Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Right Now: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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When and where were the best fireworks you've ever seen? Speaking of fireworks...do you know your hot buttons? The things people can say and/do to set you off? When was the last time someone pushed one of your hot buttons?

I've only been to one fireworks show, so I don't have a comparable list to pick a best from.  The show was a couple of years ago at the Jacksonville High School football stadium.  I was still in the Community Band then, and we played several patriotic tunes as part of the live entertainment.

Speaking of Community Band...hot buttons.  I know, I know, dead horse, BUT for some dumb reason I keep hoping the director will come to his senses.  Anyway.  Two of my biggest hot buttons are people talking down to me, or treating me like I'm stupid.  The last time my hot buttons were pushed?

**This is the part where I keep my mouth shut. **

Have you hosted any outdoor summer parties this year? Attended any? What makes for a great outdoor party?

No, and no.  A great outdoor party is one with good food, music that isn't so loud that conversation is impossible, and conversation that isn't so impossible you wished you could just listen to music.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just friendly and open.

What does freedom mean to you?


July is National Cell Phone Courtesy month...what annoys you most about people's cell phone habits?

A customer who will not get off his cellphone long enough to handle a business transaction.  I see it everywhere I go, plus customers do that to me also.  They don't speak or even make eye contact with the person serving them.  It's pathetic, not to mention downright rude.   I wish we could post a sign that said:
"Before approaching the front desk for any reason, please get off the freakin' phone!  All violators will be punched in the throat!"

What's your current summer anthem?

Insert your own random thought here.

I started to go on a rant here about someone peeing on my Independence Day fun at work because they didn't feel it was a "black" holiday, but I'm going to share some good things instead.

So there!

Didn't know that JackVegas had a Little Free Library just off the Square.

Saw this at a gas station in Oxford, Alabama and thought it was hilarious.
Made me think of the Commodores song Too Hot ta Trot.

Meet my new ride.  I have named her
The Green Hornet

We have a new baby coming to our church family and this couple likes
handmade gifts (Yay!).  I got the chance to sew another one of my big
bags and fill it with goodies.  Enjoy, Baby Calvin!


  1. I mean as a black woman you should support days dedicated in remembrance of your people as well as holidays dedicated to other events. In a country where all too often we as black people are told to get over the struggles of our ancestors, celebrating our roots is important. If you don't take heed to the past you are doomed to repeat it... have mercy on the poor soul who thinks the past has nothing to do with them. Reality check, no matter how much you feel it won't affect you, society sees you as black. You should be proud to have melanin in your skin.. to have a dark hue.. fun face in 1776 "Independence Day" people who looked like you were slaves.. That's the raw truth and while nobody alive may have personally beem a slave but this country was built on a slave based economy.. that includes your family... so how about you pay some respect to them and read up. I take it your the type to be blind to racism because you feel like it doesn't affect you.. probably because of who you affiliate with. 9 times out of 10 they talk about you behind your back.. shuck and jive back to massa nem... good evening :)

    1. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

      I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

      I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

      I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

      I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

      I have a dream today.

      I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

      I have a dream today.

      I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

      This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

      This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

      And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

      Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

      Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

      But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

      Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

      Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

      When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.