June 25, 2006 - Msg 41247: ...now don't get sensitive!...hehe

I don't think I can tell you what actually happened BWB because the censor won't let me.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41248: Ha Ha Ha Boo!!! It really is bad typing, and bad spelling both. I guess I've let me spelling go down since I first became a judge, because my secretary checks all of my papers, and typing, and such at work, so I don't have to worry with it. BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41249: Okay Boo. BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41250: Okay, back to TAGS, Warren, MIL, you still with me??? BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41251: Might as well change the subject for now.

Warren, we can talk about TAGS now.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41252: I am.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41253: "Warren?....Warren?......Warn?...."

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41254: Okay, the subject, once again is the people of Mayberry. Warren, Boo, Mil, what was the name of the beauty shop in Mayberry??? BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41255: Hey, we could always talk about Tom Jones again, that was funny!...Naw, never mind...

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41256: The beauty shop? I don't have a clue.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41258: Warren, Mil, care to give it a shot??? BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41259: HELLO???!!! BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41260: Beulah's Beauty Barn?

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41261: Okay Boo, it was Norma's Beauty Shop. Your turn to ask a Mayberry question Boo. BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41262: Clara's Clip Joint?

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41263: HA!!! That's a good one!!! BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41264: Read 41261. BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41265: Hmmmm, I have to think a minute....ok, what was the name of the man who ran the Hotel and what was the name of the Hotel in Mayberry (double question...gotcha!)


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41266:

Hey Boo-Wow, what a mess. One of my nieces had been molested years ago. Her parents elected not to press the issue for a few reasons, they main one being that the scumbag who did it would most likely receive no sentence of any substance. Boo the legal advance you're receiving here on the porch tonight will get ya no where. The way you are being talked over and around here tonight is awful and something you didn't see in Mayberry.

The porch has become more like a stoop in New York City and less like Andy's house the last few days.

I know, next thing I'll be tell kids to keep off my lawn.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41267: The man was John Porter, and the hotel was Mayberry Hotel. BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41268: Thanks, Auh2o, you have no idea how happy I am to see you and to hear the "voice of reason" from someone. Don't worry, I know the truth when I hear it (or don't)! Thanks, buddy.

Think I'll go to bed. Goodnight,


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41269: auh2o, I take heavy offense to that!!! Why would you say such a thing??? I take that as a direct hit to me. Barnwannabe.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41270: He said it because something doesn't smell right around here and, like he said yesterday, "it's not the cabbage".


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41271: Im back BWB!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41272: Do you mean to tell me that you think that I'm not telling you the truth Boo??? BWB

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41273: Fire me a question BWB!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41274: Warren, read 41266, and 41268, and also 41270. I take them as direct blows to me. What do you think??? Barnwannabe.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41275: Oh yes, that's what I mean. I think you are a Judgewannabee.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41276: Are you going to threaten me now?

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41277: Wow you guy's are mean. I agree Barnwannabe!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41278: What Boo? You threartend him!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41279: Now before my porch friends think I am going overboard, please remember that I have been posting here for years and have NEVER said an unkind work to anyone. This guy has it coming and I only have one word for him...PHEW!


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41280: No, I'm not, I'm going to leave due to the disrespect that I am getting from you. I want to say good bye to Millie, Warren, Spot, Mavis, and anybody that I forgot, and I am sorry that I had to leave, and I am also sorry that I will no longer be able to talk to you all nice people. Hope everything works out with the step children Lucy. Goodnight, and Good life to all of you. Barnwannabe.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41281: He was only trying to help!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41282: No Barn! PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41283:
Boo? Mean? LOL

Boo-God Bless ya, get a goodnights sleep.

Your friend,

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41284: Good riddance, BWB and "get a life" Warren.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41285: Warren, If you contact Floyd, he will give you my e-mail address. I hope that I can continue talking to YOU. Floyd, you have my permission to to give Warren my e-mail address. Thank you for everything Warren. Good bye this time for good!!! Barnwannabe.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41286: Thanks Auh20, you ARE a true friend. Goodnight Mayberry,


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41287:
Look kids Boo stopped by for a little help and we couldn't put away the trivial pursuit game for a couple of minutes. Who's the mean ones here. She had a problem and she turned to her friends and what did she get for it. If "we" stopped trying to look like somebody and actually be somebody things would be a lot better.

Boy I hope I didn't step in it this time but that wasn't right.

Floyd-I'm sorry.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41288:
Goodnight Boo,


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41289: Just one thing before I go, I really think that BWB has been "playing us" all along and I just got fed up with it. It's not right. His advice is ridiculous and no judge would ever give it. Enough is enough.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41290: Boo, Auh2o BE ASHAMED! Boo? Nice? HAH! This was supposed to be Mayberry! DONT TELL ME TO GET A LIFE BOO! Im bad cuz Im supporting a freind Boo? WOW! Maybe you should get a life! Seriosly! Do you know what a true freind is Boo?

Floyd, Please send me Barnwannabe's email address.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41291: Don't call me a KID auh2o.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41292: Ok Warren, its like this, BWB is a fake and has caused nothing but trouble on this porch since he showed up. I should not have told you to "get a life" and for that I am sorry. Now, lets all go to bed and have a better day tomorrow.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41293: Night to everyone NICE on the porch.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41294:
Boo-I'm if I have caused you any undue stress I'm sorry. It really angered me to see how poorly you were being treated.

Floyd-Again, I do apologize if I acted out of line here. You've been gracious enough to put this together for us and I don't mean to over step. Honest to goodness, I just stopped by for a quick Hey! before I hit the hay.

Goodnight porch,

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41295: OK, if you are still around BWB, I just want to say that I was really angry. If, by chance I am wrong about you, I would be gravely sorry. I just wanted to say that in case you are still around. I can't stand to be mean to people but I just don't think you are being on the level with us. I certainly don't take any pleasure in hurting anyone's feelings but I don't trust you.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41296: Don't worry about it, auh20, it's not your fault.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41297: Wow, am I thrown for a loop. I guess I AM naive and stupid, I take people at their word here. I don't really understand why y'all are so mad....how do you know he's a fake? Am I the only one out of the loop on this one?
I just feel sick.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41298: Boo, I'm sorry if I was rude to you.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41299: Millie, you weren't rude to me. It wasn't just one thing that made me feel that way. It was a combination of things. I am feeling kind of sick about it myself.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41300: I was "like one of them" in your eyes, though.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41301: I really hate confrontation and I always want to say I am sorry and try to smooth things over but this time, I beleive I am right. I wish I were not, though because I love all people, even Barnwannabee and Warren. Wish things were different.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41302: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to encourage any un-Mayberry-like behavior.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41303: No, Millie, I didn't think anything about you.

You know, sometimes just like with your children you just have to say "No, you aren't going to lie and get away with it." It's not that you hate them, but you want them to stop the behavior and sometimes you get really frustrated with them.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41304: I understand Boo. I hope you're right.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41305: I probably should have gone about it differently. I let my frustration get the best of me.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41306: It has kind of been building since that one night when BWB said the "scum" thing. I thought that was just way over the top.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41307: I'm very non-confrontational too.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41308: People say I'm too nice, and naive.

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41309: And then I think, 'Well, so what? What if he was lying? Why should that bother me so much?'...maybe he just needs friends, but in order to be a friend to someone you need to be honest. I want the best for him, whatever happens.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41310: I think I better go....feeling awful....

June 25, 2006 - Msg 41311: Well, maybe you are naive but one can never be too nice. Its much better than being bitter and suspicious.


June 25, 2006 - Msg 41312: ok, hope you feel better,


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41313: This may sound crazy, but I am really starting to wonder about how smart it is to even come onto a message board these days. I have just offended someone that I don't really know and how do i know he won't try to threaten me like he did Floyd. He has seen pictures of my kids and knows the city that I live in. I am seriously thinking of just giving up. How do I know that some crazy person won't start posting here and not like something I say and decide to get even? As much as you all mean to me, I am going to have to give some serious consideration about posting from now on. This has been a terrible experience for me. Please pray for me.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41314: I mean, I am dealing with enough right now.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41315: Now I feel afraid. BWB, if you are out there, I hope you won't try to hurt me or my kids.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41316: Boo, try to calm down. Pray.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41317: Give us strength and patience...

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41318: Help us know what to do....

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41319: In Jesus' name, Amen.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41320: Go to bed, girls. You've had a busy night. --Romeena

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41321: Was that Grandma, Millie?

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41322: heehee

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41323: Ro was here? I thought evryone had gone to bed. You okay, Boo?
I feel better.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41324: Are we at a slumber party? lol

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41325: Sure, I'm fine. Granny Romeena sent me an email with a dose of reality and I am feeling much better, ha!


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41326: Sorry about the "granny" thing Ro. Haha. What would i do without her?

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41327: Still there, 'O Sleepless One'? (Millie)


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41328: Hmmm, I think maybe Millie fell asleep. You know what they do to girls who fall asleep at slumber parties, Millie? They put their bras in the freezer.....better wake up.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41329: Goodnight (for real)


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41330: Good night, Boo, pleasant dreams.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41331: Morning to all from this side of the Porch. Cool and wet here this morning.

Sounds like things got a little tense here last night. I hope everyone gets a good nights sleep and the Porch will be its usual self today.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41332: Morning Porch. It's Monday.
Boo, auh20, I gotta tell ya I'm on board with you on this. I have felt very uncomfortable here as of late, and have felt much the same way, that we have been played. Now before anyone else takes offense, there are a lot of us who have been posting here for years, and you just can get a feel for when something isn't on the up and up. That's how I have felt for the last little while. The folks here are my friends, and I love them dearly and to think that someone would come here and take advantage of them makes me angry.
So Boo, auh2o, thank you for calling them on this. I suspect there are more than just us three who have felt this way but have been unwilling to voice it for fear of seeming unkind.
Boo, I hope you won't leave us. I love your posts and your sweet spirit you bring here. It makes the porch such a special place. Besides, what will you do? You can't fish, you don't know how to play baseball. YOU NEED US! :)
And my concerns are directed at bwb and warren, nothing at you Millie. I hope you will stay and let us support you with all your dealing with. We really are good people here.

Mrs. Wiley, it was sure good to see you posting dear. How are you doing?

Charlotte, how is your Mom doing? I hope she is ok.

Possum, have you made that appointment yet? Please do so if you have not.

MDC, How's that new job going? You haven't said much about it.

Spot, what's for breakfast? I'm half starved. Oh I forgot, your on vacation. Maude, what we having. I love your cooking.

Lucy, are things ok for you? I know your situation is a tough one.

Mavis, how are them skins looking? Is Gibbs gonna do it this year?

Buckeye, you're awful quiet. What's up?

Ro, Florida? I know how much you love that Florida trip. Have fun and be safe.

Later taters.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41333: Afternoon everyone. Got a little over 1000 flyers out today till the rain got heavy. Glad its nice and dry, if a little cool, on this end of the Porch.

Got a nice hot cuppa tea though now, so everything is right with the world.

Saw a few minutes of a TAGS this morning where Andy and OPie were "discussing" allowance. "The older you get the tireder you get" - Aint that the truth.

Take care all - I love the Porch!


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41334: Morning Irishter...I'm off to work. Just reading through the drama that is the Porch. :) We'll figure this out today.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41335: I wonder if someone rocked on somebody else's toes and thats what happened ;).

Thanks for the hard work Floyd.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41336:
Good morning porch family.
A friend of mine, Heidi, had a baby girl on June 11th. They were doing great but yesterday Heidi began having headaches. They took her to the hospital and did a CAT scan and found bleeding on her brain. She died a few hours later. She also has two other very small children. They are such a precious family. Her husband is just out of it.
You folks were the first one's I thought of to ask for prayer for this family. Thank you in advance.
I will be ministering all day in a conference so I will try to check in later today.
God is still so good to us...-REV.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41337: Good Mornin' Friends,
Its a warm, rainy Monday. Our minivan is still in the shop so I had to take hubby to work. Its too bad that he has to go to work the day after he children arrive. He's taking off 2 weeks in July for us to go on vacations.
Boo- Don't let anyone pull you away from the Porch. I don't know if BWB is legit or not, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be here. We'll miss you too much to leave. I love what Asa said about needing you!
Millie- Have you begun chemo yet?
Floyd- What do you think about what's transpiring?
Irishter- Are you missionaries? Why have you left the great state of Alabama for Ireland? I love the TAGS ep you're talking about! Do you get it on television there or on DVD?
Asa- You're correct that I'm dealing with a tough situation, but I actually have a positive attitude about it. They came in last night and everything seems okay so far, but that was only for 4 hours. Right now they need to adjust to the time change. Poor Bryson is already awake after only 7 hours of sleep waiting for them to wake up.
Romeena- Thank you for your advice to both Boo and I. I certainly listened. You're the Cats!
Spot- I didn't tell you this before, but have fun on the lake. Its cool you named your son after Andy Taylor.
Big Maude- I'll take breakfast. Cracker Barrel on me, but Buckeye has to leave the tip!
Tom- Where are ya dear?
Okay, well I'd better do some calls. Now that the kids are here I need to get them dentist (their Mom never take them), pediatrician, and signed up for camps. I'll check back in a bit.
Have a Blessed Mayberry Day!
~Lucy Matthews

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41338: Rev- I'm saying a prayer right now! ~Lucy

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41339: Good Monday Morning porch friends. Good to see you all today. Breakfast will be waffles, sausage and bacon, eggs (your way), blueberry muffins, orange juice, milk, coffee or tea. Lunch will be at Cracker Barrell today on me. I will get back to everyone on dinner. Maybe Asa or Buckeye will treat us to supper tonight?? :) It is raining this morning and some areas have flash flood warnings. You guys have a Mayberry day. You guys are great!! Big Maude

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41340: Hye lucy, we were both posting about the same time and we both said Cracker Barrell today..for lunch. Maybe we can both pay and let Buckeye leave the tip. Great minds do think alike. :)
Big Maude

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41341: Good morning porch.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41342: Come on. Is everyone giveing me THE BIG FREEZE? Im sorry about BWB, I just enjoyed talking with him about TAGS, that's all. Judge or no Judge he knew is AGS studie's and to me, that's what really count's.

I don't know if everyone else will miss him, but I will.

Now am I still Warren here? Im through BWB, I just wanted to say my piece for him.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41343: Hey Lucy,

You asked me, What do you think about what's transpiring? Honestly, I'm not sure. There are some strange things happening here and the attitude on the porch has not been very Mayberry like of late...at least at times.

I want to remind EVERYBODY to, in Andy's words, "Act like somebody."

Just because you have an opinion does not mean you *should* express it. Sure you have the right to do so but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. Sometimes, holding your tounge is exactly what should be done.

I would recommend that we try to ignore those posts which get under our skin. If, indeed, there are people "playing us" here on the porch...responding to their digs or ill -conceived comments does nothing but encourage the behavior.

I'm not saying we should ignore anybody but instead ignore the posts that offend. Nobody should respond.

I realize that at some point, enough is enough and I understand that getting under the skin surely will happen. When that happens, we'll deal with it as a community...like we are right now. We need to discuss in the open what we think is happening and allow those we think are causing the problem to attempt to make things right.

I have to say that BWB has been very unusual in his behavior. I don't understand what he has been doing or saying since he came here.

Warren has also done some things to call into question his motives but he seems to have gotten the hang of things and hasn't been overly sensitive lately as he was in the beginning.

I suggest to both BWB and Warren that they try and fit in a little better. Let folks get to know you and hold your tongues at times to make sure you've thought through your response. BWB tells us he's a judge yet if you rule the way you talk on this board, I wouldn't want to be in your court. You should be more like Andy and judge us the way he would. Like he said, rule more by the heart than by the book.

Warren, you've been doing better at getting along so I think you're doin' pretty well. Just keep up the good beginning.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41344: 'Morning, all. Words of wisdom, Floyd. From my personal viewpoint, I'm glad I'm going to be extremely busy the next few days, and off to Florida after that. No, I'm not leaving, that's not my style, but I haven't really enjoyed all the wrangling that's been going on lately. I'll pop in, try to keep my mouth shut (not easy for me) and be as supportive as I can.

One thing we need to remember is that this is a message board, not a chatroom. It's not instant chat. Therefore, questions and comments and answers can and do get scrambled, sometimes with disastrous results. Time, folks. Let some time elapse, read back through and try to follow the threads before getting all bent out of shape.

OK, that's Granny's word for today. Now I gotta take my car in for an oil and filter change, then meet the carpet cleaners this afternoon at the rent house, then work 12 hours tonight. See y'all later.

Sugarplum says Woohoo! --Romeena

(She's all excited about going to the car dealership with me. They serve cappucino and fresh-baked cookies, and they don't mind if she comes into the waiting room with me. I scoop the foam off my cappucino and let her lick it off my fingers, and she gets a bite of cookie. She also gets petted a lot by the other folks who are waiting. Who could resist petting a Maltese?)

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41345: "Irishter- Are you missionaries? Why have you left the great state of Alabama for Ireland? I love the TAGS ep you're talking about! Do you get it on television there or on DVD?"

Missionaries - been here going on 12 year. Our VBS starts the 3rd of July so we are very busy.

No TAGS on the telly - tapes for all these years, now DVDs.

What the Porch could use is a nice Irish cuppa tea and a "sit down" as we say here.

And hey to the rest of the Porch.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41346: rev- prayers for heidi and all who knew her. asa- been busy, thanks for asking about me. anyone hear from mdc? i'm getting concerned cause that's not like him. could someone e-mail him? mine iss messed up right now. last night we did the first bible study back to mayberry- great attendance and great class, only 8 more then we will have a mayberry cooking, judging contests, horseshoe pitching, washer toss, music, pie eating contest cookout, checkers just like the mayberry fair. good morning to everyone not mentioned, time for coffee. buckeye

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41347:
Hey Folks,

Let me say again, that I do apologize for the fog I've inadvertently thrown over the porch. Holding my tongue when someone is been treated poorly has never been one of my strong points. I know the aggravation caused by speaking can compound the situation but like I said, I've never been too good at looking the other way. I'll work on it.

Romeena-Have a goodtime in FLA half of my clan resides on that big sandbar.

Irishter-I'm not much of a tea drinker but I'll give it a try. By the way, I loved your web site.

buckeye-I have to agree with Asa where are those Cubbie updates?

Asa-Thank you.

God Bless,

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41348:
buckeye-There you are buddy! Good morning.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41349: auh2o,

Its not so much the cuppa, but the quiet "sit down" that goes with it. A cuppa and a sit down can make anything right.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41350: Yes, you are right, Floyd. I feel like an idiot for letting myself get out of control..It really is not like me. I don't even understand myself lately (my anger is getting "over the top")...The fact is, though, that because I spoke out, myself, I felt vulnerable and alone (except for Auh20 being there, he is a great guy) and I learned something from it. I won't make that same mistake again. Next time we handle it as a group. Floyd, I had thought about emailing you many times to tell you that I was uncomfortable with the situation but I thought about how busy you are and didn't want to bother you with something else. I thought maybe I was just being paranoid, but I cracked last night. Sorry for it. From now on I will hold my tongue (I hope, anyway).

Warren, I don't think anyone is giving you the BIG FREEZE, sometimes it just takes awhile for someone to come on and respond. I certainly am not giving you the Big Freeze, myself. As I said last night, I do regret my harsh words to you.

Asa, thank you for those very kind words and for your support. I think you know how highly I think of you, my friend.

Wow, wish I had a car dealership like your's, RO! Neat. Wish I could see little Sugarplum again, she is so sweet.

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41351: Oh, my prayers for Heidi's family, REV. So very sad for those little children and her husband. Life sure is hard sometimes, bless their hearts.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41352: I know what you mean, Auh20, I was ok until BWB started in on you, then I got angry and lost it. It is hard not to defend your friends.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41353: Bingo Romeena. I think you hit it right on the noggin. This is not a chat room, and because of the way it is set up, trying to use it as one doesn't work out to good. When reading the archives it becomes difficult to do because there seems to be 14 different discussions going on at the same time and it comes out a mess. So I end up glossing over most of them which I hate to do because I might miss a post that has a special meaning to me that I'd like to respond to. I hope that makes sense. I know Mavis tried to get folks over to a chat room the other night, but I guess folks had a hard time figuring it out.
But please don't get me wrong. I love the posts here. I just think Romeena has a valid point, this is a message board and trying to use it as a chat room ends up not working to well.
No big freeze from me Warren. I have to agree with Floyd though when you first came on board you seemed to be very sensitive. I found it hard to respond to you much cause it seemed like you would choose to take offense to the most anything, and I found myself walking on egg shells with you. I don't like that. I like to be myself. Anyway, sorry if I have been un-Mayberry like to you. And you do have seemed to have calmed down some since. Hope you understand what I'm saying.
As far as bwb, I found his attack on Floyd early on to be unwarrented. He did apologise, and I should be more forgiving, but it just didn't set well with me.
That's all I got to say about it all.
Back to Mayberry.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41354: Good morning everyone! Hey to all on the porch today. It seems I can't leave you people for a weekend before you are 5-8in' and 4-2in' all over the place.

I'm not sure what all happened since I left y'all on Friday, but I got bleary-eyed trying to read it all. I'm not even gonna wade into this murky water except to say I hope that everyone is feeling better today. Disagreements and misunderstandings are bound to happen, even among the closest of freinds; it's how we handle the making up and moving forward that is unimportant. May you all have God's peace this week.

BOO: You have my prayers that this horrible situation is resolved. I can't image a more difficult situation, for all those involved. If an adult had been involved, in a way it would be clearer in my mind. I can only offer prayers.

It reminds me that with any sin, we must employ both Christian charity and human responsibility. I mean, a criminal must face a just earthly punishment for his or her crime even if he or she repents and is eternally forgiven by God. Basically, repentance does not absolve one of the consequences of past wrongs. But it does give strength to face the music. That is why, while we must punish evil acts, we also must have Christian charity for those who are genuinely repentant for their crimes. It is hard, but that is Christ's example we are called to follow. After all, He has forgiven us for murdering him.

LUCY: Thanks for thinking of me about the Jimmy Cater book. I have read three of his books, including the two he wrote about his faith (I especially enjoyed "Living Faith") and the one about his childhood (I can't remember teh title offhand). I know I'll probably get a few odd looks for saying so, but I have always admired him. Now, I often (very often) disagree with his politics, but I believe that he really is a good Christian man who is trying to do what he feels is right. I like how he is very open about his faith in a meaningful way. I think its great that he and his wife read the Bible together every single night. If they aren't in the same place, they at least read the same passages. They have been though the Bible countless times over the years, and, just to spice it up, have been reading it in Spanish for teh last few years. You can tell that teh two of them are very much a team. I try to remind myself that just because I think one way doesn't mean that I'm right. God has different purposes for each of us. Anyway, I thought it was neat that you mentioned the Carter book to me.

ROMEENA: I hope that you will be checking in from time to time! Who's gonna keep us all straight if you don't?

If I may be so bold, I'll offer some unsolicited advice to the newcomers that worked for me. I "lurked" on the porch for a long time before I ever jumped in a hung on. It gave me time to come to know the posters and their personalities, and taught me the tone of the porch. I came to really understand the unwritten "rules;" I learned better how to act like somebody. And it made me much more comfortable when I finally did take the plunge. Now, I will admit that in my case it might have been overkill (heck, I lurked on and off for a couple of years), but I recommend weeks or even months rather than days. Remember the TAGS episode, "A Stranger in Town?" Maybe that's what happened here recently. Who knows?

By the way, what's for lunch?


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41355: Yes, I agree about the chat room thing. One of things that was bothering me was that I was concerned for Millie when BWB said to her, "I've never had that deep a conversation with anyone". Just didn't seem right. Oh well.

Better go, the kids are fighting!


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41356: IRISHTER: I regretfully forgot to offer my prayers for your friend and his family. Such grief! It's a great thing we have such a loving God.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41357: BOO: You mean YOUR children argue? Mine NEVER do that...more than a hundred times a day. Lotsa luck, buddy!


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41358: UGGH! I just re-read my long post above. "Unimportant" in the second paragraph should read "important!" I wish I had an assistant to blame...


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41359: Thanks Me-They, it is a difficult situation (with the little girl) and one that is causing me alot of stress at present and I am sure it contributed to my lack of self-control on the porch last night. You guys may remember how several months ago one of my good friends that goes to church with me was arrested and now this. I also found out yesterday that my friend who is awaiting trial (and admitted his guilt to us) is going to plead not-guilty. I am just starving to see integrity among people who claim to be Christians. I guess I need to get a grip and realize that I can't change people. I am just dying to see honesty.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41360: YES, Me-They, and since we started weaning my son off the Paxil, it is getting worse. I am having so much trouble dealing with him.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41361: I feel for you, BOO, and understand your frustration. As Billy Joel once said, "Honesty is such a lonely word." Never lower your standards, but always uphold them with mercy; even Peter, "the rock," denied Christ three times.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41362: About your son, BOO, I offer prayers. For all you shoulder, maybe we should start calling you Job? You take care, friend. Back to work for me until later.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41363: Thanks, I am really trying to do that, and if we are talking "truth", I really do feel bad about coming down so hard on BWB. I still think he wasn't being honest with us but I don't know him or what problems he may have. I should have held my tongue.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41364: Right, back to work for me, too. Thanks for your prayers,


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41365: As if I haven't already posted enough today, I just got back from lunch and have an affirming anecdote to tell. I was in a long line at the Subway and immediately in front of me was three teenagers, a girl and two guys, probably about eighteen. They laughed and joked with each other as we approached the counter, and I paid them little attention. Then, as they spoke to the various "sub technicians" I took notice of how very polite and cheerful they were. It caught my attention because they were dressed pretty much like typical teenagers and their attitude didn't quite fit. At the checkout, the one who paid even made the cashier (who I mentally call "old sourpuss") smile. When he turned around I could see that he was wearing a t-shirt with the major league baseball logo and a cross on it that said "Major League Believer." After I chastised myself for being so quick to prejudge, I found myself very encouraged to see young people being such great Christian witnesses in the world. A little thing, but uplifting.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41366: Hey Folks,

I went back and read the entire discussion last night and I honestly don't see that BWB did anything wrong?

He and Warren were talking...Boo came in and voiced her concern and what was on her mind. BWB tried to help and he and Warren also continued the conversation they were already having.

There were 2 or more conversations going on at the same time but if you go back and read through them, I don't see that BWB was being anything other than helpful.

Just because Boo had an issue, I don't see that BWB and Warren (and maybe Millie) should stop talking. Boo herself acted like she wasn't sure about "throwing a wet blanket" on the discussions. If they has just stopped their conversation...she would have felt like a wet blanket indeed.

So, I don't see that anything wrong was done here.

I believe, as I said earlier, that folks need to be careful about jumping to conclusions. Make sure to be the benefit of a doubt to your Mayberry friends. Read and re-read the messages to be sure that you're understanding the conversation.

Assume the BEST not the worst from your friends here. That will take us all a long way toward being a little corner of Mayberry.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41367: Wise words, Floyd.
Not that I don't think that things have been decidedly "different" on the porch as of late. I actually think it has more to do with what was already said about the "chat room" feel that the porch has been drifting toward, lately. It's a little chaotic and is not conducive to the nice, slow and easy speed we have enjoyed on the porch for years.
After all, What's Your Hurry? ;)

Oh, Buckeye, I just emailed MDC to check in when he can. I've been wondering about him as well.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41368: Here, here, STERLING. In fact, I think I'm going to take a nap.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41369: No napping till the bandstand is repaired MT.:)


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41370: Are you kidding? There's spiders under there.



June 26, 2006 - Msg 41371: HEY .



June 26, 2006 - Msg 41372: MT. You heard Floyd. I'm in charge.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41373:
Hey Folks,

Floyd-I really hate to keep bringing it up but it wasn't so much what was said to Boo it was the ridiculous "legal" advice. This is a very sensitive issue when it's discussed maturely but when you add in the Jethro Bodine legal opinion and it became insulting. I respect your opinion but I think it was insulting the way she was treated.

God Bless you good folks and I'll be down by the cement pond,

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41374: Asa has a mullet!

Guess Who?

June 26, 2006 - Msg 41375: Thinking about going to the Monday nite auction - haven't been in awhile. . .anyone want to Tag along?


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41376: Hey, TOM, AUH2O and HM. I'll go if your boat is big enough, HM. It's already rained seven inches here yesterday and more is expected tonight and tomorrow. I feel like the Gorton fisherman. I wish I could ship some to MDC. By the way, HM, I ain't paddling! And ASA, I think I've got a spider bite.


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41377: A beautiful day here M-T. . .I am so sorry for your abundant rainfall. . .I thought about the TAGS porchsters who live on the East Coast with all of this rain. We worked on goats today - big news! - and we are hoping to go to an open show on Saturday and take a few. We want to give the oldest a chance to practice his showmanship techniques before the fair.

Asa - you still got that mullet - I thought Floyd would have cured you by now!


June 26, 2006 - Msg 41378: Well, I guess I'll paddle on home. See y'all tomorrow. Stay safe and content, all.