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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.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Hanging Behind the Door

My young tenant moved out on me this past Friday with no explanation nor warning.   I knew that he had been going though some hoops and hurdles with women, his ex and his current girlfriend along with child support due to both of them.  However, he had always been what I call a straight up guy and he always paid his rent on time the first of each month.  In turn I had thrown some work his way when he started his own business as well as referred him to several other jobs that he got.   Thus, I thought that we were at a fairly good level of communication and understanding, so his sudden departure really caught me by surprise.    

On Friday afternoon when I looked in his apartment and saw that it was completely emptied out, I immediately thought to contact him and ask "WTF?"  But knowing that I am not at my best when I am angry with someone, I elected to wait a day or two and see if instead he would contact me.  He never did.  

Sunday morning then I composed a brief text message to him.  I worked on it for abit to try and convey how I felt about it while not being too critical of him and his actions.  I wrote and rewrote a text message to him and than ran it by my editor/advisor to see if it sounded ok.  She suggested some changes which I then incorporated, re-read it once more and hit send button.  Here is my text to him:


After sending the text to him, I sat down with Pam to eat breakfast.  I told her that I hoped he would respond and give me some explanation of just what he was thinking.  When my phone pinged, I picked it up to read this response from him: 


BTW, I have a nice apartment for rent for $800 a month.  All utilities, wi fi and T-V are included.  A security deposit of $700 is required prior to move in.  Call me at 301-994-0826.

And while speaking of doors, just when you think that you have heard all of the Christmas songs to be heard, another one pops up to confirm that you have not:

Sunday, December 5, 2021

How Not to Do A Road Trip

Note that due to ongoing Covid concerns, the Buzzy Christmas Party that was set for 18 December is cancelled.  It's just too risky at this time to have so many folks all clustered into such a small place like Buzzy's so we'll punt on it this year.  

But on the subject of crowds at Christmas time, this Sunday religion post, though a little dated, still has relevance today for men everywhere:  
And speaking of something old but still relevant today, here is Jack Johnson doing a nice cover of a Christmas tune that Stevie Wonder first recorded in 1967.  Earworm tune that you will be humming the rest of the day.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Slap Yourself

 A local business has been closed a couple of days this week due to a Covid attack.  It serves as a good reminder that we are not done with this mess yet.  On that note, I have recently heard from a couple of my Buzzy's Country Store visitors who apologized to me for not having dropped into the Store like they used to.  These folks explained their Buzzy absences by saying "A lot of your Buzzy people scare me because they still don't think that Covid is a real concern."  My response to these folks is to agree with them and say "How do you think I feel being in there every day with these Einsteins who believe that they are smarter than all of the scientific evidence?"  The following video encapsulates exactly how I feel about the whole vax vs. anti-vax crapola:

 

I have debated implementing a policy of asking to see vax cards before folks can come into Buzzy's but have held off so far.  However, the first Buzzy's-related  Covid case that pops up, I will close down immediately as I did last year when several of my Buzzy folks got hit with the Covid.

As for all you anti-vaxers here's the deal - if I learn somewhere along the way that any Covid-related Buzzy outbreak came from someone who wasn't vaccinated, I will then ban that person from coming into Buzzy's in the future.  I know, you're asking how I will ever be able to verify that it was an anti-vaxer who spread it?  To that I say "Buzzy's ain't no courtroom" and if I even think that you caused the outbreak then your unvaxed butt is out.   

Bottom line, after dealing with this mess for close to 2 years now, we've come too far to have it kick us in the ass and take someone we know and love out of here.  Please get the shot or take a break from coming into Buzzy's for awhile.  Notice that I am not mentioning the whole wear-a-mask- business as an option.  Just get the shot.

Ray (as played by Jamie) seems to be in order here: 

 
Note that Jamie Fox very deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Regina King should have won something too.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Hail Mary Full of Football

Lots of NFL talk about quarterbacks throwing 4 interceptions this week.  Just last night the Saints' Taysom Hill threw 4 in their loss to the Cowboys.  Earlier in the week,  Ravens' QB Lamar Jackson threw 4 but the Ravens still somehow managed to win the game  (click here for stories on both these games.)  

Following the Ravens' Sunday night win, came the news that the last time a QB threw 4 int's and his team won the game was in 2013 when Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass against - yep the Ravens.  It brought back a very bad memory of the highlight film of that play (click here) and was a particularly bad loss for the Ravens because it eliminated them from returning to the playoffs following their 2012 Super Bowl win.

In football lingo, Dalton's game winning pass is known as a Hail Mary.  Roger Staubach gets a lot of credit for the term when he commented on his 1975 Thanksgiving game winning throw to Drew Pearson "I just closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary."  However, turns out that the Notre Dame bubbas were using the reference as far back as 1922 when they would pray before a given play (click here for all that historical Hail Mary stuff.) 

There is also a very good video titled A Football Life Roger Staubach where he discusses his Hail Mary (15:40 mark) but you have to be on Youtube - just type in "A Football Life Roger Staubach" to view it.   If you do watch the video, note Roger saying something about being "Just a Catholic kid from Cinncinati."  Wonder if there is a Cinncinati - Hail Mary connection in there somewhere?  (Also in the video, if you don't care to watch all 45 minutes of it, at least check out the funny discussion of the Cowboys-Redskins' rivalry at the 29:00. 

Speaking of dudes who know ladies named Mary, here is Jimi, slowed down and bluesy, singing some nice things about his Mary.  Great lyrics, even if I still have no clue what the hell "footprints dressed in red" are.

 

At Buzzy's Country Store next week Sunday 12/12 we will be featuring the Cowboys/WFT game at 1 o'clock. Should be fun so drop in.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Bart

Yesterday, when the following popped up on the screen of my PC out of nowhere, initially I was a little sad, unsure and maybe even a little peeved about receiving a notice like this:

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However, later on, as I made my FB rounds, there were several more mentions and photos of him that made me smile thinking of him and his family.  

For example, his wife Gina posted these:


Then there 
was this from son Arturo's FB page:
(1) Arturo Sanchez | Facebook

His sister Mary Leslie posted this:
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Bart's cousin LG Raley (standing to Bart's right in the photo below) was at Buzzy's Country Store the other day.  He mentioned this photo of everyone taken at a family reunion held at Bart's place several years ago.  Mary Leslie has it as her profile photo:

(Note that three who are no longer with us, Bart, Clark and John Wayne are all standing side by side.)

So I'll give the Facebook folks a pass on their automated notice of Bart's birthday because seeing all these comments and pleasant memories more than made up for it.  

I don't mess much with FB, but if I were to do so I would have included this photo of Bart at Buzzy's following his and Gina's trip to Peru.  He presented me with a souvenir that he picked up there.  The souvenir is still on the shelf in Buzzy's even if Bart is gone.  While I do like and appreciate the souvenir, I sure wish it were the other way around.


I was thinking about playing a sad song for you, but want to leave on a feel good note.  How about then Elton's upbeat-not-so-sad song about sad songs?  Pretty clever how he and lyricist Bernie Taupin managed to pull that one off.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December Buzzy Birthdays

 Ah yes, December, sort of like that crazy relative of yours who likes to laugh, joke and party and who may be fun to be around for awhile, but is also obnoxious as hell and drives you slowly crazy.   December makes me think of that individual.  

As said, it is a rather fun month, what with the holidays and happy times, lights and decorating, partying and gift giving and did someone say drinking?!  I won't go as far as saying that it is the most wonderful time of the year, but it sometimes can be the funest time of the year.  

Ultimately though, and this may be an age thing, December reminds me of Lou Reed walking around on the wild side with the colored girls in the background going do-do-do, do-do-do, do-do-do.  Bottom line, it's all too much and can leave one begging for the New Year to please get here as soon as it can and put December's bleary mess of a month behind us.

Do I sound like a curmudgeon?  Bob Mann relates a funny story about Tommy Courtney telling him that someone had called him (Tommy) a curmudgeon.  Tommy says to Bob "I don't even know what a curmudgeon is."  The next day however, Tommy tells Bob "I looked curmdudgeon up in the dictiomary last night and you know what?  I am a curmudgeon."  (In case you are wondering what Tommy may have read, here is one definition:)

But speaking of fun times, and not necessarily curmudgeons, (well maybe one or two among the following) the month of December celebrates several birthdays in the extended Buzzy family:  Bruce Henry on the 2nd; my Brother in-law Jerry Taylor on the 7th; Jason Aldridge also on the 7th; Greg Madjeski 10th; Jimmy Cullison 16th; Mike Fenhagen 18th; Pat Birmingham 23rd; Josh Ridgell 24th; BJ Gray 27th; Brian Barnhill 28th; and Bill Holmes the 29th.  Also, don't forget the Buzzy Christmas Party is set for Saturday the 18th.

The Lou Reed reference above may not have made much sense for you, but it does give me an excuse to play his Christmas-related tune for you:

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: Alison and Robert

Fourteen years ago Alison Krauss and Robert Plant released an album that would would eventually be awarded 5 Grammies including Album of the Year (click here.)  Here is a good interview from back then where they discuss how they met and decided to record that album.   


At the end of the interview they mention doing a second album.  Well, it's only taken them 14 years to do so, but their Raise the Roof was recently released.  Like it's predecessor, the album features cover tunes that are easy to listen to and put you in a mellow kinda mood.  

All that said however, as I listen to tunes from both albums, I keep waiting and wanting to hear Robert bust out in that banshee wail of his "Ah, ah, ah, we come from the land......" As Little Bob said "Rock and roll never forgets." 
At Buzzy's Country Store all Zepp tunes get turned up when they are played on the radio.   To date, no Alison/Robert tune has made that cut.

Monday, November 29, 2021

There Goes the Judge

Congrats to my friend Judge Dave Densford upon his 10 November retirement from the St. Mary's County Circuit Court.  (Note that I am a little late doing this because I have been waiting to try and download a better copy of the following article.   The County Times, while having all their other November issues archived, (click here)  for some reason skipped over the 11 Nov issue that this article appeared in.  How does that happen that when you go looking for a specific item, the exact one you want is not included?)

However, I took this photo of the article and apologize for the so-so appearance.

As stated "Congratulations Dave" and thank you for your years of service. 

Speaking of retirement isn't it about time for Judge Judy, who recently turned 80, to hit the old cruise control button and ride off into the sunset?  Seems like she's been around forever doesn't it?  Guess there is no mandatory retirement age for T-V stars.   That said, I do kinda enjoy watching her and appreciate her sense of humor such as letting Larry appear before her here:


The actor playing Larry's witness Leon Black is JB Smooth who is currently appearing in the Caesar's Sports Book commercials leading me to conclude that I like him much better as Leon.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

It Did Get Me Down

Yesterday as Brian and I were around back of Buzzy's Country Store retrieving the front porch vestibule to install it around the Store's front door, it occurred to me that it was 5 years ago almost to the day that he and I were out back and I fell and broke my hip.  (I did this blog post on it back then (click here.))

As we loaded the vestibule onto the truck, I started to comment and make a joke about this anniversary of sorts, but thought better of it.  I did not want in any way to arouse nor piss off Lady Karma and have her pay me a re-visit like some ghost from the past.  Best to let sleeping, and in particular sleeping and bad memories, lie.

And yet, as I look back to that day 5 years ago, I can say that breaking my hip was a life changing event for me in more ways than I can explain.  All the big things in my life view changed that day such as my takes on mortality, health and the way forward into old age.  Before my fall, I never really felt nor regarded myself as being old and always opted instead for the "age-is-merely-a-state-of-mind" philosophy of life.   

However, post-fall, the months and years of getting used to my new hip have convinced me otherwise.  On the eve of my hip surgery back in 2016, the doctor doing the operation warned me that I was in for some tough days ahead because "Most people your age will get a new hip because theirs' was causing them a lot of pain and discomfort.  When I give them a new one they immediately feel much better and are quite happy with it.  But in your case, since there was nothing wrong with your hip before you fell, you are going to experience some tough times getting used to having a new one and it is going to take you awhile to bounce back."  When I asked her what "awhile" meant, she said anywhere from 4 to 6 months.  

Well, at my 6 month check up, after she had asked me how I was doing, I told her "Not good.  I think I should be further along than I am." She informed me "Remember, I told you that it was going to take approximately 12 months for you to fully recover."  I held off telling her "No Doc, you told me 6 months.  It's been 6 months and I still feel like crap.  And now you're telling me 12 months!"  

Bottom line, is that it took me a couple years to eventually feel like I'm where I need to be wrt to having a new joint and learning some new dance steps on life's revolving stage.  As Brian and I finished loading the vestibule yesterday, I did glance over at the spot in front of Dad's former apartment where I took my tumble 5 years ago.  I didn't look very long however.  

The Beatles' Get Back documentary is currently out and features some behind the scenes rehearsals for how they came up with various songs including one of my favorites Don’t Let Me Down (click here.)  When I went looking for the finished product I landed on this great version by Keith Urban and John Mayer.  Video has several great moments including 1:30 mark where John looks over at Keith to help fill in a verse for him and Keith immediately jumps in.  Seems John was recovering from throat surgey and was having some doo dahs hitting the high notes so Keith immediately jumped in to cover for him.  Later in the video at the 3:25 mark Keith's guitar strap pops off and John tries to help him reattach it.  Keith gets it back on and launches into a great solo.  John joins in at the 4:00 mark and they trade licks as they finish up a great take on this tune.  

Saturday, November 27, 2021

McCoy/Feicht Family Reunions at Buzzy's

As I drive down to Buzzy's Country Store each day I have my mandatory chores and things I need to think about such as what items I need to order/re-stock, what ongoing project(s) I want to try and work on and of course who may or may not be coming into the store on any given day.  In addition to those daily mental checklists,  I will also think about what upcoming events I need to be working on such as the Buzzy Christmas Party set for 18 December.  As I thought about this yesterday, I remembered "I got to put up the Buzzy Christmas decorations."

Thus, yesterday at the Store when I saw that I was ok stock wise and then was in the process of rolling out the Christmas junk, Brian informed me that we had a bunch of folks about to roll into the Store.  Turns out that it was several members of  the McCoy family who were down celebrating Thanksgiving at their home place St. Gabriel's Manor directly behind Buzzy's.  They had walked out to the Store to say hello and chill for awhile. I was able to grab this photo of them on the Buzzy front porch.

Back row l-r: Mike, Meaghan, Thomas, Kevin, Patrick, Eileen, Front row - Toria and Casey

(A second group of McCoy family members also dropped by a little later including Uncle Jody but I missed getting any photo's of them.  Next year I'll do better on that.)

In my defense however, by the time the second group of McCoy folks visited Buzzy's, we were full of Feichts as in members of the Feicht family.  (There is a joke in there somewhere about the Feichts and the McCoys a la the Hatfields and the McCoys but I can't quite nail it down just yet.)  

The Feicht family hosts their Thanksgiving reunion at Peggy's Scotland Yards this year taking up 3 of her residences.  A trip to Buzzy's is always on their itinerary.  Since yesterday just happened to be Paul Feicht's 62nd birthday, we celebrated it accordingly: 


Cake Courtesy of Kim Willey - Thank You!

As Paul blew out his candles he noted that the candle numbers were reversed and that he was really only 26.   The calendar in the background shows 26 was also yesterday's date.  How's that for a numerological coincidence?

So it made for a great afternoon at Buzzy's.  Note too that Buzzy's version of Black Friday involves partying and very little shopping.  And here I was  thinking about and planning for the Buzzy Christmas party in a couple weeks when 2 impromptu ones went down with no planning nor prep and it was all good.  Like someone once noted "You go to Buzzy's and you never know when a party is going to break out."  (This is a variation on the "I went to a fight, and a hockey game broke out."  See?  Maybe I did mange to work that Fight-Feicht reference in after all!) 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Buzzy Christmas Party - Did Someone Say Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer?

 It's the most wonderful time of the year - right?

Did you see the story about the Stoneleigh P bar in Texas that won't allow Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas to be played until after 1 December and then only once a night?  (If you haven't read about it (click here.))

Well, with all of the free publicity that Stoneleigh got for that little stunt, Buzzy's is now taking suggestions on what song we should ban in order to get some similar churn.  (I can tell you right now though, it won't be Mariah because I kinda like that little minx and this video from her:)

Jimmy John's


How's this for a post-Thanksgiving item - a little story about my first visit to a sandwhich shop that I had never heard about until this past Monday - Jimmy John's.

After I had asked my Grandaughter Lily where she would like to eat lunch, she returned the question by asking me what I felt like eating.  I told her "A sub."  I said that mostly because Subway was just up the street from where we were heading and I figured that would be the easiest and quickiest place to hit.  

However, Lily curved balled me by saying "Well, we could go to Jimmy John's."  I asked her where that was and she informed me that it was next to Sonic.  So we headed that way. 

Next thing I knew, we were standing in line at Jimmy John's, or JJ's as they refer to themselves, and placing our orders.  I was taken of course with the "J" connection so they had that going for them from the get go.  But once I arrived there and caught their act in full swing during the lunch hour crunch time, I was impressed and could tell that they knew what they were doing.

After a little research later on via that www, I learned that JJ's was the creation of Jimmy John Liautaud who chose his father's option of going into business versus joining the serivce.  He has never looked back as Jimmy John's has grown into a very successful franchise operation.  

In addition to good service and excellent subs, JJ also features a number of funny signs and quotes on their walls such as this one:
The Following Is A More Readable Copy

Here is a better copy here and translation as follows:

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Good luck,

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Jimmie John's had this funny Super Bowl commercial run during the game:

 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thankful for Thanksgiving

On this day that we spend time with our loved ones, and stuff ourselves silly, let's pause and think about all the things that we are thankful for.  We, who have so much, also tend to take so much for granted:  health, family, friends, and freedom just to name a few.  I recall a similar conversation with my Cousin Sister Marianne a couple years ago when she noted that just being born and raised and able to live in the United States is a huge blessing that we all take for granted.  I'll go her one step further and say that living in St. Mary's County and being on or near the water is also a blessing not to be taken lightly nor for granted.  

And since this is the Buzzyblog, I am thankful for all of you, my Buzzy friends who continue to stroll into the place and spend some time there.   Not a day goes by that I don't pause and think "The old man would be happy seeing the place still open and running like this."  And for that I too am thankful and grateful to you for all your support and friendship thru the years.

Buzzy's is closed today but we will be back open tomorrow and putting up Christmas decorations.  When you compare the two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, don't you find yourself enjoying one and sorta dreading the other?  That we relax and enjoy at least one of them is something else to be thankful for too!  So enjoy one of the better days of the year.
 

Bruce knows what I'm talking about:

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thank You Post 255!

Very nice of the Ridge American Legion Post 255 folks to be doing this tomorrow:

Big thanks to all of the Legion folks who will be working the event on what should be a day of rest and kicking back for them.

While this may not be the most appropriate video to mark this occasion, nevertheless, she does say "Thank You" several times: Anybody else who, like me, expects that after she sings "It reminds me that it's not so bad" to next hear "Dear Slim...." (If you don't get that reference click here and scroll over to the 6:40 mark.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Twofer Tuesday - Two Whiskey Bottles

When Nancy Barber spied the old brown whiskey bottle sitting on the shelf in Buzzy's Country Store she commented that she and her husband Bruce had recently came upon a similar one when they cleaned up an old trash heap on the their property.  She asked to borrow it and promised to return it after she did some research into the background of the 2 bottles.  

Nancy not only returned my bottle but she also gave me the one that she and Bruce found. 


 

 
Nancy even included footnotes and documentation on what the bottles' engravings represented:










My thanks to Nancy for all her research and efforts to explain the markings on these old whiskey bottles.  Reminded me of some old song I recall hearing about a Little Brown Jug.  However, I don't think the jugs had such intricate engravings as these bottles: 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Sex, Dogs and Rock n Roll?

Couple things that caught my eye and made me say "Hey, wait a minute, I might put that on the Buzzyblog someday."  Well, today is that day.

First up, how bout some sex?

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And speaking of a woman's best friend:

Wonder how the response "That will make two of us happy" would go over?
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And I know, it's only rock n roll but I gotta go!
And of course here's the song for you proving that they really were singing "PARTY."
 
Happy Monday and a promise to do better tomorrow.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sting and St. Augustine

For your Sunday meditation, read about St. Augustine and then listen to Sting's song about him below.  Sting explains his St. Augustine in Hell story as follows: 

Sting – Saint Augustine in Hell Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

And here is the tune:  
Note: the devil concluding his mid-song remarks by saying "Break's over" and laughing is a reference to the punchline of an old joke where a man is sent to hell and the devil gives him three alternatives. The first two choices are bad but in the third, the man sees people waist deep in dung yet they are drinking coffee. The man figures this one is not as bad as the others, so he chooses it as his fate for the rest of eternity.  He then hears the devil announce, “OK! Coffee break’s over! Now back on your heads!”

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Things to Do

Couple South County items for you to check out. 

Rummage Sale at the Ridge KoC today 8 to noon.

Sunday Nov 21 Peggy is having a Chef Tasting Dinner.  For more info click on link below. 

Chef Tasting Dinner at Pier 450 | St. Mary's County MD Tourism (visitstmarysmd.com)
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But THE event that you do not want to miss is going down today at Buzzy's Country Store where we will be toasting and celebrating Tommy Courtney's birthday.  (At least that is the going in plan.)  Tommy's consigliere Bob Mann is out of the country and passed the "Pick Tommy Up and Bring Him to Buzzy's" tasking to me.  I have cleared it with Julie and plan to pick Tommy up around 3:30 later today and bring him down to the Store.  As always however, it depends on whether or not Tommy is up for it.

Another video from the excellent Daryl's House series featuring Styx's Tommy Shaw:

Friday, November 19, 2021

Time Is Money

I have only heard one person in Buzzy's Country Store state that he likes it getting darker earlier with the time recently having been set back an hour.  Pretty much everyone else in Buzzy's has stated that they don't like it getting dark at 5 o'clock.  (Keep in mind that Buzzy polling is similar to polling in general in that the "anti's" always seem to be much more vocal on any given issue than are those "pro" folks who either don't care one way or the other or are supportive of the issue.  The anti's always seem to be much more anti than the pros are pro.)  

Thus, it sent me to the google machine to try and see how the public at large felt about the twice-a-year time changes.  I found that only about 28% of folks say that they like the shifting of the time with the remaining 72% wanting no time changes.  The 72% split 40% in favor of keeping Standard Time (what we are on now) and 32% wanting Daylight Saving Time made permanent (click here.)   Coincidently, or not so, Congress is considering a bipartisan bill that would make DST permanent (click here.)  The golfing industry alone estimates that they could make an extra $400 million a year with that extra hour of daylight.  Given that ringing endorsement, this bill stands a good chance of passing.  It should be noted too that 19 states are currently considering or have already passed legislation to make DST permanent (click here.)  I am thinking that this might be an idea whose "time" has come.  Pardon the pun.

I heard a quote the other day that life is a matter of time, health and money and while you may or may not run out of money, your health will ultimately fail you and you are always, most definitely going to eventually run out of time.  Enjoy what you got while you got it.

Good version of this Guess Who tune sung by Burton Cummings.  That's D.C. hometown local hero Nils Lofgren ripping it on the solo:

Thursday, November 18, 2021

All This and A Beaver Moon

Instead of Throwback Thursday lets do a Throwdown Thursday of some different things I've been collecting for no reason other than they made me pause, check them out and go 👍.  (First, and probably last Buzzyblog emoji.)

Been trying to get my 5 Buzzy Pats together for a group shot and finally managed to grab 4 of them. (Pat Stover and his wife Linda are somewhere out there touring the USA in their RV, but I'm still hopeful I can catch up with him and these 4 other folks.)  Maybe at the Buzzy Christmas Party.

Guy, Woodburn, Adams and Birmingham - Sounds Like a Law Firm Doesn't It?

In case you didn't pick up on how I very casually slipped that Buzzy Christmas Party reference in there, it is set for one month away on 18 December so mark your calendars.  We'll start early-ish, around 5 p.m., so you can drop in, mix and mingle, eat and drink and move on to any other parties you have going down that same evening.  Once again, Capt. Jimmy will be cooking up some oysters and as always there will be lots of other good things on the Buzzy serving table. 

And for another subtle segue, since we're talking about drinking some libations at the Buzzy Christmas party, here is a photo I came upon of Keith "tuning" up to play. Note the Coors Banquets along with the Jack and Coke.
And since I promised you the moon, well here it is:
Friday's Beaver Moon will feature a near-total lunar eclipse (popsci.com)
As to why it is called a Beaver Moon, it is not what you perverts are thinking. This from a respected source: 

For the Beaver Moon, one interpretation is that mid-fall was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Moon came from how active the beavers are in this season as they prepare for winter. (From click here.)

Back to Keith for some music, here he is almost 50 years down the road from the above photo playing with the Stones in St. Louis on the opening night of their current tour.  If you want to fast forward past all of the introductions go to the 2:50 mark:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Staying Calm at OCI

Here is a blog post beginning I never thought I would be writing:  Pam and I were at Olde Country Inn Saturday night......  

But it's true, we were there with our friends Iris and Robert to listen to some music being played by  the Bardogs.   It was a night of firsts for us I guess you can say, because earlier we had been to dinner at Chief's for our first return visit there following a Covid-induced break of a couple of years.  Place looked great, dinner and service were excellent and as I told David Dent following his "Good to see you guys" opening "It's good to be back."   

After dinner then, we moseyed a mile down the road to catch our friend Boz (Robert Boswell) and his bandmates playing some music at OCI.  Saturday night marked Boz's farewell gig with the Bardogs as he has decided now is the time for him to give up his rock n roll ways.  

While listening to Boz and the Bardogs play, I had a good view of the pool table and couldn't help noticing how well a young lady was shooting as she continuously won game after game.  Being only a little sexist, I found myself marveling at how good she was running the table and defeating her male opponents.  But it was the shirt she was wearing that also caught my eye.  Here is one similar to what she had on but with this same inscription: 

I hit the iphone's Google machine to see the translation as "Calm down or I will calm you down."  A further google search did not reveal any of the origins of where this quote came from.  But while I wondered about it, I thought of another popular "calming quote" that I have seen several times:
Think I tend to agree with that one more so than with my pool shooting lady's advice/threat.

Because Pam and I were well past our bedtimes, we only stayed for about an hour at OCI listening to the Bardogs.  While we were there however, the Bardogs never did play any Taylor Swift (and something tells me they didn't either after we left.)  So here's one of her "calm down" songs for you:
 
Wonder if Taylor has a "Calm you down" shirt.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Two Lighthouse Keepers

The following info was sent to me from my buddy Larry Yeatman.  It is from an excellent article in the current issue of Lighthouse Digest discussing his Great Grandfather and his Grand Father's roles as lighthouse keepers.   (There is also a photo of his father Harry on page 17 that I have included below.)  The article discusses how the two Yeatmans were keepers at Pt. Lookout and Piney Point Lighthouses.  Here are a couple other excerpts from the article.  (If you'd like to read the entire article shoot me an email Jridgell@netzero.com and I'll send you a pdf link.)





Larry's brother Ted noted in an email the following clarification:
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Good story and thank you Larry and Ted for passing it along to me.  Here too is another photo from the article.  Look closely and I'm sure you will recognize some Yeatmans in there.
I made a pass thru First Friendship and St. Michael's Graveyards to find their Grandfathers' resting spots.  It wasn't too difficult to locate them because they were the only ones with a Lighthouse Keeper marker. 

60 minutes did a nice review of a revised Get Back movie due out next week.  Must see T-V for all us aging/aged Beatles' fans.