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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top Ten events in the World of the Magnificent Stevie 2011

Come back to this list as it is a work in progress, will be refined a little and amplified and explained where necessary

10. Bill Glenn's reopenen on 68 top of Lookout near the Leesburg brow. They lost some fine help in the transition but the new digs are fabulous and the sign is good and the potato soup good as ever and real good kind price on chili in the Fall

9.Subway and Don Chico's opened downtown Collinsville and I can see where Momma got baptized from there, and after negotiations got soft shelled chicken taco con queso with pico de gallo at the right price and Subway pnut butter cookies two for a buck is good and my new friend Tamara from Washington State has refreshing sense of humor and it ain't far to walk around the corner and check on Cookie and Roger Dutton on a Saturday. And my friends at China House and Jack's are hospitable as ever

8.I may come back to Number 8 later, drawing a blank; 8B I started a facebook page so I could segue into the Gaffneyite Page, but don't try to friend me cause I spend too much time on internet as it is and before long distractions add up and as they say in Tree Of Life, It's Over

7.My friend the Mow has some new yard ornaments for Christmas and nabors and it picked up a little in the fall....7B I crashed Newt Gingrich Town Hall Nov 30 at Tommy's Ham House and talked to everybody in the room including Newt and Sean Hannity and got on WYFF My Friend Four and people all over the Upstate saw me in contradistinction to Newt's plan for America and some on the internet too.


6.Pretty snow in January and I took some pictures and the well was generous and the hot water heater got me through

5. I had some chic fil a Coupons one or two in April, and got a new batch around October, about four

5B.Rode over to Rome Ga couple times, saw Cousin Neil in April and had some Chicken NoKey soup at Olive Garden

4. Read some good books, History of Christianity, Leftovers, Holy Ghost Girl, some James Wood articles in New Yorker, and saw Higher Ground and some stuff once or twice after Noodles and Such in Huntsville, always a pleasant ride.
In the world of Oratorio and authentic American Musical Art Forms I participated in three memorable events. The July 4 Sacred Harp Singing in Henegar, Alabama which I blogged about at this site, and the 4th Sunday singing and Saturday before, both days,at Pine Grove Baptist Church outside Collinsvillle, Al on Lookout Mtn about a mile from where my Grandfather Jordan was born in 1881. For the first time I joined the Basses in the Square.
On Dec 25 at the close of the Christmas Service at FBC Easley, S.C. at the church's open invitation choir loft I joined about 120 singers in the Hallelujah Chorus and my five month stint in the Furman Singers 40 years ago kicked right in and I did a marvelous job.
Thank-you FBC Easley for the opportunity and Blessing.
On a somber note the April 27 tornadoes that came through Alabama took 33 lives in Dekalb County

3.Late September, 30th I think it was, met Todd of Hoover in Bham had a good lunch and caught the end of the annual Const Reform meeting nearby. There in rapid succesion had good chats with Governor Brewer, Samford Provost, Wayne Flynt whose Keeping the Faith I reviewed in a Guest Column in the FPayne T-J Nov 16, and my friend Sam Hodges of FU '77. Had good chat with Sam and Todd and set the world straight for about 90 minutes. Earlier, bout June 27 went to Southside UMC at Five Points Bham to stand in solidarity with Bishop Willimon, R.G. Lyons and his associate against Deacon Gov Bentley and his ill conceived Immigration Law.
On Dec 30 ethicsdaily.com named Flynt Baptist of the year. I hope many of you who see my top ten list here will google that report.

2.Went to my 40th GHS '71 Reunion October 21 and got my picture taken with Chief Tom Tom and had wonderful lunch with Classmates at Olive Garden in Gaffney--who woulda ever thought Gaffney would have an OGar but they do--after the Grand Assembly and then rode up on a beautiful day to Shelby for Bridges Barbeque and thought about the Meaning of Life

1.My Niece Katie got married in June and my brother Put On the Dawg for his daughter, and My Bro in law performed the ceremony and my sister read a poem. Neal Rabon was at the Reception, Ben Leaphart almost stole the show, but the Bride held on as the Star Attraction and about 9:30 the Motown Band kicked in with Respect Yourself and I lead the Snake dance around the Room and it was super. And the food was good and my brother didn't try to concoct his dbl fudge Bundt cake pie till after Thanksgiving

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