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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chicken Dinner

Chicken Dinner


Disclaimer: Many of the stories are completely fictional.  Other stories are fictional accounts of true stories.  Other stories are completely true.  Sometimes the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

This is one of those true stories where the names have been changed to protect the innocent, and not so innocent.



There was a lady, we will call her Mrs. Fitzgerald, who recounted a story that happened to her when she was a little girl.


Mrs. Fitzgerald was very young when her family was invited to dine with the extended family for a Sunday dinner. 


When Mrs. Fitzgerald and her family arrived at the Bird house, she could smell the chicken cooking.  It made her mouth water and her tummy gurgle.  Mrs. Fitzgerald's branch of the family had fallen on hard times and a chicken dinner to them was practically unheard of.  Usually, it was a supper of beans and rice or, on many occasions, dinner was nothing.


The Bird family, although not well-to-do, was better off than Mrs. Fitzgerald and her branch of the family.  Mrs. Fitzgerald felt very thankful for the chicken dinner she was going to have that day.


While dinner was cooking, Mrs. Fitzgerald played in the yard with the cousins.  Soon, it was time to eat.


They all sat around the table with plates in front of them.  Mrs. Bird served the meal.  Mrs. Fitzgerald got a plop of beans on her plate.  Her cousin right beside her got a plop of beans and a large fried chicken leg.


Mrs. Fitzgerald looked around the table.  Every one of the Bird family had one or more pieces of chicken on their plate and Mrs. Fitzgerald’s side of the family each had some beans and cornbread, nothing else.

Mrs. Fitzgerald asked if she could have some chicken and was promptly sent away from the table and subsequently given a very harsh whipping.


Mrs. Fitzgerald came away from this family feast hungry, humiliated, sad, and confused.  Up until her final days, she could not understand why the Bird family had treated her side of the family that way and why she was treated so roughly by her side of the family.

This reminds me of another story I will call Steak and Hamburgers.  Read it in another post.



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Wednesday Hodgepodge - 28 September 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 28 September 2016


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11.    Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert?  What did you think ? -
Years ago, my growing up family traveled in the west of the United States.  We traveled as far west as Arizona. We came into Texas through the west. All there was was desert as far as the eye could see.  We were on a very lonely stretch of interstate and my mother had to pee very badly.

We found what Texans call a roadside park.  This is really a picnic table or two under a covered shed with some trash barrels.  They have no restroom.

My mom really had to go, so she decided that since the roadside park appeared to be basically deserted that she would just potty there.  There was nothing to hide her from view.  She tried to use the car to block her from view, just in case.

About the time she got started, a truck pulled in.  When he saw her, he cut his lights.  He turned them off too far and went all the way dark.  Then, he must have realized he could not see, so he cut them back on, all the way bright.

My mom looked like a deer in the headlights.  There was no cover to hide her from view. We kids got a laugh.  My mom did not think it was funny at the time.   

 Travel and Leisure lists the 'coolest' American desert towns as
Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ
Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?
To the best of my knowledge, I have never been to any of these.  I would really probably enjoy visiting all of them IF we were riding in a class C camper.  That way we could have our refrigerator and potty right there with us.  We would not have to hunt for a clean potty everywhere we went.

We could park, walk back to the potty, and do our business.  Then, we could get a refreshing beverage out of the refrigerator without having to ever leave the air conditioned vehicle.  When you live in an area that gets to 112 degrees year round, you think about those things.

2. What's a plan or project you've deserted in the past year? 
I really cannot think of one.  I am continuing the only project I set for myself this year.  That is working on the How to Manage Your Monkey course. SSShhh, don’t tell anyone, we are in the soft opening stage now.


3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.  

The biggest one that comes to mind is porch.  I have always had a difficult time with that.  I don’t know why.  I also have a problem with miracle because I can’t seem to remember the vowels right for that one.  Fortunately, we have spell check.


4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house...which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain. 

Recently we were in a drought.  Just before that, we were having a flood. Now, we are getting a fair amount of rain.  Therefore, High and Dry are far from accurate.  

Like watching paint dry is probably a fair assessment some time.  For us, our life is pretty much same-o same-o.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I prefer the same-o same-o to all the excitement and drama we have been through.  Any week that does not involve using 911 is a good week.  So far, so good, this week.

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?  

Never. We don’t buy clothing that requires dry cleaning.  We just get the stuff off the rack and wash as needed. 

Back when I was working as a security guard, back when I used a patrol dinosaur instead of these patrol dogs they have now, I had to get my uniform dry cleaned.  Then, I asked for extra heavy starch in my shirts.  It was required.

6. What's a food or beverage you enjoy that's named for a place? 

We used to be able to get American Heritage Tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation.  I haven’t seen that in years.  I love South Carolina Barbeque.  Texas barbeque is okay, but it is not the same.

Barbeque sauce should be ketchup-based and not use mustard.  If you think that you barbeque steaks or hamburgers, then I've got no use for your idea of barbeque.  Barbeque to a purist means slow roasting meat over a low wood fire (Pecan wood or mesquite).  You baste it from time to time with a sauce you have prepared over several days in a crock pot.

Around here people take their barbeque very seriously.  Many people have grills that cost more than their houses.  Some of these people have grills that have a price tag of $500K plus. 

Barbequing here is an event.  You gather the family together around the grill and tell stories while keeping an eye on the fire to make sure it does not get too hot.  

7. Do you need solitude? 

Need, no.  I can take it or leave it.  As a child, I would often play by myself. This was preferred to playing with my sister, who, for a while, was the only other kid around.  She was older and bigger than me and would beat me up quite often.  When I had finally had enough and struck back, that is the time my mother would walk into the room and spank us.

Mom had this policy of spanking every child present to make sure she got the right one.  If my sister told on me, she would not get spanked.  If I told on my sister, we would both get spanked.  It was very rare for my brother, who was younger than us, to ever get a spanking.  



Often, when he would get in trouble, I would get spanked because I should have kept him out of trouble or I was old enough to know better.  It was just easier to stay as far away from them as possible.

Now, Suzanne and I try to stay home as much as possible.  This makes our lives more peaceful.  We still have times of drama that other people lay on our doorstep, but not nearly as often as if we were still out in the world with retail and consulting.


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8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We are thankful for another stroke-free week.  I am still not out of the woods, but we are almost past the danger point.

How to Manage Your Monkey is coming along slowly.  I hope to be ready for the November 3 roll out.  We are already in the soft opening stage.  Every Thursday we will have a new post and video available; some are already available. 

A special thank you to each and every one of you who reads this blog.  Thank you for visiting and commenting.

See you in the funny papers.


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Throwback Thursday and Not so Wordless Wednesday



This week I am combining Wednesday and Thursday since the subject lends itself to both memes.

About this time last year, our little black and white kitty cat was diagnosed with feline leukemia.  Wow, those words hit hard.  This week, I would like to share a few pictures of our little “Manian debil” as I used to call him.  It was supposed to be close to Tasmanian Devil, like on the Bugs Bunny cartoons.  He was our little pride and joy and the ONLY pet I ever had that was included in our plans for the future.

God had other plans and little Xerxes, just barely over a year old, went to play in Rainbow Bridge.  We miss you little friend.



All Xerxes All the Time







Reverant Xerxes

Cats make great therepists

Laughing Xerxes

His Dash

Baby Xerxes with Spot and Daddy

Deep in thought






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September 19 Somethin’ Challenge Day 28



Well ladies and gentlemen, here we are.  We have just a few days left of this fun challenge.  Hopefully, we have all gotten to know one another a little better.  Is there anything that stands out in your mind that you learned about your fellow bloggers?




Today’s question is:

When did you go on your first date? What did you do? Where did you go? Did you go out on another date with that person?

My very first date of any real kind was taking a girl to the band banquet.  The band bought about 8,000 boxes of chicken from Church’s Chicken.  I had to go and get it.  Then, after I dropped off the chicken, I went to pick up my date.  She was a girl I knew from school.

The car and I smelled like chicken the whole night. We never went out again.  This was during my sophomore year at school, so I was about 15 at the time.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 19 Somethin’ Challenge Day 27




Well here we are on day 27. It has been a fun adventure.  Looking back at a time so long ago has been fun.  What about you, are you having fun with it?  

I hope you are joining in and having fun.  

Drop by my beautiful child-bride Suzanne’s place and say hello.  Have fun.

Here is today’s question:

What do you remember the most from the year that you turned 19? What was going on in your life back then?

Let’s see. My 19th birthday was the first time I ever got drunk.  Two friends came up from the Starr-Iva area to help me celebrate.  One of them was mixing drinks for us.  They decided they knew how to make a screwdriver.

The first one was about half orange juice and half vodka.  Wow that was strong.  The second one was about ¼ orange juice, ¾ vodka, and a little cherry juice.  I don’t remember anything after that. 

The next day, I started throwing up.  I threw up everything I had eaten the night before and then things from days before that.  Finally, I threw up something that looked like something I would want to use in later life, if I ever wanted to have kids.

Then, I threw up some more.   After that, my friends left.  I was only able to eat Cream of Wheat for a few days.

My nineteenth year was also the year I wrote Suzanne and she and I started dating. This
year was a lot of fun in my life. Our first official date was on her 16th birthday.  Before that, she and I went to church and a few other places together, but we could not officially date until she was 16.

My 19th year was also the year I met the Sisterhood. There are three rules in life a man needs to know:

  • First, never play leapfrog with elephants.
  • Second, don’t pet a tiger unless his tail is wagging.
  • Third, never, under any circumstances, mess with the Sisterhood.














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