Two Thumbs Up

The Return of an Undead Building

It hasn’t been that long ago since television movies went digital. Barely 10 years ago, in supermarket-sized rental stores everywhere, VHS tapes were being replaced by DVD discs. Now, if you watch DVDs at all you probably rent them from a vending machine outside a convenience store. I’ve been a Netflix customer for a long time, but I haven’t done the DVD mail swap in years. I stream, although my selection of titles is more limited. Convenience is a provocative siren.

Kickstarters take a breather. Several readers have contacted me wanting to contribute to the parsonage renovation without going through the Kickstarter site. This is allowed. You may send a check to: First Universalist Church, PO Box 86, Camp Hill, AL, 36850. Note on the check, “Parsonage fund.” By the way, all funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign, exclusive of Kickstarter fees, will go directly to the church and not to me. If you do send a check, include a note saying what reward you would like to receive. And to be safe, drop me a confirmation email through this site. Thank you all!

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59 responses to “Two Thumbs Up”

  1. Debbe, and if there is no will, the state will decide divisions of property according to law regardless of anyone’s wishes. And a reminder for folks with elderly relatives, keep track of their finances. My mom’s part-time caretaker was telling us yesterday that she had been to see a grandmother who lives elsewhere. Her grandmother is having periods of alternating confusion and clarity, so the caretaker and her uncle were going through the bank records to be sure everything had been paid. They discovered that a nephew neither of them know had gotten $55,000 out of her over a 4 year period. And she was sending donations to every so-called charity that sent her a letter. Plus she had dealt with “contractors” to do work around her house for money in advance, with the work not done or not finished.

  2. How about fried green tomatoes? I haven’t been out to gardens yet but I passed a passel of tomatoes on some bushes in herb beds coming from back yard last night. Took out a small pork loin roast and thinking I will try out those low fat green tomato recipes I stumbled on.

    There’s a bumper crop apparently.

  3. One of Elaine’s specialties, when a frost was due to kill all the tomatoes, was to take the tomatoes I’d brought in, separate the ones that were dead green from those that had begun to blush [and would most likely ripen in the house], and make green tomato pie from the dead green ones. At least as good as apple pie, and her oil crusts were ‘to die for’ [or has that phrase itself died?]. She cut up and froze any surplus dead green ones.

    I eat as healthy now as I did then, but not as well. Also, that was just lagniappe.


  4. Heck, I was gonna title today’s retro “One Thumb Up”, in homage to the old military expression that describes people sitting around doing nothing and/or not knowing what to do. (Jean and sand will know the one I mean.) Probably better to go with Jimmy’s, though.

  5. Made me start thinking about green tomato pie. That one has sugar of course but there is one with a pie crust tart shell and cheese that is somewhat like a deep pizza but no sauce, lots of garlic and basil. I have that.

    Not much fun cooking for one and no benefits is it?

  6. Good, you can come kick a couple of my fired minions for me. Glen can’t, he is official but he would arrest them, given a chance.

    Love green tomato relish and pickles. Had a good stir fry recipe once that used green tomatoes. Wonder if we have okra yet?

  7. Jimmy just did two new rewards categories for the Kickstarter champaign. For $250 or more you can choose any four rewards but no duplicates. What a deal!

    It is easy to upgrade your choice too and raise your donation. If I can, anyone can.

  8. All the talk about tomatoes got to me. I have grape tomatoes here, and low fat mayo. Made chicken breast sandwich, threw tomatoes in bowl and added a dollop of mayo. Umm good.

  9. Hungry now. Wonder if the kitchen floor is dry yet. Much humidity, so I put the house fan on. Have managed w/o AC so far, partly by opening windows when I first get up, closing when it’s no longer cooler outside. Highest indoor temp. so far: 75f. [Cleaning lady, inherited from Elaine, comes every other W.]


  10. Lean ham on wheat, spinach, sliced green bell pepper, sliced black olives, and a schmear of lite mayo.

    Jackie, thought of you while standing in line at the deli. T-shirt on lady in front of me: “Southern Chicks and Kudzu – You Can’t Control Either One of Them”

  11. I received an email from my cable provider that ended with “We’re committed to bringing you the best TV experience, and we’re here to help you 24/7.” That was the email that told me two channels are being *dropped* from my current package, with no change in my monthly fee.

    Thanks for looking out for me, XFINITY. Just let me know the next time you need me to bend over.

  12. That’s monopoly service at its finest, Ghost. Why is it the Feds broke up a perfectly functional telephone service because it was too big, but allow the cable industry to be constantly whittled down to a handful of providers whose service declines almost as rapidly as their fees increase? As Jeff Foxworthy would say, we live in a country run by idiots!

  13. And Ghost, there is a change in your monthly fee, although hidden. Like the food containers in grocery stores that keep the same price while the size decreases, if you pay the same fee but get less product it is the same as a fee increase.

  14. You ate at Subway Ghost?

    Took a nap despite being dressed for beauty salon. Good thing tight polyester leggings and a lace tunic don’t wrinkle!

    Southern women always go have their hair and nails done. We may have to attend a funeral and everyone notices, even if we aren’t the deceased.

  15. Jackie, told to me by a Southern Lady: A Southern nymphomaniac is a woman who will go to bed with a man just after getting her hair done.

  16. I am still laughing out loud on the one.

    I once had pneumonia and doctor was sending me to hospital for admission but I kept my hair appointment first. Did not help the treatment of course, but I knew it was going to be long stay.

  17. Thanx, Mark, I’ll be looking forward to seeing it. However, this is the first of the Tiffany Aching stories and she’s not a witch in training yet, being only nine years old, but it shows how she came to the attention of more experienced witches as somebody who might become a witch some day. Strictly speaking, the Nac Mac Feegles are fairy folk, but it’s not a good idea to tell them that as the proper name for them is Pictsies. To quote one of the more memorable Feegles, Daft Whullie, “I may be daft, but I’m no stupid!”

  18. CLEVELAND, OH – July 20, 2016 (AP)

    “Police Chief Calvin Williams said a protester whose pants caught fire got defensive when a police officer tried to put out the blaze. The man assaulted the officer, and ‘things escalated from there,’ Williams said.”

    Someone wake me up when 2016 is over.

  19. Where’s Gilligan’s Island when you need it? With clothes that never wear out, radios with batteries that never die and enough food variety that you can live on it forever without getting nutritional deficiencies. You don’t need money or a job either.

  20. Mark, if I remember right the Professor had to create batteries out of coconuts to replace the originals. Now you’ve probably got GR wondering (I certainly am ;)) whether the two girls’ outfits would have lasted longer than their good looks!

  21. I really liked British Columbia and the inland passage to Alaska but there are pockets of Internet and cell phone reception. I found that out when my cell phone rang and I answered it to find a dear devote friend on other end worrying about my well being. I shocked him no end at how well my being was

    We could turn off all phones and computers and not put in to shore.

  22. Ghost Sweetie, I did indeed get the reference. 🙂

    As for a place to go to get away from everything, I hear Cape Breton is really nice, but being Nova Scotia that’s likely to be a bit cold for a good many Villagers, even if we don’t want tropical. And they do have Internet and cell reception.

  23. “We need to eat less meat. Should the government step in?” – Headline in (Jeff Bezos-owned) Washington Post.

    “USDA Choice 10 (8 oz.) New York Strip Steaks” – For sale on (Jeff Bezos-owned) Amazon.

    Someone wake me up when 2016 is over.

  24. No, because the sins of the prior year are visited onto the following year and cannot be erased. Ergo, 2017 shall be worse yet.

    Like Sleeping Beauty you will lie in your gilded tower waiting to be awakened by the prince who will save us. He is a fantasy.

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