Showing posts with label Life (such as it is). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life (such as it is). Show all posts

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

LANCE CUNNINGHAM FORD: RECOMMENDED (published 6-15-2022; article #333)


Howdy, to my national and international readers! I hope each of you is doing well, by God's grace! That is my written prayer. Here in these parts, our outside temperature gauge is showing about 95F, on a mostly sunny day. It's a scorcher. I'm glad that I am not loading baled hay in a wagon today! I did that enough, in my teenage years.

In my June 7, 2022, article, I had stated, in the introduction:

As a quick aside, our car hunt saga (mentioned in the introduction to my Monday, May 30, 2022, article) is over! On the anniversary of D-Day, we completed the purchase of our new, 'ol car. Our “long-suffering” '08 Honda Civic was replaced by a new, to us, car. In a few days, I plan to write and publish an article, on the details.

I am writing and publishing the article on the details today.

Temporal life includes moments in time that make lasting memories. Some memories are not pleasant, such as the passing of a loved one. Some are pleasant, such as graduation, marriage, and so forth.

How does car buying rate as a moment in time? It can vary. I have unpleasant and pleasant car buying memories.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I enjoyed a car purchase experience that will be a lasting and pleasant memory! This article is to recommend Lance Cunningham Ford (865-317-6211) – for car purchases and for service after the sale!

The gentleman, whose name that I mention, in my following remarks, has given me approval to mention him by name. I am honored to do so!

Purchase Experience

I had searched Lance Cunningham Ford's website, among several other websites, for pre-owned sedans. I had seen the 2012 Nissan Sentra SR on Lance Cunningham Ford's website.

As an aside, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I plan, Lord willing, to pay in full a substantial principal balance later this year. We, therefore, had to limit our funds, to purchase a pre-owned sedan, to fit our plan. We hope, in the Lord, to be debt free, later this year.

On Tuesday, 5/31/2022, I called Lance Cunningham Ford and reached Travis Thomas, salesman. We conversed well. Travis emailed me his live video of the 2012 Nissan Sentra! His “going the extra mile” effort impressed me! The car would be ready for our viewing, after some detail work was done.

On Friday, 6/3/2022, Travis called, as he promised, to state that the detail work was done. I had planned to call him the next day, to set the time that Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I would arrive to inspect the car.

On the morning of 6/4/2022, I had delayed my call to Travis, as I explored a few other online automobile search options. Travis called me – which I appreciated. He was not, and never was, “pushy.” His call was just to touch base on the plans, since I'd not called him yet.

On that Saturday afternoon, my wife and I enjoyed about three hours, at Lance Cunningham Ford! We met Travis Thomas and an outstanding Sales Manager. The Sales Manager and I are of the same generation. Travis is a younger man. Our rapport with those men was excellent! The Sales Manager and I, being in the same generation, talked as brothers, as if we had known each other for years. Travis and I talked as good friends. They interacted with us professionally and personally.

After the test drive, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman gave her “thumbs up,” for the purchase. (That was important, since she will drive the car mostly!) The price negotiation started. I was prepared. I had a printout with my typed notes on it. (Hey, Sales Manager, thanks for telling me how impressed you were, with my detailed notes!) The negotiation was a mutual agreement. There was no “used car salesman” type games. It was straight forward and fair, with several points of courtesy and humor interjected! The “price was right.” We “made a deal.” Since we had driven to Lance Cunningham Ford in my 2006 Nissan Frontier, we made a down payment, on the 2012 Nissan Sentra.

Monday, June 6, 2022, was the anniversary of D-Day. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I drove our “long-suffering” 2008 Honda Civic to Lance Cunningham Ford. (Wouldn't you know that the air conditioner cooled all the way there! The A/C hadn't been doing that!) We finalized the trade-in of our Civic for the Sentra. That was easy. All the routine paperwork signing did not take that long. We fully understood all the details. There were no “hidden surprises.”

Photograph by Travis Thomas, using Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's “smart” phone.

Travis Thomas took the above photograph, using Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's “smart” phone. Our “long-suffering” 2008 Honda Civic is on the left. Our 2012 Nissan Sentra SR is on the right. Who are those folks in the middle? Wait! I know! They are Mr. and Mrs. Appalachian Irishman – very satisfied Lance Cunningham Ford customers!

Service After the Sale Experience

During our 6/4/2022 inspection of our 2012 Nissan Sentra, I had noticed that the tires needed to be rotated, from back to front. On Friday, 6/10/2022, I drove our newly purchased sedan back to Lance Cunningham Ford, for a scheduled tire rotation, balance, and alignment check.

The Christian young man, in the service department, provided professional and personal service. I got to know him, when we had opportunities to converse. He knows that God will be the unseen presence in his home. After the service was completed, as I prepared to leave, I asked him, “Who will be the unseen presence in your home?” He replied, instantly, “God will be.” The wedding date for his fiancĂ©e and he was upcoming, in a few more days. This young man and his bride will include God, as the guiding source, in their home!

By the way, the cost, for the rotation, balance, and alignment, was very reasonable. We may take up the young man's suggestion, to select Lance Cunningham Ford, for routine oil changes and service! Who knows? I may come with her! I hope to see the young man again.


I hope to keep in touch with Travis Thomas, the Service Manager, and the Christian young man. They are each welcome to come by to visit or to hike House Mountain with me!

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I met several other employees of Lance Cunningham Ford. On 6/10/2022, I met and conversed with more employees. Without mentioning them by name, the two receptionists are fine and Christian ladies. The “too tall” young lady, who provided the “sign here and here” sales transaction service, on 6/6/2022, appreciated my sense of humor! The “sign here and here” part was professional and personal. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, on 6/4/2022, became reacquainted with a young man, who had been one of her students. He is a salesman and appears to be “turning right and going straight” in life! I hope that they keep in touch! We met other staff and sales representatives. To a person, each one was congenial and friendly.

I believe that Lance Cunningham Ford, as led by their General Manager, knows how to build a team of professional and personable employees. I do not care for “car commercials,” on radio or TV, as they are often unrefined and insulting. The Lance Cunningham Ford commercials have never been crass. They have class. The jingle runs through my mind, at times, with a lasting memory of a pleasant moment in time!

Travis Thomas and Lance Cunningham Ford both have my written permission, here and now, to share this article -- as published, without redaction, on any media format -- to benefit him and that fine company. I want to freely share our memory of our purchase and service after the sale experiences.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

MY THIRD 'BIONIC' TOOTH (published 5-12-2022; article #324)


This is a funny, “life, such as it was,” article. I had to find something to do, while I was bored, working at home!

My article of October 24, 2020 mentioned my second 'bionic' tooth. I got my first 'bionic' tooth, in 1982 – after having chipped an upper right tooth, when I'd bitten into a hamburger that had a bone fragment in it.

On Thursday, 2/3/2022, at the office, I decided to chew some gum. I chipped an upper, right tooth – on chewing gum! I can't make up this stuff folks! It happened. Apparently, they don't make forty-year-old fillings like they used to do.


On 2/11/2022, Friday, I took the early afternoon (12 - 1:45 PM) off work (from home). My dentist cleaned and investigated. The mold was cast for my new (third) crown. I took the photograph, below, after the appointment. I'd saved the front part of my tooth that broke off and a few of the old (about 1982) fillings that had chipped out also.



On Friday, 3/4/2022, my dentist set the temporary crown on my chipped tooth. The total time, including driving, was from 11:30 AM to about 12:45 PM. I remember swallowing Novocain. It was the fault of no one. It just happened. I returned home, to finish the work-at-home day. After work, I put together a new pole lamp, for my home office. I felt fine.

In the early evening, the Novocain that I had ingested had a variety of unpleasant adverse reactions. My mind was fuzzy. I had trouble walking. I was dizzy. I felt like crap! Mrs. Appalachian Irishman knows! After lying on the bed a while, about 8:30 PM or so, I started to feel better.

The next day, Saturday, I awakened, still tasting Novocain in my mouth! I was sluggish. By the early afternoon, however, I felt fine again. I did the usual trash haul and other chores, as usual.

Never, never ingest Novocain! It is not pleasant! See the WebMD article on “Novocain Injection.” It does NOT include details on Novocain INGESTION!


Monday, 4/4/2022, was a “rich, full” day. My wife, fortunately, was on her spring break vacation week. Her aunt Mona Beckner (age 100) -- about whom I have written, in January and April, 2022 -- was hospitalized that day.

In the midst of aunt Mona's status, I had my usual monthly chiropractic adjustment, during my work-at-home lunch hour. Afterward, I was off work, for my final dental appointment. The total time, including driving, was from 2:30 - 4:45 PM. My dentist was overbooked. I waited. Finally, my third new crown ('bionic' tooth) was in place – with NO NOVOCAIN! I'll never agree to Novocain again!


Well, I finally decided to publish this little article. It's funny. It was “life, such as it was.” I had to do something, while bored and working at home today.

By the way, please await a future article. It will be about my future, undiscovered country!

Sunday, May 01, 2022

LIFE, 'SUCH AS IT WAS,' LATE MARCH 2022 TO 4-1-2022: Coat Hanger, China Test Kits for China Virus, 'Bionic' 6-Year Anniversary, Vietnam War Veterans Day, Advance Knox Psychobabble, CHS Yearbook, National Atheists' Day (published 5-1-2022; article #316)

Introduction (5/1/2022, Sunday)

Happy May Day, y'all! See my article “5/1/2021, SATURDAY, MAY DAY: TRIBUTE TO A FINE OFFICER (Published 5/8/2021, Saturday, VE Day),” for May Day details. I doubt that many Russians are celebrating May Day today. See my Sunday, March 20, 2022, article. I still keep up with all the sad details of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

I have a backlog of rough draft articles and some articles that are in my mind only. This writer must get some of the backlog published and out of my mind!

Initial Introduction (4/3/2022, Sunday)

On Sunday, 4/3/2022, at 4:20 PM, as I had begun to write, I had wondered why I didn't hike that weekend. The weather had been right. My last hike was on House Mountain (hike #178, #42 “bionic”), on 4/18/2021. See my 4/25/2021 article. I decided to take a hiking sabbatical, for fall and winter 2021 - 2022 hiking. I could have hiked several times. I chose to focus on my website articles instead. I haven't stopped hiking – yet! My “bionic” body can still enjoy a good hike!

This article catches up on most of the “life, such as it was,” in late March 2022 to 4/1/2022. This is a long article. If you become bored, you are welcome to stop reading. I almost didn't publish this article. I wanted to get this into my journal, here, despite the passing of aunt Mona Beckner. (See my 4/10/2022 article.) Life must move on – until we, who are ready, join her, and so many others, at Home.

3/27, Sunday: Coat Hanger

Do you see the coat hanger, on the right (southwest) window? I modified the coat hanger, of course. That's the master's bedroom window, where Mrs. Appalachian Irishman sleeps also. The view looks south, toward our “back 40.” I took the photograph, on 3/27/2022, Sunday afternoon.

The plastic rod that adjusts the blinds had broken many moons ago. I had been adjusting the blinds by hand. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, being vertically impaired, could not do so. My coat hanger adjustment rod works just fine! It's how a country boy uses his improvisation skills!

I thought that you would laugh!

3/28, Monday: China Test Kits for China Virus

On Monday, 3/28/2022, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman granted me permission to write the details in this section.

See my 1/23/2022 article on aunt Mona, to set the context. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman felt sickly, on 1/23/2022, Sunday. She didn't work the next day.

For historical context, my Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) left this world on January 25, 2008. On 1/25/2022, my wife took a made in China home test, for the China virus. She tested positive. She stayed home and off work the rest of that week. My wife had the usual symptoms of a bad cold. She consulted her PCP, by phone. She didn't need any prescriptions. She took care of herself, at home, with some help from me. I worked at home all that week, since I had been exposed to the China virus. I felt fine.

On 1/29/2022, I bought a made in China test kit, at the local CVS. That's the sales receipt, in the above photograph. The other made in China test kits were “free,” provided by the USSA government – via a family member. Of course, the USSA government bought the “free” test kits from China – since the kits are made in China.

On 1/30/2022, Sunday, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman felt well enough. She took another made in China test. She tested positive again. Her PCP had told her that she would test positive for a few months. She went back to her work-a-day world the next day.

On 2/1/2022, Tuesday, and again, on 2/21/2022, Monday, Presidents' Day, I tested negative twice, using made in China tests, for the China virus. Aside from a mild case of “the snots,” I felt fine. Either I have had the China virus, when I didn't know it, or I am immune naturally.

Interestingly, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had the first (two-round) China virus immunization series (2/24/21, 3/26/21). She had the booster immunization (12/28/21). (Note: Mom, Betty Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000, became ill on 12/28/1999.) My wife, despite the immunizations, still came down with the China virus. I have never taken a China virus immunization. I have not yet had the China virus – unless I did but treated it as a minor cold.

I'd glad that you are recovered fully, from a bad cold, dear! Thanks for allowing me to publish these details! Love you! Mean it!

3/29, Tuesday, Includes Four Sub-Sections

3/29/2022, Tuesday, needs four sub-sections. Yes, it was a “rich, full” day.

'Bionic' 6-Year Anniversary

The reading of my 8/26/2016 article, “I’M STILL ALIVE – WHY? (Published 8/26/2016),” will set the context. Over the last six years, I have mentioned “my bionic life,” a few times.

At least I worked at home, on the sixth anniversary of “my bionic life!” When I work at the office, I pass, going and returning, “the kill spot,” where my '95 Nissan pickup died and where I almost died, on 3/29/2016. That was a Tuesday also. I remember.

Vietnam War Veterans Day

I had heard about Vietnam War Veterans Day. I had forgotten about it, on 3/29/2022. The following are quotes from the websites cited.

“National Vietnam War Veterans Day is acknowledged on March 29 every year, honoring anyone who served during its 20-year time.” “It was President Donald Trump who signed the Act on March 29, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on this day to honor everyone who served during this time, whether they were in Vietnam or not.” “. . . it was founded in 2017.” (Source:

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”(Source:

S.305 – Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is available, in full detail at

Welcome home, to all Vietnam War Veterans. This once great nation honors you. I wish that this once great nation would live in honor of your sacrifices.

Advance Knox Psychobabble

Advance Knox ( is some type of Knox County Tennessee government initiative, as far as I can figure out. They want to do great stuff for the county, so they claim. During my lunch, while working at home, on 3/29/2022, I attended a “virtual” meeting on the Interweb.

The organizers asked us to enter our points of view on various topics. I, as others, did. The meeting appeared to be a way for those folks to gather demographic and opinion research only. I asked that an organizer call our landline later that day or soon. I wanted to talk to someone, by phone at least. I was assured that I would be called.

On 4/4/22, I replied to the 4/4/22 email that I had received, from I stated, as I had requested, in the 3/29/22 virtual meeting, that I was still awaiting a phone call from those folks. I had and have requested phone conversation with Advance Knox. As of this date, Advance Knox has not called me. The crickets chirp only.

The bottom line is that Knox County will not turn farm land, in our area, into “McMansion” subdivisions! Various Interweb groups stand against it. I am a “virtual” participant in Gibbs Planning Advocates – GPA (via We will see what these Advance Knox taxpayer-funded bureaucrats do. Will they listen? Who knows, at this stage.

CHS Yearbook

I had wanted to place an advertisement, for this website, in the 2022 Cherokee High School Yearbook. Cherokee High School is in my hometown. I was too late, but I did converse, by email and phone, with a fine instructor at the school, on 3/29/2022.

This fine instructor emailed me her painting of Devil's Nose and her poem titled “Devil's Nose.” I have permission to share them, in a future website article. I plan to do so. I have not had the time to do so yet.

4/1, Friday: National Atheists' Day

April the first, annually, is called “April Fools' Day. I prefer to call it National Atheists' Day.

“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psa. 14:1, 53:1, KJV). Atheism is a foolish notion. I affirm my written words, in my Friday, 4/2/2021, article “ATHEISTS' DAY, GOOD FRIDAY, RESURRECTION SUNDAY.”

I have helped several atheists on their journey to find salvation – especially in Russia. To any atheist readers, you are welcome to contact me. I will debate – in an effort to convert you – if you are interested.


On Good Friday, 4/15/2022, I had written: Resurrection Sunday is coming! This temporal “life, such as it is,” events – some good and some not good – will be placed in the context of everlasting life – eventually.

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:57-58 KJV).

Read the entire 15th chapter, by the inspired apostle Paul. At aunt Mona Beckner's funeral (4/13/2022) and gravesite (4/14/2022), the godly minister read from that chapter.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

MARCH MADNESS 2022 – IF ANYONE CARES (published 3-20-2022; article #304)


Howdy, y'all! Are your mind and eyes engaged, to read a while? Despite the warm and sunny weather, I prefer to write and not hike. I have six articles in rough draft! This is the first one.

The articles will become more profound, starting with this “if anyone cares” article, as the least profound. I apologize to readers, who are fanatics for the Tennessee college basketball teams – including Mrs. Appalachian Irishman!

Tennessee Basketball in March

The men's team, on Friday, March 11, 2022, won the SEC Tournament Championship. They beat Mississippi State, 72 - 59. That was the first SEC Championship that the men's team had won in several years, or decades. I don't keep track of that stuff.

The men entered the “March Madness” tournament. On Thursday, 3/17/2022, St. Patrick's Day, they won Round One: #3 Tennessee 88. #14 Longwood 56. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day, by the way, to y'all!

For Round Two, yesterday (Saturday), March 19, 2022, they lost: #11 Michigan 76. #3 Tennessee 68. That was one of those bracket busting upsets. Once again, Tennessee has no “Sweet 16” appearance.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is fond of the Lady Vols. They didn't win the SEC Tournament Championship. I have forgotten the date and which team beat them. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman remembers.

Yesterday, the Lady Vols, however, won Round One, of their “March Madness:” #4 Tennessee 80. #13 Buffalo 67.

Round Two will be tomorrow (3/21/2022, Monday), at 7 PM. The Lady Vols will play #12 Belmont. I recon that the TV will have to be on whatever channel for the game – not on the Gunsmoke channel, as usual.


From court-side, this is the Appalachian Irishman signing off, from his March Madness update. I thought that you might be bored. I was, while writing this article!

Let's move to article number two!

Saturday, March 12, 2022

THE BLIZZARD OF MARCH 2022 (published 3-12-2022; article #301)


As I begin to write, at 4:17 PM, on Saturday, March 12, 2022, the sun is bright, in a clear blue sky. Do folks in east Tennessee have enough milk and bread? I hope so!

The weather prognosticators were correct – this time. The weather signs, of the last few days, had been indicating that rain, at least, was coming.

The rain started late last evening. I went to bed as a skeptic. The temperature was near 60F. I woke up this morning as a believer. The falling temperature changed the rain to snow – a real snow this time.

The Blizzard of March 12, 2022

A video says a thousand words. Just before Mrs. Appalachian Irishman recorded the video (below), Molly (our 'ol puppy), very bravely, had explored the back yard. She made a “lollipop” design – going out, circling, and returning to her basement condominium the same way she'd started. Molly enjoyed her brief romp in the snow! I wish that I'd had my semi-intelligent phone handy – to photograph or video Molly!

The original video, below, is a minute and 59 seconds long. I had to “trim” it for publishing.

 I hope that you enjoy it. I apologize for not having had a shower yet! I hope that you can't smell me!



Seven and a half inches of snow! That's what this Appalachian Irishman calls a real snow!

There were four “dinky” snows in January – 1/3/2022, 1/6/2022, 1/17/2022, and 1/29/2022. I wrote about the 1/17/2022 snow, in my first article of that date. My first article, of 1/9/2022, wrote about the two snows in one week.

February recorded no snow here. On Saturday, 2/26/2022, however, my '06 Frontier and I hauled trash – as the rain and hail mixture was coming down. The hail changed to all rain, later in the day.

Historical Blizzards (© 2022, A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved) has an article, updated 12/15/2020, titled “The Biggest Snow Storms in US History - We trudge back in time to revisit some of the worst blizzards in U.S. History” by Staff; updated Dec. 15, 2020; original Mar. 14, 2017.

I wasn't around yet, for the blizzard of March 1888. Papaw Marion Ferrell (4/13/1880 - 11/21/1970) was a boy. His wife, Molly Gertrude Archer (11/30/1892 - 6/11/1971), wasn't born yet.

During the blizzard of January 1922, Granny Wood (Lula Frank Amos, 6/16/1901 - 8/12/1991) and Papaw Aby William Wood (9/4/1901 - 3/14/1983) were young adults.

I remember the blizzard of February 1978! The snow fell every Wednesday, as I recall. High school graduation had to be delayed until late June, as I remember.

During the blizzard of March 1993, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I lived in Dexter, Missouri. I was the associate minister, at the church. We were well into our preparation to move to Moscow, Russia – on 10/1/1994. I shoveled mounds of snow! My 1984 Chevy Chevette hit ice and snow, and we spun full circle – staying on the road, thankfully!

During the January 1996 blizzard, in this once great nation, we were still in our five-year mission work in Russia (to 9/30/1999). Blizzard? What blizzard! Snow covers the ground, in the Moscow area, from about November to about April!

Well, the article mentions two blizzards, in 2010. You can read about those, as you wish to do so.

The photograph, below, is from my January 10, 2010 article, “House Mountain Snow!“


Yes, I marketed my website, on the snow, on the rock. That rock is just east of the west bluff, on House Mountain. That is my left shoe print.

Spring Forward

By the way, don't forget to “spring forward,” before going to bed tonight. “Government time” (daylight savings time) starts at 2 AM! How does it save daylight? It will be darker longer, in the mornings. It will be lighter longer, in the evenings. It does not “save daylight.” It just moves it forward an hour! That's “government time,” lying to you!

Papaw Ferrell called it “guvrmint” time. I do also.


I'd better wind this down. I hear Mrs. Appalachian Irishman working on supper! Y'all enjoy this early spring snow, on “spring forward” day. Meteorological spring started on March 1st.

Y'all keep turnin' right and goin' straight out there, ya hear?

Sunday, February 20, 2022

LIFE, SUCH AS IT WAS, UPDATE 2-13-2022 TO 2-19-2022: “Supper Bowl,” Valentine's Day, Birthday Call, Sessions Court Judge Candidate (published 2-20-22; article #298)


Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) use to say, about meals he'd prepared for us -- after Mom (Betty Lou Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000) went to see Jesus – “it's ready, such as it is.” Dad became a good cook. We enjoyed the meals he prepared for us, usually on Sunday afternoons, when family would visit together, at the homeplace.

That's why I title articles, “life, such as it is” or “as it was.” I'm “trying to keep it going, Dad” – well at least the basic theme. I'm not much of a cook.

Supper Bowl”

“Supper Bowl” Sunday was on 2/13/2022. I like a good supper bowl.


The above image is a free download from (Berlin, Germany). The image is by Louise Tsaraph.

Well, I like the good food that's in any supper bowl (if the bowl is large enough). I've never eaten anything colored blue, in a supper bowl before.

The NFL Super Bowl was on 2/13/2022. The TV was on Gunsmoke and the other usual Sunday evening choices. Neither the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, nor the Carolina Panthers were in it – my three teams, in order. The Kansas City Chiefs, my fourth team, was not in it.

My Sunday, August 08, 2021 article remarked on my 7/19/2021 e-mail to Roger Goodell. He has never replied. I don't follow the NFL much – especially if my Steelers aren't doing very well. By the way, I wish “Big Ben,” Ben Roethlisberger, a good retirement! His 18 seasons with my Steelers were usually very good or great.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day was last Monday. I joke about calling Valentine's Day “VD Day.” I created the following card, for Mrs. Appalachian Irishman. I worked at home that day, so I could wash towels, at lunch.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's gift to me will be my third “bionic” tooth! On 2/3/2022, just after I'd arrived at the “Hadean Realm” office, not at home, I chipped an upper right tooth. The culprit was a filling, about 40 years old, that could not take the punishment of the chewing gum that I'd just started to chew! On 2/11/2022, working part of the day from home, my dentist patched my tooth with a temporary filling. On 3/4/2022, Friday, I plan to work from home, part of the day. My dentist plans to fit my tooth for the crown. Later in March, I'll get that third “bionic” tooth! Thanks, dear, for your Valentine's Day gift!

My Sunday, August 16, 2020 article mentioned my second “bionic” tooth. I hope that my other 40-year old fillings hold!

Birthday Call

I am the eldest of the four sons of Earl and Betty Ferrell. The youngest daughter of my brother, who is next to eldest, attained age 36, on 2/16/2022, Wednesday. After my “work-at-home-a-day,” I called her.

We had a very good conversation of almost an hour. The last time we saw each other was on 7/3/2021 (Saturday). My Monday, July 05, 2021 article wrote about the details. We both hope that the Earl and Betty “Fearghail” clan can get together, in person, one of these days soon.

Washington County, TN, Sessions Court Judge Candidate

I have a lifelong friend. His mother and my mother were friends. I have always known my friend. (By the way, his birthday was on 2/6/2022. After having played phone tag, we talked, finally, on 2/8/2022 – the birthday of my next to youngest brother. Yes, that brother and I played phone tag on 2/8/2022. He and I talked by phone on 2/9/2022.)

My friend is the eldest of three siblings. His sister (via good 'ol “Farcebook”) informed folks that their youngest sibling is a candidate for Washington County, Tennessee, Sessions Court Judge!

I encourage my Washington County, Tennessee, readers to vote for Todd Hull. His website is (copyright © 2022 Todd Hull for Sessions Court Judge - All Rights Reserved.)

On his “Farcebook” page, I wrote the following comments earlier today: “I have known him as long as he's been alive! He was raised right. He turned out right. He will move in the right direction. I encourage folks in Washington County, TN, to vote for him.”

I can still remember playing backyard football – among many other good memories! True friends stay connected through the years.


Well, Dad, this is my “life, such as it was” update. Once I join Mom, you, and so many others, we will pass everlastingness, in part, by talking about our various life stories, when we were on this temporal plain.

Until then, Dad, I will remember this story. I look forward to telling it to you!