Sunday, March 15, 2020

3/15/2020, SUNDAY, UPDATE (published 3-15-2020)


3/9/2020, Monday: it was my official start of wearing short-sleeve shirts!

3/9-11/2020, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman stayed home, off work, still sickly. At least her PCP prescribed, by phone, a proper antibiotic, finally, as I knew had been needed. So, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman returned to work-a-day, on 3/12/2020, Thursday! Oh, she was able to see the propane tank fill, on 3/10/2020, which I had arranged.

3/13/2020, Friday: do not fear Friday the 13th! Despite that, we had a KUB “re-boot” at my work. Work was more insane than usual. From 3/12/2020, I have known about the “monthly conference” that was to have been on 3/13/2020, but which was postponed to 3/16/2020.

Sidetrack: as usual, I fester a little for three days, wondering what “work crap” discussion will occur tomorrow. I DO NOT CARE! I will, as Tom Petty sang, “stand my ground!” I AM VERY GOOD at this silly little job that provides income. You work every day, with “bionic” body parts, as I do. You do the high quality work that I’ve been doing! So, if you want to “nitpick,” then “nitpick” away at me! I WILL WIN, again, as usual! I will either retire this July or in July of 2022. The choice is yours! Chose wisely, if you want to keep me another two years or so!

Off sidetrack: as I was almost home, on 3/13/2020, Friday, an idiot in a red truck, which I will remember, saw me, but he decided to turn left, just before I had cleared him on my right-of-way! I was able to shift left a bit, while laying down on my ol' truck’s horn! My ol' truck and I told that idiot a thing or two! No damage! After arriving home, finally, we had a KUB “re-boot!” Great! Do NOT fear Friday the 13th! We survived! Ha!

Corona Virus

January was corona virus?

February became Corona Virus!

Now, in March, it’s CORONA VIRUS!!! Calm down, y’all! Stock market, please, calm down! Our IRAs are taking a little beating! No worries! I have sold one role of toilet paper already, for $1,000,000! Of course, $1,000,000 is only worth about $10 now, but we will survive! We have corn cobs and plenty of toilet paper for sale! Get in line, if you want to buy a roll!

Y’all keep turning right and going straight out there! Of course, turn right, only AFTER my ol' truck and I have CLEARED by you! Got it? Good!

Stay tuned for more “fun!”


I had planned to post this on 3/8/2020, Women’s Day. The details follow, in the document that I finished on 2/16/2020. (This website does not format properly! Ignore formatting problems!) Bulls Gap population is 738. Bulls Gap Middle School girls’ basketball team included nine players. Read the details below on the other populations and team sizes. OUTSTANDING, Lady Bull Dogs! We are PROUD of you, each one!

2020 TMSAA Class A Girls' Basketball Tournament

Sectional Quarterfinals (32 Teams)

Game 110 Tue. Feb. 4 5:30 PM, John Sevier Middle School, Kingsport
Lamar Elementary           34 (Jonesborough, TN 2020 population 5,051.[2])
Bulls Gap Middle                   37
(Bulls Gap 2020 population 738 = 14.61% size of Jonesborough.)

Sectional Semifinals (“Sweet” 16 Teams)

Game 205 Thu. Feb. 6 7:30 PM, John Sevier Middle School
Ridgeview Elementary          35 (Gray, TN 2020 population 1,222.)
Bulls Gap Middle           50 (Bulls Gap 60.39% size of Gray.)

Sectional Finals (“Elite” 8 Teams)

Section 1 Final Game 303 Sat. Feb. 8 1 PM John Sevier Middle School
Bulls Gap Middle        43 (9 on team.) WON in OT! = WON SECTIONAL!
          (Bulls Gap 54.26% size of Roan Mountain.)
Cloudland Middle           42 (14 on team. Won Sectional Final 2019. Carter
Co. Roan Mountain, TN. 2020 population is

State Semifinals (FINAL 4 Teams)

Game 402 Fri. Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) 5:45 PM CST Stewarts Creek
Middle School: 400 Red Hawk Blvd, Smyrna, TN 37167
(Rutherford Co.). 3.75-hr. drive from Doug’s. 3-hr. drive from
Corryton home.[3]
Bulls Gap Middle (9 on team)               14 LOST
(Bulls Gap 31.35% size of South Fulton, TN.)
Section 4 Champion (as of 2/8/20, to have been determined)
WAS: Game: Mon. Feb. 10, 6 PM CST:
Rose Hill School (Jackson, TN)               Lost 16
South Fulton Middle Sch. (12 on team.)
(Obion Co. South Fulton, TN. 2020 population is 2,354. Near Union
City, TN. Twin cities: Fulton, KY; South Fulton, TN. The towns split at
the state line.)                                          Won 34
                                        27 WON

Consolation Game (for 3rd or 4th Place) (

Game 404 Sat. Feb 15 1:00 PM CST. At Stewarts Creek Middle School.
South Lawrence Middle          50 (Loretto, TN. Population 1,714. Lawrence
Bulls Gap Middle                             14 LOSS (43.05% size of Loretto, TN)

Championship Game

 Game 403 Sat. Feb 15 1:00 PM. At Stewarts Creek High Sch.
Englewood Elementary           32 (McMinn Co. Same County as near Mrs.
Appalachian Irishman’s home town of
Etowah, TN. Englewood population
South Fulton Middle                   22 (Deserved to lose! Moral victory!)

[1] Their 2019 – 2020 regular season was 20 wins. 2 losses.
[2] All 2020 populations are via
[3] Corryton population 12,733. Via

Sunday, March 08, 2020

FOUR-WEEK REVIEW, WOMEN’S DAY, ”GUVRMINT” TIME (published 3-8-2020; updated 9-25-2022)

9/25/2022: updated for style and title change only. My words remain the same.

Four-Week Review - a Long Introduction

Week 1: Sunday 2/9/2020 - Saturday 2/15/2020:

Well, don’t we still need even MORE rain? Where’s Noah? Mrs. Appalachian Irishman was off work, due to too much rain, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Working two days out of five must have been tough! Ha! I worked each day, sometimes using my ol' truck as a boat, when needed. Friday, of course, was VD (Valentine’s Day). Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had to hit a lick at work. I’d told her the day before that I would not send the usual roses to her at work, since I had estimated that the school system might close, again, on that day, due to all the rain. Well, wasn’t she surprised when her roses arrived at work, as usual!

See my next entry, regarding the Bulls Gap Middle School girls’ basketball team that placed fourth in the state! Our niece was a starter on that fine team!

Saturday was partly sunny, finally! We enjoyed a fine get together, with our dear friends, at the home of the one who had attained the grand age of 60 on 2/6/2020. We always have a great time! Ask someone about the song, “Play that Funky Music,” on Alexa, and what happened!

Week 2: Sunday 2/16/2020 - Saturday 2/22/2020:

Monday was Presidents’ Day off work for me. It was sunny and too warm. My ol' truck and I went to check on the home place, in my hometown! That was our first time there since 11/29/2019. We took the 20-year Christmas tree with us. That memorial tree is resting at the home place now. Here are photos of the tree and my ol' truck, who loves to have his photo taken.

I also had a fine visit with the across the road neighbors. They seem to be doing well enough. They are fine neighbors!

Well, the rain came back the very next day, stayed a while, and then turned into “snow” (aka dandruff). Mrs. Appalachian Irishman left work early Thursday, due to early closure by “dandruff,” and went to work late Friday, due to late opening by the same “dandruff.”

Week 3: Sunday 2/23/2020 - Saturday 2/29/2020:

Sunday afternoon: HOUSE MOUNTAIN HIKE #167 is in the books! Can you tell which foot has the “bionic” parts installed? It’s the right foot. I still feel the difference in every step, but the difference is not as much as it used to be. My ol' truck clocked 173,500 miles even, just as we were on the way home!

I took a day off from work on Monday, to see my dentist for my annual cleaning and inspection. “Come back in another year, as usual!” Also, on Monday, I mailed an old fashioned postal letter, to my youngest brother and his wife’s eldest daughter, in tribute to our niece being a part of a fine Bulls Gap Middle School girls’ basketball team that won fourth place in the state tournament, in Smyrna, Tennessee! (I’ll have another post after this one that will have all the details!)

Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had to miss work, due to a bad case of the crud. She saw her doctor Tuesday. She went back to work Thursday, after another two-hour “dandruff” delay.

Overnight Wednesday to Thursday, my ol' truck was hospitalized, so that a crankshaft sensor could be replaced. Ok, Nissan, why is the crankshaft fine, but the sensor that checks it is bad and needs to be replaced? Why is there a crankshaft sensor in the first place? It’s a scam to get more money!

Saturday marked another leap year. I did the IGA errand, etc., while Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and her sister went to Maryville, for a work-related reason, with no pay. That’s “fair.” I hope that they send their school system employer a bill, but I doubt that they will. I would have done so!

Week 4: Sunday 3/1/2020 - Saturday 3/7/2020:

Sunday marks the first day of spring, as if we had any winter. No, spring does not start on 3/19/2020! I’ve explained this to you before!

March came in like a lion, Monday night through Tuesday morning. Middle Tennessee got the damage, with the tornadoes there. This world is not perfect. Tragedies happen, unfortunately. This world is not our home. We are just passing through. Heaven is home. No disasters will be there. Such tragedies here remind us of this, sadly. Thankfully, Nashville sister-in-law and her home were not damaged.

Friday, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had to take off work, to go back to her doctor. The crud is still with her, unfortunately. I hope it does not turn into the three-month “kick you butt” virus that I endured from November 2012 to early February 2013.

Saturday would have been a fine day for House Mountain #168, but my “bionic” body parts were not up to it. Instead, I found a beach ball near the fence line in the back yard! How it arrived there, I’ll never know. Molly has a new and fun toy! I wish I’d had my phone camera with me! We had fun “hiking” in the yard at least!

Women’s Day/”Guvrmint” Time

Women’s Day: Всем добрым женщинам, особенно друзьям в России, желаю счастливого женского дня! (To all dear women, especially friends in Russia, I wish you happy Women's Day!)

“Guvrmint” Time: Well, the “guvrmint,” once again, forces me to set all the clocks back an hour. The jet lag, or possibly my “bionic” body parts, forestalled my desire to hike “My Mountain” this afternoon. Darn it!

As a boy, I recall Papaw Ferrell complaining about that darn “government time!” I keep up his tradition! After all, my first name was his first name. He did not have a middle name. Mom had a say in my naming too! My middle name of William is from her father’s middle name. His name was Aby William Wood. Don’t call me Bill! I am Marion William Ferrell, in the proud Irish meaning of Marion (Merrion) and Ferrell (Fearghail). I wear my middle name, in full, proudly also!


Well, let’s eat soon dear! I hope you are well enough to work tomorrow. Otherwise, burn a sick day to get better. I assume that my two-day rest of my “bionic” body parts has me ready for another work-a-day week!

Good evening, y'all. Oh, by the way, to my known family and friends, if you ever post a comment here, I’ll set you up to post anytime, without my moderation first. After all, I’m still hanging out here in the backwaters of the Interweb, but I’m working on taking over “Farcebook!"