The Sound of Music

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The good Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise, I’ll be in Chattanooga when the sun goes down today. Have you ever heard that expression? (Southerners, be quiet and sit on your hands for this one.) I’ve heard it most of my life, and of course I first assumed it meant, If providence allows and the roads don’t flood. I have since learned an alternative version. “Creeks” refers to the Creek Indians, a dominant eastern tribe when European settlers appeared in North America. That’s probably correct; it makes sense. Not far from where I was born in Alabama is Horseshoe Bend on the Tallapoosa River. There, in 1814, Andrew Jackson and an army of Tennesseans attacked a fortified Creek village during the climactic battle to subdue the Creeks in Alabama after years of skirmishes. The source of all this friction was, of course, a desperate attempt by the Indians to hang on to their natural-born place in this world. It didn’t work. More Native Americans died in battle on that day than on any other day during all the 19th Century Indian wars. From there, Jackson and his bunch marched to New Orleans, but that’s another history lesson. And Chattanooga? Well, we’re out of time.

207 responses to “The Sound of Music”

  1. Good morning Villagers…..

    Usually I am much earlier than this, but due to a sleepless night before (not last night) Dad and I caught up on much needed sleep. We both woke up at 7is and felt refreshed. He ate breakfast and is not asleep in recliner… Amen

    Sisters and I last night ordered the headstone for Mom and Stepfathers’ resting place….complete with hummingbird. It was bittersweet after 3 years. Saw some interesting engraving on headstones completed and ready for shipment…complete with Tinkerbell on the front of one…different.

    Then my sisters took me out to eat at a Mexican restaurant….it was a full feeling experience. (Oh, Ian stayed with Grandpa)

    Overcast today. 60 degrees,. Already scrubbed kitchen floor, hands and knees thank you very much.

    Laura, have you had a chance to check out BCN’s instagram….love the newspapers’ editions.

    Jerry, I will look into the ‘trap’.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…..

  2. That is an expression that means something different today than it did when it originated. However whether it means the Creek Nation or a creek, it is immaterial today. If it is part of God’s will, then it will happen, if it is not, then it won’t. I think that it is interesting to learn about our history, as without that saying, I would have never heard of the Creek Nation. Or at least would have forgotten it from history class.

  3. I love word and phrase origins, and I had never heard this one. I’m from California, and have both heard and used this phrase in humor. Now I can wow with Indian history. Haha

  4. The native people in Oklahoma do not use this expression. They consider Andrew Jackson to be the devil incarnate and will not use $20 bills.

    My friend just informed me Jackson is being taken from the $20 and replaced with Harriet Tubman.

  5. Decorah North had first egg laid on Fe 19th; regular Decorah had first egg on Fe 20th. If it takes 35-36 days, we ought to be seeing eaglets in both places very soon, and for a total of 6 times if all hatch.

  6. The climactic battle is considered a massacre by Native people’s as most killed were women and children. This is not politically correct, hence Harriet Tubman.

  7. Mr. Johnston, you have probably answered this question before,but when did Gene get blonde hair? I thought that he was dark-haired (which, I grant, I preferred).

  8. I’m from the Yankee-fied part of Delaware but I grew up knowing the phrase “If the Good Lord’s willing and the creek [pronounced ‘crick’] don’t rise”.

    BTW, regarding today’s throwback comic: Bop ’til you drop!

  9. I, from the wilds of New York City(!), had always heard the expression as referring to a rivulet flooding or not. About 10-12 years ago, I heard about the expression as referring to a given tribe. It seems to make sense either way, and I’m in no position to know which arose first.

  10. c x-p: I watched the D-N nest for about an hr. before lunch. Just before adults changed places, noticed one egg had pipped [unless ad. had punctured it accidentally]. Ad. that left had a uniformly pale yellow bill. Ad. who took over and who is still on nest now has more orange on bill’s tip. No idea who is M or F. Do not know how either voted. [After all, they are our national bird.] Peace,

  11. Made thru nuclear stress test for heart. Ate at PF Chang and had great salmon, greens, spinach, chopped salad, brown rice, pepper steak and ginger fruit shortcake.

    Friend says he is putting me on fruit and Vegs, no more fabulous meals. We have said that daily.

  12. Debbe I finally took a look at the pics. Wow, there were a lot of them to peruse. I loved the ones of her cats. Her drawings are just so amazing. I enjoy BCN. It rates up there right after Arlo & Janis.

  13. Yup live in the Appalachians and always heard it as “crick”. Not sure I can pronounce creek, but I do like the version referring the Creek Indians, although I was passing familiar with Creek history I had never heard the version.

  14. Several decades ago, linguists discovered the little town where I live.

    They found that the town is virtually on the dividing line between the metropolitan dialect and accent that is prevalent to the northwest in cities such as Columbus and the Appalachian dialect and accent that is favored to the southeast.

    As a result, we have an incredible blend of speech. Listen for but a few moments, and you will hear some say, “crick, deesh, and tar,” while others say, “creek, dish, and tire.”

    As a former teacher of English, I love it.

    The only thing that is better is returning to my birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s always good to go home and hear people speaking English the way it’s meant to be spoken.

  15. Jimmy:

    I find it to be extremely difficult to accept what was done to the Native Americans. The utter barbarity of it sickens me.

    Even worse is the knowledge that humankind is no better now than it was then.

    Just a cursory look at the world news provides ample proof.

  16. We stole their country and killed most of the native people. I consider us wrong on how webtreated.our tribal Americans.

    AND continue room do so.

  17. Dear emb, I don’t see any political posts recently. They would be talking about actual candidates or elected officials, and actual votes and programs, and using peoples’ names, and political parties. The comments here are from the history books and aren’t related to current events. Selfishness and greed are at fault in those horrible events and there’s plenty to spread around.

    Speaking as one who got her knuckles rapped a few times for writing of election stuff — yes, lets stay away from partisan politics here in the Village.

    Jerry in FL, I feel your pain, but comments are not going to change the situation — I’ve seen lots on the Internet, but they are written on the wind and will blow away without affecting events. Jerry, maybe you should consider going on Facebook. It’s easy to do and you could post your thoughts and get interesting replies; no, I’m not being sarcastic. I’m on Facebook a lot, mostly reading what my family and friends talk about, and seeing photos of children and grandchildren. They talk freely and there are also a lot of puns and good humored remarks.

  18. Regarding how one group treated the other: I have ancestors on both sides. Rather than be conflicted, I’ve decided to forgive both sides for being imperfect humans in their treatment of one another and not feel guilt.

  19. Rick, I wish I could travel to these places and hear the dialects. I haven’t traveled much and furthermore, do not have a very good ear for the way people talk. My hearing is excellent, but not so discriminating as yours, and Jackie’s, and many other Villagers. Reading about these differences is always a pleasure (I majored in English in college, and read an awful lot.)

  20. If you had been one of the native Americans mentioned above would you have spoken up or meekly let your country be taken away? I’ve never been a flag waver and I wondered how the guys in WWII could jump off of that landing craft knowing they were about to die. Now I get it.

  21. Charlotte:

    That’s quite a compliment. Thanks.

    And, by the way, I love your name. It’s always been one of my favorites, and it’s experiencing a resurgence in popularity recently in this area of the country.

  22. Trucker Ron:

    Like you, I don’t feel guilt for the actions of others in the past.

    I do, though, feel tremendous sorrow.

    And that’s especially true for the world today.

  23. This will be my only comment about the presence of politics, etc. in this formerly sacred haven.

    Jerry, bear in mind that what you are feeling now is what others felt during 2009-2016, 2001-2008, 1993-2000, 1981-1992, 1977-1980 …

    All the way back to the War for Independence.

    Can you imagine how the Tories felt about having their country ripped away from them?

  24. Afraid ‘They massacred us.’ ‘But they massacred us first.’ would qualify as politics to many folks.

    ‘North’ of 14th St., in Manhattan [using NYC ‘N,E,S, and W’], there are 20 N/S blocks to the mile, and only a few E/W blocks to the mile. It is about 3 miles from my former apt. at 62 Leroy St. in [Greenwich] Village to the YMCA on 63rd St. where I used to swim. Y memberships for boys were $10 / yr.


  25. emb I am afraid that anything you don’t want to think about or talk about qualifies as politics.

    Some of us hate politics equally but the unpleasantry of the world just keeps intruding. I imagine if someone shot your eagles or hippos or giraffes you would be screaming murder and rape.

    Not to inflict violence on the innocence of the Village but I just spent a month traveling with a gun toting (several) male, day and night. We shot no one and no one shot us. In fact, we had a wonderful and blissful month.

    There are those who would consider that a political remark. I do not.

    Best time in my life.

  26. Jerry, Ruth Anne…other Florida folks, too. 🙂 HAve the cypress trees started waking up? Have they got that soft green fog around then yet? Or it might could be the winter was too warm and they woke up a month ago! Just wondering…Florida spring. Fresh green among the swamp trees. Flocks of robins o their way taking a rest stop in the old garden field. Sand Hill cranes. Hawks and turkeys. Flowers popping open. And the rains flooding the front yard for a week (or more) bringing joy to the frogs! ok enough babbling from here. 🙂 Spring is good up here in MO, too.

  27. It will be a few days before the April storms begin, but it is very warm and everything is blooming. I haven’t noticed the cypress, but I will try to note such today. It’s good to know that some are paying attention.

  28. We saw dogwoods, pink and white, red buds and tulip magnolias. The azaleas were blooming too. Lots of green popping out.

    I will drive over to Honor Park where the azaleas and cypress are and look at them on way to ophthalmologist office.

  29. Jackie, I’m glad to hear the tests are going well and you’re having fun! Can’t wait to hear the good reports after the surgery.

    Ghost must be tied up. (He may wish…)

    I feel an odd sense of comfort just seeing the names of regulars here, even if I don’t mention it. I enjoy seeing new names, too, to keep Jimmy’s group growing.

    Jimmy, I’d bet most of your fans feel as I do about Gene, that he’s a friend’s child and we’d like to know him and his family better.

  30. Jerry, I’ve heard that James Arness was the first man off his landing craft on D Day, and not by chance. Not all of the craft were able to make it all the way ashore before grounding, and most of the men had to wade. Arness was over 6′ tall, and the rest of the load could judge how deep the water was by watching him.

    BTW, D Day was exactly two years and two days after Midway.

  31. Jackie: That’s obviously not true. Among the many things I’d rather not think or talk about are most popular music, incl. that of the ’30s-’50s [my youth], most movies and movie stars, most professional and collegiate sports, and most fancy or otherwise special motor vehicles, many of these topics discussed here. I regard none of these as political, just as not interesting. Now, if you begin to discuss the opinions of a one-time moderately popular male star about the worthiness of the metric system, that’s political. He killed its adoption by the USA.

    Some scientific subjects have been made political, but I maintain my right to discuss them anywhere as simply scientific subjects.

    Today’s TIP BlogSpot: is entitled Louis XIII helping France to her feet [obviously an allegory, complete with cherubim, which also have another quaint use in art of the 17th-19th centuries, if I have those dates right]. Don’t know Eur. history well enough to understand which particular crisis he helped her to her feet from. That, however, does interest me, and inevitably involves politics. One political value perhaps all Villagers share is that absolute monarchy is seldom a good idea.


  32. Llee: Many shades of green in central Florida right now. I looked for cypress when I was out today – the pond cypress seem to still be in the justly barely starting stage; most of the bald cypress were fully green. The tabebuias and azaleas are done but, thanks to a series of mild winters, many of the bougainvilleas are simply stunning. It has been very dry, enough that several nearby counties have announced burn bans (after fighting large brush fires near Geneva and in Brevard county). We put out a sprinkler in the yard the other day and immediately had a crowd of cardinals and a goldfinch taking advantage of it.

  33. Here I am back. Just bought a gorgeous LARGE watercolor at Goodwill for my next decorating project, beech trees. The frame is even good, but scratched. Got it for $10 and an English tomb rubbing for $5.

    Love treasure hunting. My favorite local upscale traditional furniture store is going out of business downtown. I hate that, it’s over 50 years old under same family. But great bargains so I will go buy some furniture there. Most of my furniture I have bought in last 20 plus years has been from there.

    America’s small towns are losing ground

  34. The last time that I was in Chattanooga, I was 18. 46 years ago. Hard to believe. I imagine that the town has changed a bit.

    Jimmy, I am looking forward to your lesson about it.

  35. I would have sworn that I posted this earlier. Maybe I forgot to click “send”? I ran the Detroit Marathon a few days after getting a nuclear stress test. We go south over the Ambassador Bridge into Canada and North through the tunnel into the US. When I came out of the tunnel I heard some bells, sirens and TSA agents scrambling. I did not find out until after the race that I had set off the sensors in the tunnel that sense nuclear material. After that race participants are asked to inform race officials if they’ve had a nuclear stress test so that their bib can be identified and the runner not stopped.

    I will be driving on Friday to West Lafayette to walk in the Circular Logic Marathon on Saturday. We go around a park 26 times (we add a .214 during the first mile). However on Friday, for lunch, I plan to go to the XXX restaurant and get a cheeseburger with peanut butter. The peanut butter melts so it actually makes a nice sauce. Yeah, it’s not for everyone. The weather for the last 2 races have been record cold in 2015 and 60 MPH winds last year. This year it will be 40° at the start, 10% chance of rain, no wind and an expected high of 56°. Heaven

  36. In 1999 I had a nuclear stress test because when taking an EKG to get an insurance policy we discovered I had a funky heart rhythm. I was told it was an LBBB, a fairly common arrhythmia, but nothing to worry about. I should have worried. In 2009 I had an SCA which forever ended my driving career… had I worried and had it monitored properly, I could have avoided the drama and had the medications and implantation of my CRT-D before the SCA. Suffering syncope because of a heart problem results in losing your DOT health card.

  37. Steve,

    We had a sort-of similar false alarm when I was in training at the US Army Chemical School, formerly in Anniston, AL. My class of lieutenants and captains were the first to train in a “live agent” decontamination facility with chemical nerve agents. They did baseline tests of everyone’s blood a day or two before the training, then drew more blood right after training to compare.

    There was more than a bit of hullabaloo after the second test since two of my classmates showed exposure to a cholinergic nerve agent– what we used in the training. There was great concern about inadequate safety procedures or poor training. Turns out that they were neighbors and had both used an organophosphate pesticide in their yards during the weekend (after the initial labs, but before the training). There was a memo issued afterward that students were NOT to use pesticides at any point in time near schedule live agent training!

    The earlier conversation talked about Jackson. He was also responsible for the Trail of Tears forced relocation of natives from the eastern woodlands. Part of my family escaped from the route through central Arkansas into the mountains in the north of the state. They were from southeast Tennessee/northeast Georgia. The earliest census records for my great-great grandmother were blank, but later records show “white”. My grandfather still spoke Cherokee when in died 40 years ago.

  38. David, I too have Native American ancestors, Choctaw. Mine were mixed blood with whites and all “passed” but it was always a family secret about our Indian blood, we were made to feel ashamed.

    I live among the descendents of those who survived the Trail of Tears and the removal. I am so ashamed of how we treated their ancestors, it is our most detestful act along with slavery. Andrew Jackson is no hero in my opinion.

  39. emb
    The US -is- on the metric system, It is just converted to
    English system for every day use.

    Driving down the road today saw a large hawk (light colored chest)
    on a power line – about 4 feet further down was a “little gray bird”.
    Someone was not hungry or the other was brave/foolish?
    Or were they taking a breather like Ralph Wolf And Saw Sheepdog

    It has been stated that if the battle of Midway had been lost there would not
    have been a Normandy invasion in 1944.
    U.S. entry onto WWI (The War To End All Wars) April 6 1917 – 100 Years Ago

  40. Some years ago Husband tried to research his family tree but couldn’t. His paternal grandmother had torn pages out of the family bible because some of the people listed were of “Indian” blood and she was too ashamed of that to admit it. Then he tried the courthouse in the little town the family was from only to find there had been a fire in the records section. No, I don’t think Granma had anything to do with that.

    This morning I have physical therapy and in the afternoon a dentist appointment. Then a few days respite, and on Wednesday an echo-cardiogram. With all the heart problems in both sides of my family it’s about time to check on how my heart is working.

    Ghost tied up? There is no way I’m commenting on that!

  41. Smigz and Jean dear: Yes, I have indeed been tied up, as I am being held captive by a wandering band of Roma, whose ancestors originated in the Punjab region of northern India as a nomadic people and entered Europe between the eighth and tenth centuries. (I included that description in case the word “gypsies” has now become politically incorrect. It’s just so hard to keep up with that these days.)

    I am currently tied hand and foot on a bed in one of their caravans, where I am visited daily by several of the younger Roma women. What happens then would undoubtedly deeply shock the gentle readers of this blog, and I will therefore leave such details to the febrile imaginations of the non-gentle readers of this blog.

    As I am untied and fed three times a day by a small girl (I am composing this on my phone as I eat breakfast), I suppose I could escape anytime I wish. I will, perhaps, get around to that in a few more days.

  42. Ghost you are indeed imaginative but I see you more as Gulliver, tied up like a beached whale!

    Or Kathy Bates in Misery? While you write a book for her or tell tales.

  43. The Ghost story sounds similar to the Aggravated Sexual Assault case I was empaneled on this week. Only hope you are not being beaten, threatened with death, or watching any children being beaten. While justice was handed out, a lifetime of memories were also made.

  44. Ghost, your post is producing one vivid visual!

    Jimmy produced a switcheroo on the dad going somewhere and the kid wanting to go along. Nice one, right down to the car key toss.

  45. Sand, while I used to be often called for jury duty I never served, having been a sexual assault case of my own. I was all too ready to hand out justice.

    Funny they just don’t want anyone with experience or personal knowledge. Thank you for serving and meting out justice. Although I personally favor castration and hanging and quartering. If still alive, shoot them.

    Probably not PC.

  46. My daughter was a Psychology major at Michigan State and while there was active with Sexual Assault Program. She got very upset when the perpetrator of a young lady she had been helping was found not guilty. I felt bad for her not just because she was upset but because in order to help people, she would need to be much less emotionally involved. It took a few years, but eventually she went back to school and got a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is helping people in another way and she does not become emotionally involved with the things that she designs.

    It is interesting that you mention castration, as I had heard that is the only way to cure SOME child molesters. However I was on a plane with a woman who’s PHD specialized in that field and she told me that I was wrong. It was a gentle reminder not to take everything as the gospel truth. Of course she might have been wrong, but considering her background, I respected and trust her opinion. I don’t know how many times that I was 100% sure of something and found out that I was wrong. I use Google a lot now, but boy I am REALLY careful trusting that!

  47. PB and bacon are scrumptious.

    OB: ‘Driving down the road today saw a large hawk (light colored chest)
    on a power line – about 4 feet further down was a “little gray bird”.’

    Likely a Red-Tailed Hawk, and a Catbird or something lesser that would be in little danger from a soaring hawk [OW buzzard] unless it were caught unaware on the ground. A bunch of dickey birds could drive the hawk away or drive it nuts.

    Lunchtime, leftovers from my trip to the Cities. Peace,

  48. Lunch: Margayka, the small girl who brings me my meals, has just untied me (being restrained on one’s back gets surprisingly tiresome and boring…at times) and is again playing a game on her tablet and not paying attention to me. So I will take the opportunity to post while she is distracted. Since I have nothing of import to report, I shall eat my lunch. Having been visited since breakfast by Margayka’s older sisters Malaska, Malika, Malyoxa, and Mandica*, I am in great need of protein replenishment.

    *And no, TMFKas, none of that is taking place here, and all my “visitors” are 18+. I’m very sorry you had to endure that.

  49. I’ll second the idea of using FamilySearch as well as for Trapper & family. FS is free, while costs – though some libraries have a version free for library users.

    I’ll third the idea of peanut butter & bacon; “marvelous” is too weak a word to describe same.

  50. I also loved the sites to access newspaper records. You find a lot in those, mostly fascinating stuff, weddings, parties, engagements, obits, funerals, murders, divorces, births.

    All that used to get published in newspapers.

  51. Here’s another wonderful addition to peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, sliced banana drizzled in honey.

    One of my favorite soups is peanut butter with thick sugared bacon crumbled on top. Got recipe from Williamsburg Inn (hotel restaurant) but they used to serve in tavern as well.

  52. Got left knee xray done for surgery. Have two more heart tests on Tuesday next week, then surgery on Thursday. Hoping that I passed the nuclear heart test. I have heard of people setting off airport security alarms if flying after these tests.

    Shopping for unmentionables for Nurse Cratchett who has a distinctly masculine look about her and needs her upper lip waxed in worse way. Black is her favorite color too, under that white starched uniform. Shows less blood she says.

  53. Chesapeake ospreys have built the new nest, female is now there. She is proper osprey all b&w. Her male has a tannish nape on his neck; they sometimes refer to him as their ‘calico’ male. It could be the same mechanism as in cats, with a different allele on each of their X chromosomes. Male mammals are XY. In birds, males are the homogametic sex [WW]; females are heterogametic [WZ]. As in mammal Y-chromosomes, the small Z chromosome carries few genes.

    This is not to imply that I know having black, tan, and white patterns is sex-linked in birds; just that, if it is, a calico male osprey is similar to a calico female cat. Fun.


  54. Decorah North has an eaglet-and-a-half! Just saw it/them. One seems 2 or 3 days old, while the second is still mostly in the shell.

  55. sideburns:

    I no longer eat bread, but, when I did, toast with PB was my favorite.

    Unfortunately, I no longer eat bacon, either. If I have a cheat breakfast someday, I will definitely try PB with bacon.

  56. Speaking of bacon, why hasn’t some perfume manufacturer devised a bacon-scented perfume?

    If a lady is truly serious about luring a man, I can’t imagine anything that would work as well.

  57. Late Dinner: This afternoon, I was visited by sisters Cernyavka and Kuna, and their daughters, Cinderella (yes, really) and Krizmarica. I have learned that my situation may be direr than I suspected. Kuna let slip the information that all the males of the band are currently being held in the local gaol for failure to make bond on multiple petty larceny charges.

    Then the twins, Staya and Stura, came back, along with their younger sister, Sonya. And they were all just here last night! I suppose I should really begin to formulate an escape plan while I still have the strength. Perhaps after another nap.

  58. side: That makes the rest of us occasions of sin. I tell church ladies [and it usually is females] that when they come around with extra bars after a lunch or whatever. Peace,

  59. Funny about that, I was just in a Goodwill store the other day where a family of gypsies plus a few assorted others came in late just at closing and caused a huge commotion trying to confuse the clerks and employees. Kids were running everywhere.

    We used to get them in Houston too and they’d hit the convenience stores like that and steal and steal. Garage sales too.

    Oklahoma has colonies of them down on State Highway 9 east of me close to Arkansas. One of my customers did funeral arrangements for them at huge profit, her husband owned funeral home. Very strange funerals.

    Have not heard of locals being tied up like Ghost but I suspect they’d not complain either.

  60. Ghost,

    There is indeed bacon-scented perfume, cologne, body wash, candle, etc. It is certainly one way to smell like breakfast. An alternative is to mix a little lard with hickory Liquid Smoke and apply that at the throat and wrists. One would be loved by man and beast.

  61. Rick, if you can’t eat regular bacon, try beef bacon. A bit on the grainy side, but great taste, and if you pay attention and pick a package that’s not too fatty, there’s very little waste. Also, not all turkey bacon is made from ground turkey. Some’s made from sliced and pressed dark meat and it’s well worth eating.

  62. Sideburns:

    Thanks for the tip about beef bacon. I was unaware that it existed.

    I used to eat turkey bacon quite a bit before 2015, but even that’s down to nearly zero.

  63. Word was received in the middle of the night the men had made bail.

    Sonya came and released me before they arrived.

    She did promise she would write.

  64. Jimmy, the current storyline about the restaurant has me fascinated.

    Warming up the rosary beads for you, Jackie. Seeing Villagers achieve goals and overcome challenges makes me happy!

  65. Ghost Sweetie, good luck! I have a suspicion you’ll need it, wither way. 😉

    c ex-p, I’m working on getting in touch with JJ. Maybe soon…

    By the way, anyone planning a trip to Atlanta any time soon-DON’T! A section of I85 collapsed due to fire last night, and won’t be open any time soon. In the meantime, traffic will be a mess.

  66. Trapper Jean, the traffic on Atlanta’s interstates is Always a mess! Best lesson I ever learned was to park at a metro lot on the perimeter and take the train into downtown.

  67. On March 26, Tecumseh OK police officer Justin Terney died of gunshot wounds suffered in the line of duty. He was attempting to capture a wanted felon who had fled a traffic stop. Justin was 22 years old and a native of Canadian, a small community just down the road from where I live.

    His funeral will be in the high school auditorium at Canadian at 2 p.m. this afternoon. As many as 1500 law enforcement officers from all over the country are expected to attend. Burial will be in a cemetery near my house. On an even more personal note, Glen, my former tenant, is now serving as a police officer in a city near Tecumseh and has known Justin since he (Justin) was 14 years old.

    I am posting this as a reminder of the respect and appreciation we owe law enforcement officers for the sacrifices they have chosen to make to defend us and our communities. They aren’t always perfect, and there are a few bad police officers out there, just like there are in any other profession. But the vast majority of them, like Justin, are just doing a very necessary and valuable job, and they should not have to face violent death on a daily basis while doing so. I hope the route of his funeral procession to the cemetery will be lined with flags and citizens honoring him, and I expect it will be.

  68. Hi, Jean dear! I always appreciate your good wishes. 😉

    Your Atlanta traffic warning reminded me of something. Bullet, like apparently many newish vehicles has a “cap-less gas filler”. You just open the outer door and stick the nozzle in the filler to fuel it. Except when the inner door refuses to move out of the way as it should, as happened to me recently. Not being able to fuel your vehicle can definitely be a problem, especially if you are on the road and there is not much gas in the tank. After a period of cursing and consulting with my dealer by phone and cursing some more, I was finally able to get the inner door to open. (The cursing probably did more good than the dealer, which did none at all.)

    Anyway, it reminded me of why I try to never let my gas tank get below half full. Let it get down near “Empty” and then run into extended traffic delays; or an area of wide-spread power outages; or, as often happens in this part of the country, evacuations due to weather, and you could be in for some “exciting” times.

  69. I was concerned about Debbe because she had not checked in with us recently, so I called her. She is still staying with her Dad but is having internet or computer problems again that are preventing her from getting on line. She said to tell everyone in the Village “hello” and that she will be back when her communication problems are resolved.

  70. Ghost’s advice is always good. I just experienced that very thing. My employees have been using van while I camp out from flea problem in motel. I traded vehicles and noticed fuel light on. It took 19.78 gallons in a 20 gallon tank.

  71. Thanks for the second comment, Jackie. Otherwise, I’d have probably been making myself a laughingstock trying to get my local bullet emporium to order me some of them. 😀

  72. My wife once left a message for her boss to call L. C. DeKow. The lady at Borden’s was not happy when he called. This was on April 1.

  73. Several of us follow various bird nest webcams. I find I’m also blessed with a live family. The E/W berm N of the house is about a yard high and is planted with spruce of two sorts, the tallest now perhaps over 25′ high. About 5′ below the topmost sprig of one of the tall ones, a pair of American Crows [Corvus brachyrhynchos] are apparently raising young. Like most passerine birds, I think crows do not incubate until a full clutch is laid, so the hatchlings are all about the same age. I have no idea when they hatched, because I was away for a week and noticed the nest only yesterday, Th. Don’t know how much brooding they still do, but sometimes both parents are away from the nest. Highs these days are in the 50s F; some nights it freezes, some not.

    Whatever they are feeding the young comes in small bits, as I’ve recognized no large objects. It’s a bit early for many insects to be available. Most small to medium birds, seed eaters or not, supposedly feed animal protein if they can. If I walk out onto Salisbury Plain, I may get a clearer view of the nest, but still from below. From my dining nook window, it looks to be close to the trunk, but on the far side. We’ve spruces around 3 sides of The Meadows, so may well have additional crows’ nests. Peace,

  74. Finally made it home. Dickens is ecstatic and asleep. I am hoping I do not fall out of new bed, it is high! I fell out of old one a couple times, last time hit nightstand and got huge bruise, finally fading but still a bit painful.

    The fleas seem to still be around. I am afraid it will require a third spraying. I got bitten when I walked into house.

    Unfortunately the plumbing is still not totally fixed, I was sitting in kitchen and hadn’t made it to bedroom yet when water began over flowing in master bath. Just water but still.

    Plumber may have a forever customer.

  75. Jackie – Sorry about plumbing – last month got water bill 1/3 – 1/2 higher than normal.
    It may (not saying it was – because I am checking meter) have been toilet valve
    but so slow not detected. I hate plumbing.

    I also loved the sites to access newspaper records. You find a lot in those, mostly fascinating stuff, weddings, parties, engagements, obits, funerals, murders, divorces, births.

    All that used to get published in newspapers.

    “And a good time was had by all.”
    New road in development is Redtail Hawk Drive because there was one that fed it the
    field before they started building all the houses. Saw one chasing a pigeon into the trees –
    one flying for his supper the other for his life. And yes I have seen LGB harass Hawks and Jays.

  76. Good morning. Did not fall off bed but left light on so I’d recognize where I was.

    Woke up and still didn’t know where I was. Looked up overhead at bed frame and thought to myself “This hotel sure has some upscale decor! This is a solid wood bed!”

  77. Strange but going through some of my recent clothing acquisitions for summer (I forget rapidly) this morning and there is a strapless tanking top with heavy beading on front in wild colors. And a sheer caftan in more wild colors, along with a long boho skirt.

    Apparently I was thinking gypsy soul before our resident Ghost writer did.

    But boho gypsy and exotic clothing is very trendy right now.

  78. TruckerRon, that was terrific! Although I never saw newsreels in the theater, enough of them were recycled during my elementary school days that make it a familiar format. Loved it!

    Thanks, Jackie, for updating us on Debbe. I was a little concerned, too.

  79. Jackie, have you ever thought HAL might have a problem with your accent, stemming from attempts to eradicate your original one, combined with what you have picked up from various continents, making you simultaneously sound as though you are from nowhere and everywhere?

  80. Absolutely believe that. Voice commands and I do not do well at all. I need to work on that. No one can understand me at times.

    Ironically a second gypsy outfit with long soft gathered skirt and skimpy beaded top fell into my shopping cart just now. Vagrant travelers had best look out for women luring them like sirens to their doom.

  81. I just completed my 19th (walking the entire way) marathon and if I have a brain in my head, my last marathon. While I really enjoy getting out and walking the 10, 12, 15 , even 20 mile walks, it just can’t prepare you to go 26.2 miles. I did my first since my surgery in 2015 to see if I could do it. I did the second because I felt that I had a made a tactical error and it was less than 20°. I did this year’s race because last year had 60 MPH winds so it was not a true test.

    But today was picture perfect weather-wise and while i might have been quick at the start, I realized that the WALL is real and not worth my trouble any more. I’ll keep walking my 3.35 miles everday, but I am 60 yrs old, so I guess that I will help others with running. I would love to work at the local running shop, but I don’t know if they would want me!

    Oh I did get a nice tan!

  82. Steve you are to be congratulated for recognizing the need to modify your hobby and accept the “now.” That is hard and many never do.

    Enjoy what you do and go on doing it for that.

  83. Hey, I bought two Bob Mackie jackets, the designer that does Cher’s skimpy costumes.
    Paid about $3.50 each for them. I figured if I wore them once they were worth that.

    Not as skimpy as hers but his designs.

  84. Ha, I went to Purdue University (I have been here yesterday and today) and our basketball arena is Mackey Arena. Always makes me think of the designer…Well maybe when others talk about his fashion. That subject doesn’t really come up in my conversations!

  85. Beginning to wonder if Jackie is finding the thriftiest thrift stores in existence, or is finding clothes that have “fallen off a truck”. 🙂

  86. Jean dear, the “Google Gnome” advert is definitely an April Fool’s joke. I watched it 9 times to make sure. Which had nothing to do with the hot wife’s hot legs, of course.

  87. Finished picking up the last bit of furniture for my apartment today. Nice sunny day with a high of around 75. For the curious, I’m now living on Tulsa time, as the song goes. Jackie talked up Oklahoma and helped me find a good place to live, so now I’m an Okie. As I find my way around and learn more about this place, I’ll talk about it. Right now, I’m using a GPS to navigate these unfamiliar streets. I feel blessed to have gotten an apartment where I did, as almost anything I need is within 4 or 5 miles and probably much closer. Nice complex, friendly staff and (so far) quiet neighbors.

    Thank you Jackie.

  88. Jean, thanks. I am a big garden gnome fan.

    We spent a long day chasing Texas wildflowers and the elusive Texas Bluebonnets. Bluebonnets have a strong preference for blooming in large pastures, far from main roads.

  89. emb, thanks for the Trafalgar Square web cam link.
    So much happens in and around the Square. The National Gallery behind the Square. St. Martins-in-The-Fields across the street is home to many classical concerts. While the Square is the venue for young musicians to give free concerts. A short walk takes you to Leicester Square and its vast selection of eateries.
    Now you have me wanting to book a flight to.London.

  90. On another British note. Today is The Oxford – Cambridge boat races. Oxford has won men’s competition, while the women’s race is about to begin.

    Merton rules 😉

  91. Good morning. It is to become stormy later. I need to dress and get going.

    Walked out to carport to get something out of van and spoke to my friend Glen the police officer commenting he had seen me in a nightgown before. Turns out his old deputy partner had not.

    Maybe they will Patrol more now.

  92. Smigz, speaking of newsreels, that’s how my family found out a cousin had been wounded at Iwo Jima. My mom had gone to an afternoon movie with friends and saw the newsreel that highlighted the battle, and was sure she saw her cousin, so she went out to the lobby and called her parents. They came to the next show, and verified it was indeed the cousin.

  93. I once was at newsreel and saw our old family friend, a professional pilot, being released from Cuban prison after he’d been captured flying people out after Bay of Pigs. We naturally didn’t know he was even there!

  94. Has the Village had an outbreak of cholera or something? I’ve rarely seen it this deserted! No posts from Jackie’s last at 1238 till mine at 559.

  95. Frankenstein begat Blade Runner; and Blade Runner, Ex Machina.

    The children of Ex Machina were Lucy and Robocop.

    Forsooth the daughter of Robocop was Ghost in the Shell.

  96. Jackie is heading home to fold and store winter shawls, sweaters and excessively warm clothes that never even got worn this year. I may not need them even to visit Colorado which will be my next or first trip after I get knee replaced. As soon as I can ride that long in Black Jack or his friend Bullet.

    Maine is chilly even in summer but the ice has melted by midsummer when the windjammer start sailing.

  97. Thanks Rick.

    Strange afternoon. Lost all internet services, cable and mobile, only able make cell calls and text.

  98. Tornado just hit my old Delta area I grew up in from Louisiana. Very rough day and night for them. Getting ready to cross Mississippi River and go into Ghostly area. Baton Rouge being hit too where Domacain is.

    I am heading for bed as soon as I take medications and put tulips in a vase.

  99. Please pray for my sister a d her husband. They drove up to Michigan and left for Amsterdam to go on a Cruise on the Rhine. As they went to bed my brother-in-law collapsed. He is in a coma for the next few days. My sister is very scared.

  100. Louisiana had several tornadoes and now Mississippi looks totally scary.

    Forgot to say I spoke briefly to Debbe but something serious occurred with her dad so she hung up suddenly again.

  101. “The good Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise we’ll do it all again tomorrow on the Big Mattress.” This was the sign off on WBCN radio in Boston in the 70s for the morning show!

  102. Steve, your sister and brother-in-law are in my prayers. Are they still in the States or are they overseas?

    Jackie, what day is your surgery scheduled? I know you posted it, but I can’t locate the post.

    Donna Harrison, that’s a great sign-off! We used to have a fellow on WQRS in Detroit who would say part way through his show, “I’ll be silly here on the radio until 7 p.m. After that, I’ll go home and be silly in private.”

  103. Sorry, I sent the post in the middle of the night. They were in Amsterdam and about to go to bed for the night when he collapsed. She got help right away and they got him to a hospital. It does not look good. He has Parkinson and my wife said that he seem very slow when he arrived at our place and very hot. Having just been overseas myself, I can tell you there is a terrific strain on the body.

    They are running a CT scan as I write this and have cooled his body for 24 hours, then slowly bringing it back up. No idea of whether there is brain damage. They have 6 daughters and all are scrambling to get over there. We will have two of the girls at our house tonight and my wife will take them to the airport tomorrow as I need to travel on business. I can always cancel my plans, but she seems to be more flexible than I am right now.

  104. Steve: Sad news, indeed. Thoughts and prayers for your brother-in-law and your sister.

    As far as I know (and that’s not very far…I am either having a very bad seasonal allergy attack, or I have managed to pick up a case of crudus minora), this immediate area was spared all but the “normal” trees/power lines down from the severe weather we had last night and this morning.

  105. This makes my knee and flea problem seem minor. So sorry Steve.

    My knee surgery is going to have to be rescheduled it appears. I forgot to stop my Plavix and Celebrex in all the confusion with the plumbing and fleas. Another complication to add to life.

    The fleas are still horrible. Dickens scratched and chewed and stayed awake all night. I have had no sleep and feel sick from sleep loss. The back apartment cannot be slept in, my deputy tried to stay in it while he worked on house and he said fleas blackened his socks.

  106. Just did my M morning Gocomics A-Z listing run. Cannot recommend some because many are political. There are two Bloom County strips. First is probably reruns, and not specifically political. Lovely coined name, however: ‘Senator Bedfellow’. Party neither IDed nor implied.

    Doonesbury 2017 is blatantly political, so don’t go there.

    Don’t know if Mallard Fillmore, for balance, is available online.


  107. Knee surgery rescheduled for May 17. With all in my life right now that is fine with me. It does put me in even more heat but I can walk at my gym on the padded track in the air conditioning.

    Now ton continue attack on fleas and plumbing.

  108. Blatantly political was damned funny emb so thank you for pointing it out. I love Opus.

    Titillating and hope for us all, even penguins with mackerel breath to be sexy!

    Funny, Hal wrote pussy. I had to change it. Crazy cat lady.

  109. emb, Mallard Fillmore is on the King Features site. Comics Kingdom, I think it’s called. Along with other favorites that GoComics hasn’t acquired yet.

  110. I feel so crummy I may have to resort to taking one of those Dangerous Narcotic Benadryl™ tablets.

    If so (and since I have no HAL on which to blame it), I decline responsibility for anything I may post during the next 12 hours.

  111. Ref the 1981 Bloom County cartoon, when Earl Butz was the Secretary of Agriculture he told the story of how he arrived at work one day to find over a hundred civil servants standing on the steps of the Dept of Ag building, wailing and crying. “What’s wrong?” he asked.

    “Our farmer died,” one of them sobbed.

    Will Rogers famously said, “It’s a good thing we don’t get all the government we pay for.” He might be surprised if he were still around today.

  112. I goofed. ‘Doonesbury 2017 is blatantly political, so don’t go there.’ should be ‘ “Bloom County 2017” is blatantly political, so don’t go there.’ Doonesbury is almost always political, as is Mallard Fillmore.


  113. Steve,

    Sorry for the crisis with your brother-in-law. Problems while traveling are always magnified and this would be very major even at home.

  114. Political but oh so funny. Of course one MUST enjoy political cartoons to find them funny. I also find religious cartoons to be hilarious, especially when drawn by political cartoonists.

    I have always thought the cartoon sitcom King of the Hill did both with no malice and no specific agenda. The one where Bobby Hill stole all the gefliette fish at the Methodist Church social, ate it resulting in horrible smelly excretion, burned matches to hide evidence and burned church down in process was just awesome.

  115. Oh, Sally Fields did voice over on the woman female pastor who had come to Texas from upper Michigan to fill the ministers position, bringing the gefliette fish recipe thought the stolen fish dish and subsequent burning of church was directed at her for being a female ordained minister, making the one plot both political and religious and maybe even anti upper Michigan too.

    Great show!!

  116. From my Dangerous Narcotic Benadryl™ addled brain: Mandrake the Magician gestures hypnotically and Nadia, his lovely and already skimpily-dressed stage assistant slowly begins to…quack like a duck.

  117. Having red polish done for my fingers and toes at salon. Manicure and pedicure for gypsy loose woman who tells fortunes and steals your wallet while charming you with hypnotic movements to divert your attention elsewhere.

    Sandals need red toes as do those moving fingers.

  118. Sideburns, my apologies! Wrong episode of King of the Hill too.

    Bobby ate all the lutefisk at the Methodist Church social when he burned the church down with matches in bathroom.

    He ate the gefilte fish in the episode when he hung out at Jewish delicatessen and ate so many purines he developed gout in his big toe and got issued a handicapped scooter to use in school because he couldn’t walk.

    That boy would eat anything. I put both dishes in Hal now.

  119. People just loved these in the 1950s when Esther Williams ruled but I found them going back to 1930s on film. Somethings just remain classic.

    Skimpy costumes and beautiful athletic women. I bet Roman’s or the Pharaohs invented synchronized swimming as entertainment.

  120. The strip of 04.04.17 hits close to home because, even though my health is great right now, I know that I am far closer to a cane and then a walker than I am ever to running a half-marathon all the way.

    Years ago, I realized the truth: Gray hair makes a man look extinguished.

  121. Well we are going to locked out here in about an hour.

    No new updates on my brother-in-law, but a preliminary exam says no brain damage. At about midnight, US time, they started to slowly warm him up. We should know more in about 48 hours. My sister liken it to the births of her 6 girls as she knew their lives would forever change. Ironically within 48 hours all 6 girls will be by their Mom and Dad’s side.

  122. Good morning Villagers…

    Good to be back on board.

    Steve, so sorry to read about your brother and his family. Praying for him and his family……Amen.

    Jackie, I can’t get into my email account. Will try to contact you sometime today if you don’t care. Didn’t mean to hang up on you the other day, but my sister came to pick me up to take me to her house and show me my new car.

    I’m buying my niece’s 2008 Patriot is a midnight blue. Going to get insurance prices today…and no, Ian is not getting behind the driver’s wheel 🙂 Brenda (3rd sister) immaculately cleaned it that it looks as though it came off the showroom floor.

    dad’s up….

  123. Where?

    From my Dangerous Narcotic Benadryl™ addled brain: Last night I dreamed that I had invented Nose Tampons™. Not that I couldn’t use a couple right know.

  124. Debbe glad to see you back. Delighted you are getting jeep. Put keys on chain ON your body like the brief case to the nuclear red button. Do NOT leave a delicate that Ian can get his hands on or your dad since he misses driving so much.

    Make sure you lock it at all times so neither can get in as well. Ian might know someone who could hot wire it.

    Sorry to be warning you baby but he has messed up a lot with you and your cars and things in past.

    Other than being full of warnings, I love you and am happy your computer works and you have transportation.

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