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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, June 30, 2016

Politics and BBQ in Upstate SC, and OJ

    What I really want to talk about is the indelicate term ratfucking, Joseph Morgan and the Torch in light of the new book by Daley of that title How the GOP Turned America Red. Joe helped Mike Hubbard in the Alabama campaign. First chapter is fascinating about the legacy of South Carolina's Lee Atwater, Carroll Campbell and Janowski a College of Charleston  and USCarolina law grad.

    But first the Cue, the BBQ and the Upstate. Ive been up here for about a month now and had BBQ four times. Was going for a 5th tomorrow but enough is enough. Once at Henry's in Simpsonville, twice on Woodruff Road, and the sacred journey to Red Bridges in Shelby North Carolina with my brother June 14. Was supposed to have my picture put on their facebook wall but they didn't come through as promised. If the Cue wudn't so damned good I'd never go back. Ha, that's a lie cause it is good.

   Up there we talked to a third cousin of Earl Scruggs who is the band director in 2nd year at Crest High School where David Thompson played Bball; and on Tuesday talked to a Mormon wife from Utah on way back to Sacramento who has been to the home of the Celtics Danny Ainge. You start talking to people you never know what you will find out.

  On June 30 rode over to Liberty South Carolina after pickin up a Skins hotdog all the way in West Easley. Did some shoppin at a grocery store where I struck up a conversation with the fish man. Turns out he has his PHD in business and statistics from Clemson after a life in the military and 20 years retired in Pickens county. Family from Upstate New York and Morocco. Gonna teach at Western Carolina this fall. And he said make the acquaintance of Ron Rash after my strong recommendation.

    What about them Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. I went on the Championship Facebook this afternoon and gave em a congrats and told them the story of Dom DiMaggio and Leon Culberson.

    Had a good phone chat with Fletcher Smith yesterday.

     Saw my brothers grandsons. They have charisma but how coutd they not with me and Uncle Fremont and Uncle bill in the bloodline. Read Little Billy a story about the Shivers and gave Mac 35 cents for his bank. Told Timmon about how is name came to be, and went to hear nephew Andrew at EFBC at end of his choir tour where he saw Marcia Dean at Gettysburg.

    Got my picture taken and posted on facebook with three Furman theologians and Bill Whitfield, saw all ten hours of OJ Made in America, many episodes twice and watched Marcus Willis and Federer at Wimbledon this morning.

   At the Barnes and Noble after my third Henry's Tuesday I found the Calvin Trill memoir with the NY Times Jackson 1965. Great story there of a flight from Atlanta to Jackson that year in the heat of the Civil Rights era. King and some of his entourage, mostly King struck up a conversation with a White Mississippian who called himself a Christian. Quite civil conversation where the white fellow had most of the talking points of your average Baptist deacon of the day likely this one a Rotarian. What about the Communist influence, couldn't King do it without stirring up violence and marching, didn't the Bible call for order first etc. King bobbed and weaved and of course had the upper hand in the exchange all along but the white fellow never got it. What Robert Parham talked about today with the Illumination Project and the CBF re the Orlando statement Im convinced is a whole different matter. Even Sandy at baplife dot com gets it better than some of the tattoed millennial Baptists of the Ellen Jimmerson stripe. But it is an interesting world, always has been. Wasn't it Kierkegaard who said every generation has to start all over and learn for itself; or maybe that was the Sheriff in No Country for Old Men goin on up ahead cause he knew his Daddy would be there waitin for him with that fire in the horn, in all that cold and all that dark.

   Little Dawg Nine and Cody McAteer's boy are goin to state finals in Prattville to win the Dixie youth of 8 year old title for Collinsville. they got a Mexican and a colored boy on the team. I wish them well

   So who needs Disney World, I mean really

   I'm just getting started. come back for more on July 5 or so

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