Nov 092017
  • In 1964, the Oldsmobile 4-4-2 was named that for its four-barrel carburetor, its four-speed manual transmission, and its dual exhaust. By the time it dwindled to an option package on the 1991 Calais, it meant four-cylinder engine, four valves per cylinder, and two camshafts.
  • We are back on glorious standard time, and temperatures are seasonal. I am a happy man.
  • In a (successful) effort to avoid Alabama-LSU traffic, we drove to Gordo last weekend through Jasper, Oakman, Berry, Bankston, Stough, and Fayette. It was a truly lovely drive, and I’m always pleased to see new-to-me parts of Alabama.
  • Looking like I might have live professional baseball ten minutes from my house in the near future. I haven’t followed the game since the 1994 strike. Maybe I’ll pick it back up.
  • A mini-review: I tried a pair of Duluth Trading’s Armachillo boxer briefs, which supposedly have a cooling effect because of embedded microscopic bits of jade. They are cut similarly to the Buck Naked boxer briefs and so are comfortable and supportive, but I am unable to perceive any significant cooling effect while wearing them.
  • I am thinking a double batch of pico de gallo sauce sounds excellent for Saturday’s football games. Easy on the chips and heavy on the cut-to-dip vegetable pieces, and it’s my favorite guiltless munchie.
  • One of my longtime favorite bloggers and brother in Christ Scott Roberts has undergone a major web retooling and now blogs primarily at this page. Thanks for all of the great stuff at—still a great reference for me—and I’ll look forward to following your new site as well, man!
 Posted by at 4:16 pm
Nov 072017

Urcel Staples, a retired Department of Homeland Security agent, will give a talk/Q&A at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Thursday, November 16, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Conference Training Center (Exhibit Hall) on the UAH campus. Sponsored by the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and the UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the topic is Modern Day Slavery: A Look at Human Trafficking.

The event is free to the public, though be aware that material covered may be a little much for children younger than middle-school age.

We hope to see you there.

 Posted by at 5:14 pm
Nov 052017

UPDATED: Truck and trailer have been recovered because of a report from a social media posting! The new generator was the only outright theft. There is minor damage to the trailer, and significant damage to the interior of the pickup. Most importantly, no instruments were lost. That means no family hardships, which is a tremendous blessing. Thank you God!

Last night, the East Limestone marching band trailer, and the white/gold crew cab F-250 pickup to which it was hitched, were stolen from Embassy Suites at 2300 Woodcrest Place in Birmingham. The 24′ enclosed trailer contained all of the woodwind and brass instruments, three sets of tenor drums, two sets of multi-tom drums, multiple drum carriers and stands, new color guard equipment, a new generator and cart, and the drum major podium.

Please keep an eye out for this stolen equipment. (Any thief with two brain cells to rub together would get rid of the East Limestone markings quickly, so keep that in mind too.) If you have anything at all to report, please contact the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 232-0111.

Here is the final show the band did before the theft. This is Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the West Alabama Marching Festival in Gordo, Alabama. The band swept the competition, receiving straight 1s and the Best of Show (all classes) award.

Insurance will help, but there will still be a significant gap to close. If you are motivated to help the band recover from this financially, we would certainly appreciate it. This is not a band of particular affluence and this is a hard hit. Please prayerfully consider donating here. Thank you. (UPDATE: My understanding is that the band will replace the generator and repair the trailer with the money collected.)

 Posted by at 11:32 am
Nov 032017

Going back to standard time got you down? Sure, it’s an extra hour of sleep, but who’s going to deal with that stupid stove clock? Or your car?

Well, I’m here to help. If you are within a 25-mile radius of Huntsville, Alabama, I will come to your clocks and set them all properly for you. You have better things to do with your, uh, time. Heh.

Book with me before midnight Saturday night to lock in these prices:

Option 1: All clocks in your house: $49

Option 2: All clocks in all of your vehicles and on all of your devices (including watches) that do not update automatically: $79

Option 3 (BEST VALUE!): All of the clocks you own: $119

Don’t trouble yourself with this, citizen! Put to work for you!

 Posted by at 11:00 pm
Nov 022017
  • This is our first perfect square Thursday miscellanea since last Thanksgiving!
  • Congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning their first World Series. I’m glad Nolan Ryan is part of the organization for this.
  • I’m in a major ’70s glam rock mode right now: Slade, Sweet, T. Rex, and so forth. This stuff underpins the hard rock/heavy metal of the ’80s every bit as much as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath do. It’s almost like the other half of the puzzle.
  • I would have guessed original Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall was dead. Well, he’s 91 instead! Here’s an interesting interview with him.
  • A friend and I were recently discussing memories of Howard Johnson’s from our respective youths. I don’t think I ever stayed at one, but I remember eating at the restaurants a time or two with my maternal grandparents. I especially remember the HoJo-branded roll of fruit-flavored hard candy. They tasted just like LifeSavers, but no hole, and they had kind of a star pattern on them. Howard Johnson’s is still around, but as part of the Wyndham portfolio, and there’s only one restaurant left (in upstate New York).
  • Jim McElwain won the East in his first year at Florida. Then, he won the East in his second year at Florida. He was fired in his third year. Are schools even going to try to adjust anymore? Sit down with the coach and try to figure out some constructive changes? I know that’s disruptive, but so is bringing in a whole new guy the second the sea turns a little choppy.
  • It looks likely that Danica Patrick’s racing career will end later this month. I saw the pinnacle of her career live (and Lea was most unimpressed when I woke her up to tell her). I got interested in IndyCar because of Danica, and she held my hand while I learned the sport. I’ll always remember her fondly for that.
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