoothly.

(Note:  I was somewhat leery in writing these words as a little voice inside my head repeated the sports-related quote "You are never as good as you think you are when you win and you are never as bad as you feel when you lose."  (Man, do I miss sports.)  Here's to keeping our fingers crossed that going forward, things will continue to go as well as they have this past week.)

How about then a feel good summer song to sing along to?  As one of the commentators asked "Wonder if he is talking about a "Corona" beer?!"

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Buzzy's Closed on Mondays

Good article here from Food and Wine (click here.)  It discusses how bars, versus restaurants, are facing a rocky road to recovery from the virus mess.  The following summary of the article is from the ABL weekly update:

"But independent venues that function primarily as bars, rather than restaurants, are facing a unique existential crisis. Even before the pandemic, the notion of the essential neighborhood bar was already waning. These days, bars might be mistaken for full-service restaurants, drawing guests in with premium bar bites, while craft cocktail menus have become standard fare even at fast-casual establishments. Then there is the fact that while all the bars were closed, Americans adapted to virtual happy hours and drinking at home. U.S. alcohol sales saw a 55% increase, according to Newsweek, as folks turned to e-commerce to order deliveries of booze en masse.  Behavior experts predict this will continue even when bars reopen. All of this begs the question: What comes next? Razor-thin margins, exorbitant rents, and underpaid labor are just some of the issues that have plagued the industry for years. But now the upheaval from coronavirus could offer the bar industry a chance to reinvent itself operationally, technologically, and ethically."
Photo by Larry Eberhard

With regards to Buzzy's Country Store, I have always maintained that change was not big on my business model list.  In fact, my going in goal for Buzzy's some 13 years ago was to change things as little as possible and keep things pretty much the same as Buzzy had spent 54 years establishing.  Me taking over from Buzzy was change enough and through the years then I have tried to keep change(s) to a minimum.  


Now however, as the Food & Wine folks mention in their article, change is the order of the day given the environment that we all now operate in.  Along those lines I am looking at a number of things beginning with being closed on Mondays and adjusting the hours that Buzzy's is open the other days of the week.  I am even looking at something that Buzzy avoided his whole tenure and that is having set hours when the store is or isn't open.  Buzzy's former policy "if-the-blind-is-up-we-are-open-if-it's-down-we-are-closed" may be history.

As for closing on Mondays, it was a combination of things that led me to do this.  Business-wise it has always been Buzzy's slowest day of the week even in summer when the tourists and campers are out and about.  

Then my Monday night coverage lady Anna informed me that she is in the process of relocating back to her hometown in Pennsylvania and will be moving in the next week or two.  Anna did a great job covering Monday nights for me.   With her renting an apartment from me and living behind the Store, it was easy for her to cover Monday nights and close when things were slow which they usually were.

So closing Buzzy's on Mondays is now in place.  Want to know another little bit of business trivia that factored into this?  I get deliveries every day of the business week (Tuesday thru Friday) but for some reason none on Monday. Think maybe they were trying to tell me something all along?!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hunter Original Up in Buzzy's

Once I had the aforementioned fan back in shape and working properly, I then began plotting its installation in Buzzy's Country Store.  The fact that it was so heavy was a concern so I asked Duncan Lepper what he thought was the best way to mount the fan up in the Buzzy ceiling.

Duncan told me that he had a nice piece of wood that he would not only cut and stain but also would route in channels for the electric for the fan.  He left the Store and approximately an hour later returned with this block of wood.  He explained how he wrote some information on the side that would be facing the ceiling as a time capsule for folks to view whenever the mount gets removed however many years from now that may be.  This is what he wrote:
After I took this photo of the mount, Duncan also added JW Raley's name to it as JW dropped in to help us install the mount in the ceiling:
JW Looking On as Duncan Attaches Fan's Drop Hook

As for Duncan's "We Drink Budweiser No Corona" inscription on the mount, I think I would have preferred something more along the lines "That's one small step for a fan..." or something like that.  But hey, it's only rock and roll right? 

Bobby Wright hooked up the electric and as he did so, added an additional piece of wood to properly secure the fan's canopy.  This is what the finished product looks like.

My thanks to Duncan, Bobby and JW for their efforts in putting up a Hunter-Robbins-Myers Original Fan in Buzzy's.  Now when someone says they are in Buzzy's just shooting the breeze.....

Several folks, including Lynyrd Skynyrd have covered this JJ Cale tune.  However, Eric's video here does a nice job paying JJ some recognition:
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ceiling Fan Pt. 2

So there I am in this building that's about to be demo'd when I see this ceiling fan that looks kinda old and kinda beat up and my first thought is - hey, that might look good in Buzzy's.  I fetch a ladder and climb up to check out the fan to find that it weighs a ton.  My second thought is - hey this must be a good fan because it weighs so much. 
Hunter Division - Robbins &Myers Inc.
I see this label (above) on it and after consulting the cell phone internet, find that this is a Hunter Original Fan and that it retails for $500 today.  My third thought is - I'm latching onto this bad boy.

I remove the fan's canopy to find that it is secured via a drop hook screwed up into a ceiling joist.  To remove the fan all I have to do is hoist it up a little and slip it out of the retaining hook.

As I do this however, the fan becomes free of the hook and I now find that I am trying to hold and balance it while straddling the ladder. I almost fall off the ladder doing so prompting my fourth thought that maybe this wasn't such a good idea.  (I learned later that fan weighs approximately 50 pounds.)

But now that I have the fan free of its mounting and its electric wires, I lug it back to my workshop where I begin trying to get it to spin.  It won't do so freely even after I squirt copious amounts of WD-40 into it.  I'm about to chuck it when I decide to hit the old You Tube and see what it would take to get this fella back in the swing of things.

I found just what I needed to know here in this video.  The narrator did such a good job explaining what all had to be done to get the fan running properly again that even a mechanically challenged dummy like me could follow it successfully.




I won't tell you how much time I spent on this effort to get the fan up and running again, but remember that it was during the lockdown at home and I had time to spare.  Tomorrow I will conclude my ceiling fan series here and tell you how it came to be installed in Buzzy's Country Store.
Photos by Jennifer Odell

Monday, June 15, 2020

Ceiling Fans

Two wind turbines in a field when one asks the other "Do you like music?"  The other one replies "Yes, I'm a big heavy metal fan."

For reasons that will become apparent in a couple days or two I'm going to embark on a ceiling fan discussion.  What does this have to do with Buzzy's Country Store I hear you ask.  Well, to paraphrase what they say in the rooms, to find out, you will just have to keep coming back.

Today, a quick look at the history and origins of the ceiling fan.

In 1882 a gentleman by the name of Philip Diehl attached a blade to a sewing machine motor and mounted it on the ceiling.  Thus, the first electric/motorized ceiling fan came to be.  Prior to Diehl's invention, some non-motorized ceiling fans were around (click here.)  However, shortly after Diehl's motorized invention, several competitors began making and selling ceiling fans.  

One company Robbins-Myers was already in business making motors for agricultural  equipment and they began producing ceiling fans.  Another company, founded by two brothers, James and John Hunter had purchased a water meter company in 1886 and were manufacturing water powered ceiling fans.  The Hunters eventually teamed up with the Robbins-Myers folks to begin mass producing what we know today as a ceiling fan.  

I found this history of the ceiling fan from the Hunter website which explains why John Hunter is cited as the inventor of the ceiling fan and not Mr. Diehl.  Hunter having once been a division within Robbins-Myers is also not mentioned.
https://www.hunterfan.com/pages/about-us
Tomorrow I'll explain why this Hunter-Robbins-Myers connection is part of my new-found interest in ceiling fans.  

And since I started off talking about heavy metal music, albeit in a lame kind of way, here is a dose of NIN.  Mind you, don't focus too much on that "you're going to get what you deserve" stuff; that sentiment should never be laid upon any of us should it?
 


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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mom and Bob

Speaking of Bob yesterday reminded me of an exchange I had with my Mom the week before last.  

When I visited her she was watching the ETWN Catholic channel.  I made some comment about her not watching Trump who at the time was talking to reporters in the Rose Garden.  She sighed and said "He used to amuse me but after awhile just being stupid isn't all that amusing.  So I have quit watching him and the news."  

Knowing that Trump always riles her up and makes her blood boil, I suggested that she needs to stay up on things just to know what's going on.  Again she sighed and said "I used to care, but now I don't."

Trying to stay positive, I told her that she sounded like Bob Dylan in his Academy Award winning song Things Have Changed.  She laughed a little and said "Well I think I know who he is; but I sure don't know what song you're talking about."  

I then pulled the tune up on my iphone and played this video for her.

After watching the video she asked me "You say that won an Academy Award?  What was the movie?"  I told her Wonder Boys and she noted that she had never heard of it.  She quickly followed up with "But then again, I barely knew who this Bob Dylan is."   I responded "Sure you do.  He won the Nobel Peace prize a few years ago."  She seemed surprised and said "He did?  For what?"  I replied "Being a poet."  She laughed and replied "Boy, things sure have changed."

P.S.  Yesterday when I was with her she had Andy of Mayberry on and was in a much better mood.  She is not hurting like she was and is now able to move around some on her own.  Things have changed as she is definitely getting better.  I guess we'll know that her recovery is complete when she takes up monitoring 45 again.   But as Bob says in the song (2:03 mark) "People are crazy and times are strange.  I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range.  I used to care, but things have changed."

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Teeney Boy - 60 Years Young

Teeney Boy at Work (?) at Buzzy's On His Birthday
Duncan and Teeney Boy were doing some work for me at Buzzy's Country Store this past Thrusday when it dawned on me that it was Teeny Boy's birthday.  After I had wished him a good one,  I apologized for having him work on his birthday given all the previous years that he had lived in one of Buzzys apartments and had celebrated most of his birthdays in various stages of consciousness.  He laughed and told me that it was no big deal.  

Teeney Boy was not aware that Buzzy had passed away on his birthday of 11 June. He did tell me however that he had rented an apartment from Buzzy for 11 years and that 11 must be a good luck number for him. (I pointed out to him that Buzzy was born on the 11th of October so maybe there was something about the number 11 for both of them.)
 
After a couple hours work, Teeney Boy and Duncan finished doing the construction project that I had asked them to knock out and rolled on. 

Later Thursday afternoon, Teeny Boy rolled back into Buzzy's to buy his birthday round for everyone in the Store. As he did so, he made the comment "Seems just like old times." 

Dylan's new album is titled Rough and Rowdy Ways.  That it came to my mind when talking about Teeney Boy may or may not be a coincidence.  Check out this recent interview with Bob on a number of topics including the following:
And speaking of Van, here's a nice little video of my Grandson Stone enjoying him some Van as his Mom Caitie filmed him doing so:

Friday, June 12, 2020

Hey Cliff, Tell 'Em to Come Back This Weekend

Last week I received a message from my friend Cliff Montgomery asking if Buzzy's would be open for the weekend.  He had a bunch of his firemen buddies coming down and they all enjoy visiting Buzzy's.  I had to inform Cliff that the Buzzy boat was still docked awaiting Gov. Hogan's ok for bars to resume inside service.

Well, that didn't stop Cliff and his pals from swinging by Buzzy's last Friday and sending me this photo of them posing in front of the Store.  Hopefully, that's the last photo of Buzzy's being closed on a Friday in June. 

Hogan announced that this past Wednesday that bars and restaurants could resume inside service effective today at 5 pm.  Yesterday I was working around the Store getting things ready to re-open when in walked these two masked men.  My first thought was - isn't it funny that as a business owner you are now actually glad to see someone entering your place with a mask on.
LP and Jack

And on the subject of wearing a mask in Buzzy's - it is mandatory.  Not by me because I don't like wearing one either.  However, because it is part of Hogan's stipulations of re-opening,  I am asking that folks wear one when they come inside Buzzy's.  Please have your mask on when you come into the Store.  If that's a problem then don't come in and someone can bring your beer or drink out to you.  

If folks continue coming into the Store without the mask and this gets to be a problem, I will simply re-close Buzzy's.  Cliff and his buddies won't like that.  Help me keep them happy so they won't be sending me any more WTF photos about not being opened.


    

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Buzzy Remembered

I don't have many photo's of just me and my Dad.  Looking back, that's something I guess I should have been on a little more what with me being the world's greatest photographer and all.  (In fact, that may have been part of the reason that I don't have more of just the two of us because I was always the one taking the pics versus being in them posing with him.)

Of the few photos that I do have of us however, here are two of my favorites.  

My Mom took this first one of us when we were visiting the Grand Canyon.  Someday I need to revisit that big hole because I sure as hell don't remember anything about this first visit.
This second one was taken in Peru by Iris Willey.  We were rafting down some river and had stopped along the way when Iris suggested that Buzzy and I pose together for a photo.  He and I both begged off and told Iris not to bother but she insisted.  I am very glad that she did so.
Eleven years ago today he passed and I find myself wondering where has the time gone?  I thought today would be a good day to reopen the Store just for awhile and if nothing else drink one in his memory.   Drop by if you're out and about later.

This tune always makes me tear up.  You'll see why:

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Hattie Dunbar - Beautiful Lady

There is an excellent article on Hattie Dunbar by Pat Woodburn in the summer edition of the St. Mary's Historical Society Chronicles.  Pat does a great job describing Hattie growing up at Bard's Field in Ridge, moving to D.C., meeting and marrying Leon Dunbar and then returning to take up residence at Cornfield Harbor where she resides today.    

Pat discusses Hattie's activism throughout her 100 years by helping and supporting others through her efforts both in her church and in the First District community at large.  Pat's article is a remarkable story about a remarkable lady.

The one part of Hatties story that I would like to pass along today is where Pat discusses how she and her husband Leon came to operate a business at Cornfield Harbor.  (I apologize for the quality of the reprint here.  You'll just have to join the Historical Society so you can read a first hand, decent copy of the article.)
In addition to the nice article on Hattie, Pat has another interesting one on the Trappist monks in the County.  If you don't care to spend the $50 annually to become a member of the Historical Society and receive the Chronicles as part of that effort, you can purchase individual issues for $4.  This particular issue would be a good one to pick up because its full of great articles.  (More info can be found by clicking here.)  

Speaking of nice and beautiful, here's a nice little tune from Dave Koz:


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Twofer Tuesday - Where You Been?

While this was never my favorite Johnny Cash song, I have included it here to set up the second video.
(My thanks to Ted Yeatman for sending this one my way.)