Saturday, October 30, 2021

10/30/2021, SATURDAY, HUMOR: DOTHAN, ALABAMA, OR DOTHAN, PALESTINE? (published 10/30/2021; updated 10/31/2021)

Introduction

On this rainy Saturday, I am listening (Interweb radio) and watching (TV) my Georgia Bulldogs whip up on those Florida Gators! My prophetic certitude predicts a win. Wait for it!

The Tennessee Vols (Vowels, as I call them) have an open date today. They should win it.

Dothan, Alabama

The Big Show, with John Boy and Billy, have episodes that involve Dothan, Alabama. Ricky B. Sharpe is involved usually. For decades, I had assumed, incorrectly, that Dothan, Alabama, was an imaginary town – as Ricky B. Sharpe is an imaginary person, on the Play House. You know what happens when you assume – as I had assumed. (Insert your favorite “emoji” here. I don't use them. I “see” you laughing! I parsed out the meaning of “emoji” in my 5/9/2021 Mother's Day article.)

Dothan, Alabama, is a real town! It is called the “Peanut Capital of Alabama.” It hosts the annual autumn “National Peanut Festival.” Reference: https://alabama.travel/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/dothan.

Dothan Alabama's name was inspired, somehow, by the biblical verse in Genesis 37:17. The context is when Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. Joseph had asked a man if he had seen his brothers. The man replied, “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan’” (NIV). Reference: https://visitdothan.com/visit-dothan-al-a-city-with-a-rich-history/.

I wonder why John Boy and Billy decided to use that town, for their radio program skits. Maybe they will tell me! I will email The Big Show (mailbag2@thebigshow.com) with a reference to this article. If they reply, I will let you know!

Dothan, Palestine

2 Kings 6:13-19 is the only other reference to Dothan, in the Bible. The prophet Elisha was in Dothan. The context was the nation of Israel's conflict with the Arameans. (The Arameans, Genesis 10:22, descended from Aram -- a grandson of Noah and a son of Noah's firstborn son, Shem.)

The biblical Dothan is in modern Palestine.1 I learned the Hebrew meaning of “Dothan” and other details, by my research this morning. (My brain need some relevant exercise. The irrelevant work memories needed to be subjugated to the back waters.)

One site is https://www.biblewalks.com/teldothan. The information is detailed there. The about link informs one, about the folks behind the website.

I would like to meet and converse with the man who wrote: “Joseph was sold at Dothan,” 6/29/2015 article, in Ferrell's Travel Blog (by Ferrell Jenkins). I encourage you to read his well-written article. You could drink a few cups of coffee and read a while on his website. I did, this morning.

Conclusion

My inquisitive mind, this morning, wondered about Dothan, Alabama, as used on The Big Show. Well, I learned a few facts that I had not known before. I hope, by reading this little article, that you learned with me.

Georgia is up over Florida 24 to 0, at this 5:51 PM typing. Supper is almost ready. I'm off here, to watch the rest of the game and to eat supper. Wait! 5:58 PM: Georgia 27, Florida 0!

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1For further reading and details on the "State of Palestine," I suggest: (a) BBC News 9/16/2020 article “Israel's Borders Explained in Maps” (my corrections on the lack of capitalization in the title) and (b) WorldAtlas Maps of Palestine (last updated 5/19/2021).

Sunday, October 24, 2021

MY 10/23/2021, SATURDAY, SHARING & COMMENTARY on “THE BLACKBURN REPORT,” of October 22, 2021 (written 10/23/2021; published 10/24/2021)

Introduction

This is the final article in my trifecta. About 7 AM on 10/23/2021, I saw the weekly email (sent 10/23/2021, 2:11 AM), for the 10/22/2021 “The Blackburn Report.”

Conservative folks around here are proud to call Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn a native daughter. She is much better than Senators we have had before (e.g., Lamar Alexander and Al Gore).

I will link to articles and comment. It's almost supper time! Will I get this done soon? We will see! 10/24/2021 update: I did not! Last evening, I had to eat supper, get Molly (“ol' puppy”) inside with us, relax, and watch TV (Tennessee double-stomp by Alabama, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, etc.).

10/22/2021 “The Blackburn Report”

Blackburn, Marshall, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Halt Viral Gain Of Function Research (10/19/2021 article). Well, good. It's almost Halloween. The USSA needs to stop helping the Chinese create more virus monsters!

Blackburn & Blumenthal To Hold Hearing With Snapchat, TikTok & YouTube On Social Media’s Impact On Children (10/19/2021 article). Well, good. Parents and/or grandparents need to keep those young 'uns off the Interweb – unless supervised! Young 'uns should be outside, playing, as I did, in my childhood!

Blackburn, Cotton, Colleagues Fight For Free Speech On College Campuses (10/20/2021 article). When did the once great USA become a nation where folks had to “fight for free speech?” I stand. I speak. I write. I will not back down. God gave me the right to free speech, not the former USA or the current USSA!

Blackburn, Sullivan, Colleagues to President Biden: Stop the Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates (10/21/2021 article). The folks that affirm the right to kill babies in the womb argue that a woman has the right to her body – without factoring the right the unborn baby has to his or her body. Neither the USSA nor President Biden will force anything on me that violates my God-given rights – as a still free man, in a once free and great nation. I have “the right to choose.” Folks, whose employers require either new cold virus vaccine or termination, need to stand! All employers (government included) need to be sued, if they terminate employees, who choose, as free people in a once free and great nation, to NOT be vaccinated against the new cold virus. I never thought that I would see such a sad situation, in this once free and great nation.

TN Senator Marsha Blackburn's “News”

The following were not in the 10/22/2021 Report. They are found in the “News” section.

I just heard, on 10/23/2021, at 6:15 PM, “alright, Georgie!” I'll stop, eat supper, converse with Molly inside a while, then finish this article. 10/24/2021 update: well, that had been my plan last evening!

Blackburn, Cruz, Lee, Raise Concerns Over Conflict Of Interest With AG Garland’s Son-In-Law Running Organization Promoting Critical Race Theory (10/23/2021 article). The following is a direct quote from the article:

“U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland raising serious concerns and questions over a possible conflict of interest between AG Garland, whose son-in-law reportedly runs an organization that works with schools to promote critical race theory, and Garland’s recent memorandum directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to pursue parents who oppose critical race theory.”

“Possible conflict of interest” needs to be DEFINITE conflict of interest! Critical race theory (CRT) is one, of several, known means, by which the “Socialist Utopian” propagandists are “transforming America” into the USSA – the once free and great nation. They are trying to finish the transformation.

ICYMI: Blackburn Exposes Border Crisis On Fox Business With Maria Bartiromo (10/12/2021 article). A few folks are trying to stick their fingers into the dike, to stop the overwhelming flood of illegal aliens, who continue to invade this once great nation. I wish them well. I support their efforts. Nothing will change – until a constitutionally conservative is elected President and the House and Senate are under conservative control.

Conclusion

I cannot keep up with the warp speed digression of this once free and great nation, into “Socialist Utopian” oblivion. (I need to learn to speak Mandarin.) Details and news stories happen so quickly that I can't keep up. I have reached the point of not caring. I will continue to stand on the Solid Rock, as a free man, in a once free and great nation.

I came across a couple of interesting details, to add, in conclusion. First, the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, has been on “paternity leave,” since his “husband” and he adopted two newborn children. The supply chain chaos is ongoing. (The news is everywhere. I will not cite sources here.) If this once great nation didn't need to import so many goods from other nations, the supply chain would not be such a problem. Two men cannot “marry.” One man cannot make another man pregnant, to have their children. Two unmarried men, who claim they are married, should not be able to adopt children. I stand for biblical-based and conservative values. I will not change. The Solid Rock does not move or yield.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I enjoyed picking up copies of The Moscow Times, when we lived in Moscow, Russia (10/1/1994 to 9/30/1999). The Moscow Times had a 10/22/2021 article on Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent remarks: Putin Rails Against ‘Monstrous’ West in Valdai Speech. (It is in English translation.) Putin was a USSR KGB agent. He should not be trusted, without evidence to support what he says. I suggest that you read his words. He affirms several common sense and moral values, in a pithy manner. He states other diatribe and propaganda. I found some of his comments, about the USSA (former USA), to be rather humorous and correct.

What do you know? Today (10/24/2021, Sunday) is United Nations Day! Are y'all celebrating?

I didn't think so. I happened to glance on my home office desk calendar, to notice.

My trifecta is done! I almost hiked House Mountain today, but I had to get these three articles published. I had to replace (for the second time) the passenger-side sunvisor in the car. My “favorite” sister-in-law needs a mirror, to put on her makeup, when it is Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's turn to drive. (They commute to/from work together.) I need to get outside, to enjoy this too warm but sunny weather. See y'all later! I'm off of here!


MY FRIEND WROTE the USERS MANUAL for the ARPANET; AL GORE DID NOT CREATE the INTERNET (written 10/23/2021; published 10/24/2021)

Introduction

This is the second in my trifecta. My friend, JC, had never mentioned the following to me, until I read his email!

Ten years before folks had wide use of the Internet, my friend wrote, over several months, the Users Manual for the ARPANET. It was during his early years in the U.S. Air Force. He emailed about it Friday evening. I saw and read his email this (Saturday) morning. I enjoyed doing some research early that morning, while drinking coffee and awaiting breakfast. (Mrs. Appalachian Irishman makes me a country breakfast on Saturdays and Sunday. Thanks, dear!)

ARPANET – the Ancestor to the Internet

ARPANET is Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. It started in the late 1960s.

You are welcome to click the link to the U.S. Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) – to learn what I did. I had never heard of ARPANET before!

Several websites have factual details. The Internet Hall of Fame has a good article: A Brief History of the Internet (by Barry M. Leiner, Vinton G. Cerf, David D. Clark, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Daniel C. Lynch, Jon Postel, Larry G. Roberts, Stephen Wolff), published 1997.

My good friend, JC, in his early U.S. Air Force days, wrote the Users Manual for ARPANET! My friend is one, of many, who pioneered the eventual creation of the Internet! That is impressive!

My good friend will appreciate that I place his verified (by his credible word) contribution to the eventual creation of the Internet into the context of my next section. I must engage in “poly-tics” a while!

Al Gore Did NOT Take “the Initiative in Creating the Internet”

On 3/8/1999 (when Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I were still in Russia), Al Gore – now former Senator from Tennessee and former Vice President – stated to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” (Source: the link here, and below, to The Washington Post.)

The Washington Post fact checked Al Gore's statement: “A Cautionary Tale for Politicians: Al Gore and the ‘Invention’ of the Internet,” by Glenn Kessler, The Fact Checker, 11/4/2013.

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the Defense Department commissioned the ARPANET in 1969. Al Gore was age 21 (born 3/31/1948). He was attending Vanderbilt University law school. Eventually, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives -- eight years after ARPANET was created. See https://www.britannica.com/biography/Al-Gore.

History.com has at least two interesting articles on the invention of the Internet: Who Invented the Internet? (updated 10/28/19, original 12/18/13, written by Evan Andrews). The Invention of the Internet (updated 10/28/19, original 7/30/10, written by History.com Editors).

To his credit, however, Al Gore was one of 33 total 2012 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees. He was one of the nine, who were inducted as Global Connectors. See https://www.internethalloffame.org/inductees/2012. Al Gore took initiative to help create the USA government's spending of taxpayer money to enhance the already-existing Internet. See his Inductee page: https://www.internethalloffame.org/inductees/al-gore.

Conservative folks around this part of Tennessee are not proud to call Al Gore a native son of Tennessee. He is a member of the “Socialist Utopian Propagandists.” He does not represent Tennessee conservative values.

Conclusion

When someone asks you if you know about ARPANET, you can now answer “yes.” I can also. In fact, go around the next few days, asking folks if they know about ARPANET – just for fun! I may do so.

Thanks, JC, for your email Friday evening. It made for good reading Saturday morning! I'm proud that you had an early role in helping create what would become the Internet – as opposed to Al Gore, whose lie on the topic is known!


10/16/2021 CRACKER BARREL “BRUNCH” REVIEW (written 10/23/2021; published 10/24/2021)

Introduction

My 10/17/2021 article – “SATURDAY, 10/16/2021: USPS EMAIL - DAD IS GETTING JUNK MAIL HERE TODAY!” (published 10/17/2021) – had mentioned that I would write more about the “brunch” that Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I had with a good friend (JC), the day before, at a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Since my Georgia Bulldogs have an open date, on a college football Saturday, I will write more about our 10/16/2021 “brunch.” This is the first article of my trifecta.

The Brunch Conversation

The last time that my good friend and we had visited in person was on 1/20/2020, Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The “global pandemic” (a redundancy that I've heard folks on TV state) was in its infancy. Corony Myopia Psychosis hadn't started yet.

On 10/16/2021, my friend was already waiting inside the restaurant. He had arrived earlier. We arrived at 9:59 AM, a minute early.

I wore my Georgia football T-shirt that I'd worn for Rogersville Heritage Days. See my ROGERSVILLE HERITAGE DAYS, SUNDAY, 10/10/2021, article. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman wore a PINK Tennessee Vols (or “Vowels,” as I call them) T-shirt! I know the colors of the TN “Vowels!” PINK is NOT included! We were a husband and wife divided, by SEC college football!

Before entering, I enjoyed a humorous conversation with a couple, who were decked out in their TN “Vowel” attire. Once inside, having met JC and before we were seated, another man and I engaged in “Vowel Nation” verses “Dawg Nation” humor.

I'm sorry, “Vowel” athletic supporters. I don't have that many more decades left – to wait in hope that the “Vowels” will become a good college football team again. Saturdays are more enjoyable as a “Dawg” follower! (I don't use “fan.” “Fan” is short for fanatic. A fanatic is someone who is extremely or overly enthusiastic about an interest or activity.) I just like “them Dawgs!” I would rather see the “Vowels” win than lose, unless they are playing my Dawgs!

The art of entertaining, pithy, humorous, serious, and deep conversation is almost lost – except for those who retain or learn the ability. Those who are intelligent, well-informed, well-educated, and of gifted personality understand what I mean. Of course, the dumbing down of America has been going on a few decades. My Irish gift of gab (or blarney) has always enjoyed a good conversation – well, since I overcame my shy stage finally, as a junior in high school.

The weather outside was warm, cloudy, and rainy. The conversational weather inside was warm and bright! “Brunch” lasted about two hours. Folks began to arrive for dinner (or lunch, as the Yankees call it).

We may have dropped a fork or two on a plate, but we never dropped the conversation! The three of us conversed on a variety of topics, with intellectual humor and sarcasm, such as on: “poly-tics” (i.e., many blood suckers), the transition of the USA into the USSA (on 1/6/2021), education in socialist schools (Mrs. Appalachian's topic of vivid vocality), economics, history, meteorology, sports, theology, and our “lives, such as they are.”

My friend and we hope that another year or so doesn't go by, until we meet in person again. My friend sends his email commentaries on various topics to several, including me. We exchange emails at times. We do keep in touch.

I have to wind down this first of my trifecta, on SEC football. The following are from the documents that I had created at the start of the season, updated weekly.

2021 GA Bulldog Football Schedule

(GEORGIA was #5 preseason AP & Coaches)

09/04/21 Sat. Clemson (#3 AP, #2 coaches)     W 10 - 3!

  Charlotte, NC 7:30P. Georgia became #2 AP/Coaches!

09/11/21 Sat. 3:30P  Home   UAB                     W 56 - 7

09/18/21 Sat. 7P       Home   South Carolina    W 40 -13

09/25/21 Sat. 12P     Away   Vanderbilt             W 62 - 0

10/02/21 Sat. 12P     Home   Arkansas (#8)      W 37 - 0

10/09/21 Sat. 3:30P  Away   Auburn (#18)        W 34 - 10

     NOTE: unranked TX A&M beat was #1 Alabama

        41 - 38, SO GEORGIA BULLDOGS ranked

        #1 on 10/10/2021!

10/16/21 Sat. 3:30P  Home   Kentucky (#11)  W 30 - 13

10/23/21 Sat. OPEN DATE (same date TN “Vowels” were stopped by AL Elephants)*

* Note: I had written this on 10/16/21, by my prophetic certitude!

 2021 TN “Vowels” Football Schedule – if you are interested

Coach carousel is Josh Heupel (“He Fell”) now, for a while, as long as he lasts.

09/02/21 Thu.    home    Bowling Green     W 38 - 6

09/11/21 Sat.     home    Pittsburgh            L 34 - 41

09/18/21 Sat.     home    Tennessee Tech  W 56 - 0

09/25/21 Sat.     away    Florida (11)          L 14 - 38

10/02/21 Sat.     away    Missouri               W 62 - 24

10/09/21 Sat.    home    South Carolina     W 45 - 20

10/16/21 Sat.    home    Ole Miss (13)      L 26 - 31 (7:30P)

10/23/21 Sat.    away    Alabama (5)

The three of us had to have “brunch,” on 10/16/21. I had to get back home, to watch my Dawgs (#1 in the nation) beat the Kentucky “Wild Kitties” (#11 in the nation). That was fun to watch! I watched some of the TN “Vowel” game against Ole Miss. I regret how my TN “Vowel” friends felt. I had hoped, in passing interest, that the “Vowels” could win. Some “fans” tarnished the reputation of the University of Tennessee, by tossing various items onto the field, near the end of the game. I had been watching Star Trek, original series, at the time, so I missed that childish drama.

My Georgia Dawgs took Saturday off. I will regret to learn, by how many points the Alabama “Elephants” stomped the TN “Vowels.” I may watch some of the game.

10/24/2021 update: the final score, last evening, was TN “Vowels” 24, Alabama “Elephants” 52. I updated my 2021 TN “Vowels” Football Schedule document. Football is played in four quarters – not one quarter, unfortunately for the TN “Vowels.” The “Vowels” won the first quarter, 14 to 7. The “Vowels” lost, by an exact double stomp. (I use the definition of “stomp” that my friend, JC, created: a stomp is a loss by 14 points. So, a double-stomp is a loss by 28 points – such as TN 24, AL 52.

Conclusion

On 10/23/2021, I wondered when Mrs. Appalachian Irishman would get home. It was 4:42 PM, as I typed this sentence. Oh, wait! I heard the car!

I'll move on the the second of my trifecta. Y'all take it easy out there!


Sunday, October 17, 2021

SATURDAY, 10/16/2021: USPS EMAIL - DAD IS GETTING JUNK MAIL HERE TODAY! (published 10/17/2021)

 Introduction

Dad (Earl H. Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) enjoyed a good laugh. Dad is laughing and having more fun and joy than I can imagine now.

At least I will find joy and humor, by writing this article! I'd rather be with Dad now. I'll get there, in time.

10/16/2021, Dad Is Getting Junk Mail Here Today!

About 7:45 AM, yesterday, 10/16/2021, I was “sottin'” (as Dad would say) at my home office personal computer. The weather was dark, cloudy, and pouring rain. I had gotten out of bed about 6:30 AM. (I had done my usual “bionic” stretches, after having awakened while still in bed. A “bionic man” has to take time to stretch his “bionics,” before planting both feet on the floor!) Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had gotten up, about 5 AM, as usual. She was watching whatever she watches on TV that early, on a Saturday. I did the usual early morning routine. I ate an apple and drank a couple of cups of black coffee. About 7:45 AM, I was getting ready to read “The Blackburn Report” (TN Senator Marsha Blackburn's weekly email newsletter). She's doing her best to slow down the USSA slide into “Socialist Utopian” oblivion. I wish her well, in her efforts. I'll vote for her again – early and often, if I can.

The USSA Postal Service will send you an email, with images of postal mail that you will be getting that day. It's a free service. All you have to do is “sign up for free.” I did so, several months ago, for fun.

I noticed that “USPS Informed Delivery” emailed me, at 7:23 AM, for my 10/16/2021 “Daily Digest.” Dad was going to get junk mail here today – once the mail arrives (around 12 to 1 PM, if not earlier or later). I thought that it would make a funny Appalachian Irishman article!

The following is the (redacted) image that was in the email.

 

I had time, before cleaning up for the day. I decided to research the “fine folks” that had send my deceased father a postal letter. I learned that the Barrington Media Group had wasted the postage cost. I found other details about them, as follows.

Connecticut Office

4 Armstrong Road, 3rd Floor

Shelton, CT 06484

203-225-6161

Chicago Office

444 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1700

Chicago, IL 60611

312-245-3508

Email: contact@barringtonmediagroup.com

Some man named Peter Stavisky started Barrington Media Group LLC, in 2003.

I wonder if I will waste the time to either email or postal mail (with cost of stamp included) them a pithy letter. I'll let you know, if I do either one. If Dad could only know, he would laugh even more than he is doing now, at Home!

10/16/2021, Dad Got Junk Mail Here Today!

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I endured the cloudy and rainy weather -- along with the bad asphalt on I-640, the speeders, and the idiot, who pulled out, from a driveway, in his recreational vehicle (mobile home on wheels) directly in front of us. We arrived at 9:59 AM, for our 10 AM Cracker Barrel “brunch,” with a good friend of mine (JC). I will write another article on that “brunch.”

Once we returned home, about 12:30 PM, the weather had cleared well enough. I went to the mailbox to find:




The above images are the front and back of the spam postal mail that Dad (passed on 1/25/2008) received, at our address, on 10/16/2021. Dad never had needed to live with us. He could have, if he had needed to do so. He kept the home place going, until his final day on this speck of dust that we call Earth.

The spam postal mailer folks were not open on 10/17/2021, Sunday. I may call 800-692-1708 tomorrow (from 8 AM to 8 PM EST) – just to “devil” them a little, as Dad would have done, if he were still here. I may let you know what happens. It should be funny!

Conclusion

Well, I need to get off here, for now. I need to call my 'cuz Becky again. Her great grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers. We graduated high school together. I haven't seen her in the flesh, since high school. She and I have both been a few places on the globe, but not at the same time in the same place. I didn't see her at Rogersville Heritage Days last Sunday. I'd told her that I'd call her. I'd called her about an hour ago, when she was busy. She'd asked me to call her back in about an hour.

Watch out, 'cuz! I'm “fixin' ta” call you again!


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WILLIAM SHATNER (Published 10/13/2021, Wednesday)

 Introduction

The truth is out there. The “Interweb” abounds with this particular truth, mentioned below! Ignore all the “Socialist Utopian” fake news! Today is the day to not care about anything but “space, the final frontier!”

Boldly go where no one (or man, as it was originally) has gone before! I place my work-from-home-a-day life into that context today. William Shatner -- also known as James T. Kirk, on Star Trek (3 seasons, 79 episodes, 1966 - 1969, NBC; years 2266 - 2269) -- got into space finally – even if only 11 minutes – at age 90!

Star Trekking at Age 90

Star Trek, the original series, comes on one of our thousands of TV channels (with not much to watch), on Saturdays, at 10 PM. I stay up the extra hour to watch. (Star Trek used to come on at 9 PM, on Saturdays, until the channel changed it to 10 PM, a couple of years or so ago.)

Y'all can “Gaggle” search by “William Shatner 10/13/2021,” as I did. You will find a plethora of information. FoxNews is one link. That link embeds a link to a YouTube video, of after the touch down.

Conclusion

I enjoy the fantasy of Star Trek, the original series. I even like Star Trek the Next Generation. I like Star Trek Deep Space Nine quite a lot. All the Star Trek movies that included the original Star Trek cast were great! The Next Generation cast movies were good enough. These new Star Trek TV episodes and movies, with a new and young cast, are boring. Eugene (Gene) Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) is rolling over in his grave, due to the new and young cast, in the new Star Trek TV shows and movies. (Well, that's my opinion. Feel free to make it your own!)

This was my brief sidetrack into fantasy. Tomorrow, my “bionic” body gets to drive my new, 'ol truck to and from the “Hadean Realm” office, for the next two days – to do the same work that I did Monday to today, at home.

Beam me up, Scotty! I'm ready to move on Home!


Sunday, October 10, 2021

ROGERSVILLE HERITAGE DAYS, SUNDAY, 10/10/2021

Introduction

The Rogersville Heritage Days Festival started in 1979 – as well as I can remember (when I was age 19). 2021 marked the 42nd Heritage Days (at my age 61). Aside from my “bionic” body, I still feel about the same as I did, at age 19.

Saturday, 10/14/2017, had been the last time that Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I walked Main Street on Heritage Days weekend. (My “bionic” right foot didn't take the pounding very well, but it took it.) It was also the birthday (age 8) of the youngest daughter of my youngest brother and his wife. We had a good day. I didn't take any photographs.

We visited my youngest brother and his family on 10/14/2018, Sunday. We didn't walk Main Street, for Heritage Days. We did eat at the (used to be) Sagebrush. It was rainy and cloudy all day. On 10/12/2019, Saturday, we visited my youngest brother and family. It was a cloudy day. We all ate at the Green Tomato Grill, but we didn't walk Main Street, for Heritage Days. Heritage Days weekend 2020 (10/9 - 11) was rainy. The “Corony Myopia Psychosis” was in full swing. It was raining “Corony” that day.

Heritage Days 10/10/2021

I told y'all yesterday that we might be at Heritage Days today! We were. We at dinner (lunch, as the Yankees call it), at the place where the Pizza Hut used to be, with my youngest brother and his family. We visited the homeplace. Then, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I, bravely, walked Main Street, on Heritage Days!

The center of Main Street is at the traffic light (green, at the time). The court house is to the right (south). The view is looking east. Heritage Days 2021 drew a good crowd this year.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, bravely, took the above photograph of me. The court house is behind me. How did I get that gray-headed? It's better to turn gray than to turn loose! Go Georgia Bulldogs! I told various “Farcebook” friends, who are friends in real life also, to look for me, wearing that T-shirt – if they were there at the time. We didn't meet anyone, whom we knew. I did meet a man, about my age, who works for WRGS – Rogersville's AM/FM radio station. We talked a bit, as we walked. He's a good guy.

Yes, the unknown woman behind me wore a mask. We saw one other wearing a mask. We were glad to see folks living as free people – in a once free and great nation. Appalachian heritage, stubborn and strong-willed as it is, will endure and overcome the “Socialist Utopian” agenda, in the USSA (or USA, until 1/6/2021). (I've written about it.)

Conclusion

Well, y'all keep living as free people, as our God-given right, in the USSA! Don't spend too much of that Monopoly money. A dollar ain't worth much these days. Heck, a $20 bill ain't worth much either. A $100 bill might buy you $10 worth of stuff – as $10 did 60 or so years ago. (I've written about it.) Okay, I'll get off my “soap box!”

As I wind down, in the evening, Molly doggy had been indoors with us. (She's resting for the night in her basement condominium now.) Gunsmoke had been on TV. (I found an old western afterward.) Work-a-day starts tomorrow. Y'all keep turnin' right and goin' straight out there! Ya hear? Well, it's dark now. I wonder when the light will return to this dark nation. We will see – maybe.


Saturday, October 09, 2021

PECAN LOG SATURDAY, 10/9/2021

 Introduction

At 5:00 PM on the dot, I have started writing on this once blank canvas. My Georgia Bulldogs (#2 in nation) are taking care of the Auburn “Kitty Cats” (#18 in nation). I'm listening to (Interweb radio) and watching (TV) the game, as I write. (I can multi-task.) I'm glad that the Tennessee “Vowels” (unranked) beat the South Carolina “Game Chickens” (unranked) earlier today.

Pecan Log Saturday

The dense fog and clouds turned into a sunny afternoon. I had another “best clip” at Tony's Best Clips, (865) 936-4146. I arrived exactly at 11 AM, for my appointment. Tony still takes customers by appointment only.

Afterward, my '06 Frontier got another hand washing at Synergy Auto Wash (Halls), (865) 922-7438. The exterior wash and tire detailing used to cost $13. 9/11/2021 was the last $13 truck wash. The cost is now $18. The guy, whom I know, said that the cost of doing business had gone up, so their prices had to increase. USSA Monopoly money doesn't buy what USA money used to buy.

The final errand was a stop at the Tractor Supply, for “doggys.” The shelf stock was not stocked well – as usual, in the “new normal.” I bought the last two beef “red lid doggys” they had. (They cost too much, as most stuff does these days, but Molly “doggy” likes them!) I told the checkout lady. Tractor Supply doesn't care that I would have bought more – if they could or would stock their shelves.

I decided to treat myself to a rare purchase of candy. (I eat candy rarely.) I bought the (above image) Pecan Roll. It cost $1.99 in USSA Monopoly money. At least the Tractor Supply had pecan rolls this time. I usually see an empty box only. That pecan roll should have cost about 50 cents. Well, I did, back in the 1960's or 1970's, when a dollar was worth something. By the way, that pecan roll was made by the Crown Candy Corporation, in Macon, GEORGIA. They have a website that is not secure (http://www.crowncandy.com/Contact.aspx). Don't click the link, unless you have great virus protection. A better (https) link for the corporation is here.

Poly-tics Aside

Are y'all enjoying the USSA slide into “Socialist Utopia?” I didn't think so. No one, with any sense, is. I won't even mention the army of illegal aliens that continues to invade the USSA southern border, the Monopoly money spending spree, “Corony” Myopia Psychosis, or any of the other fast-paced “Socialist Utopian” nightmares.

My computer (from https://datatech11.com/) has Microsoft Start (msn.com) on it. It came that way. I don't care for it. Data Tech 11 had no choice but to install it. “Microcrap” demanded it.

Early this morning, I clicked Microsoft Start (msn.com). I browsed a while. Y'all might want to browse a while also. Antarctica's last 6 months were the coldest on record - CNN (10/9/2021 article). I thought we were in “global warming.” No, wait a moment! It's “global climate change” now. Blockbuster snowstorm set to bury parts of Rockies | AccuWeather (10/9/2021 updated article). Again, it must be “global climate change. Kamala Harris skips US-Mexico border-security meeting, goes to New Jersey instead | Fox News (10/9/2021 article). There is no “crisis” at the USSA southern border. The USSA needs even more illegal aliens, for their “vote early and often” stock. Scientists develop artificial lightning that breaks up methane (msn.com) (10/8/2021 article). I have enough farmer or farm-raised friends, who must be laughing out loud – if they clicked that one! Science will control cow crap! Well, I think it's crap.

Conclusion

The annual Rogersville Heritage Days is this weekend. It's been a while, since Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I have been up there for it. I have memories of previous years. I called my youngest brother earlier today. Well, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I may have a heritage days get together tomorrow, in the context of Rogersville Heritage Days. We will see. If we get together, I'll write about it. Who knows? The world could come to an end before tomorrow.

Well, my Georgia Bulldogs look like they may beat the Auburn “Kitty Cats.” I'm off of here, for supper and to watch football!