August 16, 2007 - Msg 55000: Let's all go down to the drugstore for a bottle of pop. Want to come Barn?

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55001: Im with ya Big J...good sweep.supper will be fried bologna sandwiches and dill pickles,chips,and rc cola and a moon pie...HOT in ga...busy here at work...Ro be strong...hey Rev you still at home?..hey possum,boo,mil,miller,hazel,auh20,Tom,fg,bwb,mdc,md,goober,gooberett and all...back in a bit...SPOT

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55002: Mmmmm. Mmmmmm . supper sounds good.

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55003: Romeena, there isn't anything that I can say that hasn't been said, so just know I am thinking of you. Take care everyone Dr P

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55004: I heard that people had been lined up for the candlelight vigil at Graceland for 24 hours. The heat must not be so..oo bad there or maybe it is. I just had a thought: Does everyone remember what they were doing 30 years ago today when they first heard about Elvis's death?

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55005: Barn, You reckon we can have a band concert tonight?
I had better get practicing on my horn.

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55006: My dear, dear friends. Your sweet messages of support mean so much. She had a perfectly horrible night last night, one half-hour episode of literally fighting and clawing for breath, then settled down and slept the rest of the night. I know that was God telling me what needed to be done before things got worse. So, it is done.

My son and precious daughter-in-law drove us to the vet, and I held her while he gave the injection. She just relaxed in my arms, and went to sleep. She is at peace, wrapped in a soft blanket, curled in her little cuddle bed, inside the nice box my friend Ted built for her. My son placed her beneath my window, right next to the house, where I can overlook her resting place every time I sit at this computer. There is a birdbath between a couple of low boulders, standing guard between her place and the yard. I will be ordering a small memorial stone to place over the spot, so she won't be disturbed in the future.

The house is much too quiet, and I can't stay here. I'm going with my church group on a day trip tomorrow, and Saturday I'll be going to Destin with my son and his wife and her family, will be gone a week. Then I have a week off work when I get home. Some chores to do around here, some carpet replacement to do, and then I'll set about finding another little companion. It's the best tribute I can offer to the Plum.

To say I miss her would be like calling Mt. Everest a hill. There is a hole in my life today that nothing can fill, but time will heal, I suppose.

Tom, that poem was beautiful - thank you. I believe you posted it just for me, and I appreciate it. --Romeena

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55007:
Romenna-I can hardly see the keyboard as i type this. i think i can speak for all us porchsters.
Memories of my pets have also come to mind.
God bless you and yours. You are good people!
May the Plumster rest in peace. Amen
Mr Darlin's Cuz

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55008: Dear Romeena, my heart aches for you. May the God of all comfort keep you and heal your broken heart. Be sure I will be at the local animal shelter tomorrow to give a donation in Sugarplum's memory.

Prayers continue...


August 16, 2007 - Msg 55009: Romeena, I am truly sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Plum rest in peace. We will be here for you. Big Maude

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55010: In Loving Memory of Our Porch Mascot, Sugarplum.

Rest in Peace. Love to you Romeena.

possum under a rock

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55011: Amen to that Possum.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Romeena and Sugerplum. I am so glad to read that you are going to get another companion soon. She can't be replaced of course, but you have to much love in your heart to not have a new friend. The next few days will be rough and it sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy. That is good. We love you Romeena and hope you know that we do.


August 16, 2007 - Msg 55012: Romeena, May GOD comfort you during this trying time. Although I have only known about Sugarplum a short while, it is easy for me to know that she was loved dearly by everyone who stopped by the "PORCH".

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55013: Romeena, I have been thinking about you all day, and continuing to pray for you. I hope you can get some peace and rest the next few days. Lots of love and support going yur way.

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55014: Sugarplum is in a better place. May she rest in peace.It's too bad, but sooner or later everything is a memory. ~miller

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55015: ROMEENA-I was thinking of you at the time I post that one.
Yes it ws for you.

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55016: Romeena- I am so sorry. You are in my prayers. I think it was so great of your son and friend to give you support today. We are always here for you! Try to enjoy yourself as much as possible in Destin. I can't stop crying!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55017: We're all with you in thought and heart, Romeena.
- Hazel

Barney: "So long, old friend."

August 16, 2007 - Msg 55018:
Romeena-I can remember asking you way back when, something to the effect, what is this Sugarplum telling us "Hey." I'm glad to have known her, even if it was through cyber space.
Hugs to you, friend.


August 17, 2007 - Msg 55019:
Ro...I too pray that you have peace and comfort during this time. Blessings to you and know that we are your "porch family".

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55020:
Spot...yep, I am home for a little while now. I have some local concerts but I don't head out for another long tour until the first week of Sept. Then I'm pretty much gone till Nov on that tour.

Big Jerry...I was in San Diego Ca. going to bootcamp when Elvis died.
Thirty years!

Everyone have a good nights rest and remember that even though we may be many mile apart, when we pray, we are together in Spirit. Prayers for all the porch family.

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55021:

Ro, my prayers and condolences. I'm so sorry. I hope you have a restful vacation in Destin.

Millie, good to see you back and feeling stronger.



August 17, 2007 - Msg 55022: Dear friends - as I've read these messsages, I feel so blessed. Miller, I think your last sentence is probably the most profound statement I've ever read. Thank you, sweet child. You are wise far beyond your years. Millie, that you would even take the time to comment, that you would care so much for someone else's pain in the midst of your own, is truly humbling, and I thank you. I thank you all.

If I don't respond to an email, please know that my email is misbehaving, won't load half the time, then performs as though stuck in molasses when it does load, so I think I will abandon the whole thing for now. Perhaps it will resolve itself soon. If not, I'll certainly "call the man".

Love to you all. --Romeena

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55023: Miller did put it good Ro..we ALL will see Plum again!....hey Big J and Rev,possum,hazel,Tom,des,auh20 and all..ham bisquits for breafast and for lunck its gona be olive garden!..Asa get the truck ready!...prayers...SPOT

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55024:
Just wanted to jump in here real quick this morning before I head out for the day. Have a blessed day and tell someone how good Jesus is today!

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55025: Be carful on the road Rev. olive garden was GOOD..HOT here at work....tryuing to spread the power around to all!...supper will be grilled ribeye steaks,baked taters with bacon bits,butter,sour cream,cheese,salad,corn on the cob,sweet tea and whatever Millie brings...prayers to all...Asa help me park cars ok..auh20 hold the door,Maude bring that slaw!.SPOT

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55026: Good evening, all. Just got home from a wonderful day trip with the church group. Got to spend time with our beloved former pastor, had a good catfish lunch, and now I'm home. Will be going over to stay the night with my friend, and then she and I leave for Destin early in the morning. Since my only internet access will be through my son's laptop, and there will be two young teenagers in the house, I may not get to drop by very often, but know that I'm thinking about you, praying for you all (especially you, Millie,) and do so appreciate all the loving support you have provided during this awful time of losing Sugarplum. I'm still very tearful, but doing better. Blessings for you all! --Romeena

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55027: Romeena have a safe and wonderful trip....SPOT

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55028:
Hey Folks

Romeena-Have some fun!

Rev-Thanks, and same to you.

spot-I'll grab the door on the way in but after that meal I'll need to sit a spell. haha

Hey gang, it's 59 degrees here A.C. Honest!


August 17, 2007 - Msg 55029: To everyone who loved and cared about The Front Porch's mascot Sugarplum, please visit the following web site for a special message:

from Poor Horatio

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55030: Poor Horatio- That was just precious. Thank you so much for expressing our thoughts.
Auh20- Please send down some of that cold for us! We're melting away!
Rev- It's great that you're home.
Charlotte- It's nice to hear from you. Check in more often.
MDC- How's your Mama?
Boo- Are you feeling any better emotionally? Is there anything I can do?
Sterling- Sorry to hear about the job. Hopefully another will come up soon. How are things on the homefront?
Rev- Did your daughter go back to school?
Millie- You are doing a great job with your kids. Keep up the good work.
Big Jerry- I was only 2 months old when Elvis died.
Me-They- I hope you are having a great vacation.
Well, I'd best get the pizzas in the oven. My chest cold is back with a vengence and that is why I haven't been posting regularly. Plus, though I COULD NOT wait for school to start, I forgot that I spend 3 hours a day in a car driving back and forth and in carpool lines. Y'all take care!

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55031: What a sad day. What a sad, sad day. Ro, I just don't know what to say. How old was the Plumster? I'm sure you've mentioned it, but I forget. Remember the poem you wrote that I published in my magazine a couple years ago? With your permission, I could share it here. I think it'd be appropriate, considering the circumstances. You porchsters are so wonderful. All your heartfelt words for Ro and our little Sugarplum make me cry. Asa, what a post! (54989) Glad to see everyone here and accounted for--Lucy, Big Jerry, Me-They, Millie, Sterling Holobyte, Boo, MDC, Rev, TOM, Poor Horatio, auh2o,Spot, Hazel, Dež, and anyone I missed. Does Mavis know about the Plum? She'll be sad too.
Charlotte Tucker

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55032: I am so sorry Miss Romeena that I am crying as I write this. Having done this not that many months ago - I truly understand. Thank you for letting us be a part of Plum's life and yours too.
We love you!


August 17, 2007 - Msg 55033: Oh Romeena I am so very sorry! I haven't been online for a few days, things are busy here, but I have thought of you & Sugarplum everyday, wondering how she was doing. My heart is just breaking for you, but it is soaring for the Plum, she can walk, run, play & bark now at the Rainbow Bridge. You, well, all of us, will see her again, she will be there waiting for us, wondering when she will get the chance to snatch that mail out of the hole in the door again. Accept my prayers & sympathy my dear friend, I am so very sorry for your pain. I am here if you need me.
My love to you, friend,

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55034: And Poor Horatio thank you for posting such a wonderful tribute, you said just what I was thinking. What a thoughtful thing to do.

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55035:
An Elizabeth Crowley spped thru this evening.
Prayers for everyone.
May the True Living God bless you and yours,

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55036:
Hello porch family. safe on your trip and enjoy. Prayers!

Lucy... tep, my daughter started back to college this week. We got her all moved back in.

MDC...your D-Backs did it to the Braves. That pitcher (Webb) with the Backs is really something.

Spot....the bad part about the lose tonight is the Mets and the Phillies both won.

Good to see Charlote and Mavis back.

Boo....praying that you all don't get that storm in your area.

Gotta get to bed. You all have a blessed night and know that I'm praying for you all.

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55037:
P-H....just went to the site and read your tribute to the Plum. Thanks for the special message from the porch.

August 17, 2007 - Msg 55038: Thank you REV. We are already discussing where my sister and I will take my parents if the storm comes here. Dad has a brother in Waco that we will probably visit. I sure don't want to have to do that, though, especially with the kids starting school on Monday.

Poor Horatio, thank you for that very sweet tribute to Sugarplum. It was such a kind and thoughtful thing to do.

Romeena, may your trip to Destin we a healing time. Take time to bask in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the beach. May you be able to get the rest and peacefulness that you need. Check in when you can, but don't make it a burden for yourself. We will be thinking of you every day that you are gone.


August 17, 2007 - Msg 55039: "be" a healing time.....when am I going to learn to proof read?

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55040: Rev the braves are gona have to kick it up a notch..hey hazel,Lucy I graduated HS the year Elvis died...whew..hey Tom,boo,auh20,asa,possum,my friend Mavis,PH,millie and all....prayers for Ro on her trip...breakfast will be 2 eggs your way,bacon a little on the chewy side,grits,hashbrowns,toast with apple butter and coffee,milk,h20...ready at *:00 est...busy here at work..storms came through last night and lots of work to be done today...back in a bit...SPOT

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55041: Morning porch.
Hope you all have a safe and sound weekend.

Very good advice to Romeena Boo. Check in if and when your able but don't feel compelled too. Have fun and enjoy your trip.

Lots of storms here also Spot. I got called in last night after our building took an lightning strike. What a mess.

Charlotte, tell your son congrats for me. I've golfed for 30 years now and still never had a hole in one. Closest for me was holing out my second shot on a par 4 from about 150 yards out with an 8 iron. I was pretty excited.... still am in fact. HA!

Lucy, Rev, Mavis,Possum, Hazel,MDC, HOMEMAKER, Poor Horatio, Des, auh2o, Mayberry Deputy, Tom, Millie, Big Jerry, Dr. P, everyone else. A big cyber hug. Y'all have made me smile for the compassion expressed to our dear sweet Romeena over her loss this week. Y'all are extra special.


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55042: I was going into 10th grade when Elvis died. I remember getting ready to go to summer band practice when I heard the news. I was never a big Elvis fan but he was a part of the culture that I remembered all of my life until that point. I remember the Elvis movies being rerun on Saturdays.

Well, I certainly hope Hurricane Dean doesn't come here! It looks like it might come in South of us, which would probably give us alot of rain. It could still hit us, though. Bruce can't leave during a hurricane, due to the nature of his job, so if one comes I will have to try to get us out of here without him. It is such a mess trying to evacuate before a hurricane. Traffic gets backed up from Corpus to San Antonio and folks end up just sitting on the highway. Boy, I hope I don't have to deal with that, especially with poor mother. I don't feel right about praying that it will go into Mexico, though, because alot of those folks live in sub-standard housing or shacks and they die when a hurricane hits. We are much more able to handle it than they are. Anyway, I'm sure we will be fine. If Romeena was going to be home, I might have paid her a little visit. Waco is not too far from her area. Hope she is doing better today, but I know it will take awhile before she does.

Busy day to catch up the laundry and clean the house in case we have to get the heck out of Dodge next week....


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55043: Thanks Asa!...didn't see you there..a big cyber hug to you, too. Yes, the outpouring of compassion shown by our friends here has been so touching. I think we all are just so sad for Ro because for years now we have known how precious Sugarplum was to her. I think it is particularly painful because Dale gave Sugarplum to Ro and there is something about saying goodbye to that part of her life that must be just extremely painful. I think it says alot about the kind of woman that she is, that she is talking about taking in another pup to love. I hope she will feel ready to do that soon because, even thoughs a new pup could never replace the Plum, it will help fill the hole in her heart and bring her alot of joy in time. I am already praying that the Lord will "line her up" with just the right furkid.

See ya later,



August 18, 2007 - Msg 55044: Ha, how did I manage to do that??!!


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55045: It must have been a boo boo, Boo. hahaha (I crack me up)
- Hazel

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55046: Hazel yer silly!..Asa what damage did the building take?...Love golf but just been to hot latley...hey Boo,Rev,mil.miller,auh20,PH,hm,dr p,big J,des,md,afd,mdc and all my friends...Lunch menu:open face roast beef sandwiches on a toasted bun,chips,big maude slaw...tea...and a tear from my roll of paper towels....SPOT

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55047: Why don't you go wax the steps at the nursing home? that how that quote went? hahaha...You kill me, Hazel.


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55048: It time to caslled for the white coatmen for you .hahaha...

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55049: THAT WAS TOBE CALLED

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55050: Hey Romeena, hope today is a better day.
I appreciate the feedback on what you were doing 30 years ago on the 16th( the day Elvis died).
Well, it looks like another hot one in NC. Talk later.

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55051: Typo, I meant what "all" was doing on that day and not "you".

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55052:
Rev,yes Webb came up thru the D-back farm clubs, and has become our ace.
Praysrs for all in hurricane path, that it will lose its strength.
Have a good Sabbath. Much to pray for with all that is happening around the world right now, with the storms and disasters. Lord help us all to turn to You!

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55053: Right, MDC...I hope I don't have to leave town to get away from the storm. Today my sister and her husband came over to discuss what we would do in the event that we should have to leave. If we do have to leave, there will be myself and the kids, my parents, my sister and her husband, her son and his wife and her 3 young children (including a newborn), and 4 dogs, one of which weighs about 80 lbs.!! What a trip that would be...sure hope the hurricane moves a little south.


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55054: Big Jerry, I was in Saskatachewan, Canada on a wheat farm we owned in 1977 on vacation. Even there they played Elvis songs day and night when he passed on. Boo, we must be contemporaries. I guess maybe I was going into my junior year in high school. Hazel, you crack me up too. Asa, I'll pass your congrats to my son. He's trying real hard to make the school golf team right now, but there's some mighty good golfers on there already. Time will tell.
Charlotte Tucker

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55055: Boo, be safe in case a storm hits.

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55056:
Asa-I loved your sentiments in Msg 55041.

Big Jerry-I was 16 when Elvis died. I can still remember walking up to the corner store to buy some baseball cards that day and when I went to pay for them Charlotte, the store owner, was sitting there crying. Now to see Charlotte crying is almost as memorable as Elvis' passing. Charlotte was just not the crying type. She told me "Elvis was dead." Now to me this was big news, big news! But when I got back home and told my Dad he said he wasn't surprised. Looking back, I can see what he meant about not being surprised. Yeah know, my Dad passed six months later. Then I find out what "big news" really was. I miss that guy.


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55057:
Boo and the rest of the Texas Porch-Like Charlotte said be safe.


August 18, 2007 - Msg 55058:
Howdy porch family. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. At least tomorrow we are not supose to hit the 100 mark here. Only about 95.

Tom....I agree...we need to call the white coat men on a few of these folks.haha, MDC must be laughing at our Braves tonight. Those D-backs skinned them again tonight.

Boo....from what I saw tonight they are saying that the most likely path of the storm will be south of your area. Of course I know that those storms are unpredictable. But praying for the safety of your property and your family.

Asa...did you lose the building?

Spot..did you all get cleaned up. Very much damage?

Well let me get back to TAGS. Watching TVLand.

You all have a blessed Worship day tomorrow and let us give Him thanks for all things! Praying for all the porch family.

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55059:
Hello auh2o....sorry for rocking on your toe. Good to see ya. I'm sure you really do miss your dad. Be blessed!

August 18, 2007 - Msg 55060: Hey to my porch pals...hope everyone is having a great weekend. Today was my grandmas 90th B-day party. It was a really great time...she wanted me to sing for her, so of course I did. We had a lot of family there and just had a time of celebration for a wonderful person. We are so blessed to have her with us for 90 years!'re in our thoughts...and our prayers. Hope that you're getting some rest. BOO...take care of yourself down careful, above all! Hey to's always nice to see folks sitting and rockin...even if toes get smooshed now and then! ;)

Watching the ep now where Barn and Andy hook up Goober with Lydia. Makes me miss the early days of the porch...there was a poster here that went by Lydia...and I'd leave her some of my best poetry from time to time...just to court her. ;) Don't know what ever happened to her...but I hope she's doing fine.

Ya'll be good...have a blessed worship time tomorrow...


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55061: Hey porch friends. I'm up early because I'm going on a mini vacation today with my mom and the kids(hubby has to work). We'll be on the Outer Banks of NC until Tuesday. I'll catch up with y'all when I get back.
Take care,

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55062: Rev we are all caught up here at woek...and yea the braves got scalped!..hey [silly] hazel,auh20,goober,asa my buddy,millie,Tom,possum,boo,fg,ky girl,CHUCK,big J,local Lucy,Big Maude,P-H,,bwb,julie,miller,vac Ro and all my friends...down into the mid 90"s here if till 6 today so I will catch a Sermon on TV and keep yalls Church lights tomorrow and lake bound...Friday too..well breakfast will be the good ole waffle house on ham and hashbrowns and 3 over med for me!...large Milk!...well let me get logged in here at work and check my screens....SPOT

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55063: Have a great time, Millie!!

Thanks for the prayers for safety. I am about to sit down and watch the latest report on the storm.

Oooops, gotta go.....the men in white coats are here!!


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55064: Hi All.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55065: Hey Tom and all...Lunch menu: pork chop sandwiches with lots of mayo and tomato and lettuce,chips,pickels,apple pie with ice cream...coke...SPOT

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55066: Hello Tom, Boo, SPOT, Millie, Goober, Rev, auh2o, Charlotte Tucker, MDC, BIG JERRY, Hazel, Asa, Mavis, homemaker, Lucy, Romeena, ~DeS~, miller, possum under a rock, Big Maude, Julie, Dr P, MAYBERRY DEPUTY, AFD, Goober, Briscoe Darling, Sterling Holobyte, and Deputy Warren Fergusen ... phew! Went back through 3 days of archives for that list. Apologies to anyone I have missed.

Are you folks aware that there is an organization called the Professional Porch Sitters Union? Chapters are forming all around the country. To learn more, copy and paste into your browser's address box.

from Poor Horatio

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55067: Wow Horatio you got a bunch of setters...will check the site out...yall need to get Romeena some pics also for the porch album on her site!..caught up here at work hope it stays slow till 6pm...then gona wash my truck and clean house!...lake tomorrow....SPOT

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55068: Good day just to rock on the porch. Boy, the storm is really buzzing down there. Hope it misses all of the US.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55069: Big J now what part of the porch are you located?...Im on the South end with a bunch of us Ga...kennesaw,about 20 miles above Atlanta..everyone must be busy...come on 6pm im ready to go home ,my truck needs a bath!...supper menu: bring a dish supper outside!..I will bring a few roasted chickens and hot peppers and little green onions!.....SPOT

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55070: I am north of you in North Carolina about 30 miles from Raleigh. Yeah, seems like the porch crowd is all busy today.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55071: We must be taking the visiting preacher's advice and "SLOWING DOWN AND TAKING IT EASY".Good day to do that too.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55072: THIS PORCH SLOW DOWN NUT ON YOUR LIFE.


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55073:
This morning on a show called "Sunday Morning" they visited a barbar shop in henderson NC where they do pickin and strummin' as the barber cuts hair. It was neat and very Mayberry-esque. Reminded me of the Mayberry on Record episode.
Also, another time-honored tradition that is all but gone was having dad up on the roof adjusting the tv antenna, as about 3 of us kids would relay to him "Channel 3 is clear now, but 12 is fuzzy." etc Anyone remember those days? Also, pulling out the tubes in back and taking them to the drugstore tube tester! ha
Good Sabbath to all,
Opie: Boy, I'd like havin a mother who owned a drugstore with a soad fountain.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55074: Yep MDC, I remember the antenna adjusting days. I also remember having a spare TV in the bedroom with "rabbit ears". You had to put balls of aluminum foil on the "ears" to get it to work, and even then it was not very clear. Those were the days when you had to get up to change the three channels and to adjust the rabbit ears. Kids these days would just die if they had to do that now, wouldn't they?! I also remember that there were soap operas on a big part of the day and only cartoons on Saturday mornings (or between movies at the picture show). Remember the double features at the drive-in with the concession stand cartoon commercials?...remember the one with the weinie dog doing a flip and landing in a bun? I also remember alot of Woody Woodp@cker cartoons between features, and we would sit on the swing set near the big screen. Does anyone remember those things called "Pics"? It was a green coil that you lit in the car to keep mosquitos away. Boy, they it was real healthy breathing that stuff inside of a car...that combined with the marajuana smoke when I was in high school, made the drive-in a real healthy experience, I'm sure.

Anyone else have any drive-in memories they would like to share?


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55075: Boo,I remember the speakers that were at each pole at the drive in. I also remember that they would stop the picture about halfway so all could get sandwiches (DRINKS,POPCORN,CANDY,HOT DOGS,CHEESEBURGERS,ETC.)
Those were the best cheeseburgers, Not the nowadays dry ones that you get today.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55076: I also remember pulling in on my NOVA SUPER SPORT that would burn a gallon of gas quickly in traffic, but who cared as premium gas was 30 cents a gallon. It was loud at the drive in until all those muscle cars got in.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55077: We need to remember those miners families as they were telling on the radil when I was coming from church that rescue efforts for those 6 was pretty well at a standstill. I can not imagine the grief that the families must be experiencing now.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55078:
Amen Big Jerry. I've been praying for those miners and families.

Happy Birthday to Goober's grandmother. have a great trip and just relax! We'll miss you but see ya when you get back.

MDC and Boo...yep...I remember those antennas and the rabbit ears. We used tin foil and coat hangers. And if you stood beside it sometimes that would make it come in better. Our tv picture would start fliping and fliping when it got hot.

Spot....are you off for a while now? Everyone be sure to go over to Spots for a covered dish supper outside. We'll even watch you wash your truck.

Well better get ready for bed. You all have a good night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55079: Hi all, but 'gonna direct this one to Boo. Looks like Dean is headed south, but who knows. If you decide to evacuate, we are on your way. I can at least give 'you all' a break in the trip and fix a meal. If need be, you are most welcome to stay here even thou only guest room, but think Richard (son) will be in Bossier LA all another bedroom...sofa and love seat in the living room. Know my great next door neighboors well enough to volunteer their guest room with out asking. If you want, email me at ersteen(at)satx(dot)rr(dot)com and can give you directions etc. You should have them anyway for when you pass by.

Can ramble someday about drive-ins....think I got everyone beat in the age group and they were even around in the dark ages.

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55080: Taling about theatres this one out dates me, but very interesting. In the silent days most theatres had pipe organs that played for the movies. Rosa Ria was one of the organists and then went on to play for the soaps on radio. There is a great article in the Tampa newspaper about her....where she still plays an restored theatre. At 105 she is still making once a week performances. article:

I hope the link will work here.


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55081:
Hello Ray.....I'm sure you've told us but where in Texas are you from?

August 19, 2007 - Msg 55082: Rev, we are north of San Antonio, Timberwood Park. We are 3 miles east of US281 and in the hill country...almost. Altitude in San Antonio is about 700' whereas we are at 1370'. It is peacefull and deer abound. I so much enjoy them and guess I buy their frindship....400 lbs of corn a week. Although we feed fifty or so, many are individuals you get to know. 'Spike' is one that wants to be fed from the scoop...we have known him since we gave him his name...he had just two he is quite large and an eight pointer.

When and if you are ever this way, please feel welcome to drop by.


August 19, 2007 - Msg 55083: Romeena, I am so sorry about the Plum. You did what you had to do, and I know it was out of total love and was a tremendously painful decision for you to make.
I am going to miss the Plum, and I never even met her. But I knew her, as we all did, from your affectionate postings about her life and exploits.
And you know, I'm glad you want to find another one to take home and take care of. You have so much good love to give, I am sure there are plenty of furkids just waiting to receive it.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55084: What a kind and gracious offer, Ray. Thank you so much. Like I mentioned before, we will have quite a caravan of adults, dogs and kids if we do have to leave and we have reserved motel rooms in Marble Falls if we have to leave. It is looking more and more like we won't have to. I know those hurricanes can fool you but the weather service is usually pretty accurate about where they will make land and it looks like it should be well south of us (hopefully). I have been a news-channel junky the past couple of days, watching what is going on with Dean (and tropical storm Erin). If we do pass by your way I will stop in and say hello. I will email you if we head your way. Thanks again!

Today is the first day of school for the kids and, wouldn't you know it, Erin woke up at 4:30am crying with a "tummy ache"! No fever, so I am guessing it's just nerves, poor baby. She really didn't want to start a new school and I am sure she will cry when I leave her. Please pray for her (and me! haha). Better go wake them up...


August 20, 2007 - Msg 55085: Good Morning porch folks, hope all is well this MOnday. Looks like another HOT day in Northeast Tennessee today. Back to work today after a busy week end. Football Jamboree on Friday night, our community had a Community Celebration Saturday night 5-10pm. Many of the churches in the area sponsored the event "Takin it to the Street". Lots of games, music and free food to all who came. It was kinda like a Christian Block Party. Patrick sat in the water dunking tank for a while, I worked the food court and my daugther helped with seveal games. My husband had to work so he missed the fun. It was a wonderful outreach to the commuity. My church had a Back to school picnic yesterday evening at the park so I about worn out. Lunch will be: tuna or chicken salad sandwhiches, chips, pickles, SLAW,
cold drinks, watermelon. Ya'll come. Prayers and Blessings to all today. Hey to everyone sitting around the porch today. Big Maude

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55086: Millie, I'm so glad you're getting away. Have a lovely time! How are things there, Boo? Storm passed? The miner thing really is frustrating. Can't they reach them? Prayers for miners and families.
Charlotte Tucker

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55087: Good morning everyone. I'm b-a-a-a-c-c-k-k-k! Good thing I got to work early this morning; it took until 9:00 just to skim the archives. I don't have time to chat this morning but wanted to drop by and tell y'all you were missed and your concerns are in my prayers. (I'll need a backhoe to get through the pile on my desk!) I'll stop back later (I hope) this afternoon to do some more directed comments and tell y'all about my trip.


August 20, 2007 - Msg 55088:

Goobah! I still yap with Lydia on a regular basis. She still hangs her head out the car window like a dog and pretzels still lay on her chest, but aside from that she's doing fine. I think she lost her way when the Porch moved, but I'll send her the new address and she if she won't stop by.

Tom, you're right. I think the Porch will go on longer than most of us will. haha Next month will mark my 11th year here (that's including Frank's old place), and it still feels right homey. (As in, "It feels very homey"; not, "Yo, it still feels right, homey." Oh my, now I've got the giggles.)

Spot, you're sure puttin' on some mighty good vittles. Now I'm all hungry.

Ray, I remember going to the San Pedro and Fredericksburg drive-ins when I was in my teens and 20s. What wonderful memories those were. I used to work for A Major Theatre Chain (I'm sure you know which one) here in San Antonio and was in the projectionist's booth the night the Judson drive-in opened in the '70s. It was, if I remember correctly, the first drive-in theatre in Texas to use the platter system, instead of the old reel system. Quite state of the art for the day. I sure miss drive-ins. My kids see them on TV and giggle at how, quaint, I guess you'd say, it was that one actually had to place the speaker on the car window. Btw, I'm familiar with the Timberwood Park area; it's very pretty out there. I used to live at 281 & Bitters, then we moved to Canyon Lake. I'm near New Braunfels now. You are very kind to open your home to our friend to the south. And speaking of whom...

Boo, I've been thinking of you down there near the coast. It's starting to look like the hurricane is going to miss Texas. Like you, I'm sorry for everyone in its path, but can't help but be relieved that we (hopefully) won't be getting any heavy rainfall. We just can't handle any more, what with the ground as saturated as it is and the city storm drains on overload. However, if it does hook to the north, you be safe.



August 20, 2007 - Msg 55089: Welcome back, Me-They! I was thinking about you the other day, as I am going to be taking a flight here soon, and I still harbor some anxiety about that as you did. Glad you're back safe and sound, and ready for more moulages. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55090: Big Maude thanks for lunch...Rev i have to go back to work tomorrow and wed but off thu and friday...Big J.sterling and auh20....gona get to yard work after Maudes lunch...Race is on too mdc,md,mavis,goober and all race fans...SPOT

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55091: Thanks DES, I will get the heck out of here if that storm takes a turn northward (don't expect it will, though). Speaking of the San Pedro Drive-In, Bruce and I took the kids when we were visiting in San Antonio last summer. It was the first time I had been to a drive-in since my teens. I really miss having one in our area. They finally tore down the remains of the old drive-in in our town. It was sad. Now they are putting up am RV/boat storage on that lot....not nearly as much fun as a drive-in. I always tell the kids that if I ever strike it rich someday I am building a drive-in that shows family the way, I think I will start calling you "Homey" now, DES....

WELCOME HOME ME-THEY!! I missed you, Bro. Hope you get out from under that mountain of paper work soon and can chat with us.

Well, the kids seemed to like their new school so far and I met their new teachers. They seem very nice....can't wait to pick them up at 3 and find out how it went.

I just saw on the news that they arrested another suspect in the shooting of the college kids in NJ. At least one of the suspects is an illegal alien, probably 2 of them. Scary to think of how easy it seems to be for foreign criminals to cross our borders.


August 20, 2007 - Msg 55092: Hello ,everyone, hope you all are well this mid-day. It is alittle cooler here in Iowa but still very humid. Boy doesn't Dean look impressive. Well I better get to my vacumning with 3 dogs I need to do it every day. Peace Dr P

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55093: Hey Boo, Hope the kids have a good start to the school year. Our school started today,too. I miss Drive-ins, too. My Mom and a friend of her's used to put all of us kids in our PJs and we would go to the show , 9 kids total in a station wagon it was wild. Dr P

August 20, 2007 - Msg 55094: Hey there Dež, that'd be right nice of you to have Lydia come's always good to see some of the original folks come back and set a spell. :)

Ya'll be good...


August 20, 2007 - Msg 55095: Well, I'm not shoveled out yet, but it's time for a break so here I am. Don't worry, I won't start a new moulage on my first day back (but no promises for tomorrow!).

First of all, I'm so sorry to hear about Sugarplum, ROMEENA. It's never easy to lose a good friend. I do hope that being away with family for awhile will bolster your spirits. You have my prayers.

MILLIE: I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better since last week. You sure have your ups and downs, don'tcha? Well, we all love having you here on the porch with us, whether you're feeling good, bad, or overmedicated (hic!). You still taking those ten cent miracle pills?

STERLING: I'm so sorry top hear of your travel dilemma. Well, I guess it's more of a situation than a dilemma now that a decision has been made. I don't really have any sage advice (or any other spicy advice, for that matter) but I can sort of relate to how you feel (big "sort of"). You see, I was (cue spooky music--dum, dum, da dum) married before. Long story short, we got married in our early twenties after dating several years, and the marriage lasted all of a year and nine months (of course the divorce came almost as long later). I won't go into the nitty gritty of why it failed today. Now, the relevant part: while I loved my first wife, and deeply wanted the marriage to last, I often felt jealous and, at times, distrustful. Now, I never had good cause (well, until the very end) to feel this and thought this was just normal. Well, having now experienced a relationship on a whole other level I can tell you that such feelings are less a check of reality than inner insecurity. In my case, I think deep down I knew that we weren't willing, ready, or able. I don't know what it could be in your case, or even if it is, but how you feel has little to do with the actions of a spouse and more about your own feelings. I know that probably doesn't help at all, but it's all I got!

BOO: I do hope that your feeling less down this week. I think ROMEENA hit on something with the exhaustion thing. You do spread yourself a mite thin! I'm also happy to hear that your finally getting out of your parents' basement and getting your own place ;). And you're not the only one downsizing these days. I'm sure your house will be beautiful. You're right about priorities, too; you're kids will remember the time the spent with you, not the type of tile in their bathroom. I read somewhere that even though the size of the average family has shrunk since 1950, the average new home is more than three times larger than a new home then. There's a saying: "Love grows best in small places." Of course, that only applies if you don't kill each other! Actually, I think there's something to that; so many families ramble around in huge McMansions where they barely have to communicate with their families. Also, I agree with all the advice regarding your concerns about Erin; it's nothing to worry about. And besides, God made her and He doesn't make mistakes. The Chinese obviously haven't taken Him as their model of manufacturing. But I digress, as that's my moulage for another day...

AUH2O: If it's not too personal a question, what led you to be a stay-at-home dad?

Hey to the rest of you very special people.

Our trip to Arkansas went real well. My aunt has a place on one of the lakes in Bella Vista in teh Ozarks. We did a lot of lake swimming from her dock. Thekids loved it. We also visited Eureka Springs and Bentonville (home of Wal-Mart) and a really neat cavern. The bats were particularly active and at some places you had to duck so as not to knock them off the ceiling. Nora loved it. We had a wonderful time visiting with my aunt and her husband.

Thanks for your prayers about the trip. The flights went well enough, except that Chad got unexpectedly sick (very, very sick) on the initial flight right after lunch. It was everywhere--on him, me, the seat in front of us--and teh Mrs. said I looked I was shell shocked. It's funny now, not so much then. Good thing the Mrs. planned ahead and packed everyone a change of clothes in the carry-on just in case our luggage got lost. Anyway, it was a horror I never wish to relive.

Speaking of the hurricane, everyone complains about the waether but nobody does anything about it. Know who said that?