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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Made Me Something

One song line pops up in my head a lot in February:  "February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver ...."  (Answer below.)  I never had a paper route but I did freeze my butt off a lot out in the February cold and snow.

For someone who hates the cold then, I look back on some of my life choices and wonder how the hell did I end up at Frostburg State College following Ryken High School?  I had a partial scholarship to any school in Maryland and I always joke with folks that I looked at a Maryland map and picked the college farthest away from home.  Little did I know at the time, I also picked the coldest damn college in the State.

Frostburg's unofficial motto was 6 months of winter and 6 months of cold weather and I hated it.  The 6 months of winter also featured heavy snows.  I managed to survive it all somewhat but did get in trouble with the law in, you guessed it, February.  (Let's just say pot wasn't legal back then and due to my experimenting, I ended up with a PBJ which is not a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich.)

Later in the year I got popped on a DWI charge when I was not the driver of the vehicle.  (Long story that I will bore you with some other time.)  That  violated the PBJ and that's how I avoided going back to Frostburg but ended up in the care of Uncle Sam as one of his infantrymen.

Thus by some convoluted Ridge-boy logic, I always blame February for that little turn of events.  Doesn't make sense that I do so but February did make me shiver.

Here is the tune with the line that brings all this to mind:

There is another line in this tune that has been running thru my mind a lot lately too. It goes "And as I watched him on the stage my hands were clinched in fists of rage, no angel born in hell could break that Satan spell."  McLean was supposedly referring to Jagger but you know who I'm thinking about today. 

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